Countdown to transfer deadline day: Catch up with the latest Bolton Wanderers breaking news here
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Right - on that cheery note I'm going to log off for the night.
Will be starting tomorrow's transfer deadline day blog extra early and seeing you all right the way through to 11pm by which time I should be safely parked in the hotel at Ipswich and enjoying a well-deserved pint.
At least one outgoing deal is due to happen. I'm hoping at least one incoming deal will happen. After that who knows??
And, in fairness, the wage bill has to come down somehow. Maybe this is the time the whole club bites the bullet?
@MarcIles Sounds like a significant and sudden financial backtrack by #bwfc board. Must frustrate Dougie, could he walk do you think?— @Jimbo271979 30 January 2014
7:35pm Thu 30 Jan 14
J J J J says
How are forest not going to get caught by FFP they have now recruited another 3 players today. Fair enough two on loan. How much have their owners ploughed into the club this year?
I think DF brought this up earlier in the season, didn't he?
@MarcIles can't believe there is no money freed up from NGog? Why has cd had to go to free more money? I'd sooner se Kellett play lb— @GarethHulme 30 January 2014
@MarcIles surely if we are struggling defensively and mears is fit and we have no offers for him he has to come into the reckoning! #bwfc— @S8PPE 30 January 2014
@MarcIles baffles me why its took til now to realise we need a left back, ream been out of position for weeks! Play mears if hes fit i say.— @bdpullen 30 January 2014
@MarcIles Why has freedman not gone all out to get Craig Dawson whats going on. ,— @petermarkb 30 January 2014
@MarcIles can u actually see trotter getting in the team before medo jay danns chung mavies an with holden getting closer seems a waste of $— @mathewemmisom 30 January 2014
7:07pm Thu 30 Jan 14
FFP can't all be to blame surely? If ED has the money, can't he just fudge it like Citeh did by getting their owners to pay 100 times the going rate to sponsor their stadium so that the club's income is increased and we avoid the dreaded £8m loss???
I know our stadium is already sponsored but surely he could sponsor the tracksuits/car park/tea lady or something???
It's a thought. More of a question for owner/chairman than me, though.
@MarcIles chesterfield keeper??— @GarethHulme 30 January 2014
@MarcIles a lb neither keeps you in this division nor gets you out of it surely someone in the dev squad can fill in #whatsDFthinking— @weavs70 30 January 2014
Hearing that the Craig Davies loan is on course to be completed tomorrow. That means any further transfer activity (incoming) is also likely tomorrow.
@MarcIles where all the money gone from the ngog deal. not enough to get a lb surely..32k? or do you know something we don't.. buying a lb?— @jcook95 30 January 2014
Also, who doesn't like the idea of Trotter playing for the Trotters?
@MarcIles is liam trotter rumour true and if so do you think it will happen— @bwfc1996 30 January 2014
@MarcIles do you think there will be any signings in or out before deadline day— @bwfc1996 30 January 2014
Got this email earlier, which cheered me up!
I'm emailing you from the comfort of my black leather reclining chair at work, just a few short yards from the Reebok.
I have been keeping an eye on your transfer column for the last two days as I find my job painfully mindnumbing.
The lack of concrete transfer news from the club is unsuprising yet I still find myself waiting and hoping long into the night (5.30pm when I finish).
I can only think and feel that what I am feeling is probably what the other 70% of the Dougie freedman faithful are also feeling, so I have taken the time out of my mindnumbing day to write you this email regarding some real transfer news, Hulton Wanderers Fc (Bolton's second biggest team) are on the verge of signing a new keeper only known as the cat for their penultimate games of the season which could see them finishing second in the Bolton at Home Sunday league division 1 (this is impressive because last season they were promoted from division 2 in 4th position).
This should be confirmed by 10:59pm tomorrow.
seriously though think you're doing a top job keep it up!!
seriously board bathroom salesman.
