Ex-Livingston boss David Hopkin is the leading candidate to take over as manager of Bradford City, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

The former Bantams star has already spoken to the Valley Parade club about the vacancy after leading Livingston back to the Premiership.

According to The Sun, Bradford’s German owners have been impressed by the way Hopkin managed Livingston on a tight budget and want him to replicate this at Bradford.

But the free agent wanted time to consider his options after also speaking to Carlisle and Shrewsbury but Hopkin has missed out on these jobs as Carlisle appointed John Sheridan and Shrewsbury has appointed John Askey as the replacement for Paul Hurst.

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The 47-year-old Hopkin’s current contract at Livingston has ended.

But his future might not be clarified until late next week at the earliest.

Livingston offered Hopkin a new deal following talks held before he left on holiday on Wednesday but Hopkin didn’t accepted it and believes his future is in England.

The former Chelsea and Leeds United midfielder led his side to a second successive promotion after defeating Dundee United then Partick Thistle in the play-offs.

Bradford have already announced two singings even without a manager. Manchester United defender Joe Riley has signed for the League One side on a two-year deal.

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Also Bradford City have signed midfielder Josh Wright on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old has agreed a two-year deal and will move to Valley Parade on 1 July when his contract at League One rivals Southend United expires.

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