In a piece of quick-fire transfer dealing, Burton Albion have brought onboard Coventry City striker Marvin Sordell with Stuart Beavon (permanent) and Callum Reilly (loan until April) going in theopposite direction.

Sordell, who began his career at Fulham and has a £3m transfe rto Bolton from Watford against his name, joins the Brewers initially until June, according to Burton Albion’s club website.

Sordell arrived at Coventry City at the start of this summer’s transfer window, on a free transfer from Colchester who’d picked him up as a free agent upon his release from Burnley at the beginning of September 2015. The London-born striker, part of Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic side, scored six times and provided eight assists in all competitions for Colchester after three appearances for Burnley in the 2015/16 Sky Bet Championship.

This season he has featured in 25 games for the Sky Blues, scoring seven goals and adding one assist in a season that has seen them struggle to maintain any semblance of form or consistency – Coventry currently residing in 23rd place in the league.

Brewer’s boss Nigel Clough said of his striker capture: “Marvin has Premier League experience but has lost his way a little bit over the last couple of seasons and this gives him the chance to prove he has still got it in the Championship. He has scored goals generally throughout his career and has got a few in League One this season. It’s an opportunity now for him to show us what he can do until the end of the season.”

Speaking to the club website, Sordell himself said he was relishing the challenge ahead of him and the opportunity to prove himself at Champioship level. Speaking to Burton’s official website the new signing said: : “I am really looking forward to it, the club is playing in the league that I played in quite a few years ago and I’m looking forward to the challenge of hopefully staying up. First and foremost I need to work hard and hopefully I settle into the group quite quickly. I want to add goals to this team and stay up.”

20th placed Burton, who are four points above the drop zone, entertain mid-table Preston North End tomorrow and will be looking for three points to allow them to pull away from the bottom end of the table.

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