5:35pm Thu 30 Jan 14
J J J J says
Surely a meeting has to have been organised and something put in place for clubs like ourselves. if we had lasted an extra season we would have had more money... Without FFP what do you think our team would be looking like around about now? Maybe. Just maybe we could have been the ones with Charlie Austin? What would your dream team be? ( has to be for the championship)
It was the worst possible season to get relegated. And the worst possible season not to go straight back up.
But it has happened - and it's going to have a major effect in how this club is being run for a good while yet.
@MarcIles I don't get DF I have to say. 2 strikers out on loan, 1 sold, last one picks up an injury so he loans out the only fit one ??— @martinjohnson81 30 January 2014
@kennardjoe @MarcIles when you say Davies are we still talking about Sir Kev or has Craig gone now too?— @simon_the_icon 30 January 2014
@MarcIles anything about Mears going on loan or permanent ?. Seems stupid we can't get rid of him for love nor money. Waste of a wage.— @pclangdon 30 January 2014
5:45pm Thu 30 Jan 14
you know this would all be avoided if we had a strong youth polcy. i used to go to st pauls primary, then to smithills secondary, then smithills college in that time i played fooball at secondary and primary school but i must have seen a rep from bolton maybe twice in all my school days. Why cant we spend time and money on spotting young talent at primary level then nursing them to be footballers. I cant beleive this would cost millions and is a common sense approach and then we wouldnt be sat here wondering who will be sold and bought as we would have produed home grown players. Are you honestly saying in a town o 250k we dont have 11 premiership quality players or even a messi waiting to be discovered.
@MarcIles with davies leaving what is the possibility of recalling sordell just to have another striker on board?— @mathewemmisom 30 January 2014
@MarcIles Depending on how things go, it's either All's Well That Ends Well or Much Ado About Nothing -but either way, The Tempest fits too!— @dougchapinjr 30 January 2014
Hearing a rumour re Aaron Chapman to #bwfc @marciles. Any truth in it? If so does that mean Bogdan on his way?— @MarkWilsonRadio 30 January 2014
@MarcIles Could it be Brakespear's 'A Midwinter Afternoon's Nightmare' (A tragedy).— @parkerusm 30 January 2014
After today's rather sombre financial revelations, I'd also assume that Danny Graham is out of the picture.
@MarcIles the taming of the shrew— @nicholascoop1 30 January 2014
Hi @MarcIles could u explain why davies has gone when were "short up top" i dont belive we will get a striker let alone any more players— @kennardjoe 30 January 2014
5:27pm Thu 30 Jan 14
J J J J says
Do you think if there was no FFP our situation would be a whole lot different now? and we would have more players coming in rather than to get people in we have to get people out? Just feel it has come in at the wrong time for the club as we are going through transition... If only it was a few seasons later?
Yes. Not privvy to ED's financial situation but assuming he's comfortable with the current arrangement he would have scope to fund more transfers if FFP wasn't in place.
It would also help if it was less stringent on clubs who have recently dropped out of the top flight after 11 years. That's the main problem.
Might give a Blue Peter Badge out to the best Shakespeare pun to sum up Wanderers' season.
And I'm having Comedy of Errors.
Charles Brakespear in charge of Saturday's game. Brilliant name.
I'm not sure paying off players is as easy as that, is it?
5:17pm Thu 30 Jan 14
Is Craig Davies going out as he's not got any game time this season or purely to create money for wages for loan players?
We must be seriously in the red to have to ship out another striker! Can't we just release The likes of Mears and co
Glad you asked that. There is an element of getting him some regiular game time.
Freedman's comments in tomorrow's paper will explain a lot - but sounds as if Jutkiewicz, Beckford and Moritz were ahead of him in the pack.
