Steve Cotterill insists Birmingham City are yet to make any offers for players during the January transfer window.

Blues have been linked with moves for League One strikers Devante Cole and Jack Marriott - both of whom are attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs.

Cole has 12 goals in 31 games for Fleetwood Town, while Peterborough's Marriott has 23 in 37 and is the division's leading scorer.

But the Birmingham manager distanced himself from the speculation - and insisted that he hadn't instructed any bids to be made.

"Definitely not true. There has not been a bid made by us to any club - not in my knowledge anyway. Someone else might have but I haven't made one."

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More Blues news: Striker returns from loan spell

Birmingham City youngster Kyle McFarlane has returned from his loan spell at Nuneaton Town.

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The 21-year-old joined Nuneaton on a short term loan deal in November and made three appearances for the National League North side.

However, Blues have decided not to extend McFarlane’s stint away and he returned to St Andrew’s at the beginning of the month.

McFarlane has joined up with Richard Beale’s under-23 squad again and could take part in their match with Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow afternoon.

The forward has been in fine form this term with six goals from 14 matches for Beale’s side and will be hoping to pick up from where he left off.

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McFarlane is yet to make his first team bow and manager Steve Cotterill will continue to monitor his development closely.

McFarlane's fellow attacker Jack Storer is currently enjoying a loan spell at Gloucester City while Viv Solomon-Otabor's stint with League One side Blackpool has been extended to the end of the season.

Ronan Hale joined League of Ireland side Derry City on loan earlier this month.

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Boss on backline

Steve Cotterill is starting to see the levels of organisation he wants from his Birmingham City side.

Reflecting on three consecutive wins - and three successive clean sheets, the Blues boss has revealed the work that has gone into making the team more stable.

As impressive as the 1-0 and 2-0 victories over Leeds and Reading were, the FA Cup tie with Burton presented a different challenge with the Brewers looking to counter-attack on Cotterill’s side.

However, the hosts stood firm, worked their way to a 1-0 win and now face Derby on Saturday in far more confident mood.

It is a confidence that stems from stability.

“Clean sheets don’t get beat. It will be a statement we bandy about the dressing room from time to time. The clean sheets have been very welcome,” Cotterill said.

“We do a lot of organisational work all the time whatever it is. What we’ve got to make sure we do, and we did it very well against Burton - we defended well when we had the ball.

“Burton have done this where they’ve got more bodies forward than we’ve got to defend and [we] get done on the counter attack.

“[But] There weren’t many opportunities.

“There were a couple in the first-half where we looked a little bit sloppy and tired in a couple of phases and they jumped us - and we weren’t as organised as we were in the second-half.

“We’ve done a lot of organisational work, but it hasn’t been rewarded maybe and we [hadn’t] got results.

“We’re far more organised and we know what we’re doing now if we’re in certain areas of the field.

“Whether it comes off or not is perhaps whether the luck is with the player or not at the time, or whether he makes exactly the right decision at the time or not.

“But they know pretty much what to do and where and when.”

Which is a pleasing development from the start of the season when Blues would regularly ship a couple of goals a game.

In the last nine games they have conceded eight goals and have also started picking up points.

However, they remain in a perilous position second bottom of the table with 20 league games remaining.