Date: 15th January 2009 at 1:46pm
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Stuart McCall has ruled out making a bid for Bury striker Andy Bishop.

The Bradford manager, who admitted previously enquiring about Bishop, was at Gigg Lane on Saturday, but he insists this was to watch a future opponent and he wouldn’t be bidding for Bishop: ‘I can categorically state that we have not made any offer or bid for Bishop,’ McCall told the Telegraph & Argus. ‘I’m led to believe that Bury made him a fantastic offer, far and away above what our top-wage player is on.

‘And obviously there would be a transfer fee on top of that, so it’s out the question.

With Bradford’s weekend match against Bournemouth called off along with many others McCall decided to take a look at the side that he will face at the end of the month, adding: ‘I was originally going to Accrington but it got called off. Then it was Chesterfield and Rochdale but that was also off, so I went to Bury.

‘There were only three games on in the division. Bury was the nearest and we play them in two weeks.

‘I was there to watch them not Bishop. It wouldn’t have mattered if Bishop was playing or not, I was still going to Bury.

‘There’s nothing in it and he wants to play at a higher level anyway.’

Bishop, who has scored 57 goals in 118 starts and has been Bury’s top scorer for the last three seasons, is out of contract in the summer. The 26-year-old has already turned down a new contract and is expected to leave in the summer, if not by the end of January.

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