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Stags preparing club-record bid for striker

10 August 2017

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans has revealed that the Stags are preparing a club-record bid for a striker.

The boss has made no secret of his wish to add to his strike-force and, speaking to the local media at One Call Stadium this morning, he revealed that a potential opportunity has arisen.

The gaffer spoke to the player's manager earlier today and is waiting to hear whether the frontman is interested in pursuing the move to north Nottinghamshire.

"In one situation, we are talking a club record so it's very difficult to get things over the line, especially when the frustrations lie that other clubs still have to do their business," the Stags' chief said.

"In the last few days, we've become aware that a player - a type of player that we like - might be available.

"I've had a long chat with their manager on the phone this morning. It won't be a question of whether we can get there on the fee, I know we can get there on the fee. The manager is going to have a chat with that player today and say 'would you like to have a football chat [with Mansfield]?'.

"I'll get that call this afternoon. It won't be in time for the weekend, I wouldn't think, but if I get that call this afternoon then I've got a perfect situation.

"He's a striker. He's scored goals and he's been a real handful against my teams in the past."

Steve Evans, manager

"I'm with the chairman (John Radford) and the chief exec (Carolyn Radford) tomorrow afternoon/tomorrow evening and that's to talk about players, ins and outs, and that will be a three or four-hour meeting in which we'll get into everything about it. I would love to go into that meeting presenting this opportunity to them," the boss continued.

"He's a striker. He's scored goals and he's been a real handful against my teams in the past. He has to want to come.

"This kid that I'm on about now, this lad will have options but his manager will come back and tell me if he wants to have a chat. Then, typically me, I'll get in the car and go and have a coffee with him."

Last week, the former Leeds United boss confirmed reports that the club were interested in Scunthorpe United striker Tom Hopper, but a deal for the former Leicester City youngster is no longer likely to happen.

The gaffer said: "He's a young man that when he speaks to his family, he wants to play at higher levels and we respect that.

"I had a little bit of dialogue with Tom and it was very professional, very honest and very genuine. [Speaking to] the people at Scunthorpe, the chairman and the chief executive, I left that to Carolyn Radford and she was on the phone to me within a couple of hours to say they'd reached an agreement.

"That was the easy part, but the other part is that your players have to want to come and play for you. They have to want to be part of what you're doing and they have to want to play at the level and embrace it and be better than it."

Looking ahead to Saturday's Sky Bet League Two match at home to Forest Green Rovers, Stags will only be without winger Alex MacDonald, who is now approaching full fitness after his minor knee surgery last month.

"He's on his way, but he won't be on his way on Saturday, he'll be working behind-the-scenes.

"He's very, very close now. We've missed Alex; he gives you great quality.

"I can't give him big enough compliments for the condition he's come back in and he has to stay in that condition to get back in this team.

"When he sees the competition of the likes of [Will] Atkinson and [Alfie] Potter and [CJ] Hamilton and [Paul] Anderson, they're very fit boys. He has to be as fit as them and I've always said, you have to be very fit to play, not get fit by playing."

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