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"Window Has Proved To Be The Toughest Yet"

25 January 2019

David Artell says he remains hopeful in the transfer window that we will be able to conduct some business before next weekend’s deadline – but he admits that this window has proved the toughest yet.

The Alex boss has gone on record to state that he would like to bolster his numbers for the last remaining three and a bit months of the season, but he will not guarantee any loanee a start due to the form of his own players.

Artell told the club’s official website: “It’s been tough so far, probably the toughest because it would cost a lot of money to find full-backs that are better than Perry and Harry, and then they don’t deserve to be left out anyway.

“It makes it tough because you are asking a player to come here and fight for his place. A club will ask for one price if they play and then another if they don’t play because they understandably want their players to go out and play.

“Things crop up that you don’t expect and we need all our stars to line up. That is where we are at the moment but I remain hopeful. We still have irons in the fire and let’s see what materialises next week.

“I don’t think it will go right to the wire but we would like to push things along.”

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