TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY LATEST: Ryan Tunnicliffe set to sign for Fulham, while ex-Ipswich Town duo Liam Trotter and Ed Upson could also be on the move

Ryan Tunnicliffe

Ryan Tunnicliffe - Credit: Archant

Ryan Tunnicliffe is set to sign for Fulham on transfer deadline day.

The 20-year-old – who was due to be on loan at Ipswich Town from Manchester United until the end-of-the-season – will link back up with Cottagers boss René Meulensteen, his former coach at Old Trafford.

A source close to the west London club yesterday played down talk of a deal when contacted by the EADT and Ipswich Star, but the acquisition of Danish midfielder William Kvist on loan from Stuttgart meant that the struggling Premier League side could turn their attentions to signing future prospects.

Town are understood to be in talks with Leeds regarding bringing in industrious 30-year-old central midfielder Paul Green, on loan, as Tunnicliffe’s replacement. The Irishman is well down the pecking order at Elland Road.

The Blues made a loan enquiry about Wolves striker Kevin Doyle earlier this week, but the two clubs were not able to reach a financial agreement. Championship rivals Middlesbrough, QPR and Reading are now thought to lead the chase for the Irishman.


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Meanwhile, Swansea were last night linked with a move for Blues top-goalscorer David McGoldrick, though they have now reportedly made a £2.5m bid for Leicester striker Jeffrey Schlupp.

Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter could join Bolton (visitors to Portman Road tomorrow). Lions boss Ian Holloway is prepared to sell the former Blues player as he has not committed to a new deal, with his current contract set to expire in the summer.

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That deal still has a long way to go though, with Holloway having voiced his frustration with Bolton.

He said: “I’m not very happy with Bolton at the moment, to say the least.

“They have had a sniff but are waiting on someone going out before they can push ahead. If that deal falls through, they will have upset and disgruntled one of my players.

“I don’t have a cat in hell’s chance of keeping Liam because a club like Bolton will be able to offer him a big contract and I can’t compete with that.

“With that being the case, I will have a massive problem if they don’t come up with a deal.”

It’s been reported that Millwall, should they lose Trotter, would make a £100,000 offer for another former Town youngster, Ed Upson. Yeovil boss Gary Johnson said there had been enquiries about his players, but no firm offers.

- Blues boss Mick McCarthy’s press conference is at 1.30pm today. Keep an eye on this website for all the latest Blues news and follow @Stuart_Watson on Twitter.

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