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11:12pm Mon 1 Sep 14
When you go for top players, there's always a high chance you lose out. If you don't speculate, you don't accumulate. Luckily for us though, i'm sure Dougie has more on his list and 1 will be in by next Saturday
Looks like the Nick Powell deal has gone through. Was waiting on some sort of confirmation - but he was definitely on Freedman's list.
Sky saying Nick Powell close to signing for Leicester City. Had a hunch he might be a go-to man for Wanderers at some point... but only a hunch.
Remember a few years ago when Marvin Sordell's move from Watford was subject to one of these extended deadline palavers (much like Wellbeck and Falcao). Annoying for the journalists concerned, believe me.
Thank heavens for that...
Less than a minute to go...
10:56pm Mon 1 Sep 14
In the States for the next week Marc, so its only 6pm here! The bias US open coverage of the tennis and the lack of Bolton activity forced my hand I'm afraid haha
Some of these Sky presenters are looking rather creepy in this lighting.
Sands of time ticking down on the deadline. Jim White will be ultra shouty very soon.
Phew... That's quite some body of work for this time of night. Do you want a job??
10:46pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Boredom has hit me this deadline day, however here is an essay for anyone just as bored as I am
Fellow Bolton fans probably won’t like this, but its time for a reality check.
The club has been absolutely crippled since a year before relegation, at least. Players commanding huge fees, to later leave on a free transfer, monumental wage packets, still being paid off to this very day and these very same players then to leave on nothing other than a free transfer. The clubs’ previous transfer policy could be described with one word, unsustainable. Look at Gary Cahill as an example. City offered 17m, we accepted 7m from Chelsea, because Mr Coyle felt he would have more opportunities there. It is exactly this type of attitude in conjunction with lavish spending on has beens that has got us exactly where we are.
However now is not the time to point the finger, quite the contrary in fact. Right now we need a front that displays unity, fight, and spirit. The same spirit that kept us in the Premier League all those years. We sit here, hoping for signings, hoping and praying that a mystery player will come in, kick on, and fire us to the promise land. Realistically, that isnt going to happen; not without an exit at the very least. There is no point sitting here, swearing, pointing the finger at each other, just because of the previous leadership going out and spending any money they possibly could.
The job Dougie Freedman has is an awful one. Cut the wage bill enormously, while still expected to move the club forward; with no cash backing. All of this has to be achieved, at the same time the likes of Nottingham Forest can go out and splash 5m on Britt Assombalonga, or the likes of Cardiff City go and spend 5m on an international centre half with experience at the highest level. I just dont know how Bolton fans think, realistically, we can compete here at the moment. It’s a balancing act. What is more important? The future of this club, or a few players walk in, perhaps not perform, and us undergo an embargo and become the embarrassment of the footballing world.
Keeping performances upto scratch on the field, with all the chaos that occurs off it financially, is a nigh on impossible task, and one, im sure, not one of us could perform better than Dougie Freedman. Realistically, we have to rid ourselves of one player, to bring another in. We dont like it, we have been spoilt by players such as Nicholas Anelka coming through the door. However this can’t happen anymore. There is no use us spending millions on players that may not even shoot us up that league. The same principle was used in the Premier League and it got us relegated.
We can all accept performances on the field havent been good enough, and the obvious solution would be to go and sign some players. We dont have the financial muscle to go and force a clubs hand to loan someone to us. As much as we would like to secure a Nick Powell, we just can’t compete financially. We have to wheel and deal, one out, one or two in. The evident need is in attack, and rather than getting on the managers back, lets get to the games, shout from the rooftops and support the lads. Attackers will come, I am sure we will have at least one more for the Sheffield Wednesday game.
Frustrating, I know, but the future of this club is more important. Lets use the Leeds performance to crack on, and get some decent points on that league table. People need to remember, this is largely, the side that did very well at the end of last year. We have strengthened significantly with Feeney, Danns, Dervite, Moxey, Trotter and Danns.
Look at the positives fellow Bolton fans, the future of the club is more important. Signings will come, just be patient.
That was definitely a concern. Might well have been what has stopped the deal going through. I still think it might happen in the loan window, though.
@MarcIles guessing he won't let Beckford go until a replacement is sorted, and who will want to come right now?Only name Ive seen is Halford— @martinjohnson81 01 September 2014
Many thanks for that Townleys... brings back some memories and puts an afternoon tracking the whereabouts of Owen Garvan into some perspective!
There is a Twitter rumour doing the rounds about Leeds and Beckford... but surely not.
BBC reporting that Fulham have now struck a deal for Matt Smith of Leeds. They have been speaking with Beckford all day, so can't say for certain that it ends their interest.
@MarcIles so just all quiet on the western front rather than you can't get thorough because they're busy signing Rivaldo?— @HerrityAlex 01 September 2014
Would be genuinely interested to see what clubs have spent in the Championship this summer. Aside from the compensation for the young lad Woolery in the development squad and loan fees, Wanderers haven't spent a sausage.
I've probably told this story before on a deadline day - but I interviewed Rivaldo in Greece a few years later (via an interpreter) and he confirmed he'd nearly signed for Bolton. It was in the days where not all stories in the paper made the website, and as such, I can't find any trace of it now!
@MarcIles if you had made the stories up you could've at least gone as far fetched as 'Bolton sign Rivaldo...' Hang on...— @nathaniel2510 01 September 2014
10:25pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Nothing like Bolton fans to over exaggerate. Don't see the point in loaning Beckford mark, only a sale would work surely. Still time yet
@MarcIles no news on the outs— @vickershaft 01 September 2014
Juding by some of the comments, which I won't put on the timeline, some doubting whether there was any interest in Beckford/Davies/Halford/Garvan.
Well, we'll just have to agree to disagree.
Well I've sent my back page lead in now and out paper's deadline is approaching fast. Cue mass procession of late signings.
