I don't think FM12 is quite as bad as what some people have previously suggested, but one thing that really frustrates me with it is buying players.
It's been disastrous ever since SI got rid of the assistant recommendations, especially for someone like me who likes to manage in the lower leagues where you haven't got big budgets to spend.
The obvious place to turn would be the scouting system, which can be good if you're at a top club with lots of money to spend, but again, is atrocious otherwise. All the scouting recommendations I normally get back only tend to be 16-20 year olds who have great potential but are completely out of reach of my club based on budget and and aren't good enough to get into the team right now.
Even the 'filter unrealistic targets' option is utterly useless. With that ticked, I will find some suitable players to loan from bigger clubs, sometimes only a division above mine, but they will still reject the chance to join my club, saying that they have no intention of joining.
Does anybody else have this much trouble signing players? How can I make my signings more efficient in future?