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Cherries: Mitchell and Howe waiting on league decision over loan bids
Published : 26 Mar 2010 07:00:00
Cherries are today hoping to discover whether their latest attempt to ease their transfer embargo has been given the green light by the Football League. Chairman Eddie Mitchell yesterday made a fresh request to have the ban temporarily relaxed after claiming the club had cleared its outstanding tax bill. Mitchell said he had secured sufficient investment to make a payment of £350,000 to HM Revenue & Customs in order to satisfy the club's current liability. As a result, Cherries are expecting their pending winding-up petition, brought by the Revenue, to be dismissed when it goes before the High Court on Wednesday. And Mitchell was also hoping the Football League would take a sympathetic view to the club's latest plea to allow them to bolster their resources with new additions. However, despite a frantic day of dialogue between the two parties, Cherries officials were last night still in the dark over whether their request had been accepted. When contacted by the Daily Echo after Football League headquarters had closed, Mitchell confirmed Cherries were still awaiting their response. To further cloud the issue, all last-minute signings had to be completed before yesterday's 5pm loan deadline. After this time, clubs would not be permitted to add to their squads until the summer. Although Cherries were understood to have reached agreement to bring in two players with their respective clubs, it is not known whether either deal was sanctioned before the cut-off. Mitchell told the Daily Echo last night: We've been working on it all day and we still haven't had an answer. We believe we will be successful but we won't find out until tomorrow. I would love to say the embargo has been lifted but they haven't confirmed it. Meanwhile, Cherries' numbers are understood to have further diminished following injury to an unidentified first-team player. The player concerned is believed to have sustained his injury during Cherries' 3-2 defeat at Grimsby and will not be available for tomorrow's visit of Accrington Stanley. Eddie Howe's resources have already been depleted by the loss of striker Jeff Goulding to suspension and the return to Norwich of loan signing Rhoys Wiggins. However, as Wiggins has already spent two months at Dean Court, an extension to his loan agreement could be viewed more favourably by the Football League.