BBC HUMBERSIDE REPORT TOM HOPPER IS STRIKER TARGET
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Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander says he's not yet spoken to Tom Hopper to find out if he's made a decision on a potential move to Mansfield
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Mike White @mikewhitesport Sports Journalist/Broadcaster for BBC Radio Humberside/Look North.
No official word from Scunthorpe United but looks like Tom Hopper is the striker Mansfield Town have had bid accepted for. Up to player now.
carl iron @iron1251
Basing this on anything more than the Evans connection Mike? #uti
Mike White @mikewhitesport
Yes. Trusted source but just no official word from the club.
Scunthorpe United striker could join Mansfield Town
Scunthorpe United striker Tom Hopper could be a target for Mansfield Town
scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk, BY PAUL CRUTE, 2 AUG 2017
Stags’ boss Steve Evans recently confirmed that a bid was accepted for an unnamed League One striker, which is believed to be Tom Hopper according to Scunthorpe United fans website Iron Bru.
Evans confirmed that the League One striker is considering a move on a permanent basis to Field Mill after a bid was accepted by his parent club.
There has been no confirmation that Hopper is the player in question, however, Mansfield have reportedly tracked Scunthorpe’s number 14 and have previously made it known of their interest in acquiring his services.
It appears Hopper has fallen down the pecking order at Glanford Park, with Alexander opting to start Paddy Madden and Kevin van Veen, whilst bringing on Jonathon Margetts in the last two pre-season games ahead of Hopper.
Hopper made 31 appearances for the Iron last season, scoring five goals and adding five assists whilst linking up well with Paddy Madden and Kevin van Veen - when giving his opportunity to start.
When speaking about the topic this past weekend, Mansfield boss Steve Evans stated, “We’re going to buy him. It’s not fantastic money but for League Two it’s a competitive sum of money. We’d like to get the kid in.
“I’ve seen him numerous times. He’s done very well where he is, but the club in the league above us have serious ambitions about getting into the Championship.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Mansfield Town issued this official statement:
“The Stags can confirm that an offer for a new striker has been accepted by his current club. The player is discussing the prospective move with his family. It is not expected that any developments will take place before this weekend’s opening match at Crewe.”
He would team up with former Scunthorpe teammate David Mirfin, if the move comes to fruition.
A move away for Hopper could indicate another striker would join Glanford Park, with the man on most fans lips being former Iron loanee Ivan Toney.
The Newcastle United striker has recently been linked with a loan move to League One newcomers Wigan Athletic, as a potential replacement for Omar Bogle, who is set to leave the club after reportedly falling out with manager David Sharpe.
However, Iron boss Graham Alexander insisted that they will try their hardest to land Toney.
“I haven’t seen Ivan join anywhere so if Newcastle have made it clear to Ivan that they see him going out and playing then there is a possibility,” (of him coming here) Alexander said.
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