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Scunthorpe Reject Blues Bid for Townsend
Monday, 23rd Jul 2018 17:44

Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann has revealed that his club has turned down a Town bid for left-back Conor Townsend, who emerged as a Blues target over the weekend.

Reports on Saturday claimed that the Iron were preparing themselves for a £400,000 offer for Townsend from Town, having previously rebuffed a £250,000 bid from Hull City. West Brom were also linked.

The League One club are said to want £600,000 for the 25-year-old, who had two spells on loan at Grimsby playing for Blues boss Paul Hurst.

“We’ve had a couple of bids from a couple of clubs and they’ve not reached the valuation we have for Conor,” Swann told BBC Radio Humberside.

"He’s with us and will remain with us. We’re treating the whole situation as professionally as we can. I’ve rejected [Hull City’s] offer. Ipswich put a bid in and I’ve knocked that back as well.”

Commenting further on the bids, he added: “[They were] rubbish. There’s a lot of teams wanting players cheap out there and I don’t think that’s fair for clubs like us who’ve taken chances on players.

“If the right deal comes for any of our players we have to consider it. It has to be the right offer and we’ve not had that at the moment.”

Townsend came through the youth system at local club Hull and had spells on loan at Chesterfield, Carlisle (twice), Scunthorpe and Dundee United in addition to his two stints with the Mariners working under Hurst while a Tigers player.

He left the KC Stadium to move to Glanford Park on a permanent basis on a free transfer in January 2016.

It's understood that Hull would receive 40 per cent of any transfer fee the Iron would receive should a club other than the Tigers win the chase for Townsend's signature.

While on his first loan with Grimsby under Hurst, Townsend was named the Lincolnshire club’s Young Player of the Year.

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Cloddyseedbed added 17:49 - Jul 23
If true Knudsen will feel just a tad uncomfortable as he'll not be 1st on team sheet with Hurst it seems.

Cloddyseedbed added 17:50 - Jul 23
I'd prefer it if managers, agents, directors just kept their mouths shut until the deals are done. They only do it to up the prices if they can.

leftie1972 added 17:52 - Jul 23
Hopefully he’ll want to buck his ideas up after the World Cup and make it impossible for PH not to pick him. Come on Jonas!

jas0999 added 17:55 - Jul 23
We already have Kenlock and Knudsen. One must be moving on?

dav86 added 17:59 - Jul 23
I think Jonas might well be playing centre back this season

meekreech added 18:02 - Jul 23
Another old friend! When will it end ? This is a carbon copy of what all of the mini -minded said was wrong with Mccarthy! There are going to be a lot of people have a real reality check if this goes belly up as it is beginning to look, without some decent defenders being signed, as if we are going to have to rely on our wingers to save us !

gloucester_tractor added 18:07 - Jul 23
Right footed may he is looking at the number two shirt for him ?

crazyblue68 added 18:27 - Jul 23
Harrison off to Forest then? Thats a turn up. Waghorn staying maybe? No central defenders either. Apparently Evans wants Hurst to make Spence or Knudson fit that position. No more signings can be made, apart from a left back, to free Knudson up in the centre. Thats his spending done apparently. You heard it here first.

JCTractorboy added 18:29 - Jul 23
I didn’t hate McCarthy as much as some but what you’re doing now is worse.
Literally how can you judge anything yet?
At least the McCarthy haters had 5 years to go on.
In what way is it beginning to look like it’s gone bellyup? So far we’ve lost nobody of real importance that was actually our player last year and have added to the squad.
Surely the whole point of getting hurst was that he knew the lower leagues so would be able to get us players at relatively low premium...because you’ve never heard of them you’re writing them off

Sixto6 added 18:44 - Jul 23
I'm guessing Harrison has signed....... just seen him at the salthouse and he said that he can go into the club tomorrow to pick up his kit !

ivandeighton added 18:46 - Jul 23
Hope you are right sixto6

Sixto6 added 18:56 - Jul 23
Looks fairly promising ! He even said the world was his oyster ?? Must be talking bout the salthouse menu !

