The Telegraph & Argus understands that Bradford City are set to lose central defender Rory McArdle to Sky Bet League One rivals Scunthorpe United. It is believed that the 30-year-old is to sign a three-year contract at Glanford Park once he returns from his summer holiday.

News that McArdle is to link up with the Iron will disappoint a number of other clubs who were hoping to sign him. Millwall, who defeated Bradford in the play-off final, were said to be keen on a deal. Also, Peterborough United and Southend United were big admirers as well. Putting those aside, everyone at Bradford will be gutted to see the fans’ favourite move on.

Financially, the Iron are said to have offered double what McArdle was earning at Valley Parade last season. Plus the security of a three-year deal makes that a very difficult deal to reject for a League One player. Scunthorpe manager Graham Alexander has gone on record to confirm that the club have made an offer to the player.

It marks a difficult time for Bradford following their Wembley defeat recently. James Meredith has also moved on, and with McArdle set to join him, news that Billy Clarke is likely to exit is more further damaging news. Clarke is expected to link up with Charlton Athletic, managed by Karl Robinson at The Valley. The Addicks are also keen on adding Bantams winger Mark Marshall, and Stuart McCall will be hoping the tricky wide man will be playing his football in their famous colours next season.

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