Sky Bet League One side Gillingham are among a host of clubs interested in signing former Huddersfield Town man Jack Payne this summer, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The 24-year-old spent last season on loan with Bradford City from the Terriers, but his nine goals and five assists were unable to prevent the Bantams from dropping into League Two after a terrible season in League One.
The attacking midfielder was recently let go by Huddersfield despite the Yorkshire club also being relegated last season, with a host of clubs lining up an ambitious move to sign the playmaker on a free transfer.
GILLINGHAM. Making bold bid for Jack Payne. SALFORD in there too. Among others.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) June 30, 2019
Steve Evans has been active in the market thus far, bringing in seven new players as he looks to guide the Kent club into the play-off places next season.
The Gills are set to be joined by ambitious EFL new-boys Salford City, who have already completed the eye-catching signing of former Brighton man Richie Towell, as they prepare to launch an assault on League Two.
I think that a player of Payne’s quality would be an excellent signing for Gillingham, especially on a free transfer.
Bradford may have gone down last season, but Payne contributed to plenty of goals, and is more than capable of playing for a top-half League One side.
Gillingham need more creativity from midfield, and having a player like Payne playing in behind Tom Eaves would be a lethal partnership for Evans’ side.