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The Football League Paper - - BIG INTERVIEW: NEIL ADAMS - by Neil Fissler

FOR­MER Coven­try striker Carl Baker is a tar­get for a num­ber of clubs in­clud­ing Portsmouth after be­ing re­leased by the Sky Blues in Jan­uary.

Baker is now a free agent and has been talk­ing to a num­ber of clubs since he was given a free trans­fer just be­fore the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow closed.

The 31 year-old, who scored ten goals for Coven­try last sea­son, was a firm fans favourite at the Ri­coh be­fore he was sur­pris­ingly let go.

Cham­pi­onship strug­glers Black­pool have been been lead­ing the race to land him after hav­ing pro­duc­tive talks last week.

League One MK Dons are said to be in­ter­ested while Baker is thought to favour stay­ing within easy trav­el­ling dis­tance of his Mid­lands based fam­ily.

That could still give them the ad­van­tage as Black­pool and Portsmouth would re­quire Baker to move, which he has no de­sire to do.

Pom­pey boss Andy Awford still has room within his bud­get to make a cou­ple of sign­ings and build on the rea­son­able start to the sea­son his side have made.

Barns­ley are also thought to be in­ter­ested. WOLVES are keep­ing tabs on Southamp­ton striker Em­manuel Mayuka with a view to tak­ing him on loan in the next cou­ple of weeks.

Ken Jack­ett wants to im­prove his squad and the Zam­bian is the lat­est player his scout­ing net­work has been tak­ing a look at. ADAM Reach, the Mid­dles­brough winger, is at­tract­ing the in­ter­est of a whole host of Premier League scouts.

The for­mer Eng­land un­der-20 in­ter­na­tional has been a reg­u­lar for Boro this sea­son, which has caught the eye of watch­ing scouts with a se­ries of im­pres­sive per­for­mances.

The 21 year-old from Ch­ester-leStreet has come up through the ranks at the River­side Sta­dium and was loaned to Dar­ling­ton, Shrews­bury and Brad­ford City to gain ex­pe­ri­ence.

Manch­ester City and Liver­pool have been keep­ing tabs along with a num­ber of oth­ers, in­clud­ing Burn­ley and Hull.

Ai­tor Karanka is look­ing to build a side which will win pro­mo­tion back to the top-flight after six sea­sons in the sec­ond tier of English foot­ball.

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