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Coventry boss struggling to keep star striker Jutkiewicz

Coventry boss Andy Thorn knows his hopes of keeping in-demand striker Lukas Jutkiewicz rest with decisions over which he has no control. Local reports on Tuesday suggested Southampton are readying a January bid in the region of £3 million for City's prized asset and could even take him on loan prior to Thursday's deadline with a view to a permanent move in the new year.

"I don't know what's going to happen, whatever happens I'll have to deal with," Thorn said.

The 22 year old took his tally for the season to seven goals with a well-taken header to cancel out Peter Whittingham's strike in a 1-1 Championship draw with Cardiff on Tuesday.

But Thorn knows the cash-strapped club's delicate ongoing financial situation means owners SISU may finally be forced to cash in on his services.

"Managers now, I think across the game, don't dictate who goes in and out of clubs. They can have their opinion but it doesn't matter. We've had a lot of hurdles and obstacles put in front of us this year and we've blooded a lot of young boys into the team, they're a credit to the football club.

"I would love to keep Jutkiewicz, absolutely. But, as I said, I think the game is decided elsewhere when it comes to who stays and who doesn't. I've got to get on with whatever happens, that's not me bleating, that's how it is unfortunately."

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