Live Transfer Deadline Day Blog
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- Good morning folks, I'm Marc Iles. Brew in hand, I'm ready to see another transfer deadline day through... are you with me?
In the final throes of the transfer window then, and though this hasn't been the most frenetic day, it has been an enjoyable one.
Jay Spearing signed on a season-long loan, adding to Andy Lonergan, Keith Andrews, Matt Mills and Benik Afobe from earlier in the summer.
Many of you wish there had been more, some think Wanderers got it spot on, but the proof will be in the Championship table between now and December.
Join me tomorrow afternoon from 2pm at the KC Stadium, where we'll be testing a new way of covering a matchday on The Bolton News website.
Marvin Sordell has just let it be known on Twitter that he'll soon be thumbing through Sun Tzu's Art of War... now that's some bedtime reading.
Eclectic trio here...
@MarcIles Steve Howey, David Holdsworth and David Thompson. I believe they were all deadline day signings…— @DannyPakinkis 31 August 2012
Where are they now? Oscar Perez (on loan at Racing Santander from Granada), Grzegorz Rasiak (Lechia Gdańsk), Ariza Makukula (last heard from at Manisaspor), Martin Djetou (retired, runs a beauty salon according to his Wikipedia)
The word Rasiak has not been typed this many times in many, many years I'd wager...
Best and worst transfer deadline day deals that Wanderers have pulled off? Tweet me @MarcIles
@MarcIles ariza makakula in january deadline day!— @bwfc_panners 31 August 2012
@MarcIles Laville best. Raziak worst— @ColinBoucher 31 August 2012
@MarcIles Don't suppose OC's in Marseille with our cheque book is he ? #falcao— @BWFCAuctioneer 31 August 2012
OK - last chance to get a fun debate going. Best and worst deadline day deals that Wanderers have ever pulled off? Tweet me @MarcIles
And we're into the final hour... Not expecting anything to happen but seeing as I've been at this for more than 12 hours now, it feels good to type it.
By the way - why does transfer deadline day have to be about the 92 'big' clubs?
@MarcIles breaking news kev O'hare signed for @eagleyfc from @Stonecloughfc for an undisclosed fee— @eagleyfc 31 August 2012
Gaz Cahill has just scored for Chelsea... but probably won't have many happy memories of the Super Cup.
As @ColinBoucher has just reminded me, this transfer window is a far cry from the Big Sam days. Fabrice Fernandes anyone?
Goes to show you can't rest on your laurels for one minute on transfer deadline day. There's always a rumour to stamp out somewhere.
Little flurry of rumours about Wanderers interest in Jermaine Beckford of Leicester City. Nowt in it as far as I know. Thought he was heading for Huddersfield Town.
No news on the Wanderers front and I don't expect there to be in the final two hours of this window either. But returning to an earlier theme, the fact the club have retained all their top players surely makes it imperative that they go into Christmas in a good league position.
@MarcIles I personally like have a dedicated bwfc source :) As long as no one goes! #dontgochungy— @PhilBWFC 31 August 2012
Hearing reports that Ivan Klasnic is in Spain to sign for Deportivo la Coruna. I think he'd do well in La Liga.
Also reading that Dedryck Boyata has joined FC Twente on loan from Manchester City. He was on the cards for a return at Wanderers for a while, pre-Matt Mills arrival.
Also, congratulations to Wanderers fan Heather Fredriksen, who won silver in the S8 400m freestyle today.
Just suggested to me (jokingly, I hope) that Michael Essien would be a good man to partner Spearing in the midfield. He certainly would... just not sure he'd fancy Barnsley away...
Not sure about these Friday night transfer blogs... hope they don't catch on.
On a non-Wanderers related transfer deadline story, Bury's Andy Bishop has joined Wrexham on loan.
One thing I know for sure that will be in tomorrow's paper will be man mountain Abdoulaye Faye, who talks about his time at Wanderers and why he's gearing up for a clash with Davo. David Pye supplies the words... can't take any credit for that one.
Can't remember the last time I managed to file my back page lead on transfer deadline day at 7pm... Do you hear that footballing Gods? I am taunting you!
There's also some talk about Tuncay dropping down to the Championship and signing for Brighton... Can only imagine his wage demands have altered somewhat...
Gael Kakuta - remember him? - has left Chelsea on loan to join Vitesse Arnhem in Holland.
Other than the Carling Cup win at Villa, I think it's safe to say he wasn't one of the better loan signings made at Wanderers in the last few seasons.
Jay Spearing on signing on loan for Bolton: “I think it's a great move. I've seen a couple of young lads that have come here and really gone on."
@MarcIles do Chelsea still owe us a loan as part of the Cahill transfer? Piazon?— @rossmitton84 31 August 2012
@MarcIles @OfficialBWFC think Jenkinson or Miguel from Arsenal would both add young exuberant quality! Sturridge to Liverpool off... Get him— @rossmitton84 31 August 2012
Continue passing on your transfer deadline wish lists... some interesting names have been passed my way so far today.
