Royle hoping to avoid sales

THE transfer window opens tomorrow for Premiership and foreign clubs but Blues boss Joe Royle is hopeful his top stars will be left alone, writes Derek Davis.

THE transfer window opens tomorrow for Premiership and foreign clubs but Blues boss Joe Royle is hopeful his top stars will be left alone, writes Derek Davis.

Royle insists only offers too good to turn down will be considered.

Pablo Counago, Darren Bent and Matt Richards have attracted the most interest in recent months with at least two clubs casting an eye over Jermaine Wright.

But Royle last night said: "We have had no enquiries about any of our players by anyone. We do have a lot of good players here who people will be interested in but while we are not rolling in cash we are in a situation where we don't have to sell.


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"If someone wanted any of our key players then they really would have to make an offer we could not refuse.

"There are still some players on free transfers and one or two youngsters we would allow out on loan."

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Alun Armstrong and Andy Marshall are still available on free transfers even though they are out on loan at Bradford City and Wolves respectively.

Dutchmen Martijn Reuser and Nabil Abidallah are also still listed.

Boston United have asked to keep young defender Chris Hogg for the rest of the season and Town will allow the former England youth captain to make the choice himself.

After losing out, momentarily at least, on Alan Mahon who has helped inspire Blackburn, Royle will look to dip into the loan market again next week.

Much still depends on how the share issue fares and how the Marshall situation is resolved, but with Marcus Bent staying at Leicester for the remainder of the season and Alun Armstrong at Bradford City for at least a month, Royle has some room to manoeuvre.

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