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STAGS REJECT TAFAZOLLI AND CLUCAS BIDS
13th July 2014 18:20




twitter, 08 July 2014
Pete O'Rourke @SkySportsPeteO (Sky Sports website)

Fleetwood Town are the club who have had a bid rejected by Mansfield for Sam Clucas. #FTFC #MTFC #codarmy

twitter, 04 July 2014
Pete O'Rourke @SkySportsPeteO (Sky Sports website)

Mansfield Town have rejected a bid from Dundee United for defender Ryan Tafazolli. #mansfieldfc #dundeeunitedfc

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Stags reject bids for duo
mansfieldtown.net, 8th July 2014

Mansfield Town have rejected bids for two of their star players, manager Paul Cox confirmed today.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/stags-reject-bids-for-duo-1725443.aspx#6zzmM2Fs6Irqk6AC.99

Dundee United’s offer for defender Ryan Tafazolli has been turned down, while an unnamed League One Club has also been unsuccessful in their bid for winger Sam Clucas.

Speaking at a news conference this morning, manager Paul Cox told the club’s official website, http://www.mansfieldtown.net: “Both offers have been turned down ‘flat’. I don’t want to lose my best players and I’m not in the business of simply giving away players.

“It’s a positive in the sense that we’ve brought through two young players who are being coveted by clubs in higher leagues but we won’t roll over and let our players go, for what we feel, is little compensation.”

Ryan Tafazolli picked up two club awards at the end of last season while wingman Sam Clucas claimed the Golden Boot, scoring 13 goals.

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Stags reject bids for young star duo
chad.co.uk, 08 July 2014

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox today confirmed the club had rejected bids for star youngsters Sam Clucas and Ryan Tafazolli.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/stags-reject-bids-for-young-star-duo-1-6717291#.U7v1w0ZyTQc.twitter

Winger Clucas had attracted interest from two clubs in League One while centre half Tafazolli’s bid came from Scottish Premier League club Dundee United. But Cox said that the bids made were ‘a million miles’ from the club’s valuation.

“Both offers were turned down flat and we move on,” said Cox. “In football everyone has a price as does everyone in life. But we don’t want to lose our best players from this football club and I am not just going to give players away.

“I have informed the players what is happening and also spoken to their representatives. They understand the scenario.

“I can’t stop people bidding for my players. I take it as a positive and it excites me a bit that we have two young players who are being coveted by clubs from higher divisions.

“But we won’t just roll over. If players move on then we want to be properly compensated. I have got to do the best for this football club and, at the moment, the offers are a million miles away from where we value the players.

“I am hoping we don’t get any more clubs in for our best players and we can keep hold of them. But, football is football and if an offer comes in that the chairman accepts, then my job is to go out and replace them.

“There have also been enquiries about other players here from clubs higher up the pyramid. We do have other good, young players coming through and it looks really healthy for the future of the club.”

Tafazolli picked up two club awards at the end of last season while Clucas claimed the Golden Boot, scoring 13 goals.

Cox said: “Sam has been brilliant and a dream to work with since he’s been here. He listens and learns and his game has come on leaps and bounds. He can go to the very top.

“We took Ryan Tafazolli off the street 18 months ago and worked on him, not only physically but also on mindset. Now he is another player that could potentially go all the way.”

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Dundee United not paying over the odds
By TOM DUTHIE, 8 July 2014

Dundee United will not pay over the odds for transfer targets just because clubs believe they have cash to splash.

http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/sport/dundee-united/dundee-united-not-paying-over-the-odds-1.459379

Over the weekend, the Tangerines had a bid for Mansfield centre-half Ryan Tafazolli knocked back.

Now boss Jackie McNamara is considering whether to make an improved offer for the 22-year-old. If he does, he will only put up what he believes is a fair price.

With Ryan Gauld being sold to Sporting Lisbon for £2.2m and a host of English outfits willing to offer at least the same for full-back Andrew Robertson, the impression is United are awash with cash.

They do, though, have a budget for the coming season and, while the money brought in may allow some room for manoeuvre, the manager will not be throwing it away.

He wants value and that could see him take his search for fresh faces elsewhere if Mansfield continue to ask for too much.

Tafazolli was a product of the youth academy at Southampton that produced teenage England full-back Luke Shaw and, going further back, Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott.

He moved to Mansfield two years ago and, although his campaign was interrupted by injury last season, he was considered one of their most consistent players.

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