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7th January 2005 14:09


Evening Post, 07 January 2005

Carlton Palmer has agreed an 18-month deal with a League One left back.

Palmer's target, who has already made more than 20 appearances for his club this season, looks set to feature in an FA Cup clash tomorrow.

And the Stags caretaker manager wants to tie up the deal on Monday.

He said: "We're talking to his agent and he should be here in time for our game against Southend."

Palmer is also set to sign loan duo Fraser McLachlan and Paul Warne on permanent deals. McLachlan is poised to put pen to paper today - while Jake Buxton, who Palmer says he will switch to right back, also looks likely to earn a new deal.

But Adam Eaton, who was first choice left back at the start of the season, will go under the knife again next Thursday for surgery which will rule him out for the rest of the season.

Mansfield will have to make do without Derek Asamoah again for Tuesday's rearranged clash against Cambridge United, after the striker was sent off at Northampton - while Richie Barker is nursing a broken nose.

But Palmer is looking forward to welcoming several players back from injury before the end of the month - and the extra competition for places.

"Everybody is fighting for places and most of the players are fighting for contracts.

"Hopefully, we'll have Tom Curtis, Dave Artell and Rhys day back before the end of the month and Jason Talbot is about two weeks away from being fit.

"So who knows what will happen."

Palmer believes Stags are on course for a play-off spot. Mansfield are currently four points behind seventh-placed Lincoln City following Monday's 1-0 win over Scunthorpe.


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