Scunthorpe have signed Ipswich midfielder Liam Trotter and Southampton starlet Joseph Mills.
Trotter was a regular at Portman Road at the start of the season but soon fell out of favour and has not featured for Town since August.
He recently completed a successful spell at Grimsby, scoring twice in 15 games, and is hoping to make a similar impact at Glanford Park.
"I'm a box-to-box midfielder, I'm big and strong and like to pop up with a couple of goals," Trotter told the club's official website.
"I've looked at the players around me and who I might play with, and I think I will add something different.
"There's not a lot of height in the side and that's definitely something I can bring.
"I'm looking forward to showing what I can do in a team that are doing well and pushing for promotion."
England Under 19 international Mills has also moved to Glanford Park on an emergency month loan deal.
Mills will bring some much-needed versatility to Adkins' side as he is able to operate at full-back or in midfield.
Both players are expected to go straight into the squad to tackle Southend on Tuesday.