Inthe know

The Football League Paper - - FERGUSON - By Neil Fissler

MILL­WALL are among a host of clubs who are chas­ing FC Halifax Town goal ma­chine Lee Gre­gory.

Gre­gory is the Con­fer­ence Pre­mier’s joint top leading scorer with Lu­ton’s An­dre Gray af­ter scor­ing 27 goals so far this sea­son.

Lions boss Ian Hol­loway looks set to clear out his goal shy at­tack at the end of the sea­son with rel­e­ga­tion to League One loom­ing.

And 25-year-old Gre­gory, who has scored seven goals in his last five games, is one of the play­ers he is in­ter­ested in.

Hol­loway had a scout check out Gre­gory dur­ing play-off chas­ing Halifax’s goal­less draw with Brain­tree on Thurs­day.

Sh­effield United academy prod­uct Gre­gory sup­ple­ments his liv­ing as a foot­baller by work­ing as an elec­tri­cian.

He is now likely to find him­self on the move hav­ing only one-year left on his cur­rent con­tract.

Gre­gory started his ca­reer with Stave­ley Min­ers Wel­fare and Mans­field be­fore ar­riv­ing at the Shay in 2011.

He has fin­ished leading scorer in his two sea­sons at the club and is on tar­get to do it for the third time.

The livewire striker was also watched by Black­burn, Sh­effield Wed­nes­day and Barns­ley.

The Lions be­lieve Gre­gory could have the same type of im­pact as Steve Mori­son when they signed him from then non-league Steve­nage in 2009. AC MI­LAN are will­ing to pay £3m to make Adel Taarabt’s loan move from QPR per­ma­nent.

The Moroc­can is keen to stay in Italy and Mi­lan are hop­ing to se­cure him at a cut price deal. BRIGHTON are brac­ing them­selves for a sum­mer raid on highly-rated winger Will Buck­ley.

Bit­ter ri­vals Crys­tal Palace are ready to lead the bid­ding at the end of the sea­son.

The Seag­ulls were able to fend off bids from Sun­der­land for Buck­ley dur­ing the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

But their for­mer man­ager Gus Poyet will be back again for a player Al­bion rate at around £3m.

Al­bion do not have to sell play­ers but a sub­stan­tial of­fer could be hard for them to turn down­with both Palace and Sun­der­land keen on se­cur­ing his ser­vices.

Brighton fans will find it hard to take los­ing Buck­ley to one of their most hated ri­vals. And de­spite sell­ing Brid­cutt to the Black Cats the man­ner in which Poyet left the Amex last sum­mer is still a sore point.

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