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Barker hopes more don't leave
Crawley boss Richie Barker admits he fears a late swoop for his star players before the transfer window slams shut.
Reds have rejected two bids for defender Kyle McFadzean but Barker expects further interest in his players before the deadline for permanent deals on Monday night.
They completed the signing of striker Emile Sinclair from Peterborough on Thursday for £100,000.
Barker praised Crawley for sticking to their guns when the bids for McFadzean came in.
He said: “I am sure the board and owners consider every offer for any of our players but I'm delighted that, as far as these bids are concerned, they have rejected them.
“Kyle has done superbly well after missing two-thirds of last season because of his virus.
“He is working hard and I definitely feel there is a lot more to come from him this season. He is an important part of our plans going forward."
Barker is ready for nervous times before the window shuts. He said: “It is getting to that time where you think you have just about surviving without losing anyone and then something happens.
“There have been one or two enquiries but nobody has met our valuation of the player concerned at the moment.”
Barker admitted that the performances of some of his side in the televised 2-1 defeat at Wolves last Friday was likely to have sparked interest from other clubs.
Billy Clarke and Nicky Adams were among those to shine.
He added: “We could have done with the Wolves game being on the telly next Friday rather than last Friday.
“I was delighted we put on a good show but the consequences are that other people see how good your players are.
“I have said all along that I had a feeling that if anybody ends up leaving they would probably go on Monday. When I was at Bury I lost two players at 4pm on transfer deadline day so it wouldn’t be the first time.
“Hopefully I will be more prepared this time by ensuring we have got somebody to come in to replace whoever goes but obviously that depends on having reasonable notice.”