BWFC in January: The Transfers That Didn't Happen

  • February 04, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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As the dust settles on the January transfer window, we take a look at the deals Bolton failed to conclude.

Yesterday, we looked back at the transfers that did come to fruition; Today, it is the turn of the rumours - or, at least, the credible ones - to remind ourselves of what might have been had the circumstances been different.

We start off by casting our minds back to December. Chris Eagles and David Ngog had been in and out of the Bolton team all season and with their contracts set to expire in the summer, both had been linked with moves away from the Reebok Stadium.

Eagles was linked with a loan move back to former club Burnley, while Ngog was reported to be the subject of a £1million bid from Turkish side Bursaspor. Neither of these deals reached a conclusion, although Ngog did later complete a transfer to Swansea City.

The New Year brought a new rumour to the surface; This time, long-term injury victim David Wheater was said to be interesting Doncaster Rovers. Knee surgery scuppered the deal, allowing Rovers to complete the signing of former Wanderers defender Abdoulaye Meite instead.

Tyrone Mears, a man whose career has failed to get going at Bolton, then turned down the chance to join Blackpool in mid-January.

The first major rumour of the window, from an incoming point-of-view, saw Sunderland forward Danny Graham linked with a switch to the Reebok Stadium. Graham, who is actually already out on loan, at Hull City, has failed to hit the heights he discovered during his time at Watford and Swansea City. His time at the KC Stadium was cut short, but only to give him the opportunity to join Middlesbrough.

24 hours after the Graham story emerged, reports in France suggested Evian were targeting the signature of Ngog - who had previously rejected a move to Turkey. Those reports prompted the hand of Swansea, who sealed his signing just days later.

After more than a week of inactivity on the rumour front, things suddenly burst back into life on the final day of the window.

The first story to break on deadline day was news that Kevin McNaughton wouldn't be rejoining Bolton after a previous loan spell from Cardiff City. That was followed later in the day with news that his Bluebirds teammate, Joe Mason, would also be staying in Wales. The reason for this - or at least the one that was reported - is that he tragically lost a family member and was given compassionate leave by his club.

As for potential outgoings, three rumours hit the news in the early part of the afternoon. However, none of moves came close to being a reality. Mears, Marvin Sordell and Lee Chung-Yong were linked with Queens Park Rangers, Watford and Crystal Palace, respectively, with the latter being the subject of a cash offer from the Eagles. As it stands, all three remain Bolton players - although Sordell is out on loan at Charlton Athletic.

The final piece of speculation in January, and a name on the lips of Wanderers supporters for months, related to Craig Dawson. The West Bromwich Albion defender is a known target of Trotters boss Dougie Freedman, although financial restraints are said to be holding up any enquiry. Wigan Athletic were said to be closing in on his signature in the final hour of the window, but a move failed to reach a conclusion and the former England under-21 international remains at The Hawthorns for the moment.

The Football League's emergency loan window opens on Friday. What shall we expect? Queens Park Rangers may decide to renew their interest in Mears, but focus is expected to turn to bringing Mason and Dawson back to the Reebok - with money available, following the departures of Ngog and Craig Davies.


Bolton Wanderers Failed Arrivals - January 2014

Date Player From Fee
31/01/2014 Craig Dawson West Bromwich Albion Season-Long Loan
31/01/2014 Joe Mason Cardiff City Season-Long Loan
31/01/2014 Kevin McNaughton Cardiff City Season-Long Loan
20/01/2014 Danny Graham Sunderland Season-Long Loan


Bolton Wanderers Failed Departures - January 2014

Date Player To Fee
31/01/2014 Lee Chung-Yong Crystal Palace Undisclosed
31/01/2014 Marvin Sordell Watford Season-Long Loan
31/01/2014 Tyrone Mears Queens Park Rangers Season-Long Loan
21/01/2014 David Ngog Evian Undisclosed
15/01/2014 Tyrone Mears Blackpool Season-Long Loan
01/01/2014 David Wheater Doncaster Rovers Season-Long Loan
17/12/2013 David Ngog Bursaspor £1million
10/12/2013 Chris Eagles Burnley Season-Long Loan
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