STAGS REJECT HARTLEPOOL BID FOR DAY
Mansfield boss Keith Curle has rejected a £10,000 bid from League One club Hartlepool for unsettled central defender Rhys Day.
The Stags have confirmed Pools' offer of an initial £5,000 for the 21-year-old Day, with a further £5,000 based on appearances.
Day, who has been in protracted discussions over a contract extension at Mansfield, was back at Field Mill this week after being granted a 10-day cooling off period by Curle to "re-align his focus".
A bereavement has now delayed Day's return, with Curle saying: "Rhys had a good season last season but it was the first step on the ladder and I believe he needs to further his footballing education.
"I would like to think it will be at this football club. He's too good a player to let go for the sort of money offered by Hartlepool and I am confident he'll sign a new deal with us when he reports for training (on Tuesday) with the rest of the team."
STAGS 'NO' TO HARTLEPOOL BID FOR DAY
Evening Post - 14 July 2004
Mansfield Town have rejected a £10,000 offer from Coca-Cola League One side Hartlepool for Rhys Day.
The defender was asked to stay away from the club for ten days after he stalled on a new deal while his agent looked for a club for him in a higher division.
But the Welsh Under-21 international, who was instrumental in the centre of defence last season, is expected to sign a new contract after returning to training this week.
In the meantime, Hartlepool have approached the Stags with an offer of £5,000 and a further £5,000 after a number of games have been played.
"Rhys had a good season last season but it was the first step on the ladder and I believe that he needs to further his footballing education and would like to think that it will be at this football club," said manager Keith Curle.
"He is too good a player to let go for the sort of money that was offered by Hartlepool.
"I am confident that he will sign a new deal with us."
Meanwhile Mansfield have gone international in their search to bolster their squad for the new season.
Stags management duo Keith Curle and John Gannon have contacted an agent in Belgium to find a right-back, centre-half and centre-forward.
And it led to 22-year-old Floran Graniar from Marseille arriving yesterday. With him came Couthel Thabut from the French second division and 21-year-old Leebibi Noham, from Strasbourg.
Assistant boss John Gannon said: "An agent based in Belgium has recommended we take a look at these players and so far they are looking good.
"We need to see players in action during a game so we will be playing the lads in the behind-closed-doors friendly against Rotherham today and possibly again on Saturday at home against Stoke."
Also on trial at Field Mill this week is Scott McNiven from Oxford United. Although only 26, he has amassed 289 league games, with 253 of these at Oldham Athletic.
"Scott was just starting as a youngster at Oldham as I was finishing my time there and has lots of first team experience so we think he is worth a look." Gannon said.
Next week Kristian Prymonlle will be on trial when the Polish-born player flies in from German Bundesliga side Chemnitze.
And Keith Curle has confirmed that he has been chasing pacy Northampton striker Derek Asamoah.
"I have been in talks with Northampton, Derek and his agent for a couple of weeks of now," said Curle. "But because the player is under 24 years old we, like many clubs, do not want to get involved in a tribunal situation."
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