Ngog switch is key to cash splash
7:00am Monday 27th January 2014 in Sport
DAVID Ngog’s impending move to Swansea City could unlock the door to FOUR new signings at Wanderers.
Dougie Freedman is targeting a wave of loan moves to rejuvenate his side’s season, funded by the removal of one of the squad’s biggest salaries.
Frenchman Ngog did not feature in the squad for Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat against Cardiff City, travelling instead to speak with Swans boss Michael Laudrup after their game against Birmingham City.
It is hoped the deal will happen early this week, giving Wanderers a chance to bring in some new recruits before their away double header against QPR and Ipswich Town.
While Freedman is desperate to sign new defenders – with Cardiff’s Kevin McNaughton and West Brom’s Craig Dawson high on his shortlist – it appears a new striker will be the first new player to land.
Danny Graham remains a target and the fact that Wanderers have now freed substantial room in their budget could mean the Sunderland striker is back within their financial grasp.
Speaking after Saturday’s defeat, Freedman said he may have to be a little more patient to land his defensive targets.
“Of course the Ngog deal would make it easier to get people in,” he said. “We’re carrying a Premier League wage there.
“We can bring three or four players in, which I think the group need.
“Defensively we really need them but we’re talking loans and don’t forget the loan market still goes over into February, so at the moment I just want to focus on Tuesday’s game.
“I’ve identified the players I want, I’ve made enquiries but two of these players are in the Premier League and it’s likely that their clubs will wait until after the loan window closes.”
Freedman has found his hands tied in the transfer market so far this season, with players first having to leave before he can recruit.
But while he loses one of his most recognisable names in Ngog, the striker’s move to the Liberty Stadium does give the Whites boss a semblance of freedom to pursue his targets.
“I don’t know whether it’s a relief – the board have been good letting me bring one or two in,” he said.
“Now I can really see what’s available and pick and choose the players I need, rather than be dictated to by the price.
“It gives me that room, I have got the three or four players identified so all I need now is a little bit of luck and we can bring them in.”