@marciles I'd be annoyed if I was a Cardiff fan. Apparently they've signed No one .... oh, wait, Craig Noone— @SteveThompson80 31 August 2012
Getting back to transfers, which Championship sides have impressed you with their signings this window? Who would you say the main challengers for the title are? Tweet me @MarcIles
Would say 80 per cent would rather see Wanderers playing one up top tomorrow at Hull. Few suggesting the team won't be changed from the Forest game.
For the record, I'd like to see us try 4-5-1 with a proper holding midfielder. Looking forward to seeing Kevin Davies v Abdoulaye Faye.
@MarcIles 4-5-1 I think Bogdan, Ricketts, Mears, Mills, Knight, Petrov, Eagles, Andrews, M.Davies, Spearing, K.Davies. What do u think Marc?— @Graham_Down 31 August 2012
Lots of people predicting 4-5-1 at the KC Stadium, with Spearing as the holding man.
So, to sum up, Jay Spearing is on loan from Liverpool for the season, and Michael O'Halloran is out on loan to Carlisle United for a month.
Where do you think Spearing will fit in? Will it be 4-5-1 or 4-4-2?
Tweet me your predicted teams/changed @MarcIles
Talk has already started about the loan window, which according to a couple of the more learned Twitterers, runs from September 8 to November 25. All new to me this Championship malarkey.
@MarcIles It's not over until Jim White tells us (or shouts) that it's over.— @mdkirky 31 August 2012
Again, the Voice of Bolton blog highlights an interesting tale and another wanderering ex-Wanderer, Ivan Klasnic
But QPR?? Really??
Amidst all this transfer nonsense (or lack of, in our case), it's great to hear that Bibi Gardner will be heading for the Soccer AM studios tomorrow morning. Hope they dig out the video to "Move To Your Goal!"
@MarcIles @CMerrillsBWFC there's always the loan window— @AnthonyL80 31 August 2012
@MarcIles I think we should have signed a decent young CB for cover and maybe a cheeky loan offer for Guidetti form City— @CMerrillsBWFC 31 August 2012
@MarcIles Still think we should get or should of got a CD or DM weak defence and no DM cover— @AdamCoops7 31 August 2012
Feel free to send your thoughts to me on Twitter @MarcIles about Wanderers' work in the transfer window - what they've done, what they should have done etc.
Also, I'll be trialling this feature at tomorrow's game against Hull City, so make sure you stick with us!
@MarcIles I still think we need one more defender, what happened to that Chris Solly? Thought we put a bid in?!— @harryleek_ 31 August 2012
Careful not to speak too soon, but how big is it that Wanderers have kept hold of their whole squad this summer (NRC aside)? And does that put more pressure on to get promotion?
@MarcIles Should have signed Danny Murphy. Clever, free and a leader. What we lack.— @Spen95 31 August 2012
@MarcIles need more players in Mark...just lost Vela!..if not mid table at best #bwfc— @bigmalc1959 31 August 2012
Opinions keep rolling in... Murphy would have been good though, wouldn't he? Not sure about wages, though.
Wigan and Reading apparently battling for Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha... which brings back memories of the last transfer window, which was also supposed to be a quiet one!
Joe Riley and Stu Holden adding their messages of support on Twitter for Josh Vela, who was ruled out for four months with knee ligament damage earlier today.
Interesting summary of Nigel Reo Coker's situation here from the Voice of Bolton blog...
1:04pm Fri 31 Aug 12
Vela out 4 months. Bring back NRC!!
12:41pm Fri 31 Aug 12
BBC reporting that Coyle has completed business for the day. Is he really satisfied with that defence? Very worrying.
He wrote... we should've signed Bouba Diop free, just as cover.
Who has moved in this transfer window and made you think 'We should have gone for him'?
Tweet me @MarcIles
Meanwhile, your tweets on the business done in the transfer window keep rolling in...
@bwfcjgreen92 I wouldn't say we lack quality I would say based on the 3 games so far we have lacked grit and determination.
@pclangdon @mini0mk has a point. Defence looks suspect and without goal poacher teams struggle, look how many we miss inside 6 yards.
@nathaniel2510 I agree with the limited defence and striker problems. Defence we have is solid on paper just need to gel. But we need a scorer!
BBC reporting that Wanderers saying no more incomings before the deadline... Definitive? Not if someone takes a shine to one of our players, it isn't.
I'll worry if the Bolton coach is seen pulling over at the services to drop someone off...
Lynchy also brings up a good point... With the lads now on their way up to Hull, and an overnight stay, it's going to take something special to sign someone before the deadline, isn't it?
Couple of very relevant tweets from Jay Lynch a few moments ago:
Training finished & On the Way to the Hotel in Hull.. Would like to Welcome Jay Spearing to the club, seems a nice guy & settled in well
@joshvela a speedy recovery from his injury.. He will Bounce back bigger & Stronger from this.
@pattfurey Danny sturridge? Chelsea do owe us loan deal - worth a pop isn't it?
Think Studge would be looking for a Premier League loan, to be honest.
@nathaniel2510 I agree with the limited defence and striker problems. Defence we have is solid on paper just need to gel. But we need a scorer!
Sorry, still playing catch-up since lunch. Michael O'Halloran's one-month loan move to Carlisle has also been confirmed, I see. Good move for him. Needs games.
