PALMER SPEAKS TO 5, AND WON`T PAY FOR BEARDSLEY
Busy Palmer speaks to five
CHAD website, 12 May 2005
STAGS boss Carlton Palmer has already spoken to five players about joining the club - and is confident at least four of them will sign.
Although he is keeping his cards close to his chest about the names on his shopping list, he admitted he had spoken to Paul Warne, who did so well on loan with Stags earlier this season, Blackpool defender Rob Clare and former Stags striker Chris Beardsley.
"As a lot of managers have gone on holiday I have been trying to get in early with players and make offers," said Palmer.
"I don't want to mention too many names as other managers may step in as I have done with a young lad who I got a tip-off on and hope will now join us.
"As far as Paul Warne is concerned, he is also talking to Oldham and we can't compete with them on money, that's for sure.
"But we have made him a very good offer. I know he enjoyed his time here on loan and his best mate is Richie Barker.
"To join Oldham would mean driving for an hour and 20 minutes every day and his family are very settled where they are. I am very optimistic.
"Rob Clare is someone I am very keen to bring to the club and we will just have to wait and see.
"And I have spoken to Kidderminster about bringing Chris Beardsley back here. He is one of several young players that should never have been allowed to leave here and he is Mansfield through and through. The lad is keen to come back
"The only problem is that Kidderminster are talking about a fee and I wouldn't pay one for him or go to a tribunal. But he's still only a young lad and would be a useful acquisition."
Clare, a former England U21 international, worked under Palmer at Stockport, who are also very interested. Beardsley has scored goals for Doncaster Rovers and Kidderminster since leaving Field Mill and Rovers are entitled to 50 per cent of any subsequent transfer fee from Harriers.
Palmer spoke again to keeper Kevin Pilkington about a new deal today and the pair will speak again on Monday.
But Alex Neil is ready to leave the club after turning down the offer made to him. "There was room for a bit of negotiation but I asked Alex what his bottom line was and we would not pay that sort of money. I doubt if anyone else will either," said Palmer.
"Over 46 games I believe Paul Warne would be a better player than Alex Neil and I would rather pay that money to him than give Alex more than I believe he is worth.
"I know my budget and we also have the Liam Lawrence money. It's all a question of me finding value for money.
"Our budget is capped at 60 per cent of our income which is obviously down on this time last year with smaller crowds. But I hope we can make a good start to the season and get the fans back in which will allow us to increase our spending by December."
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