Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne has pledged "new money" to help new manager Craig Brown when the transfer window opens.
Milne promised to find cash from outside the budget in order to persuade Brown to leave Motherwell for Pittodrie. Brown is set to make former Livingston full-back David McNamee his first signing when weather conditions allow him to travel north, with some more deals likely next month.
Milne told Red TV: "There`s not bags of money available in Scottish football, that`s just the reality."
He added: "But we said to Craig and Archie that we would work with them to find money to enable them to make the moves they want to make in January.
"The moves they make will probably end up being a combination of some new money and maybe moving some players on that they don`t feel are part of their long-term plans."
However, the housing magnate insists major spending is not needed to move Aberdeen off the bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
"Fans will always say that if there`s a chairman who they believe has money to burn, he should be throwing that into the football club," Milne said.
"We have provided a lot of financial support to the football club over the years and we will continue to do that.
"But I`ve never been a believer that throwing money at problems is the way to deal with them.
"Sometimes it helps but quite often it`s responsible for doing damage within the game. The real underlying issues are not addressed.