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Boss expects involvement in Deadline Day business

31 August 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans believes there could be Deadline Day movement both in and out of One Call Stadium before the transfer window slams shut at 11.00pm tonight.

Speaking to the local media this morning, the gaffer is hoping to finalise deals for both a central midfielder and striker before tonight's deadline, whilst 'two or three' players could leave One Call Stadium on loan.

And the manager believes 'half the battle is won' in regards to the midfielder, who favours a move to the club.

"We'd love to do one or two things but that's now the decision for the chairman (John Radford) and the CEO (Carolyn Radford). The central midfield player that we really like, he wants to come. His representatives want him to come," the Stags' chief explained.

"The boy's single preferred choice, after having met two or three managers and met myself, would be to come here, but the deal has to be right."

Steve Evans, manager

"It's now a decision for my chairman and CEO. If they say 'no, we can't quite get there on this deal' then I am 100 percent compliant with that. They've been fantastic and they're great to work with every day.

"I think we have won half the battle. His representatives called – I spoke to him yesterday – but they've called me this morning and they've had two or three options on the table to them. The boy's single preferred choice, after having met two or three managers and met myself, would be to come here, but the deal has to be right."

The former Leeds United boss also believes that a deal for the young striker could be completed today, but he doesn't expect the youngster to immediately stake a claim for a first team place, should he make the move.

"That's another one where he's just waiting for us to say 'yes'. All the focus, quite rightfully, has gone on to the central midfield player. I think the young striker, we can get that done. It's never going to be a big money thing or anything like that.

"It's going to be someone who can come in and we're going to help develop over 12 months. He'll train with us every day and possibly make an appearance now and again if he does exceptionally well ahead of his time, then he would play a part. If he doesn't then he would join the likes of Coops (Richard Cooper) and Mike (Whitlow) at 21 level and develop nicely along the way."

The gaffer is also expecting players to leave One Call Stadium on loan to League Two clubs or below, but admits that could happen after the transfer window closes.

"I'd expect to see a couple go out on loan today – maybe two or three.

"I don't think they'll be season-long loans. The loan option's there to go until January or go for 90 days.
"We'll retain the rights to bring these lads back on recall clauses. Let's not forget, in terms of going down the levels, they can go after today. The Conference, or the National League as it's known these days, is not subject to strict rules that we are in terms of the transfer window."

After revealing that the club had received three offers for two players after the Checkatrade Trophy match against Lincoln City on Tuesday, the gaffer says the bids have been rejected by the club's owners.

"We've had a bit of interest in both the good news in terms of the main squad – what I would say ones that have been playing – the three written offers that came in for the two players have been rejected by our chairman and CEO.

"I expected they would be but we had a brief chat after the game the other night and to be fair, the question as always from our chairman was: 'do you want to sell them? Do you stand by your valuations? We support you, they're not going to have them.'"

Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags to view the manager's full news conference later this afternoon.

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