United turn down bid from Championship club
Managing director John Nixon today confirmed that United turned down a transfer bid, initially tabled last week by a Championship club, for midfielder Brad Potts.
“We received a bid for Brad in the middle of last week and we took that to the board, as is standard practice in these situations,” he said. “The board members who were present agreed the bid did not meet our valuation of the player and, having spoken to the manager to gauge his opinion, we turned it down.
“Discussions did follow on from that, with a final slightly improved offer lodged on Saturday evening, but the position held by the club did not change. The Championship club concerned indicated an end to their interest at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.
"Obviously all offers have to be properly considered, but we felt it was important to support the first team manager with what he is trying to do rather than accept the first bid made for a player who is an integral part of the match day squad.”
Mr Nixon also confirmed that, contrary to reports, no bids were received for first year professional Kyle Dempsey and that contract talks continue with both players and their representatives.
And manager Keith Curle revealed that two late loan bids had been rejected for first team squad members as the intensity of the phone calls increased over the final weekend of the transfer window.
"We had interest in loan deals for Mark Beck and David Amoo but we didn't feel the moves were right for the players or the club at this stage," he said. "Again, both players were informed, and they are more than happy to be here and helping us with the important work we need to do."