Ling fears further interest in O'Kane before window slams shut
Eunan O'Kane may have turned down a £175,000 move to Crawley Town, but Torquay United manager Martin Ling won't believe that his talented Ulster-born playmaker is really staying until the summer transfer window shuts at the end of next month.
Ling has only the recruitment of a senior centre-back to go before he will be happy with his squad for the season ahead.
The Gulls' boss has narrowed his shortlist down to four candidates, and he met two of them for exploratory talks earlier this week. But that could change if a new club comes in for O'Kane, 21.
O'Kane said after finally saying 'No' to League One Crawley that he had no other offers on the table and was looking forward to rejoining his Torquay team-mates for pre-season training next week.
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United also insist that they have received no new offers matching the £175,000 which would again trigger the release clause in the former Everton scholar's contract.
But wary Ling says: "I think there might still be interest in Eunan.
"I think there are still one or two clubs out there watching the situation with Eunan, and there's still several weeks before the window closes."
Swindon Town, who have agreed to sell Bodin to Torquay, are one of the clubs who were trailing O'Kane towards the end of last season.
And former AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, now in charge of Championship side Burnley, has also had O'Kane watched.
Meanwhile, former United defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, released by Ling at the end of last season, has rejoined his old Torquay manager Paul Buckle at Conference club Luton Town on a two-year contract.
And, following ex-United stopper Guy Branston's move from Bradford City to Aldershot, former Plainmoor loan midfielder Craig Stanley has now joined the Shots from League Two rivals Bristol Rovers.