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Up to six players set to join this week

Bradford City v Reading - FA Cup Quarter Final Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Wanderers are set to announce the signature of up to six members of playing staff this week, according to sources. Phil Parkinson, recently linked with the vacant managerial post at Leeds United, is on course to conclude negotiations with current out-of-contract stars and a handful of new signings.

Jay Spearing, captain of the side during Darren Pratley's recovery from injury, has returned from holiday in Las Vegas with David Wheater and Josh Vela, and appears set to agree a deal on reduced terms.

Filipe Morais, who had taken to Twitter recently to deny that contract negotiations had begun, has been training in Portugal in preparation for pre-season. The winger, whose form after signing from Bradford City in February , appears keen on the move.

Max Clayton is another player whose future may be decided this week, though news of his and the club's preferences going forward has been few and far between.

Wanderers are looking to further bolster their attacking prowess by signing Sammy Ameobi, recently released by Newcastle. Ameobi made 20 appearances on loan at Wanderers in the first half of last season, returning to Newcastle in January after Rafa Benitez felt he needed cover in midfield due to the African Cup of Nations tournament that same month. Ameobi impressed while on loan in Bolton, scoring some incredible goals, notably at home to Sheffield United in the FA Cup, away at Millwall, and in the 4-0 home thrashing of Gillingham.

Former Bradford City defender Stephen Darby is set to sign for Wanderers by July 1st at the latest. Darby, still based in the North West and in a relationship with Manchester City's Steph Houghton, has been linked with the Macron since January, after Phil Parkinson attempted to sign Darby in a swap deal with Jamie Procter.

Finally, Tony McMahon is set to leave Bradford, and has been linked with a reunion with his former boss Parkinson. With Lawrie Wilson, Reece Wabara and Lewis Buxton all released in the right back area, Parkinson may be looking to emulate the competition for places that Stuart McCall employed at The Bantams.