Craig Brown has admitted losing talented defender Mark Reynolds may be his only hope of adding more faces to the squad.
The Motherwell boss today confirmed he has a budget for an additional goalkeeper and striker, but anything over and above that may only be possible with the sale of Reynolds.
With the financial situation, perpetuated by the demise of Setanta, really starting to bite in Scotland, every club have to cut their cloth accordingly.
And Brown knows that although it would be a wrench to lose Reynolds, who has interested a host of clubs south of the border, he could only wish him well after this honest approach with the club.
“Mark wants to progress his career and he has been very good to Motherwell,” said the Fir Park boss.
“He was an ever-present and missed just one game in the last two seasons, the last game of last season at Ibrox.
“Mark Reynolds deserves the best move he can get and the club is supportive of his move because it would benefit the club financially but also because it would benefit Mark and he has been such a good servant here.
“But we have not had one official enquiry to the club for him. His agent is working on it. We would lose a terrific player but it would give us funds to strengthen the team.
“Without Mark going, we can’t sign anyone other than budget. That’s it in a nutshell.”
One club reported in the press to be monitoring the progress of the 23-year-old is Nottingham Forest, bossed by former ‘Well chief Billy Davies.
Brown has made tentative steps to establish whether Davies – who was his assistant at Preston – is interested in Reynolds and backed the defender to be a hit if he did win a move to Forest.
He said: “Billy Davies is on holiday in the USA. Billy and I are very friendly and he hasn’t discussed Mark with me.
“That doesn’t mean to say that he won’t when he comes back from his break but he hasn’t so far.
“I’ve heard that story too so I sent him a text message yesterday to see what was happening and whether he was interested. I think he gets back from his holiday tomorrow.
“It’s just so I can say to the player that there is an interest in him. Mark deserves that, there is no finer guy.
“I think Nottingham would be excellent for him. I know their two centre-backs and I think he’s at least as good or better than them, that’s my considered and humble opinion. He would strengthen Nottingham Forest in my opinion but I’m not picking Billy’s team for him as Billy would tell you.
“We are good friends and he knows what I think of Mark Reynolds and we have very seldom differed on the opinion of a player. We still agree on the quality of a football player.”