STUART McCall has issued a fresh plea for new recruits as City's squad reaches breaking point.

The Bantams boss is desperate for a couple of additions before they face Bristol Rovers next weekend.

Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Northampton – the seventh League One loss at Valley Parade – highlighted the lack of options currently available.

Top scorer Charlie Wyke was sidelined with a bad back and McCall fears he is already a doubt for the trip to the Memorial Ground.

With no cover for the target-man role, he is urging the board to deliver with another striker in the transfer window.

McCall said: "Managers and coaches want to come out of the window stronger. But we've got three more games before it closes and need help now.

"We need people in or back from injury as soon as possible. It would give the dressing room a lift if we could get a couple of fresh faces in for next week.

"We've got bids in and the club are doing everything they can. We need a boost in certain areas. I'm just waiting for good news that we've managed to tie up a player or two."

City shot down reports that Tony McMahon is still set to join Scunthorpe, after rejecting their initial bid, but his future remains unclear.

Sources in Lancashire have also confirmed an interest in Blackpool defender Kelvin Mellor was registered before Saturday's game.

McCall rubbished rumours that Wyke's absence had anything to do with on-going reports of interest from Championship clubs. Chairman Edin Rahic has already stressed that City's top scorer is not for sale.

McCall said: "It's 100 per cent nothing to do with that. It's a genuine injury. He didn't train last week at all and I still think he'll be a doubt for the next game, if I'm honest.

"He had a bit of illness early on last week but we knew from when we were coming back from Yeovil that he was feeling his back.

"I'd like to hope he could be available for next weekend but it's too early to say. Backs can be notorious problems because they can linger.

"Charlie is a huge miss and we've got to find a way without him. But he gives everyone a lift."

City have lost the last three league games that Wyke has not started and Paul Taylor's stoppage-time goal was the first they have scored in that period.

McMahon is still recovering from a calf problem but McCall hopes that Dominic Poleon and Jake Reeves will be more up to speed for the Rovers trip.

"Dom's managing to come back now and Reevesy still needs to get up and running with his pelvis problem." he said.

"He's not how he was at the start of the season when he was getting about the pitch. But hopefully he'll have a full week's training and feel a bit better.

"But I don't see the other ones coming back, so that makes it even more important that we get fresh faces in.

"With the players out injured, there were five who would be regular starters for us. We are threadbare."

Callum Guy came on as a second-half sub against the Cobblers following his arrival on loan on Friday. The Derby midfielder slotted in at right back.

McCall said: "He plays with energy and gives the squad a little bit of depth. But we certainly need more additions, no doubt about that."

Meanwhile, City are set for a £50,000 windfall from Swansea as part of the add-ons for Olly McBurnie after the striker's second Premier League start.