Luke Williams talks MK Dons transfers, negotiations ongoing with targets

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    Milton Keynes Dons assistant manager Luke Williams has spoken of the team's approach to the transfer market this summer, confirming that strikers are the top priority and negotiations are underway with a number of targets.

    The Dons have already brought in four new faces so far this off-season, with Scott Twine and Franco Ravizzoli joining on permanent deals while Josh Martin and Ethan Robson have moved to Stadium MK on season-long loans.

    Plenty more additions are still needed to provide manager Russell Martin with a competitive squad that will look to improve on last season's 13th place finish in League One, and his assistant is pleased with the approach the team have had so far.

    Speaking at this morning's press conference, Williams commented: "I think first of all, we're in a far better place than we were last year. I think it's been fantastic how aggressive we've been to try and do business early, and I think that will continue."

    Williams was also quick to suppress any expectations of imminent deals, however, but is expecting more to be made in the near future, with the process continuing even when himself and Martin are preoccupied with first-team training.

    He explained: "I don't think there's anything juicy that I can give you at the moment, that's about to drop, but we are very much in the market and we are speaking to other clubs and to players."

    "As you know, these things take time to sort out and that process we've got people taking part in negotiations all the time while we're at the training pitch. So there will definitely be more movement, that's for sure."

    For the Dons, adding a couple of recognised first-team quality strikers is the clear priority. Cameron Jerome has joined Luton Town on a free transfer and loanee Will Grigg is back with Sunderland, with his future still up in the air.

    This has left the Dons with Charlie Brown and youngsters Jay Bird and Brooklyn Ilunga as players vying for spots in the squad, far below the standard needed to compete in the top half of League One next season.

    The need to add strikers during this window was addressed by Williams, who said: "We know that we need to bring in more players at the top of the pitch."

    "Things are promising in terms of, like I say, we've got negotiations going on at the moment. We're very optimistic that we'll see players coming in very soon."

    "That way we can try to work with them before the friendlies towards the end of the pre-season, where we get to have a real look at what the team might look like on opening day."

    He added: "We are getting closer on that front."

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