Are Bradford City set to tie up deal for Billy Knott?

Billy Knott is described as a very positive and mobile central midfielder

Billy Knott is described as a very positive and mobile central midfielder

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

City fans might have to be patient to see the first signing of the summer.

Midfielder Billy Knott is being strongly linked with a move to Valley Parade after being released by Sunderland.

The Bantams are working through a lengthy list of potential targets but are not expecting any arrivals straight away.

Director of operations David Baldwin said: “These things take time at this stage, especially with people going away on holidays. Good players also have a lot of options to consider.

“We are working on a number of incoming deals that we believe are the right ones for the club going forward.

“As Julian (Rhodes) alluded to, there is a key emphasis in our recruitment on attack-minded players. But it’s most important that we don’t overstretch ourselves as well.”

Knott would fit the criteria that City are looking for. Described as a very positive and mobile central midfielder, the 21-year-old played 41 games last season on loan for Wycombe and Port Vale.

Knott, who likes to shoot from distance, scored twice for Vale and won their goal of the season award for a spectacular effort from outside the area against Crawley.

Vale are keen to make the move permanent and have offered the former England youth international a deal. But the current uncertainty over the future of manager Micky Adams has left the club in a state of flux.

When asked about his future at the end of the season, Knott insisted he would not be rushed into any decision.

He said: “You can go to the highest club and be sitting on the bench. But I am not one of those players to do that.

“I want to play every week but you have to earn the right to play. I feel myself that I can play in the Championship but if you are not going to play every week, then you have to consider that.”

Born in Essex, Knott joined Sunderland in 2011 after being released from the Chelsea academy. But he made only one Black Cats appearance as a substitute against Tottenham under Paolo Di Canio.

He has spent previous loan spells with Woking in the Conference and AFC Wimbledon, where he had an influential game against City in March 2012.

Knott won a contentious penalty and scored with a header in a 3-1 Dons win best remembered for Craig Fagan’s red card.

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7:52am Wed 21 May 14

Go Torps! Yer flying. says...

Young, attacking central midfielder. Yes please.

(Also, "He won a penalty"! Sign him, we've no one else who does that...)
Young, attacking central midfielder. Yes please. (Also, "He won a penalty"! Sign him, we've no one else who does that...) Go Torps! Yer flying.
  • Score: 14

7:53am Wed 21 May 14

jsummers96 says...

looks a good prospect! COYB
looks a good prospect! COYB jsummers96
  • Score: 10

8:03am Wed 21 May 14

Nickloza says...

Hope this one comes off, would be a good signing imo
Hope this one comes off, would be a good signing imo Nickloza
  • Score: 9

8:35am Wed 21 May 14

Victor Clayton says...

Sounds good.
Sounds good. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 6

8:43am Wed 21 May 14

Bantam mitch says...

one season at the side of gary jones would have done him the world of good
one season at the side of gary jones would have done him the world of good Bantam mitch
  • Score: -1

9:18am Wed 21 May 14

tyker7745 says...

Potentially a good signing with a box to box mentality
Potentially a good signing with a box to box mentality tyker7745
  • Score: 9

9:41am Wed 21 May 14

Avenger78 says...

60% of his games last season were under par..so i would say no to signing him
60% of his games last season were under par..so i would say no to signing him Avenger78
  • Score: -10

10:02am Wed 21 May 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Avenger78 wrote:
60% of his games last season were under par..so i would say no to signing him
Where did that 'stat' come from?
[quote][p][bold]Avenger78[/bold] wrote: 60% of his games last season were under par..so i would say no to signing him[/p][/quote]Where did that 'stat' come from? Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 8

10:08am Wed 21 May 14

bcfc mad85 says...

As Sunderland saw him as one for the future I would say good signing if it is to happen
As Sunderland saw him as one for the future I would say good signing if it is to happen bcfc mad85
  • Score: 5

10:13am Wed 21 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Avenger78 wrote:
60% of his games last season were under par..so i would say no to signing him
Cheers for the Opta-Index...
[quote][p][bold]Avenger78[/bold] wrote: 60% of his games last season were under par..so i would say no to signing him[/p][/quote]Cheers for the Opta-Index... Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 6

10:15am Wed 21 May 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Avenger78 wrote:
60% of his games last season were under par..so i would say no to signing him
Where did that 'stat' come from?
If he was under par in 60% of games why would vale and other clubs after him don't make sense to me
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avenger78[/bold] wrote: 60% of his games last season were under par..so i would say no to signing him[/p][/quote]Where did that 'stat' come from?[/p][/quote]If he was under par in 60% of games why would vale and other clubs after him don't make sense to me bcfc mad85
  • Score: 5

10:28am Wed 21 May 14

spleen ventor says...

