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MK Dons complete triple swoop ahead of Championship debut

Simon Church in action for Charlton against Bournemouth last season. Credit: PA

MK Dons have completed the triple signing of striker Simon Church, goalkeeper Cody Cropper and winger Dale Jennings.

Welsh international Church moves to stadium:mk on a two-year deal after leaving fellow Championship side Charlton Athletic.

Dale Jennings is back at MK Dons. Credit: PA

He'll be joined by American stopper Cropper and former Bayern Munich man Jennings, who have both agreed one-year contracts - with the option of a further 12 months.

Jennings is no stranger to the Dons, having spent time on loan at the club in 2013, while Cropper was recently released by Southampton.

“I’m excited to have them on board. They will all bring different attributes to the group.

Cody has got tremendous potential and he fits the type of the person we want around the place. He’s a good size, got a great work ethic and wants to learn.

This is an opportunity for Dale, who knows he’s got work to do, but we all saw last time what he can do – he lifted the team and contributed to some good results.

Churchy is a really top lad, a good player and can score goals. He will add tremendous quality to our team.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

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New Luton Town signing McQuoid targets promotion

Josh McQuoid in action for Coventry City. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed former Bournemouth striker Josh McQuoid on a three-year deal.

The 25-year-old left the Cherries following their promotion to the Premier League.

McQuoid has five caps for Northern Ireland and becomes the Hatters' sixth signing of the summer.

Josh McQuoid is targeting promotion to League One. Credit: PA

“The size of the club and the support was a major factor in signing but I want to achieve something here.

I could tell from the first meeting with the manager that this was a club that wanted to go places and I didn’t want to sign for a mediocre club happy just to sit in the middle of the league.

I’ve come here to do well and help this club win promotion.”

– Josh McQuoid, Luton Town

Ipswich Town vow to reinvest Mings money into playing squad

Tyrone Mings (left) has joined Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town Managing Director Ian Milne says that the money generated from the sale of Tyrone Mings will be reinvested in the playing squad.

Mings completed a move to Premier League newboys AFC Bournemouth last week for a fee reported to be in the region of £8 million.

Now, Town's hierarchy have confirmed that manager Mick McCarthy will be given a large chunk of that money to help strengthen his squad.

"We received a substantial amount of money for Tyrone and having spoken to Marcus (Evans) we both realise that it’s important we reinvest that money back into the team.

It’s a shame to see Tyrone leave but it was a fantastic offer put to us by Bournemouth, especially with Ryan Fraser and Brett Pitman joining us as well, and it’s a great opportunity for Tyrone himself.

Tyrone goes with our best wishes and I’m sure he will do well in the Premier League. Hopefully next season we can join him there.

To do that we realise we need to give Mick as much backing and support as we can and that is why we will continue to invest in the first-team squad and the Mings sale will substantially help in building that investment.”

– Ian Milne, Ipswich Town Managing Director

Reports: Norwich City make enquiry for Blackburn Rovers hitman Gestede

Gestede impressed for Blackburn Rovers last season. Credit: PA

Norwich City have reportedly made an enquiry for Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede.

The powerful 26-year-old was in prolific form for Rovers last season, netting 20 league goals and forming a formidable partnership alongside former Ipswich Town man Jordan Rhodes.

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How many league goals Gestede scored last season.

Championship top scorers 2014/15

  • Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) - 27
  • Troy Denney (Watford) - 21
  • Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - 21
  • Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) - 20

That form has attracted the attention of a number of Premier League clubs, with Watford in particular also thought to hold a firm interest.

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It's thought that the Benin international has been valued at £7 million by Blackburn.

Mings thanks Ipswich Town after sealing "dream" Bournemouth move

Former Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings has thanked the club for their support after completing his move to Premier League newboys AFC Bournemouth.

The 22-year-old has agreed a four-year contract at The Goldsands Stadium.

Bournemouth players Brett Pitman and Ryan Fraser have headed in the opposite direction, although Pitman's transfer isn't connected to the Mings deal.

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Ipswich Town land Bournemouth striker Pitman

Brett Pitman has completed his move to Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old moves to Portman Road after penning a three-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months.

The switch is separate from the deal that saw Town defender Tyrone Mings join Bournemouth and Ryan Fraser head in the opposite direction.

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How many league goals Brett Pitman scored for Bournemouth last season.

Pitman scored 13 league goals last season as the Cherries were promoted to the Premier League as champions.

Ipswich Town's Mings joins Bournemouth in club-record deal

Tyrone Mings (right) has joined Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings has joined Premier League newboys Bournemouth in what is a club-record deal for the Cherries.

He's signed a four-year contract on the South Coast.

Ryan Fraser is heading to Ipswich Town on loan. Credit: PA

Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has moved to Portman Road on a season-long loan as part of the transfer.

Northampton Town sign sacked Leicester City goalkeeper Smith

Former Leicester City goalkeeper Adam Smith Credit: Northampton Town FC

Northampton Town have given a second chance to disgraced Leicester City goalkeeper Adam Smith, after he was recently sacked by the Foxes for his involvement in a sex video on their end-of-season tour of Thailand.

The Cobblers have signed the 22-year-old on a two-year-deal, subject to a medical.

Smith joined Leicester City in 2010 and spent five years with the Foxes, but had loan spells with six clubs including Cambridge United and Stevenage.

Chris Wilder. Credit: PA

"I'm aware that this signing will create debate. Adam was involved in an incident at Leicester that was very wrong and he knows that better than anyone.

He paid a price for that, he has apologised and is ashamed of what happened.

He is a very good goalkeeper, and one who needs to be in and around a first team place to push himself forward and I am sure he will prove a good addition."

– Chris Wilder, Manager, Northampton Town
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