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Deadline Day Live
Updated 10:57pm Thursday 31st January 2013 in Sport
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- Cherries last night completed the signing of Swindon's Matt Ritchie for a fee of around £500,000.
- Ritchie's arrival took Eddie Howe's signings in this window to four, with Brett Pitman, Ryan Allsop and Ryan Fraser having joined Cherries earlier in January.
- Dan Seaborne, meanwhile, signed on loan from Southampton, while Howe also completed a deal for young Christchurch winger Harry Cornick to join the club in the summer.
- Boss Howe is expecting no other arrivals at Dean Court today.
- Lorenzo Davids has completed a move to Danish outfit Randers.
- Wes Thomas joins Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season.
Thanks for joining us today. See you all on August 31.
That Wes Thomas loan switch is the final act of Cherries' transfer deadline day activity. Let us know what you think of the club's January deals in our comments section.
In all seriousness, just had confirmation from #afcb that all business has been concluded.— @neilperrettecho 31 January 2013
BREAKING: Cherries have confirmed that Wes Thomas has joined Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season, as exclusively revealed by the Daily Echo this afternoon.
Birmingham's Butland has completed his transfer to Stoke.
Brett Pitman's birthday has gone under the radar today. Fancy being born on #transferdeadlineday #afcb— @neilperrettecho 31 January 2013
Cherries have yet to confirm Birmingham's loan signing of Wes Thomas, with the Birmingham Mail reporting that it could be dependent on Jack Butland's switch to Stoke City.
Sounds like Cherries' League One rivals Swindon are leaving their business late, according to our colleagues at the Adver.
Not sure who's less likely to get their business done before deadline at the moment, STFC or us...— @AdverSportCraig 31 January 2013
Elsewhere in League One, Cherries' third tier rivals Crawley have loaned Gary Alexander to basement division strugglers AFC Wimbledon.
Southampton striker Lee Barnard, who spent the first half of this season on loan with Cherries, has joined Oldham Athletic on a temporary deal until the end of the 2012-13 campaign.
Time now running out ahead of the 11pm deadline. Wes Thomas is expected to finalise a loan move to Birmingham City, completing Cherries' January transfer activity.
For the full Echo story on Wes Thomas, follow this...http://bit.ly/WDu6I5
For the full Echo story on Lorenzo Davids, follow this...http://bit.ly/XoMenu
BREAKING NEWS: The Daily Echo understands Birmingham City have completed the loan signing of Cherries striker Wes Thomas, subject to a medical.
Bit of background on Wes Thomas, whose proposed move to Birmingham City would come as no surprise.
His likely exit has been no secret during a transfer window which has seen him linked with a host of clubs.
The unsettled striker rejoined Eddie Howe’s squad on his return from a loan spell with Blackpool this month.
But he has continued to attract interest with Blackpool, Burnley and Birmingham among the clubs believed to have looked at the striker.
The Londoner has also been linked with a switch to Blackburn with Rovers boss Michael Appleton having managed him during loan stints with both Portsmouth and Blackpool this season.
But Birmingham are believed to have won the race for his signature, with a loan deal until the end of the season set to be finalised ahead of tonight's 11pm deadline.
Another Dean Court old boy has been on the move in the past hour or so, with striker Michael Symes agreeing to join League Two outfit Burton Albion on loan until the end of the season.
Former Cherries midfielder Anton Robinson has reportedly joined Gillingham on loan.
Di Canio told the media: “I had the news from Matt Ritchie when he was nearly signing for Bournemouth. I knew nothing else.
“I thought it was a joke but it was clear straight away that I could do nothing and the deal was done.
“I don’t want to speak any more about what happened because I don’t understand.
“We will (have to) see why one of the best players for this club was sold for this amount of money to one of the best teams in this league.”
Swindon Town boss Paolo Di Canio has been talking about Matt Ritchie's move to Cherries. Sounds like it came as a surprise...
Cherries striker Wes Thomas understood to be set to join Championship outfit Birmingham City, on loan for the rest of the season.
Lorenzo Davids has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Randers in Denmark, the club confirms.
Richard Cawley of the South London Press reporting Wes Thomas linked with a move to Crystal Palace, but agent doubts it will happen.
Looks like Swindon have all but done a deal for Marlon Pack of Cheltenham.... Reported as being loan to perm by the Swindon Advertiser.
Swindon now seem in the driving seat to land Bradley Wright-Phillips after Sheffield United ruled out a move for the striker.... Matt who?
More from Nick Watkins, the CEO at Swindon, who spoke to the media earlier regarding Cherries' deal for Matt Ritchie.
Speaking about Cherries' previous offer for the winger, compared with yesterday's that was accepted, he said: “I think you need to be careful not to confuse the two offers. The offer that came in yesterday was for cash up front, with other contingencies added on in the event of him being sold or achieving promotion.
