Rumour Mill: January 23-25 - Review

  • January 25, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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The January transfer window has entered its final week, with speculation beginning to intensify in the rumour mill.

To date, Gary Cahill's departure to Chelsea has been Bolton's only piece of completed business this month, although they are understood to be closing in on a deal to bring New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream to the Reebok Stadium as his replacement.

After weeks of talks with the player and his club, Ream was finally granted a work permit on Monday afternoon which will allow him to complete a move to Wanderers.

A transfer fee and personal terms have all been agreed, with the signing of all the necessary paperwork all that is left to do before the deal is brought to a close.

With Ream an almost certainty to move from the United States, Philadelphia Union forward Sebastien Le Toux's switch remains uncertain.

The 28-year-old spent the last week on trial with Bolton and was spotted in the stands as Owen Coyle's side recorded a 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday evening.

Le Toux returned to America on Tuesday and with all parties remaining silent since, is remains unclear as to whether he will stay in the MLS or return to the Reebok.

Should a move for Le Toux fail to materialise, Bolton could well move for Al Nasr forward Ismael Bangoura.

Bangoura is currently on international duty for Guinea at the Africa Cup of Nations and has been linked with a move to the Trotters in recent days.

Al Nasr director Khalid Obaid said on Tuesday that the club were open to the possibility of Bangoura leaving, although their preferred choice would be a loan deal and not a permanent arrangement.

"It's still open to negotiation with Bolton," Obaid told Gulf News. "Bangoura has a contract with us until 2014. It's undecided if he'll move out on loan or via transfer, but loan is definitely our first and preferred option."

A move for the former Dynamo Kyiv forward may prove difficult though, with the player likely to be denied a work permit for a switch to the Premier League.

Wanderers officials will know that problem, which may explain why the club have once again been linked with FC Porto midfielder Juan Manuel Iturbe.

Iturbe was linked with a loan move to the Reebok earlier in the transfer window and it appears the interest may have been rekindled after a move for Blackpool's Matt Phillips failed to materialise.

Iturbe has made just two league appearances for Porto since his summer move from Cerro Porteno and could emerge as the next big loan signing for Bolton, following in the footsteps of Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge.

One deal that does look unlikely to happen is that of Tottenham Hotspur forward Giovani Dos Santos.

Wanderers were thought to be close to agreeing a £5million fee for the 22-year-old, but reports on Wednesday suggest Spanish side Villarreal are the new favourites to land the Mexico international, who has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

Our final piece of transfer gossip today revolves around the club captain, Kevin Davies.

Davies has been continuously linked with a January departure after failing to start any of Bolton's last six league games.

Speculation linking the 34-year-old with a move to West Ham United earlier in the window proved to be far from the truth, but Sky Sports believe as many as five clubs are weighing up a move for the one-time England international.

They believe Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Old Firm duo - Celtic and Rangers - are looking into the possibility of taking Davies on loan until the end of the season.

Davies' contract at the Reebok expires at the end of the season and although Wanderers are not actively looking to get shut of their captain, they are prepared to let the player move should he wish to do so.

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