Lambert confirms Nsiala interest and explains Roberts exit
Town boss Paul Lambert has confirmed that there is interest in Toto Nsiala from Bolton Wanderers, but that is as far as the deal is at the minute.
Speaking to the club website, Lambert said: “There is interest from Bolton Wanderers but it’s just interest at the moment. We’ll find out more today.”
Bolton are hopeful that Nsiala will be available for Saturday’s clash with Rochdale. However, the deal would need to be concluded by lunchtime today for Nsiala to take his place in the derby.
It is understood the move is likely to be a loan, with Bolton paying a significant, if not all, of Nsiala’s wages. There will be an obligation for the move to be made a permanent one at the end of the season, providing the move is initially a temporary switch.
The potential departure of Nsiala has sparked more talk of the return of Tommy Smith. Smith has been training with Town since finishing his season and contract with Colorado Rapids.
When asked by the EADT about re-signing the centre-back, Lambert replied: “Tommy’s got his own career in the States after whatever he’s had here and you can’t keep revisiting that. It’s crazy. You’ve got to move on.
“The lad done great here and was terrific but you have to move on. Football doesn’t wait for anyone.”
One player who has already left Portman Road is forward Jordan Roberts. Roberts completed a loan move to Gillingham on Thursday, probably ending his Town career.
On Roberts’ departure, Lambert said: “Jordan [Roberts] needed some game time so that’s why we’ve let him go to Gillingham on loan. It should be good for him and with Freddie [Sears] now back, we have four front guys to choose between.”
Another player who May have played his last game in a Town shirt is goalkeeper, Bartosz Bialkowski. The on-loan Millwall keeper is now set to stay at The Den for the remainder of the season with Town’s recall option now elapsed.
Speaking to TWTD, Lambert has confirmed discussions between Town and Millwall are taking place regarding at permanent transfer.
“I think the two clubs are talking,” Lambert said. “I said this before, I don’t think you’ll get the money that was bandied about here a few years ago for him.
“I spoke to Bart the other day, he came in and had a little visit which was nice. I think the two clubs are talking to see what can be done.”
Regarding new arrivals, Lambert has downplayed any truth in the recent speculation linking Jamie Sterry and Danny Rowe with moves to Portman Road.
On Sterry, Lambert told TWTD: “I think if it’s going to benefit the team then I’ll look at it, whether it’s right-back or wherever. But that lad there, I’m not so sure about.”
Regarding the links with AFC Fylde want-away forward Danny Rowe, Lambert added: “No, I know the lad you’re talking about, it made me laugh when I heard his name,”
“No, I was at Sheffield United just because I wanted to watch a game. It was nothing to do with [him]. One Danny Rowe’s enough, I think!”