BAGGIES INTEREST PETERS OUT
By Steve Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
WEST BROMWICH ALBION have denied that they are interested in signing Grimsby Town defender Peter Handyside.
The Scottish stopper had been linked with a move to the Albion after reportedly impressing the club's coaching staff with an outstanding performance against The Baggies at the end of last season.
The Midlands club have been frustrated in their attempts to land Portsmouth centre half Darren Moore, leading to speculation that the out-of-contract Handyside could be bound for the Hawthorns.
However, speaking to planetfootball.com, West Brom chief executive John Wile dismissed the rumours, saying: "I've spoken to the manager and the chairman and neither of them know anything about this.
"Obviously he's a player that we're aware of, but we've not been in touch with either him or his representatives.
"He may well have had an excellent game against us, although there's no interest from us."
Grimsby boss Lennie Lawrence remains hopeful that he can persuade the former Scotland Under-21 star to remain at Blundell Park, along with former Baggie Stacy Coldicott and young defender Danny Butterfield, who are also currently out-of-contract..
Both players are reportedly close to agreeing new deals, with Butterfield set to sign upon his return from holiday.
Lawrence told the club's official site: "Danny is a good prospect and did very well at the back end of the season. However, he has to look to play thirty five to forty games and he couldn't do that last season.
"Staying with us is the best thing that could happen to him because if he goes [to the Premiership] too early he could fall flat on his face. He needs to be allowed to develop."