KARL Robinson believes Oxford United are in a position to make a quick start to the January transfer window.

While the festive schedule is in full swing – and continues at home to Lincoln City on Boxing Day – recruitment planning takes on extra importance at this time of year.

United held a productive meeting last week when owner Sumrith ‘Tiger’ Thanakarnjanasuth was in the country.

They are well down the line with several targets and Robinson is optimistic of tying up the loose ends shortly.

He said: “I’m expecting to have three players in within the first week of January to bolster the squad.

“I think the people we bring in will make us better, which is scary really.

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“They’re not done but I’ve had the green light on two of them, so I can’t see why they wouldn’t.”

None of those potential early deals are a right back, though.

United are in need of a replacement for Chris Cadden, whose final game on loan from Columbus Crew looks likely to be on January 4.

But Sam Long’s form means Robinson does not feel under pressure to rush into a signing, as they attempt to negotiate a fee for their preferred option.

He said: “We’ve got three right backs lined up and we’re trying to agree a price to buy one, but it’s whether the price becomes silly.

“Longy’s been brilliant, so it’s not like it’s one we’re going to jump and make sure somebody comes in the door.

“The first game after that would be Rotherham, when you wouldn’t mind him playing anyway because of the way they play.”