St Mirren boss Danny Lennon hopes to retain top talent

St Mirren's Kenny McLean
Wolves are thought to be interested in St Mirren's Kenny McLean

January transfer bids for St Mirren talent such as Kenny McLean and Paul McGowan can be resisted up to a point, insists manager Danny Lennon.

The duo have caught the eye in Saints' midfield this season and BBC Scotland believes that Wolves are interested in ex-Buddies youth player McLean, now 20.

"As of yet, we haven't had any offers," Lennon told BBC Radio Scotland.

"We're building something here but once [a bid] goes to a certain amount it is beyond me, it is the club's decision."

Hearts striker John Sutton will not be moving to Paisley, despite Lennon's interest.

And, speaking before St Mirren's 1-0 Scottish Cup fourth round replay win at Hamilton, the manager also admitted to admiring Accies' Dougie Imrie, .

"He's a good player. I have always liked Dougie Imrie," said Lennon. "We're always on the lookout for players who will improve us."

Asked if St Mirren could reject offers for their key players, Lennon replied: "For the financial situation that the club is in, yes we can, for the wonderful job that the board of directors have done.

"We are debt free."

And he said of McLean, who is contracted to Saints until the summer of 2014, and McGowan: "I need that type of quality player to be here.

"These lads are going to go all the way, no doubt about it, but I would just hope [they are here] a little bit longer.

"I do have a bit of finance to bring someone in. We have identified one or two players. We are active.

"There are players we feel can come in and improve us."

Lennon described the narrow win over First Division Accies, thanks to Graham Carey's first-half shot, as a predictably difficult match.

"It was everything we expected coming in to the game; that we would see a great deal of possession, that we had to be patient," he said.

"One thing we spoke about was to shoot at every opportunity; to go and buy a ticket.

"We missed a couple and then Graham put in a great strike after a great phase of build-up play.

"That put the onus on them to come and get the ball back. They came at us in the second half and I thought we handled that very well.

"They had a game plan. We knew we had to play at a high tempo and we did that.

"The most important thing for us was the result. It keeps the dream alive."

St Mirren's next challenge in the cup is a fifth-round home tie against First Division leaders Ross County on Saturday 4 February.

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