LiveJanuary Transfer Deadline Day LIVE

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11:03pm


 

11:03pm

Thanks to everyone who contributed today. Some great tweets that have helped things keep ticking along.

All the back story to the business done on transfer deadline day in tomorrow's BN, along with a rare interview from Marvin Sordell and some snippets of injury news that should be of interest.

Good night all!

11:00pm

Those sweet, sweet chimes mean it's all over. That sound is the window slamming shut.

10:59pm

 
Simon has left the building...

10:58pm

10:58pm

 
Thanks for joining us. It's been a pretty successful day all in all.

10:55pm

A few people have tweeted me quotes from Owen Coyle on the BBC tonight saying he took £18/19million off the wage bill in the summer.

Incredible figures.

10:50pm

 
No, but I think it will be confirmed by Arsenal rather than Wanderers. There isn't any rush, I would guess. And they were probably a bit busy trying to sign that Spanish defender.

10:48pm

So, to sum up deadline day, Wanderers have signed Medo Kamara and Cian Bolger permanently and Steven de Ridder on loan until March.

Perhaps just as importantly, they have kept hold of Marcos Alonso amidst heavy interest from elsewhere and David Ngog, who was subject to a loan bid from Fulham.

Youngster Michael O'Halloran extended his loan at Tranmere to the full season, while Hibs' efforts to take Gregg Wylde collapsed over the fee paid up front.

There was also some late speculation linking skipper Kevin Davies with a move away from the Reebok that proved fruitless in the end, but will give everyone food for thought as the skipper's contract expires in the summer.

10:39pm

 
That could take until tomorrow, apparently, but won't affect the deal going through. I am told.

10:37pm

 
He might be in the squad but he has just come out of a winter break. Not quite ready to start.

10:36pm

Bah! Where were you an hour ago when I was writing my intro?

10:36pm

 
Good to hear. Aint technology wonderful?

10:35pm

 
I can confirm that everyone has gone home at the Reebok. Unless the security guards are going to fax the paperwork, I don't think it is going to happen.

10:32pm

Three and a half year deal for Kamara.

Dougie Freedman said this of him this afternoon: "He is a steal when you look at his age and his experience.

"If he can adjust to the English game he will be a very good signing."

10:23pm

GET IN! Medo signed, sealed and delivered. Subject to international clearance - but told that it is finalised now. Business done.

10:22pm

Lots asking about fee for Medo. Club have been very protective over it and are only saying it is undisclosed.

10:22pm

10:21pm

Wanderers staff joking that they are on their way home... just make sure you send that last fax on Medo please boys and girls!

10:11pm

Just one more to go... come on Medo. Bring it home!

10:09pm

 
You've probably seen the YouTube clips like me, and seen he has a decent eye for goal. Dougie Freedman says that tactically, he's top drawer.

10:07pm

*back-slapping tweet alert*
 
Thanks :-)

10:06pm

 
He's got a plan. Very clued up fella, that's for sure. He'll need the same good luck as anyone, though. Would love to see him succeed.

10:00pm

Nope. Hasn't been a bid.

9:59pm

One hour to go... Flagging now.

9:57pm

 
Loan window opens in two weeks, I think. Can get extended.

9:56pm

Nice little nugget of info on the official site. De Ridder translates as "The Knight". Another headline gem. Will also try and get to the bottom of Medo or "Teddy Bear" in the next few weeks.

9:53pm

 
Yes. Keep checking back... just waiting on the button being pressed.

9:50pm

9:50pm

 
He's here til March, I've been told.

9:49pm

 
Just waiting on official site to confirm that. Freedman was a bit reluctant before... possibly didn't want to jinx it!

9:47pm

Just had a "nope" and a "definitely not" on Tom Eaves to Bury - sorry Shakers fans.

9:46pm

Good move for Warnock, who has got an 18-month deal and a very good salary at Leeds. I rated him as a player and a good bloke while he was here.

9:46pm

Good move for Warnock, who has got an 18-month deal and a very good salary at Leeds. I rated him as a player and a good bloke while he was here.

9:44pm

9:44pm

 
Quite an interesting one. Haven't heard it, but will check.

9:43pm

 
I'm quite confident in saying no. I'll stay here typing away for the next hour - otherwise work might take my half-day off me - but think we're done and dusted now.

9:41pm

 
No it isn't. Expect that at some point tonight too. Definitely happened but he's Arsenal's player, of course, so it might be down to them.

9:40pm

Wanderers staff looking forward to an early (ish) night. And best of all, my back page doesn't need changing!

9:38pm

To confirm. Both players in the bag. Well done Mr Marland - completed with a good hour to spare. Time for a pint!

9:37pm

Yipppeee! Wanderers due to announce De Ridder loan very soon on the official website. Medo to follow, although he'll be subject to international clearance.

9:33pm

 
Your words, not mine.

9:31pm

Might switch Sky back off. These bitty interviews through car windows... they don't make much sense, do they?

9:25pm

I've just switched Sky Sports on for the first time. Rory Delap to Barnsley... hadn't spotted that one.

9:23pm

9:23pm

As I said - personally, I dearly hope so. If it can't be done for financial reasons, or he decides it's time to move on, then we should give him due respect.

9:20pm

This Odemwingie saga sounds ridiculous. I feel for the boys down in the Midlands right now. My deadline day has run quite smoothly so far... touch wood.

9:15pm

Anyone who's met Simon knows he's one of the good guys.

