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Derek Waiting For Paperwork For New Midfielder

25 January 2018

WITH the transfer window’s closure growing inexorably closer, Derek Adams has inevitably found himself discussing potential comings and goings at Home Park.

On Thursday morning, Adams suggested that the Green Army may not have too long to wait for their next #incoming.

“We’re looking to take in a midfielder from a Premier League club,” Derek confirmed. “Hopefully today or tomorrow, we just have to finalise it

“We’ve just got to wait for a Premier League club that we’re dealing with, so we’re just waiting for the paperwork to be verified and signed.”

Derek admitted that there may be more new faces to come yet, even if the club might be waiting until deadline day to finalise certain deals.

“It looks that way at this stage,” he said. “We’re obviously dealing with other clubs, and they’re holding off, so it could be the case.

“You never know in this transfer window. We’re trying all the time to strengthen the squad.”

Regarding outgoings, Derek reinstated the situation surrounding Jakub Sokolik. The defender remains likely to leave, although there is no news on the situation currently.

Derek said: “There’s nothing. He’s currently available to move on. He’s trying to find a suitable club, and then obviously we’ve got to have talks between us and the other club before we move on.”

So far Argyle have re-signed Remi Matthews on loan, with Bristol City defender Zak Vyner also joining the club on a temporary basis. Also arriving at Home Park is Wales international Simon Church, and Derek spoke about the qualities he felt the 29-year-old was bringing to the club.

“He’s an experienced striker who’s played 38 games for Wales,” said Derek. “He’s been at Scunthorpe. We tried to get him in the last transfer window, we were able to get him in this one. He brings competition up front, we’ve got Ryan Taylor up there, and we’ve now got Simon Church.”

Derek spoke about how well Zak and Simon have settled into the club, highlighting the importance of getting new players to settle quickly into new surroundings.

He said: “I think you do notice when players come into this football club that the players who are already here take them in and try and make them a part of the squad as quickly as possible, because they know that we’re taking in very good players, and by doing that it enhances the squad and gives us the best opportunity of winning games.”


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