Scunthorpe United likely to renew interest in Brighton & Hove Albion's Matt Sparrow in January
MANAGER Brian Laws seems almost certain to renew his interest in bringing Matt Sparrow back to Glanford Park in January.
The Iron boss tried, unsuccessfully, to sign the midfielder on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion before the transfer window for loan recruitments closed a week-and-a-half ago.
A deal could not be brokered because the two clubs could not agree on how it would be financed, with Laws admitting Scunthorpe were relying on a favour from the Seagulls in regards to the players' wages.
Laws would love to snap up Sparrow, who has not played for the Championship club since last March, and although not overly positive on being able to re-recruit one of his former charges, it is a question he will seemingly ask again in the New Year.
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“I’d like to strengthen the team and sometimes it’s better the devil you know, so you’re assured of what you’re getting,” Laws told the Telegraph.
“Matt I know so if he did come back to this football club, he would be coming for the right reasons.
“He’s got a bit in him which means he cares about this club. I know I would get what we need from him. However, it’s always down to finances.
“The route which we’re going down, where we haven’t got any surplus for loanees, means we have to regenerate money through getting somebody out on loan or we have to have a support mechanism from the other football club where by we give players games but at no cost to us.
“We’ve had some really good support with that, but not everybody is singing from the same hymn book.
“Brighton are one of those teams, as has been quoted, with Gus Poyet saying ‘I’m not Father Christmas’.”
Just after the loan window ended, Seagulls boss Poyet said he was ‘devastated’ for Sparrow that he had been unable to leave the Amex Stadium, labelling the Wembley winner as ‘a top class professional’.
Sparrow made just shy of 400 first-team appearances for Scunthorpe and scored a hatful of important goals, including two, at Wembley, in the League One play-off final in 2009 and the effort that secured the Iron Championship survival 12 months later.
He is thought to have been keen to be reunited with his former club and manager and Laws hopes Brighton will change their stance on the financing of any deal.
“All clubs are crying wolf at the minute because finances are tight,” added the United boss. “That’s where we’re at, but if Matt came back into the equation, of course I’d be interested.
“It’s probably highly unlikely, but he (Poyet) might change his thoughts in January.
“It depends on how many takers he’s had and at this moment in time I don’t think he’s had any, which is sad to see as it means Matt is sitting in the stands, doing nothing.
“His services are not required. He’s dormant for a month, which is ridiculous, but that’s what we have to deal with.”