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Third Notts County bid for former midfield player rejected

According to the Nottingham Post, Forest Green Rovers have turned down another bid from Notts County for midfielder Liam Noble. This is the third offer that has been rebuffed but the Magpies remain desperate to re-sign their former player.

The 26-year-old played over 70 times for the club between 2014 and 2016, before heading off to Forest Green this time last year. In his debut campaign at The New Lawn, Noble celebrated promotion with Forest Green, winning the promotion final against Tranmere Rovers at Wembley Stadium.

Noble is contracted to his current club for a further season, but Notts County are likely to return with another offer. It is understood that the Gloucestershire club would only entertain a deal should they receive £100,000. However the most recent offer from their Sky Bet League Two rivals, managed by Kevin Nolan, clearly fell short of this valuation.

The Meadow Lane club tabled a lump sum in the offer, in addition to various add-ons likely to include if Notts County were to win promotion next season. Michael O’Connor is out injured for the best part of the upcoming campaign and Nolan has been keen to bolster his central midfielder options. He was impressed with the role Noble played in helping Forest Green out of the Vanarama National League, and believes he is the perfect man to improve what he already has.

Notts County remain interested in bringing the player back to the club, but it looks as though they’ll have to part way with £100,000. Their current bids to date have fell short of this as they look to strike some kind of deal with their divisional rivals. Cooper clearly wants to keep him at the club, and Nolan is desperate to sign him too. This isn’t the last we’ll have heard of this saga.

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