All Talk

AS the time remaining in the January transfer window runs out, so, it seems, do John Sheridan’s chances of recruiting a striker to his ranks.

With the Pilgrims being short on firepower over recent weeks, the Argyle boss will need to act fast to get a player in as the window shuts on the eve of our home tie with Mansfield. John admits it has been difficult.

“I don’t know how many managers I’ve rang,” he said. “I was so close to getting a player last week, but it fell through right at the end, which was really disappointing as I almost had him. I’m trying my hardest to bring in a striker who will help us get results, but I’m not just going to get one for the sake of it.

“I’ve rang numerous clubs, and it’s hard at this time, but you’ve just got to keep plugging away.”

The gaffer has been very busy on the phone to managers and agents about the availability of players, but he says for them all to agree can be hard.

He said: “I’ve been speaking to managers and different people, but it’s slightly difficult, as sometimes the manager says yes, but the player says no, and there’s nothing you can do about it. I’ve rang numerous clubs; I’m after a player who I think will really benefit us, but if you can’t get them, you can’t get them.

“I’ve spoken to eight who I think will be able to come and do a job. Some of them are on big money, some want a lot of money for them, and we can’t really afford some.

“We need to be realistic and know what our budget is. I know what I’ve got to play with, so I’ve got to stick to that and hopefully bring one in.”

Asked if there could be any movement out of Home Park, John stated: “No one has inquired about any of our players.”