PREVIEWS AND TRANSFER NEWS
STRIKERS ON STAGS' 'HIT LIST'
Evening Post, 22 April 2005
Carlton Palmer has confirmed his interest in signing strikers Chris Greenacre and Simon Yeo, and Blackpool defender Rob Clare.
Former Stags favourite Greenacre looks set to leave Stoke at the end of the season and Palmer said: "I have rung Stoke about him. There are one or two strikers I am interested in and Chris is one of them.
"He is on the list of available strikers and is one of the players we will be looking at this summer. He's had some injury problems but if they do release him, we'd be interested."
England Under 21 international Clare - who can play at right-back and centre-back - has again been linked with a move to Field Mill, after falling out of favour at Bloomfield Road. His contract runs out at the end of the season, and Blackpool appear unlikely to take up the 12-month option they have on him.
Stags are one of approximately 12 clubs chasing Lincoln striker Yeo. The list of clubs interested is thought to include Huddersfield and Stockport. Yeo, who has scored 23 goals this season, has already rejected a new deal at Lincoln.
Other strikers on Palmer's hit list include Luke Beckett, Junior Agogo and Luke Rodgers, who has rejected a new deal at Shrewsbury. Palmer is hopeful he can capture the signature of Rotherham's Paul Warne.
The Stags boss says he has already agreed a deal with a Championship defender - who can play at centre back and right back.
Meanwhile, League Two promotion hopefuls Southend look to be emerging as one of the front runners to sign Stags' Luke Dimech.
The 28-year-old looks set for a place on the bench as Palmer goes for youth again tomorrow, with 29-year-old Richie Barker poised to be the oldest player in the side by six years for a second game running.
The Stags boss fielded a starting line-up against Darlington on Saturday with an average age of less than 22. Skipper Alex John-Baptiste was one of four teenagers involved.Tom Curtis has returned to training, but is not expected to be involved tomorrow. Jake Buxton is still struggling with groin, hip and back problems.
Mansfield from: White, Neil, Jelleyman, Day, John-Baptiste, Brown, Coke, McLachlan, Lloyd, Rundle, Barker, Buxton, McNiven, Dimech, Heron, Lonsdale, Langford, McIntosh, Wood.
MACKENZIE HOPES FOR A PLACE
Evening Post, 22 April 2005
Neil MacKenzie is in contention for a place in the Macclesfield starting line-up to face his former club for the first time since he left Field Mill.
But there is no guarantee he will start or even feature in tomorrow's game, after failing to secure a regular spot in the side in recent weeks.
The midfielder came on late in the game as Macclesfield lost 2-1 against new League Two leaders Southend at Moss Rose on Tuesday.
Macclesfield from: Wilson, Bailey, Swailes, Carragher, Morley, Potter, McIntyre, Harsley, Boyd, Tipton, Parkin, Miles, MacKenzie, Fettis, Welch, Townson, Whitaker, Barras.
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