MANSFIEELD Town’s promising young central defender Tom Naylor could be on his way to a Premiership club in the very near future.
Stags boss Paul Cox turned down a firm bid for the 20-year-old today on transfer deadline day from a League One club as it was below the club’s valuation.
But Cox also revealed talks had begun with a Premiership club who may take Naylor on a week’s trial.
“No one wants to lose their best players and we are trying to build something here,” Cox told www.mansfieldtown.net.
“But Tom is a good player and I can see a ‘feeding frenzy’ for his signature in the not too distant future.
“I am going to be honest and say that om will move on eventually - and I think all of Mansfield will wish him all the best.
“I don’t want to hold him back. But my job is to do the best I can for this football club and Tom won’t be leaving unless we are suitably compensated accordingly.
“I know the kid can play at a higher level and after 20 or 30 games in the Football League his value would rocket.
“The League One club’s bid wasn’t enough so that is dead in the water. But I can see the Premiership club’s interest developing over the next week.
“I would like to agree a fee with them and then let them take him for a week to have a closer look at him.
“There are one or two other clubs interested from the Championship and League One but none have made bids.”
Naylor has just completed a four game ban for his red card at Barrow.
Otherwise it has been quiet on transfer deadline day at the Mill with just Matt Bell going out on loan to Solihull Moors.
“I would love to strengthen my squad, but the players I am looking at would be on loan so I don’t have to jump in at this stage,” said Cox.
“A week’s grace and I can get them in on loan and one player I have in mind has a knock on his foot right now. I have just got to sit and wait.”