Interest grows in Dagenham & Redbridge youngster

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 21:42 12 August 2015

Jodi Jones of Dagenham & Redbridge tries to get away from Enda Stevens of Portsmouth (pic: David Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Jodi Jones of Dagenham & Redbridge tries to get away from Enda Stevens of Portsmouth (pic: David Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Race for prospect Jones hots up

Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett admitted Jodi Jones is likely to be sold at some point in the future as interest in the young starlet continues to grow.

Burnett confirmed Daggers had already turned down a bid from a Championship club, believed to be Charlton Athletic, last week after nearly 50 scouts had come to watch Jones in action against Crystal Palace.

And The Sun reported at the weekend a number of sides had now joined Addicks in the chase for the 17-year-old.

It has been rumoured that Charlton are set to return with an improved deal, offering cash plus former Daggers loanee Ayo Obileye.

And Burnett seemed to almost concede defeat on keeping hold of his prized asset, with interest expected to grow further between now and the end of the transfer window.

Burnett said: “He has got a future. He’s been excellent for us. We couldn’t get him the ball much against Portsmouth.

“We’ve turned a bid or two down already. At some point we’ll have to sell him and then we’ll have to go and get another one.”

In the opening-day defeat to Pompey, Burnett named just six substitutes and used only one with Kane Ferdinand coming on at half time.

The addition of Clevid Dikamona hours before the defeat to Addicks, which the defender started, allowed Daggers to name a full compliment on the bench.

But with the squad seemingly threadbare so early in the campaign, Burnett has called on teams further up the Football League to help.

“We’ve got one or two injuries. We need some help in terms of so-called higher league clubs that could loan us one or two,” he added. “We have Nicholas Hamalainen from QPR that’s not costing us anything. But we need maybe one or two more in. Hopefully we can do that.”

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