HULL CITY are today holding fresh talks with West Bromwich Albion as they hope they to push through the signing of Shane Long before the end of the week.
Negotiations are at an early stage for the Irish International with the two clubs in dialogue over a possible fee.
Tigers boss Steve Bruce is hoping to complete the deal for the 26-year-old striker before they make the trip to Norwich on Saturday.
BARNSLEY boss Danny Wilson has not given up hope of finalising a deal for former Stoke and Sunderland winger Liam Lawrence.
Lawrence had been training with the Barnsley squad until travelling back to Greece recently, yet Wilson said of the midfielder: “He’s the type of character we’re looking for. He’s a leader and a very good player.”
Leaving Oakwell could be Jason Scotland, who is attracting interest from Hibernian manager Terry Butcher, with Scotland saying he fancies moving back north of the border after spells earlier in his career at Dundee United and St. Johnstone.
SHEFFIELD UNITED manager Nigel Clough is monitoring Leon Clarke’s situation at Coventry City.
Clarke is attracting a lot of clubs in the Football League after claiming he wants to leave Coventry, and after coming close to joining the Blades last summer, he fits the bill perfectly with Clough looking for a goalscorer.
Aaron McLean is still the first choice for BRADFORD CITY to replace the recently-departed Nahki Wells.
Whether it being McLean or another striker, the club are confident that they will have their man in time for Saturday’s game against Sheffield United.
A striker who will most likely not be taking signing for the Bantams is Rhys Murphy, who reportedly is not in a hurry to leave London.
Murphy who is currently in the first-year of his contract at Dagenham and Redbridge and has caught the eye this season by firing in 12 goals this term.