Ex-Sunderland defender joins League One rivals, Portsmouth lose key man plus Barnsley plot Ipswich swoop: News and transfer rumours

The summer transfer window reopened this week – with Sunderland and their League One rivals looking to strengthen ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Saturday, 12th June 2021, 4:45 pm

Here are some of the latest news and transfer stories from around the third tier.

Bolton sign ex-Sunderland defender

Newly-promoted Bolton have completed the signing of former Sunderland defender Declan John.

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Declan John playing for Bolton Wanderers.
Declan John playing for Bolton Wanderers.

The 25-year-old will arrive from Swansea on a three-year deal and helped Wanderers win promotion back to League One during a loan spell last season.

John didn’t make a single appearance for Sunderland during a loan spell at the Stadium of Light in 2020.

The full-back told Bolton’s website: "Feeling appreciated and wanted by Bolton Wanderers brings me huge joy and I am delighted to sign this deal.”

Wigan to sign Portsmouth captain

Another player who will be on the move this summer is defender Tom Naylor.

The 29-year-old was club captain at Portsmouth, where his contract is set to expire, but has agreed to join League One rivals Wigan for next season.

Naylor, who joined Pompey in 2018, had been in negotiations about staying at Fratton Park but has elected to move on.

The defender told Wigan’s website: "I'm over the moon. I'm buzzing, excited, and I cannot wait to get started.”

Barnsley plot Ipswich swoop

Finally, Barnsley are reportedly lining up a move for Ipswich midfielder Flynn Downes.

According to Football Insider, The Tykes are readying a bid for the 22-year-old who has been given the green light to leave Portman Road by manager Paul Cook.

Downes made just 24 League One appearances last season due to a knee injury.

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