MURRAY ON TRANSFER TARGETS (HAREWOOD,KING,McGINTY)
video interview with Assistant Manager Adam Murray, 7th January 2014
Regarding Marlon Harewood, Murray confirmed: "I know there has been discussions between the two parties"
Murray discusses potential targets
mansfieldtown.net 7th January 2014
Assistant Manager Adam Murray has revealed that the club have held discussions with a number of players about potential moves to One Call Stadium.
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Frontmen Marlon Harewood and Marlon King are just two high-profile players to have been linked with us, since the transfer window opened last week.
However, Murray, who racked up his 500th career appearance in last Saturday’s victory at Exeter City, insists that any players who we do sign must fit in with our squad.
He said: “There are a lot of names being banded around at the minute. It’s January and you expect that.
“We’re talking to quite a few players and the gaffer is in dialogue with some high-profile players. We’re looking to add a little bit more quality to this squad.
“But the most important thing is that we’ve got [our players] back to being a tight-knit group with that strong team-spirit we’ve had over the last couple of years.
“So we need to make sure that the person, or persons, coming in, fit into the mould of what we’re about so it doesn’t disrupt the group too much.”
He added: “There have been talks between [the club and Marlon Harewood] and discussions are ongoing, but there are a lot of clubs interested in Marlon.”
On the potential arrival of Marlon King, Murray continued: “Again, there are a lot of talks going on at the minute.
“In the next few weeks, not just for us but for a number of teams, I think there will be a lot of dialogue occurring, but it isn’t just as easy as saying we want player x, y and z and getting them.
“[Football] doesn’t work like that. There are a lot of things that need to be discussed and sorted and I imagine that’s what will be happening over the next couple of weeks.”
Our assistant boss has also revealed that a player who would interest us is former Manchester United trainee Sean McGinty.
He added: “He’s a good young player and we’re aware of him. He’s a name that we have looked at, but he’s on a long list and there are many others names on that list.
“We’re making sure that if anyone does come into the group, they are going to bring something, not just on the pitch, but for the dynamics of the group too.”
In other transfer news, it is also hoped that a deal can be agreed with Sheffield United, which would see Darryl Westlake return to One Call Stadium.
The 23-year-old’s loan with us expired last weekend.
Murray added: “The gaffer has been in talks with Sheffield United during his loan period. He’s been excellent for us and I think it’s a case of getting the paperwork done.
“Hopefully, he’ll be with us for the rest of the season.”
Meanwhile, Murray also praised the contribution of frontman Calvin Andrew, whose short-term contract with the club expired yesterday.
“Calvin has moved on,” said Murray. “His contract was up and the gaffer has decided not to renew that.
“He scored a really important goal against our neighbours, but we’re looking at freshening things up and bringing something else to the group now. We thank him for his input.”
In order news, it was revealed at a Q & A session last night by chairman John Radford that defender Ryan Tafazolli had recently signed a new 18 month contract.
Andrew released as Stags target Harewood and McGinty
chad.co.uk, 07 January 2014
Mansfield Town have released striker Calvin Andrew, but central defender Ryan Tafazolli has signed a new two-year deal (comment by Martin - the contract is until the end of next season)
and Stags are also hoping to reach agreement with Sheffield United to keep Darryl Westlake on loan for the rest of the season.
With the transfer window open, Stags are also hard at work trying to bring in new faces before Saturday’s home clash with League Two leaders Scunthorpe United, Murray confirming that former Forest and Villa striker Marlon Harewood and talented Sheffield United teenage defender Sean McGinty are on their hit list.
Andrew only scored one goal for the club, though that was the winner in the big local derby at Chesterfield (pictured), and assistant manager Adam Murray said: “Calvin’s contract was up and he will be moving on as the gaffer has decided not to renew it.
“He has done great for us and scored a really important goal against our neighbours. But we are looking at freshening things up and bringing someone into the group and we thank Calvin for his input.”
Tafazolli has impressed since returning to the defence and Murray said: “Ryan has more than deserved his contract extension.
“Everyone can see the potential he has got and over the last few months he has matured as a person and as a player.”
Stags have been heavily linked with former Forest and Villa striker Marlon Harewood and Murray added: “A lot of names have been banded around, but it’s January so you expect that.
“There have been talks between the two parties and we are in discussions at the minute, but there are a lot of other clubs interested in Marlon Harewood that he is talking to as well.
“The gaffer is dealing with some high profile players as we look to add a bit of quality to the squad. But we have a tight-knit group of players with fantastic team spirit and we have to make sure that whoever comes in will fit into what we are about and won’t disrupt the group too much.
“We have to make sure they would bring something to the group, not just on the park but also to the dynamics of the group as well.
“Sean McGinty is a good young player and a name we are looking at. Look at how Darryl Westlake has come in and made a big difference to us.”
Murray would not be drawn into confirming further rumours that another former Forest striker, Marlon King, was also on the list.
“We are looking at a lot of players on our list,” he said. “But it’s now how many we bring in, it’s about the quality of the player. There is no point in bringing in three or four bodies for the sake of it.”
Injured pair Martin Riley and Jamie McGuire will be assessed today with an outside hope of being fit for the weekend, though Murray thought they would both be more likely to be another seven to 10 days.
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