Newport County manager Michael Flynn has admitted he is less optimistic about signing former Derby County midfielder Joe Ledley after recent talks, South Wales Argus report.

Ledley is still without a club following his release from Derby County earlier this year.

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The Wales international has been training with Cardiff City as he bids to maintain fitness. However, the Bluebirds seemingly aren’t interested in offering him a deal.

Newport boss Flynn told reporters last week how he has spoken to Ledley about a shock move to Newport. But, he now admits he is less optimistic a deal will be done.

I’ve spoken to him and it’s kind of ‘wait and see’ now, but I’m not overly optimistic on it. He’d have to get up to speed and get fully fit, match fit I mean. I know he’s looking after himself. But it is what it is. The closer it gets to January, the more people become available who want to come and prove a point. It’s unlikely is what I’d say, but never say never – as you always get told in football.

Where will Joe Ledley end up?

Derby signed Ledley on a free transfer during the 2017-18 season.

Then manager Gary Rowett deployed him as a holding midfielder alongside Tom Huddlestone. It was a midfield duo which worked, helping the Rams to a top six place.

But Rowett’s move to Stoke City saw Ledley become a peripheral figure at Derby.

The former Cardiff City man made just one Championship appearance under Frank Lampard before being released by the Rams earlier this year.

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Ledley, 32, arguably still boasts Championship quality. Signing for League Two side Newport would be a huge coup for the Welsh club, but it now seems it’s not going to happen.

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