9:14pm

 
Split on this. Hearing a definite "no" from Wanderers - and even Neil Lennon is saying there hasn't been offer for Hooper, as reported. Looks like speculation.
But on a personal level, I'd be the first to congratulate Kev on what he's done for the club should he decide to go. It would be a sad day, and I dearly hope something can be sorted to enable him to stay, but I'm positive he won't be lacking for offers in the summer.

9:09pm

 
Had enough trouble spelling his name when he hit the bar on Saturday. No ta.

9:08pm

9:08pm

 
In fairness, my sports ed (Neil) did say I could take a half day for this. Presuming he means between midnight and noon on Saturday...

9:06pm

 
Just waiting on official confirmation of Medo and De Ridder.
Nothing out and at this stage, I'd be surprised if anything happened with Ngog or Alonso.
Lots of speculation about Kevin Davies but I think the clubs mentioned might well have to wait until the summer - if, of course, a deal doesn't get agreed in the meantime.

9:02pm

I feel for Simon Marland on a night like this. Who'd be a secretary on transfer deadline day, let alone one trying to get clearance for a Sierra Leone-born footballer with Finnish citizenship!

8:59pm

8:59pm

 
That tallies up.

8:59pm

Amendment to Steven de Ridder - it's a loan that takes him into March. So that's two months.

8:57pm

Spoke to Craig Dawson earlier - for the first time since he played at Radcliffe Borough, I think - and he came across well. Definitely feels fit enough to start a game.

8:54pm

 
I make it - Craig Davies, Jan Gregus, Craig Dawson, Cian Bolger, Medo Kamara and Steven de Ridder.

8:53pm

Hearing that Gregg Wylde's move to Hibs was called off because the club failed to reach an agreement on the loan fee.

8:49pm

 
Honestly don't know. Freedman admitted that the club would have to be realistic if Fulham came in with a big offer - but given they are looking to loan, it doesn't seem likely.

8:48pm

8:26pm

 
International clearance. Fax machine must be jammed!

8:25pm

 
Knew the manager wanted to get a winger in, but don't pretend to know everything. It was a new one on me!

8:24pm

It looks all quiet on the Fulham front with Ngog, and likewise the string of clubs chasing Alonso. Kevin Davies has also been linked with Burnley and Celtic, but I'm told from a very reliable source that it is not going to happen today.

8:22pm

Trying my best. Also have a back page to write, which keeps becoming more complicated. So - to sum up - Medo is inches away and the club are just waiting for international clearance. Steven de Ridder, a Belgian winger who has played a handful of games for Southampton in the Premier League, is here on loan (both tbc). Cian Bolger is a Bolton player now, after signing from Leicester, but Benik Afobe has had his season-long loan cut and is heading back to Arsenal.

8:19pm

8:19pm

8:14pm

Another exclusive time! Benik Afobe has gone back to Arsenal.

8:14pm

OK - exclusive time! Wanderers have signed a winger on loan - Steven de Ridder from Southampton. One month at first, I understand.

8:09pm

I said hello to Kev at Euxton before too. Saw Chungy as well.

8:09pm

8:06pm

That does not mean there won't be one, I might add. And with the skipper's contract running out in the summer I don't think he will be short of offers should Wanderers decide not to renew it.

8:05pm

Have had a very firm "No" from Wanderers when asking if there had been any offers for Kevin Davies. Know Owen Coyle has mentioned that Celtic could be interested (he's in the BBC tonight) and that Burnley (!) have been mentioned elsewhere, but right now, there hasn't been an offer.

8:03pm

7:55pm

 
Not heard anything but making checks now...

7:43pm

7:40pm

 
Crikey, he seems a long time ago. Definitely not happening. One the nationals got wrong overnight, I think.

7:39pm

 
Very good indeed.

7:38pm

"In the next 18 months or so, we feel Bolger could make our first team hence the reason we have signed him." - Dougie Freedman on Ireland Under-19 international Cian Bolger.

7:32pm

 
Was told earlier in the week that is was a nominal fee but think Freedman mentioned something about him being out of contract at Leicester.

7:31pm

7:31pm

There it is. Confirmation on the official site is on its way but we do have a first signing of the day! Hurrah!

7:29pm

7:18pm

 
Have done a story in tomorrow's BN on the very subject. Yes, I think one of them will.

7:17pm

Rather a steadied ship than a sinking one...

7:17pm

7:16pm

7:14pm

That's an interesting one. Gregg Wylde says he won't be going out on loan as expected. Freedman did say he wanted him to stay last week but that his representatives were forcing the issue.

7:13pm

7:12pm

7:11pm

Assuming Medo gets done (which I am really confident it will) - how do you view the business done in the January window?

Craig Dawson, Craig Davies, Cian Bolger, Medo and Jan Gregus. Discuss.

7:09pm

7:09pm

7:08pm

 
And beyond. I am the Ken Dodd of blogging.

7:00pm

And I also understand that Cian Bolger's deal will be announced on the official site before much longer. Signing!

6:58pm

Just hearing that Michael O'Halloran will be staying at Tranmere Rovers until the end of the season. Confirmed deal!

6:52pm

 
Chairman must have been bored...

6:49pm

 
Is that true?

6:48pm

Just heard Lennel John-Lewis has moved from Bury to Grimsby Town. Gutted... as the chant at Gigg Lane went "his name is a shop".

6:45pm

Coming up to 12 hours since I first turned my laptop on this morning. It was a simpler time, filled with rumours of a bid for Lloyd Dyer and wide eyed wonder at Fulham's move for Ngog.

6:43pm

Quick advert for tomorrow's BN, which will include the conclusion of tonight's transfer action, of course, including (hopefully) the backstory to Medo's arrival. I've also had a chat with Marvin Sordell about his return to Watford, and there's a few pieces of good news on the injury front.

