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The wheels are turning

Tony's eager to strike while the iron is hot when it comes to transfers into Ewood Park

14 May 2019

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Tony Mowbray admits discussions have already started to bring players through the Ewood Park doors this summer.

Towards the back end of the season, the boss confessed that he will have to be ruthless with his recruitment plan this summer and has already got the ball rolling on new players.

Seeking improvement in 2019-20, Mowbray discusses the implications of bringing players in and how he'll look to get the best deal possible for the best players available.

“I hope so – we’re working on that," the manager said when asked about moving quickly in the market.

“We’re talking to some clubs at the moment, but it’s really difficult because they all seem to think they’ve got Lionel Messi on their books.

“When you first make the call and you make the initial ask, it’s millions and millions and millions of pounds, and yet I think they only use your bid to try and canvas other bids.

“So that’s why it’s difficult. It’s not as if we’re not working. Any supporters reading this, the wheels are turning behind the scenes. Sometimes, unless you have got a barrel load of money and you just pay the asking price, we aren’t that club.

“We need to get value for money, we need to make sure we spend the money as well as we can, and that’s what we’ll try to do."

Following the improvements to the recruitment department, Mowbray is also pleased to be fishing in a far bigger pond than previous, adding that foreign imports could also be brought to East Lancashire.

“The recruitment department has been non-stop travelling across Europe for the last six weeks," he admitted.

"The English market is something we need to explore and look at as well.

“And try to get a balance of good quality footballers who we think will help our team, a bit of experience that will help our team and just try to put the jigsaw puzzle together if we can.”

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