Rumour Mill: January 28-29 - Review

  • January 29, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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The final weekend of the January transfer window has come to a close and Bolton are yet to add to their solitary signing.

Tim Ream officially completed a move from New York Red Bulls last week and despite reported interest in other targets, he remains Wanderers' only signing of the month so far.

That is expected to change in the final 48 hours of the window, with Trotters boss Owen Coyle shortlisting three major targets in the form of Wilfried Zaha, Juan Manuel Iturbe and Arsenal's Ryo Miyaichi.

Reports emerged on Friday evening indicating Wanderers had made an official approach to Crystal Palace for 19-year-old Zaha.

Coyle was thought to be furious with the news leaking prior to the weekend, although he is still hopeful of reaching a deal with the Championship side after making his interest public on Sunday.

"I think there's players out there, and Zaha is certainly one of them, that I think would enhance our club for years to come on a permanent basis," Coyle said.

Bolton are thought to have made an offer in the region of £5million for the winger and are waiting on an answer from the Eagles before making their next move.

The decision on Zaha may well influence whether Wanderers will renew their interest in Porto midfielder Juan Manuel Iturbe, who is out of favour with the Portuguese giants after falling out with manager Vitor Pereira earlier in the season.

Bolton have made contact with Porto regarding the availability of the player, but they are yet to make an official offer for the 18-year-old Argentinian.

One potential reason for that is because they are reportedly close to sealing a loan deal for Arsenal midfielder Ryo Miyaichi.

Miyaichi has yet to make his senior league debut for the Gunners and Arsene Wenger is willing to let the 19-year-old make the same move that shot Jack Wilshere into the spotlight two years ago.

The Japan under-19 international spent the second half of last season on loan with Dutch giants Feyenoord, where he scored three goals in 12 league games. During his time in Rotterdam, Miyaichi earned rave reviews and was even compared to Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi.

Despite potential incomings being the main focus at the Reebok Stadium, Kevin Davies' future remains a major talking point in the late stages of the transfer window.

Speculation over the course of the last fortnight has linked Sunderland with a move for the Wanderers captain, leading Bolton boss Coyle to deny rumours he is ready to sell the 34-year-old.

Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill confirmed his interest in the one-time England international on Sunday and admitted he may make another move for Davies on Monday morning.

"I did make an enquiry and Owen would obviously want to try to keep him," O'Neill said. "I may well follow that up tomorrow (Monday) morning."

Several of the Monday morning newspapers are suggesting Sunderland may table an opening bid of £500,000 for Davies, but Wanderers are likely to hold out for at least £1.5million before they consider letting the big man leave.

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