Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws getting 'lot of knockbacks' in bid for early Christmas presents
Despite getting 'a lot of knockbacks' Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws is hopeful of bringing in a new face before the loan window shuts next Thursday - and possibly in time for Saturday's game against Notts County.
The chances of securing a return for midfielder Matt Sparrow though, are looking increasingly slim as the Iron and Brighton struggle to agree a deal over the player's wages.
Albion are refusing to let Sparrow re-join the club where he spent 11 years on the cheap, with manager Gus Poyet saying: "We have got no problem with Matt going to Scunthorpe but there is a negotiation. We don't give presents.
"We help people but we are not Santa Claus, not yet. December (25) is still a month-and-a-half away."
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Laws though, argues Brighton are missing a chance to put a player who has no future at the club back in people's thoughts prior to the January transfer window.
"I said to him (Poyet) I was Santa Laws, but he wasn't buying that one," Laws joked.
"We understand there's a cost involved, but we're trying and we have tried.
"I understand as well, they're not a charity. But what we feel we can give players is the stadium and the chance to go play games, which will put them in the shop window.
"He (Sparrow) is not in the shop window at the moment, he's in the back cupboard, hiding.
"You need to get him back on the shelf, get him on the pitch if they want to move him on. We're offering that opportunity.
"We might not be able to pay, but we can actually give them something they need – that is to give the lad games and get him back in the shop window and get people watching him.
"If he (Poyet) is going to give his presents out in December it's a bit late! I need an early one."
Already low on numbers, injuries and suspensions – as well as the impending end of other players' loan deals – threaten to whittle Laws' squad further.
Bringing in support though, is proving difficult.
"Each day that goes by, I'm talking to a lot of people," said the Iron boss.
"I'm getting a lot of knockbacks, which you'd expect because we're asking something that's quite unique. We're asking people to really do us a favour in terms of finances.
"We're trying every avenue we possibly can to bring players in on that score.
"We're getting a lot of knockbacks on that, understandably, but we'll see what we can do.
"We're hopeful we can do something.
"We know the market is there until the 22nd, but I also know a lot of clubs are holding back a little bit.
"They know which players and we know which players can actually go out on loan, and I think they're waiting for that last moment to see whether they get the full amount of money back.
"I think a lot of clubs are doing that.
"It would be nice to get one in before the weekend, but it might be a case of having to wait until very close to the beginning of next week."
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.