Date: 3rd June 2007 at 11:50am
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REPORTS are surfacing this morning that Accrington Stanley have made a bid for Southport central midfielder Carl Baker, who is valued at £100,000 by his manager.

The non-league paper claims that John Coleman made a bid for the midfielder, who he is thougt to have been chasing for a while, but it is now reported that the Reds will have competition for the players signature from recently promoted Morecambe, who won a thrilling Play-Off Final at Wembley to break Exeter hearts.

However one of the teams in for the player are thought to have bid only £3,000, which has been laughed off by their manager for being a total mick take.

I think the only one taking the mick in this deal is the Southport gaffer, setting a value of six figures. His thinking is that Baker should go for around the same prices as George Boyd and Craig Mackail-Smith.

Carl Baker agreed a new deal to keep him with Southport, but Ian Craney did that with Altrincham before Stanley signed him so it doesn’t rule him out yet.

Port gaffer Peter Davenport said at the time of Baker signing his new deal: ‘The club understands and recognises Carl’s desire to play at a higher level. There has been a lot of interest in Carl over recent months.

‘However as yet nobody has tabled a firm bid for Carl. We value Carl highly and until such time that a club matches our valuation Carl will remain a Southport player. Carl is well aware and supportive of this situation.

‘I know Carl has exceptional talent and undoubtedly the ability to step up several levels.’

Just have to wait and see eh?