Swann knocks back ‘rubbish’ Townsend bids


Scunthorpe United chairman Peter Swann has labelled bids from Hull City and Ipswich Town for Conor Townsend as ‘rubbish’, but admitted he could still leave the club this summer.

Townsend, who has a year left on his current deal, has attracted interest from a host of Championship sides but no club are yet to reach the Iron’s valuation.

“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.”

“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.

“He is an outstanding left back – probably one of the best – and would walk into any Championship side.

“But at this moment in time he is with us.”

It is widely understood that Hull City have a 40% sell on clause and the Iron are holding out for a fee of around £600,000 for his services.

“If the right deal comes in for a player, we have to consider it as a business.

“We have a necessity to do that. We want to do the best thing for the football club but it has to be the right offer and circumstances.”

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Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

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