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
"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.