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STAGS AND CREWE HAGGLE OVER PRICE FOR BAPTISTE
10th June 2007 0:15


BIG MONEY HAGGLE OVER STAGS PLAYER
Evening Post, 09 June 2007

Mansfield have told Crewe they will have to pay up to £225,000 if they want to avoid being taken to a tribunal over Alex John-Baptiste.

Dario Gradi is still in negotiations to take the out-of-contract defender to Gresty Road - but the clubs are haggling over compensation.

Because John-Baptiste is under 24, Mansfield will be entitled to a fee if he decides to reject the chance to stay at Field Mill.

Crewe are leading the chase for his signature, as revealed in the Evening Post this week.

And John-Baptiste's agent, Alex Cowdy, confirmed they are in negotiations with Mansfield.

He said: "Crewe are talking to Mansfield about Alex and that's not a surprise because he has played over 150 games and is still only 21.

"But there is a substantial amount of interest from Championship and League One clubs.

"He's an ambitious lad and if the opportunity came to play at a higher level he'd relish it.

"It would be a wrench to leave Mansfield, but if he does move he wants to be at a club with a track record of developing young players."


Crewe haggle over Stags defender.
By ChalkDust, CreweAlex.com
Saturday 9th June 2007

It seems that Mansfield Town are asking for over £200k for defender Alex John-Baptiste.

Crewe have been told by Mansfield Town they must match their valuation of £225k for Alex John-Baptiste if they want to avoid a tribunal.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi is still in negotiations to take the highly rated defender to Gresty Road but it seems that the asking price could be an obstacle.
Baptiste who is under 24, Mansfield are entitled to a fee if he decides to reject the chance to stay at Field Mill.

The Railwaymen are leading the chase for his signature but are facing competition from other clubs in the Championship and League One.

Baptiste's agent Alex Cowdy, confirmed they are in negotiations with Mansfield.

He said: "Crewe are talking to Mansfield about Alex and that's not a surprise because he has played over 150 games and is still only 21.

"But there is a substantial amount of interest from Championship and League One clubs.

"He's an ambitious lad and if the opportunity came to play at a higher level he'd relish it.

"It would be a wrench to leave Mansfield, but if he does move he wants to be at a club with a track record of developing young players."

 

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