Calvert-Lewin talks ongoing as Knill reiterates desire to strengthen Cobblers squad

Alan Knill
Alan Knill

Alan Knill is hopeful that Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s loan will be extended this month after the Cobblers assistant confirmed talks are continuing with the striker’s parent club Sheffield United.

With his loan deal at Sixfields due to expire this week, the teenager may have played his last Northampton game when he featured as a second half substitute in the 3-0 win over Barnet on Saturday.

But manager Chris Wilder is keen to extend Calvert-Lewin’s stay at Sixfields with the 18-year-old second only to skipper Marc Richards in the scoring charts this season having netted eight times in all competitions.

Speaking after Saturday’s win, it was assistant manager Alan Knill who spoke to the media and he said: “We’re talking to Sheffield United and the situation really hasn’t changed.

“I think it’s a financial situation that might have changed but we’re in negotiations with them to hopefully extend his loan and we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Wilder has already confirmed that he is actively seeking to bolster his squad in the January transfer window, which opened at the weekend.

And although Knill reiterated their desire to strengthen, he admitted that any new player will find it tough to break into the current Cobblers side which is flying high at the top of League Two.

He added: “I think it’s always important that when you’re doing well, that’s when you strengthen and you keep the squad really hungry.

“Obviously the players that you bring in have to be of a quality that pushes what’s already in the team and those players that have played over the last four or five months have done an outstanding job, but we are looking.

“We just feel every now and again the players need some help so if we can bring some quality in to help them, then that’s the aim because we all know what the target is at the end of the season.”