Crawley boss John Gregory insists Conor Henderson has not been signed as a replacement for Andy Drury.
Former Arsenal and Hull City midfielder Henderson became Crawley’s eighth signing of the summer when he agreed a one-year contract yesterday.
The 22-year-old’s arrival will increase speculation about Drury’s future with Gregory confirming that Reds had rejected a second bid from his old club Luton Town this week because it did not meet a “six-figure” release clause in his contract.
Gregory said: “Their second offer was not much better than the first so we turned it down. They both fell well short of our valuation of Andy and to be honest even if it was a penny less than the release clause then we wouldn’t have accepted as I don’t want him to go.
“I’m planning to build my team around Andy this season so unless they offer the amount that is in his contract and take it out of our hands then he is going nowhere.”