Slaven Bilic has identified the key areas he want to fill in the Irons side but won’t rush to get the first available options.
The new manager believes he needs a top right back, central defender, holding midfielder and creative middle of the park operator as his first signings.
He and David Sullivan are holding intensive talks over each position but a source close to the new boss said: “Slav wants the absolute best he can find and won’t be rushed.
“He has identified the areas he’s looking at and it’s caused a ripple of surprise that he sees the need for another top class central defender.”
“However, with James Collins hitting his 32nd birthday in August he sees this as the time to bring inhig h quality new blood at the heart of defence.”
David Sullivan insists that Alex Song could yet arrive as permanent signing but doubts are arising over Carl Jenkinson on a new loan deal as Arsenal are believed to want £2 million for the privilege of letting him out for a season .
Key to Bilic is to find a top class creative midfielder in the Luka Modric mould whom he once claimed was the best player in the world.