Crawley in race to beat transfer deadline

Crawley boss John Gregory admits time is running out as he attempts to further strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes.

Gregory remains hopefully of adding to the arrivals of Matt Tubbs and Gary Dicker this month before the deadline at 11pm tomorrow despite missing out on a number of targets.

The Reds boss is also sweating over whether he will be able to hold on to his better players before the window shuts after admitting there had been “passing interest” from other clubs.

Gregory said: “We’ve enquired about lots of people but they’ve either been too expensive or the player wants an 18 month contract which we are not prepared to commit to.

“There is still a bit of time left so we’ll continue to explore all the avenues but I would be more than happy to go ahead with what I have got if that was the case.

“I don’t want to lose anyone so I shall be very nervous tomorrow. There has been passing interest in one or two of my players but I’m hoping nothing will come of it.”

One player that could still be on his way out at Crawley is Emile Sinclair with Gregory hinting the striker’s move to Mansfield could be resurrected while Northampton had also made an enquiry.

Sinclair held talks with the Stags last weekend only for the club to release a statement on Monday saying they would not be buying any more players during January due to financial reasons.

New Northampton boss Chris Wilder is interested in signing Sinclair with the Cobblers boasting the least prolific attack outside the Premier League but could be put off by the asking price with Crawley keen to recoup as much of the £100,000 they paid Peterborough for Sinclair in August.

Gregory added: “I don’t think we’ve had a firm offer yet but something could still happen. Obviously we paid bit of money for him so we don’t want to be losing out too much.”

Meanwhile, Crawley are confident Saturday’s League One match against Stevenage will go ahead after purchasing a new cover to protect the pitch from any further heavy rain.

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