Coventry City may be under the limitations of a transfer embargo heading into pre-season ahead of the 2013/2014 League One season, after being placed into administration in March, but that hasn’t stopped the transfer rumour mill linking players with moves to The Ricoh Arena, or whereever City will be playing their home games next season.
Keep up to date with all the confirmed arrivals and departures, and all the names linked with the Sky Blues in one place.
Arrivals: Mathieu Manset (free transfer,) Andrew Webster (free transfer.)
Departures: Cody McDonald (Gillingham – free transfer,) Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic – free transfer,) Nathan Cameron (Bury – free transfer,) David Bell (contract cancelled by mutual consent,) Chris Dunn (contract cancelled by mutual consent,) William Edjenguele (contract cancelled by mutual consent,) Kevin Malaga (contract canceelby mutual consent,) Steven Jennings (contract cancelled by mutual consent,) Gary McSheffrey (contract cancelled by mutual consent,) James Bailey, Callum Ball (both Derby County; both loan returns,) Stephen Elliott, Jordan Stewart, Danny Philliskirk, Joe Henderson, Joshua Ruffels, Shaun Jeffers & Will Roberts (all released.)
Arrivals: Aaron Martin (Southampton, free transfer.) Martin spent the second half of the 2012/2013 season on loan at the Ricoh Arena from Premier League side Southampton, and manager Steven Pressley has already confirmed his desire to sign the centre-back on a permanent basis.
Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen, free transfer.) City have been linked with bringing former midfielder Osbourne back to the club after he was released by Aberdeen to be closer to his family back in the Midlands. With James Bailey having returned to parent club Derby County following the expiration of his season-long loan spell, there’s a space in central midfield alongside Steven Jennings, Osbourne could step into.
Gareth Evans (Fleetwood Town, free transfer.) Winger Evans only joined Fleetwood in January after leaving Rotherham United, but only signed a contract until the end of the 2012/2013 season. City have been crying out for a winger for a number of seasons now, but being under the embargo could see The Sky Blues miss out on Evans to Yeovil Town who have also been linked with his signature.
Scott Arfield (Hartlepool United, free transfer.) One of two players to have worked with City manager Steven Pressley at Falkirk to be linked with a move to The Ricoh Arena, Arfield has been released from recently relegated Hartlepool United.
Departures: Carl Baker (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed fee.) City captain has been linked to Championshiop side Nottingham Forest amid all of the club’s off the field troubles. After such an impressive 2012/2013 season, and the club still being in administration, the club would find it hard to turn down any offer involving a fee.
Gary McSheffrey (Northampton Town, free transfer.) The Coventry Kid could be on his way out for a second time following a tweet which seemed to say his goodbyes to the club and the fans at the end of April. McSheffrey has since been linked with former Sky Blues’ manager Aidy Boothroyd at League Two side Northampton, where he would once again alos link up with Clive Platt, Roy O’Donovan and possibly Nathan Cameron.
Chris Dunn (Northampton Town, Burton Albion, nominal fee/loan.) City’s development shot stopper has only managed six appearances in two seasons at the Ricoh Arena, and after falling short in the Play Off Final at Wembley, Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd has revealed his top priority this summer is a new goalkeeper. Dunn signed for City from Town back in 2011, and could be making a return to Sixfields either on loan, or permanently. Dunn has also appeared for Burton Albion in a 45 cameo apperance for Burton Albion in a trial match.
John Fleck (Ipswich Town, fee.) Rumours are circulating in the Ipswich local news that the Championship side are interested in taking the former Rangers man to Portman Road, after just one season with City.
Leon Clarke (Swindon Town, nominal fee.) Striker Clarke has been linked with a return to the club where he spent a mere 22 days – following an on-field bust up with then manager Paolo Di Canio back in 2011.
Cody McDonald, Steven Jennings, William Edjenguele, Kevin Malaga, Gary McSheffrey, David Bell & Chris Dunn have all been told by manager Steven Pressley they do not figure in his future plans and are free to find new clubs. They have since been dubbed ‘The Bomb Squad.’