Mariners target Bury striker Andy Bishop in summer transfers
BURY striker Andy Bishop is a summer transfer target for Grimsby Town.
Officials at Gigg Lane have confirmed there has been contact from Town regarding the 27-year-old hitman in the past few days.
Town have declined to comment but the Shakers have verified the interest, though they admit there hasn't been any official offer for the frontman.
Bury director Brian Fenton revealed: "Grimsby have enquired about Andy Bishop.
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"It is still early days and we have had no offers but everybody has got his price.
"But Andy has still got 12 months left on his contract and it is really up to him."
Bishop has had a nightmare 12 months with injury and only scored three times in 26 appearances last season as a series of operations blighted his campaign.
He remains one of the star men at Bury but sources in Lancashire disclosed Bishop could indeed be in line for an exit from Gigg Lane despite his contract – due to a reported slash in the budget and wage bill this summer.
As one of the top earners, he could be a casualty if someone was prepared to take that league contract on.
Town's board insisted they would be backing boss Neil Woods financially in the bid to bounce back to league football and funds may be available for a high-profile target like Bishop.
But the club is remaining tight-lipped on any transfer targets.
If Bishop is up for grabs, though, any move to try to lure him to Blundell Park could hinge on whether his former Gigg Lane boss, Chris Casper, commits his future as Woods' number two.
Casper signed Bishop from non-league York in 2006 in his time as Bury chief. He has gone on to score 66 goals in 174 games for the Shakers.
Bishop is also friends with another man linked with a switch to Cleethorpes this close season, the released former Bury defender Paul Scott.