York City boss Nigel Worthington targets goalscoring midfielder
YORK City boss Nigel Worthington is hoping to add a goalscoring midfielder to his squad before the end of the week.
The City chief wants to complete his summer transfer business prior to the start of pre-season training at Wigginton Road on Monday.
With that in mind, he is in advanced talks with a target who should improve the Minstermen's potency from central areas of the pitch.
Last term, midfielders Russell Penn, Lewis Montrose, Tom Platt, Adam Reed, Craig Clay and Elliott Whitehouse only contributed one goal in 132 collective outings.
Even that effort bounced inadvertently over the line after Portsmouth keeper John Sullivan had dropped a cross on to Montrose's heel.
Reed and Clay are no longer on the Bootham Crescent books, while Whitehouse was released by Sheffield United last month after ending his loan spell with the Minstermen in mid-season.
So far, during the close season, Worthington has recruited a goalkeeper Jason Mooney, two full-backs Marvin McCoy and Femi Ilesanmi, a centre-half Dave Winfield, a winger Anthony Straker and a striker Jake Hyde.
The former Northern Ireland chief revealed, however, that adding competition for the likes of Penn, Montrose and Platt in the middle of the park is now his chief objective.
"We are working on something at the minute and are hoping to make it happen as soon as we can," Worthington explained. "We have done most of our business already but still have a bit more to do and it would be nice to get everything on place before we come back for training.
"I would definitely like to get one more player in and maybe look at another wide player. The number one target is a midfielder though and that's what we are on with at the minute.
"We are looking for somebody who has scored a few goals from that area so we can add that to the group."
City are still waiting, meanwhile, to confirm the identity of their final pre-season opponents on Saturday, August 2 - seven days before the start of the Sky Bet League Two campaign.
The Minstermen chief added: "We are just waiting for one or two clubs to come back to us."
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