Mark McGhee could make Forest Green Rovers star Elliot Frear his first signing of the January transfer window.
Scottish Premiership side Motherwell are reportedly closing in on the signing of one of the National League’s most sought after players.
Winger Elliot Frear has been a key component this season for a Forest Green Rovers currently second in the fifth tier of English football and challenging for a return to the Football League.
The 26-year-old has made 19 appearances this season but apparently took a Diego Costa and Dimitri Payet like stance by refusing to play in Saturday’s 2-0 FA Trophy win at Chester, amid growing speculation he is about to make a move north of the border.
Speaking about Frear’s absence, Forest Green boss Mark Cooper said: “Elliot has said he doesn’t want to play for the club anymore and we have to move on.
“There has now been interest as far as I know and we need players that want to be with us going forward.”
But in his defence, Frear tweeted: “Just to confirm I haven’t refused to play today, still struggling from injury last weekend. I’m a professional & would never refuse to play.”
A former England C international, Frear then signed a two-year contract at the New Lawn the following year and helped Forest Green reach the National League Promotion Final last season, when they lost 3-1 to Grimsby Town at Wembley.
He is set to become the Steelmen’s first signing of the January transfer window as Mark McGhee looks to boost his squad before next weekend’s Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Rangers at Ibrox.
With the Scottish top-flight currently on a three-week winter break, Motherwell lie ninth in the table, two points behind sixth-placed Ross County, but will be hopeful of securing a top-half finish in the second half of the season.
With one of the most unpredictable seasons in years in store, guessing the final outcome across England, Scotland and Spain has proved difficult.
AFTER the briefest of breaks following the unexpected climax at Euro 2016, football makes a welcome comeback as the new domestic campaign begins in earnest.
2016-17 promises to be more dramatic, exciting and entertaining than seasons gone by with new managers, players and teams settling into their fresh surroundings and hoping to make an impact.
From Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford to Burton Albion’s Championship debut, there are many intriguing sub-plots which could present more shocks and surprises – such as Leicester City’s stunning Premier League title triumph as relegation favourites last term.
Such is the uncertainty of how clubs will fare amid the hive of summer activity, unrivalled spending and the fall-out from last season’s outcomes, predicting the precise outcomes in the promotion, play-off and relegation pictures in all leagues is an incredibly tough task.
Here’s my rough guess on what the final standings might look like across the main divisions in England, Scotland and Spain when May eventually comes around…
Merseyside-based official Robert Jones will be refereeing in the SkyBet Football League from the 2016-17 season after being promoted following two years in the National League.
FOR a football team, gaining promotion to a new league at any level is an achievement worth celebrating.
And it’s no different for referees – so Robert Jones will be delighted after receiving the call to find out he will be officiating in the SkyBet Football League from the 2016-17 campaign.
The Merseyside-based official has spent the last two seasons taking charge of matches in the National League – the fifth tier of English football – and the Women’s Super League One.
He was the man in the middle for the National League Promotion Final earlier this month and delivered an assured display in Grimsby Town’s 3-1 win over Forest Green Rovers alongside Aaron Jackson, Natalie Aspinall and fourth official Ollie Yates.
Jones dished out 63 yellow cards but only one red card in 21 games in non-league’s top tier during the regular league season while he only issued one booking at Wembley.
He was also the man in black for an Inter League Cup Final at York City’s Bootham Crescent ground on May 8.