The first real disappointment of the summer was revealed today with the news that the deal to bring in Stockport County midfielder Paul Turnbull has fallen through. A fee appeared to have been agreed for the player but County have now gone back on the deal with fresh interest from promoted Chesterfield looking likely to be the reason for the U-turn.
Attention now turns to Arron Davies and Ben Tozer with both deal apparently in the pipeline still. A lot could depend on the potential sale of Chris Dunn to Coventry with Dunn’s decision on his future due today. Any fee received for the keeper is set to be put towards other positions with the midfield a priority for Gary Johnson. The fact that a loan stopper can be brought in at a cheaper rate for a season long stay should shift the funds to the middle of the park.
All indications suggest that Dunn is on the way and with Coventry City the suitors it would mean little trouble for the academy graduate in terms of location. All should become clear this week ahead of a double trial session at the end of the month in which Johnson will invite a clutch of out of contract players to Sixfields for two days of intense training to see if any more new faces can be added before pre-season begins at the start of July.