Gary Brabin says he won’t be forced into selling or loaning Godfrey Poku back to Southport.
The Luton boss responded to comments from Sandgrounders manager Liam Watson who admitted this week that even a £25,000 bid wouldn’t have been enough to prise the midfielder away from the Hatters.
A successful loan spell at Haig Avenue saw Poku’s stock rise at the Merseyside club but that deal ended last month and Brabin reiterated that the 21-year-old is going nowhere.
“I haven’t heard any of these rumours or quotes,” he said, adding: “I’m certainly not going to be bullied into selling him or him going back on loan. Me and Liam are good friends and I’m getting pressure from one end about Godfrey Poku.
“Now he’s come back to us I certainly don’t regret it. I know Godfrey doesn’t regret it as it’s been a fantastic experience for him.
“He’s certainly part of our squad and let’s see if he keeps developing. He was part of our last league fixture so he’s very much part of our plans.
“Liam has done a fantastic job at Southport and I’m sure he’s getting it in the neck from his board and supporters, saying, ‘are we getting Godfrey back?’ “It’s not that easy. He’s done a service for them.
“I’m sure Liam will continue working miracles, that he has done at the club and bring someone else in.”