We've got some good news - and we've got some bad news. The good news is that this morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin states that striker Luke Rodgers should finally join Yeovil Town for training today after a series of protracted contract negotiations, illness and hospitalisation delayed his arrival at Huish Park. He should therefore sign his loan contract today, and be available for tomorrow night's trip to Colchester United - even if having not played since November 1st and having spent Friday in hospital may mean that he is a long way short of fitness.
The bad news concerns defender Gareth Owen. The BBC report that the Stockport County player has still yet to be offered a loan extension, over a week after the original deal ended. Given the view that Owen himself expressed on Saturday, it would appear that the Glovers are now likely to see him slip through their fingers. The sports bulletin suggests that Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale - both a short distance from his Blythe Bridge home - are the favourites to sign him.
The loan transfer window shuts at 5.00p.m. on Thursday. Thereafter, Football League clubs will need to be able to survive on the squads that they have got until after January 1st, as no loan signings (bar genuine emergency loan goalkeepers) will be allowed to be made during the month of December.
Update: 8.00a.m. This morning's Western Daily Press suggests that it was "the board's decision not to press ahead to sign Owen" - the claim is unattributed, but if accurate it would suggest that any chance of getting Owen is dead entirely. On the subject of Luke Rodgers, they agree he should sign a loan deal with the Glovers today, but warn that Cheltenham Town manager Martin Allen is looking to boost his squad with a new striker (just how many players does one club need?) and that Rodgers is one of his targets.
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