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Portsmouth loanee interested in permanent move, Doncaster Rovers boss believes former club are serious challengers – League 1 and League 2 latest



Portsmouth loanee Viv Solomon-Otabor has admitted he’d be interested in making a permanent switch to Fratton Park.

The 23-year-old joined on loan from Birmingham City in January having fallen out of Garry Monk’s plans – making just 10 appearances.

Viv Solomon-Otabor (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Viv Solomon-Otabor (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Solomon-Otabor will become a free agent in the summer and says he’d be open to remaining on the South Coast. You can read what the attacker told the Portsmouth News HERE

Meanwhile, James Vaughan is a doubt for Saturday’s clash with Scunthorpe while Ronan Curtis could miss the Checkatrade Trophy Final with Sunderland after chopping off his finger.

Doncaster Rovers boss manager Grant McCann believes former club Barnsley are serious challengers to be crowned League One champions.

The Irishman, who will serve a one-match touchline ban this evening, takes his playoff-chasing Doncaster side to Oakwell and he was full of praise for The Tykes.

“Barnsley have been one of the best teams in the league, their form and league position shows it,” said McCann. It wouldn’t surprise me if they went on a run and won the league.

“They may be a few points behind Luton, but stranger things have happened. It’s tight up there between Luton, Barnsley and Sunderland. It’s hard to predict.”

Blackpool manager Terry McPhillips insists there is still a belief among his squad that they can make the League One play-offs.

The Seasiders wasted a glorious chance to claw back some points on Tuesday, when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by sixth-placed rivals Doncaster Rovers.

It leaves McPhillips’ men three points behind, having played a game more and with just nine League One fixtures left, starting at Burton Albion tomorrow.

HERE is what the Seasiders chief told the Blackpool Gazette.

Peterborough United have seen Rhys Bennett’s red card overturned – however have been hit with a FA charge.

Bennett was dubiously dismissed by referee Ollie Yates after conceding a penalty four minutes from time from which AFC Wimbledon scored to win 1-0.

And Posh have now been hit by a FA charge after failing to control their players in the aftermath of the incident.

They are yet to comment but Bennett will now be available for the crunch League One game against Coventry as they aim to keep pace with the playoff places.

In League Two, Paul Scholes left his role as manager of Oldham Athletic after just 31 days via WhatsApp – according to chairman Abdullah Lemsagam

The former Manchester United midfielder joined his boyhood club last month – his first management role – but has immediately resigned.

In a statement, Scholes said it came with great regret, though it “became clear that he would not be able to operate as he intended”.

You can read what Lemsagam told Sky Sports News HERE

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Former Liverpool and Crawley Town goalkeeper signs for Dover Athletic



Former Crawley Town goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin has signed a two-year contract to join National League club Dover Athletic.

The former Liverpool youth was released by Crawley earlier this month.

Mersin. 24, is a former Turkey under-18s international and was signed by former Reds head coach Dermot Drummy in June 2016.

In three seasons he made 19 appearances for Crawley, including just four this season in cup competitions.

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The 6ft 5ins tall stopper started out his career with Millwall’s youth set-up before sealing a move to Liverpool’s academy in January 2010, playing for their under-18s and under-23s teams.

Mersin eventually moved on to Turkish Premier League side Kasimpasa in 2014 until he returned to England with Crawley in 2016.

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Crawley Town target Ashley Nadesan offered new deal by Fleetwood Town



Crawley Town target Ashley Nadesan is being pushed by Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton to commit his future to the League One club.

Straight Red podcast recently tweeted and we have reported that Crawley Town have shaken hands with Nadesan on an offer to securing the services of the former Horley Town striker who grew up locally.

Hopes of the possible signing going ahead were given a boost over the weekend.

The manager of the club Nadesan was on loan at, Carlisle United’s Steven Pressley was reported on social media that Nadesan is keen to return to the south to be close to his family.

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Crawley Town head coach Gabriele Cioffi said: “I don’t know if he will renew with Fleetwood, I don’t know if he will sign again with Carlisle United.

