With players being released by clubs on a day daily basis, the transfer window is slowly creeping open as clubs attempt to tie up deals early on before prices rise to a premium.
Mansfield are one of the clubs eager to complete deals with two players entering the ‘One Call Stadium’ yesterday. Striker Matt Green returned after failing to make an impact in two seasons at Birmingham. Green scored 27 goals in the ‘Stags’ promotion winning season of 12/13, and after a season where no players made double figures, owner Jon Radford will be looking to bring goals back to Mansfield. Walsall’s Mal Benning was the second name through the door. The former Walsall man made over 30 appearances for Dean Smith’s men last season, and even managed to squeeze in a unsuccessful loan spell at York along the way. The flying left back will add an attacking dimension to Mansfield’s defence, but needs to work on his defensive side of the game if he is to become a regular under Adam Murray.
Former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell completed a deal to move to Wigan when his contract runs out at the beginning of June. Walsall’s star player had been mulling over a contract extension for some time, but obviously felt a move to the DW Stadium was a step up in his development despite their relegation to League One.
The final news of the day was French striker Varama Sanogo’s transfer to Fleetwood Town. The 20 year old former Metz striker is unknown to English football but manager Graham Alexander has said that Sanogo “is very powerful, very quick and direct, he wants to get involved with people and cause defences problems.” According to BBC Sport the striker competed in four ‘trial matches’ in Fleetwood’s development side, before putting pen to paper on a permanent deal. This is Fleetwood’s third signing of the Summer after signing Amari’i Bell from Birmingham, and young forward Declan McManus from Aberdeen earlier on in the week.