Saturday 24 March 2018

Scunthorpe poised to swoop for Madden

Paddy Madden
Paddy Madden
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

PADDY MADDEN is set for a drop to League Two after Yeovil agreed a fee in the region of £300,000 with promotion-chasing Scunthorpe.

The Dubliner is on his way out after the Championship club after a breakdown in relations with manager Gary Johnson, although the renewed offer from Scunthorpe comes in the same week that he was invited back to train with the first-team squad, following a spell on his own.

Madden is understood to be prepared to take a step back with a view to moving forward again after coming down to earth with a bump, following a dream start to 2013 when he fired Yeovil to promotion with a goal at Wembley.

The top scorer in League One last term was called up to the Irish senior squad and made a substitute appearance in the August friendly with Wales. However, injury and then a row with Johnson consigned him to the sidelines, where he has been a miserable spectator as the smallest club in the Championship try to beat the drop. Yeovil currently sit joint bottom.

Madden tried to leave on an emergency loan last month but his employers were insistent that prospective suitors agreed to sign him on a permanent basis and strong interest from Bristol City fell through when Sean O'Driscoll was sacked. League One side Rotherham and then Scunthorpe tabled £200,000 bids earlier this week but they were rebuffed and both clubs told they would have to fork out more to sign the Dubliner.

Scunthorpe, who are looking to bounce back to League One, came up with the money and it could be enough to get the deal across the line with Madden also believed to be getting a pay rise.

Yeovil would be making a substantial profit on the 23-year-old, given they signed the ex-Bohs striker for just £15,000 from Carlisle last January.

Irish Independent

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