Scunthorpe United are considering a move for former QPR and Newcastle defender James Perch, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

The 32 year old was released by Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season and has been on trial with Wigan Athletic for most of pre-season.

However, Latics boss Paul Cook has decided against signing the experienced defender and Scunthorpe are mulling over a potential move for him.

Perch made 82 appearances at the DW Stadium between 2013 and 2015, scoring three goals, but after failing to secure a contract at his former club, Glanford Park looks to be his new home for next season.

He signed a three year deal with QPR in 2015 joining the club from Wigan for an undisclosed fee.

During his time at Loftus Road, Perch made 74 appearances for the Hoops but new boss Steve McClaren decided not to renew his contract at the club.

Scunthorpe recently sold left back Conor Townsend to West Bromwich Albion after the Championship new boys came calling.

Despite left back not being his preferred position, Perch’s versatility could see him fill the void left by the departing Townsend.

The Iron were defeated in the Playoff Semi-Finals by Rotherham last season and new boss Nick Dawes will be hoping his side can go one better next time out.

Given his level of experience and stature, Perch would be somewhat of a coup for the League One side as Perch has never played below the Championship before.

Scunthorpe will be looking to mount another promotion push next campaign and the signing of Perch would go a long way in helping tighten up their back four.

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