Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle and Northampton Town have been linked with a move for Exeter City’s Joel Grant according to a report from The Football League Paper via the Plymouth Herald.
The 29-year-old winger, who can also play as a striker, is coming off the back of a solid season for the Grecians where he helped lead them to the Sky Bet League Two play-off final, scoring in their dramatic 3-3 draw with Carlisle United in the first leg of the semi-finals. Unfortunately the club would end up missing out on promotion after losing 2-1 to Blackpool in the final.
But even though Exeter aren’t jumping up to Sky Bet League One, he may well be. His contract is set to expire this summer and while the West Country club have offered him a new deal, three teams from the third tier are interested in signing him and giving him the chance to return to that division. This report suggests that Oxford, Plymouth and Northampton are considering making a move for Grant as they look to boost their squads ahead of what is sure to be a very competitive season.
It may be seen as an odd deal for these teams as Grant wasn’t a regular for Exeter, only making 28 appearances last season. But with the player having plenty of experience in the lower parts of the EFL, these teams may feel like he might be able to add something and become a crucial part of their squad even if he is not a regular in the first team.