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L1 Round-up: Sunderland make player offer, no bids despite PL interest in Coventry star



The League One season will begin to take real shape next week as the fixtures are launched for the coming season, but clubs are working feverishly hard to put their squads together in the meantime.

League One is set to be fascinating with a wide spread of budgets and stature. from huge clubs such as Sunderland, to relative minnows such as Accrington Stanley, the third-tier is a great leveller.

We’ll begin our round-up with the biggest club in the division, as they hunt a prolific striker.

Lawrence Shankland

Sunderland have made the first move in the hunt for the coveted Lawrence Shankland after he left Ayr United this summer.

He bagged 32 goals for Ayr as they pursued a place in the SPFL, but ultimately failed, finishing fourth. He’s wanted by a host of clubs, with Hearts the latest to join a long list of suitors.

Sunderland have submitted their contract offer, which is likely to start a flood of terms directed at the 23-year-old.

Tom Bayliss

Coventry City have not received any interest in defender Tom Bayliss, despite weekend reports of Premier League interest.

The homegrown defender is expected to leave the Sky Blues this summer, but Chief Executive Dave Boddy has denied any solid interest in the defender.

Aston Villa and West Ham are named as two of the sides hunting the centre back this summer.

Gavin Whyte

Oxford United have slapped a remarkable £4m price tag on the head of Nottingham Forest target Gavin Whyte.

The Northern Ireland international scored just seven times in 36 outings for the Us following his move from Crusaders, but Karl Robinson clearly has no intention of selling.

He’s confirmed the figure he expects to see in any bids for Whyte, who has five Northern Ireland caps to his name.

Tom Davies

Bristol Rovers have continued their impressive summer business by snaring Coventry City defender Tom Davies on a two-year deal.

The centre back has previously been promoted out of League Two with both the Sky Blues and Portsmouth and has played 50 times for Mark Robins in a two-year period.

He adds to the arrival of Mark Little last week, making it a promising summer so far for Gas fans.

Graham Carey

Burton Albion have suffered disappointment in their pursuit of former Plymouth midfielder Graham Carey.

Nigel Clough had hoped tot ake the playmaker to the Pirelli Stadium, but instead he’s penned a deal with CSKA Sofia.

Carey has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Bulgarian side, who will feature in the Europa League next season.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: L1 Round-up: Sunderland make player offer, no bids despite PL interest in Coventry star

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