COVENTRY CITY have made a written transfer offer for Cobblers goalkeeper Chris Dunn.
The Chron has learned the Sky Blues have tabled an offer for the 24-year-old after admitting defeat in their bid to keep highly-rated stopper Keiren Westwood at the Ricoh Arena.
Should the sale go through it would leave manager Gary Johnson with only Paul Walker, for whom next season will be just his second as a senior professional, as his sole recognised goalkeeper.
To amend that situation, the Town boss is likely to dip into the loan market to recruit a player from the Premier League on a season-long deal, although such a move cannot take place until the Dunn situation is resolved.
Both parties are understood to prefer a straight transfer to a tribunal-set fee, which the Cobblers would be entitled to as Dunn is under 24.
There is also the possibility that a second party could enter the bidding, with a number of other clubs believed to be monitoring the situation of a player who has made 110 appearances for Northampton.
Meanwhile, the Cobblers have been drawn to face Ipswich Town away in the first round of the Carling Cup in the week commencing August 9.
Town will face the npower Championship side at Portman Road, where they were beaten 3-1 last season in the fourth round of a superb campaign that included wins over Brighton and Reading, and the stunning knock-out of Liverpool on penalties at Anfield.