MILLWALL chief executive Andy Ambler has revealed that manager Kenny Jackett is already over budget for this season.
Jackett, who has signed Scott Malone, Chris Taylor, Maik Taylor, Danny Shittu and Karleigh Osborne during the current transfer window, has played down the prospect of bringing any further signings before Friday's deadline.
And Ambler says fringe players may have to be sold to finance new additions should Jackett wish to strengthen. Dany N'Guessan and Darren Ward, who have been linked with moves to Charlton and Swindon Town respectively, could depart within the coming days.
Ambler told Lions Live: "We gave Kenny a budget and that's what he's using – in fact, he's probably a little bit over it at the moment and we've talked about maybe some players exiting before others can come in.
"We had a discussion with the manager at the end of last season about what we could make available to him as, we do every year.
"There's a lot of hearsay and rumour about which clubs pay what, but I would say we are in the bottom six in the division in terms of money spent on the squad.
"The chairman has always said that if more people come to the games, he would give the extra money to Kenny to strengthen the squad – and actually, he done that year in, year out.
"I'm not turning it back on the fans, I'm just saying that's where the chairman is coming from. That's not a criticism, because I know all of the fans would like to see bigger attendances."
Millwall have also handed new contracts to Paul Robinson, Jack Smith, James Henry and Josh Wright in recent months, leading to a rise in the club's wage bill.