DONS have opened talks with marquee loan signing Alan Smith to try and make his switch to stadiummk a permanent one.
The former England midfielder made the shock move to the club from Newcastle in January and securing his signature on a permanent basis would be seen as an even bigger coup.
Smith, who does not have a future at Newcastle and would be available as a free agent, discussed becoming a permanent Don while playing golf with manager Karl Robinson at Wentworth.
Making the move would mean a significant wage cut and Smith does have other options at home and abroad.
However, Dons believe that the player is not solely motivated by money and Robinson’s comments last week – when he said that if he was at the club he was confident Smith would be – are also encouraging.
Meanwhile the boss, and his new coaching team of Mick Harford and IanWright, are hoping to tie up deals to bring new players in.
Robinson has insisted that nobody is for sale, no matter what transfer bids come in, and he wants a right back, a centre back and a striker in a larger squad of 22 players.
Loan recalls and injuries mean that Dons haven’t had a regular right-back this season, while a centre back would allow ShaunWilliams to push into the midfield. A new striker will provide assistance for Charlie MacDonald.
“We’re trying to get a few things done and dusted,” Robinson said. “We’re going through targets, speaking to agents and trying to get deals done.
“The reason I don’t want to sell is I want to build and make our strong team even better.
“There’s one or two clubs who are interested in two players, but we’ve got to make sure we keep our bottle.”