League One latest: Crawley set to snap up another ex-Arsenal youngster

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Doncaster Rovers were handed the news this morning that defender Paul Quinn will leave the club after Paul Dickov's men were relegated, but now look set to snap up former Derby County midfielder James Bailey. The ex-Crewe man, 25, was linked with a move back to Gresty Road, but Alex manager Steve Davis said that Doncaster beat them to his signature.

"We wanted to offer James a chance to come and play, because he has struggled to do that over the last 12 months or so," said Davis. "He is a player and a lad we have a high regard for and we knew he could improve us."

"We have set our sights high for that reason. We only want players, who will improve us and that is why it has been quieter than usual with our incomings," added the Crewe boss. "I spoke to James directly and his agent. I knew there was other interest and once I knew that this other club was interested then I knew we would struggle to compete financially."

There's a revolution underway at Crawley Town, with manager John Gregory allowing almost the entire squad to leave the club. The club have already made nine signings this summer, including former Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen and ex-Chelsea midfielder Jimmy Smith, but they're now looking to add another ex-Arsenal prodigy.

Left back Cedric Evina joined the Gunners as a nine-year-old but failed to make the grade in North London, leaving to join Oldham Athletic in 2011. A spell with Charlton Athletic followed, but having struggled to break into the team at The Valley, Evina is set to join another ex-Arsenal youngster in Conor Henderson in West Sussex.

Another player allowed to leave by Charlton this summer is former Sunderland forward Jordan Cook, and he's moved back to Walsall on a two-year deal. Cook, 24, spent a loan spell with the Saddlers in 2011, but said he wanted to move back to the club after a chat with manager Dean Smith.

"I'm really excited to be back, I enjoyed by first spell and I've kept an eye on the club ever since," Cook said. "When Dean expressed an interest I jumped at the chance and I can't wait to push to club on even more."

 

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