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Boss eyes further additions to strengthen squad

24 August 2017

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans is lining up moves for two more players before the summer transfer window closes next Thursday.

The gaffer added Oxford United frontman Kane Hemmings to his strike-force earlier this week on a season-long loan deal.

And after making no secret of his desire to add a striker and an attacking midfielder to his squad, the boss is now focussed on securing a deal for the latter after bringing Hemmings to the club.

"I drove a long way on Tuesday to watch the kid play [the attacking midfielder] and I thought he was excellent. When you go to have a final look, you want the player to be good and he was good," the Stags' chief said.

"We've gone away so we'll let those discussions continue with other people and we'll see where it lands. If we get this lad in, we've never hidden who it is, a midfield player, we'll get him in and in terms of the first team squad, we're almost done and dusted.

"I've had some communication via text message. I've had two or three conversations with his representatives over the last week or two and one with his manager, so we'll probably know more in the next 24 hours as to how close we really get.

"I drove a long way on Tuesday to watch the kid play and I thought he was excellent."

Steve Evans, manager

"Then I'll have to rely once again on our chief executive stepping in and seeing if she wants to do and of course if the chairman wants to do it."

In addition to the potential midfield signing, the gaffer is also tracking a young striker, with whom he has previously worked at a former club.

"There is another young lad from one of my former clubs, who may be coming out of there and if that can happen, it'll be great. 

"This is just a young lad that we liked and we just heard this week that he could be available to us. He'll be a young player coming into the group.

"He'll come in with the first team but the priority is this central midfield player. I have no back-up to this midfield player; this is someone I identified last season, if I'm being honest.

"I made a move for him last season, but I got a 'custard pie'. I got no chink of light whatsoever from his manager.

"The interest has been there for two or three weeks, real interest from us. We'll know pretty much by the next 24 hours if we're going to do something."

Stags welcome Nathan Jones' Luton Town to One Call Stadium on Saturday and the boss has confirmed that winger Alex MacDonald will be named in squad, however fellow wide-man Alfie Potter will miss out.

"Alex has been excellent in training, it has to be said. In a little practice match, he was magnificent, ran out of gas a little bit, but he'll be in the 18 on Saturday.

"Probably physically-wise, Alex MacDonald is in the best shape he's ever been in his career and the sooner we can get minutes into him and properly involved in the team, the better.

"Alfie will train tomorrow, not today. He'll be back in full training but Saturday will probably be a little bit too soon for Alfie. We expect him to be back in full competitive training tomorrow.

"Zander Diamond picked up a little niggle in the practice match on Tuesday, but Zander will be fine. I'm expecting him to train today, but if there's any element of doubt, we'll leave him out such is the talent and quality in our group."

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

 


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