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Jake Bugg, Niall Horan to join Notts County?

Joe Jones

Notts County are looking to strike a positive note with fans by offering trials to two of the nation’s hottest musical talents, it has been reported.

Jake Bugg, arguably the biggest artist to come out of Nottingham in years, is expected to arrive at Highfields later today to train with the first team, according to sources close to the club.

Meanwhile, One Direction singer Niall Horan is scheduled to visit the training ground tomorrow morning to show the Magpies if he can light up their world like nobody else.

The Irish heartthrob is said to have been inspired by bandmate Louis Tomlinson’s affiliation with his local club Doncaster Rovers, which led to the 22-year-old joining the Championship club on a non-contract basis.

Should either or the two youngsters be deemed good enough to play for the club, it is expected that they will put pen to paper on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

20-year-old Bugg, from Clifton, is a proud Notts fan, and has previously stated that the Meadow Lane outfit “should just bang me in the team.”

Meanwhile Horan, also 20, is an avid Derby County fan, but is allegedly open at the idea of playing for the Magpies, given the warm relationship between the two clubs and the common rivalry they share with Nottingham Forest.

Were the duo to turn out together on the pitch, it could also signal the end of the long-running rivalry between Bugg and 1D that has seen both entities slate each other in public.

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I told Joe nobody would believe it combining both singers, though credit to him. He did very well with this April Fools and it's surprising how many fell for it. LOL

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