Crawley in ‘advanced talks’ with midfielder and turn down £400,000 bid for defender

Crawley Town are close to adding to their squad with the club in talks to sign a midfielder.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2014, 3:02 pm
Joe Walsh (left) receiving his Young Player of the Year award last season, alongside captain Josh Simpson

Confirming the news on Twitter, chairman Dave Pottinger (@crawleychairman) tweeted: “Crawley in advanced talks with versatile midfielder.”

It is thought Reds are looking for cover in central midfield, especially defensively with Dannie Bulman out for some time having fractured his cheekbone.

Earlier today Mr Pottinger also confirmed the club had turned down a £400,000 offer for central defender Joe Walsh.

The Wales Under-21 international has been a first-team regular since joining from Swansea City on a free in 2012 and signed a new contract in the summer.

Reds manager John Gregory also considers him a vital part of the club’s future.

Mr Pottinger Tweeted: “Today the Board turned down a bid of £400,000 for Joe Walsh. The offer is way under his valuation. Joe Walsh is a big part of our plans.”

A newspaper report also suggested that Crawley had made a six figure bid for Carlisle right back Brad Potts, something Mr Pottinger denied.

“No we haven’t made a bid for this player. We also don’t have £350,000 to spend,” he tweeted this morning, while also adding that Reds had a bid of £75,000 for a player in the south turned down.