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Two new strikers on Bradford City radar as Andy Gray chases Championship chance
City have added two new names to their striker hunt as long-term target Andy Gray eyes a move to stay in the Championship.
The Bantams have been pushing to bring Gray back to Valley Parade since they were first made aware he would be leaving Barnsley.
And while they have not given up hope of landing him, the odds have shifted since a Championship club made their interest known.
Phil Parkinson has other irons in the fire if Gray does not come off – and two more frontmen have popped up on his radar.
City are also thought to be close to a sixth summer signing in time for the start of pre-season.
Joint-chairman Mark Lawn said: “We are chasing two or three that we can’t name but they have all played at higher levels.
It’s not great news but I will be back for sureSteve Williams
“Phil is still negotiating while he is on holiday for a few days.
“We are talking to people all the time and there are another two strikers that have popped into the mix since last week. Both have played in this division and above.”
Will Atkinson, who had a low-key loan spell last season, was announced as the latest permanent recruit yesterday, with the next expected to follow quickly.
Atkinson has been signed for midfield cover as City target a right winger. Garry Thompson, who can also play as a central striker, has been strongly rumoured to be on his way after his release by Scunthorpe.
City first tried to sign him four years ago from Morecambe but failed with a £10,000 bid which led to a public slanging match between the two clubs.
But the Bantams have played down internet reports of interest in Honduras international Ramon Nunez from Leeds.
Nunez, who scored twice against City in the Carling Cup, has been transfer-listed by Neil Warnock despite signing a new deal at Elland Road last season.
A Valley Parade source said: “We haven’t spoken to the player or his agent and won’t be pursuing him.”
Meanwhile, centre half Steve Williams – who has been told he has no future at Valley Parade – fears he will be sidelined long term after a serious injury.
Williams revealed on Twitter that he had ruptured his Achilles tendon while training and would miss “four to six months”.
He said: “It’s not great news but I will be back for sure.”
Williams has not featured for City since November and spent the second half of last season on loan at Inverness.
Young defender Andrew Burns has left the club by mutual consent.
The right back, signed as part of the ill-fated development squad, never appeared in the first team.