Crewe Alexandra manager Dave Artell has described Cardiff City’s offer for reported Derby County and Nottingham Forest target Perry Ng as disgusting, Wales Online report.
Ng has been heavily linked with a move to the Championship.
TEAMtalk last February claimed Derby, Forest, Birmingham City and Bristol City were all interested in signing the versatile defender who shone at League Two level.
But now Cardiff are seemingly pushing hardest for his signature.
Confirming their offer, Artell feels it was so bad it didn’t warrant a response.
I think we have responded (to the offer), but it didn’t warrant a response, it was disgusting. It came about through an agent who is trying to force a deal. He’s not working for us because we don’t pay agents. He’s trying to get a deal going, but he’s miles away – between here and Mars to be honest.
Ng is a product of Crewe’s youth academy having joined the club aged six.
Now, aged 24, he has featured 15 times in League One this season. Capable of playing both in the middle and as a right-back, Ng has become a leader at Gresty Road.
His contract at Crewe, however, expires at the end of the current campaign.
Crewe face a possible dilemma this month, with the option to potentially cash in on him now or risk losing him for a nominal compensation fee at the end of the season.
Forest, Derby and Cardiff have all underperformed this season.
Cardiff boss Neil Harris will want to strengthen this month. Forest, meanwhile, may be looking to cut their squad before adding quality in the right areas.
Derby, on the other hand, are in the bottom three despite improvements. Nathan Byrne is the regular right-back but he lacks competition with Andre Wisdom playing centrally.
Ng could be an ideal option for the Rams to cover two positions. However, strong competition from elsewhere could lead to Crewe holding out for a bigger fee.