Huddersfield Town hope to cherry-pick some key signings from the continental market this summer.
Head coach David Wagner has already brought in Algerian international Karim Matmour, from a career made in German football.
And Town’s head of football operations, Stuart Webber, says chairman Dean Hoyle has agreed to fund spreading the scouting net further.
“Part of bringing David Wagner in was to open up the foreign market,” explained Webber, underlining Town have no need to sell any of their best players in the next window.
“When you look at the English market, especially the Championship, it’s become very saturated and very expensive and even average Championship players cost a lot to buy and a lot in wages.
“Look at the players who have moved from League I and League II. Conor Washington has gone for £2.5m (from Peterborough to QPR). Five years ago a League I player would have been a punt at £300,000 or £400,000, but now it’s £2.5m.
“Our record signing is £1.3m, so we have to have an open mind to foreign players and, again, bringing in a foreign coach we firmly believe will help that.”
Webber added a note of caution, however, because of the togetherness of the current squad.
“You have to be careful that you don’t do too many because you don’t want to get to pre-season with say eight foreign players and it just doesn’t work,” he explained.
“We have a really good spirit in the group at the minute and it’s important we add to that spirit, not potentially cause ourselves a problem.
“Our scouting network has just got a little bit wider and Dean realised we needed to invest a little more, because if you are signing foreign players there is a bigger risk attached to that. There is always a risk when making a signing, but certainly a bigger risk abroad.
“You need to do more due diligence, more travelling and watch them more often (before making a move), and we are fortunate that with me in my position and David in his, we are willing to do those miles and watch players.
“We are not lazy and sitting at home reading the paper and saying ‘yes, we’ll sign Joe Bloggs’ off the back of You Tube.
“We will go and do the hard yards and watch players, so I think going forward we are only going to get stronger and better at that.
“We are now starting to build on what Ross (Wilson) did well, he put a good infrastructure in place and we are now looking at the next level, and can we turn a good infrastructure into a great one in terms of scouting.”