Promotion favourites Derby County have completed the triple swoop for out-of-contract- EFL stalwarts Callum Elder, Joe Ward and Josh Vickers. Elder, 28, joins the Rams from Hull City where his contract was set to expire at the end of the month and will provide competition for the aging Craig Forsyth. Ward, 27, was a key man at Peterborough last season featuring 42 times and had a hand in 15 goals from Right Back which is pretty good going. Goalkeeper Vickers, 27, arrives from Rotherham and will link back up with former Millers boss Paul Warne. The pair enjoyed a successful spell together at the South Yorkshire club with Vickers playing a big role in the club’s second place finish in 2021/22.
Following the loss of star man Conor Bradley, Bolton Wanderers have bolstered their Right Wing Back position with the signings of Josh Cogley from Tranmere and Kane Wilson from Bristol City. Cogley, 27, was a standout performer at Prenton Park in League Two and had several League One clubs interested in his services but the attraction of playing for a promotion chasing side gave Bolton the advantage. Wilson, 23, has had a frustrating year after a big move to the Championship and only featured five times under Nigel Pearson. Our understanding is that Bolton will spend a six-figure fee on the attacking wing back and he will compete alongside Cogley for the starting spot in Ian Evatt’s side.
Barnsley look set to lose their manager and star centre-back in a crushing double blow for last season’s play-off finalists. Michael Duff will replace Southampton-bound Russell Martin at Swansea, whilst Mads Juel Andersen is a key target for Premier League new boys Luton Town. Barnsley will get a hefty sum of money should both depart and will be keen to reinvest it smartly as they have done so often in recent years. Notts County boss Luke Williams has been suggested as a potential replacement but that feels unlikely given the Magpies current exciting project.
Wigan Athletic are reportedly very keen on Bayern Munich’s young Scottish Centre Back Liam Morrison. Crowdplod understands Maloney has prior knowledge of Morrison from his time working in Celtic’s youth team and talks are advanced over a move back to the UK. Morrison made the bench for the European giants late on in the season but is yet to make his first team debut, although he’s been a regular in their second team. Wigan need to move players on urgently to reduce their hefty wage bill but a move for young CB Morrison could be a shrewd one long term.
John Mousinho is keen to add Accrington Stanley starlet Tommy Leigh to his new look Portsmouth side. Portsmouth-born Leigh, 23, is available for around £250,000 and the south-coast side have already shown they’re willing to throw money around this summer. Leigh can play in midfield or as part of the forward line, but it’s expected Mousinho would utilise him as one of his two number 8s, a position he’s looked good in at Accy. Stanley will be keen to get a decent fee for the youngster as they look to readjust their budgets following relegation to League Two.
League Two champions Leyton Orient have made Max Sanders their first summer signing. The 24-year-old midfielder joins the O’s after his contract at Sincil Bank expired and will add League One knowhow to Richie Wellens’ side. Lincoln already have their replacement in the shape of Sutton United’s Alistair Smith, who joined the Imps last week.
Oxford United’s summer spree looks to be continuing with Millwall’s Tyler Burey set to join Liam Manning’s side. Burey, 22, featured 23 times in the Championship for the Lions but will join Oxford where a spot in the first team is much more of a guarantee. Burey will join Ruben Rodrigues, Josh McEachren and Jordan Thornilley as the U’s fourth summer recruit as they look to get back into the top half of the division.
Burton have pulled off a huge coup with the signing of League One hotshot Cole Stockton on a free transfer. Stockton was one of the most wanted free agents on the EFL market and had interest from ‘bigger clubs’ than the Brewers, but the lure of being the main man for Dino Maamria’s side allowed the move to be made. He joins Burton on a two-year deal and will be hoping to score enough goals to keep them in the division once again.
Daniel Stacey from talkingwigan.com