Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is keen to add more British players to his squad but fears his targets will be overpriced.
The Swans sold home-grown stars Scott Sinclair and Joe Allen last summer and replaced them with the likes of Michu and Pablo Hernandez, who cost significantly less.
However, with Premier League rules insisting on at least eight homegrown players in their 25-man squad, Laudrup knows that policy cannot continue.
The former Mallorca boss concedes he says it’s increasingly difficult to find domestic transfer targets that represent good value and fit in to his side’s wage structure.
“If you are going to buy a British player then you will have to pay much more money,” said the Dane. “That doesn’t just happen here – it’s the same in Spain or Italy. When you have to buy a national player they will cost more money than international players.
“If you have two players at the same level, one from overseas is £3 million and the other one is £8 million, then who do you choose?
“My point is that to replace British players with British players will cost you a lot of money. The only alternative to not paying a high cost is to take less quality, so it’s a problem.
“We have to strengthen our team every year, but it will be even more difficult if the players who leave are British.”