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Manchester City link to new Bury full-back Marcos Navos
IT seems what Kevin Blackwell needs, Jesus provides, at least when it comes to bolstering Bury’s defensive cover.
The Shakers manager confirmed that last week’s arrival of experienced Spanish right-back Marcos Navas on a year-long deal was an answer to prayers not only at Gigg Lane but also at the Etihad Stadium.
Blackwell said bosses at Manchester City had been in touch asking for him to take a look at 30-year-old Marcos with a view to a deal, so he could keep homesick brother and summer signing Jesus Navas company.
“With his brother being at Manchester City it was felt they would like some family in the North West,” he explained.
“We were approached but the kid’s no mug.
“He’s got quite a few games as a professional under his belt at good La Liga level.”
While Marcos’s career started out at Sevilla – the same place as his Spanish international younger brother – he failed to make it at their hometown club and has spent the majority of his playing days at Recreativo de Huelva.
But it now looks as if Jesus’s £15million move to Manchester could have given Bury an unexpected gift from the footballing gods.
“Marcos trained with us on Tuesday and when I spoke with him a couple of days later he said he ached all over. I said ‘welcome to England’.
“But hopefully, if he can get fit in two weeks’ time, once again that puts that little bit extra pressure on other players at the club.
“We’ve got no cover at centre-half or full-back, so defensively we know on the bench that we are very, very short.”
Navas was not the only new arrival at Gigg Lane, with former Bolton Wanderers forward Temitope “Toppie” Obadeyi also signing on a 12-month deal.
The 23-year-old forward, who spent four years at the Reebok before being released last season, has been touted as “one for the future” by Blackwell, rather than an instant starter.
“Toppie can play across the front – wide left, wide right and up the top,” he said.
“He’s got a lot of pace. Very direct. We have just got to improve his final ball and his decision making.”
Obadeyi will join Bury product Tom Pratt, Rwandan international Jessy Reindorf and ex-Bristol City man Marlon Jackson in the Gigg Lane development squad’s forward line.
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