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McGhee not happy with squad size

Souleymane Mamam and Seyfo Soley
Mamam and Soley are hoping to win deals with Motherwell

Mark McGhee has said he is still unhappy with the size of his squad, despite keeping track of several players on trial at Motherwell.

New Zealand keeper Phil Imley, Souleymane Mamam, Seyfo Soley and Jim O'Brien are all trialists at Fir Park.

"Obviously I am not satisfied with the strength in depth that we currently have," McGhee told the club website.

"I was very disappointed not to add John Kennedy, but we've had a couple on trial and they've done well."

Togo international Mamam, Celtic's O'Brien and Soley, formerly of Preston, improved their chances of a contract by helping McGhee's side defeat Bradford City 4-0 in a friendly on Saturday.

However, McGhee insisted that he would not be rushed into making signings and any prospective players would have to match the standard of the current Fir Park squad.

"We'll continue to look at them and others before we make any decisions," said McGhee.

"I must re-iterate the stance that I set out last summer and in the January transfer window - I will not sign players just for the sake of it.

"I absolutely refuse to waste the club's money on that front.

I must re-iterate the stance that I set out last summer and in the January transfer window - I will not sign players just for the sake of it.

Mark McGhee

"Any player we bring in will have to be better than the boys already at the club or it's a waste of time."

Motherwell lost out to Norwich City after Celtic defender John Kennedy agreed to join the Canaries on loan until January.

The 24-year-old had been at Motherwell's summer training camp in Austria, but the Fir Park club could not match Celtic's financial demands.

Looking ahead to Wednesday's friendly against Championship side Preston North End, McGhee said he expects a tough test.

"They will be stiffer opposition given they are a Championship side.

"That will force us to step it up a notch or two which aides the natural progression towards the Hearts game on 9 August."


see also
Trialists help Well dump Bradford
26 Jul 08 |  Motherwell
Well lose out after Kennedy bid
25 Jul 08 |  Celtic


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