Steve Cotterill is anxious to avoid leaving Birmingham City's transfer business until deadline day.

"We want to get away from that Supermarket Sweep on the last day of the window," said Cotterill.

Blues will not have vast amounts of money to strengthen the squad this month after spending sprees in the past two windows.

And any signings Cotterill is able to secure will ideally be done with plenty of time to spare before the window shuts on January 31.

Blues play Derby this weekend and Cotterill discussed the topic of last gasp deals in response to questions about Maikel Kieftenbeld.

The Dutch midfielder joined Derby late on deadline day last summer, only for the deal to fall through because of issues with the paperwork.

"You don't want to get involved in that last day at all," said Cotterill.

"The only business you want on the last day is people going out as that isn't going to affect you going forward.

"You don't want to be still bringing someone in as nine times out of 10 you're being reactive rather than proactive.

"Being reactive is somewhere I have been many times in my managerial career and it is not a comfortable situation to be in.

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"I've had a striker sat next to me, medical and terms done but clubs couldn't agree a fee and come 5pm it's gone and the lad drives back home.

"Those aren't good scenarios for you or the player. We want to get away from that Supermarket Sweep on the last day of the window. You don't want to do that.

"I know where I want to strengthen the team and it is clear for me.

"We are not just going to have another player in because he becomes available - if he doesn't play in the position we want him to we won't sign him.

"Otherwise me talking about balancing out the squad is irrelevant.

We could all sign a good player but we don't let Emilio go and then sign another RB - unless he can play RB, LB and is a real good addition to the squad.

I wouldn't rule that one out if we could get the right person - but I don't think we will.