PLAYERS LINKED WITH STAGS
Mansfield have refused to be drawn on reports that they are lining up moves for released Crewe duo Phil Trainer and Paul Tait.
Midfielder Trainer is reported to be joining The Stags for pre-season training on July 2, with a view to a permanent move.
The 20-year-old, who spent two years at Gresty Road after joining from Wolverhampton Sunday League side Fordhouse's, is also reportedly being chased by Dr Martens Premier outfit Stafford Rangers, as well as Hednesford Town.
Trainer spent a spell on loan at Hednesford last season and boss Ian Painter is keen to talk to the youngster, but he would prefer to stay in the Football League.
Striker Tait, meanwhile, has also been linked with a move to Field Mill, but he has been locked in talks with Bristol Rovers recently and seems likely to make the move to the South West.
A club spokesman for Mansfield on Monday told TEAMtalk that manager Stuart Watkiss was keen to add new faces in the summer and added: "We are looking at strengthening the squad in the midfield and forward areas, but as yet we cannot confirm any names."
Stuart Watkiss has quashed rumours that he is planning swoops for Gillingham striker Iffy Onuora and Grimsby frontman Bradley Allen.
With Chris Greenacre almost certain to depart this summer and Shayne Bradley possibly following him, Stags are known to be in the market for a couple of strikers.
But Watkiss quickly played down the talk linking Onuora and Allen to the club.
"I do know Iffy Onuora but I have not spoken to him for ages and I have no plans to do so," he said.
"Let's be honest, even if I wanted to bring him here, I couldn't afford the wages he would be asking. The rumour is totally untrue.
He added: "The same goes with Bradley Allen. I am aware he is available but I have not spoken to the player or his agent."
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