- Mark Davies - Nothing since this morning. Two Premier League clubs sounded Wanderers out.
- Greg Halford - Not happening. Offered to Wanderers and considered but looks dead and buried now.
- Jermaine Beckford - Still talking to Fulham as far as I can tell. But I think that might still happen next week when the loan window reopens.
- Owen Garvan - another one I think Wanderers will re-visit. Has options elsewhere tonight.
So about time we had a round-up...
@MarcIles is it all quiet on the mark Davies front now?— @mattheato4 01 September 2014
Good point. It is a shame how it all panned out for Kev at Bolton. Plenty of mistakes made in that one...
9:47pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Wonder if he regrets it now?
Former Bolton player Kevin Davies recalls when he was involved in a transfer deadline saga: "It was the January transfer window three years ago. Sunderland came knocking and I'd a few chats with their manager Martin O'Neill.
"It came to deadline day, the agent turned up and the deal was on the table. I was told by the agent to bang on manager Owen Coyle's door and tell him I wanted to leave. I didn't want to do that. I wanted to sit down and talk about it. Owen looked me in the eye and said, 'you tell me you want to leave Bolton'. He kind of had me really. He knew I was the captain of the club and knew how much Bolton meant to me.
"It was a lot of information to take in on that day. I weighed it up with the family and worked out it wasn't the right move for us."
I know it's a source of frustration for him. In my view, deals for Jutkiewicz etc could have been done earlier - the waiting around has cost us a good player there.
Totally agree with that point. Freedman accountable for the team under-performing this season, no doubt, but he really hasn't been given much to work with in terms of strikers.
@MarcIles hard to believe when CraigDavies left for PNE last he would be back as our only experienced striker! Not exactly prolific either— @NickFlan84 01 September 2014
@MarcIles surely the back page writes itself by now Marc? "We'll go with what we've got"— @warby78 01 September 2014
I do like the idea of posting stuff to myself with an alter ego, though. Would double my workload...
Just finishing my stuff for the paper tomorrow and saying my prayers that it doesn't change!
9:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14
are you sending yourself messages as " jjjj " just to give yourself something to do ?????
A piece of news that I have just been reminded about is that David Wheater's back injury doesn't look good.
He's been to the hospital today and will get an update for you tomorrow.
Blackburn sign Ryan Tunnicliffe from Fulham on loan. Good player.
Remember this guy? Ryo Miyaichi...
Well he's on his way out of Arsenal, again, on loan to FC Twente in Holland.
@MarcIles what happened to Owen Garvan?— @WhitterMatthew 01 September 2014
9:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14
J J J J says
In all honesty Marc can you see anything happening in the last hour or so?
Well I have just written my back page lead... so it would be sod's law.
@MarcIles Tom Cleverley is not going to Aston Villa. agent was asking for 80,000-a-week, does that mean they'll come back for Mark Davies?— @Pilkijam 01 September 2014
It's often quite sensitive too. Doesn't look good when clubs start issuing statements left, right and centre.
9:12pm Mon 1 Sep 14
J J J J says
Have the club made any comments on any of the "rumours"?
Doesn't work like that. No-one wants to confirm these things because if they don't happen, it's just us journalists that end up with egg on our faces :-)
9:10pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Marc, if Beckford does go, do you have the names of who we might go for? Heard Murray mentioned as a possible target, he would be good!
He looks like he's going to Reading. If he was available then I'd say he was on the list - but he's not.
Glenn Murray to Reading is back on, according to The Sun. Hasn't he signed like 10 times already today?
Glad you typed that and not me... We'll wait and see.
@MarcIles Kacaniklic out- making room for Beckford at Fulham?— @BWFCStation 01 September 2014
@MarcIles Marc is this getting rid of Beckford anything to do with what he did at Leeds or a pure coincidence? #bwfc— @FitzpatrickKev 01 September 2014
@MarcIles you definitely need a pay rise after today even if beckford doesnt go can we expect anyone to sign— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
@MarcIles Feel sorry for you. So frustrated with #bwfc inactivity I'm going to get on my #FootballManager game and buy players myself.— @Pilkijam 01 September 2014
8:49pm Mon 1 Sep 14
J J J J says
Whats to say we are all sat here contemplating what might happen and really nothing is happening and its all just talk and we are indeed set for a quiet deadline day. The power of the mind and all that
8:45pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Is this the usual transfer deadline hype? Lots of promise and no action?
Depends what you mean. The bits and bobs I have reported on here "have happened" but the fact the club could end up with nothing to show for them doesn't mean it was hype.
Silence at Wanderers is deafening on this Beckford deal. Starting to have serious doubts it will go through now... which basically means we're back to square one.
8:38pm Mon 1 Sep 14
R.E your post at 8:34 Marc, do you mean a replacement to arrive tonight, i.e a target that can now be moved forward and cracked on with?
I don't think a replacement will come in tonight unless the Beckford thing goes through in next few mins. Just don't think they'll move that fast, and will wait until loan window opens next week.
@MarcIles please tell us some good news I've been waiting so long....— @WhitterMatthew 01 September 2014
@MarcIles is there anything worth waiting up for regarding bolton— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
I'm guessing a little - but don't think the Beckford thing will drag on to the bitter end. Know the manager is not keen on selling without a replacement in place and he's not the type to do last-minute deals.
Something called "Talking to Yourself" just started following me on Twitter. Art imitates life...
As dead as anything for deadline day #bwfc no sign of Greg halford anywhere @MarcIles http://t.co/BfTQpLcQ76— @Courtliff19 01 September 2014
8:24pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Beckford on more than 10k a week? Surely for someone of his finishing caliber, we should be commanding a fee of above 500k. His representatives have clearly been talking to Fulham, thats where the noise came from. Im hopeful with him seemingly on the way there, Dougie can get a striker in before 11
That would be the very lower end of my guesstimate.