“I will be honest he is a player I like, let’s see what he will decide.”

Fleetwood manager Joey Barton called on Nadesan to commit to a new deal and prove he wants to be part of what he is building at Fleetwood Town.

The striker’s current three-year contract has been completed and he has been offered a fresh deal but has yet to put pen to paper.

Barton was eager to see Nadesan commit and be a part of his core of players.

He told our sister paper the Blackpool Gazette: “We want continuity. We have a nucleus of a squad that we can build around – Wes Burns, Alex Cairns, Ash Hunter, Ash Eastham, Paddy Madden.

“And we are hoping we can get Ashley Nadesan to commit and show he wants to be part of what we are doing here.”

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Portsmouth winger Jamal Lowe is one step closer to a Championship switch – League 1 and League 2 latest news



Barnsley and QPR have joined Sheffield Wednesday in the race to sign Sunderland defender Adam Matthews, as per Football Insider.

The 27-year-old is out-of-contract this summer with talks over a new contract yet to commence due to the club’s uncertainty around what division they will be in next season.

Jamal Lowe (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Jamal Lowe (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Even so, Matthews, believed to be one of the Black Cats’ highest-earners, has lost his starting 11 spot in recent months to Luke O’Nien.

Meanwhile, reported Sunderland target Lawrence Shankland has opened the door on a move to the Stadium of Light after confirming his Ayr United exit.

Portsmouth winger Jamal Lowe is one step closer to a Championship switch, according to reports.

The Daily Star report that Pompey’s failure to secure promotion to England’s second-tier could see Lowe push for a move away from the south coast.

And they have suggested Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough remain interested in acquiring the winger having been linked with him earlier in the campaign.

Lowe could be joined by Matt Clarke, as The Sun believe around £5million is likely to seal a move away from Fratton Park.

Peterborough United chairman Darren MacAnthony has shot down speculation linking the club with a move for Portsmouth goalkeeper Luke McGee.

MacAnthony was responding to reports from Sun journalist Alan Nixon, who said Posh were interested in Pompey’s out-of-favour shotstopper.

“Big Al is completely wrong,” said MacAnthony. ‘We’ve been offered Luke multiple times. Great guy is Luke but we are going in a different direction. So this time Alan is way off.”

Posh, however, are likely to lose defender Ryan Tafazolli this summer with Football Insider reporting that Swansea City are plotting a swoop.

Blackpool FC’s new owner is expected to be in control by mid-June.

The Blackpool Gazette understands four serious bids have been submitted and it is now the receiver’s job to consider these and determine the most appropriate way to conclude the sale.

Hong Kong-based businessman Simon Sadler and Henry Teh, an investor from Singapore, are thought to be the frontrunners.

You can read the full HERE.

In other League One transfer news, a Bristol Live ‘exclusive’ states Nottingham Forest are interested in Bristol Rovers contract rebel Tom Lockyer.

Gillingham goalkeeper Tomas Holy is in advanced talks with Ipswich Town, the East Anglian Times understands.

West Ham United midfielder Jay Mingi has agreed terms to join Charlton Athletic this summer, says Football Insider.

Meanwhile, In League Two, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has held face-to-face talks with in-demand Oldham Athletic George Edmundson.

Footbal Insider believes Gerrard attempted to persuade Edmundson to snub offers from elsewhere – including Peterborough United.

It is believed Gerrard has come away believing his sales pitch may be enough to sway the battle in the favour of his side.

The Lancashire Evening Post stated last week that Preston North End have watched him several times there is no current interest on their part.

Bristol City are preparing to rival Leeds United for Forest Green winger Reece Brown this summer, Football Insider reports.

It was revealed last week that Leeds had opened talks with the League Two side about signing Brown, who is out-of-contract soon, for a compensation fee.

However, Lee Johnson’s Robins are thought to be providing the Whites strong competition for the 23-year-old by beginning discussions of their own.

Several reports over the weekend have suggested City are closing in on another fourth-tier talent – Sammie Szmodics from Colchester United.

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