GRADI PLANNING STRIKER SWOOP
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Townson has attracted attention from numerous clubs, amongst them Manchester United, after a promising start to his career under the watchful eye of Dale boss Steve Parkin, and Gradi was present to see him hit the net in the reserves' 2-2 draw against Cheltenham on Tuesday.
The level of interest which the 18-year-old striker has generated may prove to be Gradi's undoing, however, as Rochdale will probably be looking for a fee in the region of £500,000.
Should that be the case, he may switch his sights northwards to Brunton Park where Foran has been in scintilating form for Carlisle since joining them at the start of the season.
The young Irishman has also drawn interest from Blackburn Rovers and Crystal Palace after bagging an impressive six goals in 12 appearances for the Border City club despite their slow start to the season.