While I agree with that statement - he has lost a couple of strikers (Sordell, Ngog) that haven't been replaced. Can't keep fixing things with loans, IMHO.
@MarcIles this strike force is dougies! He can't blame coyle! And knew beckford from Leeds! Needs to sort it fast— @GarethHulme 01 September 2014
@MarcIles I think we should sign Arthur Scargil... One striker out, one 'striker' in.— @bwfc_85 01 September 2014
It doesn't sound to me like a lot of money up front - but no specific figure mentioned. Would be a nice gap in the wage bill, though.
8:05pm Mon 1 Sep 14
J J J J says
Do we have a figure for beckford if he is planning to be let go? 6 figure 5 figure with add ons? Watch him go and score them about 15+ goals, would be a waste to let him go if we cant sign a striker permanently who will score us about 20+ goals, loans just wont suffice anymore we make them good and then send them back and cannot get them back.
Me too. Can only report as and when things happen.
@MarcIles Got a funny feeling all this activity and like last year, it will all blow over & no one will come in until loan window hope wrong— @djimbob 01 September 2014
@MarcIles how close is beckford to leaving— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
@MarcIles my mate reckons we should sign a boyband! Then at least we'll have one direction!!!— @warby78 01 September 2014
@MarcIles think halford would be a good signing! Can't see beckford working out! One of freemans few poor buys!— @S8PPE 01 September 2014
So, looks like it's a late finish for me. Better get another brew on the go.
7:52pm Mon 1 Sep 14
What stage is Beckford at? Fee agreed? Is he on his way to Fulham?
They have talked a fee. Down to the player, I think.
@MarcIles I can only assume that Freedman is planning on putting his boots back on.— @ThatAndyT 01 September 2014
You might have noticed my tweet before, but Modou Barrow has scored on his debut for Swansea Under-21s.
OK... Here's how I think things will pan out after another round of phone calls.
- IF Jermaine Beckford goes to Fulham, DF will look to sign a striker, or two.
- That player IS NOT Greg Halford.
- Halford has been offered to Wanderers. Deal not guaranteed at all.
- If Garvan doesn't move on today, he might come to Wanderers in the loan window.
- Everything is quiet on Mark Davies. Think that's over now.
But after seeing Marvin Sordell and David Ngog go, and not be replaced, it would be a big blow to lose another striker...
7:45pm Mon 1 Sep 14
If Beckford goes, are we likely to make last ditch bid for this striker?
Got me all excited now.
IF Beckford goes, there will be money available. I wonder whether the incoming players will still wait for the loan window, though.
@MarcIles With regards to reporting, Is the Transfer Deadline Day as bad as match days? #BWFC— @MrHotLunch 01 September 2014
7:43pm Mon 1 Sep 14
What fee is being talked about for Jermaine?
It's enough to get two players on board in wages.
I just hope some of these comments are being seen by the powers that be...
@MarcIles I hope your getting paid overtime Marc? #everycloudandthat— @warby78 01 September 2014
@MarcIles @SkySportsNewsHQ how r these teams prem and champ staying within ffp rules worlds gone mad— @rayclegg1 01 September 2014
If Beckford goes, Halford IS NOT the striker they have lined up.
7:35pm Mon 1 Sep 14
J J J J says
I think IF beckford does go we should replace him with a striker, keep in mind he was the club top scorer last season and strikers dont come cheap and they are very limited demand. Dont need garvan unless mark davies leaves and dont think we need halford in all honesty, goals win you games and solid defense which with confidence will come.
Blumming heck, Cardiff have just spent another £5million on Bruno Ecuele Manga, from French club L'Orient. Would love to see where Wanderers are in a Championship table of spending this summer.
Understand that Freedman does not want to lose Beckford without bringing in another striker - albeit that might have to happen on loan, in the next window.
Well, we must be doing well. They have upgraded me to a big picture on the front of the website...
He's definitely never had a medical...
7:24pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Not sure where Murray is really!
Apparently Neil Ashton (Sky Sports) said he was having medical at Bolton this morning!
Just been assured that Murray won't be coming to Bolton. If he doesn't get fixed up today there will be a load of Championship clubs after him on loan.
Garvan might well spill over to the loan window as it stands.
Talks have been confirmed. Fulham definitely interested. But I understand that it's unlikely that Halford, Garvan or anything else will happen unless Beckford goes through.
It looks like the whole night's work might just hinge on whether this fella ends up at Fulham. Looks 50-50 to me at the moment.
OK - have had a very good dig around and have a few bits of news for you guys.
Few reports suggesting this man - Greg Halford - could be coming Wanderers' way.
Big lad, full-back, centre-half and striker all rolled into one.
Waiting for any word from Wanderers...
@MarcIles how long will we be waiting for this news? Haha! And I wonder if there will be any surprises?— @WhitterMatthew 01 September 2014
@MarcIles please bring us some good news you can be boltons answer to jim white— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
7:08pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Honestly Marc... Are we working on an incoming or two for now? Just you can't say because of sensitivity in the deal... Is that why we haven't confirmed Beckford going?
I am honestly waiting on news. You guys watching the blog will be the first to get it.
@MarcIles is the beckford move possible ?— @WatkiBolton 01 September 2014
@MarcIles I hope your getting overtime from the editor for this Marc.— @Pwoody21 01 September 2014
I'm trying, believe me!
@MarcIles come on Marc something positive to report please?— @DannyW91 01 September 2014
@MarcIles under four hours left we need to get a move on!— @WhitterMatthew 01 September 2014
@MarcIles can see us gettin rid of Davies and Beckford and only getting Garvan in. Then a desperate wait for something in the loan window :(— @theformhorse 01 September 2014
@MarcIles Marc if beckford moves on, who's your money on to replace him?— @mdkirky 01 September 2014
Agreed. And we know DF thinks the same...
