16/01/2006 : Football League Blog : January Transfer Window Round-Up No.5
16 January 2006 : January Transfer Window Round-Up No.5
The weekend in transfers was a quiet affair with obviously most clubs out on the road or preparing for home games. However there is always a bit of last minute wheeling and dealing, particularly in the loan market where the glories of an inconsistent rulebook allow players to be signed up on loan up to 21 hours after the deadline for playing permanent signings on a Saturday.

Bristol City boss Gary Johnson has allowed striker Guy Madjo to leave on a free transfer for Forest Green Rovers - an unusual decision given that Madjo, who was once on trial at Huish Park under Johnson, was one of the first players brought into Ashton Gate by the former Yeovil manager. The 21 year old has already been playing at The Lawn on loan and now leaves for Gloucestershire permanently.

Glovers fans who saw Saturday's game at MK Dons will have already caught sight of goalkeeper Ricardo Batista, albeit sat on the substitutes bench. The Fulham shotstopper has been brought in on loan to act as cover for David Martin who as reported earlier has headed off to Liverpool. Of course one player who didn't leave the National Hockey Stadium was Izale McLeod, even if those present from Somerset on Saturday probably wished he had. As mentioned on Friday, Chairman Pete Winkleman was left with egg on his face as Wolves refused to play ball over the 1.4 million pound package, and over the weekend history has been rewritten with Winkleman telling Dons fans before the game that McLeod had himself pulled the deal and manager Danny Wilson saying after the game that it was Wolves fault as they'd been given permission to talk to the striker 2.5 weeks ago but hadn't got in touch - which would make Winkleman's timing of his statement to the press to appear all the more bizarre. If McLeod isn't losing his rag over this by now, he ought to be.

Chris Dagnall represented the only visible instance over the weekend of money changing hands. Tranmere Rovers have sold the striker to Rochdale for 25,000 pounds. This represents a nice profit for the north Manchester side who sold Grant Holt to Nottingham Forest last week for 300,000 pounds, although whether 19 year old Dagnall can score at the same rate as Holt remains to be seen.

Money will be changing hands very soon for AFC Bournemouth midfielder Brian Stock. He went on loan to Preston North End just before Saturday's game and provided an assist for one of the Championship side's goals. He is due to transfer permanently to Lancashire although there seems to be a bit of a bun fight going on over whether Bournemouth's figure of 125,000 pounds, or Preston's claim of 100,000 pounds was the last agreement between the two club chairmen. Cherries manager Sean O'Driscoll is less than impressed claiming that poor communication during the deal and a delay over the arrangements has cost him an immediate replacement for Stock, with his intended target having signed for another club.

Finally Chesterfield striker Mark DeBolla has had his contract terminated by mutual consent, whilst Jon-Paul Pittman has temporarily switched between League One clubs. The 19 year old striker has been brought in from Nottingham Forest to help fire up a Hartlepool United attack that looked very shot-shy on their recent visit to Huish Park, and manager Martin Scott explained: "He caught our eye for their reserves and we're delighted to bring him here. The chairman's backing has been great over these loan moves and hopefully he can prove an excellent addition."


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