Bristol Rovers' pursuit of James Constable over
Bristol Rovers chairman Nick Higgs insists the deal to bring James Constable to the Memorial Stadium is now 'dead in the water' after Oxford United turned down a second improved offer for the striker.
Oxford chairman Kelvin Thomas last week confirmed that Rovers had made a second bid believed to be in the region of £150,000 for the 27-year-old after an initial offer of £120,000 had been turned down.
Thomas said the latest offer was to be 'considered' over the weekend, but last night confirmed that it had been rebuffed. "After receiving a second offer from Bristol Rovers, which was discussed over the weekend and Bank Holiday, we have decided to turn down the offer," said Thomas.
"The offer from Bristol Rovers was a reasonable one, but quite a bit less than what we have both rejected and accepted in the past."
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Higgs yesterday confirmed that Rovers were unwilling to become embroiled in an auction for a player who is also believed to be interesting Northampton and Luton Town and will now switch his attentions elsewhere.
He said: "We put a good offer on the table for the player, but Oxford have decided to turn that down, so it is dead in the water as far as I'm concerned.
"We decided that after making the second offer it was a case of it happens it happens and if it doesn't then we turn our attentions elsewhere.
"There are other players that Mark (McGhee) will pursue now that the deal has fallen through. We've entered into negotiations with a number of players and agents so there is a long list of possibilities.
"I would envisage that we may see between four and six new faces before the start of the season.
"It's a moving goalpost, though, because things can change at this time of year. It's difficult because a lot of players are away on holiday, but, hopefully, we should start seeing some movement in the next couple of weeks."
Rovers, meanwhile, yesterday announced ticket details for their pre-season friendly against League One side Coventry City on Saturday, August 11 (3pm).
Entrance to terraced areas and the South Stand will cost £10 (adults) and £5 (concessions). Seats in the two main stands will cost £14 (adults) and £7 (concessions). Tickets are available in advance from Pirate Leisure.