Brighton worried over Harding
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mark McGhee is growing increasingly concerned over the future of Dan Harding.Brighton manager Mark McGhee is growing increasingly concerned over the future of highly rated defender Dan Harding.
The 20-year-old has made massive strides in recent seasons and he became an England Under-21 international earlier this year.
Harding is out of contract in the summer and is yet to sign a new deal.
The left back would be allowed to leave next year, but not for free as he is under 23 - although any compensation is likely to be less than a fee they could receive in January.
"It's starting to really frustrate me," admitted McGhee.
"Dan keeps telling us and saying publicly he wants to sign but we cannot tie his agent down to have a meeting with us. He has to be honest with us.
"We know there is interest from a number of clubs and we are trying very hard indeed to secure him on a longer contract at Brighton.
"Unfortunately, Daniel isn't keen to do that at this stage and that might well mean we have to sell him in January."
Everton, Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Rangers are all thought to be keen and could be tempted to make a move in January when the transfer window opens.