Ainsworth dismisses transfer window deals
Wanderers boss not in a position to splash the cash
GARETH Ainsworth has accepted that his cheque book will remain firmly shut during the January transfer window.
Saturday’s 1-0 win over Hartlepool sent Wycombe back to the top of League Two, and it is the time of year that promotionchasing sides splash the cash to beef up their squads.
However, Ainsworth knows that any wheeling or dealing he does at cash-strapped Wanderers will be purely in the loans market.
The Blues boss has already lost Paris Cowan-Hall to Millwall during the current window, but having secured Alfie Mawson on loan until the end of the season, he is now hoping to extend the stay of Fred Onyedinma.
He said: “We’re always looking, and something may happen if the right deal comes along, but we certainly won’t be buying anyone during January. I don’t think we will be paying any transfer fees for a while yet.”
Ainsworth has already pulled off what could prove to be his best piece of transfer window business by securing the services of Mawson until May.
The centre-back has been outstanding since arriving on loan from Brentford back in August and, after his initial spell ended on New Year’s Day, his extended stay was agreed only a matters of hours before the Hartlepool game.
Ainsworth said: “Alfie had never played a Football League game before he came to us and slotted into the team like a seasoned professional from the very first day. His performances have been of a consistently high standard.”
The loan of Onyedinma, who netted the winner against Hartlepool, expired after the game and Ainsworth is hoping to extend his stay before York visit Adams Park on Saturday.
He said: “Fred and Paris are likefor-like players. He has a lot of potential, did very well on his full debut and is a difficult player to play against. Having a good relationship with Millwall could help us have a look at other players in the future too.
“We did all we could to keep Paris. We offered him an improved contract but while he was considering, the Millwall offer came in out of the blue.
“Of course you want to keep hold of your best players, but the long-term plan for us has always been turning the finances around.
“It’s fantastic for Paris and I’m very pleased for him. I hope he goes on to great things and we’ll get onto searching for the next Paris now.”
Ainsworth has managed to extend Danny Rowe’s loan from Rotherham United until the end of the season while defender Anthony Stewart has joined Crewe Alexandra on a permanent basis.
BACK ON TOP: (Left) Wycombe’s Peter Murphy clashes with Hartlepool’s Jack Compton on Saturday; (above) Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth