NORTHAMPTON have been one of the busiest movers in the January transfer window.

While City are currently waiting for responses to three offers, Saturday’s visitors have wasted no time in boosting their options.

The Cobblers could not afford to hang about with their precarious league position and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink pressed the button as soon as business was declared open for the month.

The Dutchman succeeded Justin Edinburgh at the Sixfields helm at the start of September and has had to wait patiently for the opportunity to bring in his own targets.

Five new faces have arrived so far, coinciding with a much-needed win over Southend last week which snapped a run of three defeats on the bounce.

The latest one is centre back Jordan Turnbull, who has signed from Coventry City today and will fill gaps in the heart of the defence, with Aaron Pierre out until April with a serious thigh injury and Leon Barnett sidelined with an Achilles problem.

Shay Facey and Hildeberto Pereira made their first appearances against Southend. And Hasselbaink is likely to hand debuts to midfielder Jack Bridge and keeper Richard O’Donnell at Valley Parade.

O’Donnell, who joined on a permanent deal from Walsall, was a target for Phil Parkinson in 2015 but City could not match the deal on offer from Wigan.

His capture means Hasselbaink has allowed Matt Ingram to return to parent club QPR.

Midfielder Matt Grimes, another loanee on a season-long stay from Swansea, admitted the influx of recruits has provided some impetus to the squad.

He said: “When players come back from injury or when you sign new players, it gives everyone a boost.

“If we can get one or two more real quality players in, hopefully we can move up the table.

“I don’t think we were necessarily lacking competition. But obviously our former manager made signings in the summer and the gaffer hasn’t had any of his players come in.”

The win over the sinking Shrimpers lifted Northampton to within a couple of points of safety in the League One relegation fight.