@MarcIles On the deadline page keep seeing the midfielder bolton are linked with is there any strikers?????— @djimbob 01 September 2014
6:49pm Mon 1 Sep 14
They need to do both, they've been playing Mccormack with Dembele(who is tripe). They need 2 strikers, and Rodallega is departing also to Levante
I quite like Dembele... Opinions and all that.
Been asked to do a summary... so here goes.
- Two PL clubs have contacted Wanderers about Mark Davies but NO bid has been received.
- Sources down at Palace say Wanderers have made an offer to midfielder Owen Garvan. Nothing confirmed.
- Pretty much everyone is in agreement that Jermaine Beckford's "people" are speaking with Fulham.
- Someone has written something about Morten Gamst Pedersen going to Bolton, which I'm not taking seriously at the moment.
- Wanderers are definitely working on SOMETHING!
Fulham may well be speaking to Beckford - but a story that's been doing the rounds all day is that they want to sign Matt Smith from Leeds. Wonder if they'll do both?
Some news closer to home - Andy Proctor has signed for Accrington from Bury. Forgotten he was still there if I'm honest...
@MarcIles I can tell you whats not happening my dad has left asda after contract talks broke down— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
@MarcIles M. Davies wouldn't need replacing. Passed by 75% of games when he isn't injured— @Boltonsdrummer 01 September 2014
@MarcIles you must be annoyed that we seemingly only start our business at 6pm on deadline day? ha— @_knowlesy 01 September 2014
@MarcIles I for one will be sorry to see Beckford go if it happens. Not been given a fair chance by Wanderers fans or the manager.— @Nidgster 01 September 2014
Oh ye of little faith. In fairness, we could still get through the whole day without a single deal done. But I've been more active than I thought I'd be at 9am when I was chewing on my cereal...
@MarcIles anyone got any salt?! Only I've ran out.— @xjedrx 01 September 2014
Well, it's definitely gone radio silent at Wanderers in the last hour. You'd like to think that means they have something more important to do than tell me to sling my hook.
6:22pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Latest on the interweb thingy.
Gears do appear to be moving at Wanderers - quite against the odds considering how the day started. We might yet have some movement in and out of the club in the next four and a half hours.
That would be the million dollar question...
6:03pm Mon 1 Sep 14
breaking news sky say jermain beckford in talks with Fulham who we going to get to replace him.
Lovely description of that Pedersen story on Twitter: "Mental, worst story I've ever heard."
That report has emerged on Twitter, so I'd give it a wider berth than a Fiat Punto towing a caravan along a dirt track...
One from the left flank - totally unconfirmed conjecture at this point... But ex-Blackburn midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen has apparently been offered a one-year deal with the Whites.
Sky saying Nick Powell close to signing for Leicester City. Had a hunch he might be a go-to man for Wanderers at some point... but only a hunch.
"What you talkin' bout, Willis?" @MarcIles http://t.co/2l7rETLdNC— @IanRowboti04 01 September 2014
5:25pm Mon 1 Sep 14
"Sheffield Wednesday have signed Royston Drenthe on loan from Reading. Another surprise one for me."
Think you'll be more surprised when you see him in the flesh Marc... Think he's had one too many pies sitting in the stands! Reading didn't even give him a squad number.
From Real Madrid to Hollands pies and a cold Sheffield. #PrayForDrenthe
Wrote a piece for tomorrow's paper on that very topic - but circumstances may yet overtake it if Fulham make a proper bid.
Beckford has one year left on his contract at it's safe to say Bolton fans are less than enamoured with him after "thumbs-gate" at Leeds on Saturday.
Quite a few national papers carrying the Beckford story - which pads out the idea it's his representatives doing the talking.
Still no official word from Wanderers on Beckford or Garvan.
Another temporary break while a wolf down tea (jacket potato, beans, cheese seeing as you ask).
@MarcIles seen a couple of tweets about danny ward to wolves? Do we have a sell on clause??— @Gibbs21Jack 01 September 2014
5:17pm Mon 1 Sep 14
If Beckford does go to Fulham, do you know if Dougie will have someone in mind to replace him?
I think this is a bit of a surprise one. Whether he goes immediately for the striker he had in mind, perhaps...
Sheffield Wednesday have signed Royston Drenthe on loan from Reading. Another surprise one for me.
Thought this was going to be a nice quiet night, file my back page lead about 7pm and watch a couple of episodes of Walking Dead... but no!
Some speculating that the Beckford to Fulham deal might have come about because Hugo Rodallega - remember him? - is due to sign for Spanish club Levante.
@MarcIles Oh how the mighty have fallen!— @armitage93 01 September 2014
5:03pm Mon 1 Sep 14
J J J J says
Anything from the club on beckford?
4.56pm update the best one I have at the moment...
This man, David Ngog, has joined French club Reims on a two-year contract.
More breaking news!
OK - had a slight update on the Beckford situation. Sounds like it's a story that has emerged from the Fulham end. May be agent talking with Fulham. Hasn't reached Wanderers yet, a bit like the Davies situation earlier.
In short, until a proper bid is made, treat with caution.
- No movement on Davies. Was told a couple of clubs had contacted but to my knowledge there hasn't been any bid.
- Murray looks likes he's off to Reading, but then he was always likely to.
- No confirmation from BWFC on Garvan. Palace sources say it's 50-50 because he wants a longer deal than the one being offered.
- Beckford to Fulham just made be choke on my cup of tea,
@MarcIles Beckford to Fulham?! Shock one— @ColinBoucher 01 September 2014
And how about this one.... Jermaine Beckford talking to Fulham, according to The Guardian.
Nice piece on "that" Rivaldo deal back in the day here on the Lion of Vienna website.
Burnley have signed Nathaniel Chabaloah, which you'd guess makes the chances of them signing Mark Davies less likely.
