Martin Allen looks to improve Notts County squad

Martin Allen
Allen took over at Notts County following the sacking of Paul Ince

Notts County manager Martin Allen says he is looking to strengthen in the January transfer window.

The Magpies are currently 9th in League One, four points off the play-offs, having lost their last three matches.

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

"Obviously good players are wanted by other clubs and with good players there's options for them."

He added: "No matter what most footballers say, they'll go where the most money is."

Allen had been reported as saying there would not be money to spend on new players unless others left but now says he has spoken to chairman Ray Trew about both arrivals and departures at Meadow Lane.

He said: "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."

If Allen is granted a budget to spend in January, he seems positive about the prospect of enticing players to sign for the world's oldest Football League club in their 150th year.

"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.

"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," he concluded.

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