Shots legend Bull leads targeted trio
Spencer Day is hoping to deliver a triple Christmas boost to the suffering Farnborough fans – in the shape of a local legend, an international midfielder and one of the Football League's brightest young prospects.
The Boro chief is lining up a three-pronged raid on the transfer market after the club’s embargo was finally lifted by Conference chiefs last week.
And top of Day’s wish-list is former Aldershot Town favourite, Nikki Bull, who has agreed in principle to dust down his gloves and help the club out of a goalkeeper crisis, while also re-igniting his career.
Bull, 32, made 267 appearances for the Shots between 2002 and 2009, but has been without a club since leaving Wycombe Wanderers in November 2012.
He’s been working abroad in between but the former Queens Park Rangers youth is now looking for a route back into football – and is being helped by his ex-Shots team-mate Scott Donnelly.
Bull, however, has a family issue to deal with first so may not be available for the Christmas fixtures, so with first-choice Kevin Scriven and coach Matt Lovett both out for a least two more weeks, the Boro chief could turn to Reading youngster Dan Lincoln to plug the gap.
Lincoln, 18, played for Boro in the pre-season friendly at Crawley Down Gatwick and would be available on a short-term youth loan.
Day, however, is also on the verge of adding strength to his midfield and forward line by landing versatile Jake Thompson.
The 24-year-old former Southampton man, who has two caps for Trinidad & Tobago, is another former team-mate of Donnelly’s (at Newport County last year), and is a free agent after being released by Salisbury City this season.
And Thompson could be partnered in midfield by exciting young prospect, Harry Williams, who is poised to sign a loan deal from League Two Cheltenham Town.
Williams, 17, has scored over 30 goals from central midfield for the Robins’ reserves over the last two seasons and is reportedly interesting the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal, but needs first-team football.
Day said: “These are certainly exciting times if we can bring in these guys.
“Jake is close to signing and comes with a very good pedigree at Southampton, Exeter and Newport and a huge amount of talent.
“Harry is another player with great potential and getting him would be a real coup for us given the clubs that are said to be interested in him. It’s been agreed in principle, we’re just waiting for more news.
“Nikki is slightly different, he’s agreed to come down for a couple of weeks and help us out, while also putting himself in the shop window. It’s an arrangement that works for us both but I know Nikki has a family matter to address first so I won't be pushing him.”
Either way, there will be at least one new face in the squad to face Basingstoke Town today (Boxing Day), while Saturday’s visit of Havant & Waterlooville and the News Year’s Day home clash with Basingstoke may yield more.
Day’s men go to the Camrose fresh after their home game with Dorchester Town on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.