Scunthorpe United: 'Spreading money around is proving tough'
With just three players added to his ranks so far this summer, United boss Alan Knill admits finding new recruits is proving tougher than expected.
The tight financial constraints he faces have made for a challenging summer, with the need to balance his squad countered by the need to balance the books.
Knill still has gaps to fill, with a striker and a centre-back top of his list, and though he would love to have completed his work in the transfer market before pre-season training begins a week on Monday, that is unlikely to be the case.
"It's proving tough, and will continue to be tough," he said.
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"We only have a certain amount of money to spend and we need a striker, we needed two full-backs and a centre-half, because we've only got two.
"There were some main priorities and then after that, you need a squad.
"We only have so much money and it's how we spread that around.
"At the same time, we need bodies in the building and we need bodies to make up the squad.
"Spreading that money around is proving really difficult, especially if you're looking for a striker who can score goals – someone who's proven and who every time he goes on the pitch you think you've got a chance of scoring.
"They're usually quite expensive, so that takes up a fair chunk of it, and then you have to find everything else.
"We'd all like to go, 'here's this one out the way, here's that one out the way', but we're not in a position to do that.
"It would be great if we were, but we're not, so we have to be patient.
"The ideal scenario would be, I get four in next week and it's all sorted, but chances are it isn't going to happen."
Knill's cause is not helped by the more financially attractive offers other clubs can pose.
"There will be certain players that everybody wants, and then there's others a little bit lower in the pecking order," he continued.
"They'll be trying to be patient. They'll have spoken to a few clubs and then be making their mind up which way it's going to go.
"Really, those are the players that we've been talking to.
"All the players we've spoken to have had three or four other clubs interested.
"All you can do is put your case to them and give them the reasons why you think it will be a wise choice for them to come to Scunthorpe. We never base it around money, we always base it around football – if you come, you'll be a better footballer when you leave, which is the aim; we're here to develop.
"We don't have the finances to go, 'here's X amount of pounds straight up', we have to base it around, 'we'll make you a better footballer' and hope that's the way they want to go.
"If they don't, to be honest, then they're not the right players for us."