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League One Transfer Round-Up

Reading have secured the signing of experienced goalkeeper David Button following his exit from West Bromwich Albion. Button, 34, had a rough season last time out in the West Midlands, making several mistakes before losing his place to Alex Palmer and Josh Griffiths. He joins Reading on a two-year deal.

The Royals are also keen to bring in Manchester City midfielder Lewis Fiorini on a season long loan deal. The Scot had a temporary spell at Blackpool in the Championship last season but played just 14 times for the Seasiders, netting one goal. He did impress in his last season in League One though, shining for Lincoln City during the 2021/22 season.

Derby County’s striker search has hit a stumbling block after moves for Michael Smith and Matty Godden fell through. Rams boss Paul Warne wanted to reunite with former Rotherham striker Smith, but current club Sheffield Wednesday won’t accept a loan move for the target man. Godden is still in Mark Robins’ plans at Coventry and is signing a new contract. Free agent Billy Sharp is believed to be high up on Derby’s wish list.

Brighton’s Jensen Weir is unlikely to be loaned to League One despite plenty of interest. The young midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Morecambe, is highly rated on the South Coast and they’re hoping a Championship club will take him on a temporary basis. Portsmouth, Reading, and Derby are all believed to be keen whilst former club Wigan could be tempted to move for him too.

 

Blackpool target Scott Banks is signing for German second tier side St.Pauli. The Scottish attacking midfielder, who impressed in League Two with Bradford last season, has headed to Hamburg for talks in a surprise move. The Crystal Palace starlet was a key target for Neil Critchley’s side, but they’ll have to look elsewhere now.

Peterborough United could be set to lose Kabongo Tshimanga to EFL new boys Wrexham. The 26-year-old joined Posh from Chesterfield on loan in January, but the deal was made permanent this summer. Wrexham could pay as much as £500k for the striker to replace the injured Paul Mullin, but it remains to be seen if Peterborough are willing to part with the forward.

Exeter City are closing in on the signing of Finnish international Ilmari Niskanen from Dundee United. The 25-year-old has featured 53 times north of the border, scoring twice, and will add depth to the Grecians forward line that is still nursing the losses of Jevani Brown and Jay Stansfield. A small fee should be enough to bring the winger to Gary Caldwell’s side.

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