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Town Confirm Stearman Loan
Monday, 28th Jan 2013 22:36

Town have confirmed that Wolves defender Richard Stearman is joining on loan for the rest of the season, subject to paperwork. The Blues had been linked with the 25-year-old, who was taken to Molineux by Blues boss Mick McCarthy, since before Christmas but with a £1.8 million price tag understood to have scuppered a permanent deal.

The formalities relating to the move are likely to be completed tomorrow with Stearman expected at Portman Road.

Boss McCarthy has been keen to add to his defensive options with Stearman able to play at both centre-half and the right-back role recently vacated by Bradley Orr when he returned to Blackburn.

The former England U21 international hadn’t made an appearance for Wolves since Dean Saunders took over as boss at Molineux. Prior to that, he had made 11 starts and four sub appearances this season.

Stearman, who has 18 months remaining on his contract, was previously linked with the Blues back in the summer of 2011, although then-manager Paul Jewell dismissed the reports.

The signing takes Town's domestic loan total to four - Stearman plus Patrick Kisnorbo, Aaron Mclean and David McGoldrick - with McCarthy not having ruled out West Ham keeper Stephen Henderson rejoining and becoming the fifth permitted in a matchday squad.

Meanwhile, another of the Wolves players linked with the Blues, striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is reported to be the subject of a successful £1 million bid from Crystal Palace.

The Eagles were understood to be the frontrunners for the signature of former Blues loanee DJ Campbell. Whether their move for Ebanks-Blake ends their chase for the QPR frontman remains to be seen.

Hull City, who said they could recall striker Aaron Mclean from his loan at Portman Road at the weekend, are also interested in Campbell.

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NorseBlue added 22:38 - Jan 28
Fantastic signing. Excellent news. Needed for some time. COYB!!!

shumiheaven added 22:40 - Jan 28
More than adequate replacement for Orr, more of the same Mac

Mark added 22:42 - Jan 28
A right-back who can also play centre back is really good news, although slightly disappointing it is another loan. If he does well, he'll be out of our reach in the summer and will probably go elsewhere. I can only hope in that Hewitt is able to get a few appearances, push on and become our first choice right-back next season.

MickMillsTash added 22:45 - Jan 28
Very Good signing at this level. - Presuming that the plan is to bring him in on a permanent deal in the summer.

Mutiny added 22:45 - Jan 28
Another loanee; no long term strategy; hello Division 1

itfc1981 added 22:46 - Jan 28
good move, but unless we get some creativity in midfield we are in big trouble.

JimmyJazz added 22:48 - Jan 28
Note that no one has signed DJ yet. What happened to that 3 year deal?

Mutiny added 22:48 - Jan 28
MickMillsTash - don't presume anything while loanee addict Clegg is still hanging around.

Michael11 added 22:50 - Jan 28
Welcome aboard, hopefully a fresh start here will be what you need to get your career back on track! COYB!

flashblue added 22:50 - Jan 28
Why has this been announced ahead of his signature? Seems odd and not normal.

ChrisMakin2012 added 22:50 - Jan 28
So he can play well for us then either get recalled or move to a bigger club, just like the rest do.

Suffolk_n_Good added 22:52 - Jan 28
Great news to go to bed on! A shrewd signing, wouldn't Br at all surprised to see us sign him permanently in the Summer.

C_HealyIsAPleasure added 22:53 - Jan 28
So we let Scotland go to bring in a loan. Brilliant

Mutiny added 22:56 - Jan 28
Town/Evans have run out of money/ambition ; getting shot of fixed costs - call in the administrator!!

casanovacrow added 22:58 - Jan 28
Improvement from Orr. Personally would have been looking for something permanent but with Hewitt coming through its not a grave concern.
Now for 2 wingers please

DJeffersonstache added 22:58 - Jan 28
Here we go again. Keane took cast offs from Sunderland, now McCarthy does same with Wolves. What's the point? And why let Scotland go and bring in McLean who is a poor version? Jason loved the club and never let anyone down. League 1 here we come

sixtouchfootball added 23:01 - Jan 28
Good signing. Not bothered its a loan. When we are where we are in the league you can't expect to get anything better in on a permanent. Once survival is assured expect mick to move quickly in sorting a permanent squad for next season.

itfc1981 added 23:02 - Jan 28
To think we spent 1.7m on Priskin when we could get Ebanks-Blake for a 1m.


Lightningboy added 23:02 - Jan 28
If Mick can get the best out of him he'll be a great signing..just what we need in defence.

How about giving Hewitt a shot on the right wing?

btw..a couple of poor results and all the moaners are returning..doesn't take much does it?!..c'mon guys,have a little faith in Mick.

Daleyitfc added 23:04 - Jan 28
Every loan player is another nail in our coffin.

ericclacton added 23:07 - Jan 28
It's Clearman that Stearman is a Town man.

ChrisMakin2012 added 23:10 - Jan 28
Negative comments about Stearman from Wolves faithful, loans being abused, league one?

Arthur added 23:21 - Jan 28
Decent guy to come in but TWTD are now officially "The followers of the Borrowers FC"

hollywoodginge added 23:24 - Jan 28
When we signed GMac from Leicester he was in Partnership with Stearman, they had the best defence in the league despite getting relegated, Stearman was the better of the two by all accounts, by that scale I'm delighted to have him here, an excellent defender at this level.

theobald1985 added 23:27 - Jan 28
totally agree with Lightningboy about the moaners on here.stearman is a good player we should welcome him and support him and mick

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