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King aims to seal deal for commanding centre-half
BRENDON King is still pursuing his top summer transfer target but is not 100 per cent sure he will get his man.
The Weymouth boss has set his sights on a commanding centre-half and is currently trying to broker a deal with the player’s current club.
Despite having already lost out on Jason Matthews and Dave Allen to Dorchester Town and AFC Totton respectively, the Terras are still determined to add more experience to their ranks and King believes this particular potential recruit would prove a major acquisition if they could land him.
He told Echosport: “We are still working on our number one target but he is currently under contract at another club so we will just have to see what happens.
“It has hit a bit of a standstill recently but we are continuing to work on it and if it comes off I believe it would be a massive signing for us.
“We hope we can get him but at the same time not 100 per cent sure we will.”
King has also made offers to a couple of other players but for obvious reasons is still refusing to identify them.
He added: “There are plenty of irons in the fire but at this moment in time there is nothing concrete.
“As well as making our own enquiries, we are also receiving calls from players on a daily basis but it is important we don’t just rush into things and get it wrong.
“We have a set budget and as a management team it is up to us to put together the best squad we possibly can within that but due to the current economic climate and where we are situated that is easier said than done.
“Take players around the Southampton and Ports-mouth area for instance.
“They have got clubs like AFC Totton, Eastleigh, Bashley, Gosport Borough and Havant & Waterlooville all on their doorstep so the only way we are going to be able to compete for them is by offering over the top money, which is something we are not prepared to do.
“We will get there though.
“As a club we have a plan in place of where we want to be in five years’ time and it is going to have to be a patient process.
“The key is to build on things gradually season after season and at the same time keep bringing the youngsters on.
“If we can do that and keep improving year on year then that is all anyone can ask for.
“Having spoken to a lot of other managers at this level, most of them are in the same boat.
“There is not a lot of money out there at the minute so it is all about living within your means and building slowly for the future.”
The Terras are also tracking a 22-year-old defender who has agreed to come down for pre-season but is also set to have trials at a couple of League clubs.