County Want Big Bucks For Heffernan

Last updated : 08 May 2004 By Mark Heys
Paul Heffernan - the million pound man?
With news abound that Sam Allardyce could be set to drop his interest in Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo another player, Notts County's Paul Heffernan could also be out of the reckoning after the Magpies slapped a £1 million price tag on their star man.

The 22-year old Dubliner has hit 21 goals for relegated County this season and Wanderers manager Allardyce was rumoured to want to return to his former club to aquire the services of the striker.

However Wanderers will not be prepared to take such a gamble on a player stepping up from a lower level of football even though former Huddersfield Town striker Jon Stead proved it can be done when moving to local rivals Blackburn Rovers earlier this term. Rovers co-incidentally are one of the clubs challenging Bolton for the signature of Heffernan along with a number of Division One clubs.

County director Steve Thompson beleives it is only fair that the Magpies be compensated for the loss of their top marksman and feels that a tribunal panel would adopt the same view.

"What we would say is that, if any club is planning to come in with an offer of £50,000 or £100,000 just don't bother. Don't waste our time or yours because we beleive he is worth a lot more than that and if it comes to it we will risk a tribunal to prove it." he told the local press in Nottingham

"When you look at the transfer market and the young strikers who have moved clubs in recent times we would value him in access of £1 million"