Yeovil Town winger Wes McDonald is being linked with a trio of Football League clubs, in the first entry onto the rumourmill for the turn of the year. The former Birmingham City academy product is supposedly being chased by League One sides Bradford City and Blackpool along with League Two side Colchester United. The reports are carried by hit'n'miss national sports website HITC, who claim their reports come "from sources close to the club".
McDonald is known to be only at Huish Park on a short term contract, that runs until January 2019, and so would be able to seek a new club once his current deal expires. As yet Yeovil Town have not extended those arrangements, despite him having made 11 appearances for the club so far. The exact expiry date of his half-year contract wasn't publicised at the time of his signing, but in the past such deals have run far enough to take in the New Year's Day fixture, and then end.
The claim that Blackpool are interested may go back as far as a trial that McDonald had for the Tangerines over the summer. At that time they were managed by Gary Bowyer, and Glovers boss Darren Way said he made his move after Bowyer decided not to offer a deal. Since then, Bowyer has left the club and his assistant Terry McPhillips, who presumably would have viewed McDonald's trial, has taken over the reins.
Bradford City would have had some scouting reports sent to them during the first half of the season, given that Omari Patrick is on loan at Huish Park, and that may have resulted in McDonald's presence in the Glovers line-up being mentioned. Patrick's loan future is also up in January, and with the Bantams currently at the bottom of League One, they need fresh blood. Colchester United's claimed interest might have stemmed from general League Two scouting knowledge. McDonald did not play in the 3-1 defeat at the Community Stadium in early October as he was halfway through a two-month lay-off, having suffered a hamstring strain at the tail end of August.
Of course it's worth noting that HITC's track record is very sporadic. They were the website that claimed that Darren Way was being lined up for the vacancies at Shrewsbury Town (in October 2016) and Oldham Athletic (in September 2017), but neither materialised into anything that looked like a concrete approach.
They were also the outlet that penned a huge number of articles on Tom James over the summer, linking him with a myriad of clubs, none of which included the actual bid that was known to eventually be lodged by West Bromwich Albion in August. As such, we'd take the above with a huge pinch of salt, even if the trio of clubs listed would tend to be realistic for the winger to be connected with.
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