Stevenage in for Peterborough’s Ajose

Tranmere’s Lucas Akins also remains on the radar as Gary Smith looks to bolster squad

Stevenage are talking to Peterborough United about the possibility of signing Nicky Ajose.

The front man has been on trial at Boro this past week and featured in the first half of Stevenage’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.

The 20-year-old Manchester United youth product is currently on the transfer list at London Road and it is thought that Stevenage are considering both a loan deal or a permanent transfer.

Speaking last night (Wednesday) about Ajose, Stevenage boss Gary Smith said: “Nicky’s come in for us to have a look at him from Peterborough. He’s still under contract at Peterborough.

“There may be something we can do there in terms of a deal but that’ll be going on behind the scenes with the chairman.”

Smith also confirmed that Boro have made a bid for Tranmere Rovers midfielder Lucas Akins.

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Stevenage’s initial offer was turned down by Rovers earlier this week but Smith remains keen on doing a deal.

Asked if Boro had bid for Akins, Smith said: “Yes. He’s a Tranmere player and at the moment that’s with them to decide where it goes.

“Yes, he’s a player I would be interested in and have shown some interest in.

“It would be a nice addition, he’s very flexible, he would be a good addition to this group but he’s not our player so I’m not sure we should really be talking about him [being part of] this group. He’s still a Tranmere player.”

Danny Shelley will join Stevenage on their two-game tour of Ireland, which starts this Saturday.

The full-back struggled against Spurs on Wednesday evening but Smith says he has seen enough quality in the player for him to take a further look.

“Danny Shelley has impressed in pre-season and he will be part of the group that goes to Ireland. He had a difficult time tonight (against Spurs), but so did one or two others in the second period.

“It wasn’t easy for that more inexperienced side we put out [in the second half] but I’ve seen enough to think that there’s a little bit more than we’ve seen tonight.”