More new faces could still arrive at Priestfield as Gillingham boss Martin Allen keeps hunting
Martin Allen remains on the look-out
for new recruits but knows big players cost big money.
The Gills manager lost out to Port Vale for
the services of Lee Hughes this week and also cooled his interest
in Crystal Palace midfielder David Wright last week as the finances
required became too much.
Allen (pictured) said: ““Good players
are expensive and clubs don’t want to let good players go and good
players are wanted by other clubs, the wages go up and the figures
go up pretty quick.
“We have got our eyes on other people but we
have to make sure they fit into the work ethic of our other players
and they fit into our team.
“We will only bring in people that we feel
are going to improve the starting XI. There is no point bringing in
more players just for the sake of it.”
The Gills chairman is currently taking a
break but Allen is in constant communication with him, in what is a
busy period while the transfer window is open. Allen was working
from 5.30am on Tuesday to try and negotiate a deal for Hughes.
“We are in regular contact and holidays are
never really like they were in the old days, with email and
telephone links,” said the Gills boss.
And while players could arrive before the
January deadline ends, others could leave.
Three players, Connor Essam, Ross Flitney
and Ben Strevens, are all available on free transfers.
“There have been offers and yes we are
looking at different things but we will see how that pans out
through the week,” said Allen.
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