Walsall manager Dean Smith today claimed the club have received no enquiries from Huddersfield Town for Sam Mantom and declared the midfielder is not for sale.
The Saddlers boss also claimed it would take an “awful lot of money” for any club to prise the club’s current Player of the Year away from the Banks's Stadium.
Town have been linked with a possible move for the 22-year-old Mantom as Mark Robins looks to bolster his midfield, but Smith vehemently refuted the idea of his star man leaving.
“We have had zero contact for Sam Mantom and in all honesty he is not for sale,” the Walsall chief told the Express & Star after his side's 1-1 draw with Taunton Town last night. “He is our player and a massive, integral part of our team.
“It will take an awful lot of money for anybody to come in for him. We have had no contact from Huddersfield at all, it is all speculation.”
Town could be facing a battle of their own to hold onto midfielder Adam Clayton who is a target for Middlesbrough, with the Teessiders already seeing one bid knocked back.
The Express & Star claims that even if an approach were made, it would likely be rebuffed by the Saddlers and any speculation over the player’s future, unfounded or otherwise, is unwanted by Smith.
Mantom, whose contract runs until 2016, did not feature in the match at Taunton as attempts to shake off a niggling knee injury which has limited him to a bit-part role in the Saddlers' pre-season preparations so far.
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