Ipswich Town 'battle' Sunderland for Leeds-born midfielder as Charlton Athletic complete second summer signing

Ipswich Town are ready to rival Sunderland for Rotherham United central midfielder Matt Crooks.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 4:45 pm

East Anglian Daily Times claims Paul Cook side’s face competition from the Black Cats, Peterborough United and Derby County.

Crooks, who provided seven goals and three assists last season in the Championship, is a firm favourite at the New York Stadium but could be sold as he enters the final year of his contract.

The 27-year-old has been identified as a prime summer target for Ipswich, who are showing their intent by backing Cook in the transfer window.

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Rotherham United midfielder Matt Crooks is reportedly wanted by Sunderland, Ipswich, Peterborough and Derby. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Already, Wes Burns, Lee Evans, Rekeem Harper and Macaulay Bonne have joined the club, with reports that Salford City goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky and Matt Penney, released by Sheffield Wednesday, are next to follow.

Charlton sign Pompey goalkeeper

Charlton Athletic have completed the signing of Craig MacGillivray on a free transfer from Portsmouth.

The 28-year-old, who played 135 games for Pompey in three seasons, including a Checkatrade final and two play-offs games against the Wearsiders, put pen to paper on a two-year deal.

"I'm over the moon," MacGillivray said on his move to The Valley.

“ As soon as I heard Charlton were interested, there were other opportunities that arose but I knew wanted to come to this football club. You just have to look at the size of it, its history, that ticked all the boxes for me."

MacGillivray becomes the Addicks’ second signing of the summer following the arrival of Jayden Stockley from Preston North End on a permanent basis.

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