💷 Mariners face six-figure fee to land former striker

Sources in the Midlands have suggested that Grimsby Town must part with between £75,000-£100,000 to land a former Blundell Park favourite.

The Mariners are one of a number of teams interested in 28-year-old Andy Cook, who netted 18 times in League One for Walsall last term.

But the former Carlisle youngster has indicated that his future lies away from the Bescot Stadium, with new Saddlers’ boss Darrell Clarke admitting he can’t promise that the striker will stay with the West Midlands club.

Clarke told the Express and Star:

“Having interest in one of my players is nothing I haven’t seen before. That is football.

“When you score goals, you are going to have interest from other football clubs.

“What I will say is – and I’ve always worked like this – if players don’t want to be here, they will be gone.

“I will get the best price for them and out they go, simple as that.

“You want players who committed, I want everyone signing off the same page.

“I want players who are committed to the rebuild.

“I am an open manager, my door is always open. Chat to me, be honest with me.

“And I know at times players want to move on.

“Certainly you want to try and keep hold of your best players. But their hearts have got to be in it.”

It is no surprise to see Cook’s former clubs Grimsby and Tranmere in the running for the player, whilst the player’s ex-Blundell Park boss Paul Hurst is also rumoured to be keeping tabs on the situation from Glanford Park.

Cook’s first spell at Blundell Park lasted two seasons between 2013 and 2015, and he was the Mariners’ top scorer in 2013/14 with 16 goals in all competitions, including a strike at Wembley in the FA Trophy Final defeat to Wrexham.

The former Barrow man was also named the Non League Paper’s Young Player of the Year in his debut Blundell Park season.

But the player fell out of favour with the Mariners the next season and was released at the end of his two-year deal, returning to Barrow and then firing Tranmere to promotion from the Conference in 2018.

It’s the Wirral-based club who are in the hotseat to lure Cook away from the Bescot Stadium, particularly as they secured a second successive promotion after beating Newport at Wembley in the League Two Play Off Final last month.

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