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Coventry City Looking To Edge Ahead Of Millwall In Pursuit Of Target

Coventry City are pushing to edge ahead of Millwall in the race to sign Burnley defender Luke McNally this summer, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

The 23-year-old defender has hardly featured since joining Burnley a year ago and spent the latter half of last season on loan at Coventry.

He played a key role in Coventry’s run to the playoff final and the club want him back at the club ahead of the new season.

McNally is not part of Vincent Kompany’s plans at Burnley and the club may cash in on him this summer.

 

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And Coventry are pushing to secure a deal to take McNally to the club in the ongoing transfer window.

Millwall are also interested in the defender but are plotting to sign him on an initial loan deal this summer.

However, Coventry may try to buy him as they will have funds available from potential player sales.

Their interest in a permanent deal could help them edge ahead of Millwall in the race to sign the Burnley defender this summer.

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Stoke City sent clear transfer demand after Ben Pearson return

Latest Stoke City transfer news as supporters react to the news that Ben Pearson has returned to the club on a four-year deal from Bournemouth

Stoke City supporters are delighted at the return of Ben Pearson on a permanent basis.

The midfielder has arrived on a four-year deal after spending the second half of last season on loan, creating a great impression at the bet365 Stadium. His return has prompted a big response on social media, with supporters buzzing about the move.

Many are pleased Stoke have finally found a replacement for Glenn Whelan, while others are encouraging the club to build a strong team around Pearson and push up the table. Below is a look at what fans are saying.
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Stoke City transfer questions answered as Alex Neil kickstarts summer business

Transfer news and debate as Enda Stevens becomes the first permanent signing of the Alex Neil era at Stoke City

Stoke City have swung into transfer action with the arrival of Enda Stevens kickstarting what will be a very busy summer. Pre-season is stepping up a gear too, with a first friendly this Saturday, away at Notts County, before a training camp in Spain next week.

Matt Davies and Pete Smith have been running through the big stories of the last couple of days in our weekly online Q&A.

MD: Can you give us a potted history of Enda Stevens?

PS: Well, he won the League of Ireland title twice with Michael O’Neill and made his name over here, after being on Aston Villa’s books, at Portsmouth in League Two before jumping up to the Championship with Sheffield United. There’s a quite a nice comparison with that because Stoke have being linked with Junior Tchamadeu, the League Two young player of the year.

He’s a hero at Sheff Utd. A fixture in their team as they won promotion to the Premier League then finished ninth, a real key player under Chris Wilder. It’s a unique way of playing that they have there with overlapping centre-backs and he’s thrived in it but he’s been a left-back as well as wing-back during his career and is comfortable doing both jobs. He isn’t a peg for just one hole.

Talking to those who’ve watched him a lot, he’s obviously had injury problems in the last couple of years and it’s been different types of injury. I’m not sure if that makes it any better or worse. He says he’s pushed himself before he’s been ready at times and none of us know how he’s shaping up now – but Stoke should have a good idea.

Jared Dublin, the new head of recruitment, was at Bramall Lane for pretty much all of Stevens’ time there and he’ll know all his strengths, weaknesses and fitness history.

He’s not short of character references though and that’s something that Alex Neil has underlined. He wants to add young and hungry players this summer but the balance of the squad has to be right and every good squad has experience it can call on, on the pitch and in the changing room.

So we’ll be better to judge each bit of business in September when we can see how they all fit into the grand masterplan.

MD: I obviously hope Stoke are getting the Enda Stevens of 2019 who was a barnstorming wing back and did well in the Premier League, but there’s a big element of risk isn’t there? He hasn’t played as much as he would have wanted for two seasons.

Are you surprised he’s the first signing or is it more just the fact that he’s a free agent and they can announce it?

PS: I’m sure that they would have liked the first signing to be a 20-year-old £10 million 25-goal-a-season striker but I think most fans are wise enough to know that this summer is going to be about signing players with lots of different profiles.

There are basically three elements.

They’re going to need experienced players and good characters like Stevens and Daniel Johnson, who we expect to come in from Preston. They’re going to be tasked with helping younger players develop… and they’re going to need those younger players too and there have been links in the last couple of days with Tchamadeu and Emin Bayram, from Galatasaray.

And then there’s the middle group of players around their prime years who are going to be the major signings for the here and now, the spine of the team.

The message at the moment is that Stoke have got to hold their nerve and be patient to get the right players in that category. These are the kind of players who stand a chance or think they stand a chance of getting a deal in the bottom half of the Premier League. Unfortunately, given Stoke’s place in the food chain at the moment, you just have to wait that out.

Stoke could fill the squad this week but, after so much work clearing the decks, there is no point filling it with players who are of a similar calibre to the ones who have left. This is a massive, rare opportunity to make a real change.

It means a nervous time for the rest of us but Stoke have to break this cycle. They’ve had five years in the bottom half of the Championship and if it takes up to deadline day to put together a squad which can be significantly better than what they’ve had, that’s the risk they’ve got to take.

MD: Looking from the outside, if Stoke can get him fit he’s a good signing for a Championship club – similar to what you could say about Axel Tuanzebe perhaps?

PS: Yes, again it’s all about balance and Alex Neil has gone on record about the importance of recruitment when we’ve asked him about Stoke’s injury record over the last couple of years. It was no good moaning about Nick Powell’s availability, for example, when everyone knew his availability record before he signed for Stoke.

Stoke have got people in their recruitment department who will know Stevens as well as anyone, just like they’ve got people in their medical department who have just worked with Tuanzebe for four months. They have to back their judgements.

At the same time, it would be foolish if we were in a position come September or October and Stevens or Tuanzebe, if he returns, were ruled out with injury and Stoke had left themselves short in those positions.

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