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Northampton Town sign Leicester midfielder

Ryan Watson in action for Leicester City under 21s earlier this month
Ryan Watson in action for Leicester City under 21s earlier this month Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Northampton Town have signed Leicester City midfielder Ryan Watson on loan until January.

The 20-year-old joined Leicester a year ago, and has been part of their development squad since.

Ryan is a player we have tracked since last Christmas. I have seen him play at least half a dozen times and he has impressed me.

He is an all round good midfield player. He gets about the park, he is strong in the tackle and he can pass the ball well. He wants to come and play senior football and that is a really refreshing attitude.

We have tried to bring him in before and I am really pleased we have been able to get the loan completed now. Thanks to Leicester City for allowing us to borrow Ryan, there is a good relationship between the clubs. They know we will look after him, he will help us and he will also gain valuable experience at the same time.

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

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Northampton Town striker Nicholls heads to Exeter City on loan

Alex Nicholls in action for Northampton Town.
Alex Nicholls in action for Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town striker Alex Nicholls has joined League Two strugglers Exeter City on a month's loan.

The 26-year-old has missed the last 22 months after suffering a horrific double leg break, and will hope to get first team football in Devon.

Nicholls signed a new contract with the Cobblers this summer.

"Alex has done wonderfully well to get back to where he is now.

The next stage for him is to be playing regular first team football and this move will give him the opportunity to do that.

Playing regularly will help him, we will monitor his progress closely and we wish him every success in the next few weeks."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager
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Leicester City drop McGoldrick interest after failing to meet Ipswich's valuation

David McGoldrick looks set to stay at Ipswich Town.
David McGoldrick looks set to stay at Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town could now be set to keep star striker David McGoldrick after Premier League club Leicester City refused to meet the club's valuation.

Manager Mick McCarthy confirmed over the weekend that a bid had been submitted by the Foxes, but they appear to have now dropped their interest.

It's understood that Town were asking for a fee in the region of £8million for McGoldrick, who scored 16 goals in The Championship last season.

However, Crystal Palace are also reportedly interested in signing the former Nottingham Forest man, although they could move for Leicester's Chris Wood instead.

Lambert praises Lerner for Aston Villa's bright start

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert Credit: PA

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes owner Randy Lerner's honesty over his desire to sell the club has contributed to their best Premier League start in eight years.

Villa's 2-1 win over Hull, a scoreline that does not quite do justice to their dominance for the first hour, took them to seven points from a possible nine heading to the international break.

That is their best opening three-game return since 2006/07 and a far cry from the embattled atmosphere that shrouded the club towards the end of last season.

You can read more on the ITV Sport website.

I think what has helped is the chairman coming out and saying what he said.

That's given people a clear picture of what is happening.

Everybody knows the situation with the football club now, the way it is, it's out there.

The chairman's being great, he's done everything he can here.

The crowd have galvanised as well. They've realised if they stick with it and get right behind it I'm pretty sure we'll win more than not.

– Paul Lambert, Aston Villa manager

Villa currently sit third in the league.

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