Nottingham Forest took a heavy blow to their promotion hopes at the weekend, when their influential captain and left back was substituted through injury. Unfortunately, it was worse than they first thought and the former West Ham United player has been ruled out for the rest of the season, leaving a void in the Forest defence.
Manager Billy Davies could move for a familiar face in Champions League winner Ryan Bertrand, having previously loaned the left back in his last spell at Forest. The wages of the England capped defender may be eye-watering to the majority teams in the Championship, but owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi has shown himself to have deep pockets and since the player is currently third choice left-back at Chelsea, he could be open to the short-term move.
2): Thomas Eisfeld from Arsenal to Leeds United
Leeds United have been on a good run as of late, thanks largely to the individual form of Ross McCormack. Boss Brian McDermott doesn't want to rest on his laurels as he continues to put a squad together to help Leeds maintain a top 6 finish.
The former Borussia Dortmund player has played in cup competitions for the North London side, and featured heavily in their pre-season tour in the Far East. Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen on the player having more first-team opportunities and could look to loan out the 20-year-old attack minded midfielder before the loan window shuts on Thursday.
Leeds United have been one of the clubs mentioned to have interest in the player, so I wouldn't be surprised if this was to happen.
3): Jordon Ibe from Liverpool to Derby County
The latest rumour regarding dealings with Liverpool and Derby County was 18-year-old Jordan Ibe, who has been publicly stated available to loan. Brendan Rodgers has recently been very complimentary about the set-up in the East Midlands and said he was extremely comfortable with sending Andre Wisdom to learn under the tutorship of Steve McClaren.
The Derby County chief executive did comment on their being room in the budget for a loan signing if Steve McClaren wanted to take up the option, but Simon Dawkins on loan from Tottenham has made the wing role his own, so the manager could stick with what he has.
4): Michael Keane from Manchester United to Bournemouth
Manager Eddie Howe has admitted that he is looking in the loan market ahead on Thursday's deadline with the view to signing a defender. The Cherries have been on a torrid run of form of late and losing influential centre-back Elliot Ward hasn't done the Howe any favours.
England under-21 defender Michael Keane has been in fine form for the youth national side recently but has found himself sitting by the phone waiting for a side to pick him up on loan. Despite being linked to every man and his dog in the Football League, and being runner-up in Leicester City's Player of the Year award last season, he has yet to make a loan move.
It could be quite a coup for Bournemouth if they could bring in a player of his calibre and it would certainly go a long way of propelling them up the table.
The former £5 million man has seen a rapid decline in his career from his Premier League days, where he was once ear-marked for England. The out-of-favour League One side is training with Blackpool in an attempt to re-start his career at Championship level.
Kenny Jackett admitted that the 27-year-old had traveled to the coast to train with Championship surprise package Blackpool with a view to a loan deal, and hopefully a more permanent one in the future.
The player has endured a torrid spell at Wolves suffering back-to-back relegations during which he struggled to break into the first-team for large parts and it finally looks like this loan move could be the curtain call for the player's transfer.
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