Rochdale have accepted a bid from Northampton Town for full back Joe Bunney, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Bunney has really the caught the eye for Rochdale since being converted from a striker to a left-back last season.

The attacking full-back has made 25 appearances in all competitions so far this season, chipping in with one goal and five assists for Rochdale.

Bunney, who joined Rochdale from Northwich Victoria in March 2013, is out of contract at Spotland this summer and his contract situation has alerted his suitors.

Northampton have targeted a move for Bunney as Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink looks to continuing reshaping his squad at Sixfields.

Hasselbaink has been busy in this month’s transfer window bringing in new signings and he sees Bunney as a key addition to his plans as he looks to steer Northampton to survival in League One.

Hasselbaink has already added five players this January transfer which include Shay Facey for an undisclosed fee from Manchester City also the Cobblers have added Richard O’Donnell for an undisclosed fee from Rotherham United.

The Cobblers signed winger Hildeberto Pereira on loan from Legia Warsaw as well as winger Jack Bridge from Southend United this month. Hasselbaink also added defender Jordan Turnbull on a two and a half year contract to help tighten up his sides defence.

HITC claimed that Wigan Athletic and Preston North End expressed interested in Bunney last season, Sheffield United were also casting admiring glances at the attacking full-back.

Dale are reluctant to lose Bunney as they battle against relegation themselves, sitting 23rd in League One seven points adrift from safety. Although, Keith Hill has added to his defence with the permanent signing of Ryan Delaney from Championship side Burton Albion, which may allow Bunney to leave Dale.

The Rochdale gaffer spoke to the Club Website about bringing players to the club this transfer window “Hopefully we’ll get one or two more in. I think that’s important because we’ve got re-occurring injuries and illness.”

“We’ve been waiting on players getting fit and catching up and then they’ve broken down again, so it’s important that I now turn the wheel away from the direction of waiting for these players and start concentrating on bringing players in.”


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