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The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Neil Fissler

The 20 year-old defender has been cov­eted by a num­ber of clubs this sum­mer as the Sky Blues lurch from one disas­ter to an­other.

Christie has been a first team reg­u­lar for the last two sea­sons fol­low­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence loan spells at non league sides Nuneaton Town and Hinckley United.

Rovers are now keep­ing tabs on Christie who has come up through the ranks at his home town club and could move be­fore the trans­fer win­dow closes.

But they might find com­pe­ti­tion for him is tough with Ip­swich Town boss Mick McCarthy also a long-term ad­mirer.

Pre­mier League sides Crys­tal Palace and Stoke City also had Christie checked out last sea­son and were linked with him ear­lier in the sum­mer.

They can­not be ruled out of the race es­pe­cially if Rovers do show their hands and de­cide to make a bid to take him to Ewood Park.

Derby are an­other club who have been watch­ing him. CYRUS Christie could be the sub­ject of an of­fer cri­sis-club Coven­try can­not refuse from Black­burn Rovers. WAT­FORD could hi­jack Wi­gan Ath­letic’s bid to take Manch­ester United star­let Nick Pow­ell on loan for the rest of the sea­son.

Owen Coyle is in pole po­si­tion to land the 19-year-old Eng­land U21 in­ter­na­tional who scored once in two ap­pear­ances at Old Traf­ford last sea­son. READ­ING boss Nigel Ad­kins is mulling over mak­ing a move for Werder Bre­men’s Nige­rian in­ter­na­tional front man Joseph Ak­pala.

Ak­pala spent last week train­ing with the Royals af­ter Ad­kins de­cided he wanted to take a look at the 26-year-old.

He has been told he can leave the Ger­man club af­ter just one sea­son fol­low­ing a move from Club Brugge.

Ak­pala, who has also played for Charleroi, has been in Europe since 2006 but found the net only once in 21 ap­pear­ances last sea­son.

Ad­kins has been look­ing to bol­ster his at­tack­ing op­tions and missed out on Gary Hop­per and Char­lie Austin who opted for Nor­wich and Burn­ley.

Ak­pala has won nine caps for the Su­per Ea­gles and has scored one goal. He was part of the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup squad in Brazil ear­lier this sum­mer.

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