Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws admits Brighton 'little bit reluctant' to let Matt Sparrow go
Finances will be the biggest stumbling block in Brian Laws' bid to bring Matt Sparrow back to Scunthorpe United on loan.
The Iron boss confirmed he has enquired about the 29-year-old midfielder, speaking to Brighton boss Gus Poyet.
With United's budget restraints though, Laws is hoping to call in a favour and admits the Seagulls are 'a little bit reluctant' to let the player go on the cheap.
"It's the very early stages," said the Scunthorpe manager.
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"I've spoken to Gus Poyet on a couple of occasions. Again, I've thrown my begging hat in and am hoping we get something from it, only time will tell.
"Like all things, what we're asking is sometimes not achievable.
"We are really, I keep using the word begging, but unfortunately that's the word that's most appropriate – to the degree that we're asking somebody to do something for next to nothing.
"A lot of finances at football clubs are under strain and the last thing clubs want to do is loan a player out of decent caliber who they can probably, from another club, get some money for.
"They're a little bit reluctant, let's say that.
"Whilst you can have all the positive notes from the manager, until we actually get the green light from the chief executive at Brighton we'll have to wait and see.
"We've got a lot of talking to do, that's for sure."
Sparrow made the move south in 2010 after 11 years at Glanford Park.
He was told by Poyet at the start of this season that he has no future at Brighton and has yet to feature this term.
However, Laws believes Sparrow possesses the right sort of character United need for the battle they find themselves in in League One.
"Matt's not in the side, so it's quite an easy equation to try to get hold of a player of that caliber who's got this club at heart," he said.
"I think we've got to try to make sure whoever we bring into this football club they're going to have the fight in them to support us in the position we're in because it's not going to be easy for anybody coming in.
"I need somebody who's got the mentality to give their all for Scunthorpe United. Matt comes under that category.
"We'll just have to see what happens over the next week or so."
The loan window closes in two weeks' time, giving United only a short space of time in which to work.
Laws admitted there is unlikely to be an influx of new faces in that time but said he is prepared to be patient to get the right man.
"I would love to have more players, of course I would, but realistically, there's probably not going to be an abundance of players," he added.
"I'd love that to happen, but I can't believe for one minute that every deal I go for is going to come off.
"There's a lot of clubs holding back and maybe making a late decision, so we might have to wait, that's the thing.
"But sometimes patience does get you rewards."
Readers of the Scunthorpe Telegraph will be able to watch Brian Laws' first home game as Iron boss for up to £5 less than matchday prices.
The Telegraph has teamed up with the Iron to offer fans amazing savings on ticket prices for the game against Notts County on Saturday, November 17.
We will include a voucher in the next edition of the Telegraph, out November 15, which offers £5 off all adult tickets, £3 off concessions and enable entry to the ground for all Under-16s for just £1.
Make sure you pick up a copy on Thursday November 15.