Dave Jones is preparing a list for the January sales. The City boss is hoping to be given permission to strengthen his squad for a serious push for the top two come the end of the season."I'm looking at players and in the process of drawing up a list but I don't know if I can do any deals yet," he said."We need four or five players to strengthen the squad and help us have that final spurt."If we pick up a couple of injuries and an illness like we had recently, then we only have six players on the bench."We're still not anywhere near where we should be and we're still sorting out the debt problems at the club. But we're fighting for our lives to get out of this division."I will find out soon when the board decide we'll go for it or whether we'll do what we've always done and hope we would get promoted rather than force the issue."City are still 2nd after a poor November but start December at home to bottom club Preston this weekend.