@MarcIles do you know if there's a recall clause in C Davies' deal? Surely there must be as if one of the other 2 get injured we'll need him— @JKbwfc 30 January 2014
@MarcIles fans don't realise that staying away is not helping there beloved club wake up fans get to the reebok get money back to the club— @nicholascoop1 30 January 2014
@MarcIles we need to get bums on seats at the reebok that would bring extra wages in if Bolton slashed there prices and fill it up.— @nicholascoop1 30 January 2014
@MarcIles how confident are you that we will sign someone before the deadline?— @JKbwfc 30 January 2014
@MarcIles so it don't look good all the bottom clubs are doing business we need a miracle donna and nick blackpool— @nicholascoop1 30 January 2014
3:35pm Thu 30 Jan 14
"why does Dougie seem reluctant to explore the foreign market? I know it can be a risk but there are bargains to be found and for cheaper than domestic targets"
It's not so much the case anymore. 10-15 years ago it was another matter. The days of picking up a Bo, Per, Smurf, Stig, Arnar et al are long gone - players and other clubs are wise to the situation so there's more competition for signatures for a start plus demands are higher nowadays when coming to England.
Also, yeah, there's always bedding in time.
Plus, we still have no money anyway...
4:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14
sure with three stikers at the club we cant afford to let Craig Davies go. Surely we cant be saving much on wages if a league one club can afford to pay him?
A very fair point. Don't think it's fair to publish the numbers at the moment - but we are not taking a massive wage.
But it DOES put into context just how narrow the margins are at the moment.
Craig Davies could soon be on his way to Preston North End on loan, making room for a left-back.
Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter is on Wanderers' radar but it seems unlilkely that a move will happen unless there is a major deal going out.
Chesterfield keeper Aarom Chapman has been at the club - but think he'll just be training. No permanent deal in place or likely.
Right - so here's a recap on what has happened today.
Just joking. Can appreciate there are some frustrated people out there at the moment.
@MarcIles what are the chances of having this live blog regularly? Its a good way to voice our concern as a group? Its very good— @mathewemmisom 30 January 2014
@MarcIles on FIFA 14 I've got us promoted and this season we're in the European cup, put my name down for manager #bwfc— @TheMattNuttall 30 January 2014
@MarcIles I don't think also of fans realise the full implications of FFP Marc could you post a rough description for us.— @bwfcmaddog 30 January 2014
@MarcIles it's good that we're shipping out misfiring strikers. Less good that we're not replacing them. Worse that no defenders are coming— @Tsunami1138 30 January 2014
@MarcIles i'm guessing negotiations for this LB are pretty far on? No way he would let another striker go if it wasn't the case?— @WayneGardner6 30 January 2014
3:20pm Thu 30 Jan 14
Chris Merrills says
Serious question Marc, why does Dougie seem reluctant to explore the foreign market? I know it can be a risk but there are bargains to be found and for cheaper than domestic targets. Our defensive issues are our primary concern but I am equally alarmed by our striking options. Beckford is inconsistent, Juke doesn't strike me as a regular scorer, Craig Davies is going out on loan and Dougie seems fixated on landing Joe Mason, who I just wasn't impressed with and offered very little, at least nothing different to what we already have. Goals win games and we don't score enough to balance out the amount we concede. I am really starting to fear relegation
Would foreign players need time to settle? I don't know.
Need Championship experience in my view. The financial situation is just something that me, you, DF and everyone is going to have to stomach.
@MarcIles We need a left back. Wheres Ricardo Gardner these days ?..— @pclangdon 30 January 2014
@MarcIles Why loan C.Davies when we only have two strikers and one of them is just coming back from injury? Part of Freedman's masterplan?— @ecnajhpler 30 January 2014
@MarcIles im worried marc. Really worried. Can really see us goin down. What are your thought? Dont understand anything hes trying to do.— @mathewemmisom 30 January 2014
@MarcIles dougie is a fool! Totally in disbelief at his managerial decision! Let's look forward to becoming new Pompey— @GarethHulme 30 January 2014
News of the breaking Craig Davies story can be found here...
2:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14
Marc, Could you tell me if Bolton Wanderers are thinking of playing a Barcelona style of football with no strikers under Dougie as we are selling/ loaning left right and centre.
