Alex Pike admits he has been left baffled by the confusion surrounding his pursuit of Christian Nanetti.
The lively Hawks winger’s name had been circulated to all clubs in the Conference after he and team-mate Sahr Kabba were both made available for transfer, which then sparked the approach from Gosport Borough.
But Hawks boss Lee Bradbury has since insisted his skilful wide player is still part of his plans for next season and that Borough would not be able to afford him anyway, which has left Pike scratching his head.
The Borough boss said: ‘It doesn’t make any sense to me. I am completely bemused by it.
‘We had an email from Havant & Waterlooville – which every Conference club received – saying that both Christian Nanetti and Sahr Kabba were available for transfer.
‘I then rang Lee to find out what he was looking for.
‘He then quoted £6,000 for Nanetti and forwarded me his agent’s number.
‘So I don’t know what’s going on.
‘If they are not available for transfer, why are their names being circulated?
‘I’m sure that other people will be a bit bamboozled.
‘We got an email but now I’ve read that he’s not going anywhere so I don’t know what to think.
‘Judging by Lee’s comments, it seems that they now want to keep him.
‘And thanks to our Wembley appearance, I can afford players that I wasn’t able to in the past.’
Now it seems that Bradbury has simply had a change of heart and sees both players as part of his plans.
But although Pike has decided to pursue other targets for the time being, he will continue to monitor the situation.
And he also admitted he would be keen on 25-year-old striker Kabba, who netted 13 times for Hawks last season.
He said: ‘Their valuation is far too high for Nanetti, as far as I’m concerned.
‘Kabba would be another one that would interest me but after the way they have reacted over Nanetti I don’t know what’s happening at that club, so I think I will just back off for the moment.
‘Lee may have changed his mind but I don’t know what goes on at their club.
‘But it’s not as if I rang up with an audacious approach to try to unsettle a player or anything.
‘His name was circulated by the club and I acted on that.
‘Now I’ve got a hectic week ahead of me and I will be speaking to a few different players.
‘We are looking to strengthen the squad in the right areas and we are looking for that bit of extra quality.’
One player who apparently won’t be on the manager’s hit list is former Pompey man Ashley Harris.
Pike outlined his hope to speak to the former Blues man last week to offer him a football lifeline at Privett Park, after he was released by Andy Awford.
But the Borough boss has claimed that Harris has agreed a deal to sign for Lincolnshire-based Skrill North outfit Gainsborough Trinity.
Pike said: ‘I didn’t get a chance to speak to him and I’ve been told on good authority that he has signed for Gainsborough Trinity in the Conference North. So I guess that’s that.’