Town boss Neil Aspin has branded Stockport County’s bid to prise Jamie Vardy to Edgeley Park as ‘unacceptable’.
County, relegated from the Football League in May, appointed former Liverpool defender Dietmar Hamann as manager this week following a takeover.
And reports coming out of Edgeley Park suggested they had offered £50,000 for Vardy who signed a new three year contract with the Shaymen towards the end of last season.
“Stockport made an offer which we have rejected as unacceptable and that’s it,” said Aspin who appeared unconcerned by the unwanted attention one of his star players was attracting.
“I have told Jamie that ,so everyone is in the picture.
“I do not like the fact that Stockport made the offer public.
“But it will take a bigger club than Stockport County to make an offer that unsettles Jamie.”
There was much delight among the Town fans when Vardy signed his new deal as the Shaymen clinched a second successive promotion and a place in Blue Square Bet North - one division below Stockport.
But even a long-term deal is no guarantee that a club will not come in with an offer the Town board and manager cannot refuse.
“Jamie is happy here and has a three year contract,” said Aspin. “But Manchester United did not want to sell Ronaldo until Real Madrid bid £80million.
“Everyone has a price but we are talking about an offer just about the same as we paid to get him from Stocksbridge.”
Vardy was watched by a host of clubs including Preston, Doncaster and Bradford City at the end of last season, and Aspin added: “I don’t fear losing him.
“It would take a bigger club than Stockport County to pay a fee we found acceptable.”
County have also made bids for Bury’s Ryan Lowe, who scored 28 goals as the Shakers were promoted from League Two last season, and Accrington Stanley midfielder Sean McConville.
Barclays Premier League newcomers Norwich have confirmed winger Anthony Pilkington has become their sixth summer signing after the club agreed an undisclosed fee with Huddersfield.
The 23-year-old will sign a three-year deal after successfully completing a medical and subject to the relevant paperwork being completed.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish’s dogged pursuit of midfielder Charlie Adam finally paid off after a new bid was accepted by Blackpool.
The Reds boss twice tried to sign the Scotland international in January only to have an offer of £6.5million rejected as the Seasiders successfully held on to their prized asset.
It was hoped keeping Adam would help safeguard their Barclays Premier League future but when relegation came in May the 25-year-old, with only 12 months left on his contract, told the club Anfield was his preferred destination this summer.