Ainsworth dis­misses trans­fer win­dow deals

Wan­der­ers boss not in a po­si­tion to splash the cash

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

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.

Pho­tos by Ac­tion Images

BACK ON TOP: (Left) Wy­combe’s Peter Murphy clashes with Hartle­pool’s Jack Comp­ton on Satur­day; (above) Wan­der­ers boss Gareth Ainsworth

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