Deal Agreed for Shrews Duo
Sunday, 5th Aug 2018 22:01
Town are reported to have agreed a deal with Shrewsbury for midfielder Jon Nolan and central defender Toto Nsiala with the duo set for medicals at Portman Road tomorrow.
Last night, Shrews chief executive Brian Caldwell revealed that the Blues had matched his club’s valuation for the duo - £1.5 million according to some reports - but with sell-on clauses still to be agreed, although he expected the moves to be confirmed within the next 48 hours.
Now HITC Sport are reporting the deal has been concluded and the pair will be at Portman Road tomorrow to undergo medicals and complete the formalities relating to their joint-switch.
Both players were left out of the Shrewsbury side yesterday having been barred from training after handing in transfer requests in the wake of Town's initial bid earlier in the week, which was turned down.
Speaking at his post-match press conference yesterday, Blues manager Paul Hurst said Town were getting closer on some of their targets: “I think some are kind of edging more in our favour.”
A Blues move for Nsiala and Nolan had been widely anticipated since Hurst took over at Portman Road with both key players in his Shrewsbury team which reached the League One play-offs last season.
The duo, who are both 26, were initially recruited by Hurst during his time as Grimsby manager from elsewhere in non-league, having previously been with the Everton academy.
Following his spell at Everton, Huyton-born Nolan spent time with Stockport County, Lincoln City and Wrexham (loan) before joining Hurst's Grimsby in January 2016 prior to moving on to Chesterfield that summer. A year later Hurst took him to Shrewsbury.
Nsiala, a DR Congo international born in Kinshasa, spent time on loan at Macclesfield and Accrington while with Everton before a spell with TDCS Dong Thap in Vietnam.
After returning to the UK, Nsiala, who was brought up in Liverpool from the age of 10 after a period living in Paris, joined Southport before playing for Hurst at Grimsby between 2014 and 2016. After half a season at Hartlepool he was reunited with his old boss at Shrewsbury in January 2017.
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