MARINERS TO CASH IN ON COYNE?
By Steve Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reports have indicated that Trotters' boss Sam Allardyce is preparing an £800,000 offer for the Welsh international, although The Mariners have stated that in spite of Bolton scouts having watched Coyne, no firm offers have been received.
A club spokesman told planetfootball.com: "Obviously the club would listen to any offers of that amount but no enquiries have been made at this time."
With regular number one Jussi Jaaskelainen ruled out for the rest of the season through a cruciate ligament injury, Allardyce is desperate to sign a shot-stopper before the March 22 transfer deadline.
In the absence of Jaaskelainen, Wanderers have turned to 19-year-old keeper Steve Banks and on-loan veteran Tommy Wright, although neither player has convinced in the position after a number of shaky performances.
Coyne, on the other hand, has been in sparkling form for the struggling Mariners this season and with Lennie Lawrence's men facing a gruelling end of term relegation battle, it would seem that the former Tranmere man would jump at the chance of a move.
Meanwhile, Grimsby have completed the signing of Fulham striker Luke Cornwall for the remainder of the season.