“The offer that was on the table 12 months ago was for a relative small amount of cash up front and the rest was predicated on contingency."
2:51pm Thu 31 Jan 13
Pugh on the left, Ritchie on the right - how devestating is that.....
Swindon Town have apparently agreed a deal for Marlon Pack.
Cherries defender Jon Meades has extended his loan at AFC Wimbledon until the end of the season.
Chelsea's Patrick Bamford has returned to MK Dons on loan for the rest of the season. Cherries visit stadium:mk on Saturday.
Swindon Advertiser understands Di Canio is targeting a move for Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Echo sources suggest rumours linking Cherries with Port Vale striker Tom Pope are wide of the mark.
Cherries midfielder Lorenzo Davids is understood to be on the verge of completing a move to Danish side Randers. Proposed move is permanent.
Millwall have extended the loan for Tottenham's former Cherries loanee Adam Smith until the end of the season.
Southend's Bilel Mohsni is apparently training with Cherries' League One rivals Stevenage.
Di Canio says he never thought about quitting despite Ritchie being sold.
Paolo Di Canio is speaking to the media in Swindon... The Swindon boss has confirmed he knew nothing about Matt Ritchie being sold to Cherries.
It's my understanding that PDC was not aware Ritchie was being sold to Bournemouth, but we should get word from manager very shortly.— @SamMorshead_SA 31 January 2013
Paolo Di Canio expected to give his view on the Ritchie deal to the press at around 2.30pm.... Hold on to your hats....
Swindon Town CEO Nick Watkins tells the Wiltshire media: "I understand the concern that the fans would have and those that follow the team would have in terms of letting a player of Ritchie’s calibre leave to go to AFC Bournemouth, who are challenging too.
"But, at the end of the day, the decision has to be the well-being of the club and the financial well-being of this club was secured by the sale of Matt Ritchie to Bournemouth."
Cherries' League One rivals Oldham have added Reading teenager Jordan Obita to this morning's signing of Chris Uwelumo. The 19-year-old midfielder is in at Boundary Park on a one-month loan deal.
A dog is for life, not just transfer deadline day.— @neilperrettecho 31 January 2013
Burnley boss Sean Dyche tells the media in Burnley that former Poole Town striker Charlie Austin will not leave today unless it is for a ridiculous price.
If Swindon players are going on the cheap, think both Simon Ferry and Andy Williams are decent players. Go on #afcb just for banter— @TomJordan21 31 January 2013
1:10pm Thu 31 Jan 13
Brilliant picture of 'Arry and the Robin Reliant - pleased you still have humour at the Echo - even without Nashy .
Ritchie deal does include a sell on clause, according to Watkins. Percentage is unclear.— @SamMorshead_SA 31 January 2013
Watkins reveals previous bid for Ritchie from Bournemouth provided significantly less up front cash despite being larger headline amount.— @SamMorshead_SA 31 January 2013
Any surprises coming our way today @neilperrettecho #afcb— @Stoneyafcb 31 January 2013
@neilperrettecho anything to hold up the Pope rumours?— @fletchp04 31 January 2013
It would appear that #afcb saved #stfc from administration yesterday with the purchase of Matt Ritchie. #thankuslater— @Damiantweeter54 31 January 2013
BREAKING: Chris Samba : "I have£ com£ back to £nglish football, du£ to p£rsonal r£easons. I hav£ r£ally miss£d the £nglish gam£. #QPR— @BBCSporf 31 January 2013
BREAKING: Harry Redknapp spotted travelling to Paris, as he looks to hijack the transfer of David Beckham to PSG. http://t.co/Kmj8Y9VS— @BBCSporf 31 January 2013
Meanwhile, over at Loftus Road, Harry has described new £100,000 per week defender Chris Samba as a "monster" and a "proper centre-half".
Swindon Town have released the following statement regarding the sale of Matt Ritchie to Cherries...
"THE STFC Board acknowledge the disappointment expressed by many fans over the sale of Matt Ritchie to AFC Bournemouth yesterday but it is important that the sale of Matt Ritchie is put into context.
As everyone is fully aware, following the requirement to seek new owners for the club, Swindon Town FC faced the very serious prospect of administration, had it not been successful in securing new investors in an incredibly compressed time frame.
Within this time frame a new consortium has been identified and yesterday evening contracts were exchanged for the sale of the majority shareholding. There now follows a brief period whilst the new owners await Football League approval under the Owners & Directors Test and during this period of time the club requires funding.
A joint decision was taken between the current and prospective new owners to sell Matt Ritchie in order to meet this funding requirement.
The alternative to not securing new owners and securing short term funding would have seen a significant restructure to the Club and the possibility administration. As such, the club’s long term survival and wellbeing had to be the priority.
