Anderson Explains Inactivity as Bolton Move for Dons Loan

  • August 09, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Despite failing to add to their squad on transfer deadline day, Bolton have expressed an interest in taking Milton Keynes Dons forward Chuks Aneke on loan.

The EFL loan window - which remains open until August 31 - provides clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two with another three weeks to conclude temporary deals, granting Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson ample opportunity to seek out new names that perhaps weren't previously available.

A move for Ipswich Town forward Joe Garner failed to reach a positive conclusion, amid speculation he could have been closing in on a switch to Wigan Athletic, and Trotters chairman Ken Anderson has defended the club's lack of activity on the final day of the window, reiterating his previous stance that he will not make the mistakes of his predecessors by overpaying.

"Today's lack of transfer business is very disappointing and wasn't for the lack of trying but as I have always maintained we shall never enter into a bidding war for a player whose price escalates beyond our own valuation," Anderson told

"Unfortunately, this has meant that we missed out on our striker targets ahead of Thursday's deadline insofar as two have signed elsewhere and one has not moved. Obviously, this is very disappointing but, under my watch, this club shall never repeat the mistakes of the past and we will continue to operate on a commercial and financially prudent basis.

"That said we must not forget that we have already brought in ten new senior players this summer and we are still hoping to bring some loan players in before the end of the month. So far we have only signed one loan player.

"What with the World Cup and the transfer deadline being brought forward three weeks earlier than usual it has made completing transfers far more difficult and has highlighted just how crazy the market has become.

"In some instances the transfer fees and salaries that have been quoted and paid have been inflated even for players lower down the leagues, which as I have already said has resulted in us missing out on several players this window because other clubs  have been prepared to pay inflated transfer fees and salaries.

"Clubs were hanging on to players they wanted to move on to the very last minute in the hope of achieving an inflated price and in some cases that is what has happened and those who have not been sold will probably now go out on loan.

"With the 'loan window' still open until the end of the month, what you will see happening is clubs signing players on loan and with an option to buy in January, when the transfer window opens again."

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