Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis believes it is a struggle to sign young players released by top clubs due to their high wage demands.
Davis is disappointing after missing out on left-back Greg Leigh, who spent last season on loan at Gresty Road, claiming the defender wanted too much money, with the former Manchester City player set to move elsewhere.
The Crewe boss believes young players are used to a good lifestyle at a young age, something they are unwilling to give up, even if it's at the expense of their progression.
“It is disappointing because I thought we would get him as he was our first choice. We knew what he was about and he knew the club. He would have fitted in like he did last season and is a Manchester lad. It would have been ideal for him but we cannot pay the sort of money Manchester City pay him," Davis told Crewe's website.
“That is the problem with the lads coming down from the Under-21 sides of the top clubs. They are paid a lot of money at a young age and I suppose they get accustomed to their lifestyles. It can be difficult.
“We wanted Greg to come here, to play in our team and rebuild his career. He would then get that type of money again depending on his performances."