KEITH Curle is targeting two more new signings before the transfer window closes tomorrow night.

The Latics head coach has 10 new signings on his books, having terminated the contract of Jacob Blyth by mutual consent last week, while emergency loan goalkeeper Laurie Walker has returned to MK Dons after Jayson Leutwiler renegotiated his contract and made his debut in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Sutton United.

But with a number of this summer’s intake already sidelined with injury, including midfielders Ouss Cisse and Jamie Hopcutt, Curle is looking to boost numbers, within the parameters of the club’s transfer embargo.

"In an ideal world I'd like to bring two more players in. But that's going to be based on finances and numbers available in the squad,” said Curle, who made room for manoeuvre with the release of Blyth less than a month after he signed a short term contract at Boundary Park.

Curle says the market has been complicated with Latics restricted to loan and free transfers, with earlier targets holding out for clubs higher up the ladder but have returned to the table again having failed to secure such a move, while clubs have held on to players they would consider for loans until completing their own transfers, so a lot will come down to the wire.

"I think the balance of power now swings in favour of football teams who have got room to bring players in,” said the Latics boss.

"I think a number of players and squads and teams will turn down the opportunity of a loan in the early part of the window, and then when it comes to the latter stages of the window when they're thinking 'I'm going to be say there not playing, or playing Under 23s football when I could be playing competitive men's football'.

"There will be players who now are, in the club's opinion, ready to go out on loan now. But you think 'well, I rang up about that player four or five weeks ago and he wasn't available to us, now suddenly they see the need'.”

Curle added: "Now we're at a case where we've got a limited number of players that we can bring in, we've still got players within the squad now that may potentially go out on loan that will free up numbers as well, so it can be a domino effect.

"We know where we're competing and we know that players are now ringing up and we know that we weren't their first choice. Players in their mindset could have got League One options - players that aren't attached to football clubs, they've waited to try to play the game, they didn't see us as their first option now we suddenly are.

"We don't hold that against players.”