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Leeds United boss Garry Monk is said to be close to completing a deal for Swansea defender Kyle Bartley, according to reports.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that former Swansea boss Monk is keen on a reunion with his former player and is keen to bring him to Elland Road on a season long loan deal from the Welsh side.
Monk, who worked with Bartley while at Swansea,Â reportedly sees the 25-year-old as someone who can improve the quality of Leeds’ defence.
The reports also add that a deal is close to being finalised for the former Arsenal man and would be Monk’s second signing for the club Â after the recent arrival of Swedish forward Marcus Antonsson on a three-year deal.
Leeds seem to be in the market for a centre-back after worries in that area during last season and Swansea are now said to be willing to let defenderÂ leave for the whole of next season.
However there could be the issue of match fitness and game time for Leeds as Bartley only made 11 appearances for Swansea last season and also hasn’t even played a match in 2016.
Also if Bartley was to join Leeds then he would certainly face competition from the likes of Sol Bamba and Liam Cooper for a start at centre-back.
Bartley began his career at Arsenal in 2009 and won the Premier Academy League and the FA Youth Cup in his first year as reserve captain. He eventually ended up spending two separate loan spells at Sheffield United and Rangers but failed to make desired impact at either club.
He went on to sign for Swansea in 2012 for a reported fee of Â£1million and spent half aÂ season out on loan at Birmingham City where he made 17 appearances and scored threegoals.
Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson has become Garry Monk’s first signing at Leeds United for a fee which could rise to Â£2million.
The 25-year-old, whoÂ joins the Championship outfit from Kalmar FF for an undisclosed fee,Â is the Allsvenskanâ€™s top scorer this season after hitting 10 goals from his opening 12 matches.
Antonsson has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Elland Road having previously worked under Unitedâ€™s new assistant coach Pep Clotet at Swedish side Halmstads BK.
â€œIt feels fantastic to be here,â€� Antonsson told leedsunited.com. â€œEver since Leeds came into the picture, it seemed like the perfect choice. I wanted this move as soon as Leeds contacted me.
â€œPlaying in England has been a big dream of mine. Coming to a big club like Leeds is a dream come true and I will work very hard for the team in every game. I will not miss this opportunity.”
Monk added: â€œItâ€™s great to make that first signing. In terms of how he plays, Marcus is a different striker to what weâ€™ve got already, so that gives us options up front. â€œHeâ€™s done exceptionally well over the last couple of seasons. He scores goals, has great movement and he has the mentality to be able to adapt to this league.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 28, 2016
â€œThe club has watched a lot of him, Iâ€™ve watched a lot of him and I felt heâ€™d be a good fit for Leeds United. â€œMarcus will come into the group with some really good strikers in the squad already. It will help them and it will give us options to adapt in different games.â€�
Southend have rejected a bid for highly-rated full-back Ben Coker, according to TEAMtalk sources.
According to the source, Championship side Reading are the ones who have had an undisclosed bid rejected for the 27-year-old defender as they look to prepare for the new season and a possible promotion push.
Coker, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, signed for Southend back in 2013 after stints at Histon, Colchester and Bury.
He spent two seasons at Bury betwen the years of 2008 and 2010 and made 66 appearances for the club along with notching 17 goals as well.
After spending two seasons at Bury, Coker went on to sign for Colchester United in 2010 and then Histon in 2013 but failed to make the desired impact with either club.
He eventually signed with Southend and since signing for the clubÂ the full-back has gone on to make 117 appearances for the club along and scored four goals. Coker had some injury worries in the latter part of the season though after undergoing surgery to fix a groin problem twice.
Championship outfit Nottingham Forest have appointed Philippe Montanier as their new head coach.
The 51-year-old Frenchman replaces Dougie Freedman, who was sacked in March after 13 months in charge of the Sky Bet Championship club.
“Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Philippe Montanier as the club’s head coach,” Forest announced on their official website.
“The former Rennes and Real Sociedad manager arrives at The City Ground on a two-year deal following a playing career which saw him make over 300 appearances for clubs including Toulouse, Nantes and St Etienne.”
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) June 27, 2016
Montanier becomes Forest’s eighth permanent manager since October 2011.
Former goalkeeper Montanier’s first job as manager was at Boulogne, who he joined in 2004 and steered to promotion to Ligue 1 in 2009 for the first time in the club’s history.
Montanier left Boulogne to take charge of Valenciennes in 2009 and two years later was appointed head coach at Spanish club Real Sociedad, who he guided to the Champions League with a fourth-placed finish in the Primera Division at the end of the 2012-13 season.
He returned to France to become head coach at Rennes in 2013 and led them to the Coupe de France final in 2014 when they lost 2-0 to derby rivals Guingamp.
Montanier’s playing career spanned 13 years from 1987 and included spells at Caen (twice), Nantes, Toulouse, Gueugnon and St Etienne.
Forest sacked predecessor Freedman in March and appointed first-team coach Paul Williams as caretaker-boss until the end of the season.
Freedman, who had lost five of his last six games in charge to leave the club in 14th place in the Championship, had replaced Stuart Pearce in February 2015.
Forest fans had grown frustrated over the uncertainty surrounding Freedman’s successor, prompting chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi to issue a statement reassuring them the process was in hand earlier this month.
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Stiliyan Petrov will train with Aston Villa during pre-season – four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia.
The 36-year-old, who is in remission after his battle with acute leukaemia, announced in April he was planning to make a playing comeback.
New Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo has given his blessing for Petrov to join the squad at their training camp in Austria.
He will report next week having initially retired in 2013 following his diagnosis in 2012.
A club statement read: “Aston Villa Football Club is pleased to confirm Stiliyan Petrov will take part in pre-season training at first-team level.
“Manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed the former club captain will travel with the group to Austria as he joins the squad at their training camp.
“Stan will report next week with the rest of the group.”
Petrov had been training with a view of returning to playing having not featured since 2012 and had been training with Villa’s Under-21s.
He made 219 appearances for the club, scoring 12 times, after joining from Celtic in 2006.
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