Charlie Goode has the potential to play Premier League football but Northampton Town are under no pressure to sell the reported Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers target, manager Keith Curle tells the Chronicle.
Talk about bowing out on a high.
With interest rising from the upper echelons of the Football League, there is a very real chance that Goode made his final appearance as the Cobblers’ captain during that 4-0 play-off final thrashing of Exeter City in June.
According to the Northern Echo, Middlesbrough have made a £500,000 bid for a 6ft 4ins centre-half who looks every inch a Neil Warnock type of player.
Northampton want closer to £1 million, however, with Sunderland, QPR, Preston and Blackburn also interested in a man who looks set to become the biggest export in the League One newcomers’ history (TEAMtalk).
Not that Northampton are destined to cash in on their man mountain, after securing their place in the third tier after a two year absence.
“We don’t need to sell. To get into the Championship and to compete at the top end of League One, you need good players and Charlie is a good player,” Curle says.
“Every player within the industry has a price and our price is nowhere near being matched by the clubs that have inquired. It’s got to be right for Charlie, it’s got to be right for the club and it’s got to be right for me.
“Before we recruited Charlie, in my mind I thought he could play Championship football with his attributes.
“Now I’ve worked with him and monitored his progression, the lad can play Premier League football – he wouldn’t look out of place in a top division team.”
Curle adds that Northampton have received ‘a couple of bids’ for the 25-year-old former Fulham and Watford youngster, although he was reluctant to put a name to those mystery suitors.