GARY Rowett is hopeful of keeping winger Zeli Ismail, goalkeeper Benji Siegrist and defender Adam Buxton with Burton Albion for the rest of the season.
The Brewers boss is looking to tie up loan extensions for the trio which will see them stay at the Pirelli Stadium for the League Two run-in.
Ismail, 20, on loan from Wolves, has made three appearances so far for Albion and had a crucial role in the 2-1 win over Cheltenham.
Buxton, 21, borrowed from Wigan, has made just one appearance, while Siegrist, 21, loaned from Aston Villa, has provided back-up to Dean Lyness.
“We’re working towards extending the loans before the deadline,” Brewers boss Rowett told Mailsport last night.
The manager has been impressed with all three players since they arrived at the club, although Buxton and Siegrist have not featured as much as they would have liked.
“Benji’s not had a chance yet, but he’s 6ft 4in, kicks very well, is a great lad and has got a great attitude,” he said.
“Only Deano’s (Lyness) form has stopped him getting in.
“But over the last 20 games, sod’s law there’s bound to be a situation where he’ll be needed.
“He’s quite keen to stay and we’re hopeful.
“Adam Buxton is in the same boat with the form Phil Edwards has shown at right-back.
“Zeli’s featured more than the other two and we’re hopeful on him if Wolves think it’s the right place for him to continue his development, which we hope it will be.”
Meanwhile, Rowett is hanging on for a target man to give his frontline some much-needed bite.
Billy Kee, Adam McGurk and Dominic Knowles have carried the attack after the departure of Rene Howe and injury to Michael Symes, but need some help.
“I would like to think I’m close to one or two things before the end of the week,” said Rowett.
“I’ve been involved in enough transfer windows to realise it’s not over until it’s over.
“That’s the way it is.
“We’re looking actively at the moment.”