STRIKERS are at the top of Micky Mellon’s summer shopping list, but the Fleetwood Town manager admits they are the toughest items to steer through the checkout.
Having decided against retaining Gareth Seddon and Magno Vieira for the club’s first season in Football League, Town have sold fellow frontman Jamie Vardy to Leicester City for a seven-figure sum and have seen Richard Brodie return to Crawley after a season-long loan.
It leaves some big boots to fill in the Town dressing room and Mellon agrees that deals for strikers are often the trickiest to pull off.
Mellon told The Gazette: “I think it’s obvious we are looking for strikers, having lost four.
“We are looking at players in any position if we feel they would improve the squad, but it is important that we try to get some goals back into the group.
“But unfortunately, strikers are the most in-demand players in the summer transfer market and are the most expensive.”
They could become even more so for Town, with the club viewed within the game as cash-rich following the Vardy windfall.
But any clubs or agents who think Town may now be tempted to pay through the nose, or will throw all the Vardy cash at a replacement, are very much mistaken.
Mellon added: “I think some clubs think I have the Vardy money on my kitchen table and will just hand it over to them, but we won’t be made to pay over the odds.
“We may be new to this level, but we know what the going rates are in wages and fees and we won’t be sucked in.
“We will make sure this money is used to safeguard the future of this club.”
As for Town’s summer strengthening, Mellon added that progress is being made but supporters should not hold their breath for any deals.
“It’s still early days and I don’t think anything is imminent, but we are working hard to move things along.
“We have spoken to all our main targets and made offers to them, and they are now looking at their options.
“We have covered all the bases and we have other players we are ready to speak to if we don’t succeed with those we have made offers to. We are where I’d expect us to be at this stage.”