In all the excitement of us remodelling our squad, it may have escaped some people’s attention that other teams want to sign players. Here’s the latest from our league.
- Arsenal have announced that Tafari Moore will spend the rest of the season on loan at Wycombe Wanderers. The 20-year-old joins the Chairboys after a season on loan with FC Utrecht last year. He’s out of contract in June, so he’s jumped at the chance to play regularly and hopefully catch the eye of a club who might offer him a permanent deal.
- Former Imps target Billy Waters, identified as a prime mover this window, has joined Cambridge United on loan. The 23-year-old (pictured top) joined the Cobblers in June from Cheltenham but has not scored for the League One side in 23 matches, nor has he played since 9 December. However, Waters scored 16 times in 55 appearances for the Robins in the fourth tier last season.
- Swindon Town have dipped into the market too, they’ve set up a loan move for Oldham midfielder Ollie Banks until the end of the season. The 25-year-old made nine appearances for the Latics earlier this term before joining National League side Tranmere on loan in November, having previously played at Gainsborough Trinity. Now he’s ready to step up to the Football League and, as that clearly isn’t happening at Prenton Park, he’s plumped for Swindon.
- Whilst we’ve picked up Rotherham’s captain, promotion rivals Accrington have gone for one of their cast-offs. Striker Akeel Francis joins the Reds having been released by the Millers last month. John Coleman has been pleased with what he is seen from the 18-year-old, who has been on trial. He said: “Akeel has been training with us for 10 days and he has impressed,” which is pretty much exactly what I said.
- Crewe have recruited well, they’ve moved for experienced defender Paul Green from Oldham. The Republic of Ireland international, 34, has played only nine times for the Latics this season after being a regular starter in 2016-17. “Oldham were a bit reluctant to let me go, but I need to be playing regular games and when Crewe came in, it was a chance I had to take,” he said. He played for Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United earlier in his career.
- Notts County have made an attempt to match our movement in the market by bring in Crystal Palace midfielder Noor Husin on a one-and-a-half-year deal. The 20-year-old came through the Reading academy, going on to make his senior football debut during a loan spell at Hemel Hempstead Town. Husin, who was born in Afghanistan, then moved to Selhurst Park from the Madejski in August 2016.
Last season he spent time on loan in League Two, scoring once in 11 appearances for Accrington Stanley.”I’ve come from a Premier League club but this has all the attributes to hopefully get there one day.” Kevin Nolan had to move after losing influential loan player Ryan Yates to Scunthorpe United.