'Nobody is leaving this football club unless it's an extortionate offer' (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Leyton Orient insists club will keep hold of star players unless receiving an extortionate offer
10:10am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
Russell Slade insists the club’s prized assets will not leave unless they receive “extortionate offers”.
Moses Odubajo signed a new contract last season despite the 20-year-old winger being linked with moves to Ipswich Town and Celtic.
The rising star has become a first-team regular in the last 12 months and has netted twice already in the opening month of the campaign.
Kevin Lisbie has scored four times this season and the veteran striker attracted interest from Sheffield United last season. But the O’s boss is adamant none of the club’s key players will be leaving before Monday’s transfer window shuts unless a big offer comes in.
Slade said: “They’ve not got too many days left so that’s a positive. If they do they’re going to have come in with big money because there’s nobody leaving this football club unless it’s extortionate offers.”
The League One leaders have a very small squad and could be in trouble if they suffer injuries later in the season.
Slade is still hoping to bring one more signing to the club before Monday and recently enquired about Millwall striker John Marquis but does not expect to sign him.
The manager said: “It’s still a little bit short [squad] and we don’t want to have too many injuries. You’ve seen we can make one or two changes and we’ve got Shaun Batt to come into the group which strengthens us again. But if we collected three or four injuries it puts a different slant on things.
“I’m tempted [to make a signing] if we could find the money. We may be able to get one more in to help us but that will be it.”
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