Former Bristol City striker David Clarkson trains with Bristol Rovers
MARK McGhee is hoping to pull off a major summer transfer coup by persuading David Clarkson to sign for Bristol Rovers.
The Former Bristol City striker, who is a free agent after leaving Ashton Gate at the end of last season, joined Rovers for training at their Cribbs Causeway headquarters yesterday and is expected to be part of the squad that travels to Exmouth to take on the Royal Marines in a friendly tomorrow.
McGhee is already well aware of Clarkson's capabilities, having managed him during a two-year spell at Scottish Premier League club Motherwell, and will use the coming weeks to try to persuade the striker to drop down to League Two to help in Rovers' bid to win promotion next season.
Clarkson, 26, a twice-capped Scotland international, played 63 times for City during a three-year spell after being signed by Gary Johnson for a fee believed to be in the region of around £800,000.
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Clarkson, pictured, scored 11 times in that period, but failed to nail down a regular starting spot under Johnson's successors Keith Millen and Derek McInnes before being released this summer.
Former Rovers' loanee Matthew Lund was also at the training ground yesterday afternoon after completing a six-month loan move from Premier League club Stoke City.
McGhee said: "We were always hopeful of bringing Matty back and it was just a case of putting together a deal that suited all parties.
"He finished the season strongly for us and he will be a good player for us in the coming campaign, as long as we play to his strengths.
"He makes good runs forward from midfield and can be a useful goal threat for us. We have to get 70 or 80 goals if we are to have a successful season, so that means we need people to chip in from all areas."
McGhee revealed that time is running out in his attempts to bring young Leicester City defensive duo Cian Bolger and Tom Parkes back on loan deals.
The Rovers boss was hoping to get both players on board for pre-season, but Leicester are understood to be keen on retaining their services for the time being before making decisions on their futures.
"I'm getting to a point where I don't know whether or not we're going to get the boys," said McGhee. "It's dragging on a bit and I need to start putting things in place. With that in mind, I've started making a few calls elsewhere as a kind of insurance.
"I'll be moving forward on that one pretty soon. I'll be very disappointed if we don't get the two boys, but at the end of the day, we still are going to need two central defenders."
McGhee added he may be looking at a "couple" of trialists over the weekend or early next week and that there was no further developments to report on Mustapha Carayol's future.
Carayol, who has one-year left on his deal, has yet to sign a new contract and is believed to have been the subject of rejected bids from Middlesbrough and Derby in recent months.