It's January 31st at last and the end of the first transfer window to affect the Football League is in sight. Glovers fans could be in for a busy day today trying to keep up with the arrivals at Huish Park as manager Steve Thompson attempts to bring in several players before the deadline, which officially ends at midnight tonight, or possibly more practically at 5pm this afternoon, depending on whether Football League staff are going to be at their desks this evening or not.
Speaking to the Western Daily Press Thommo said that he had agreed personal terms with 2 midfielders, one currently playing in League Two and one from a Conference club. Transfer fees were required for both players and it was getting agreement on the fees that was proving problematic:
"We have made bids over the last couple of days for two midfielders," Thompson confirmed. "I cannot divulge the names of the clubs they are from, but one is from League Two and one is from the Conference. The players both want to come and personal terms have been sorted, it's just the issue of agreeing fees with the clubs. That is proving difficult and it's hard to say how things will work out. They are both under contract and their clubs do not have to sell, but they both want to come and hopefully that will sway things in our favour. The midfield position has been my priority - Paul Terry and Chris Cohen have performed very well over the last few months, but they need some cover and competition."
Thommo admitted that the club had received enquiries about three players out of contract in the summer - striker Phil Jevons, forward Kevin Gall and midfielder Paul Terry - but all enquiries had been rebuffed and that he was hopeful that all three would sign a new contract in due course. He added that he was also in talks with an experienced central defender from a Championship club and would look at bringing in a striker on loan in the next week or so, after the transfer window closes.
"We did have an offer for Kevin Gall but we didn't feel it was reasonable, so we turned it down," he said. "People have enquired about Paul Terry and Phil Jevons, but they are staying here and hopefully we can negotiate new contracts with them in the very near future. I'm also hoping to bring in a more senior central defender and maybe a striker as well. We have not really got anywhere on the striker but we are in talks with a defender from a Championship club, although it's not as far advanced as the two midfielders."
Watch this space......
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