Northampton Town: Cobblers looking to offload

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THE Cobblers will switch the emphasis from arrivals to departures during the next week of the January transfer window.

But the club have confirmed that there have been no enquiries as yet regarding the availability of star midfielder Michael Jacobs.

The 20-year-old was rumoured to be a target for a string of npower Championship clubs but so far no club has expressed an interest in the player.

It looks like being a quiet month in terms of money changing hands – Town had a bid for Kidderminster Harriers striker Jamille Matt rejected and that deal now looks like being dead. Aidy Boothroyd has been a busy man in the loan market, though, recruiting Akwasi Asante, Blair Adams and Ben Harding on New Year’s Day and lining up one or two others.

The Cobblers boss is not under any pressure to move players on but he has made no secret of the fact that he feels the squad is too large and it would certainly help from a budget point of view to reduce numbers.

“We’ve still got one or two targets and I think they will happen,” said chairman David Cardoza. “But we’ll also be focusing on getting some players a move to other clubs. There will be quite a lot of movement this month I think but we need to see some players move on.”

And he added: “We’ve had absolutely nothing on Michael Jacobs and we’re happy to keep it that way. It’s the January transfer window and sometimes teams aren’t as desperate to do business at this time of year as they are at other times.”

Among those who could find their Cobblers careers under threat are midfielder Paul Turnbull, for whom the club paid a fee in the summer, and Tadhg Purcell, who was something of a marquee signing the previous close season but whose career has been derailed by a bad knee injury.

Boothroyd confirmed both of those players are not in his plans but said he would need to ‘have a chat’ with Nathaniel Wedderburn and Byron Webster.

Central midfielder Wedderburn was completely frozen out under former boss Gary Johnson while Webster only recently resumed training after breaking a bone in his foot.

The former Doncaster Rovers man played 90 minutes and scored in Tuesday’s 3-2 reserve team friendly defeat to Wolves.