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Gaffer optimistic of adding frontman to squad

21 August 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans is 'hopeful' of tying up a loan deal for a striker ahead of this Saturday's home match against Luton Town.

The gaffer has spoken publically about the hunt for a frontman to add to the striking quartet of Danny Rose, Lee Angol, Jimmy Spencer and Omari Sterling-James since the end of last season.

And although nothing is yet agreed, the boss is hopeful of finalising a loan deal, with a view to a permanent move, for the striker this week.

"I've just had a call on the way in this morning, something may be happening. I'm waiting to speak to our chairman (John Radford) and chief executive (Carolyn Radford), just to give them the latest from my side. I'm not going to say anymore, it would be very good for us if this could happen," the Stags' chief said.

"He's a striker. He's scores a goal, he works incredibly hard for his team and I've tried to sign him a couple of times.

"I've only had a call from his agent saying the kid would love to come, I've never spoken to him in my life. I need my chairman and chief exec just to give it final approval.

"It would be a loan with a view to making it permanent with a transfer fee in January. I don't want to say anymore because we've been here before and it's not happened."

Steve Evans, manager

"I'll be having that chat with the chairman and chief exec – they're really busy this morning, tied up in a number of meetings not related to football. They will call me when their diary allows and we'll have that chat and if we have that chat, then I'm hopeful.

"It would be a loan with a view to making it a permanent with a transfer fee in January. I don't want to say anymore because we've been here before and it's not happened."

Speaking at a news conference at One Call Stadium earlier today, the gaffer told the local media that winger Alex MacDonald is now available for selection after last month's knee surgery and was close to being included in Saturday's defeat to Accrington Stanley.

"He's ready now. If we have a good week out of Alex, he'll be ready for Saturday. I was very, very tempted to not only put him on the bench on Saturday, but to actually play him.

"It's always a brutal, physical challenge at Accrington, as it is most weeks in the league, but particularly there.

"So we wanted Alex to have another game on the pitch and more game-time and come through another week of training, but the wee fella's ready. He probably told me ten times in ten minutes after the game.

"The squad's in good shape. We've got Alfie [Potter] who we'll try and have fit as best we can for Luton, but other than that, everyone's come through Saturday with no ill effects."

Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to view the manager's full news conference.

 


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