THE Cobblers have turned down a bid from an npower Championship club – believed to be Derby County – for highly-rated midfielder Michael Jacobs.
The 20-year-old, whose contract at Sixfields expires at the end of the current season, was the subject of a transfer enquiry by Reading last year.
He has also been scouted with increasing regularity by Peterborough United in the past month, with Watford manager Sean Dyche also thought to be monitoring the situation.
Northampton would be well protected if a tribunal was to set Jacobs’ fee as he has been with the club since he was 10, and has enjoyed incremental pay rises during that time.
“We have turned down an offer for Michael,” confirmed Cobblers chairman David Cardoza.
“We know a lot of offers are going to come in for him but he will have the final say in the end.
“I can’t say how much was offered this morning but it was not enough. We’re talking about championship clubs but the season hasn’t finished yet and I’m sure that interest will grow in the next few weeks.
“We’ll cross that bridge if we come to it. Aidy is going to be speaking to Michael and it may well be the case that he wants to stay here for the next year or two.
“We’ve made him a good offer and we hope he stays.
“If the worst comes to the worst we’ll make sure we’re properly compensated for it.”
Although all of the clubs linked with Jacobs at this point are playing in the championship, Cardoza is anticipating some interest from the top level of English football.
The chairman, however, is not convinced the player will definitely leave the club this summer.
“We’re realistic about it and there are some big clubs interested so we’ll see what happens,” he said.
“I would expect Premier League clubs to come in for him, a lot have watched him but we want him to stay here.
“His agents have had our offer, it’s a good offer, and he might decide he wants to stay here and work with Aidy (Boothroyd) for another year.”
Jacobs may not be leaving Sixfields but two players whose departures have been confirmed are Nathaniel Wedderburn and Lewis Young.
Wedderburn played the full 90 minutes at Crawley Town but that was his first appearance for more than a year while Young has slipped out of the first-team picture in recent weeks.