A concerned Bolton Fan
I don't think so. Jutkiewicz is fit, so were the Craig Davies loan rumour to pan out, it would mean one of the younger lads stepping up to sit on the bench.
Wilkinson, Clough, Youngs?
If we don't get another striker by weekend will the likes of Wilkinson/Clough be on the bench (if we loan out C. Davies)? @MarcIles— @DannyW91 30 January 2014
Just waiting on confirmation on the club a lot of you are tweeting me in regards to Craig Davies.
@MarcIles please tell me mark davies is staying?— @IDibbers 30 January 2014
Basically, if you have any talent and you play left-back - get yourself down to Euxton at the moment and you might get a squad number!
I’d love to sit and say there’s good news to tell you. I’m trying to be as honest as I can, and this is a difficult time for everyone on and off the field. It’s a balancing act.Dougie Freedman
Today/tomorrow. Hopefully. But don't expect a lot of signings.
@MarcIles any transfer activity today Marc?— @DannyW91 30 January 2014
That is hopefully going to stay out of the public domain until tomorrow when my paper comes out.
@MarcIles apparently two players looking to the exit door today Marc. Are you not allowed to say who?— @armitage93 30 January 2014
Number one priority. And there is a target.
@MarcIles any news on a left back? I— @trevholt 30 January 2014
Tim Ream may also feature, even though he may require an operation on his nose.
BUT... Can confirm that Jermaine Beckford is 50/50 for Saturday.
Back in the saddle now after the press conference. Still have three pages of stuff to write for tomorrow, so will have to be brief with my updates for the next couple of hours.
Good old Obe Wan. Didn't quite cut it at the Reebok - but a nice lad. Wish him well at Wednesday.
Sheffield Wednesday have signed Benik Afobe on loan until the end of the season.
As mentioned earlier, Middlesbrough have got involved in the Danny Graham saga. Sky Sports story here.
Where have they got their cash from? Spending big under Karanka.
Reading win the LMA's performance of the month for their thrashing of Wanderers the other day...
Was going to provide a link but not sure anyone will want to read it!
@MarcIles any news on brad graham? Sky sports news now says boro and Nottingham Forest are in to sign him? Not looking good— @TomLordy1991 30 January 2014
Article didn't denigrate Ngog. Merely stated that he didn't live up to his price tag despite continued support from Coyle and Freedman.
Signed Local Hack.
11:42am Thu 30 Jan 14
Why is it necessary to denigrate Ngog?This is pathetic,perhaps if he hadn´t
been so marginalised by Freedman,supported in his efforts by local hacks,
Ngog might have done better.Easily better towards the end of last season before his injury than Beckford has been this,he hasn´t had a kick.
Hope he is laughing all the way to the bank.Eat your heart out Dougie and bugger off back to London with the useless bunch of Jerks you brought with
More on the Trotter approach here from an excellent Millwall site News at Den
Danny Fox has signed for Nottingham Forest, which spares Wanderers being linked with him for the 10,000th time on Sky.
Surprised me a bit. Will be interesting to see what DF has to say at the press conference. I'll be making my way there shortly.
@MarcIles Trotter a good player at this level, pleasing to be linked but our defensive need is greater!!!— @19manning83 30 January 2014
You can also pay way, way over the odds.
The tail end of the transfer window is a strange old time. Deals come out of absolutely nowhere because this is when you can get the best price.
@MarcIles Cheers Marc. Rumours of an exit today thats all, if it isn't Davies I'm a bit puzzled as to who! Hopefully not a CM— @armitage93 30 January 2014
Trotter would be an interesting one. Contacts in South London reckon DF has been a fan of his for a long time - but a physcial midfielder wasn't the kind of player I was expecting him to sign next. He can't play left-back for starters..
As I mentioned earlier down the thread - both DF and Davies have not hidden the fact he could go out again on loan to get some football.
