Date: 1st September 2014 at 11:26pm
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If you were following The Bolton News’ deadline day commentary you’ll have noticed many a name thrown around. We know that if Dougie was to make a significant addition to his squad, players would have to leave.

It was widely reported that Jermaine Beckford would join Fulham on a permanent deal. This was greeted with a positive response from Bolton fans who have been on Beckford’s back after numerous inconsistent performances. He remains a Bolton player for now and was our top scorer last season. This deal could possibly be revisited by the West London outfit when the loan window reopens.

Should Beckford leave on loan Dougie would most certainly have to replace him. There would be finances to do so with Beckford’s wages among the highest in the squad and would be paid in full by Fulham. Strikers such as Glenn Murray have been mentioned although Wanderers face very stiff competition from fellow Championship clubs to sign him. We’re going to have to hope for another Jutkiewicz on this one.

The Bolton News also reported that Greg Halford had been offered to Bolton. However, this deal didn’t happen. Halford is a good Championship player, in my opinion- a bit like Sam Ricketts but can play in midfield. He would have been a welcome presence in what has so far been a very shaky back four.

Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan hasn’t been involved at Selhurst Park much of late. He’s a player who Dougie has worked with before and tried to bring to Bolton before. It was reported that he had been offered a short term contract but was holding out for something longer. I like Garvan as a player, he’s got a good left foot and works hard. However, with our finances being tight I think we should only sign him should Mark Davies leave- maybe one to revisit in January?

That leads me on to the topic of the above mentioned Mark Davies who was the subject of much interest from Premier League clubs. I think there was a general consensus that should we receive an offer of around three million pounds we should take it and look to bring in two players. Well, he didn’t leave so we won’t be replacing him. Davies is a very talented player- another who’s career has been hindered by injuries of late.

So that’s a little round up of deadline day at Burnden Way, in the morning it promised to be a boring and uneventful slog but it turned out to be rather exciting at times. Although nothing actually came out of reported interests, offers and enquiries we could still see some men leaving the Macron (temporarily) and some new faces arrive.


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