Dons could lose three players in January

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Players could leave MK Dons this January to make way for fresh faces to make up Karl Robinson’s ‘dream team’.

The Dons boss says he has penned a side which he believes is good enough to finally achieve promotion after four years of trying.

However, he admits three players could leave in order for that to become a reality.

During the last transfer window, Robinson said there was interest in three of his players, believed to be Dele Alli, Ben Reeves and Ian McLoughlin.

“I drew up a dream team - it has three players who might want to leave, and four players who I want to bring in.

“If I can get that team, then it’ll be my fault if we don’t go up.

“But there are so many circumstances that are out of our control. We know what we want, it’s just a case of whether we can get them or not.

“We’re looking at a different type of player we need to be signing. We’re fishing in a different lake, where the lake is smaller but the fish are bigger. It’s a lot harder to get them, financially.

“We’re not looking for a young player, or a player who isn’t playing somewhere else. We’ve got to go out and get the best players, and that’s the only way we can go forward.”

One player he’s keen to hold on to though is top scorer Benik Afobe. Currently on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season, Robinson acknowledged there would be interest in signing the 19-goal striker from other parties, but believes he’d have been told by now if someone was in talks with the 21-year-old.

He said: “It’s out of Benik’s hands, but he wants to stay. We have a 12 month deal, but we’ll have to wait and see.

“It’ll be a case of whether Arsenal want to sell him. But if someone is talking to him now, I’d like to think the manager would call me out of respect. We’ve not have a call from anyone.”