Losing Matt Ritchie from Paolo Di Canio’s Championship challenging side is very disappointing but the prospective new owners of the club remain committed to supporting Paolo Di Canio and assisting him with the quest to achieve promotion to the Championship at the end of the season."
#afcb seem to be getting slated on other divvy 1 fans forums for overspending! jealously or reality ???— @DarrelKwong 31 January 2013
Swindon Advertiser are set to talk to Swindon chief executive Nick Watkins shortly... Matt Ritchie set to be on the list of questions.
Lee Evans has joined Wolves from Newport County - absolutely laughable. :)
Swindon Town's Paul Benson has joined League Two side Cheltenham on loan.
Looks like Christopher Samba has completed his move to QPR - on a rumoured whacking £100,000 per WEEK!
Hope you know what you're doing, Harry....
Rory Delap, incorrectly rumoured to have been a target for Cherries, looks set to take his mule-like long throw to Championship strugglers Barnsley.
11:57am Thu 31 Jan 13
Yorkie Cherry says
I see Randers FC who are interested in Davids is managed by Colin Todd
RT @afcbournemouth: Ritchie in training. A glimpse of new signing Matt Ritchie training today. Full image gallery online shortly. #afcb http://t.co/XF0yFxar— @DorsetRam 31 January 2013
Looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to hear Paolo Di Canio's views on the Ritchie deal.... His pre-match press conference has been put back until later this afternoon.
@neilperrettecho Any truth in Poole Town's Will Spetch signing for Bmouth today to replace injured Charlie Daniels?— @mikebird9 31 January 2013
Cherries youngster Baily Cargill is expected to remain on loan at AFC Totton for a third month, reports Neil Perrett...
CHERRIES youngster Baily Cargill is expected to extend into a third month his loan spell with Southern League outfit AFC Totton.
The cultured 17-year-old defender has been a big hit with Stags followers since initially arriving at Testwood Stadium in November.
Cargill, who can operate at left-back or in central defence, is part of the development squad at Dean Court and was voted first-year player of the year last season.
He came to prominence when he won the sponsors’ man-of-the-match award in Cherries’ pre-season friendly against Bristol City, stepping in at the last minute after Adam Barrett had been injured in the warm up.
Cargill, who made a number of eye-catching displays during Cherries’ pre-season campaign under former boss Paul Groves, linked up with AFC Totton two months ago.
He made his debut in a 2-1 defeat at Conference outfit Forest Green Rovers in the FA Trophy and has since gone on to make 10 appearances in the Southern League Premier Division.
Cargill bagged what proved to be the winner in the Stags’ 2-1 victory over St Neots Town five days ago and is expected to start when AFC Totton host Bashley on Saturday.
Matt Ritchie from Swindon to Bournemouth is interesting, not sure how much he went for but surprised he didn't go championship #stfc #afcb— @adliv80 31 January 2013
11:20am Thu 31 Jan 13
No concerns about Pugh leaving. He plays on the left winger - Matt Ritchie is a right winger (though can play in other positions).
Sheffield United understood to be closing in on a deal for Barry Robson until the end of the season.
Brentford's Leon Legge has joined League Two side Gillingham.
@neilmeldrumecho @neilperrettecho Who???— @dlambert40 31 January 2013
Our reporter Neil Perrett has just filed this story...
CHERRIES misfit Lorenzo Davids could today be set to end his fruitless five-month stay with the club by following Frank Demouge out of Dean Court.
Midfielder Davids is understood to be trying to seal a beat-the-transfer-deadline permanent move to Danish top-flight outfit Randers.
Davids, who is a cousin of former Ajax, Juventus and Holland star Edgar Davids, linked up with Cherries in September after signing a two-year deal with the club.
The 26-year-old, who was born in Suriname and holds a Dutch passport, had previously plied his trade in the top flight in both Holland and Germany before joining Cherries on a free transfer.
His career in England was delayed for around a month as the former Holland under-21 international recovered from a knee injury and worked on his fitness.
Signed by Paul Groves, Davids eventually forced his way in and started the last two games under the former Cherries manager, defeats against Walsall and Crawley.
However, despite coming on a substitute against Leyton Orient on the day Eddie Howe was unveiled in October, Davids has not since featured for the first team.
Davids was on the books at Utrecht and Feyenoord before making a name for himself with NEC Nijmegen. He played in the German Bundesliga for FC Augsburg last season.
He is expected to sign for Randers providing the two clubs can reach a compromise arrangement over the remainder of his Cherries contract.
Randers is the sixth largest city in Denmark and the club is currently fifth in the Superliga. They will recommence their season following a winter break with a trip to Brondby on March 3.
Davids’s fellow countryman Demouge this week completed a loan move until the end of the season to Dutch top-flight outfit Roda JC after also failing to settle in England.
