Transfer talk quiet at Falkirk but rumours continue

Photo: John Devlin. LIVINGSTON. Stadium Way. Livingston v Falkirk. Falkirk manager Gary Holt.
Photo: John Devlin. LIVINGSTON. Stadium Way. Livingston v Falkirk. Falkirk manager Gary Holt.

Falkirk have targets for the January transfer window, but Blackburn, Wigan, Swansea and Wolves could be targeting Bairns..

Gary Holt remained coy about his strengthening plans and when asked if he was on the lookout for an additional frontman only said “maybe”.

But The Falkirk Herald understands that’s one position he is keeping an eye on, but “it depends who is available within our budget”.

The Bairns’ fans watched in anguish as former favourite Farid El Alagui penned a loan deal with Dundee United on Wednesday evening, despite the French-Moroccan hitman being rumoured for a return to Westfield this week.

But Falkirk are also looking at players moving out too.

Jay Fulton has been constantly linked with a move away from the club and Premiership outfit Swansea City were linked with the player again this week. The Falkirk Herald revealed the Welsh club’s interest back in August but they had appeared to fall behind Wigan Athletic in pursuit of the middle of the three brothers, sons of former Bairn Stevie.

However Owen Coyle’s departure from the DW Stadium saw hopes of a deal collapse leaving the player at Falkirk to see the remaining six months of his contract out, unless a sale is secured by January 31.

Wolves are also believed to have been monitoring the player since the beginning of the season.

On Friday, rumours spread Blackburn Rovers were keen on stand-out defender Will Vaulks while Conor McGrandles and Stephen Kingsley are another two players thought to be interesting various scouts attending Bairns games recently.

And though not divulging much by the way of details and identities, Bairns manager Holt added: “There’s been nothing happening on the transfer side of things so far.

“We do have a couple of targets and our eye on a few players, but that’s always the case through the season. We also have the budget and that is what it is. If we can move a few on- maybe loans out - that might free up room but it really depends who is available.”

With additions only being considered following exits it’s unlikely new bodies will be added before Saturday’s match with Hamilton.

“It looks like being a good game,” added Holt, “with two teams who like to attack and are at the top end of the table.

“We have got players who are all desparate to play games - there are no passengers here and we can’t afford to have. The work ethich has been good and we’re all looking forward to the game.

“Saturday is a big one. We are on a good run and will go out to win it, as we do every game - that’s not to say we will win every game. We know we won’t and if we don’t on Saturday we won’t hit the panic button.”

Mark Millar’s loan extension means he is still available but the club are keeping a close eye on David McCracken who withdrew at from Saturday’s win at Livingston with tightness in his thigh.

“He’s experienced enough to know when to make a decision like that,” added the manager. “If it was ten minutes from the end it may have been a different story but with the game at 1-0 David didn’t want to risk going back out and playing on while not 100 percent and something happening - it costing a goal or the injury getting worse. We appreciate that honesty and were able to bring Johnny Flynn on.”