Daggers boss fears being thwarted in attempts to bring in new striker
Money troubles halting bid to hit the January sales
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE boss John Still admits he is having to overcome a number of frustrating obstacles as he tries to add reinforcements to his squad during the transfer window.
The 60-year-old has made bolstering his striking options a priority and moved quickly to secure Marvin Morgan on loan, when he was unexpectedly made available for transfer by Aldershot Town last week.
Still remains keen on bringing in further new faces and has enquired about a number of forwards, but he is being hindered by the club’s limited financial clout.
So far this month, a fee had been agreed with one striker, contracted to a Championship side, only for it to break down irreparably over wage demands.
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Further negotiations with different players are ongoing, and at least one other transfer fee is believed to have been agreed with a League Two club, but Still must now try and persuade his targets to lower their demands in order to complete a move to Victoria Road.
“We know what we want, but it’s coming up with the finances,” said the boss. “We are quite limited in what we can offer.
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“I honestly don’t know how close we are to getting someone in. We’ve made offers to players and to clubs, but again it’s all about finances.
“We had a player who wanted to come to us, but then we couldn’t agree the wages with him.
“I don’t want to go into the loan market again, but it is something we may consider if we have to now.”
Kayleden Brown returned to West Bromwich Albion last week to recuperate from a knee injury and his loan spell with Daggers has now expired.
Still was impressed by the Welsh youth international during his brief stay though and is likely to try and arrange a further loan deal when he is back in training.
Liverpool reserve team captain Victor Palsson has also returned to Merseyside, having made just three appearances since arriving at the start of November.
“It’s a bit unfortunate with Vic as we missed three games when the snow settled, plus the Walsall away game, and he would have had a good chance of playing in those,” said Still.
Meanwhile, Will Antwi is a doubt for this weekend’s visit to Hartlepool United.
The central defender, who missed Saturday’s defeat to Rochdale, was unable to train on Monday or Tuesday.