BRADFORD CITY have rejected a bid from Millwall for striker James Hanson.
The Lions, relegated from the Championship last season, made the offer over the weekend but were given short thrift by the Bantams ahead of what is a potentially momentous week for the Yorkshire club.
Gianni Paladini has until Monday morning, which is when the exclusivity period granted the former QPR chairman runs out, to conclude his takeover after having an earlier deadline of May 1 extended to allow sufficient due diligence to be undertaken.
The Italian also has to satisfy Football League requirements and he is understood to have been in negotiations with the governing body for the past couple of weeks.
Should Monday’s deadline pass without a deal having been struck, joint chairmen Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes will be free to talk to other interested parties.
Away from the takeover saga, City have not been approached by Sheffield United over the possibility of Phil Parkinson succeeding Nigel Clough.
The Bradford chief was installed as an early favourite by the bookmakers. However, with the Blades understood to have actively begun their search, the Bantams are understood to have had no contact.
Meanwhile, Liam Rosenior will head the summer exodus from Hull City after being told his contract will not be renewed when it expires next month.
The 30-year-old full-back, second only to Paul McShane on the list of the club’s longest serving players, is a surprise departure ahead of the return to the Championship.
Hull record signing Abel Hernandez, a £10m summer capture from Palermo, has been charged with violent conduct for allegedly punching Manchester United defender Phil Jones during Sunday’s 0-0 draw between the sides.
The incident, which happened in the 70th minute of the game, was not spotted by the match officials and will now be referred to a three-man panel of former elite referees. If found guilty, Hernandez is likely to face a three-match ban.
Barnsley have signed Halifax Town defender Marc Roberts on a free transfer, while Doncaster Rovers will host Sunderland in a pre-season friendly on July 29.