@MarcIles Just seen this, Marc. http://t.co/rvGJ1WGlmn. C.Davies out Joe Mason in. Is it April 1st?— @ppainsworth 30 January 2014
@MarcIles will Craig Davies be leaving? Apparently there has been an enquiry for him— @armitage93 30 January 2014
10:58am Thu 30 Jan 14
I wonder if someone from the same agent as Gretar is on the radar...
(I dunno how accurate that list is, just found it on a Google...)
That's an exhastuve list. Can't see anyone likely on there.
@MarcIles I would like mason back. showed on Saturday that his strength is running behind def into channels. We didn't play to his strengths— @NickyLester12 30 January 2014
OK - going into full reverse on the Trotter speculation. Think there is something in it. Nothing in Feeney. Too many Liams in this thread.
@MarcIles do you think the prospect of playing for BWFC appeals to players? Seen some interesting names about, but why sign for us?— @DJmattmutton 30 January 2014
@MarcIles There must be a few young lads in the lower leagues worth a look at? Something needs to happen!!— @ecnajhpler 30 January 2014
I think Mason has more than he was able to show in that brief spell. Didn't play to his strengths and I do think he'd have been better in a two up front.
10:35am Thu 30 Jan 14
why does DF persist with chasing mason from cardiff, he looked nothing special playing for us (no better than our youngsters) and also looked average playing against our shaky defence.
@MarcIles We need to do whatever it takes in the next two days to bring in a defender and a striker or else we'll be in trouble...— @ecnajhpler 30 January 2014
Getting flat "no" from the club on the Millwall speculation. Very odd.
10:03am Thu 30 Jan 14
Chris Merrills says
It must be hard to get players in when you plan your teams 3 weeks in advance......
Anyway, cynicism aside, I don't think we are in a desperate need for a CB, we have Mills, Knight, Ream (any injury news?), Wheater (same question?), Baptiste can play there as well. We need a couple of specialist fullbacks and a goalscorer. The fullbacks are more immediate concerns, the striker can probably wait till the loan window. Just hope its not Mason as I really don't think he scores regularly enough. The ones I'd be looking at in the loan window would be Becchio, Rory Donnelly from Swansea, Glenn Murray (if fit) and an ambitious one in Connor Wckham. Just need a goalscorer to keep us afloat
Bit of speculation doing the rounds about a pair of Millwall players.
We've got Liam Trotter, pictured, and Liam Feeney both being linked.
We know DF is a fan of Feeney - but don't see him being a target right now.
Trotter is a different matter...
@MarcIles Think players want to play for Dougie, more he's picking the wrong Team. Danns needs to be in centre as we need him scoring goals.— @Nidgster 30 January 2014
@MarcIles Would have thought Danny Fox would have been a good shout to fill in at left back? Ain't half boring being a trotter!— @Matley13 30 January 2014
A positive tweet from Gretar Steinsson there. With a bit of luck, he'll be right!
RT @gretz1982: I think this is a great day for good news. #BWFC— @Seany79 30 January 2014
Freedman made reference to a 'back five' last season but I'm struggling to think who could fill in on the left side. On the right, you could play Chung-Yong Lee or Neil Danns in my opinion. Maybe Hayden White too.
But on the left we simply don't have any defensive players. That's why I think all the resources are being put into finding a left back by the weekend.
@MarcIles Do you think a back 3 with 2 wing backs could work for Bolton? If we got in Dawson, with mills and Baptiste as the 3? Worth a look— @platinum_info 30 January 2014
Good write up on N'gog by @marciles. The words "Owen Coyle was convinced" are enough to strike fear in #bwfc fans http://t.co/WEUKjL9acE— @MarkWilsonRadio 30 January 2014
And of course the name Danny Graham is still doing the rounds - with Hull City seemingly tasked with the job of sending him out on loan by his parent club Sunderland. Very complex deal, that one.
There is a lot of chat about Craig Davies going out on loan. He admitted it was a possibility speaking to us last weekend.
