Transfer Weekly (#4)

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Josh Scowen-

After an impressive season at Barnsley last season Scowen’s contract is coming to an end, in July he will become a free agent. It is thought that Barnsley are keen to keep hold of the 24-year-old, although Scowen wants to join a club capable of mounting a promotion challenge next season.

Last season Scowen was an important player at Oakwell, making 41 appearances, scoring two goals. His versatility is also an attractive prospect, as he can play central midfield and anywhere on the right flank.

Although, the R’s are likely the face competition from Nottingham Forest, Preston and Bristol City.

Pelly Ruddock-

23-year-old Pelly is a powerful box-to-box midfielder for league 2 side Luton Town. A player described as having “endless energy” left West Ham to kick-start his career at non-league Borehamwood. He then joined Luton on loan in 2013 before making the move permanent in 2014. Since 2013 Pelly has made 100 appearances, with 52 of those coming this season.

His current manager Nathan Jones said that one day Pelly will play in the Premier League. He has also praised his versatility, having played Pelly at centre half and even in the number 10 position. Although Jones has said Pelly’s best position is sitting in front of the back 4 as a defensive midfielder.

Sammy Ameobi-

25-year-old Ameobi is soon to be released from newly promoted Newcastle United. A lack of first team opportunities led to the 6 ft 4 attacker going on loan to Bolton, who secured promoted to the Championship last season.

Ameobi played his part making 20 appearances, scoring twice. He is able to play out wide as well as up front. If this is a signing that the R’s are considering we are likely to face competition from Bolton and Nottingham Forest.

Cyrus Christie-

The 24-year-old Derby right-back was unlucky to have broken a bone in his ankle against Wolverhampton Wanderers in November last year. Although, after his recovery, the Republic of Ireland international featured on a regular basis, making 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring 1 goal.

Christie has been at Derby since the summer of 2014, although, with the recent signing of Andre Wisdom from Liverpool, he may be surplus to requirements. As a player who is used to playing first team football he will not want to sit on the bench and may seek a move away.

The R’s could probably get this deal done for under a million pounds. Although, it is thought that play-off finalists Reading are also interested in Christie.

Bersant Celina-

Celina is a 20-years-old Kosovo international who plays for Manchester City. Last season he joined Twente on loan, taking the number 10 shirt. He went on to make 27 appearances, scoring 5 times and assisting 5 times, with Twente finishing 7th in the Eredivisie. It is thought that City now want Celina to get experience in the Championship, perhaps to expose him to the physicality of English football.

Alongside the R’s it is thought that Leeds United and Ipswich Town are also interested.

Matty Fryatt-

Fryatt is a 31-year-old striker whose contract at Nottingham Forest expires this summer. Last season he struggled with problematic achilles, although during the last few months of the season he returned to full fitness.

The R’s are likely to face competition from a number of clubs including Ipswich Town and Hull City, who are reportedly keen to resign Fryatt who spent three years at the club from 2011-2014.

Having made over 350 appearances at Walsall, Leicester and Hull to name a few, his experience would be good for what is a youthful dressing room. Although, the R’s fan base would perhaps question whether Fryatt is the type of player we should be interested in, considering he has only started 17 games since 2014.



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