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Cambridge United sign Blackburn defender on loan

The 19-year-old has played four times for Rovers' first team Credit: PA

League Two Cambridge United have signed defender Scott Wharton on loan from Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season.

The 19-year old made his debut in August with the Rovers against Burton and went on to score his first goal for the club in their 4-3 win over Crewe Alexandra in the EFL Cup three days later.

With the loss of Tom Dallison and Josh Coulson injured, U's manager Shaun Derry told the club website his new appointment adds defensive options.

We knew that we needed to add someone in this position because we want to have competition for places across the squad.

Scott certainly adds that competition for the centre back positions, and would allow Harry to go out on loan, whilst also bringing his own qualities to the squad. He is an up and coming defender, who is keen to learn and will provide a strong challenge to both Leon Legge and Mark Roberts.

He’s had experience of senior football this season and has developed well at Blackburn, but this is a great opportunity to pull on the shirt for Cambridge United and show his credentials.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

Dons boss raids Hearts to sign forward

Robbie Muirhead celebrates after scoring for Hearts. Credit: PA Images

MK Dons boss Robbie Neilson has raided former club Hearts to sign a new forward.

Robbie Muirhead, 20, has signed on a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

He told the club's website:

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I like setting up goals and I like scoring – they are things I’d like to bring to the team.

– Robbie Muirhead, MK Dons

Neilson said the striker was full of potential.

“He’s still a young boy so it will take him some time to settle but he’s got real potential. He’s left-footed and is very good with the ball at his feet."


Stevenage sign Luton Town forward McQuoid on loan

The 27-year-old joined the Hatters in the summer of 2015 following his release by Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Stevenage have signed Josh McQuoid on loan from fellow League Two side Luton Town until the end of the season.

The former Bournemouth player joined The Hatters in June 2015 on a three-year deal, where he's scored seven goals in 43 times appearances.

Boro Manager Darren Sarll believes his new signing will make a big impact at the Lamex Stadium between now and the end of the season.

Josh is an attacking player, a very intelligent player and a player I have admired over the last eight or nine years.

It is really important we bring in the right character as our dressing is a real tight knit environment.

As a player he has won leagues, played in the championship and he is a winner. He will definitely give us a different dimension or point to attack compared to what we have had.

– Darren Sarll, Stevenage manager

Posh striker joins Mansfield Town on loan

Shaquile Coulthirst joined Posh in January 2016 for an undisclosed fee. Credit: PA

Peterborough United's Shaquile Coulthirst has joined League two side Mansfield Town on loan.

The former Tottenham Hotspurs striker joined Posh last January on a three-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee.

He's scored seven goals in 43 appearances in all competitions since making the move to the ABAX Stadium.

The 22-year-old joins Mansfield until the end of the season with the option for a permanent move in the summer.

Former Ipswich striker agrees Southend United move

Frank Nouble in action for Coventry City. Credit: PA

Southend United have signed former Ipswich Town striker Frank Nouble on a deal until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old was recently released by League One rivals Gillingham after joining them on a short-term contract in the autumn.

Nouble has also played for the likes of West Ham and Coventry City in a nomadic career, as well as enjoying a spell at Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian.

Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed Cardiff City forward Eli Phipps for an undisclosed fee.


Ipswich out of the FA Cup following shock defeat at Lincoln

Arnold fired home in the first of four added minutes t Credit: PA

Ipswich Town were denied a place in the FA Cup fourth round following a shock 1-0 defeat at National League side Lincoln City.

The game looked to be heading for extra time until Lincoln's Nathan Arnold took on the Ipswich goalkeeper and scored within the first minute of injury time.

Lincoln face Championship side Brighton in the next round.

Crystal Palace striker joins Northampton Town on loan

Keshi Anderson in action for Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed striker Keshi Anderson on loan from Crystal Palace until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old is Justin Edinburgh's first signing since taking over as manager last week.

Anderson caught the eye of Palace after impressing for Bedfordshire non-league side Barton Rovers.

Since his move to Selhurst Park, he has also spent time on loan at Doncaster Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.

Keshi is a lively, mobile forward who is full of energy and who will complement the strikers already here.

I felt we needed a striker who could stretch defences and worry them with speed and movement, and Keshi can do that.

He has a lot of pace and he is a clever footballer, he has knowledge beyond his age and experience and he will do a good job for us.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Southend United suspend Ranger until further notice

Southend have suspended striker Nile Ranger until further notice

Southend United have confirmed that Nile Ranger has been suspended until further notice.

The suspension will remain in place until the FA, and Club, have completed their investigations into the circumstances that have led to Ranger's interim suspension.

The FA process is likely to take 10-14 days to conclude and Southend say they hope to be able to bring the matter to a close by the end of the month.

In a statement the club said

The Club recognises the difficulties Nile Ranger has suffered in the past and, although to a lesser extent, that continue to impact on the present. It is therefore fair that the Club comes to a decision only when all the facts, and factors, are to hand. A negative decision, and consequential termination of Nile’s contract, would effectively undo all the good work the Club, Manager Phil Brown and his team mates have achieved to date. However, no player is more important than the Club.

– Southend United FC
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