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League One strugglers Stevenage have revealed that they will listen to offers for star winger Luke Freeman in the January transfer window after a number of Championship sides enquired about his availability.
Boro have previously resisted offers for the 21-year-old, but with the club in financial difficulty, Freeman may now have to be sold in order to balance the books.
The former Gillingham trainee earned a move to Arsenal as a 16-year-old but failed to break into the first team at the Emirates.
However, his form for Stevenage has led to several admiring glances from clubs higher up the Football League pyramid, and Chairman Phil Wallace has now conceded that Freeman could move on next month:
"Luke has been brilliant for us, but we are under water financially and if the right offer comes in for him and for us, we shall have to consider rebuilding without him," Wallace told the club's official website.
"Due to the carryover of contracts from last season, our budget is the highest in our history and a good part of the overspend is invested in players that Graham Westley would choose not to have, given a choice.
"That would be manageable if our gates were rising, but we are 6 figures down on gate income over last season at the half way mark so it's hurting.
"But we're an optimistic lot at Stevenage and it would be a brave man that bet against us not enjoying a strong second half to the season"
The club have also confirmed that record signing James Dunne, striker Dani Lopez and midfielder Robin Shroot could all be sold when the transfer window opens.