Date: 11th May 2007 at 12:12pm
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Paul Fairclough is reportedly interested in Crewe Alexandra full-back Paul Bignot.

The speculation surrounding Bignot with a move to Underhill appears solid, with numerous newspapers – including the the Daily Star, the London Paper – as well as Crewe manager Dario Gradi confirming Barnet’s interest in the defender.

Gradi has offered Bignot a free transfer, in the hope that he will find somewhere he can play regular first-team football, but has said that he will be offered a contract with the League One side if he fails to find a new club within a fortnight, due to his loyalty to the club.

The Crewe boss said: ‘Officially, we have given Paul a free transfer but we will also make him an offer to stay here. Paul has been very good to us and very loyal.

‘As a reward for his loyalty we are trying to help Paul and we want to repay him for his service over many years. When he could have gone to Kidderminster, befofe Christmas, he was prepared to stay here and help us out.

‘He has two weeks to decide what he wants to do. I told him last season when we brought Danny Woodards in that the only reason he wouldn’t be here in the summer was if he didn’t want to be. I have kept to my word and it is up to Paul.’

He also confirmed interest from Barnet: ‘Barnet have expressed an interest in Paul and after Darren Moss rejected our offer, it gave us a chance to play Paul at Forest and invite Barnet to come and have a look at him.’

However he admitted, ‘I don’t know if they are still interested in taking him or not.’

‘Paul is always a difficult player to judge, you either like him or you don’t. I know he is a decent player and he has never let us down. We have never lost a game because of Paul Bignot because he knows the job.’

Fairclough has already met four players for contract talks in the hope they will sign for the Bees. and indeed Bignot could be one of those, especially as defenders, like every other position, is in shortage.