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Crewe set for transfer windfall

Former Crewe academy star Ben Marshall looks set to leave Stoke and join Nigel Pearson's Leicester City for an initial 750,000 fee. The news comes as a slight surprise since Marshall only recently signed a long-term contract extension at the Potters. But he caught the eye of scouts during a successful loan spell at League One Sheffield Wednesday.

Marshall was initially held in high regard at Reaseheath with a bright future predicted but left Crewe in 2009 along with Matt Lund (now on-loan at Bristol Rovers) as a number of academy products lost faith in the Gudjon Thordarson regime.

Whilst the initial loss of Lund and particularly Marshall for a cut-price fee at a tribunal angered the Alex hierarchy, a 20% sell-on fee now means that Crewe are set to land 150,000 of the 750,000 paid by Leicester.

And Marshall isn't the only ex-Alex player looking likely to move on today. Nicky Maynard is currently in talks with West Ham over a potential transfer from Bristol City.

Maynard was linked with a 7m move to Leicester over the summer and a 20%-on-profit sell-on fee got Crewe fans excited. However, a move did not prevail and with the Winsford-raised striker out of contract in the summer he's set to leave on the cheap. With Maynard leaving Crewe for 2.25m the Railwaymen realistically have to hope Sam Allardayce's Hammers pay at least 3m to complement the money received from the Marshall sale.

Crewe Vital wish our ex-players all the best with their moves to new clubs.




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Date:Tuesday January 31 2012

Time: 10:54AM

 

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