@MarcIles is the rumour true that Dioufy is resigning?...probably not, just made it up. His passion is what we need right now.— @socksdougs 01 September 2014
My hunch, for what it is worth, is that Garvan could be a back-up in case Mark Davies is sold. Hearing that he's been offered a short-term deal but wants one for longer.
4:05pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Garvan: 11 goals, 9 assists in 63 games for Palace.
4:05pm Mon 1 Sep 14
87 games sorry
But I definitely don't want to say "never" - doubted the Garvan story this morning and looks like that one might have some legs.
People I speak to down at Palace reckon they need to sign a striker first before even considering loaning him out.
Reports that Glenn Murray left the Palace training ground at 2.45pm might be true, but I can't for the life of me see him coming to Bolton today.
@MarcIles I'm going to ask a stupid questions now.... Anything happening? Davies leaving? How bored are you today?— @DannyW91 01 September 2014
Sources down south absolutely adamant there have been discussions between Bolton and Crystal Palace about a deal for Owen Garvan.
Led to believe that a short-term offer is on the table for the midfielder but that he might want something more substantial.
@MarcIles how many biscuits have been consumed today? Doesn't seem like you've had much else to do #bwfc #hobnobs— @worldofwiso 01 September 2014
@MarcIles just seen Kaka in the car park at the Reebok http://t.co/Pw8dZqDtTM— @mattsantley 01 September 2014
Murray I'd be flipping amazed, Garvan a little less so.
3:40pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Sky Sports News reporter at Crystal Palace just mentioned Bolton Wanderers twice in same update. One was in relation to Glenn Murray. Not sure about the other one. Anyone shed any light? Not that we will end up with either of course.
Sources in South London are firming up this Owen Garvan story. Must admit, it would still surpirse me. Not the position DF was looking to fill but perhaps Trotter's absence has forced his hand...
Ohhh @MarcIles is suspiciously quiet is something happening here???— @WhitterMatthew 01 September 2014
3:35pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Part of me feels Villa wanted Davies but have gone for Canales. Prove me wrong please!
3:35pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Are we not owed a chelsea player on loan from Cahill transfer ?
No. No. And thrice no.
Crystal Palace's Owen Garvan, pictured celebrating with Wilfried Zaha, is being linked with Wanderers by Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, former Wanderers striker Delroy Facey is charged with match fixing. Very sad.
Just checking something out...
3:27pm Mon 1 Sep 14
You've gone quiet Marc, you've got news haven't you!
Middlesbrough sign Jelle Vossen. Another good player. They are spending some cash this summer.
Liam Trotter out for 10 weeks with hamstring tear, while Marc Tierney back at the end of the year, we think.
On top of that, we have David Wheater with a back strain, Kevin McNaughton (hamstring), Dean Moxey (bruised foot) back after the international break, we hope.
Mark Davies - Unknown. DF said he was fine last Tuesday but then ruled him out of Saturday. All a bit of a mystery.
Josh Vela - Heard his knee had been troubling him and swelling up. Talk of an operation.
Stu Holden - Still doing rehab. Won't be doing continual updates on him because I think he needs to get himself entirely right, sans pressure.
2:56pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Do you have an update on injuries?
Mark Davies, Josh Vela and Stuart Holden?
I think all these three can play a vital role this season, including Holden.
3:01pm Mon 1 Sep 14
J J J J says
If and only IF Mark Davies leaves (im hoping nothing comes of it but with the club needing the funds its understandable) I would be happy to see someone like Nick Powell from United always had a spark at Wigan and United paid a pretty penny for him too, Could do a job for us even if it is a loan.
Another ex-Wanderers target on the move. The Sun reporting that Scott Sinclair could be on his way to Stoke City.
Someone asked about an XI of signings in the Freedman era that we missed out on. Here's my best stab, bearing in mind I have a terrible memory for names.
Not sure about a keeper... Haven't really tried to sign one since Dougie has been here.
Ramage Dawson Hudson Popov/Dyrestam
Kightly Jedinak Pilkington
Jutkiewicz Barrow Buckey
Is there a 'if only' starting XI for transfers Douglas has missed out on @MarcIles ? Would be interesting to see! #BWFC #WhipRound #DigDeep— @CapnTone 01 September 2014
2:32pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Are there any signs of action at the club Marc? In regards to Davies or the loans incoming etc, any escalated movements whatsoever?
Zero, nada so far...
2:28pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Andrew Johnson hasn't been a prolific goalscorer since 2006 and he's now 33. I don't think it's a case of not being able to afford him, I think he'd be a waste of money no matter what he'd be asking for.
£500k plus a few add-ons if he does well.
2:32pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Did we get any funds from the Sordell transfer ?
Hear the Modou Barrow deal was £1.5m... Crikey.
@MarcIles Anything in us being on the verge of signing Owen Garvan?. And why don't we try for Andy Johnson if he's on a free? #bwfc— @joshbwfc_ 01 September 2014
Here he is - looked a good prospect on tour and know Freedman rated him. But the Wanderers boss simply couldn't afford what they were asking at the time. Will be interesting to see what Swansea paid.
Yes - Modou Barrow - the lad who played briefly on the Scandinavian tour for Wanderers has signed for Swansea.
2:04pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Modou Barrow has signed for Swansea. Another case of, Freedman spotting players with talent, not being given the little cash to splash with a view to making a larger sum in the future. Got to be tough for him.
2:11pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Money is the short answer. Players - even free agents - are asking for much, much, much too much in wages nowadays, which is why a lot of them are still free agents."
*cough cough Chris Eagles, Zat Knight, Tyrone Mears cough cough*
@MarcIles See Wigan are about to make a 5.5 mil profit on James McArthur. Shame #bwfc can't learn lessons from a well run club.— @Pilkijam 01 September 2014
I've spoken about this with Dougie Freedman recently - and he thinks a lot of players are being badly advised by how much money they can earn.
