DERRY: WE`LL ONLY SELL BAP FOR £300,000
WE'LL ONLY SELL BAP FOR £300,000
Evening Post, 18 June 2007
Mansfield have slapped a £300,000 price tag on star defender Alex John-Baptiste.
The out of-contract 21-year-old was lined up with a move to League One side Crewe Alexandra last week.
But the Railwaymen pulled out, saying they were not prepared to pay the likely asking price.
The figure in question was thought to be £250,000, but Stags chairman James Derry today confirmed the club were looking for more.
"Simon King has just gone from Barnet to Gillingham for £200,000 and I don't think he is anywhere near as good Bap," said Derry.
"There is also the fact he has played more than 150 games for the club, is younger than King at 21 and is more versatile.
"All those factors means Bap has to be worth £300,000 in today's market."
Derry believes the valuation will put off most suitors in League One and makes a Championship club his most likely destination should a move go through.
But he stressed there is nothing Mansfield want more than for the player to sign the three-year deal on offer for him at Field Mill.
Derry said: "Realistically, I think it would have to be someone in the Championship who signs Bap, but I want to reiterate that we don't want him to go.
"I think it would give us the impetus to push forward in the new season."
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