Buckle wants end to Boucaud saga

Town boss Paul Buckle is hoping to get the future of midfielder Andre Boucaud sorted during the January transfer window, writes Mike Simmonds.

The 28-year-old has been on loan at League One Notts County this season, making 23 appearances and scoring once, leaving the Magpies 13th in the table.

His stay expired on Sunday though and he came back to Kenilworth Road, but prior to his return, told local media: “I’m going back to Luton, but it’s not really something I want to do because they didn’t want me.

“I’ve not got anything against them, but I’ve been playing regularly in League One so why would I want to go back and play in the Conference?”

Boucaud cost Hatters £25,000 when he was signed by former boss Gary Brabin during the last January transfer window.

Reacting to Boucaud’s outburst, Buckle said: “Andre is a difficult one.

“Boucs has said some stuff in the press, whether he’s quoted right or not, that he doesn’t want to play at Luton or whatever.

“It was something like, ‘I don’t want to go back and play in the Conference’, well we’re in the Conference.

County have said they are prepared to wait for Boucaud’s contract to expire in the summer as manager Keith Curle doesn’t want to pay a fee for the player who has just six months left on his deal.

The Magpies boss said: “Everyone knows we want to keep Andre, but it might be that it doesn’t happen now.

Buckle though insisted he will not be dictated too regarding one of his players.

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