Jefferies awaits fresh bid
Jim Jefferies is expecting a fresh bid for Steven Naismith from a new club.
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 27/07/07 6:56pm
Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies is expecting a fresh bid for Steven Naismith from a new club.
The Scotland striker has been involved in a transfer saga with Rangers throughout the summer, who have had four bids turned down before reportedly withdrawing their final offer of £1.5million.
Kilmarnock are looking for £2million for the 20-year-old and chairman Michael Johnston has been told by Naismith's agent Andrew McCormick that the speculation has affected the player.
Following a 3-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest in a friendly at Rugby Park, Jefferies revealed that Naismith's future could be decided this week but has not disclosed which team have shown an interest in the highly-rated frontman.
"There is a club who have not made an offer yet, but made another enquiry on Tuesday," Jefferies said.
"I might hear something on Wednesday and until then I wouldn't want to say who it is.
"If we do get a bid then that's fine but if not we will just get on with it but we want it all sorted sooner rather than later.
"Rangers haven't offered enough, it's as simple as that and all their offers have been final offers! We have never put Steven up for auction but we are not holding him back. But this is not easy for him and I feel sorry for him at times.
"This will affect him because Steven is that type of person."
Jefferies was also quick to dismiss reports claiming that his relationship with Naismith had turned sour.
"Steven and I have a great relationship; remember it was me who brought him through," he continued.
"People have been mischief-making in various ways like having a go at Michael and then Steven and I."