Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed his interest in Rangers’ winger Alan Gow after Walter Smith’s revelation that talks were at an “advanced” stage between the two clubs.
Gow, aged 26, a talented free-scoring winger, has been on loan from the Scottish Premier League giants with Blackpool for the last few months of this season and lined up against Wolves just a week ago in the 2-2 draw in the Coca-Cola Championship at Bloomfield Road.
But it now looks as though he will be joining the Molineux outfit provided terms can be agreed with the player and his agent.
McCarthy has been a long-standing fan of the Scotsman and said yesterday “We have expressed an interest in him. We first tried to sign him from Falkirk 18 months ago and we know what he can do.”
Rangers boss Smith said last night that a six-figure fee had been agreed with the Championship league leaders for the player who has scored five goals in 17 games for the Seasiders.
Smith said: “The clubs have agreed a fee for the player and Alan and his representatives have gone to speak to Wolves.
“As long as they reach agreement, the move will be finalised in due course but they have to talk first.
“Mick McCarthy has done a terrific job down there. Last season was disappointing for them but they’ve settled down this year.
“After missing out on a promotion place, they’re doing well and look to be the favourites to go up to the Premiership as they’ve got a fair gap at the top of the league now.
“I don’t want to pre-empt anything but it certainly looks as though they’ll get promotion and Alan has an opportunity to join a club on the up. It would be a good move for him.”
Meanwhile Wolves have been dealt a blow in their plans to keep talented England centre-half Michael Mancienne for another month on loan from Chelsea,
Chelsea boss Luis Felipe Scolari recalled the 20-year-old at the weekend and has said he will not allow him out again on loan this season.
Mancienne played eight games for Wolves but the loss of Alex and John Terry at Stamford Bridge through injury has meant the youngster has had to return to the club he first joined at the age of eight.
In other transfer news Wolves have allowed midfield youngster Lewis Gobern to join MK Dons for training with the view to a loan spell as part of his return to match fitness after a lengthy injury.
n?Derby County chairman of football Adam Pearson has confirmed he has contacted Burton about the possibility of Nigel Clough becoming the club’s new manager.
Clough, whose late father Brian managed Derby between 1967 and 1973 and led them to the old Division One title in 1972, has been heavily tipped to make the short switch to Pride Park to fill the Rams’ vacant managerial post after Paul Jewell resigned a week ago.
Clough junior has impressed in his first job as a manager. Having taken charge 10 years ago with Burton in the Southern League, he is on course to earn the Brewers promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history.
Burton are top of the Blue Square Premier League, with a 13-point cushion between nearest rivals Histon.
Pearson wants to make an appointment within the next 10 days and has admitted that Clough is on the club’s “very small radar”.
“Certainly Nigel has got lots of attributes you look for in a manager and I have spoken to (Burton chairman) Ben Robinson about him,” Pearson said.
“There are certainly other candidates on our shortlist but he is one who is on our very small radar.”
Chris Hutchings has been placed in temporary control.
He will be in charge for tomorrow’s Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester United at Pride Park.