Coventry City midfielder Jordan Shipley has been linked with ‘interest’ from three League One clubs.
The popular 24-year-old has been frustrated at not playing a single league game so far this season, having been an unused substitute in 14 Championship matches to date this term.
He was, however, given a rare opportunity in the FA Cup at the weekend when he was able to remind any interested observers what he can do, the Sky Blues Academy graduate getting 66 minutes under his belt in the 1-0 third round win over Derby County.
And, not surprisingly, the wheels of speculation have been in motion this week with Bolton Wanderers, Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town all reported to be interested in his services in the January transfer window.
All three clubs have personnel who have worked with Shipley and would be able to give a glowing reference if required, with Amadou Bakayoko at Bolton, Marko Marosi at Shrewsbury and former kit man and player liaison officer Andy Harvey at Oxford.
Shipley is at a crossroads in his City career.
He’s out of contract in the summer, although Coventry have a year option in the club’s favour which they could trigger if they’re minded to move him on for a fee.
Although he acquitted himself well at the top of a midfield box against the Rams at the weekend, there are a number of players ahead of him in the pecking order and manager Mark Robins has used that formation sparingly this season, which means chances are expected to continue to be limited for the Coventry-born player who established himself in the first team when City were in League Two, going on to score in the 3-1 play-off final win at Wembley to help the club gain promotion to League One.
The left footed attacking midfielder then played his part in the two seasons in the third tier, helping the club win the title in 2020 and looking more than capable at the level.
But opportunities have been limited since City got back to the Championship and, according to Football League World, all three clubs would be open to a loan deal, but says a permanent agreement is not out of the question either.
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