Mansfield Town defender Tom Naylor lands Premier League trial

Mansfield Town defender Tom Naylor is heading for trial spells with unnamed Premier League and Championship clubs over the next two weeks.

The Stags rejected a bid from a League One side for the 20-year-old on transfer deadline day.

But academy product Naylor will spend a week with a Championship side and then link up with the Premier League club.

Boss Paul Cox told the club website: "As long as Tom does his thing and we're compensated he'll be on his way."

The Mansfield-born centre-half has only made 20 appearances for the Stags.

Naylor made his debut as a 17-year-old in April 2009, and has not been a regular until this season under new boss Paul Cox.

Cox added: "We want to keep our best players and Tom comes into that category

"We've not actively pushed him out there to try to sell him but clubs have noticed that he's a good player.

"We've got to do things right and it's part and parcel of any football club that your better players are going to be looked at and are going to interest bigger clubs.

"As long as Tom goes and does his thing and we are compensated then Tom will be on his way.

"If not then I will be the happiest man in the world because Tom will stay at Mansfield and be part of what we achieve."

Mansfield moved up to fourth spot in the Blue Square Premier Bet table following the 2-0 win over on Saturday - their third consecutive victory.

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