Blues not expecting much window shopping

Michael Harriman was Wanderers' only signing of the last January transfer window

Michael Harriman was Wanderers' only signing of the last January transfer window

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

FANS have been warned not to expect much in the way of new players arriving at Adams Park in the January transfer window by manager Gareth Ainsworth.

The only piece of business Ainsworth conducted this time last year was the arrival on loan of Michael Harriman and the extension of Dean Morgan's contract to the end of the season.

And the Blues boss has told fans to expect the same again - warning it's more likely someone will leave rather than a new face being added to the squad.

He said: "The budget's as tight as it's ever been at Wycombe Wanderers. I can't say, 'I fancy him, how much is he? £100,000, there you go, you can get him in and pay his wages and pay all his bonuses' - that doesn't happen anymore at Wycombe.

"The Trust have done a fantastic job taking over and steadying the ship but from day one they have said it's about making the club secure for the future. That means not spending. I understood that when I took over and we have to be cute in the market.

"There will be no big signings coming in on the horizon and I hope the fans can respect that."

But he said he is happy with what he's got - saying the players currently on Wanderers' books can still improve.

Ainsworth said: "Other teams around us will be buying everyone but I'll work with what I've got. The boys I have got, I believe I can make these as good as any new signings."

He added: "Having your cake and eating it, having the cake was getting the club secure with the Trust. We can't eat it at the moment - we can't go and splash the cash.

"If there's any movement it's more likely to be players attracting interest than me going out and splashing the cash."

Ainsworth will instead be keen to keep hold of his prized assets this month, with several of his players reported to be attracting admiring glances from clubs higher up the football pyramid.

Speculation has linked young defender Kortney Hause with a move to Premier League Everton, while scouts are also believed to be keeping tabs on the progress of goalkeeper Matt Ingram - who Ainsworth has tipped to play in the top flight one day.

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