REID LOOKING TO COLLECT COYNE?
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wearsiders boss Peter Reid travelled to Maine Road to see The Mariners slump to a heavy defeat against Manchester City and, although Coyne picked the ball out of the net on four occasions, he is said to have been impressed by what he saw.
The 28-year-old was strongly linked with a move to the Premiership with Aston Villa last season, although it is now looking increasingly likely that he will be given the opportunity to taste the limelight with Sunderland.
Mariners boss Lennie Lawrence confirmed that Reid had been at Maine Road, although he denied that a firm bid has already been placed on the table.
"There's been no bids and I would say so if there had been," he declared.
"I haven't heard anything from Sunderland, but Peter Reid was at the game last Tuesday."
Reid is likely to tempt Lawrence with a six-figure cash offer plus unsettled winger John Oster, who has already expressed a desire to return to his former stamping ground in a bid to reacquaint himself with regular first-team action.
Reports are emerging, however, that Lawrence may not be at Grimsby for long enough to see the transaction through after being touted as a prime candidate to take the vacant Barnsley job.
The former Middlesbrough boss is reportedly being lined up by Oakwell chiefs as their new director of football and, after constantly expressing his frustration at being so tightly bound by financial constraints in North East Lincolnshire, he may well seek to be released from his Grimsby contract eight months early.