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Town Linked With Welsh Strikers
Friday, 20th Jul 2018 11:16

Town boss Paul Hurst is reported to be eyeing Barnsley striker Tom Bradshaw and Bristol Rovers frontman Ellis Harrison as speculation regarding Martyn Waghorn’s future continues.

According to the Daily Mirror, Hurst, who said yesterday he couldn’t guarantee that Waghorn would still be with the Blues by the time the season gets under way, is a fan of Bradshaw and Harrison.

Wales international Bradshaw was linked with the Blues, QPR and Reading in January, while Millwall and Hull City are believed to have shown interest over the summer. Bradshaw is expected to leave Oakwell following the Tykes’ relegation to League One.

The 25-year-old started his career with Aberystwyth Town before moving on to hometown club Shrewsbury and then Walsall, prior to joining the South Yorkshiremen for £650,000 in the summer of 2016.

Bradshaw, who is 6ft tall, was a regular for Barnsley last season, scoring 12 goals. His Oakwell contract runs to the summer of 2019.

Harrison, 24, a former Wales U21 international, came through the youth system at the Memorial Stadium and has played all his senior games for the Pirates aside from a short spell on loan at Hartlepool early in 2016.

Last season the Newport-born forward scored 14 goals. In total for Bristol Rovers he has made 116 starts and 88 sub appearances, scoring 49 times. Blackburn Rovers were previously reported to be eyeing Harrison.

Sheffield United, Derby County, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City have all shown interest in Waghorn this summer, while Nottingham Forest have also been linked.

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itfcjoe added 11:20 - Jul 20
Would be decent additions, but worry about losing Waghorn as he’s so key

runningout added 11:24 - Jul 20
If the price is above £8m he might go. Will be a shame but we move on up.

runningout added 11:25 - Jul 20
Bradshaw a hero at Shrewsbury

prebbs007 added 11:27 - Jul 20
Same old utter tripe ITFC. Sell our best players and replace with lesser quality. There is no way we can continue to buy league 1 players and expect them ALL to perform at championship level. I fully understand that PH knows the lower leagues and will be trying to buy the better players from there but I think it’s a bridge too far to fill our team with lower league players and ask them all to step up. I know we have to wait and see what happens but it’s a worrying trend. Happy to hear everyone’s thoughts but I really don’t want to lose Waggs. Celina to Swansea for £4m ????

Bergholtblue added 11:28 - Jul 20
Rovers have a good eye for strikers having produces Jason Roberts, Nathan Ellington, Marcus Stewart to name but a few, but I would rather keep Waggers. He is better than both of these put together.

Still it is good that we are preparing a plan for 'Wagxit' should it happen.

BlueHarwich added 11:29 - Jul 20
I'm giving PH the benefit of time but it's real concern that we sell our best players to direct competition and we constantly replace with lower league players. Hopefully they can make the step up but there is a reason they play in those divisions!

BlueBlood90 added 11:29 - Jul 20
I would like these to join to add numbers to the squad but not really as key players or as a replacement for Waghorn as they're nothing like as good. 12 goals in a relegated side is good going though.

floridaboy added 11:32 - Jul 20
Why wouldn't a player from Division 1 be able to jump to the championship and do the business. Don't get that one. Vardy, Kane, Marcus Stewart to name three spring to mind.

While Waghorn did the business last season there is no guarantee that it will be the same this time round.

As for the daft statement that ME is asset stripping, come on please!!

Every player has his price irrespective of how good he is. Of course it might be that Waghorn is happy down here and doesn't want to move. The player has a say as well believe it or not.

But if he wants out then sell him. There is no loyalty in football just greed!

essextractorboy93 added 11:33 - Jul 20
We should be keeping Waghorn and signing one of these two up, not selling our best player to a divisional rival and replacing him with two unproven players at this level! Not acceptable!