Go and play some football, would be my advice.
Money is the short answer. Players - even free agents - are asking for much, much, much too much in wages nowadays, which is why a lot of them are still free agents.
@MarcIles Why are we not looking at Andrew Johnson? He is a free agent, can be a very good goalscorer when he is on form.— @WhitterMatthew 01 September 2014
I'd suggest one is Burnley. No smoke without fire and all that. West Ham would be an interesting one - Sam does like his players with a touch of Bolton about them...
Any idea who these enquiries were from? Have a feeling one is West Ham with Diame in way out. @MarcIles— @IanRowboti04 01 September 2014
Are you watching Newsquest? The people have spoken.
@MarcIles I hope your getting a pay rise for your hard work today— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
Another good read from David J - keeping me awake at the moment folks!
1:40pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Ideally I don't want to sell Mark Davies but if we can bring some good replacements in with some of the cash (the manager has to sell before he buys and won't get all the money - lets not kid ourselves) then it could be a move worth making. He is injury prone after all but on the other hand he is one of the only quality players we have. Its a fine line and it could work out or not but sometimes you have to take the risk. The replacements must also be proven at this level and Glen Murray would be the pick of the crop for me.
On the Dougie debate, if we were going to sack him why didn't we do it last season? It would be stupid to sack him after 4 games - we can't afford it and there's no guarantee of success by bringing someone else in. This year it is his team but in previous years he has been fighting finances and player egos so this is the first year he can be judged in my view. But he needs time - at least until mid October. I just wish the fans would back him and the players. Some of our fans are terrible and don't realise they are destroying their own club by openly criticizing and booing during games.
Do we really want another Gary Megson situation? It's getting that way. Come on BW fans get behind the team and players and give them a chance!
@MarcIles bad news regarding falcaos daughter she has turned down a deal and signed for Cowdenbeath— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
Checked in with Wanderers and no further news to report. Time for a Mexican wave perhaps?
Fulham in talks to sign Matt Smith from Leeds. Blimey.
@MarcIles do you expect a bid then for him anytime soon— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
1:27pm Mon 1 Sep 14
We may still sign players on loan if we sell Davies. These 2 loans have been talked up for weeks, the difference is however, if we did sign them today, we have them for the season.... Not just something like 3 months then have to re extend in January.
BBC also reporting that Burnley have made a £2m bid for Richard Dunne. This is turning into a Turf Moor timeline!
Independent reporting that Spurs have made an improved bid for Southampton's Jay Rodriguez. Burnley have a sell-on fee in his contract, apparently, so may be distantly connected with BWFC.
He's not one of the more talkative Bolton players - but never told me he does.
@MarcIles does mark davies want to leave— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
@MarcIles no chance we will spend even if he does go we may get a loan that is all— @nig5Athy 01 September 2014
My own gut feeling is that it would allow DF to move quicker on the two players he wants.
General consensus seems to be if - and that's a big IF - someone comes in for Daves at £3m that supporters would accept the sale, so long as it is reinvested.
Some lunchtime reading there from two of our regulars.
1:00pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Morning from St Pete Marc!
Firstly credit where its due; given our torrid finances, you still stick with this blog which is a fantastic read year on year.
Firstly, Mark Davies is one player I would not like to sell. His injury record has been atrocious, but he is the one player we have who I truly believe has the bit about him to unlock a defence, make a good run or cutting edge pass, and open teams up. That goal against Huddersfield away under Coyle epitomises it. Here is a link for anyone wanting to remind themselves of his raw ability: https://www.youtube.
Players like him, in this inflated market, are almost impossible to find. Look at Norwich for example, Hoolahan is older, and in my opinion, not as good as Davies, but yet was valued at 8m. Creative players with an eye for goal are absolutely impossible to find, especially for a club like us. We should be looking to keep him fit and keep him, although if Dougie has a trick like a player out of Ibe's mould, then definitely, consider an offer.
On another point, after digesting the Leeds game, I will now be contrary to popular opinion and AGREE that we should keep Freedman. We all know what the problems were against Boro, Forest etc. Against Leeds those were addressed, we absolutely battered them, and how them chances didn't go in, I don't know. It annoys me he didn't play Beckford or Feeney, but tactically, there must be a reason. If we got a new manager, we would want a performance like that, and so punishing him, for his strikers lack of cutting edge, when tactically, he battered Leeds, would be unfair. This is his team, yes, however demanding success is like asking Farah to go and win the 5000m without shoes on. Its the same concept, Freedman has no money, whereas other clubs are splashing cash like its deadline day every single day!
Sorry for the essay, hope your moods are lifted fellow fans, that win is coming. Hold comfort from the fact we battered Leeds, and Mason **** right should have scored,
1:15pm Mon 1 Sep 14
The key with this Davies deal (if it happens), is:
1) Get it done quickly. Firstly so we have enough time to spend our money and secondly before Eddie or Phil ask for it back between the end of this window and the beginning of the loan window, which we know WILL happen.
2) We need to make whatever money we get from him into 3 players that work with the team.
Mark Davies is our best player, but he isn't worth potentially 3 players in key areas. Dougie needs to be canny with the players he brings in if Daveis goes. For me, I'd want a left winger, a central midfielder - one that is comfortable on the ball and dictates the game - and a striker.
Freedman needs to decide which way he is going to play the team now. Is he going to play the way he SAID he would play, or the way that we are playing at the moment. Because those two are polar opposites. He said he wants to play 'through the midfield' and so far, we have done nothing but that. Thats why a midfielder that can dictate the game is imperative. As it happens, Bolton own 3 midfielders like that - Josh Vela, Stuart Holden and Keith Andrews - all unavailable for the forseeable.
