FORMER Accrington Stanley striker Offrande Zanzala has become Carlisle United's first new signing of the January transfer window.

The Congolese frontman has joined the Blues after his departure from Crewe.

Zanzala, 23, has been training with the squad this week and has now completed his move on a deal until the end of the season.

His arrival sees United bolster Chris Beech's attacking options for the Cumbrians' promotion push in the second half of the season.

News and Star

WALSALL manager Darrell Clarke insists some of his players are not ‘stepping up to the plate’ as the ponders his movements in the January transfer window.

Following an impressive four-game winning run before the festive schedule, Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Carlisle was the club’s third defeat in a row.

Influential attacking midfielder Rory Holden is likely the miss the rest of the season with a knee injury – leaving a huge gap in the squad – and Clarke is looking at replacements.

Express and Star

LEEDS United winger Jordan Stevens has joined Bradford City on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old joins is the second Bantams signing in less than 24 hours after goalkeeper Sam Hornby joined from Bradford (Park Avenue).

Both could make their debuts at Scunthorpe United in League Two on Saturday.

Yorkshire Post

PORTSMOUTH striker Reeco Hackett-Fairchild has been linked with a loan move to League Two strugglers Southend United.

Hackett-Fairchild is currently back at Fratton Park after spending the past few months on loan at National League side Bromley, a deal that expired on January 4.

After scoring twice in 13 appearances in all competitions back at his former club, Football Insider are now reporting that Hackett-Fairchild will join League Two strugglers Southend on loan for the rest of the season.

Hampshire Live

FOREST Green captain Carl Winchester is edging closer to a move to Sunderland.

The Black Cats have been tracking the 27-year-old midfielder all week.

An expected move would see him link up again with Sunderland boss Lee Johnson who worked with the Northern Irish midfielder while at Oldham Athletic.

Sunderland Echo