Scunthorpe United’s Head of Recruitment Lee Turnbull told BBC Radio Humberside that the club were hopeful of striking a deal for an unnamed free agent, but were put off by the players excessive wage demands.
Turnbull admitted that the player, who was recently on trial with the club, was demanding a wage that the club were not prepared to pay.
“Whatever you were earning last year, you were earning last year. All the free agents at the moment are earning zero, so that’s where we tend to start and see if we can strike a deal”, Turnbull said.
“We had a player in the building recently who was earning probably three or four times the amount of money we were prepared to offer him and we couldn’t quite strike a deal.”
Turnbull said that the club have a large database of players and targets in a number of positions, including those not currently under contract and could look to swoop for reinforcements if the squad needs bolstering ahead of the January window.
“Free agents at the moment are increasingly becoming an option for clubs because of the transfer deadlines, so when the window shuts on the 31st August for the loan players, anyone who is out of contract then becomes a more valuable asset”.
“We have got a list of players that are free agents or deemed to be free agents, but nothing in this game is free”.