6:39pm

6:35pm

 
This is Nacho, yes? Think Mr Saha is slightly beyond our financial reach right now.

6:34pm

 
Marvin Sordell thinks it's still possible. Have just spoken to him at Euxton. He's buzzing about the chance to face Watford.

6:33pm

Freedman was very relaxed speaking about the potential ins and outs today. Didn't look like someone who had a string of agents on speed dial waiting to push something through.

6:31pm

 
I don't - but as I said on the last tweet it could change if someone meets the valuation of Alonso or Ngog. Nice quote from Freedman at the press conference... ""I have missed out on one or two players to buy. But I am not going to buy anyone right now because it stinks of a panic."

6:30pm

 
No-one. Cian Bolger will be confirmed but is going straight into the development squad. Medo is very close but still a few loose ends to tie up. Expect that will be it, unless there is any movement on Alonso/Ngog.

6:28pm

 
Not from Wanderers. Heard that Arsenal have signed a player called Nacho... that shocked me a little bit.

6:25pm

6:19pm

 
Think they are working in tandem. Very sure this will get done tonight and there's a nice story to it too.

6:14pm

Am getting word that there could be a couple of loans going out tonight. My money is on Gregg Wylde being one of them.

6:13pm

 
None

6:12pm

 
Don't think it will happen today. Was told at the press conference that Freedman had lost out on a loan he wanted, but might be able to revisit it in a couple of weeks.

6:09pm

I can reveal that Medo is taking his medical at the Reebok right at this moment.

6:08pm

 
I don't think the Stoke link with Chungy has much substance to it at all. There's a big backstory that I'll go into later, but I would be amazed if that one turns into a deal.

6:05pm

 
I will throw a quote from Dougie Freedman into the ether here... ""We are 99 percent there. Just waiting for the paperwork to go back and forth which can take time."

6:04pm

As ever, if you want a question answered please tweet me @MarcIles and I'll do my best to get round the printable ones. But the next one comparing me with Jim White gets a ban...

6:02pm

Hello again! Back in the saddle and glad that Dave Pye didn't steal all the juicy news whilst I was away...

5:55pm

5:54pm

5:36pm Thu 31 Jan 13

tokyodave says

His wiki page has Kamara as a Bolton player
http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Mohamed_Kam
ara

 

Had that yesterday as well...good olf wikipedia

5:52pm

5:52pm

Just over five hours to go now and it will soon be time for me to handover back to Marc Iles.

He will be back in the chair from 6pm to take you through what could be an interesting final few hours of the window at the Reebok.

Will Chung-Yong Lee, Marcos Alonso or David Ngog depart? Will any more new faces come in?

Keep in touch via Twitter.. @MarcIles and also on here.

Thanks for all your comments in the last six hours.

5:48pm

Away from deadline day and Stuart Pearce has named his England Under-21 squad for Tuesday's friendly against Sweden.

Wanderers loanees Craig Dawson and Benik Afobe are included but there is no place for in-form striker Marvin Sordell

5:28pm

 
No official confirmation as yet but we do expect news sooner rather than later tonight

5:21pm

A third departure of the day at Bury with centre-back Mark Hughes moving to Accrington Stanley on loan for the remainder of the season, boss Kevin Blackwell has confirmed.

5:15pm

5:12pm

5:09pm

 
Still no confirmation on Kamara but then international clearance can be time-consuming...not heard of any hitches

5:07pm

5:01pm

5:01pm

I see Louis Saha has left Sunderland and there was talk recently about him going to Palace...be a good move for Eagles fans when Zaha leaves...just have to tweak one letter on the replica shirt

4:56pm

4:52pm

 
Maybe Craig Davies is being earmarked to play out there

4:43pm

Josh Healy ‏@JoshHealy
@davidpyeBN still no word if we're after a winger or not :)

 

Not as far as we know but if Chungy is to go then Freedman may have to move quickly

4:41pm

Scott Gregory ‏@Scott_92
@davidpyeBN @MarcIles someone give Pardew a ring and let him know we've got a Frenchman for sale. Please.

 

Maybe Beckham could go there on loan from PSG when he's learnt the lingo...apparently that is why his press conference in Paris is delayed - he's trying to learn French for his opening statement!

4:38pm

Former Wanderer Nicky Hunt has extended his loan at Accrington Stanley from Rotherham until the end of the season.

4:36pm

Ian Rowbottom ‏@IanRowbottom25
Can't see Chungy leaving. Already need one winger, 2 in 5 hours is almost impossible. @davidpyeBN #bwfc

4:34pm

Graham Abbott ‏@gsa219
@MarcIles @davidpyeBN Take £5M for Lee now, he's not the player he used to be. Although I'm not too happy about doing business with Stoke

4:33pm

Scott Gregory ‏@Scott_92
@davidpyeBN Think freedman needs to pull his finger out and invest in another forward and centre mid. We're desperately short...

4:33pm

Nigel Greenwood ‏@Nidgster
@davidpyeBN If we get £500,000 for Alonso probably a good deal. Wouldn't settle for anything less though. £5 Mill for Chungy disappointing

4:32pm

Nick Hodgson ‏@NickHodgson4
@davidpyeBN will we use any of the 5m to bring in a replacement for chungy if he goes?

As I said before, I suppose it all depends on how late we do any business

 

4:28pm

Just had a sports reporter at the Milton Keynes Citizen suggest to us there are rumours down there Marvin Sordell could be heading to MK Dons on loan.

Nothing in the pipeline on that as far as we know but one to keep an eye on.

