Evatt attracting suitors
By Simon Fudge. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Chesterfield manager Roy McFarland has stated the club will not stand in Ian Evatt's way, should they receive an acceptable offer for the midfielder.
The Spireites made the comments following reports that Championship sides Leicester City and Coventry City were showing interest in the 23-year-old.
McFarland confirmed that the club have already turned down both a verbal and a written bid from League One rivals Bristol City for the former Derby County trainee last week.
However, the Saltergate boss also confirmed to skysports.com that no formal contact had been received from either Leicester or Coventry for the Chesterfield captain.
Representatives from The Foxes were at Saltergate to watch Evatt in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to struggling Peterborough United while Sheffield United have also been mentioned as having an interest in the midfielder.
Despite the seemingly growing interest in Evatt, McFarland admitted they would not stop the midfielder from leaving the North Derbyshire side, should The Spireites receive the right valuation for the player.
"With football being football, we have told Ian that we will not stand in his way if any offer is big enough and he wants to go to that particular club," McFarland told the club's official website.
"I am hoping that they [Bristol City] don't come back or any other clubs make offers, because I would like Ian to stay and develop his football here and be the backbone of the team for years to come."