FOOTBALL: COVENTRY City are set to sign experienced defender Kevin Foley from Charlton Athletic, the Coventry Observer can exclusively reveal.
The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international right-back had a medical with the Sky Blues today, we have learned, after being released today by Charlton.
He is set to sign for Coventry until the end of the season, with a potential view to extending his contract for a further season.
Foley, who also has premiership experience with Wolves, would be following new Coventry manager Russell Slade from the League One London club, and is set to become Slade’s fourth acquisition in the current January transfer window.
It was Slade who brought Foley to Charlton last year on a short-term deal which expired this week.
Foley had stints with Danish side FC Copenhagen and Championship club Ipswich Town prior to Charlton.
His experience would be seen as bolstering the defence alongside new signing Nathan Clarke, particularly as right back and loanee Jamie Sterry was this week returns to his club Newcastle United.
We understand Coventry City are hoping to make three or four further additions to the squad this month, potentially as a mix of loans and signings.
Speculation is rife that midfielder Ben Stevenson and Cian Harries, who is on trial at Liverpool this week, could follow striker Marvin Sordell out of the club.
Foley began his career at Luton and was at Wolves for seven years, including when they won promotion to the Premier League in 2009.
He made eight appearances for the Republic of Ireland between 2009 and 2012.
UPDATE: Slade, speaking exclusively with the Coventry Observer, said: “Kevin is a top professional, and will be a calming and mature influence on the rest of the squad.
“He’s capable of moving the ball quickly, and is intelligent in his play. I’m pleased to have such an experienced player join the football club.”