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Northampton Town midfielder O'Toole moves to Southend United on loan

John-Joe O'Toole in action for Bristol Rovers last season. Credit: PA

Southend United have completed the loan signing of Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole.

The 26-year-old only moved to Sixfields in the summer, but has so far struggled to live up to expectations.

Northampton boss Chris Wilder says that the club made the decision to allow O'Toole to leave on loan until January 24 after the former Colchester man made it clear that he felt he would benefit from time away.

“We had a meeting with John-Joe to try and find out why we haven’t been able to get the best out of him and why he hasn’t been able to produce anything near what he is capable of.

He came up with the suggestion that he might fancy a loan move and I didn’t want to stand in his way."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

Northampton Town: Record-breaking Toney switch falls through

Highly-rated Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney will not be joining Championship side Wolves. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney will not be joining Championship side Wolves after a proposed deal collapsed today.

An undisclosed fee, which would have been a record sale for the Cobblers, was agreed but the move fell through.

The 18-year-old has attracted admiring glances from clubs in The Premier League and The Championship since breaking into the Northampton team.


Northampton Town move for Chesterfield midfielder Banks

Ollie Banks in action for Chesterfield. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed Chesterfield midfielder Ollie Banks on loan until January.

The 22-year-old was part of the Spireites team that won promotion to League One last season, scoring seven goals.

Banks joins former Chesterfield teammate Marc Richards at Sixfields.

Northampton Town striker Toney closes in on Wolves move

Ivan Toney is set for a switch to Molineux. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney is closing in on a move to Championship side Wolves, according to reports in the midlands.

It's understood that the 18-year-old had a medical yesterday, and is today expected to complete an initial loan move with a view to a permanent switch in the new year.

The transfer could net the Cobblers in excess of £500,000, rising towards £1million in add-ons.

Toney has scored six goals for Northampton so far this season, but he was left out of the Cobblers team that beat Stevenage on Saturday amid mounting speculation about his future.


Coventry City end Northampton groundshare and return to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry City are returning to the Ricoh Arena. Credit: PA

Coventry City have confirmed that a deal has been reached for the club to return to the Ricoh Arena.

The Sky Blues have been playing their home games at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium for the past year.

The League One side have agreed an initial two-year deal, with the option of a further two years to return to the 32,000 seater venue.

They will play their first game back in the stadium against Gillingham on 6 September.

"We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with this news.

We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done.

There has had to be compromise on both sides and the commercial details of the deal will remain confidential.

The support and guidance from the Football League, and especially from Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, throughout our discussions was a key factor in achieving the aim of reaching this agreement and getting the football club back to Coventry."

– Steve Waggott, Development Director, Coventry City

Coventry City set to end Northampton Town groundshare and return to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry City look set to return to the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry City could be about to return to the Ricoh Arena, according to reports.

The League One club have been playing their football at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium for over a year.

Northampton is over 30 miles away from Coventry, and the Ricoh Arena's capacity is significantly more than Sixfields at over 30,000.

It's expected that a statement will be released later today confirming that an agreement has been reached for the Sky Blues to head home.

Secret talks have been held between lawyers acting on behalf of Sisu, the club's owners, and ACL, who manage the Ricoh Arena.

Northampton Town could also be due a compensation payment as part of the conditions drawn up when the two clubs signed a groundshare deal.

Sources suggest that Coventry City could return to their home ground as early as September.

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