BIDS FOR CJ HAMILTON
twitter Phil Cadden @pjcadden, Assistant sports news editor @TheSun
Wednesday 02 January 2019
Preston have had £750,000 bid rejected for Mansfield winger CJ Hamilton.
Exclusive: West Brom make approach to sign 23yo attacker with 13 goals and assists this season
3rd January 2019 at 11:25am
Written by: Football Insider
EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
West Bromwich Albion have made an approach to sign prolific Mansfield winger CJ Hamilton, Football Insider sources understands.
Hamilton, 23, has enjoyed an outstanding season to date with Mansfield and is regarded as one of the most exciting attackers in the Football League.
The former Sheffield United man has scored six goals and laid on seven assists so far this season to boost Mansfield’s bid for promotion from League Two.
The flying winger’s performances have brought him to the attention of several clubs higher up the football pyramid and a well-placed source has told Football Insider that West Brom and Preston have been keeping tabs on his progress this season.
Read more at https://www.footballinsider247.com/exclusive-west-brom-make-approach-to-sign-23yo-attacker-with-13-goals-and-assists-this-season/
West Brom boss Darren Moore is looking to add to his attacking options in January to give his side’s promotion bid a boost and he sees Hamilton’s electric pace and trickey as adding another dimension to his side.
Preston are also keen to add to their squad this month and they think Hamilton can make the step to the Championship with ease.
Mansfield are bracing themselves for bids for Hamilton, but they are keen to keep hold of him as they look to try and win promotion this season.
In other Championship promotion news, top of league club have been hit by a shattering centre-forward blow.
Preston North End rumoured to have had big bid turned down for Mansfield Town star CJ Hamilton with West Bromwich Albion also interested
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Thursday 03 January 2019
Mansfield Town are reported to have turned down an offer of £750,000 from Championship club Preston North End for CJ Hamilton. The exciting winger, who has excelled in a variety of positions this season, was expected to be the subject of plenty of attention in the January transfer window and, along with Preston, is also said to be interesting West Bromwich Albion.
Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/preston-north-end-rumoured-to-have-had-big-bid-turned-down-for-mansfield-town-star-cj-hamilton-with-west-bromwich-albion-also-interested-1-9518199?fbclid=IwAR0PRcXSU8WKtvYbzWtMIWROyNJMqSh2fUjRcoomIwLfckGGFK_UHbO2AAw
The 23-year-old is widely tipped to become Stags’ first £1 million player with manager David Flitcroft doing an impressive job in finally harnessing the talents of this lighting-quick player.
Former Sheffield United youngster Hamilton signed a new two-year incentive-based contract with Stags in April. Flitcroft was unavailable for comment on the Preston bid rumour, but the source on Twitter was Phil Cadden of the Sun newspaper.
Preston are managed by ex-Stags star Alex Neil and have just signed a winger as their first January transfer in Walsall’s Josh Ginnelly.
West Brom bid for prolific winger to boost promotion bid - reports
By Shane Ireland, 3 JAN 2019
West Bromwich Albion have set their sights on in-form Mansfield Town winger CJ Hamilton to boost their Championship promotion bid, according to reports from Football Insider.
The Baggies currently sit in fourth place and are exploring their options in the January transfer window as they go about looking to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.
They are also waiting to discover Leicester City’s plans for Harvey Barnes amid talk that the Foxes will recall the 21-year-old in January.
Hamilton, 23, has been in prolific form for Mansfield this season, scoring six goals and providing five assists for the League Two promotion chasers.
He is regarded as one of the brightest talents outside the top two tiers and has admirers in the Championship.
Football Insider report that Albion are among them, and that an approach has been made to Mansfield to try and sign Hamilton this month.
The former Sheffield United man is likely to become Mansfield’s first ever million-pound player with the Stags already having reportedly rejected an offer of £750,000 from Preston North End for his services.
Mansfield boss David Flitcroft told the Chad in December: “There is definitely interest in CJ.
“But we want him to help us to League One. That’s what the chairman wants. That’s what Carolyn (Radford) wants, the board wants, it’s what I want.
“So I am sure we’ll be able to hold onto him. But every time there has been a player with incredible pace in League Two or League One, usually all the top clubs look at them. It will no different for CJ.
“I have spoken to the chairman about it and we know with CJ there is a lot more to come. His development curve has gone so far.
“It’s about the energy he gives the stadium now. The songs and the affiliation he’s got with the fans.
“He excites you. If I wasn’t manager and I was just sat there in the stands I’d want to watch him.
“He gives every supporter hope when he is on the pitch, but he is humble with it. He’s humble in everything he does. He wants to get better.”
Preston North End not on the trail of Mansfield winger
by DAVE SEDDON, Thursday 03 January 2019
Preston North End are not chasing Mansfield Town winger CJ Hamilton. Speculation on social media had linked North End with a £750,000 move for the Stags wide man. But it is understood that the 23-year-old is a not a player on their radar. Hamilton has scored seven goals for Mansfield this season and West Bromwich Albion have also been linked with him.
Read more at: https://www.lep.co.uk/sport/football/preston-north-end/preston-north-end-not-on-the-trail-of-mansfield-winger-1-9518877
Mansfield Town hoping transfer speculation won’t distract the focus of star man CJ Hamilton
chad.co.uk, Saturday 05 January 2019
Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft is hoping speculation over the future of CJ Hamilton does not affect the player’s fantastic form in the January window. With clubs like Preston and West Brom said to be interested in buying the winger/wing back, Flitcroft said there had been no actual bids as yet.
“There is interest and there are enquiries,” he said. “There are a lot of questions being asked. But nothing official had dropped through on the email yet. We’ve had no official bid.
Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-hoping-transfer-speculation-won-t-distract-the-focus-of-star-man-cj-hamilton-1-9522134
“We won’t mention which clubs. We will leave speculation to the media and do our business professionally. “But I just hope there is no skulduggery going on behind the scenes with agents and messing around with CJ’s psyche.
“CJ has had his success from listening to the right people who are having a positive impact on him. “If there is a quick buck to be made then what tends to happen is they try to make a decision. But CJ is not a youngster - he is experienced.
“We will look after him here. He’s in a good place and we don’t want to see him get distracted from his football. “He is only focused on Mansfield Town and getting better as we’ve seen all season.”
Mansfield are hoping to get the green light from Nottingham Forest to keep top scorer Tyler Walker for the rest of the season, but may have to wait until 15th January for a final answer. Flitcroft said: “Greg (Abbott, football operations manager) has been in contact with them and right now they are very happy with how it’s gone and what we’ve done with Tyler. They’re happy with his progress.
“The chairman and Carolyn (Radford) have an excellent relationship with the owners of Forest.
“Everyone is doing what they can. But you never know in football. Things can change in the window and you must prepare for all eventualities. “I think the 15th January is when we get the definitive.”
On the incoming side, Flitcroft said there could be a new face this week after a meeting between himself, Abbott and the Radfords. “We had a fantastic meeting on Thursday - very productive, looking at our targets and really nailing the key targets we are after,” he said. “Maybe in the next two or three days we might have some movement.”