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Bradford City transfer round-up: James Vaughan, Eoin Doyle, Dylan Connolly

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Bradford City’s push for promotion has hit something of a hurdle of late, with a run of six games without a win dating back to New Year’s Day seeing the club drop from fourth to seventh in the League Two table, five points off the automatic promotion pace. 

It has also been a quiet month for the Bantams on the transfer front, with goalkeeper Luke McGee’s arrival from Portsmouth on loan the only signing the club have made this month.

You would have thought therefore, that Bradford would have been keen to add some extra recruits to their side in the final days of the window, in the hopes of giving their promotion hopes a seemingly much-needed boost.

However, it appears as though the majority of the business done by Gary Bowyer’s side before the window closes could come in the form of departures from Valley Parade.

Here, we’ve taken a look at the latest transfer updates coming out of Bradford.

James Vaughan

One departure from Bradford that has already been confirmed, is that of James Vaughan.

It was announced on Wednesday that the attacker has left the Bantams in order to join League One strugglers Tranmere Rovers on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Vaughan, who only joined Bradford on a three-year deal last summer, had scored 11 league goals in 25 appearances for the club this season, making him the Bantams’ top scorer this season by quite some way, with no other player scoring more than three league goals for Gary Bowyer’s side this season, meaning this does look to be something of a risk.

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Eoin Doyle

It looks as though Vaughan may not be the only source of goals that Bradford face the prospect of losing this month.

Reports have recently emerged claiming that Bradford’s League Two promotion rivals Swindon Town are set to re-sign attacker Eoin Doyle on a permanent deal before the window closes at the end of this month.

Doyle of course spent the first half of this season on loan with the Robins, where he enjoyed a spectacular first-half of the campaign, scoring 23 goals in 22 league appearances for Richie Wellens’ side before being recalled bu Bradford at the start of this month, with the 31-year-old yet to score in four appearances since his return to Valley Parade, which now looks as though it could be a short one.

Dylan Connolly

It also looks as though Bradford could find themselves losing numbers in midfield before the end of the window with the future of Dylan Connolly seemingly lying away from Valley Parade.

The 24-year-old joined the Bantams on a season-long loan deal from League One side AFC Wimbledon back in the summer transfer window, and has since gone onto make 23 appearances in all competitions for Gary Bowyer’s side.

However, as exclusively revealed by Football League World, Wimbledon could now be set to recall Connolly from that loan deal with Bradford, amid interest from a number of MLS clubs in the signing of the Irishman, something which could suit Wimbledon better than leaving him on loan with Bradford until the end of the season before having him return to them.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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