4:11pm

Championship speculation with regards Wanderers weekend opponents Watford and Sky Sports reports Napoli youngster Soma Novothny could be set for a loan switch to Vicarage Road, according to the player's own father.

An Italian to Watford? Surely not!

4:09pm

4:09pm

4:08pm

4:04pm

Twitter feed back in business people...so what are everyone's thoughts on possible exits for Chungy, Alonso or Ngog?

4:02pm

4:02pm

4:00pm

Rory Delap has left Stoke to take his long throws to Barnsley...wonder if we will mention Stoke again on this forum tonight?

3:42pm

Finally for now from Wanderers writer Marc Iles at Euxton..

David Ngog remains at the club and boss Dougie Freedman say he is "in no mind to sell".

However, with Fulham's interest believed to be concrete, he accepts he would have to listen to a "good offer" for the French striker.

We understand an initial enquiry proposed £500,000 up front now and a further £2million in the summer from the Cottagers.

3:34pm

Just to let everyone know that our Twitter feed is currently down so any Tweets sent cannot be seen...must be overheating on deadline day! Just so no-one thinks they are being ignored!

3:32pm

More from Marc Iles at the Wanderers press conference on possible exits.....

Dougie Freedman has admitted there is continued interest in Marcos Alonso from several clubs but he remains at the club - for now.

Freedman has hinted that he may have to search for a late replacement at left-back if anything happens with regards the Spaniard moving on.

3:30pm

Down the road at Bury, the Shakers have confirmed the signings of experienced right-back Carl Regan and Cameroon midfielder Valéry Mézague, while striker Lenell John-Lewis and Andrai Jones have left the club on permanent deals to Grimsby and Barnsley respectively on 18-month permanent deals.
Manager Kevin Blackwell has also confirmed that Efe Sodje has turned down offers of permanent moves to Blue Square Bet Premier sides Luton and Macclesfield.

3:27pm

Talksport report that Stoke City remain interested in Wanderers pair Chung-Yong Lee and Marcos Alonso.

Potters boss Tony Pulis is apparently keen on the pair but hoping to drive down the asking price for Lee from a reported £5million and Alonso from £500,000 to £200,000.

The report suggest talks are ongoing and there could be movement later tonight...watch this space!

3:21pm

Freedman also states that Leicester youngster Cian Bolger is one for the development squad

3:19pm

Apparently the Whites just need to dot the i's and cross the t's and secure international clearance

3:18pm

Marc Iles has reported back from Dougie Freedman's press conference with the latest on Medo Kamara who is at Euxton to hopefully finalise his move.. Freedman has said the deal is "very close" and it would be an "absolute steal" to get him on board

3:08pm

2:04pm Thu 31 Jan 13

dazza666 says

Medo Kamara...once a £16 Million valued player linked with Spurs ....now a £300k player linked with Bolton! ...Is this the same player or are we really getting CHRIS KAMARA ?!!! ;-)

3:07pm

For those asking about links with Tom Pope, our understanding is that there is no interest from Wanderers

2:49pm

 
Not heard him mentioned at BN Towers...good player though

2:43pm

 
No change as yet..Marc Iles is still at Euxton waiting for the latest with Kamara and Bolger the two we are expecting to be sealed

2:39pm

 
Don't know how Freedman would react with his refusals to get kitted out if he doesn't start

2:36pm

Latest Championship rumour is veteran Kevin Phillips to Crystal Palace....they are certainly looking to spend some of their Zaha cash it seems

2:17pm

2:11pm

 
Not sure if he has ever played on the left side

2:10pm

Barnsley have announced Mido - the Egyptian one - has been released...would be quiet appropriate now for Wanderers to confirm another Medo is signing....we await more news

1:59pm

1:51pm Thu 31 Jan 13

genesis22 says

Elmander is available on loan - why not ? he should rip through championship defences, a good replacement if we show N'Gog the door.

1:57pm

 
Think that ship may have sailed

1:56pm

 
At 37 years of age I doubt he would fit into Dougie Freedman's policy of developing youth

1:53pm

1:52pm

 
I suppose it depends on the timescale...no good getting some cash in five minutes before deadline

1:52pm

 
Completely unfounded

1:50pm

My colleague at the Yorkshire Post @PhilHayYEP says on Twitter.."Hearing that Stephen Warnock to #lufc is still on and likely to be done."

1:46pm

1:35pm

 
Who leaked that??

1:33pm

 
It's starting anytime now so hopefully we will have some updates in an hour or so...sit tight

1:32pm

1:32pm

1:30pm

Keiron Dyer to Middlesbrough is done according to the BBC...interesting to see if they can keep him fit

1:28pm

Just over 9-and-a-half hours to go before the window slams shut...why does it always slam shut I wonder? Shouldn't there be safety catches on it or something?

1:23pm

 
New name on me that...not heard anything

1:22pm

1:20pm

1:19pm

 
There's always Andrew Davies at Bradford but then I doubt he'd pass up on a Wembley trip

1:00pm

 
No update as yet but Marc Iles should find out more when he speaks to Dougie Freedman shortly

12:59pm

 
He's still tucking into the free salad bar so could be some time yet...rumour has it he missed the glass with his free refill though

12:57pm

More Championship rumours and the talk is Peterborough's highly-rated George Boyd is en route to Nottingham Forest after it was thought he may be going to Palace yesterday

12:46pm

 
As far as we know, there is nothing doing with that at present...good player though

12:45pm

 
Talks entering a crucial third year

12:44pm

 
David McGoldrick joined Ipswich on loan at the start of this window with a view to a permanent in the summer so he's out of the equation...if it's the same McGoldrick you are thinking of

12:39pm

 
Not that I'm aware no

12:35pm

Sky Sports now reporting Fulham want Ngog on loan...our understanding is that the first enquiry was for a permanent move. I expect that would suit Wanderers more to free up funds for Freedman

12:32pm

 
Always difficult to judge how players will adjust to the English game but Medo has some pedigree having played in the Champions League for Partizan Belgrade.

