OWEN Coyle admits he is still hopeful Wigan Athletic can tie up a deal for Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young.
But the Gunners will have to put their hands in their pockets to help push the loan move through.
Coyle is desperate to bolster his strike force, with Grant Holt and Marc-Antoine Fortune still short of match fitness after recovering from injuries.
In addition, there remains a massive question mark over Shaun Maloney, who is nursing hip and back problems and may face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
As a result, Coyle has targeted the South Korea international on a loan basis.
Despite the player apparently wanting to join Wigan to boost his own chances of appearing at next summer’s World Cup finals, the move has broken down over finance.
“We’ve spoken to Arsenal about Park, and the discussions regarding the footballing side went very well,” Coyle told the Evening Post.
“Jonathan (Jackson, chief executive) was also having discussions with the financial people at Arsenal, but I think the package was just a little out of our reach at this moment in time.
“What people have got to understand is that, while we are looking to bring in very good players – which we have done – we will only play Championship salaries, albeit with incentives and bonuses to do well. The players we have brought in have all come within our budget, and that will continue to be the case.”
While desperate to secure an immediate return to the top flight, Coyle insists Latics will never get into a position of spending money they don’t have.
“I’ve heard a lot lately about the amount of money being spent by Championship clubs – but that is not an issue at Wigan Athletic,” Coyle added.
“We run our football club very astutely, and we make sure we will never be in any financial trouble.
“Several of the players we brought in over the summer took wage cuts to come here, such was their desire to come, and that’s the way we go about our business.
“QPR spent more on one player – Charlie Austin – than we paid in total for our summer spending.
“That shows you how hard we have worked on that side of things, and come January there will be money available for us to strengthen further.
“We’d have loved to get Park in, of course we would, but we also have to understand the financial situation.
“It’s not closed by any means, dialogue will continue between Jonathan and Arsenal and we’ll see where it takes us.
“I’m led to believe that the lad himself is keen to come, because he wants to put himself in the shop window before the World Cup next summer.
“But it can only happen if there is a financial agreement, and that is what we are working on at the moment.”
Coyle will continue to scour the market for the right men at the right price.