Dons fight to keep first-team trio

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PETER Leven, Mathias Doumbe and Jabo Ibehre have been offered contracts to remain at stadium:mk next season, but as yet all three have failed to sign.

The trio’s deals expired at the beginning of June, but with next season’s npower League 1 fixtures set to be released on Friday, none of them have so far been able to agree terms.

A statement from Dons confirmed that the three are currently in negotiations with the club, and with no new signings yet announced, it’s been hinted that a resolution to their situations could pave the way for some increased Dons transfer activity in the coming weeks.

The Dons statement said: “Peter Leven, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe and Jabo Ibehre have all been offered new deals. The manager has identified targets for next season and the club are currently in discussions with a number of players.”

Although Dons have been busy trying to recruit new players behind the scenes, the lack of signings has fuelled some intense speculation. Peterborough appear to have been repelled in their pursuit of Sam Baldock, while several others have been linked with a move to stadium:mk.

Crawley Town front man Matt Tubbs, Rotherham striker Adam Le Fondre and Forest Green forward Reece Styche are all players being linked with the club in light of Posh’s attempts to sign Baldock.

But it would seem that any future transfers could depend on what happens with Leven, Doumbe and Ibehre. Rumours have suggested that midfield ace Leven has attracted interest from Championship clubs, including Millwall who it’s believed attempted to sign the Scot last year.

Seven Dons players were out of contract in June, with Jude Stirling, Stuart Searle, Sean O’Hanlon and Danny Woodards let go. A source close to Woodards has claimed the defender turned down a two-year deal with a 15 per cent pay cut in the hope of signing for a Championship club, while O’Hanlon is thought to be in talks with Scottish Premier League side Hibernian. Meanwhile former Hibernian and current Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Chris Hogg is being linked with a move south to Milton Keynes.