BAT­TLE HOTS UP TO LAND McNAUGHTON

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - by Neil Fissler

BOLTON are set to fight North West Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Black­pool to re­sign de­fender Kevin McNaughton.

McNaughton is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son and it ap­pears he won’t be of­fered a new deal by Cardiff City.

Blue­birds boss Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer is mulling over whether to al­low him out on loan when the emer­gency loan win­dow opens.

He has al­ready had a spell at the Ree­bok this sea­son and im­pressed Dougie Freed­man who wants him back.

The 31-year-old for­mer Scot­land in­ter­na­tional moved to Cardiff from Aberdeen in 2006.

But Sol­sk­jaer wants to bring his own men into the club and that makes McNaughton sur­plus to re­quire­ments.

Black­pool care­taker boss Barry Fer­gu­son has al­ready made an en­quiry.

A deal may de­pend on Sol­sk­jaer’s side pick­ing up a cou­ple of wins to start climb­ing the Premier League ta­ble.

He may want McNaughton to re­main at least un­til the loan dead­line in case his side pick up in­juries.

McNaughton is be­lieved to be keen on re­turn­ing to Bolton but has links to Fer­gu­son through an agent they share. NOT­TING­HAM FOR­EST want to make one last at­tempt to sign West Bromich Al­bion mid­fielder Graham Dor­rans on loan for the rest of the sea­son.

The Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional has been a tar­get for For­est boss Billy Davies since last sum­mer.

Dor­rans, 26, has played for the Baggies since 2008, but has been out of the first team pic­ture at the Hawthorns for most of the sea­son and made only four Premier League ap­pear­ances.

He saw a move to Mid­dles­bor­ough on dead­line day fall through.

For­est are in the mix for a play-off place but au­to­matic pro­mo­tion is still a goal and Davies be­lieves Dor­rans would help his cause.

For­est made an en­quiry at the start of Jan­uary but WBA weren’t in a po­si­tion to do a deal un­til they ap­pointed a new man­ager.

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