IN THE KNOW

Neil Fissler re­veals all the lat­est hot gos­sip in the trans­fer mar­ket

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

STU­ART PEARCE wants to make Coven­try striker Cal­lum Wil­son his first sign­ing when he takes over at Not­ting­ham For­est.

The for­mer Eng­land un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional boss has spent the last few weeks look­ing at po­ten­tial trans­fer tar­gets.

Pearce was spotted watch­ing the Sky Blues against Swin­don on Good Fri­day and it is known Wil­son is in his sights.

Coven­try boss Steven Press­ley is des­per­ate to see his leading scorer stay at the club.

Wolves boss Kenny Jack­ett has also been linked with a move for Wil­son, who last weekend was named in the PFA League One team of the sea­son and is rated at around £3m.

Pearce will be heav­ily backed in the trans­fer mar­ket by For­est owner Fawaz Al-Ha­sawi, who wants For­est in the Pre­mier League. AR­SE­NAL spies have been spotted tak­ing a close look at highly-rated Crewe Alexan­dra hot-shot Char­lie Kirk.

Kirk is be­ing seen as the next big thing to come off the Gresty Road pro­duc­tion line and Ar­se­nal have been reg­u­larly been keep­ing tabs on his progress. PRE­STON are lin­ing up a sum­mer swoop for St Johnstone goal ma­chine Ste­vie May.

North End are the lat­est League One side to take a close look at the Scot­tish un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional.

Both Peter­bor­ough and Rother­ham have been chas­ing May, who is clos­ing in on 30 goals for the sea­son, for months.

The Posh made sev­eral at­tempts to sign him last sum­mer but were un­able to agree a fee with the Saints.

It looks in­creas­ingly likely that he will quit St Johnstone this sum­mer and will fol­low the well trod­den path south of the bor­der.

The 21-year-old will de­lay mak­ing any de­ci­sion un­til later in the sum­mer when he has as­sessed all of the op­tions open to him.

North End boss Si­mon Grayson could take a closer look when May plays in the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal later this month.

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