Avenger78 wrote:
60% of his games last season were under par..so i would say no to signing him
I presume you watched all of his games last seson to have come up with this "expert analysis".....cretin
!
Talk about writing someone off before they've kicked a ball for the club, we're now writing them off before we've even signed them!
[quote][p][bold]Avenger78[/bold] wrote: 60% of his games last season were under par..so i would say no to signing him[/p][/quote]I presume you watched all of his games last seson to have come up with this "expert analysis".....cretin ! Talk about writing someone off before they've kicked a ball for the club, we're now writing them off before we've even signed them! spleen ventor
  • Score: 13

12:50pm Wed 21 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

jsummers96 wrote:
looks a good prospect! COYB
Out of interest, are you anything to do with the butcher's shop in Clayton?
[quote][p][bold]jsummers96[/bold] wrote: looks a good prospect! COYB[/p][/quote]Out of interest, are you anything to do with the butcher's shop in Clayton? Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

1:17pm Wed 21 May 14

Waynus1971 says...

If he opts to sign for PV or holds out for a move to the Championship, I'd still be tempted to ask about the availability of the young Celtic midfielder; the one that spent a season on loan at Notts County.

I'm assuming that, unless we release McHugh, or fail to agree new deals with Darby and Meredith, our defence won't be added to. That said, PP may decide to bring in back-up at LB (though he hasn't in the last 2 seasons).

When will an announcement be made as to what our retained list is? SP said we had to submit this by the end of last weekend.
If he opts to sign for PV or holds out for a move to the Championship, I'd still be tempted to ask about the availability of the young Celtic midfielder; the one that spent a season on loan at Notts County. I'm assuming that, unless we release McHugh, or fail to agree new deals with Darby and Meredith, our defence won't be added to. That said, PP may decide to bring in back-up at LB (though he hasn't in the last 2 seasons). When will an announcement be made as to what our retained list is? SP said we had to submit this by the end of last weekend. Waynus1971
  • Score: 2

1:23pm Wed 21 May 14

Waynus1971 says...

From a personal point of view, I'd be happy to release McHugh if we were to sign John Egan in his place. The latter is a very good defender and can slot into either position at the heart of the defence. McHugh is good, but does struggle if he has to play on the right of the central defence. Let's face it; unless Davo gets injured, he isn't going to replace him.
From a personal point of view, I'd be happy to release McHugh if we were to sign John Egan in his place. The latter is a very good defender and can slot into either position at the heart of the defence. McHugh is good, but does struggle if he has to play on the right of the central defence. Let's face it; unless Davo gets injured, he isn't going to replace him. Waynus1971
  • Score: 2

2:53pm Wed 21 May 14

jsummers96 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
jsummers96 wrote: looks a good prospect! COYB
Out of interest, are you anything to do with the butcher's shop in Clayton?
yeah come and meat us...
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jsummers96[/bold] wrote: looks a good prospect! COYB[/p][/quote]Out of interest, are you anything to do with the butcher's shop in Clayton?[/p][/quote]yeah come and meat us... jsummers96
  • Score: 6

3:47pm Wed 21 May 14

minkiebantam says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
If he opts to sign for PV or holds out for a move to the Championship, I'd still be tempted to ask about the availability of the young Celtic midfielder; the one that spent a season on loan at Notts County. I'm assuming that, unless we release McHugh, or fail to agree new deals with Darby and Meredith, our defence won't be added to. That said, PP may decide to bring in back-up at LB (though he hasn't in the last 2 seasons). When will an announcement be made as to what our retained list is? SP said we had to submit this by the end of last weekend.
I would be happy to see Dury come back in as back up for Meredith. He played very well IMO, to say he hadnt had much 1st team football and is 30+.
I would also keep Mchugh for another season as back up for Mcardle. He is still young and will keep getting better IMO.
CTID!
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: If he opts to sign for PV or holds out for a move to the Championship, I'd still be tempted to ask about the availability of the young Celtic midfielder; the one that spent a season on loan at Notts County. I'm assuming that, unless we release McHugh, or fail to agree new deals with Darby and Meredith, our defence won't be added to. That said, PP may decide to bring in back-up at LB (though he hasn't in the last 2 seasons). When will an announcement be made as to what our retained list is? SP said we had to submit this by the end of last weekend.[/p][/quote]I would be happy to see Dury come back in as back up for Meredith. He played very well IMO, to say he hadnt had much 1st team football and is 30+. I would also keep Mchugh for another season as back up for Mcardle. He is still young and will keep getting better IMO. CTID! minkiebantam
  • Score: 3

