WATKISS HOPEFUL ON LEVER
Lever is Stags' transfer target
Mansfield Town are hopeful of signing Bristol City central defender Mark Lever before Saturday's local derby with Chesterfield.
The 32-year-old 6ft 3ins defender is trying to sort out his release from the Robins in time to figure in Wednesday's reserve game at Notts County.
Despite their bright start to the season, Stags have leaked too many goals from set pieces and Mansfield manager Stuart Watkiss said: "We need someone who will head the ball and Mark fits the bill.
"He is an old fashioned type of centre half who will bully centre forwards and get a head on things.
"He is good at organising everyone around him which is what we are missing right now."
If he can things sorted at the Ashton Gate end, former Grimsby star Lever will be in Mansfield tomorrow (Tuesday) for a medical.
There was also brighter news on striker Shayne Bradley who should take some part in the reserve game at Notts County.
However, full backs Allen Tankard and Bobby Hassell are still not back in training and stand little chance of shaking off injuries in time to face Chesterfield.
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