Cherries midfielder Lorenzo Davids could be a target for Danish side Randers.
Cherries midfielder Lorenzo Davids is being linked with a move to Danish top-flight outfit Randers.
Advertiser also reporting that Danny Green of Charlton is a target for the Wiltshire club.
Swindon Advertiser reporting that Marlon Pack is set to sign at the County Ground from Cheltenham, with Luke Rooney going the other way.
It's happened. 10.22am. Harry Redknapp giving his thoughts through a car window on deadline day. #Pompey #Spurs #QPR— @pn_jordan_cross 31 January 2013
I swear Redknapp carries a car door around on deadline day and sticks his head though it at regular intervals for interviews #onlymeee— @pn_jordan_cross 31 January 2013
Any grown man who spends the day stood behind an 'on the spot' Sky reporter has to have a serious word with themselves in the mirror— @JBcommentator 31 January 2013
Plymouth Argyle have apparently released defender Robbie Williams... That could be music to some clubs' ears. :)
Most ridiculous transfer rumour of the day so far courtesy of @Crocks_1990 - Wes Foderingham to Chelsea. Roman hasn't been spotted yet...— @nedpayne1 31 January 2013
10:33am Thu 31 Jan 13
Good signing for us. Just worried as Pugh is also a left midfielder. We cannot accommodate both of them on the field at the same time unless one of them is out of position.
Doe anybody believe that Pugh could be on his way.
A bit of background on Lorenzo Davids...
He has made just three appearances since joining Cherries in August.
The midfielder, a cousin of former Dutch international star Edgar, arrived on a free transfer after being released from his deal with German club FC Augsburg. He signed a two-year contract with Cherries.
He last featured for the Dorset club as a substitute against Leyton Orient in October. His two starts came in Paul Groves's final two matches at the helm, defeats at the hands of Walsall and Crawley.
Paolo Di Canio with former Cherries boss Paul Groves
Our colleagues at the Swindon Advertiser are hoping to get Paolo Di Canio's take on the Matt Ritchie deal today. There were suggestions on Twitter last night that the Italian could 'walk'.
Our Cherries reporter Neil Perrett is hearing that a club in Denmark may come in for midfielder Lorenzo Davids ahead of the deadline. There is also apparent interest from Holland and Germany. He looks set to leave.
Happy 25th birthday to #afcb striker Brett Pitman - who remembers when he looked like this, back in August 2005? http://t.co/k1c5J9PK— @afcbournemouth 31 January 2013
Anyone think #Pompey will end their long winless run against Colchester on Sat? If so, we'd like to hear your views (and arrange medication)— @pn_steve_wilson 31 January 2013
10:29am Thu 31 Jan 13
Oh my god what a signing, talk about a coupe de ta' this will not only cement our promotion push but send one of our nearest rivals into the abyss !
U T C I A D..
Here's today's Echo back page confirming the Matt Ritchie signing...
A little further afield than Dorset, but Mario Balotelli has completed his move from Manchester City to AC Milan...
This is potentially why Cherries have splashed out £500,000 on Matt Ritchie.
Portsmouth News reporter Neil Allen saying Pompey are looking at ex-Palace midfielder Alassane N’Diaye and other triallists today.
Still buzzing about Matt Ritchie!! #afcb #stfc— @dan_cheater 31 January 2013
#AFCB landing a player of Ritchie's quality from promotion rivals Is a big statement.— @willhuck 31 January 2013
Good morning #afcb http://t.co/68kFyZa3— @alexdeutsch 31 January 2013
#afcb Who are we hoping to sign today? Don't think we need anyone other than cover at RB and LB— @CherryRedBailey 31 January 2013
Great transfer window for #afcb so far, wouldn't mind signing Marvin bartley back and tom pope of port vale, maybe have a clear out as well— @hulk_paulafcb 31 January 2013
Cherries' League One rivals Oldham have completed the signing of veteran striker Chris Uwelumo until the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Cherries fans have been giving their verdicts on the Matt Ritchie signing on Twitter....
How long before we see this today? #triffic http://t.co/C5f8XOCz— @neilmeldrumecho 31 January 2013
@neilmeldrumecho but are you expecting the unexpected? #afcb #echolive— @jonathanl50 31 January 2013
Bristol City, under new boss and former Cherries chief Sean O'Driscoll, have been linked with a move for Swindon's Andy Williams. That would be a huge blow to the Robins having already lost Ritchie, but O'Driscoll has told the Bristol Evening Post that he is not expecting a particularly busy deadline day at Ashton Gate.
So, we're predicting a reasonbly quiet Deadline Day at Dean Court, with Matt Ritchie having been signed last night from Swindon.
Read what boss Eddie Howe had to say about the Ritchie swoop here: