Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling says he is not expecting the club to carry out much more business in this month's transfer window.

The U's signed Aramide Oteh on loan from Championship side QPR earlier this week for the rest of the season, to bolster their forward options.

They have also allowed striker Luke Norris to leave for Stevenage on a permanent basis, along with attacker Luke Gambin to depart on loan for League Two promotion hopefuls Newport County.

Colchester have been linked with a move for their former striker Theo Robinson, who is currently out of favour at Port Vale.

However, Cowling says any more business is unlikely to happen in the coming days ahead of the window closing on February 1.

Writing in a statement on the club's website, Cowling said: "There is only a week left of this transfer window and although most transactions happen in the last few hours, let alone days, I am not expecting much else to happen at Colchester United.

"We have a strong squad with some key players returning to fitness. I appreciate some of you will be disappointed with that news and I understand your frustrations but we are in a good place considering the challenges we have faced and most importantly, we will still be in a reasonable place when we eventually return to more normal times."

Cowling has stressed again that he has to make 'the right decisions even when they are tough or unpopular decisions', in these challenging times.

The U's are still playing their games behind closed doors and losing out on vital income, along with all other EFL clubs.

Cowling said: "Two Chairman of clubs in our league have spoken to me recently with concerns as to how they will pay this month's salary.

"We still have at least four months of the season remaining and EFL clubs seem to have received all the help they will get and they have deferred everything they can possibly defer.

"I think we all believed we would have some fans back into our stadiums by now and that there would be some limited use of the stadium on non-matchdays.

"Sadly those things haven’t materialised.

"Therefore, the roll out of the vaccine and the return to those more normal times can’t happen fast enough as far as I am concerned.

"We will get through this but as I have always said - I have to make the right decisions even when they are tough or unpopular decisions."