Mark McGhee seeks Sawyer replacement at Bristol Rovers
MARK McGhee is looking to sign a replacement for newly-departed Bristol Rovers defender Gary Sawyer – and also hoping to secure Jim Paterson's return to the Memorial Stadium.
The Post exclusively revealed Leyton Orient's interest in left-back Sawyer on Saturday, and the 26-year-old's move to the League One club was duly confirmed over the weekend after a two-year stint with the Pirates.
Paterson spent the final three months of last season with Rovers, agreeing a short-term deal after joining from Shamrock Rovers, and McGhee is currently in talks with the Scot, who had previous spells under him at Motherwell and Aberdeen.
Lee Brown, who spent most of the last campaign in the left-back berth, has another year left on his contract.
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But the manager would like to add further cover down the left flank, in addition to Paterson.
"I was disappointed to lose Gary, but he was offered the chance to play at a higher level so his decision was understandable," said McGhee. "We wish him all the best.
"I am looking at Jim and the discussions we are having are at the latter stages.
"I am fairly confident he will sign and we already have Lee as well, but I would like to add another one to tie things down on the left-hand side.
"There are a couple of options I am looking at and hope to finalise things in the next couple of weeks."
McGhee is targeting a number of new faces for the next campaign, but knows it may take time.
"There are a number of discussions ongoing, but it may well be that I am still having conversations with people in the week before the window closes in August," he said.