Bradford City transfer news: Bantams reject bid for Jake Young with future of ex-Swindon Town loanee being uncertain

BRADFORD CITY have reportedly rejected a bid for striker Jake Young.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to League One after being recalled from a loan spell at Swindon Town.

Portsmouth were among those said to be monitoring developments, but it is understood that they are not in the race to sign the player.

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The forward, who initially moved to the Robins on a season-long loan in August, has netted 16 League Two goals so far this season and is the second highest scorer in the division behind Notts County's Macauley Langstaff.

Bradford City striker Jake Young. Picture: PABradford City striker Jake Young. Picture: PA
Bradford City striker Jake Young. Picture: PA

Young was named as the division’s player of the month in August and November.

Last week, City invoked a recall clause inserted into Young’s loan deal last summer.

Young was not involved in Saturday's home loss to Crawley and is said to be interesting a couple of third-tier teams. He sat out the Red Devils’ setback after pulling up in training on Friday, with manager Graham Alexander having planned to involve him.

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If Huddersfield-born Young plays for City in 2023-24, he will not be able to play for anyone else this season, with rules dictating you can only feature for two clubs in one season.

Alexander said: "I can only wait and see what happens.

"I’m not in charge of him – other than him being a contracted player.

"He’s had a good season so far. He’s played a lot of games.

"If he was fit and available, my intention was to include him. Unfortunately, an injury has ruled him out.

"If he’s fit any time soon, then he’ll be in my plans. But I can’t pick injured players and I never will do."