Karl Robinson will have to offload current MK Dons players if he is to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window.
With the Dons boss aiming to bring in ‘three or four’ of his targets at the next given opportunity, and money notoriously tight at stadium:mk, Robinson knows he’ll have to make room for any new faces he aims to recruit.
“I’d have to get rid of people to get people in,” said Robinson. “I think we’ll have the manoeuvre. We’ll have to do it in the best possible way.
“We need three or four players in January. I know in which areas too, and I know which players I want. They’ll need to come into the squad first.”
Such has been the drive to find the right talent to add to his pool in the new year, Robinson, along with first team coaches Keith Andrews and Richie Barker, have been trawling the country watching games at all levels to try and find the next diamond in the rough to help Dons evade the Championship drop zone.
But with those around them in the relegation dog fight looking to spend big in January, Robinson knows what he wants won’t necessarily be what he gets.
“I know what I want, but that’s not always what I can get. Players might not want to come here, which is why I’ve got to keep the club off the bottom of the table.
“There are so many permutations. But I fear we’ll get blown out of the water for the players we want. It’s not about pennies any more, it’s about millions.
“In the last four weeks, I’ve been to three games a week. I’m exhausted in trying to get this club right for January. Keith (Andrews) and Richie (Barker) are doing it too.
“I can’t keep doing that - I need to pass it on to other areas.”