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Cambridge United pull off coup as Everton midfielder Ledson joins on loan

Ryan Ledson in action for England at youth level. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed highly-rated Everton midfielder Ryan Ledson on loan until January.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the country, but has yet to make his Premier League debut for the Toffees.

Ledson will stay at the Abbey Stadium until January 3.

"I feel we have acquired the services of one of the brightest young talents in English football.

Ryan is clearly willing to take his career to the next level by joining Cambridge United, where he will have the opportunity to play his first League matches.

I would like to place on record my huge gratitude to Everton Football Club for making this loan deal possible.”

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

Former Swindon Town chairman McCrory reportedly in talks to buy Northampton Town

Former Swindon Town chairman Jed McCrory. Credit: ITV West Country

Former Swindon Town chairman Jed McCrory is reportedly in talks with Northampton Town about buying the club.

Ex Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas had looked to be the favourite to complete a takeover, but yesterday he cast doubt that a deal could be done.

A consortium led by McCrory saved Swindon from administration in 2013 before former Norwich City striker Lee Power took control just a few months later.


Northampton Town Supporters' Trust set up fund to help staff who haven't been paid

The Northampton Town Supporters' Trust say that they are going to donate £10,000 to staff at the club who haven't been paid in six weeks.

The Cobblers' players were finally paid by the PFA recently, but staff still haven't received their wages since the club's accounts were frozen.

Click below to hear from James Averill from the Northampton Town Supporters' Trust

"It is the responsibility for the Chairman to pay the staff and it's something that's not been done so the Trust has set up a hardship fund, where there will be £10,000 available for members of staff as a loan to help them.

It's coming up to the christmas period, which we know is a very tough time for everyone."

– James Averill, Northampton Town Supporters' Trust

Northampton Town takeover in doubt

Sixfields Stadium in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The man spearheading the move to buy Northampton Town Football Club fears time is running out to do a deal. Former Oxford chairman Kelvin Thomas insists talks are ongoing, but says his efforts may be in vain.

He blames club chairman David Cardoza and father Tony for the delay. In a statement he said:

"Unfortunately it has taken to much time for David and Tony Cardoza to complete the Share Purchase Agreement and we are now stuck wondering if they really want to complete the deal as agreed.

We are hearing that they have other interested parties and also that they possibly want the club to go into administration, and whilst we have no direct knowledge of this the length of time that it is taking to get this agreement across the line certainly questions any intentions.

We are serious, well funded and excited about taking Northampton Town Football Club forward but if David and Tony Cardoza feel they can improve the deal with another party or administration is their preferred route then unfortunately that is their right. We do feel that introducing other parties at this late stage could be a very high risk strategy for the survival of the football club especially with very limited due diligence time on both sides."

– Kelvin Thomas

Meanwhile an independent investigation will take place into the handling of the £10m loan to Northampton Town Football Club which so far it hasn't paid back.

Northampton Borough Council, which made the loan so the club could build a new stand, says it welcomes the investigation which will be carried out by the council's auditors KPMG.

The council added it would work with Northamptonshire Police on understanding what has happened to the money and if a formal complaint can be made to the police.

A winding up petition by HMRC against the club is currently going through the High Court.

That petition will be heard on 27 November.

Northampton Town's 'winding up petition' is adjourned by the High Court

Northampton Town FC Credit: ITV News Anglia

The High Court has adjourned a 'winding up petition' brought by HMRC over debts Northampton Town FC owes to the taxman.

The petition was due to be heard at the High Court today but after the borough council last week submitted an application to have the club put into administration, the hearing was adjourned.

It gives the Cobblers until the end of the month to sort out their finances, which includes a debt to HMRC of £166,000, along with £10.35 million they owe to the Borough Council.

Former Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas is in the process of negotiating a take-over.

"The club's role is currently to provide assistance where necessary to the ongoing process and to ensure that through this period the club continues to operate as normal. We understand this is a difficult situation for supporters and we would like to thank all supporters for their continued patience and support."

– Spokesperson, Northampton Town

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