Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann has confirmed that the club’s bid for Rangers’ midfielder Matt Crooks has not been accepted and stated he would not get into a bidding war with another club for his services.
It is understood that League One rivals Northampton Town have had a bid accepted by the Scottish club for the former Accrington man, but the Iron’s bid falls short of the Cobblers’ offer.
“They have not accepted our bid, but I believe they have accepted a bid from another club”, Swann told BBC Radio Humberside.
“We have put a deal on the table which is a really good deal for him. I think we know him, we know how to look after him and he’d benefit from us.
“If he’s going to go somewhere for more money, I can completely understand that.
Swann confirmed that the club would not be going back with an improved bid.
“I don’t want to get into a bidding war with another club. I don’t think there is a need.
“We’ve put a really good offer in. The best we can do practically. It’s not far off what they require but it is up to Crooksy and whether Rangers will let him go.
“We have put our best offer in. We can not do any more now.
When asked whether Northampton were the other club interested Swann said: “I don’t know. I presume, maybe, that’s what seems to be in the press.”