Richo: I'm surprised Kelvin's still here

Last updated : 18 January 2005 By Rob Davies
Wilson has attracted numerous Premiership scouts to Meadow Lane this season to monitor his progress, including those from the top 3 clubs in the country - Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea.

And with the talented defender producing some of his best ever displays in recent weeks - coupled with the fact that the transfer window is currently open for just a month - speculation is mounting that the 19-year-old is heading for the exit.

Wilson: Attracting speculation
But Richardson - who is already without three of his first choice centre halves in Mike Edwards, Mike Whitlow and himself due to varying injuries - is keen not to sell the Nottingham-born prodigy.

"Kelvin is getting more confident and is adapting to his role more now at centre half, which is brilliant," Richardson told the club's official website.

"It is not his natural position but he is doing really well. Every home game we have we are having Premiership scouts watching him, and I am very surprised he is still with us, I'll be honest there.

"We want to keep him, of course we do, because Kelvin is a fantastic player who brings a lot to our side."

Wilson had made just TWO first team appearences prior to this season, but the full-back has been a regular throughout the current campaign for the Magpies, impressing with his immense composure during his 29 apps.

In the past two games he has continued his excellence in the centre of the back four, after previously playing as a right back. His finest hour arguably came when he gave an immense display against Premiership Middlesborough in the recent FA Cup tie.

For Richardson, the end of January can't come soon enough. Notts find themselves in the unusual position of being 20th in the bottom league, but still trying to fend off the vultures who are circling around some of the clubs top young players.

And, while there is said to have been no official bid lodged for Wilson, Richardson IS rumoured to have turned down an offer last week for on-form Irish stopper Saul Deeney.

Be sure to check back to NCM for all the latest transfer news from Meadow Lane.