Karlosfandangal added 18:57 - Jul 23
Not sure why people are worried by lower league players.........
Fraser Lawrence Celina all good players but never turned Town in to world beaters......main reason was the system town played never was the best for them.

Hurst is getting players who can play in a system he feels will move town forward.
No one will moan if we were going for a lower league striker called Marriott

OwainG1992 added 19:05 - Jul 23
Hull get 40%? That's crazy they managed to agree that.

Kesblue66 added 19:27 - Jul 23
If PH rates him,push the boat out Marcus.

agentp added 19:46 - Jul 23
crazyblue68 Why bother posting such Sh1t. Oh, yeah to make us laugh - well done you achieved that.

virginblue added 20:03 - Jul 23
91 minutes after that muppet says “you heard it hear first” we announce a signing.
What an absolute muppet crazy68 is.

bluearmy78 added 20:18 - Jul 23
Yes I’ve also got a feeling that Knudsen might play at Centre Back this season, otherwise why would Hurst be in for Townsend, unless he thinks that he is a better player than what we’ve already got. I hope we get the Tilt deal done, CB in my opinion needs to be addressed ASAP! COYB

dizzle added 20:23 - Jul 23
Hardly surprising they rejected our offer if those figures are true. Hull would get 160k of the 400k so we actually offered less than Hull’s 250k!?
Lets back Hurst if he thinks he’s the right fit...

meekreech added 20:46 - Jul 23

I have supported town for 50 years so I am entitled to have my own opinions! This is the first time we have traded down on so many signings and I have a great concern that the combination of a manager with no experience of the championship, which is a lot different to the other leagues, and players of limited experience could be a recipe for a problem season! Having been a supporter through the good and bad times this is the first time in all of my years of support I am feeling very nervous about our future. Obviously I do not wish to see the worst case scenario but I cannot find anything so far to ease my concerns. I agree he has been a success in all of his previous jobs but he has never experienced the championship and the different vagaries thrown up .

JCTractorboy added 20:54 - Jul 23
Yeh you are entitled to your opinion and so am I, and my opinion is that your opinion is built on little to no foundation and that you almost can’t wait to be the one to tell everyone “I told you so” if it doesn’t go well.
“There are a lot of people on here who are going to have a reality check”
Why? I don’t see anyone saying we’re going to smash play offs or getting too excited. You might be right but as we haven’t seen a ball kicked yet I just don’t get such pessimism either. I’d say the general mood is nervous excitement that you get at the start of any new mangers tenure.
As for hurst, he didn’t have experience of league 1 either till he went there and did a good job...give the man a fair chance.

JCTractorboy added 21:00 - Jul 23
One thing we can agree on is that we both hope you’re wrong !

ArnieM added 21:52 - Jul 23
Knudsen is not good enough for CB at this level , and he’s not exactly stunning as left back either! Suspect he’ll get his wish to “review his situation”.

jeera added 23:16 - Jul 23
Crazyblue68: pack it in: "Harrison off to Forest then? Thats a turn up."

Town Confirm Harrison Signing 23rd Jul 2018 20:03
Town have confirmed the signing of striker Ellis Harrison from Bristol Rovers on a two-year deal with the club having an option for a further season. 46

Why so keen for us to fail?

algarvefan added 00:29 - Jul 24
There is something much ore exciting about bringing in lower league players and seeing them kick on, with that and the youth, this is the ONLY way forward for town. Like Meekreach I have been a supporter for over 50 years and remember one Mr Robson bringing in youths and little known players and doing rather well. I am hopeful by next season we will have a squad capable of challenging for promotion, I have always believed in Town and always will through good and bad's called being a supporter!!
We are all entitled to our own opinion, but what ever you think lets give Paul Hurst a chance and the players.

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