Luton Town's offer for Marcus Marshall is 'not ridiculous', says Paul Buckle
PAUL Buckle insists Luton Town haven't offered "ridiculous" money for Marcus Marshall.
The winger, who had been on loan with Grimsby Town since November, was called back to parent club Bury this week after the Hatters had a bid accepted.
Mariners joint boss Rob Scott immediately refused to get into a bidding war with his title rivals for the wideman, pictured below.
And the co-manager was critical of the offer for Marshall – who is out of contract in the summer – believed to be around £30,000.
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"We're fighting to keep Marcus but the offer that Luton have put in is ridiculous really," he said.
"The amount of money that they've offered for him when he's out contract at the end of the season is ridiculous, but that's their business."
However, Buckle says Luton won't pay over the odds for any player.
He told the Luton News: "He is Bury's player. I like him.
"We haven't offered ridiculous money for any player. I think the words are a little bit flippant."
Hatters MD Gary Sweet added: "We have indeed made an enquiry, but we certainly haven't offered silly money for any players during this transfer window."
Newport County striker Aaron O'Connor hopes to be back in training within 3-4 weeks.
The forward at Grimsby Town's title rivals had to be stretchered off during Saturday's defeat to Barrow, and it was feared he would be out of action for an extended period of time.
A scan revealed that he could be on the treatment table for up to eight weeks.
However, the former Luton man says he may be back by the end of February.
He said: "Results have shown two muscle tears of a low grade which is good. Hopefully I'll be back in a few weeks."