Orient bring in Vincelot
Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson has criticised Crystal
Palace counterpart Ian Holloway over his pursuit of Posh winger
Ferguson claims Holloway has been bombarding Boyd with phone
calls in the hope of persuading him to join the Championship
promotion chasers when the loan window opens on Friday.
Palace last week had a bid for Boyd accepted by Posh but the
27-year-old opted to join Nottingham Forest, ahead of his proposed
switch to the City Ground collapsing at the 11th hour due to a
failed eye test.
Ferguson told the media ahead of his side’s home league game
against Leicester at the weekend: “The one thing that has really
annoyed me this week is that the Crystal Palace manager has been
constantly ringing George.
“I don’t think it is right and I’m not having it. He should not
be speaking to one of my players. It was clearly different when
everyone was chasing his player, Wilfried Zaha. He is the first
person to start moaning about it then.
“It’s simple, go through the right channels and either sign him
or don’t. He hasn’t had the courtesy to ring me so I’m not going to
have the courtesy to ring him.
“I’ll speak to the chairman and see where we take the
“Even though there is a very good chance George will be playing
for another club next week, he is currently a Peterborough
“All we ask is that interested clubs do it the right way and
make a bid – as Forest did and Palace initially did.
“As long as we agree a deal we will give the other club
permission to speak to the player.”
Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham is desperate to boost his
threadbare squad having only been able to name four substitutes for
the 2-1 defeat at Scunthorpe in midweek – their eighth straight
Former Preston and QPR striker Agyemang has failed to find the
net for Stevenage this season and has not made an appearance since
New Year’s Day.
“We’re in a position where we have only got 17 players so we
need other players who might give us a different style of play,”
Whittingham told The News.
“Since Paul Benson left we haven’t had a big target man so
that’s one of the reasons we are bringing Patrick in.”
Whittingham also hopes to capture Millwall midfielder Therry
Racon on loan.
After a lengthy dispute the Bantams have been told to pay
training compensation for the striker who left the Scottish First
Division side in the summer of 2011.
The League Two side will pay ?215,620 for the 24-year-old’s
services, with the player having since moved back to Scotland with
City originally argued their case on the basis of differing
registration procedures between Scottish and English football
associations and confusion over his date of birth.
Falkirk chairman Martin Ritchie told the club’s official
website: “We always believed we had a strong case but it has taken
a lot of hard work from people in and around the club to get this
result and they should be applauded for their tenacity and
He added: “And of course, financially, it is a tremendous
The defender pulled out of the Northern Ireland squad to face
Malta in a World Cup qualifier this week with a hamstring problem
but could train on Friday.
Tim Clancy is also nursing a hamstring injury after missing the
Scottish Cup win over Aberdeen on Sunday.
Fenlon said: “We are still waiting on Tim Clancy and Ryan
“Both of them did light work this morning and we’re hoping Ryan
will come into the group tomorrow and Tim hopefully Saturday or
“Ryan has a very good chance of making it and Tim is a bit of a
50-50 at the moment.”
The two-day wait for the game could also benefit midfielder
Jorge Carlos, who was a late sub as Honduras beat the USA last
night in a World Cup tie.
“It gives him a little bit more breathing space,” Fenlon
“If the game was Saturday or Sunday the travelling might not
have done him any good so hopefully we will get him back all right
and he is fit to play.”
Fenlon also confirmed striker Leigh Griffiths would be in the
The 22-year-old was charged under the Communications Act on
Monday following a police investigation into an alleged racist
The 27-year-old Frenchman, who left the Seagulls last month, has
agreed a contract with the O’s until the end of the season.
“Romain is a great signing for us, he has an excellent attitude
and will give us versatility,” Orient manager Russell Slade told
the club website.
“He’s played in midfield or across the back four at Championship
level so he’s got good experience and he can score goals too.
“I’ve admired him for a while since his time at Dagenham &
Redbridge and if he impresses during the time he is here then we
will do all we can to keep him at the football club.
“We are starting to get some depth in the squad and with players
coming back from injury we are looking strong for the final third
of the season.”