Evans remains positive in striker search

Gillingham manager Steve Evans is remaining calm in his quest for a forward, despite hitting a stumbling block this week.

Speaking after last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Peterborough United, Evans was positive about the prospect of bringing in a new forward, but revealed on Thursday that their efforts have gone unrewarded.

The 57-year-old said: “I thought we would have been here on Monday or Tuesday with a new striker in the door but it didn’t happen. You don’t get annoyed anymore, you can get frustrated but you have to channel that frustration into motivation.”

Gillingham have been linked with both John Akinde and Dominic Samuel in the last 48 hours, but Evans confirmed that, despite his admiration for the pair, neither would be joining the Kent club in the window.

Samuel previously played at Priestfield under Justin Edinburgh, netting seven times back in the 2015/2016 season, before earning a move to Blackburn Rovers, and Akinde had previously played under Evans and assistant Paul Raynor at Crawley Town.

Dominic Samuel celebrates scoring for Gillingham back in 2015 (FootballLeaguePaper)

Evans added: “I think someone might be selling their house if we are signing those players, given the monies they are earning. John (Akinde) is a kid I know well and played for me, I don’t think I can expect my chairman to conjure deals to get them in the door. We are talking to two or three other clubs, one in our own league, not too far from here so we will see what happens.”

Despite being one of the form sides in the division, the Gills have scored just twice in their last five games and Evans has spoken for a number of weeks about the need to add to his squad.

Elsewhere, the club confirmed that Ousseynou Cisse will be leaving Gillingham on-loan for the remainder of the season.

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