12:32pm

 
There has been talk Riley may go out on loan so maybe Freedman is happy with his options at right-back

12:31pm

 
I think both would be out of our price range on this season's form

12:30pm

So Samba to QPR is a done deal...reported to be £12million fee. Just shows how desperate teams are to be in the Premier League next season when the big TV money comes around

12:27pm

 
Could well be the case for Sordell after his form in the cup. Like the look of Vela too, as does Freedman by all accounts.

12:26pm

 
Freedman seems to be looking at youth but then he did say a while back that if a player with good Championship experience comes up, he would be interested. The two Craigs (Dawson and Davies) fit that bill

12:25pm

 
Vyrda has had an excellent season but some Premier League clubs have been sniffing around him. Be nice if he did leave Watford before we play them Saturday!

12:24pm

 
Nothing else as yet though Medo Kamara and Cian Bolger should be rubber-stamped today

12:23pm

 
Nothing firm as far as I know at present though talk about interest from Stoke hasn't gone away

12:22pm

Interesting quotes from Hamilton Academical boss Billy Reid today on why Gary Fraser turned down a move to the Reebok.

"I was really shocked to be honest," Reid told the Daily Record.

"As far as I was aware, the move was pretty much done and dusted. The clubs had agreed a fee and we'd moved on.

"But Gary decided he didn't feel the move was right for him.

"He didn't feel he was ready to leave his family and a local environment at such a young age. It was a big opportunity for him but he's made his call."

12:17pm

 
I understand the Fulham bid is being seriously considered. Whether there would be a striking addition, I'm not so sure with Craig Davies on board. Maybe it's a chance for Sordell to stake a claim

12:16pm

 
Dawson and Gregus already in with Bolger and Medo not yet confirmed but likely to be completed today as far as I am aware

12:15pm

Not sold anyone as yet but there is talk of strong interest in Alonso from several clubs while David Ngog is a believed target for Fulham who have been linked before you may recall

12:14pm

 
 

12:13pm

So Luciano Becchio is now a Norwich player with Steve Morison heading in the opposite direction to Leeds. Morison should do well in the Championship, not sure if Becchio will prove as successful in the Premier League but time will tell

12:09pm

Doubt Brum would let Redmond leave even with their financial concerns...definitely a good player who could do a job for the Whites though

12:08pm

12:07pm

Afternoon all..Dave Pye here picking up the baton from Marc Iles who is off to Euxton to speak to Dougie Freedman. I'm on the afternoon shift so Tweet your thoughts on all things Wanderers to me @davidpyeBN. Will there be any departures before tonight's 11pm deadline?

11:59am

And that marks the end of my first shift. Follow/tweet @davidpyeBN this afternoon to get the latest this afternoon. I'm off to the press conference to have a chat with the manager. Laters!

11:54am

Wolves have enquired about Burnley pair Martin Paterson and Chris McCann.

11:53am

In other Championship news, Paul Robinson looks like going from Blackburn to West Ham, and Rovers have also had a bid for Alex Baptiste turned down by Blackpool.

11:48am


 
Was told early in the week that a defensive midfielder would be the main target (Medo, it turns out) and that a winger was a possibility.

 

11:47am

11:44am

Norwich also adding to their firepower by signing Luciano Becchio. Hard working lad, but worth £3m. I have my doubts.

11:42am

Wigan Athletic in for Barnsley's John Stones. An excellent right-back and someone I know Dougie Freedman rates. But at £3m, unfortunately out of the price range for now.

11:40am

 
Good question. I'll be putting that one to Dougie in a bit. Cannot imagine he hasn't got a back-up plan. It has been more than a week since Nottingham Forest first enquired.

11:39am

Wonder just how many other clubs have enquired about Alonso? As a few of you have mentioned, his performance against Everton at the weekend would have made people sit up and take notice.

11:38am

11:32am

11:27am

BBC saying Tom Huddlestone's move to Fulham is off. Does that free up some cash for Martin Jol?

11:26am

 
Harsh

11:25am

So Beckham to PSG, Steve Morison to Leeds United... starting to feel a little bit left out here. Knowing my luck, everything will happen as soon as I set off for the press conference.

11:24am

I'll be off to the press conference for the Watford game. With a bit of luck I'll arrive back armed with a few quotes to share with you.

11:23am

My learned colleague Mr Pye will be taking over from me at noon. Tweet him @davidpyeBN and he'll answer your questions through the day.

11:21am

Goodness me, just logged on to the site on my Ipad and saw the graphic they have put on the main page with me and Dave Pye. Sorry if it has scared any children...

11:20am

11:11am

11:11am

OK, so what do we think about loaning Ngog to Fulham, with the intention of a permanent sale in the summer. Wouldn't give Wanderers much cash to play with, but would mean more chances or Sordell etc.

Must assume Ngog's wage would be off the bill too?

11:08am

To answer your question @worth1g - we've seen a lot worse!

11:07am

 
Keeps going this rumour, doesn't it.

11:06am

 

11:06am

So, what's happened elsewhere this morning? Samba to QPR, Balotelli to AC Milan, Chris Iwelumo on loan to Oldham...

11:02am

RE Ngog - now had it confirmed that a verbal bid has been made from Fulham to loan the French striker with a view to buying him in the summer. A firm decision has not yet been made by Wanderers on whether they will let him out or not.

