Ex-Everton Midfielder Eyes Return To England
A number of Premiership clubs and top Championship sides are reportedly interested in landing the signature of Spartak Moscow and Russia international Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Sky Sports understands. The attacking midfielder spent the last few months of the 2013-14 season on loan at Anzhi, where he bagged two goals in eleven games. Spartak are reportedly willing to part with Bilyaletdinov for a nominal fee of £1.5 million, which is £7.5 million less than the price that Everton paid for his services back in 2009.
Seagulls Compete With Clarets for Ward
According to the Daily Star, Wolves left-back Stephen Ward is the subject of interest from both recently promoted Burnley and play-off semi finalists Brighton and Hove Albion. Ward, 28, registered 44 appearances last season in a successful season-long loan at Brighton, but is still not in the plans of Wolves boss Kenny Jackett, as he looks to re-establish Wanderers as a Championship club.
Jackett Set To Hijack Blades’ Offer For Coady
Wolverhampton Wanderers are ready to try and pinch exciting young Liverpool midfielder Connor Coady from under the noses of League One side Sheffield United, who he enjoyed a season-long with last season, according to the Daily Star. The highly rated 21 year-old captained Peter Taylor’s England Under 20 side in the European Championships last Summer, and it is understood that the Premier-League runners-up would take £1.5 million to part with the youngster, and both the Blades and Wolves are willing to pay the price.
Clough Hopes To Complete Double Swoop
According to the Sheffield Star, Sheffield United are still in the hunt to sign St Mirren midfield man John McGinn and Walsall defender Andy Butler. 19 year-old McGinn has represented Scotland at Under 19 and Under 21 level, and is likely to become the latest beneficiary of Clough’s raid of Scottish talent. Meanwhile Doncaster-born Butler looks set to join the Yorkshiremen on a free transfer, as his at the contract at the Banks’ Stadium officially expires in June this year. The central defender possesses League One experience in abundance; he’s played at that level for Scunthorpe, Huddersfield and Walsall.
Le Fondre On the Verge Of Becoming a Bluebird
Cardiff chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to make Adam Le Fondre his latest signing, according to the Reading Post. The Stockport born frontman arrives with plenty of Championship pedigree, having netted 15 goals in the second tier last campaign. Le Fondre could command a fee of £1 million.