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17th April 2002 21:57

Adams dismisses Piper approach talk
Teamtalk, 17 April 2002
Micky Adams has slapped a £10million price tag on Matthew Piper but insists that there have been no approaches for the highly-rated youngster.
The Leicester-born winger has been attracting the attentions of a host of clubs after bursting into City's first team earlier this season.
However, Adams has dismissed suggestions that he has received any bids for the tricky winger and has slapped a £10million price tag on his head, insisting the youngster is very much part of his plans and has a big future ahead of him.
He said: "I am not surprised clubs could be interested in Matt because some of his performances for us this season have been magnificent. But there have been no bids put in for him and it would have to be over £10million for us to even consider it.
"Piper is a player I certainly don't want to lose. He is one for the future and very much in my plans for next season and, without wanting to put too much pressure on the kid, I really do think he could have a great future."
Adams admits that scouts from top clubs will be running the rule over his team before the end of the season and, although he says he expects a number of people to leave, the City chief insists that Piper is not one of them.
He added: "I know there will be scouts at our last three games of the season looking at our players and trying to cherry pick, knowing that we need to cut costs and reduce the wage bill.
"There are some players who I won't mind whether they stay or leave but Piper isn't one of them. He's one I don't want to lose under any circumstances.
"To be honest, he could do with a rest from the team at the moment but because of all the injuries he doesn't look like getting one. But, after the run he has had, he is starting to look a bit jaded and is also carrying one or two niggles."


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