11:00am

11:00am

10:56am

Time for an important update - now understand that it isn't just Stoke City and Fiorentina in play for Marcos Alonso. Been informed that several clubs from Premier League and Championship have now been in contact.

10:42am

 
Well, hopefully what you are saying proves true. Two players queued up to sign today (Bolger and Medo) and who knows, maybe more?
As we stand, the club insist there have been no official bids, loan or otherwise, for anyone.

10:40am

10:35am Thu 31 Jan 13

Kramsharp says

Thanks Marc, Sombre maybe?Realistic yes!
I wish it wasn't so, but I really believe the cliche we are a club in transition, gone have the good old big Sam days, which we have never managed to reach again, I truly think gartside made a huge error disassembling the back room staff and science department .
DF has a lot of work to to, and it will take a couple of seasons to assembly a new team,

Personally i like the idea of the club and DF concentrating on bringing youth through the ranks, with such great academy they have been underachieving for some time.

Christ what were the last real youth players to come through the ranks.

10:39am

Loving the obscure transfer tittle-tattle, by the way.

10:39am

10:32am

 
Not sure where the club stands with clearance at the moment, but if I was a betting man, I'd say he would be involved, yes.
I'm not, by the way...

10:31am

10:31am

 
Go on then... He looked good when they came to the Reebok, didn't he?

10:30am

 
Well, some are saying they asked about a loan, some that it was a permanent deal. Bottom line at the moment is that he isn't going anywhere.

10:27am

10:25am Thu 31 Jan 13

Chrisgrego says

We are going up! 33/1 at moment good bet

And then a more optimistic one!

10:26am

10:22am Thu 31 Jan 13

Kramsharp says

Ian I think it's a bit late for a run, little or no chance of top 6 finish, hope im wrong, but we would have to win the majority of remaining games and hope a few in that end of the table hit a bad run. Even readings run last year was not that good, I think they had about 10 more points than us at this stage.

The fact remains hart side reacted too slowly to the OC debacle and the damage had already been done

We have been left with a mediocre team of no real value with no cash to spend, hence why DF is looking to bring you cheap youth through.

A rather sombre summation...

10:25am

So, what's going on elsewhere. QPR to sign Samba for an eye-watering £12.5million and £100,000-a-week. Good grief.

Harry Redknapp has also seen a £5m bid turned down for Peter Crouch.

Wigan Observer man @PaulKendrickWIG says Aiden McGeady will not be heading to the DW any time soon.

And in the Championship, it seems Nottingham Forest are trying to sign Stephen Ward from Wolves.

 

10:15am

10:09am

 
I hope Marvin is feeling fitter and more confident. Certainly looked that way against Everton.
Ngog hasn't had many games, has he? And he seems to make more of an impact as a sub.

10:07am

 
That's the million dollar question. It would take a massive effort from here. My gut feeling is that top six is out of reach but I'd be absolutely delighted to be proved wrong.

10:06am

10:05am

10:00am

 
In fairness, it had been dead for a good 24 hours. Still no explanation, though. I have got a press conference later to try and get one.

9:58am

 
Teddy Bear, for the un-initiated, is the Serbian translation for "Medo" - the nickname of Mohamed Kamara. But to answer your question, it seems the deal is on track. Sure there will be a bit of red tape involved.

9:57am

9:54am

 
Promise this will be the last gratuitous re-tweet of the day. Probably.

9:53am

But who do we want in? Winger still very much an area that Dougie Freedman wants strengthening. Medo's arrival was his number one target though - a defensive mid was a must.

9:51am

And in the spirit of important updates, I have had it confirmed that Lloyd Dyer IS NOT a target for Bolton Wanderers. Quite a few people who tweeted already this morning will be pleased with that.

9:49am

This one's an important update - so I've used my jazzy update button.

Have been told that Fulham's enquiry about Ngog came late last night but the Londoners DID NOT make a firm bid of £2.5million.

Whether that happens as deadline day continues, we'll see.

9:35am

9:33am

Paul Scharner has rejoined Wigan on loan from Hamburg.

9:29am

 
Fair comment. Think Marvin is ready for a run myself.

9:29am

9:20am Thu 31 Jan 13

Kramsharp says

I can't see any legs in the dyer rumour, he is just not freedmans type of player, and his pedigree is not up to much, maybe a stop gap bench warmer if ngog goes, but I'm sure there are better out there

9:25am

9:25am

Elsewhere in the Championship, Wolves' reporter @TimNash1 claims Roger Johnson could be on his way out of Molineux and Marlon King - yes him - could come in.

9:19am

The very reliable @jezbutler claims Alex Baptiste will be leaving Blackpool, with Wolves and Blackburn slugging it out for the defender.

9:17am

Lloyd Dyer seems a funny one to be linked to - 18 months remaining on his contract and 30 years of age. Will hopefully get a confirm or deny on that one as the day rolls on.

9:15am

9:14am

9:13am

The self-styled transfer deadline day king, Harry Redknapp will be a busy man today too. Chris Samba, David Bentley and Jermain Jenas on his shopping list. Won't be cheap.

9:09am

In other transfer news, I hear Middlesbrough are signing Keiron Dyer. Added to earlier news of Danny Graham potentially going to the Riverside, and there is clearly a bit of cash being thrown at their promortion bid. Most of the national papers have him going to Sunderland, though.

9:05am

9:00am

8:51am Thu 31 Jan 13

BigDave1985 says

Just hope Alonso does not bolt off to Stoke. Even if he just stays until the end of season and help the cause of getting us back up!

