This morning's Western Daily Press repeats last week's news (July 12th) that striker Wayne Gray is being courted by fellow League One side Leyton Orient. This has been a significant feature of the rumourmill for around 10 days now, but as yet it hasn't reached fruition. The WDP say that there is a five-figure bid on the table, but stop short of stating whether the value has been acceptable to the Glovers.
On Saturday, manager Russell Slade revealed he was leaving Gray out of the side due to injury but without naming the club involved, he did suggest that there was no smoke without fire:
"Wayne has got an Achilles problem at this moment in time and he's also attracting a bit of interest from another club."
Gray's injury could well be one factor in why matters are being drawn out somewhat. Clearly the former Southend United marksman would need to go through a medical before moving to another club, and any injury could delay matters.
The other factor is that Slade is already short in key positions on the park, and some of those are areas that Gray can play in. So without immediate replacements on the horizon, there could be an issue if Gray is allowed to leave whilst recruiting attack-minded players is still going on. Slade added:
"To be honest three more major signings have got to be made. I do need another midfielder to make four (central midfielders). I need a wide player and the other one might be a frontman. There are probably three signings I need to bring to the football club before we start the season."
Yeovil's pre-season plans continue tonight when a "Yeovil Town XI" visits Gillingham Town, with a squad that will almost certainly be centred around players from the Under 18s side. Kick-off at Hardings Lane is 7.30pm.
Tomorrow evening, the first team squad will take on Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45pm.
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