RUMOURS: TOM NAYLOR, SCOTT McMANN
Transfer Gossip: League Two Mansfield 'interested' in Portsmouth captain Tom Naylor as exit looms
Portsmouth News, Monday 17th May 2021
Pompey captain Tom Naylor could find himself reunited with former boss Nigel Clough at Mansfield.
That’s according to the BBC’s Chris Wise, who claims the Stags are keen on the midfielder.
The News revealed today that Pompey are set to lose the 29-year-old this summer, with the out-of-contract ex-Burton man unlikely to remain at Fratton Park.
He’s made 149 appearances for the Blues, scoring 13 goals, following his move from the Brewers in 2018.
However, it looks like Naylor has played his last game for the Fratton Park outfit, with his exit likely.
A move back to the Championship has often been suggested as a potential destination - although no club has been linked.
Now it appears League Two could provide the midfielder with a new home, with Wise claiming Mansfield are interested in bringing their former player back for a reunion with Clough.
Naylor played for the former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool forward at both Derby and Burton, while he began his playing career at the Stags, playing 23 times before joining the Rams.
In a tweet, Wise posted: ‘I’m told Mansfield is a possible destination for #Pompey captain Tom Naylor.
‘Interest has been there for a number of weeks.
‘Naylor began his career with the #Stags, and played under their current boss Nigel Clough at both Derby and Burton.’
While Pompey finished their 2020-21 campaign eighth in League One, Mansfield claimed a 16th-placed finish in League Two.
Portsmouth braced for Tom Naylor departure as Fratton Park overhaul continues
Portsmouth News, Monday 17th May 2021, By Neil Allen
It is understood the Blues skipper has been offered new terms to remain at Fratton Park - yet on lower pay.
Mark Catlin has repeatedly warned how the financial climate will change for footballers post-Covid following more than a year without crowd income.
As a consequence, Pompey’s out-of-contract players can expect to be offered reduced terms compared to previous seasons.
In the case of Naylor, Danny Cowley is eager to retain a player who has amassed 149 appearances and 13 goals.
However, having arrived from the Championship where he served with Burton in June 2018, he ranks among the Blues’ top earners.
With his three-year deal now up, Pompey are in no position to match those payment figures, let alone initiate an increase.
Naylor - like his team-mates - has been offered a fresh deal since the season ended, yet it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will accept.
Talks are ongoing, but it is believed hope is rapidly fading of the skipper extending his Fratton Park stay.
Perhaps crucially, the 29-year-old’s personal situation has also changed, with his wife, who has remained up north, expecting their child.
Naylor has lived away from his family during his three years at Fratton Park, most recently sharing a house in Waterlooville with team-mate Andy Cannon.
The combative midfielder’s dedication to his football saw him prepared to accept time apart from his loved ones to focus on his football career.
However, there is now the opportunity to relocate back up north, with there is expected to be plenty of interest from League One clubs.
Should his exit be confirmed, that will disappoint Cowley, with Naylor one of the few players he wants to survive the summer squad overhaul.
MANSFIELD TOWN RIVALLING MILLWALL FOR IN-FORM DEFENDER
23 May 2021
Mansfield Town are said to have entered the race with Millwall to sign Hamilton Academical defender Scott McMann, with The Sun on Sunday (23/5/2021, pg. 59) reporting that the Sky Bet League Two side are making personal checks on the Scot.
The 24-year-old has been in brilliant form for the recently relegated Scottish Premiership side this term and could well be set to move on during the summer, with The Scottish Sun previously reporting that Millwall were rivalling Hibernian and St Johnstone for the player’s signature.
A full back by trade who is also capable of operating in a left midfield role or at centre back, McMann has slowly grown into one of Scotland’s most consistent defenders and could well be open to a new challenge, with Mansfield boss Nigel Clough said to have watched both the defender and his teammate Ross Callachan in action recently.
Hibs and St Johnstone 'target' Hamilton defender
With Millwall reportedly also interested, Scott McMann is in high demand
By Andy McGilvray, 20 MAY 2021
Scottish Cup finalists Hibs and St Johnstone are reportedly interested in signing Hamilton Accies defender Scott McMann.
According to the Scottish Sun both clubs are keen on doing business for the talented left-back.
With Hamilton's relegation to the Championship confirmed on Sunday, the defender may want to stay in a higher division.
The talented 24-year-old wouldn't be cheap, with two years left on his contract, but the New Douglas Park club are unlikely to stand in his way if their valuation is met.
However, Hibs and St Johnstone face competition from English Championship side Millwall, and Nigel Clough, boss of League Two side Mansfield Town, is also believed to have been watching McMann.
McMann has been at Accies since he was 11, broke through from their Academy in April 2013, and has been a first-team regular since returning from a brief loan spell with Clyde in 2016.
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