Curle 'looking at a number of players' but injuries will not change his transfer plans

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Keith Curle
Town boss happy to bide his time in the transfer market

Keith Curle is 'looking at a number of players' to bolster his squad in the final few weeks of the summer transfer window, but Cobblers' mounting injury list will not alter his current plans.

The Cobblers have signed nine players in the summer transfer window, the most recent of which was striker Benny Ashley-Seal on a two-year deal from Wolves earlier this week.

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Curle would have plenty of selection dilemmas for Saturday's opening game against AFC Wimbledon if he was picking from a fully-strength squad, but up to eight players could be missing.

However, Curle has his eye on a number of potential new signings and does not intend to change those plans purely because of his growing injury problems.

"We're always working," said Curle. "We've been talking to a few people but we're waiting for that domino effect to strike.

"There are a number of players we are looking at in a number of positions who have got different assets that we believe can blend with what we've brought to the club already.

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"The good thing is, and I've said before, it's not about how much money you spend, it's the availability of having money to spend as and when you need it and as and when you deem it to be the right move for the football club.

"We've brought in some corner pieces of the puzzle but we do have room for some key edge pieces. We've got good characters and good experience in the building but also good hunger and I like that.

"A few pieces are still required and some pieces might go in the other direction so we're still building the squad. It's by no means complete."

Curle also revealed he has lost out to clubs in higher divisions for some of his targets this summer.

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"I think it shows we're looking in the right places because some of the players we tried to bring in have gone on to clubs in higher divisions," Curle told BBC Radio Northampton. "But we had been in negotiations with those players.

"We have missed out on players but we're looking in the right areas. My remit has always been to try and bring value for money to the club.

"I will not sign a player until I have had two meetings with that player and in those meetings I build a relationship with him so he understands what I want from him and what my expectations are."

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