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23rd July 2002 12:54


STAGS CHASE LARKIN
Evening Post, 23 July 2002
Mansfield Town have made a £135,000 transfer bid for a Division One striker, believed to be Wolves forward Colin Larkin.
Stags boss Stuart Watkiss has not revealed his transfer target, but I understand talks between the two clubs are at an advantaged stage.
Larkin is behind the likes of Dean Sturridge, Nathan Blake and George Ndah in the Molineux pecking order and Wolves boss Dave Jones is listening to offers for the Irishman.
Stags have been in the market for a striker all summer after Chris Greenacre, who scored 21 goals in last year's promotion campaign, left to join Division One Stoke City on a free transfer.
The Field Mill outfit were linked with the 20-year-old striker last season while he was on loan at Division Three Kidderminster Harriers.
There, Larkin scored six goals in 32 games but was employed as a wide striker in a 4-3-3 formation by then Harriers boss Jan Molby.
The Dane is also reported to be interested in acquiring Larkin for his new club, Hull City, but Watkiss is hopeful he can bring the striker to the club.
He said: "We are currently in negotiations with a first division club and we are trying to sort out a fee for a striker .
"As yet, nothing has been agreed but we are trying to sort something out and then, obviously, we will look to talk to the player concerned.
"I have been confident about getting other players in before but it would be an excellent signing for the club but, until we have agreed a fee, it is very early days."
Stags have also been boosted by the addition of Walsall utility player Matthew Gadsby, who is expected to feature for the Stags in tonight's friendly against Midland Football Alliance outfit Rushall Olympic.
Gadsby has been captured on a three-month loan deal from the Saddlers and can play as a full-back, central defender and in midfield.
Watkiss said he would have liked to have brought the 22-year-old to the club on a permanent basis but is happy to have agreed a temporary deal with Walsall boss Colin Lee.
He said: "Matthew comes here on a three-month loan but it is not ideal as I would have liked him on a permanent deal.
"But we needed to get something sorted out and I am just delighted to have got him into the building.
"He is a very versatile player, who prefers to play as right back or in the centre of defence, and I have been tracking him for a number of months."
Scott Sellars will also be staying at Field Mill after signing a deal that will keep him at Mansfield until the end of the year.
The veteran midfielder came in to help Stags at the end of last season and Watkiss is hopeful he will stay for the entire campaign.
At the moment, he is committed until December 31, which is when the transfer window is expected to reopen if FIFA regulations come into being at the end of August.
Watkiss said: "Scott has signed and that's great news.
"I am sure everything will be OK and he will be able to stay for the whole season."

 

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