The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Sam El­liott

FOOT­BALL LEAGUE clubs have been told that just be­cause Ilke­ston are stream­lin­ing their costs it doesn’t mean their hot prospects will be al­lowed to leave on the cheap.

The lat­est teenager set to move on in the next few days is de­fender Jor­dan Wheat­ley with Don­caster Rovers al­ready hav­ing two bids knocked back.

Evo-Stik NPL Premier Ilke­ston pre­vi­ously con­firmed Brighton & Hove Al­bion are also in­ter­ested and a deal with a League club could be con­firmed this week.

De­spite be­ing twice knocked back, League One Donny are favourites – es­pe­cially with Wheat­ley hav­ing worked with their as­sis­tant man­ager Gavin Stra­chan when he was the Robins man­ager un­til Oc­to­ber.

The club also re­vealed 17year-old goal­keeper Jamie Han­nis spent last week on trial with Premier League Nor­wich City.

Ilke­ston have a rich his­tory of set­ting play­ers on their way – and they stand to make in ex­cess of £600,000 should their for­mer star­let, Sh­effield United’s Che Adams, seal a much talked-about Premier League move in the sum­mer with Southamp­ton, Manch­ester City and AFC Bournemouth all keen.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Nigel Har­rop said: “We have a cou­ple of clubs talk­ing to us. The best way to de­scribe some of it has been un­real. Peo­ple’s val­u­a­tions aren’t like ours. We’re not ask­ing the earth but Jor­dan is a tal­ented player.

“Don­caster came in and they’re still keen.We knocked their of­fers back re­cently. He isn’t a bad player, and we won’t stand in any­one’s way of a great ca­reer but we will have to see how things de­velop.

“There are no fi­nan­cial prob­lems here. We let a high num­ber of play­ers go re­cently be­cause we have con­fi­dence in the academy young­sters on our books.

“We are look­ing to save money go­ing for­ward but we want to keep pro­gress­ing as well.”

TAR­GET: Jor­dan Wheat­ley

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