Gillingham caretaker boss Steve Lovell wants Kyle Dempsey to remain at the club amid the prospect of a transfer to Bolton Wanderers but admits the situation could change before the end of the January window.
The Wanderers are looking to add the 26-year-old to their ranks and have submitted a second offer for the midfielder.
Dempsey is out of contract in the summer and, should he not be sold this January, he could leave Priestfield for free in a few months if he doesn’t put pen to paper on new terms.
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The Wanderers want to add Dempsey as their latest acquisition in the January transfer window and add him to their central midfield department, seeing him as a replacement for former Bolton captain Antoni Sarcevic, who left the club in October for Stockport County.
Gillingham captain Dempsey played for the Kent club in last night’s League One goalless draw against Shrewsbury Town and Lovell was asked about his skipper after the encounter.
Lovell wants Dempsey to stay at Priestfield but admits the decision is out of his hands and things could change before the January transfer window ends next Monday at 11pm.
Speaking after last night’s goalless draw, Lovell said: “There has been talk for a long time about linking clubs with our players, but I don’t know anything about it.
“The way Kyle played tonight, you wouldn’t think he was going to go anywhere, because I thought he gave it his all and gave the performance of a captain and I thought he worked very, very hard for the team.
“He always has, ever since I’ve been here, it’s been a credit.
“I don’t want to lose any players. I want to keep them all so I can work with them, but it’s out of my hands. I can only work with what I have and what I will have and whatever.” I have and I have, I will work with.
“We would like to add it and I think we need the team. In the next two or three days it will become a bigger problem, I think when the players are available and we only have four or five days left, so it is an important time to get what that we want to give us a good cry to get us out of this mess we’re in.
“I don’t want to lose anyone, but that’s not my decision. It’s a decision that the club has to make and for the right reasons and for the good of the football club.”
“All I can say as a coach is I don’t want to lose any good players and Kyle Dempsey is a good player. I don’t want to lose anyone on the team.”
“I’m not in a position to lose anybody. We’re not good in numbers as some injuries have bounced back so I wish the window was over and I’ve got 22 players where I know what.” I’m going to work with and that’s what I’m going to do.
“But they don’t, so things could change between now and next Monday and most likely they will, and whatever they change, I’m going to have to adapt to that and work with that.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.