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League One transfer round-up: Sunderland threat to hijack Blackpool move, Sheffield Wednesday approach right-back, Rotherham midfielder set for exit



Transfer activity has continued to heat up in the third tier in what looks set to be a very competitive League One campaign.

Most people’s focus will be on the top half of the table, with Lincoln City, Sunderland, Oxford United, Wigan Athletic, Ipswich Town, Sunderland, Charlton Athletic, Rotherham United and others all competing for a place in the top six.

After losing just one of their latter 15 league games of the campaign, Charlton will be one of the strong favourites to win promotion but with so much to play for and so little between the sides, the last month of the transfer window could be crucial as some teams look to make their final additions.

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For others like Sheffield Wednesday, who have only just been released from the shacks of an EFL transfer embargo, this is just the start for them and it will be fascinating to see how they start the season with many signings still to make.

With this in mind, we take a look at some of the latest transfer developments to have come from League One.

Sunderland enter Gabriel race

Soccer Football – FA Cup – Fourth Round – Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackpool – The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain – January 23, 2021 Brighton & Hove Albion’s Steven Alzate in action with Blackpool’s Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel Pool via REUTERS/Glyn Kirk

Lee Johnson’s Sunderland have entered the race for Nottingham Forest full-back Jordan Gabriel, according to a Football Insider exclusive.

Gabriel signed a new contract to keep him at the City Ground until 2024 last October before being loaned out to Blackpool, where he made 35 appearances for the Seasiders and helped the Lancashire side to seal promotion back to the Championship.

The newly-promoted side had reportedly put an offer him for the 22-year-old according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon yesterday morning – but the Black Cats may have hijacked this move at the last minute.

If he does make the move to the Stadium of Light, he is likely to come in as Conor McLaughlin’s replacement with the Northern Irishman being released in the summer.

Sheffield Wednesday move for Hunt

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According to the Sheffield Star, Wednesday are currently engaging in negotiations with former Bristol City full-back Jack Hunt.

The 30-year-old left Ashton Gate the expiry of his contract a few weeks ago and despite making an impressive 41 appearances in the Championship last season, the Owls think they can tempt Hunt to move down a tier to League One.

Sheffield Wednesday released Moses Odubajo in the summer and have yet to recruit a replacement for the 27-year-old, who has recently signed for Queens Park Rangers.

Hunt would be more than a sufficient replacement for him, although it’s currently unclear whether Darren Moore’s side will be able to offer a satisfactory deal to the experienced full-back.

Crooks on verge of Rotherham exit

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Rotherham United midfielder Matt Crooks is closing in on a move to Championship side Middlesbrough, according to Football Insider.

As per the same report, he underwent a medical on Tuesday evening and could be announced by the Teesside club imminently, having been heavily linked with a move away from the New York Stadium.

Second-tier sides Peterborough United and Derby County were two of the sides previously said to be interested in the 27-year-old alongside League One rivals Ipswich Town and Sunderland.

If this deal goes through, they will have avoided selling one of their prized assets to a third-tier promotion rival.

Crooks made 40 appearances in the Championship for the Millers last term, scoring six goals and recording three assists from central midfield – but was unable to save Paul Warne’s side from relegation.

Portsmouth seal double deal

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Pompey announced two signings on Tuesday evening, bringing in forwards Jayden Reid and Gassan Ahadme.

Reid joins Danny Cowley’s side after being released by Birmingham City earlier in the summer, having rarely had a chance to make an impact at St Andrew’s and appeared just four times for the Blues.

He spent last season on loan at Barrow and Walsall – and may start the season on the fringes of Cowley’s squad with his limited number of first-team appearances.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Ahadme has joined on a season-long loan after impressing on trial and scoring a hat-trick in their recent pre-season friendly against Havant & Waterlooville.

The south-coast side will be hoping the Moroccan forward can replicate this form throughout next season as they look to go one step further and secure a place in the top six next season.

Galloway seals Plymouth move

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Plymouth Argyle have signed Brendan Galloway on a six-month deal after impressing manager Ryan Lowe for the last few weeks.

The 25-year-old joined the Pilgrims on a trial at the end of last month after being released from Luton Town – but is yet to turn his career around after enduring an unsuccessful spell at Everton between 2014 and 2019.

Although the left-back had high hopes when he joined Luton Town on a two-year deal that summer, he made just six appearances for Nathan Jones’ side in those two seasons.

With his deal at new club Plymouth lasting until January, he will be keen to stay fit, start regularly, play well and with that, earn a longer-term deal at Home Park.

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