JOHN Coleman has issued a "hands off" warning to clubs trying to sign Andy Procter - but knows finances may dictate that he could lose the midfielder.
Procter, 25, has been the subject of a five figure bid from Macclesfield and Rochdale have made enquiries about him with Stanley braced for more interest with just over a week to go until the transfer window closes.
"I don’t want Procky to leave but sometimes these decisions are taken out of your hands," said Coleman.
"He is going nowhere at the moment and I think he is happy to stay here and I want him to stay."
Procter, whose contract is up at the end of the season, has been at the club five years but Rochdale also expressed an interest in him last season.
Coleman, meanwhile, is busy trying to add players to his depleted squad with three possible ‘new’ faces before tomorrow’s clash at Barnet.
One could be Blackburn Rovers midfielder Rostyn Griffiths, who has been on loan with the Reds and who they hope will return to the club until the end of the season.
"I think Manchester City’s dealings with Kaka were less stressful than this," said Coleman with still a few things to iron out with the Australian.
He has also asked about a League Two player and is interested in a non-league wideman.
"I am hoping to get two players on loan until the end of the season in time for tomorrow and then maybe sign one permanently by the weekend," said the Reds boss. "I am also in talks with two strikers - one in a permanent deal.
"There is quite a bit of movement at the moment in the transfer market and we have got to make sure we don’t get left behind."
The 20th placed Reds face two homes games against the Bees - who are below Stanley in the league - and local rivals Morecambe on Tuesday, needing to build on the 1-1 draw at Bradford on Saturday.
Tuesday’s rearranged game against Darlington fell victim to the snow. "It was a shame as all the lads were really up for Tuesday after the Bradford game," said Coleman.
"They were confident and couldn’t wait. Now we have to turn our attentions to Barnet and it won’t be an easy game. By all accounts they have been playing well recently and have been unlucky with some results.
"They present their own problems, especially with their winger Albert Adomah who is quick and direct."
Then it’s Coleman’s old club Morecambe in what is usually a thrilling Lancashire derby.
"It is always a good game and we have generally done well in the league against them.
"It is usually good natured banter between the fans who have a lot of respect for each other."
Coleman’s squad is still decimated by injuries with Robbie Williams and Peter Murphy (knee injuries) at Lilleshall this week while Leam Richardson is to see another specialist following a hernia operation earlier on in the season.
Captain Peter Cavanagh is struggling with a calf strain while John Mullin is a week away from training with an ankle injury.
"It is so frustrating as both Cav and John were playing really well.
"Leam has just been stop-start this season and it is disappointing."
Meanwhile, Reds stopper Kenny Arthur wants to get the feel good factor back around the club.
"A draw was a good result at Bradford and we have got to make sure we now build on that," said the stopper who was playing his first game back after mssing four games with a kidney injury.
"Not so long ago we had a run of around six games, including the FA Cup, where we didn’t lose consecutive games, we were drawing more and that lifted the feeling around the club.
"It was a lot more positive and that’s what we are looking to do again.
"It is only halfway through the season. Admittedly the first half of the season has been up and down but we need to rectify that in the second half and set our stall out to do better.
"We have got a paper thin squad but we can only do our best. We know that if we can play like that against Bradford - who are in the top three or four - we should be able to play like that against anyone."