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Dons making progress in the transfer window

Russell Martin says MK Dons are getting close to making their first signing...

7 January 2020

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MK Dons are getting closer to making their first signing of the January Transfer Window, according to manager Russell Martin.

Ever since taking the reins back in November, Martin has expressed his desire to bolster the squad this month and, when speaking to the media on Monday, the boss revealed that his first arrival may not be too far away.

“It’s progressing nicely,” Martin said when asked about the Dons’ recruitment work in his press conference on Monday.

“We’re getting closer to getting one in, hopefully very soon if we can. That would be great to get someone in so early. After that, it may be a case of being patient and seeing what we can do.

“I’m keen on freshening the group up. The group we have currently are great and, if anything, they’ve made it harder for us because of how well everyone has done, but while we might not need as much as we first thought, we still want to do some business.

“We are aware of the positions we need to strengthen and the qualities we need to add to the building – we have been for a while.

“For me, it’s important that, regardless of what is coming in the building talent-wise, we need to recruit on character as well, especially given the situation that we are in. They need to be up for a battle and they need to contribute to that on and off the pitch.

“There are certain people out there that I do trust to come in and make a real difference. I think I’d be naïve not to use my contacts, especially if I’ve played with that player or know someone who has worked with that player.

“I won’t lie, there are a couple of people who I do want to bring in that I have played with. We’ll wait and see what we can do.”

While MK Dons supporters can expect incomings this month, it’s also likely that there will some players going the other way, as confirmed by Martin on Monday.

“I’m sure there will be people leaving,” he said. “I can’t say who or how many but, as it stands, I do expect people to leave.

“We have a fairly big squad so there will be players who will want to go and play somewhere. I’d like to think we’ve created an environment here where everybody is enjoying themselves and happy to be here, but ultimately some will want to go and play.”

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