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Northampton Town have rejected bids from both Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers for captain Charlie Goode, with the Chronicle reporting that they are sticking to their £1 million demand.

Considering the 6ft 4ins centre-back has never played higher than League One level, spending the last two seasons in the fourth tier at Sixfields, it remains to be seen whether Boro or QPR are willing to pay the seven-figure sum required for his signature.

After all, clubs all throughout English football have been hit hard by an ongoing financial crisis.

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And £1 million looks a rather sizeable sum when you consider that Goode spent the 2019/20 campaign pitting his wits against the Crawleys, the Colchesters and the Carlisles of the world.

The report adds that the two Championship clubs have had bids rejected.

The Northern Echo claimed last week that Boro had initially put a £500,000 offer on the table, which is exactly the same fee QPR were willing to pay, according to West London Sport.

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Northampton, however, are not going to budge.

After battering Exeter City 4-0 in the League Two play-off final, they know that keeping that influential skipper could be the difference between surviving in the third-tier and dropping straight back out of it.

“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,” Cobblers boss Keith Curle told the Chronicle last week.

“Every player within the industry has a price and our price is nowhere near being matched by the clubs that have inquired.

“The lad can play Premier League football – he wouldn’t look out of place in a top division team.”

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