Bristol City complete loan deal for Wolves striker Andy Keogh
Bristol City today completed the signing of Wolves striker Andy Keogh just hours before the transfer deadline and are now closing in on the permanent capture of Scunthorpe United winger Martyn Woolford.
Keogh joins City on a 93-day loan with a view to a permanent deal if he does well over the next few months and Robins manager Keith Millen is also hoping to beat the clock to sign left winger Woolford ahead of tonight’s 11pm deadline.
City have agreed a fee with Scunthorpe for the 25-year-old and personal terms have been thrashed out with Woolford, who is this afternoon travelling down from Humberside for a medical at Ashton Gate.
Republic of Ireland international Keogh trained with City today after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms and is expected to go straight into the starting line-up for tomorrow’s home npower Championship clash with Swansea at Ashton Gate.
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City boss Keith Millen has been in the market for a striker since Jon Stead underwent an ankle operation last week and he was close to signing Czech Republic international Roman Bednar on Saturday.
Even though City and West Bromwich Albion agreed a fee, the deal collapsed when Bednar decided to remain at The Hawthorns and fight for a place in Albion’s Premier League side.
Millen had already spoken to Wolves about the possibility of taking Keogh on loan and pushed ahead with that deal after missing out on Bednar.
The 24-year-old Irishman is well down the pecking order at Molineux and has been forced to play second fiddle to Kevin Doyle, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Sam Vokes since Wolves returned to the Premier League 18 months ago.
He joined Cardiff earlier this season and Bluebirds manager Dave Jones spoke openly of the possibility of signing the Irishman on a long-term contract in the summer.
But Keogh, who signed a two-year extension to his contract at Molineux last summer, scored only twice in 16 appearances for the Bluebirds and fell out of favour after the arrival of Jon Parkin from Preston North End at the start of the month. Millen sees Keogh as an ideal replacement for Stead, who faces eight to 10 weeks on the sidelines.
Millen also submitted a bid to Preston North End for centre-back Billy Jones but the Lancashire club, fighting for survival at the foot of the Championship, are unwilling to sell and City will wait until the player is out of contract at the end of the season.