Wolves boss Dean Saunders today revealed he won’t waste any money from sales on buying squad players.
Saunders says he has to shed six or seven players from his 40-strong squad, preferably before the current transfer window shuts at 11pm next Thursday.
With Saunders insisting unwanted players won’t be allowed to have their contracts paid up, the chances of permanent exits look slim at the moment.
But either way, Saunders is only interested in improving his main group.
“You try to put as much money as you can into the first 16 or 17 choice players,” said the Molineux chief.
“It’s all about what money you can put into that group and then you just need a bit of luck to keep them fit.
“We’ll probably have to shed six or seven players in the long term.
“At the moment I’m tracking some players to try to bring in.”
Norwich striker Simeon Jackson and Villa left back Stephen Warnock are among those targeted by Saunders, possibly both on loan.
And the Wolves boss insists anyone who comes in on a temporary basis must be as motivated as the permanent players.
“It’s easy to spot good players but they’ve got to be motivated to play for us, especially if they’re on loan,” said Saunders.
“What’s in it for them? I want to bring players in who want to fight for us.
“The secret of football is getting good players to work hard and getting them organised.
“I’ve got to sign players with the right mentality – not just good players but ones who will work hard, because if they don’t and are not right for the club, you’ve got nothing.”
Saunders has revealed he has been bombarded by agents throwing names at him as he continues his search for new players to improve his squad.
“At the moment I’ve got agents phoning me all the time and throwing different names at me,” he said.
“Ideally you want to get the best players you can.
“If we can’t do it, we can’t do it but I’m tracking players who are better than what we’ve got.”
Saunders re-iterated chairman Steve Morgan’s instruction that Wolves have to slash their wage bill.
“One thing is for sure, we’ve got to get some money off the wage bill,” said the boss.
“I can’t do that in a week – it might take two years.
“Players have got contracts and the team hasn’t done that well.
“It’s easy when you get promoted – everyone wants your players.
“But if you get relegated, they’re not queueing up.”