Date: 9th June 2014 at 5:20pm
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Chief executive Andy Ambler has given an overall update on contracts, transfer targets and admitted that we have rejected an offer for defender Mark Beevers.

Starting firstly with plans for 2014-15 when speaking to the official site he explained that he, manager Ian Holloway and other staff had been working hard behind the scenes to get preparations right and that does also include waiting to hear back from David Forde and Lee Martin who have been offered new deals at the club, given their current contracts expire in only a few weeks.

‘As with any renegotiation things take time. Fordey is out in the States at the moment with Ireland and Lee we’ve made an offer to, and he’s away as well. I’m hoping that we can have some clarity with that over the next four or five days.’

Ambler goes on to say that fans should be aware that work in ongoing behind the scenes, even though their isn’t a lot to talk about at the minute, because of the speed to which we signed Carlos Edwards and he confirms that the gaffer is seriously looking at another three or four targets to bring in aswell ahead of the new campaign.

‘Our ideal situation would be to bring them in before we get to go on the training camp out in Portugal, but it doesn’t always work that way. Players want to look at all their options.’

He also confirmed that we have already had an offer for a player turned down by their club, but he obviously didn’t say who that was.

You could speculate it was the reports that we are set to make a third bid for Halifax’s Lee Gregory. The 25 year old has been heavily linked to us after scoring 31 goals in 39 appearances for the club in the Conference last season, and it’s said they have already turned down an offer of £100,000 but would accept something in the region of a quarter of a million, but if it was him, you’d have thought Ambler would’ve said a ‘couple’ of bids turned down – if that speculation is true of course.

Talks with Yeovil Town’s defender Byron Webster continue, so it’s unlikely to have been a reference to him as I believe he’s out of contract this summer so no fee would be required.

‘The manager is meeting this week with a couple of out of contract players, and has had the conversation with Byron Webster as everyoen knows. We’re waiting on a response back from him and his agent.’

What pleases our chief executive though is he feels we have hit the ground running this summer, which wasn’t the case this time last year, and he confirms that before the season ended Holloway and Mick Harford were already working on potential targets so we are ahead of the curve in many ways this time round.

As for Beevers, all Ambler would confirm was that an offer had been rejected, but again he gave no further details.

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