Bradford bid for Barrow defender Anderton

Rangers manager Stuart McCall

HITC Sport understands Bradford have made bid for left-back.

Rangers manager Stuart McCallBradford manager Stuart McCall

Bradford City have lodged a bid for highly-rated Barrow defender Nick Anderton, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Anderton has caught the eye at National League side Barrow after joining the club last summer on a free transfer from Preston North End.

The 20-year-old came through the ranks at Preston and was highly-rated at Deepdale, but injuries hindered his progress at the Championship club.

Anderton never made a first-team appearance for Preston, but he enjoyed three separate loan spells at Barrow and a stint at Aldershot before leaving Deepdale at the end of last season.

The talented defender has been an ever-present for Barrow this season and was instrumental in helping them reach the third round of the FA Cup this season.

A number of Premier League clubs, including Leicester City, Swansea City and Burnley as well as Championship side Wigan Athletic have been keeping tabs on Anderton, but Bradford are hoping to steal a march on their rivals in the race for Anderton by tabling a £75,000 bid for the left-back.

Bradford boss Stuart McCall is in the market for a new left-back before the transfer window closes and he sees Anderton as someone who can be a key addition to his side as they look to maintain their promotion bid in League One.

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