League One transfer latest: Port Vale eye controversial former Newcastle striker

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Preston are looking to go one step further than their playoff failure last season, and manager Simon Grayson has been looking to add more firepower to his side to get over the finish line. Yet it's a familiar face coming back to Deepdale this time, as Paul Gallagher has returned from Leicester City in another loan deal.

"It was something we were looking to do with Paul Gallagher over the summer," said Grayson. "He made it very clear to us that he wanted to come back and after negotiations with Leicester City it is a done deal for the season. We are grateful to Leicester for letting him come here."

One of Preston's other attacking signing, Jordan Hugill, arrived from Port Vale earlier this summer, leaving Vale boss Micky Adams to look for another striker. Speculation today suggests that the club have eyed up who their new striker will be - but it's a risk at best.

Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger hit eight goals in 22 games for Swindon Town last season, but off field problems have plagued the 23-year-old's career so far - and at this point, he doesn't look like changing his ways. If he does rectify his issues, then Vale will have a talented striker on their books.

Coventry City are facing up to life without star striker Callum Wilson after he joined Bournemouth last night, but it's freed up money for manager Steven Pressley to bring in former Sheffield Wednesday defender Reda Johnson. The Benin international left the Owls at the end of last season, and looks set to become a key part of the Sky Blues defence.

"Reda is a big, strong, physical centre half with an imposing presence that also carries a goal threat so I’m delighted he has decided to join us," said Pressley. "League One is very difficult to get out of but Reda has the experience of doing just that. He knows the division and he knows what it takes to be successful in it."

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