8:59am

 
Erm, he was confirmed by the club last week, wasn't he? Or did I dream it?

8:42am

For the record - there have been a few whispers about Chung-Yong and a possible move elsewhere but I'm informed that's all they have been. No offers whatsoever. Stoke City have been mentioned a few times, although it seems the link has stemmed from a firm of agents who brokerered his deal from FC Seoul a few years ago.

Of more interest is the fact that Alan Harper has been spotted around the Reebok recently. He used to work for Wanderers, and spotted Chungy playing in the K League back in Gary Megson's day. Now he works for Liverpool.

8:36am

 
Ah, the first Chungy rumour of the day...

8:35am

8:34am


 
Don't think it's in David's nature to storm out. He didn't look comfortable in a two up front, that's for sure.

 

8:26am

 
Agree. That would be a turn up.

8:26am

 
Well Kamara has got a decent CV. If the Dyer speculation pans out, then he's 30 isn't he? Good experience at this level.

8:24am

 
Yes. I'll be taking my kids to school in a few mins. Thankfully, it's next door, so I won't be long.

8:11am

 
Asked the manager directly about him, and he said "No". Bristol City want £2million for him, and my gut feeling is that we won't be spending those sort of figures today.

8:09am

We've made it through our first hour folks. No real point in a recap, because nothing has really happened. But I'm treating it like a warm-up... wouldn't want to strain something later on when it gets busy.

8:03am

8:03am

 
I think Alonso will be here at 11pm, but that's just a hunch. Know there will be two ins, maybe three? There is ALWAYS a surprise name that pops up, so we'll wait and see.

8:01am

 
I think it should be remembered he's still a young lad, even though he seems to have been around for a while with us and Liverpool. Still a case of unfulfilled potential at the moment, though.

8:00am

 
Crikey. Think it might take more than £2.5m to sign Bolasie, particularly if Dougie came calling. He's a top player, though.

7:59am

 
Think we have to be realistic about the financial situation at the club don't we? Can't throw money at things. John McGinlay came up with some interesting stuff in his column on the subject.

7:49am

Alternatively, we have a comment facility on this very site. I'll try and keep on top of them too.

7:48am

What do we think about the prospect of Ngog leaving, by the way?

He started like a house on fire for Freedman but has been used quite sparingly in recent weeks.

How would you invest the money elsewhere?

Tweet @MarcIles and I'll use the best ones on here!

7:47am

 
Not at the minute. Have a couple to make on the subject.

7:40am

Not saying all that is true, of course, but it does add a touch of excitement to the signing.

7:39am

Even seen him pitched as a potential replacement for Luka Modric...

7:38am

Lots of optimism about Kamara's arrival since the news broke yesterday. I'm sure, like me, you've surfed the internet looking for stories about him and seen the £16million link with Spurs...

7:37am

 
Well Alonso a definite. Club saying nothing about Ngog bid for now, so we'll wait and see with that one.

7:26am

 
I think we're in for a busy one, yes. Lots of names in play.

7:25am

We have also got a press conference at Euxton today, so this will be a busy day. But we do have the luxury of firing questions at the manager on deadline day... which is a rarity.

7:21am

 
They might, but don't trust them. Have had a very firm "no" on that one from the manager. Of course, by writing that, I am setting myself up for a fall later, aren't I?

7:20am

 
Pretty much everything listed below - but more will crop up, I'm sure of it! We haven't even mentioned Chung-Yong Lee yet... a deadline day favourite!

7:11am

So let's recap on the transfer news at the Reebok.

Marcos Alonso looks likely to go to Fiorentina in the summer but Stoke City have emerged as a late contender for his signature.

Fulham have been linked overnight with a £2.5million move for David Ngog, and that could well fund a deal for Leicester City's Lloyd Dyer.

Medo Kamara is very nearly done - expect that one to be announced in the course of the day along with Cian Bolger, also of Leicester.

There might also be a bit of loan movement - with Gregg Wylde, Joe Riley and Rob Lainton all subject to interest from elsewhere.

7:08am

Good morning all. It's just after 7am, I've had three Weetabix and working on my first brew. Must be transfer deadline day!

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8:51am Thu 31 Jan 13

BigDave1985 says...

Just hope Alonso does not bolt off to Stoke. Even if he just stays until the end of season and help the cause of getting us back up!
Just hope Alonso does not bolt off to Stoke. Even if he just stays until the end of season and help the cause of getting us back up! BigDave1985
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9:20am Thu 31 Jan 13

Kramsharp says...

I can't see any legs in the dyer rumour, he is just not freedmans type of player, and his pedigree is not up to much, maybe a stop gap bench warmer if ngog goes, but I'm sure there are better out there
I can't see any legs in the dyer rumour, he is just not freedmans type of player, and his pedigree is not up to much, maybe a stop gap bench warmer if ngog goes, but I'm sure there are better out there Kramsharp
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10:22am Thu 31 Jan 13

Kramsharp says...

Ian I think it's a bit late for a run, little or no chance of top 6 finish, hope im wrong, but we would have to win the majority of remaining games and hope a few in that end of the table hit a bad run. Even readings run last year was not that good, I think they had about 10 more points than us at this stage.

The fact remains hart side reacted too slowly to the OC debacle and the damage had already been done

We have been left with a mediocre team of no real value with no cash to spend, hence why DF is looking to bring you cheap youth through.
Ian I think it's a bit late for a run, little or no chance of top 6 finish, hope im wrong, but we would have to win the majority of remaining games and hope a few in that end of the table hit a bad run. Even readings run last year was not that good, I think they had about 10 more points than us at this stage. The fact remains hart side reacted too slowly to the OC debacle and the damage had already been done We have been left with a mediocre team of no real value with no cash to spend, hence why DF is looking to bring you cheap youth through. Kramsharp
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10:25am Thu 31 Jan 13

Chrisgrego says...

