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Ross still a target

By Sam
July 12 2006

Steve Thompson is still hoping of getting Ian Ross in on a six-month loan and with Notts County's connections with Sheffield United he is also looking at a view of getting him on a permanent move to the club.

Thompson is hoping that the Magpies’ close connections with Sheff Utd will help us get Ian Ross on loan in the near future as he looks to have his squad complete in the next two weeks and in time for our first game of the season.

Thompson has also been keeping a board with the players’ names on it and showing where players’ recognised positions are (in blue) and where positions are vacant and targets are (in red). Week-by-Week the holes in red have began to fill up.

He is also hoping that the remaining gaps get filled in the next two weeks, but he is keen to only bring in players that are committed to the club or loaning players that have a view of moving to the club on a permanent deal.

Speaking to Magpie World he said: “I Would anticipate the jigsaw will be complete in the next two weeks.”

“If anything is going to be done, I expect to be completed by then. The window shuts at the end of August, but I want the squad complete in the next two weeks and by the end of July.”

“I only want players to come in who are totally committed to the club. With loan players they can always go back to their permanent club, but the players I have here are totally committed to Notts County.”

Speaking about loan players, he mentions how if he is to bring in any loan player it would be with a view of a permanent move to Notts, which means if Ian Ross does join on loan then it would be with the view to bring him in permanently.

Thompson then spoke about Ian Ross: “There’s no real update right now on Ross. Sheffield United started back a week ago and Neil Warnock was insistent that Ian started back with them.”

“Neill is getting the boy integrated into the Sheffield squad right now.”

“My Technical Director Howard Wilkinson knows the Sheffield United Chairman very, very well so I am hopeful that he can set the wheels in motion for me.”

“If Ian comes in, it will be on a six-month loan with a view hopefully that if we are doing well and he isn’t featuring at Sheffield United he will come and join us.”

“It would be a chance for him to look at us and vice-versa. We have competition for him, I know one League One side are looking at him but I am hoping the relationship I have with Neil Warnock will come through.”

“Howard Wilkinson knows Neil and their Chairman very well, so we have good connections that I am hoping will help persuade him to come to Notts County.”

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