Personally, I would play 5 in midfield and sacrifice a striker (Craig Davies). We need to get the ball and keep it for a change, instead of pumping it up to Davies and hoping for flick-ons, knock downs and lucky bounces. Yes, I'd play Mason up top on his own. His less physical nature shouldn't matter if we can get the ball down in midfield and build pressure.
Small break there to sort lunch out for me and my two lads - who have been good as gold as I plough through this blog.
Mark Davies tale is on the main BN site now. Here's a link.
A lot of frustrated fans out there for sure today. Can't print most of the messages I'm getting - but will try to keep a steady flow of the more sensible and constructive stuff as the day goes on...
12:32pm Mon 1 Sep 14
But Freedman is the manager, but he can't manage his players. He doesn't get the best out of them, he changes his line-ups and tactics regularly so they don't know where they are up to.
And I just wish they would take time out from "training" and instead do some "practising" shooting at goal - between the posts and under the bar. It's no good all this fitness work if you can't get goals in the end.
12:23pm Mon 1 Sep 14
Transfer deadline day, or as us Bolton fans call it, Monday.
Bournemouth sign another £1m player in Norwich midfielder Andrew Surman.
NEWS: Just heard from a good source that a couple of Premier League clubs have made enquiries about Mark Davies.
A couple of calls is all it is at this stage... but who knows??
OK... Prepare to hear something interesting...
Colleagues in South Wales reporting that Swansea close to signing Tottenham's Kyle Naughton.
#jimwhiteday trending on Twitter - THAT'S what is wrong with the world.
@MarcIles how can we also be investing £100mill in a development but not in to the single sole reason we have a club— @danbest88 01 September 2014
Derby have signed German central midfielder Tom Koblenz.
Will add that pretty much the whole Championship want Glenn Murray. Wanderers denied a story a few weeks ago that said he was coming in on loan, but certainly ticks a lot of boxes.
Leroy Lita... that brings back memories.
@MarcIles Leroy Lita has been seen at the Middlebrook— @rmabolton 01 September 2014
@MarcIles Emile Heskey has been seen at the Middlebrook Poundland, he was aiming for Wigan M & S— @rmabolton 01 September 2014
Can think of a Palace striker that Freedman would really like to sign.
Kevin Doyle going to Palace from Wolves... Hmm.
@MarcIles hearing a rumour that we're trying to sign Hope Akpan from Reading on loan. Can you shed any light on it?— @JKbwfc 01 September 2014
11:40am Mon 1 Sep 14
paul emmy says
Not a big fan of douglas however gartside has made his job virtually impossible no investment from the club told to slash the wage bill and not a word from our chairman , this leaves douglas to stand alone and try to explain where the club is financially and why he cant buy the players we need , its now time for the man preceding over this shambles to wake up come out and explian what the short and long term plan is instead of hiding behind douglas and letting him take all the flack for what is really his fault.
An honest view from the terraces here...
RT @HigsonNeil: White van man at the Macron. Looks like the electrician is having a medical #transferdeadlineday #bwfc @MarcIles http://t.c…— @MarkusBWFC 01 September 2014
While all this transfer nonsense is going on, why not take a look at some more nonsense, written by our mysterious resident columnist, The Wonderer...
Chungy linked with all sorts of clubs again this window. Oddly enough, Hull City were one of the main ones. They have just sold off George Boyd... who knows??
@MarcIles think Southampton should do us a favour and sign Chung yong Lee for silly money as they need a winger— @DannyJacko27 01 September 2014
@MarcIles Breaking transfer news haha #bwfc http://t.co/hSkRbq0HLf— @MarkusBWFC 01 September 2014
Not to mention an anagram for Macron noses...
@MarcIles crawley have released connor essam potential target fot us— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
Burnley are thought to have equalled their club record with the £3m signing of George Boyd.
Wanderers have said nothing publically - but none of the people I speak to at the club know anything about the deal.
Agent talk and nothing more, I'd suggest.
@MarcIles Have the club said anything about the Davies deal being lodged? or is it, as I presume, just paper talk from a tabloid?— @BenReardon1 01 September 2014
Just had contact with sources at Burnley - and aside from George Boyd being in at Turf Moor, they aren't expecting to do any business. Well that provided seven minutes of excitement...
The Mark Davies to Burnley rumour is still doing the rounds. Still blank faces at Wanderers but a scrap of hope perhaps that today won't be a complete wash out??
@MarcIles nothing to report marc? Incomings? Rumours? ANYTHING? 🙈— @conor_saunders9 01 September 2014
@MarcIles can just see it now at the end of today "Boltons biggest signing Woolery for £10,000"— @TheMattNuttall 01 September 2014
@MarcIles my mate Nicky on way to Benidorm from kearsley— @Yantzee39 01 September 2014
11:03am Mon 1 Sep 14
I wonder what is the point of getting new players in. DF can't handle his players anyway. We only have to look at who he has brought in and they haven't helped, and he has ruined those we already had.
I'd play devil's advocate at this point and say the loan deals he has brought in have been good. Agree completely that the squad in underperforming at the moment, though.
10:58am Mon 1 Sep 14
I remember Gregorz Raziak replacing Anelka being a particularly low point for me!!!!
Colchester United have sacked their manager Joe Dunne. Two in an hour!
Middlesbrough have signed Dutch winger Yanic Wildschut from Heerenveen.
@MarcIles Anelka because of money made on him— @MatthewIcke 01 September 2014
@marciles Raziak!!— @philduncalf 01 September 2014
Everton and Aston Villa in for Ton Cleverley, report a few sources.
Danny Gabbidon heading back to Cardiff City as a player-coach. Was linked a few times with Wanderers in the summer.
@MarcIles Would have been cheaper to buy @Lukeyjuke than find a new manager.Swop for Mavies???— @britpokergossip 01 September 2014
Weirdly enough, it doesn't matter. There's always something to talk about.
