HULL CITY have firmly rebuffed an approach for Harry Maguire from newly-promoted Championship side Bristol City.
The 22-year-old joined the Tigers a year ago but found first team opportunities hard to come by and ended last season on loan at Wigan Athletic.
Former Sheffield United defender Maguire impressed at the DW Stadium despite the Latics being relegated and that caught the attention of Robins manager Steve Cotterill.
A deal worth up to £2.5m – the fee City paid the Blades in 2014 – was proposed but the Yorkshire side were quick to disappoint last season’s League One champions.
Steve Bruce released both Paul McShane, who yesterday joined former City team-mate Stephen Quinn at Reading, and Maynor Figueroa following relegation from the top flight.
The one-time Manchester United defender sees Maguire as a big part of the East Riding club’s long-term plans – even though he was only handed two starts last season.
One of those was in the Europa League qualifiers and the other an FA Cup third round defeat at Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Bradford City have soared through the 16,000 mark for season ticket sales.
The League One club, who have confirmed the addition of Blackburn Rovers winger Josh Morris on a free transfer, set a target of 15,000 after slashing prices to £149 for adults in May.
Supporters have responded in admirable fashion and with the deadline for the cut price offer – which equates to around £6.50 per game – not ending until Sunday, City officials are hoping to edge close towards or even above 17,000. Last season, Bradford sold around 12,500.
Jon Stead – the former Huddersfield Town striker who spent the second half of last season at Valley Parade – has signed for Notts County.
The 32-year-old, a key figure in Bradford’s run to the last eight of the FA Cup, spoke to Phil Parkinson about potentially joining on a permanent basis but no agreement could be reached.
County have stepped in and signed Stead ahead of Walsall and Chesterfield who were among a list of clubs interested in signing the experienced striker.
Brian Horton has left his role as assistant manager at Doncaster Rovers after being brought in two years ago to provide experience alongside manager Paul Dickov.