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Allen aims to bring in new blood for County

Football managers up and down the country are frantically trying to secure the best deals during the January transfer window - and Notts County boss Martin Allen is no exception.

Despite a high wage bill, Allen has admitted that he wants to strengthen the League One outfit - but is aware that to improve the squad he must find the right solutions.

“It's not so much adding to the squad, we want to improve the team so they've got to be good players,” Allen told BBC Radio Nottingham.

Although Allen is keen to add to his play-offs chasing side, he has also been reported as saying that in order to balance the books he must consider letting some of the fringe players leave the club.

“We've got three lads out on loan and it's well documented that we've got a high wage bill. We're talking at the moment to Bradford with Ricky Ravenhill, to Port Vale regarding Liam Chilvers and Rotherham regarding Jon Harley.”

Like most managers, Allen is wary of the financial position of the club but remains positive that the world’s oldest Football League club is still an attractive proposition and can entice the right players.

He added: “This club presents a great opportunity, this is a great club to play for, great bunch of lads, great staff, fantastic atmosphere.

"Good facilities, training ground - the training pitches are superb - the facilities we've got here at Meadow Lane and the way it's all being improved.”

With the club entering its 150th year, the future has never been brighter and Allen has insisted that the club is on its way back up.

“There's only one way this club's going and that's up, so it's a great place for people to come and sign.”

By Daniel Ludlam

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