Boss doesn’t anticipate Austin offer

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Gary Naysmith says he doesn’t expect Nathan Austin to be leaving the Bayview club before the transfer window closes.

Austin has been linked with a couple of clubs since the start of the new campaign after turning heads with his recent performances.

Attention really ramped up following Tuesday’s night’s League Cup tie against Motherwell when the big striker proved to be more than a handful for the Premiership defence,

But the Bayview gaffer has reiterated his belief that the best place for the local striker to continue his development is in Methil.

“It’s only been since the start of this season that he’s got a little more national attention,” said Naysmith on Monday.

“That was in part down to way he played against Motherwell.

“He’s a great lad, a good trainer and a listener and I believe that the best thing for him is to stay at East Fife this season in that number nine role.”

In Scotland the transfer window closes at midnight tomorrow (Tuesday).

And if someone is preparing a last minute bid, they better be prepared to stump up heavy cash said the boss.

“I don’t anticipate a bid coming in for him, but anything can happen in football,” said Naysmith.

“But what I will say on that is if you look at what Dundee United paid for Simon Murray (£50,000 plus add-ons) then I think he’s worth more than that.

“So it’ll take a significant offer for us to even think about letting him go.”