Blues’ restrictions making January hard for Monk

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Garry Monk says he is finding it tough to bring in an attacker this month due to the transfer restrictions Birmingham City are under.

Garry Monk says he is finding it tough to bring in an attacker this month due to the transfer restrictions Birmingham City are under.

Under the rules of the transfer embargo, Blues are able to bring in one player on loan this month, but there must be no fee involved and his wages cannot exceed £10,000 per week.

That has made life hard for Monk as he seeks to bolster his attacking ranks and he admits he has missed out on a couple of targets due to the club’s lack of finances.

The former Leeds and Middlesbrough boss hasn’t given up hope of being able to add to his squad, but has warned the St Andrews’ faithful that there might be no new arrivals this month.

‘We have not made any headway at the moment, we are working extremely hard on that side of it,’ Monk said. ‘We are looking for an option and I said all along it has to be an option that’s going to help us.

‘As you can understand, with the restrictions we have in that type of market, it’s a difficult one. At this moment there is nothing imminent or concrete.

‘Hopefully we can find a solution, that’s what we are working for on a daily basis. You have got to understand what we are competing against and what other clubs can offer from a business point of view.

‘Not from a football point of view, but business-wise clubs can offer a lot more than we can. It’s a difficult market.’

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