West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Mowbray claims chairman Jeremy Peace has told him he must sell before he can buy a player in the January transfer window.
The former Hibernian boss, who was installed as the long-term replacement for Bryan Robson a month ago, has revealed that he would like to bolster the Baggies squad with new faces in January.
However, following discussions with Peace, Mowbray has confirmed that a number of fringe players will have to be moved on before any new arrivals can be secured.
Mowbray said: "I talk to the chairman (Jeremy Peace) just about every day about potential ins and outs. As the chairman has said, I will need to create some funds to make that happen.
"The clear message is that the players we see taking us into the future won't be going anywhere because I understand you need your best players to win football matches.
"But, sometimes, the players you wouldn't mind moving on are the ones that people don't covet. There might have to be a sale down the line to create some movement for players to come in.
"A new drive, a new face around the place isn't a bad thing. It can stir things up and get players trying to show the new signing they are better than him."