Dougie Freedman targeting good professionals in loan moves
DOUGIE Freedman insists he is not searching for superstars as he bids to bolster his squad before the end of November.
Cardiff City striker Rudy Gestede is the latest player linked with a loan switch to the Reebok – and with the Whites boss also in the market for left-back cover for the injured Marc Tierney, it could potentially be a busy few weeks in the transfer market.
Wanderers bounced back to top form with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday but Freedman is keen to learn from the dip his side suffered last December and January and make sure he has options going into the festive period.
“I have got three more weeks to go before the loan market closes and I need to try and make sure I get the right ones in,” he said.
“I’m not looking for big names or star names, I want people who know what it is all about and will work for the team.
“I made a mistake last year by not getting more people in and we dropped too many points because we didn’t have the energy.
“We need to get a couple in now to make sure we are nice and strong and keep this momentum going.”
Gestede has yet to start a Premier League game for Cardiff but the big target man was a regular in the last two seasons in the Championship, so would appear to fit the bill.
With Craig Davies still struggling to prove his fitness, Gestede could give some muscle up front that offers something different from Saturday’s goalscorers David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford.
Freedman has already tapped into Cardiff for one of their promotion heroes, Kevin McNaughton, and the tough-tackling Scot could be the blueprint for business he is looking to do in the coming weeks.
“Kevin is a great guy,” Freedman said. “He’s a professional who just wants to turn up every day and get better.
“He’s a pleasure to work with. I don’t want flashiness. I don’t like it. Bolton fans don’t deserve it and it’s not me.
“I want hard-working players and eventually if I can get a few of them to be local players then all the better, but that can only come with time.”