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Exclusive: Bristol Rovers striker passes medical ahead of Wycombe Wanderers transfer


Bristol Rovers striker Brandon Hanlan is on the verge of sealing a move to Wycombe Wanderers after passing a medical in the last 24 hours.

The clubs have struck an agreement on a £150,000 transfer which will take the 24-year-old to Adams Park. Add-ons and a sell-on clause are also included in the deal, Bristol Live understands.

Lincoln City were also in the chase for the striker, but they were gazumped by the Chairboys, who are battling at the top end of League One after relegation from the Championship last season.

Hanlan joined Rovers from Gillingham 12 months ago as a free agent, though Rovers were later ordered to pay £150,000 in compensation to the Kent club.

The Gas have recouped their initial investment in Hanlan, with the potential to profit if he proves a success under Gareth Ainsworth in Buckinghamshire.

Joey Barton, however, is sure to be disappointed by the former Charlton forward’s exit, with the Rovers boss saying he was “desperate” to keep Hanlan in BS7 in Saturday’s post-match press conference.

Hanlan made 49 appearances for Rovers in all competitions, scoring nine goals.

His form in the second half of Rovers relegation prompted criticism, but injuries and being overplayed while not fully fit certainly played a role in his diminishing returns.

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When he was fit, he looked the part as Rovers’ number nine, with his first eight goals coming in 25 appearances, and his physical strengths appear to make him an ideal fit for Ainsworth’s Wycombe.

For Rovers, meanwhile, focus turns to finding a replacement for Hanlan, with Brett Pitman – their only recognised natural centre forward – battling an ongoing ankle niggle.

Veteran striker Leon Clarke is training with the club, effectively on trial, and he could be an option for Barton – though the 36-year-old’s recent scoring record is not up to Hanlan’s standards.

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