BWFC January Transfer Window Round-Up

  • February 03, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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January was an incredibly frustrating month for Bolton Wanderers supporters. Here, we take a look at all their activity during the transfer window.

Less than 24 hours before the window opened, Wanderers' parent company - Burnden Leisure Plc - revealed the club had made an operating loss of £50.7million for the financial year ending June 30, 2013, taking the overall debt of the business to a staggering £163.8million.

If it hadn't already dawned on the fans, the fact that the club would now start to rely on a 'one-in, one-out' motto was about to become a disappointing reality. Long gone are the days of club record signings - such as Nicolas Anelka and Johan Elmander - and the modern-day Trotters boss Dougie Freedman is having to make the most of the hand that feeds him.

The first deals of the window happened on January 3, when Michael O'Halloran's permanent switch to St Johnstone and the expiry of Jan Gregus' loan allowed Wanderers to bring Neil Danns back to the club on loan from Leicester City. Danns had enjoyed a three-month stint at the Reebok Stadium throughout the Autumn and made his return in time for the FA Cup third round tie against Blackpool.

Kevin McNaughton and Joe Mason returned to Cardiff City, after their respective loan deals came to an end, while Tom Eaves' loan at Shrewsbury Town was extended until the end of the season.

The next piece of completed business saw the controversial Gary Fraser complete a transfer to Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle. The 19-year-old joined Bolton from Hamilton Academical in the summer and was immediately loaned to Thistle. He received a nine-match suspension for an incident in an under-20's game, but seemingly impressed enough in training to win over their management and make the move permanent.

With four days of the window to go, Wanderers finally managed to rid themselves of one of the club's highest earners. David Ngog, who had scored just 16 goals in 91 appearances for the club, was allowed to join Swansea City for a nominal fee. Reports suggest Bolton will receive a bonus if the Swans retain their Premier League status, but the most important aspect of the deal for the Trotters is that they no longer have his £30,000+ wages on the books.

The departure of Ngog provided Freedman with the opportunity to bring other players to the Reebok Stadium, the first of which arrived the following day. Lukas Jutkiewicz, an out-of-favour Middlesbrough forward, came in on loan until the end of the season and made his debut in last Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers.

The final day of the window saw three deals completed, with two arrivals and one departure. The first deal of the day saw Yannick Bastos complete a move from Luxembourgish side FC Differdange, after he signed an 18-month contract. Liam Trotter was next to come in, on loan from Millwall for the remainder of the campaign, before a surprise loan deal taking Craig Davies to Preston North End was announced in the final few hours before the deadline.


Bolton Wanderers Arrivals - January 2014

Date Player From Fee
31/01/2014 Liam Trotter Millwall Season-Long Loan
31/01/2014 Yannick Bastos FC Differdange Undisclosed
28/01/2014 Lukas Jutkiewicz Middlesbrough Season-Long Loan
03/01/2014 Neil Danns Leicester City Season-Long Loan


Bolton Wanderers Departures - January 2014

Date Player To Fee
31/01/2014 Craig Davies Preston North End Season-Long Loan
27/01/2014 David Ngog Swansea City Undisclosed
10/01/2014 Gary Fraser Partick Thistle Undisclosed
03/01/2014 Michael O'Halloran St Johnstone Free Transfer
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