Crawley Town manager Mark Yates has revealed that he has spoken to the PFA about want away striker Izale McLeod.
The new Crawley boss spoke to the Professional Footballers’ Association about McLeod who has been the subject of two bids from Notts County so far this summer, both of which have been turned down by the West Sussex club.
The 30-year old was Crawley’s top scorer last campaign with 21 goals in all competitions, with 19 of them coming in League One as they were relegated, but his performances have not gone unnoticed with several sides interested in the former Derby County striker.
McLeod comes with an abundance of Football League experience, so it is no surprise to see a number of Football League clubs keep an eye on the pacey striker.
However, Yates is determined not to include McLeod in his match-day squad after the striker told his manager that he does not want to play for Crawley anymore.
Yates said to Crawley News: “We have rejected a second bid from Notts County, it doesn’t match the valuation that the club have. Therefore he’s still here.”
“Two weeks ago he told me that he wouldn’t be kicking another ball for this club and I don’t want people like that around. He doesn’t want us standing in his way and I don’t really want to talk about him.
“He signed a two-year contract here and he has a year left and unless someone meets that valuation he will be sitting in the stand because he doesn’t want to play for the club.”
It remains to be seen whether Notts County will submit another bid for the experienced forward this summer, but they will have to meet the valuation set for him, otherwise he will not be joining the Sky Bet League Two outfit.
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