The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

OMAR BOGLE will com­mand a fee of around £1mil­lion as a clutch of Cham­pi­onship clubs fight for the Grimsby Town striker’s sig­na­ture.

The League Two Mariners have re­port­edly re­jected an £850,000 bid from Rother­ham United for the 24-year-old they signed from Soli­hull Moors in 2015.

It will rep­re­sent a big profit for the club, hav­ing forked out just £25,000 to land him af­ter three pro­lific years in the Na­tional League North.

Grimsby boss Mar­cus Big­not,

right, was in charge at Soli­hull back then, and helped nur­ture the tal­ented hitman, who had a spell at Celtic, be­fore they were re­united ear­lier this sea­son. Bogle scored 16 goals, in­clud­ing two in the pro­mo­tion fi­nal at Wem­b­ley as they beat For­est Green Rovers, to help Grimsby back into the Foot­ball League. The for­mer Eng­land C striker has been in scin­til­lat­ing form this sea­son, top­ping the charts with his 18 goals and the scouts have come flock­ing. His for­mer club, Birm­ing­ham City, are in the hunt, as are their city ri­vals Aston Villa. Brent­ford are also in­ter­ested, with Grimsby fac­ing a bat­tle to keep hold of the for­ward this Jan­uary.

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