Loan ranger: More cash deals are out of reach
DOUGIE Freedman has warned Wanderers fans he may not make any more permanent signings in the transfer window.
The Whites boss takes his side to Nottingham Forest today still hoping he can add one or two more faces to his squad in the next fortnight.
But realistically, unless the club moves on some of its fringe players before the September 3 deadline, Freedman is likely to be looking at making loan signings as the best case scenario.
And with the Scot unsure about the quality of talent currently on offer that could mean the end of business for the time being.
“We are still on the lookout with one or two things and making sure we keep irons in the fire but we need to be very clever in how we move players out and in,” he told The Bolton News.
“Loans are certainly an option and one we did very well with last year. I’m very proud of the lads who came in.
“It’s difficult because you only want the right ones. I’m not one for pulling people in because they became available. I need the right type and they are not available right now.
“The loans I think will make a difference will only possibly come in on the last day of the window or when it re-opens again. Realistically, that’s when we’d be looking to do business.”
Freedman’s transfer plans could spring to life again if one or more of the players on the margins of his squad can be loaned or transferred elsewhere.
It is understood that a deal was close to being completed last week with Blackpool that would have seen Tyrone Mears and Keith Andrews join the club on loan for the season.
That agreement collapsed when Andrews agreed to join Brighton, and though Blackpool remain in the market for a right-back, they have yet to make a separate move for Mears.
Peterborough director of football Barry Fry claims that Freedman has been monitoring striker Tyrone Barnett.
The 27-year-old striker, who is also reportedly being chased by Blackburn, Blackpool and Barnsley, was signed 18 months ago from Crawley for £1.1million.
“Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has been in touch about Tyrone, but he doesn’t have the money right now,” Fry said.
“There’s been interest in Tyrone form several Championship clubs, but no-one has matched our valuation.”