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Steve Evans won't be gambling Gillingham's finances as he looks to strengthen before the transfer window shuts

Gillingham boss Steve Evans insists he won’t be risking the club’s future for his own gain.

The Gills have missed out on the striker they put a cash bid in for but Evans has got other options.

And whatever he does, he won’t be going mad with the club’s cash.

The Gills boss says they are hoping to bring in some new faces

He said: “We are never going to be paying the biggest money because of the resources available to us. But we are going to still try and sign the best players, and make sure we try and get value for money.

“I want to do something really nice at Gillingham, send them on a journey and come back with my family and grandkids in 10-15 years and be welcomed in, not be the man who put them in financial trouble. I have a responsibility to our chairman.

“I have walked away from no end of deals. We don’t want a Bury, this football club has been there before. That is certainly something I don’t want to be part of.”

The Gills made a cash bid for a higher-league striker before the season began but that deal is now dead.

Steve Evans is looking for value for money in the transfer marketPicture: Ady Kerry
Steve Evans is looking for value for money in the transfer marketPicture: Ady Kerry

“He has gone somewhere else, on loan, not permanent,” said Evans.

“That is what that club wanted to do, that is their call, but we are still actively pursuing three or four now.

“If people break down our squad we have 18 players, if everyone is fit, that’s why we had three kids on the bench.”

Evans has until Monday, September 2 to finalise his squad before the transfer window closes.

He’s confident of bringing several new faces in, adding: “We have the smallest squad in the league but fortunately for us the chairman has made money available for us to get us some players.

“But I am not going to bring players in for the sake of it, it has been going on for four or five years at Gillingham and it can’t go on like that any more.”

Evans is also looking to move players on. On Wednesday it was announced that Darren Oldaker was leaving the club, after his contract was cancelled by mutual agreement.

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