Goater not interested in move

Last updated : 22 January 2004 By Richard Woodward

Despite the interest shown by his former manager, Goater told Royals boss Steve Coppell that a loan move was unappealing at the present time. Joe Royle made further contact today and was told by Coppell that “The Goat” was not interested in a move.

This comes on the same day that Millwall show an apparent interest in Town’s want-away keeper Andy Marshall. Lion’s assistant Ray Wilkins and chief scout David Tuttle watched Marshall play for the Town reserves’ in a 1-0 victory over Coventry played yesterday at Playford Road, where the former Norwich stopper put in a commendable performance.

With Marshall off the books the Blues would certainly have more scope to bring in a player or two on loan, and Joe Royle says there recent developments on his other identified loan targets: "I've made three enquiries, two serious ones, so there's still another opportunity.”

The interest in Town’s players seems restricted to just Marshall:

"I've had no enquiries at all for any of my players. I don't expect any as it's a very quiet market. There are a couple of things going on at other clubs but nobody's even mentioned anything to me. I would be surprised of there were any departures."

Many Town fans thought the potential introduction of Goater was to fill a gap left by either Pablo Counago, who has been linked with West Brom, or Darren Bent, apparently wanted by Newcastle and Southampton earlier in the season – but it seems unlikely that Town will receive any bids for their stars at the moment.