A host of Blue Square Premier clubs are chasing the signature of Liam Hatch.
Barnet took up an option on Hatch to keep him at the club but have now decided to transfer list the forward after he failed to agree a new contract with the club.
Now Cambridge United manager Jimmy Quinn has made a ‘small offer’ for Hatch as he looks for an ‘established league striker’ to add to his frontline ahead of a season where expectations are firmly based on gaining promotion back to the Football League.
‘I know all about Liam and he’s a tremendous player,’ Quinn told the Cambridge Evening News. ‘He’d be a good player for Cambridge United, but I know there are three or four other clubs after him as well.’ Rushden & Diamonds have also enquired about the 25 year old, along with Burton who are also keen to buy him.
‘I’m interested in him,’ he continued ‘but there are a lot of things that come into play.’
‘I think Barnet would want a fee for him, so there’s the question of how much he’d cost and also how much the lad wants for himself.’
But Quinn was quick to say that he would not be waiting until the end of the transfer window to buy Hatch. “I won’t be hanging around. I want people who want to come here,” he said, suggesting any deal struck between the clubs will happen within the coming days, before the start of the season, and sooner rather than later.
Interestingly, Quinn had in the past been heavily linked with Giuliano Grazioli, who is also transfer-listed, but it is not expected that Quinn is aiming to land Graz too, who has not attracted any interest from clubs after been placed on the transfer list since the close-season in May.
Hatch scored 11 goals in the league when Barnet won the Conference Nationwide in 2004/05 but has failed to find the net effectively in League Two.