My good friends at Walesonline tell me they think Joe Mason will come out on loan eventually - and we already know that Dougie Freedman would ideally like another striker on board.
So, with McNaughton fallen by the wayside and Craig Dawson very much up in the air - what's left for Wanderers at the moment?
9:12am Thu 30 Jan 14
Zat Knight is the main reason we are in this mess, one of the main problems this year is we have no leaders on the pitch, we have got Ngog off the wage bill now so that should have freed some cash up, I just feel players do not want to play for Freedman and that is one of the reasons we can not attract anyone. John Mcginlay is now scouting at Wigan and getting them players, Mcginlay should be working for Bolton.
Another article I wrote yesterday has just popped into cyberspace - a view on David Ngog's move to Swansea, and what he really cost Wanderers.
It's a fair point. From what I am gathering, the number of players being allowed out on loan in this window is minimal. Whether they will be free in a couple of weeks, I'm not sure. But feel that the club need to get at least one more defender in before the Ipswich/Bournemouth games.
@MarcIles I'm worried that by the time we get the players in we need, it'll be too late, no one wants to join a struggling side do they?— @DJmattmutton 30 January 2014
Bottom line, we ask for players to talk after games and the club put them up. Whatever you feel about Zat, I know he's an honest lad. He gave an honest answer when I asked if he really felt he was in a relegation battle. And we printed it. That's how journalism works.
Oh look, a differing opinion!
@MarcIles Got to give credit to ZK easy for him to hide after fans got at him against Boro but still he comes out with honest views— @gemchris1977 30 January 2014
Assume you're looking for an answer beyond "being a newspaper" and "reflecting the view of the football club/players?"
Why is the Bolton News printing Zat Knight's views...
8:33am Thu 30 Jan 14
Why is the Bolton News printing Zat Knight's views?
He's one of the root causes of why we are in the mess we are in !
He comes out with the same clap trap every time he's interviewed but then proceeds to do absolutely nothing whatsoever to make things any better.
I for one am fed up of hearing players saying " we need to buck our ideas up, we're not in the Premier League now " etc etc
It's all about 20 months too late. I also can't believe the BN is asking for his opinion.
@MarcIles Can't see us signing anyone, we have the loan window too - he'll look more into that— @MatthewLaisby 30 January 2014
Anyway, I can be contacted the usual ways - tweet @MarcIles or use the live comment facility here on the site. Today I want to know where you think Wanderers most need strengthening.
Forgive the earlier mis-type... Not had a decent coffee yet.
Wigan's interest in Dawson is nothing new. But you do wonder whether Wanderers' pressing need for full-backs is taking precedence at the monent.
@MarcIles getting a bit nervous now with only 1 new addition and 2 days to go!! Please tell me we have some new defenders on route! #bwfc— @S8PPE 30 January 2014
@MarcIles it's gone quiet on the Craig Dawson front coming to #bwfc, skysports reported last night he's on the brink of joining Wigan? :-(— @stujanson 30 January 2014
Overnight, Sky Sports News have been reporting that another target - Craig Dawson - is on the verge of joining Wigan Athletic.
And it seems this man will not be coming to the Reebok Stadium any time soon. Wanderers have been told that Kevin McNaughton is not available for loan by Cardiff City.
New boy Lukas Jutkiewicz made his debut at QPR on Tuesday night and looked okay, linking up well with the midfield. But as one of only two new signings in the transfer window (the other being Neil Danns) there is pressure on him to perform. Read my view on his arrival here.
Zat Knight didn't mince his words after the QPR game, admitting that Wanderers were now in a relegation fight. Read his views here.
Lot's to discuss this morning - but first a look at what has happened since I last joined you.
Can't help but feel the second option would come as a major blow to fans.
Can Dougie Freedman get players in before the Ipswich game? Or will he have to wait until the loan window reopens in a fortnight?
It's press conference day at Wanderers, and there's no doubt what the topic of discussion will be.
Good morning folks - One day, 14 hours and 43 mins remain in the transfer window. No pressure.
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