KEITH Curle insists his recruitment plans have not been thrown off course by Latics' transfer embargo.

It was revealed last week that Oldham have had the restrictions imposed by the EFL as part of conditions under a monitored loan agreement from the league, meaning Latics are only permitted to sign free agents or loans during this transfer window.

But Curle, who has so far made five summer signings - all on free transfers - says it will not have a significant impact on the rest of his summer business.

"There's a maximum squad of 22 that you can have signed at the beginning of the season," said the head coach.

"There are restrictions. We're not the only football club, there are lots of other football clubs that have got different restrictions.

"I think it promotes good house keeping and good understanding of where you are financially as a football club, which is something you can't ignore."

Asked if it had restricted him in terms of the business he wanted to do, he said: "No."

Curle so far has a senior squad of 19. That figure is made up of the the 10 contracted from last season - after George Blackwood left by mutual consent, the four youth team scholars promoted to the senior set-up, and the five summer signings so far in

That squad number could fall to 18 should Dylan Bahamboula's trial with Middlesbrough be successful and lead to a move to the Riverside.