After letting full-back Blair Adams join fellow League One side Notts County, Coventry City manager Steven Pressley hopes to dip into the Championship market for a left-back with two potential players on his shortlist.
The City manager has already signed a defender who can play at left-back in Reda Johnson, who impressed in that position for Sheffield Wednesday.
However, Pressley says both he and Johnson believe that his best position is as a left-sided centre-half, which is where he played for Plymouth Argyle prior to his move to Hillsborough.
When asked about the 26-year-old by the Coventry Telegraph, Pressley replied: “Sheffield Wednesday utilised him quite a lot in the left-back area but I very much see him as a left central defender, and I think he very much sees himself there.”
The Scotsman went on to talk about the progress he had made in regards to signing a replacement for Adams, saying: “We have had discussions with a left-back but he has stalled at this moment in time.
“We have two options and we haven’t had discussions with the other one yet, so we are hoping to progress in that area in the next two to three days.”
An option that will appeal to Pressley, and particularly the Coventry owners, would be for him to look at the list of recently released left-backs from the Championship.
The addition of Shane Lowry would be good business as he is a versatile defender much like Johnson and is only 25, so is now entering what should be the peak of his career.
Another option would be former Leeds full-back Danny Pugh, who would provide a wealth of Premier League and Championship experience to a young Sky Blues squad.
The signing of a left-back with Championship experience would be another excellent addition to Coventry’s squad, not only because of the departure of Adams but also because the Sky Blues’ defence needs a major reshuffle.
It was the weakest part of the team last season, conceding 77 goals, and the transfer of another defender with Championship experience would go a long way to dealing with that issue.