We are going up! 33/1 at moment good bet
We are going up! 33/1 at moment good bet Chrisgrego
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10:35am Thu 31 Jan 13

Kramsharp says...

Thanks Marc, Sombre maybe?Realistic yes!
I wish it wasn't so, but I really believe the cliche we are a club in transition, gone have the good old big Sam days, which we have never managed to reach again, I truly think gartside made a huge error disassembling the back room staff and science department .
DF has a lot of work to to, and it will take a couple of seasons to assembly a new team,

Personally i like the idea of the club and DF concentrating on bringing youth through the ranks, with such great academy they have been underachieving for some time.

Christ what were the last real youth players to come through the ranks.
Thanks Marc, Sombre maybe?Realistic yes! I wish it wasn't so, but I really believe the cliche we are a club in transition, gone have the good old big Sam days, which we have never managed to reach again, I truly think gartside made a huge error disassembling the back room staff and science department . DF has a lot of work to to, and it will take a couple of seasons to assembly a new team, Personally i like the idea of the club and DF concentrating on bringing youth through the ranks, with such great academy they have been underachieving for some time. Christ what were the last real youth players to come through the ranks. Kramsharp
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1:11pm Thu 31 Jan 13

genesis22 says...

Elmander is available on loan - why not ? he should rip through championship defences, a good replacement if we show N'Gog the door.
Elmander is available on loan - why not ? he should rip through championship defences, a good replacement if we show N'Gog the door. genesis22
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1:11pm Thu 31 Jan 13

steveG says...

The club is in the worst shape for years,
certainly since moving to the Reebok.

The current quality in the squad is poor,but the recent signings suggest it's only going to get worse.

We need to be realistic when it's clear the owner is far from convinced spending money on quality players will guarantee promotion and so has decided to pocket the money and hope mediocre players rise to the challenge.
The club is in the worst shape for years, certainly since moving to the Reebok. The current quality in the squad is poor,but the recent signings suggest it's only going to get worse. We need to be realistic when it's clear the owner is far from convinced spending money on quality players will guarantee promotion and so has decided to pocket the money and hope mediocre players rise to the challenge. steveG
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1:51pm Thu 31 Jan 13

genesis22 says...

Elmander is available on loan - why not ? he should rip through championship defences, a good replacement if we show N'Gog the door.
Elmander is available on loan - why not ? he should rip through championship defences, a good replacement if we show N'Gog the door. genesis22
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2:04pm Thu 31 Jan 13

dazza666 says...

Medo Kamara...once a £16 Million valued player linked with Spurs ....now a £300k player linked with Bolton! ...Is this the same player or are we really getting CHRIS KAMARA ?!!! ;-)
Medo Kamara...once a £16 Million valued player linked with Spurs ....now a £300k player linked with Bolton! ...Is this the same player or are we really getting CHRIS KAMARA ?!!! ;-) dazza666
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5:07pm Thu 31 Jan 13

dazza666 says...

This transfer window is very interesting situation for Wanderers....
You see, the club or the players aren't really where they thought they were going to be in the league. ie top 6 looking at promotion back to the Prem.
So the club are looking to keep cash flow tight, wages lower and possibly cash in on bigger name players, as they aren't expecting any Prem money this time around. Unfortunately the Prem quality players we do still have will more than likely moving on now or in the summer. If we were to bounce straight back...well, different story!
However, Dougie has a rebuild on his hands. I think he and the club know it. I believe we can get promoted but unless there is a dramatic improvement it will be with a very different team. COYWM!
This transfer window is very interesting situation for Wanderers.... You see, the club or the players aren't really where they thought they were going to be in the league. ie top 6 looking at promotion back to the Prem. So the club are looking to keep cash flow tight, wages lower and possibly cash in on bigger name players, as they aren't expecting any Prem money this time around. Unfortunately the Prem quality players we do still have will more than likely moving on now or in the summer. If we were to bounce straight back...well, different story! However, Dougie has a rebuild on his hands. I think he and the club know it. I believe we can get promoted but unless there is a dramatic improvement it will be with a very different team. COYWM! dazza666
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5:36pm Thu 31 Jan 13

tokyodave says...

His wiki page has Kamara as a Bolton player
http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Mohamed_Kam
ara
His wiki page has Kamara as a Bolton player http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Mohamed_Kam ara tokyodave
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9:34pm Thu 31 Jan 13

dazza666 says...

Dougie Freedman was so impressed with the Bolton players he inherited....
....he's signed half a team already on his first opportunity! ;-)
Dougie Freedman was so impressed with the Bolton players he inherited.... ....he's signed half a team already on his first opportunity! ;-) dazza666
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10:23pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Howied says...

Medo must need glasses if he has an eye for goal, he hasnt scored for 3 years!!!
Medo must need glasses if he has an eye for goal, he hasnt scored for 3 years!!! Howied
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11:01pm Thu 31 Jan 13

steveG says...

Dougie deserves to be judged at the end of the season in light of todays signings.

I am an optimist usually but must admit I haven't been impressed with the teams passive brand of football since he arrived and todays signings haven't served to inspire me - think i'll give Watford a miss.
Dougie deserves to be judged at the end of the season in light of todays signings. I am an optimist usually but must admit I haven't been impressed with the teams passive brand of football since he arrived and todays signings haven't served to inspire me - think i'll give Watford a miss. steveG
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