Shrewsbury interested in signing ex-loanees

Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner today confirmed his interest in signing former loanees Stephen McGinn and Yado Mambo.

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The Salop supremo has already spoken to McGinn’s agent after the midfielder finished his loan spell at the Greenhous Meadow.

The Scot, who was released by Championship Watford at the end of the season, has said he is not ruling out a return to Shropshire but has been considering his options.

Mambo, who impressed at the heart of the defence after Christmas, is also on the market after not being offered fresh terms at Charlton.

West Brom defensive duo Cameron Gayle and James Hurst and Birmingham striker Akwasi Asante also finished off the campaign on Turner’s hired list.

But Gayle won’t be a permanent transfer target after penning a new deal at the Hawthorns, while Asante has been offered fresh terms at St Andrew's.

Turner said: “I wouldn’t rule them out. There’s one or two of the loan players who did well for us. Stephen McGinn and Yado Mambo did all right.

"And Cameron Gayle and James Hurst all come under the microscope of what we might need for next season.”

But, after signing Bolton full-back prospect Alex McQuade, attacking recruits are Turner’s priority – and he has held informal talks with several of his targets.

When asked how many front players he would be aiming to bring in, the manager said: “Certainly two as we’ve lost one or two over the last year or so.

“There have been considerable changes up front so that is a priority for us. I think there’s one or two interesting characters out there who we’d be interested in.”

Meanwhile, Town have pencilled an attractive home fixture with Bolton into their pre-season schedule.

Dougie Freedman’s side will visit the Greenhous Meadow on Saturday July 20.

Bolton are the second Championship club to commit to a friendly with with Birmingham City visiting three days later, on July 23, kicking-off at 7.45pm.