4:24pm Wed 21 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

Vale are not in a flux Adams is staying as Manager
Vale are not in a flux Adams is staying as Manager lawsonio123
  • Score: 0

4:40pm Wed 21 May 14

BradfordSportsFan says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
Vale are not in a flux Adams is staying as Manager
Yeah but there's no story otherwise so shhh....keep it under wraps for now!
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Vale are not in a flux Adams is staying as Manager[/p][/quote]Yeah but there's no story otherwise so shhh....keep it under wraps for now! BradfordSportsFan
  • Score: 0

4:41pm Wed 21 May 14

Victor Clayton says...

jsummers96 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
jsummers96 wrote: looks a good prospect! COYB
Out of interest, are you anything to do with the butcher's shop in Clayton?
yeah come and meat us...
Top sausages.
[quote][p][bold]jsummers96[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jsummers96[/bold] wrote: looks a good prospect! COYB[/p][/quote]Out of interest, are you anything to do with the butcher's shop in Clayton?[/p][/quote]yeah come and meat us...[/p][/quote]Top sausages. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 3

5:31pm Wed 21 May 14

torreyman says...

To be or Knott to be that is the Question !!!
To be or Knott to be that is the Question !!! torreyman
  • Score: 1

6:28pm Wed 21 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

torreyman wrote:
To be or Knott to be that is the Question !!!
Ha Ha

I remember the T&A headline following the failed attempt to sign Lee McEvilly: "See no Evil'. Classic.
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: To be or Knott to be that is the Question !!![/p][/quote]Ha Ha I remember the T&A headline following the failed attempt to sign Lee McEvilly: "See no Evil'. Classic. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 2

7:00pm Wed 21 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

BradfordSportsFan wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
Vale are not in a flux Adams is staying as Manager
Yeah but there's no story otherwise so shhh....keep it under wraps for now!
BY Goodness we have both been marked down for only telling the TRUTH
[quote][p][bold]BradfordSportsFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Vale are not in a flux Adams is staying as Manager[/p][/quote]Yeah but there's no story otherwise so shhh....keep it under wraps for now![/p][/quote]BY Goodness we have both been marked down for only telling the TRUTH lawsonio123
  • Score: -3

8:19pm Wed 21 May 14

bcfcincheshire says...

City's scouts obviously know a good Knott when they see one....and that he can thread a good pass through. ..If he does sign then i only hope Parkinson shows him the ropes so he can be the main player to pull the strings in midfield...hang on...I've just heard that Leeds have signed him..
.......Knott!!!
City's scouts obviously know a good Knott when they see one....and that he can thread a good pass through. ..If he does sign then i only hope Parkinson shows him the ropes so he can be the main player to pull the strings in midfield...hang on...I've just heard that Leeds have signed him.. .......Knott!!! bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 1

7:55am Thu 22 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
BradfordSportsFan wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
Vale are not in a flux Adams is staying as Manager
Yeah but there's no story otherwise so shhh....keep it under wraps for now!
BY Goodness we have both been marked down for only telling the TRUTH
Putting it kindly, you are under a misconception if you are bothered by that.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BradfordSportsFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Vale are not in a flux Adams is staying as Manager[/p][/quote]Yeah but there's no story otherwise so shhh....keep it under wraps for now![/p][/quote]BY Goodness we have both been marked down for only telling the TRUTH[/p][/quote]Putting it kindly, you are under a misconception if you are bothered by that. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

11:05am Thu 22 May 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Nobody as signed Knott as he is away on holiday and he stated he will make a decision about his future when he gets bk this has come from the player himself via Twitter
Nobody as signed Knott as he is away on holiday and he stated he will make a decision about his future when he gets bk this has come from the player himself via Twitter bcfc mad85
  • Score: 0

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