Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce claims soaring wages mean he can barely even afford to sign players available on free transfers.
Indian poultry giant Venky's are expected to complete a takeover of the Ewood Park club next month, but chairperson Anuradha J Desai revealed earlier this week just £5million will be made available for players.
Allardyce admits he has had to rely heavily on the youth element in his squad because of financial constraints, and now even players available for nothing are becoming a struggle to afford.
"The vast sums of money that are coming in at the top end of the game are stretching the rest of the sides to try to get as much benefit out of what finance they've got and get the best players they can find for that finance," said the former Bolton and Newcastle manager.
"But I think that there's a big factor that's sneaked in that's made it that much more difficult - and it's not transfer fees it's wages.
"They are astronomically high and have now made it very difficult to even take a very talented free transfer today which is what the norm would be for Blackburn in the past, or a small fee with good wages.
"Now astronomical wages are making it very difficult to take somebody who might not even have a transfer fee attached to them, because of the net value that they want and the net value that they're worth.
"And they know if you don't give it to them somebody else will."
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