CHERRIES have completed the loan signing of Saints defender Dan Seaborne.

The 25-year-old will remain at Dean Court until the end of the season and goes straight into Eddie Howe's squad for the trip to Walsall on Saturday.

Seaborne was an unused sub as Saints drew 2-2 at Chelsea last night and has been drafted in as defensive cover by Howe. The Barnstaple-born star can play across the back four.

Howe, meanwhile, is believed to be closing in on permanent deals for Aberdeen winger Ryan Fraser and former Leyton Orient keeper Ryan Allsop.

The Echo understands deals for the two players could be done within the next 24 hours, although Fraser is attracting interest from a host of other clubs.

Allsop left Brisbane Road on Wednesday, having turned down three contract offers from the Londoners. The 20-year-old former Millwall keeper had signed a six-month deal in July and impressed during the first half the campaign.

Fraser, meanwhile, was among the crowd at Dean Court on Tuesday night as Cherries bowed out of the FA Cup to Premier League Wigan.

Aberdeen are understood to have agreed a fee in the region of £300,000 with Cherries for the Scottish under-19 international.

The 18-year-old has played a starring role for the Dons in the Scottish Premier League this term, alerting the likes of Swansea City and Huddersfield Town as well as Cherries.

Cherries midfielder Mark Molesley, meanwhile, is understood to be a target for League Two side Exeter City.

The Grecians are believed to be keen on a permanent deal for Molesley, who returned from a loan spell at Plymouth earlier this month having made five league appearances for the Pilgrims. 

Howe has politely declined to comment on all transfer speculation during the January window.