@MarcIles It's going to be a quiet day for you.— @Chaddy_81 01 September 2014
@MarcIles today would be right up there is they got rid of Freedman— @tim_rigby 01 September 2014
@MarcIles did we not sign Youri and Bobic on the same day? Or just same window?— @worldofwiso 01 September 2014
@MarcIles Laville (sp?) centre back bought when Ricketts went was great business, shame about the injury he then suffered the next season— @ColinBoucher 01 September 2014
I've put the question out on Twitter for you Ian. Let's see what the huddled masses think...
10:30am Mon 1 Sep 14
Out of interest. What has been our best ever transfer deadline day in terms of numbers and quality?
I can't really remember a particularly exciting one for Bolton.
@MarcIles *cue Rivaldo joke*— @samlongworth86 01 September 2014
Approaching the two-hour mark in my Blog and considering another cup of tea.
@MarcIles my dads at asda if you want to start a rumour— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
@MarcIles slippers and smoking jacket for the #bwfc reporters today.....— @boltondave100 01 September 2014
@MarcIles Juan Roman Riquelme and Craig Dawson just arrived at Hobbycraft— @19manning83 01 September 2014
@MarcIles We'd probably be better off with signing the staff from Poundland.— @MrHotLunch 01 September 2014
@MarcIles he's not awake yet, slept at mine last night so I can nip him up to the ground today for talks.— @WesleyBwfcHead 01 September 2014
@MarcIles yeah gary busey is still in it— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
@MarcIles football asside who do you think will win big brother— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
Carlisle manager Graham Kavanagh has been sacked. Not a transfer story, but news nonetheless.
For £3million each I'd be tempted. The club certainly would.
And, yes, Freedman would be on to his targets in a flash. No question in my mind about that at all.
10:19am Mon 1 Sep 14
Lets paint a scenario here:
Someone comes in for Mark Davies/Chung Yong Lee/Adam Bogdan for, lets say 3million quid. What would you do? Are Bolton even in a position to turn down offer like that and if we do sell someone, does DF have players in mind to bring in within hours?
Leicester in advanced talks to sign Ipswich striker David McGoldrick for £7million. Prices really have gone nuts, haven't they?
Aside from Falcao's daughter being spotted driving up Chorley New Road, we haven't seen many celebrity sightings in Bolton yet. Shame.
I'm a seasoned veteran at this - I blog 12-hour shifts in my sleep.
@MarcIles Tumbleweed across the Macron... Don't hold your breath for a scoop!— @Hound_Pig 01 September 2014
Not strictly transfer news but sources at Leeds claim Oscar Garcia is the number one choice to succeed Dave Hockaday. The ex-Brighton coach has just left Maccabi Tel Aviv.
James Ducker, the Times journalist, believes United have agreed a loan deal. Personal terms to be done yet. Crikey.
Confirmation of that United story now - although talks are "complicated" accirding to the club. Big deal if it gets done.
Another titbit from The Sun - Crystal Palace making a £5million-plus move for James McArthur of Wigan.
Radamel Falcao seems to be the name on everyone's lips in the national papers. The Sun claiming the Colombia striker is close to signing for Manchester United.
Most clubs outside the Premier League are concentrating on that, rather than tonight's 11pm deadline.
The emergency loan window does make a bit of a mockery of all these last-minute sales.
Correction to something I wrote yesterday - the loan window opens in one week, not a fortnight. Although any business Wanderers do is likely to wait that long.
@MarcIles why is he waiting until the loan window to brimg players in— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
Interesting to see both Nick Powell and Danny Graham (pictured) being bandied around a lot of Championship clubs. Freedman rates them both.
Could certainly use a few of his type. But Kev enjoying himself at Preston.
9:38am Mon 1 Sep 14
Wouldn't mind seeing super kev back with us. He could do a decent job in midfield he's not afraid to get stuck in. Type of player we need at the moment.
I'll give her agent a ring!
@MarcIles falcaos daughter to bolton any truth— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
Ex-Wanderers target Nathaniel Chalobah looks like going to Burnley in a permanent deal.
First Championship deal of the day done - Louis Thompson from Swindon to Norwich for £600k. He will also be loaned back.
In other local Championship news, I read that Blackpool have two cash bids in for players today, so do Wigan, Blackburn got most of their business done after signing Shane Duffy.
Great tweet from ex-Wanderers skipper Kevin Davies...
Well looks like I'm going to be part of this deadline day scramble.... Off to buy a 1600 watt Vacuum for the Mrs!!!!Kevin Davies
You can never tell. Haven't heard of anything as of late last night. Will continue to check in throughout the day.
@MarcIles do you think any one will leave today— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
They are bitesized Shredded Wheat, in case you were wondering...
Don't want to fall into that trap too much. We've been waiting for this so-called interest to turn into a bid for how long now?
@MarcIles shouldn't this be a busy day really? Need some players. Would've though Mavies, CYL/Bogdan *might* go.— @IanRowboti04 01 September 2014
I might give him a ring in a bit and ask him to confirm/deny...
@MarcIles daily mail sayin burnley makin a 3m bid for mdavies is it true and also how likely is it for the second coming of god nicky hunt— @bwfc1996 01 September 2014
The Davies to Burnley line has been doing the rounds for quite some time. Wanderers have no idea where it came from - but I never rule anything out on transfer deadline day!
I can only think of one small hitch in that plan...
GOSSIP ALERT: The Daily Mail claim Mark Davies is heading for Burnley now that he has returned to fitness...
I don't think there will be much to discuss - I asked Dougie Freedman if Saturday's defeat at Leeds had changed anything on the transfer front. Here was his response...
I think this is my sixth or seventh online marathon, and I don't think I've ever gone into one with as much doubt that anything is going to happen for Wanderers.
Good morning folks and welcome to another transfer deadline day blog.