Owen Coyle on Vela injury: “Josh landed awkwardly and that is how the damage has been done.
“We feel for him because he had a period of injury last season, but he bounced back from that and appeared in the Premier League where he showed his quality.
“He will bounce back from this too and we will give him every ounce of help to make sure that he returns and becomes the top player that we all believe he can be.”
Sad news about Josh Vela, out for four months with a knee ligament injury.
@mini0mk As it stands, I don't think we have the quality to go back up. Defence is poor and no goal scorers upfront really.
Don't agree, personally. Anyone else?
@MartinWilly just seen Colonel Mustard in the library with what looked like a candlestick. Any truth in that rumour?
Klasnic was at the Reebok to watch the Derby game. Showed a rare turn of pace to get past the press in the tunnel after the final whistle.
@pclangdon makes a decent point. I personally think there are goals in our strikers (and Eagles etc behind them) but you can't argue there isn't a penalty box poacher like Klasnic in the squad.
Wonder where he'll end up, by the way? QPR last rumour I heard.
@pclangdon do we need a goal poacher in the Klasnic mode ?. All our strikers are similar industrious but not natural finishers ?
Loads asking if Spearing deal will be the last one today. Honest answer - I think so. But all we need is for one club to bid crazy money for Chung-Yong, Mark Davies etc, and it could all start up again quickly. In the meantime, I'm making myself another brew...
Spearing's Liverpool team-mate, and now England international, wishing him all the best...
@MartinKelly1990 wanna wish speo all the best in helping bolton get back into the prem! Do your thing tommy pickles X
New bit of transfer news for you... Carlisle United have asked about taking Michael O'Halloran on loan. Looks like it'll be a goer.
The interesting thing with this Spearing deal is the clubs he turned down... Sunderland, QPR, Villa. Wolves also enquired this window, I understand. Just hope he fits the bill now!
Owen Coyle on his new capture: “We have been in the market for a player of this kind for a long time, and Jay is someone that we have always had an eye on.
“He was previously never available and, indeed, played the majority of games in Liverpool’s first team last season in the Premier League.
“We did everything we can to bring Jay to the football club and so we are thrilled to bring in a player of his calibre.
“He is a young player that is driven, who is a terrific passer of the ball. He has a real desire to do well and has all the attributes that we crave at Bolton Wanderers.”
HURRAH! Spearing deal confirmed...
@DannyW91Bolton need another CB. Mills and Knight have looked shaky so far. Maybe another midfielder too.
Taking up @JoshHealy's point there... I'd suggest Benik Afobe has shown he can finish. Fancy him and Kevin Davies for double figures this season.
@JoshHealy I think all our 4 strikers are too similar and more of hold up players, we don't have any lethal finishers ie klasnic
@ledcheese on paper Marc we have a strong squad. I'd like to see mills and ream play together at the back
So, the window has brought us Andy Lonergan, Benik Afobe, Keith Andrews, Matt Mills and now Jay Spearing... how do you rate the business done? Are we lacking anywhere? Tweet me @MarcIles
Quite a few people asking about loans out. For the younger players, I'd imagine they will wait until the loan window re-opens in a couple of weeks.
Beleive Spearing will be officially announced on the club website at 10.30am, technology allowing. He will be on the team coach travelling to Hull this afternoon!
@bazqwerts Heard 3 loan signings, Messi and Villa from Barca & Ronaldo from Real. Carlsberg don't do BWFC transfer rumours...
@britpokergossip Spearing looks like Danny Murphy talks like Jason McAteer... hope he plays like Peter Reid
OK - club say paperwork is going through and that it will be a SEASON LONG loan for Jay Spearing, which gives us plenty of time to look at him!
Lots of people asking about the length of the Spearing loan - some saying season long, and others until January. Will try and nail that down in the next few minutes...
@SteveThompson80 Spearing is a bit of a 'meh' signing. I'm sure he's decent enough. I'm more worried about who might be leaving us! #dontgochungy
@spigy1 worried that we haven't got enough quality up front and central midfield is a huge concern, don't think spearing is the answer
@rodge89 Spearing will be a decent addition for some midfield steel, and he should blossom with regular football. A CB would be nice, Owen.
What do we think of Spearing then? The midfielder we've been looking for? Tweet me @MarcIles and I'll post up some of the replies I get...
@MarcIles I've heard absolutely no rumours apart from 6 month loan for spearing back on, now stoke have Adams....surely nothing else on?
Spearing loan has never been off... But certainly looks, at present, as if it's the only bit of incoming business at the Reebok.
@MarcIles Might not be much action on there if it is just BWFC related content.
You never say never Rob!
For those asking, details of the loan are not official yet, but my opposite numbers at the Liverpool Echo seemed to suggest yesterday that it was until January, when the situation will be resolved. Stress, that's not confirmed yet!
But will that be the only bit of business we see today for Wanderers? Follow me on Twitter @MarcIles with any deadline day gossip and I might just put the best tweets on here. Will give me something to do...
Still waiting for official conformation of Jay Spearing's loan, which you may have read about in this morning's BN. I believe the full story will be on here soon...