StringerBell added 11:33 - Jul 20
Can't we have Bradshaw and Harrison and keep Waggy? Now that would be a real statement of intent.

goat_man added 11:34 - Jul 20
Aren't young, hungry players what we all wanted about a month ago? Let's see what happens before we all start running around like wet quails.

parkinshair added 11:38 - Jul 20
Lots of talk about how we MUST keep Waghorn, but does he want to be here? If he desperately wants to move to another club then it's best all round if we take the money.

blue62 added 11:43 - Jul 20
I like Waghorn but he may be a one season wonder. Buying for £200k and selling for £7m+ is dam good business and if it means we can pick up two more like Waghorn then it cant be that bad.

bgexile added 11:44 - Jul 20
I like Waghorn a lot... but what have all these players got in common?
Mariner, Brazil, Wark, Muhren, Talbot, Butcher, Murphy etc etc.
Yup, we sold them.
Nothing new here. As soon as we have a star, other clubs come sniffing.

TimmyH added 11:46 - Jul 20
Really? looking at these two for a possible replacement for Waghorn (which we knew had quality when he came here)...every player we seem to be looking at comes from the lower tiers, it makes you wonder if we're getting these in for the future of the club or just a big profit margin for the owner in a years time if one of them turns into a gem. I do expect us sometime in the coming weeks to actually buy some known quality whether this materialises is another thing.

spanishblue added 11:46 - Jul 20
I,m going to chuck a pretty horrible one in here a certain Mr Grant joined the canaries from where?oh yes Shrewsbury now love him or hate him if we could find the like we would love it,yes there's plent of talent out there who never get the chances

Half_Idiot added 11:53 - Jul 20
Bradshaw has spent the last 2 seasons in the Championship, I wouldn't call him a lower tier player

timkatieadamitfc added 11:53 - Jul 20
@stringerbell, how would this be a statement of intent, signing 2 AVERAGE players at best is hardly going to send shockwaves through the division is it? However, signing a couple of players(and paying decent fees for them) equally as good as Waghorn might. I do accept your point goatman but I`m with blueharwich on this one, as his a valid point too. Absolutely nothing against having a couple of players who PH might know from lower leagues but it seems they are the only type of players we seem to be linked with.

marco007 added 11:55 - Jul 20
None of them are better than we already have.
I can only see our squad getting weaker and our rivlas stronger.
The harsh reality of money in football is so depressing :(

marinerswagepacket added 11:57 - Jul 20
Celina 4m ...... that's who we should be buying , if waggy does go for 8- 10 million up front not installments then it will give Hurst the money to bring in players , people may think I'm optimistic but I believe Hurst will get up promoted to the prem , if we can get through this season.....

GTRKing added 11:59 - Jul 20
Tom Bradshaw scored 9 goals in the championship last season so 37 played 9 goals (Is good for a player in a relegated team)

Ellis Harrison looks good

12 played 7 scored (Must of been injured)

So unsure if he will be any good..

So if Waghorn wanna go then £8ml+ is a good deal (Might be on season wonder)

One of these players will sign (Maybe both) day Waghorn goes.

Hurst will only sell once we have replacements of lined up

bontcho added 12:04 - Jul 20
We've sold our best players for big money for 50 years. The key is getting the replacements right, whether from our youth system or recruitment (which are usually going to be lower league players). For example in the summer of 1999 we sold Kieron Dyer, but we got John McGreal, Jermaine Wright and Gary Croft. In contrast the Connor Wickham money was, generally, wasted on loan fees and a greater wage budget.

WebbyWebster added 12:04 - Jul 20
All these people saying both of these are unproven? Did they watch the championship last year? Bradshaw scored 12 in this league and that doesn't scream unproven

gloucester_tractor added 12:25 - Jul 20
If we are getting some of the best from div1and2 then we still can move forward .
I would look long and hard at cheltenhams mo Eisner , excuse spelling , as an option at 1.5 mil

theblueginger added 12:33 - Jul 20
I would take either of them to complete our forward line for the season. I would not take them both as a Waggy replacement

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