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The City shirt numbers available as Pearson closes in on James and King deal

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Nothing is confirmed or agreed yet but it’s looking increasingly likely that Nigel Pearson’s first signings of the summer with be former Leicester City midfielders Matty James and Andy King.

As first reported by Bristol Live last month, James was one of the first names Pearson intended to sign following his release at the King Power Stadium after nine years.

But the City boss is keen to add a second midfielder alongside James and, according to Football Insider, that man is likely to be King, another individual incredibly familiar to Pearson following their time together with the Foxes.

In total, the Robins managers wants five signings to a) compensate for the loss in numbers with 11 players to be released at the end of the month on free transfers; b) raise overall quality and standards across the squad; and c) obviously improve the team on a matchday.

The personalities that are leaving the club, including seasoned first-team member Jamie Paterson, Jack Hunt and Famara Diedhiou, has left not only gaps in the squad in terms of ability and personnel but also numbers on the back.

Yes, it’s all purely hypothetical at this stage but, taking into consideration last season’s squad and those who are subsequently being released or their loans have ended, there are a number of prime jerseys available for potential new additions.

The exits of Hunt, Nathan Baker, Liam Walsh, Diedhiou and Paterson means six of the traditional 2-10 outfield numbers are available, while Marley Watkins has vacated No15 and Henri Lansbury No17.

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The squad numbers, of course, won’t be confirmed much later into the summer, plus there’s every chance that the likes of Zak Vyner, Joe Williams, Sam Pearson and Tyreeq Bakinson are boosted up the squad list but the list below does further reveal the gaps in the squad that need filling, even if it only seems to be from an aesthetic point of view.

  • 1. Dan Bentley
  • 2. Vacant
  • 3. Jay Dasilva
  • 4. Adam Nagy
  • 5. Vacant
  • 6. Vacant
  • 7. Chris Martin
  • 8. Vacant
  • 9. Vacant
  • 10. Vacant
  • 11. Callum O’Dowda
  • 12. Max O’Leary
  • 13. Vacant
  • 14. Andi Weimann
  • 15. Vacant
  • 16. Cam Pring
  • 17. Vacant
  • 18. Antoine Semenyo
  • 19. Vacant
  • 20. Joe Williams
  • 21. Nahki Wells
  • 22. Tomas Kalas
  • 23. Taylor Moore
  • 24. Zak Smith
  • 25. Vacant
  • 26. Zak Vyner
  • 27. Vacant
  • 28. Sam Pearson
  • 29. Danny Simpson (still in talks)
  • 30. Tyreeq Bakinson
  • 31. Vacant
  • 32. James Morton
  • 33. Sam Bell
  • 34. Ryley Towler
  • 35. Owura Edwards
  • 36. Alex Scott
  • 37. Tommy Conway
  • 38-41 Vacant
  • 42. Han-Noah Massengo
  • 43-44 Vacant
  • 45. Kasey Palmer

James wore No25 for Coventry while on loan, and No32 at Barnsley before that, but, according to Transfermarkt, was either No8 or 22 during his time at Leicester.

King, meanwhile, was most recently No8 at OH Leuven and No29 at both Huddersfield and Derby on loan but before that had a monopoly on the prized No10 shirt with Leicester.

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