Fans have been left stunned on Friday afternoon with Stockport County set to sign a 9-goal League One striker in Paddy Madden.
The 31 year old Fleetwood Town striker is set to join the Hatters on loan, Football Insider understands, with National League clubs able to sign outside of the transfer window.
A source has told Football Insider that the deal for Madden is at the advanced stage and expected to be completed.
It would represent a real coup for Stockport who are eyeing a return to the EFL after 10 years in non league football.
Madden has scored seven goals in 31 League One appearances this season for Fleetwood and became the club’s top scorer in the EFL earlier in the campaign. In all competitions he’s scored nine.
However, he has not started any of their last five games after suffering from the coronavirus last month.
The 31-year-old has impressively scored 112 times in 343 League One games which puts him just 10 goals behind the division record holder Ian Henderson.
Stockport are fourth in the National League table, seven points behind league leaders Sutton United and Notts County who have played two more games.
Fleetwood currently sit 14th in the League One table, taking 46 points from 34 games played.
They have already added five loan signings in the last month in their bid to get out of England’s fifth tier.
Manager Simon Rusk is really showing how serious he is about making an impact at the club, after signing young forward pair Sam Dalby and Jack Stretton joined from Watford and Derby on temporary deals last week.
Prior to thrashing Solihull Moors 5-0 in midweek, the Hatters had scored just twice in their previous six games, so they know they need some sort of goalscorer.
PADDY MADDEN’S CAREER:
2008–2011 – Bohemians – 53 games (14 goals)
2009 → Shelbourne (loan) – 14 games (6 goals)
2011–2013 – Carlisle United – 32 games (2 goals)
2012–2013 → Yeovil Town (loan) – 15 games (9 goals)
2013–2014 – Yeovil Town – 29 games (13 goals)
2014–2018 – Scunthorpe United – 167 games (52 goals)
2018– Fleetwood Town – 127 games (43 goals)
2007–2008 – Republic of Ireland U18 – 2 games (1 goal)
2008 – Republic of Ireland U19 – 6 games (0 goals)
2009–2011 – Republic of Ireland U21 – 2 games (0 goals)
2010 – Republic of Ireland U23 – 1 game (1 goal)
2010 – League of Ireland XI – 1 game (0 goals)
2013 – Republic of Ireland – 1 game (0 goals)
Town boss Grayson said on Madden getting the virus two weeks ago: “Paddy is another who has unfortunately been struck by the Covid that seems to be going around unfortunately.
“A few players have had it now, most of them probably on the bus journey from Plymouth. Three players who were close to each other on the bus have ended up getting Covid.
“That’s why Paddy was missing and that’s a huge disappointment but Charlie Mulgrew should be back for the weekend. Paddy won’t be available and we’ll still be without Barrie McKay.
As mentioned, fans were left baffled and stunned with Stockport set to sign 9-goal League One striker…
How is that happening?! He’s a very decent League One striker.
— Elliott Jackson (@_ElliottJackson) March 12, 2021
@Walpie27: And is the sort of thing Notts should be doing
@oxajh: Blimey he’ll get goals at that level
@ReeceDSport: Jesus Christ on a bike
@JamieMorgan1989: Paddy Madden going to Stockport? Crikey.
@LuceFord_: @ftfcknappers Whattttt
@dannyjlind_: I might go and support Stockport tbh
@CameronCairns87: 2021 is giving 2020 a run for its money for craziness. A proven League One goalscorer potentialy going out on loan Two leagues below into the National League. Anything literally can happen.
@HarvMarksy: Sorry what
@chaz_spen15: Be true please x
@MBoafc: What the fuck
@JPickers96: Surely can’t happen when we already now a few strikers on the books
@HDavies1804: Unreal signing for Stockport this. Bags of goals pending
@louishart_: What an earth?
@MattyCrichton: Are Fleetwood literally skint? He scored 15 goals two seasons in a row at League One level, but he’s going to a National League team on loan????
@seanmcsport: What on earth????
@ryan_knibbs18: I would feel sick to see Paddy Madden play against Yeovil. #YTFC
@SheridanRobins: I can’t even contemplate having to watch Paddy Madden play in the National League for any other team. Nope. 🙅🏼♀️ 🙅🏼♀️ 🙅🏼♀️ 🙅🏼♀️ #YTFC
@YeovilFanzone: If the rumours are true and Stockport are getting Paddy Madden on loan then that is a remarkable signing by them #ytfc
@WackoWalton: Paddy madden is going to Stockport. Wow, just wow. What a signing!
@JDS05111: Announce Paddy Madden @StockportCounty
@amcscfc: Hope he can make the step up and he isn’t overawed by being at such a MASSIVE club!!
@andrew_youngers: County throwing silly money around just to get a runners up place at best
@db4537: He’s way beyond that level