Rumour Mill: January 11 - Review

  • January 11, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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There was finally some movement at Bolton Wanderers on Day 11 of the January transfer window, but it wasn't what everybody was expecting.

Talks over Gary Cahill's anticipated move to Chelsea continue to roll on, with some reports suggesting negotiations may be about to break down over the 26-year-old's personal terms.

It was widely reported that Cahill looked set to complete a move to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, but those reports proved to be false after an uneventful day on that front means the England international remains a Bolton player for the time being.

Whether a deal is completed before the weekend remains to be seen, but Cahill is understood to have played his last game for the Trotters.

One player who will not be leaving the Reebok Stadium this month is Dedryck Boyata.

Boyata joined Bolton on a season-long loan from Manchester City in August but has failed to impress during his time at the club, where he has been restricted to just 10 first team appearances.

Speculation arose earlier in the transfer window that the Belgium international could be set to return to the Etihad Stadium and with Roberto Mancini's side currently struggling for defensive cover, Boyata seemed likely to head back to his parent club.

It has since emerged that a clause was put in the contract between the two clubs, allowing City to recall the defender. However, this option was only available until January 3, 2012.

As this date has now passed, Boyata will see out the remainder of his loan stint with Owen Coyle's side. His most recent appearance for the club came in the Boxing Day defeat to Newcastle.

While Boyata will be staying at the Reebok, one player has departed.

Academy starlet Jack Sampson is highly rated by the backroom staff at Bolton and is a regular in the reserve team setup.

His contract was due to expire at the end of the season, but the 18-year-old penned a new deal on Wednesday, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2013.

As a condition of his loan deal, Wanderers have granted permission for the England under-19 international to join League Two side Southend United on a one-month loan.

Sampson will be hoping to gain some first-team experience at Roots Hall, where a successful stay could earn him an extended spell with the Shrimpers until the end of the campaign.

Finally, some news on a potential incoming. Malaga midfielder Antonio Galdeano Benitez, or Apono as he prefers to be called, has been linked with a switch to England.

Apono has fallen out of favour with Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini after reacting angrily to being substituted in the opening game of the Spanish season.

Earlier this week, Pellegrini informed the player's agent to find him a new club as their issues had gone unresolved in the four five months that have passed.

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