Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark keen to keep Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis
Published 03/08/2016 | 16:31
Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark is preparing for all eventualities following interest in striker Josh Magennis.
Killie turned down a £50,000 bid from Oldham this week as former Northern Ireland and Motherwell coach Stephen Robinson made his move for the Euro 2016 forward.
But Clark hinted the club might be tempted with a higher bid.
"We have shown our intent, we turned down the offer from Oldham Athletic," Clark said. "Josh indicated that wasn't something that would have interested him anyway, but we had already turned it down, so it didn't go any further.
"Josh has got a year left. Who knows? Josh has ambitions. We have talked about it, which I do with many, many players in terms of one-to-ones. I know what Josh's ambitions are. Who knows what's going to happen? We have to be ready.
"He has a year left, he is entitled to speak to anybody under freedom of contract from January, where the club wouldn't receive a penny.
"If Josh wanted something to happen in terms of a club coming in, which is hypothetical because that scenario hasn't arrived, it's very difficult.
"It's quite similar to what Dundee have just experienced with (Kane) Hemmings. They didn't want to lose him but we know the world we are working in and we have to work accordingly."
Clark brought in 11 players this summer but his team are still gelling ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership opener against Motherwell at Fir Park, having been knocked out of the Betfred Cup.
And the former Huddersfield boss refused to rule out more players coming in.
"Who knows? There's still a couple of weeks to go. My concentration is on the league and the game on Saturday but I have been in this game long enough now to know something can just appear out of the blue and it changes the dynamic," Clark said.
"You have to be prepared for those scenarios when they happen."