ROVERS DISMISS ELLINGTON APPROACH
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chairboys boss Lawrie Sanchez was ready to smash the club's current transfer record in order to land the 19-year-old, but the bid was met by new Rovers boss Gerry Francis with a cold shoulder.
"We made an offer for him which would have substantially broken what we have ever paid for anyone before but they decided that they wanted to keep him.
"I think he's got a lot of potential, but so do they, and they want a seven figure fee for him."
The Blues also look to have missed out on out-of -contract Reading striker Jim McIntyre after his agent revealed: "Wycombe expressed an interest in Jim and I spoke to Lawrie about him but there wasn't enough common ground for us to go forward."
And Sanchez has hit out against the club's online fan community who have criticised the former Wimbledon hero for a lack of action in the summer transfer market.
"The fans have got to be patient. If they think I have been sitting at home sunbathing then they should come and sit here with me and see how busy I've been," he blasted.
"I'm not one of those managers that goes in for putting it in the paper every time I speak to someone because it just alerts other clubs, but I can assure them that there is a lot of work going on. I've spoken to a lot of players and agents and I am still doing that.
"The fans have got to be confident in my ability to bring the right players to the club. We have a lean and mean squad of 21 who can all play in the first team and I want to bring in two or three more players to add to that.
"I could sign three people tomorrow just to keep the fans happy but I would rather make sure that we sign people who are going to improve us."