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Fulham and Wigan beat transfer window to land promising talents

| 01.09.2011

Fulham have today confirmed the signing of Irish youngster Sean Kavanagh from Belvedere FC.

The club that has produced promising stars such as Stephen Kelly, Mark Kennedy, Keith Treacy and Wes Hoolahan have produced another and the 17-year-old Kavanagh is a player Fulham fans should get excited about.

Having impressed the Fulham scouts Kavanagh will join the club and will continue at academy level before being given his chance in the first team.

Kavanagh has represented Ireland under-17’s and the defender will be keen to emulate the players that have made the transition to English football, and Stephen Kelly is sure to play a big role in the development of Kavanagh.

Kavanagh joins Bryan Ruiz, Orlando Sa and Zdenek Grygera as deadline day signings and the Fulham board have done some solid business.

Meanwhile Wigan have pulled off a real coup by landing promising Chelsea youngster Patrick Van Aanholt.

The 21-year-old will join Wigan on a year’s loan and will be given the chance to impress as he looks to force his way into Andre Villas-Boas’ first team.

Loan moves have reaped dividends for young talent over the past two seasons and Van Aanholt will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea team-mate Daniel Sturridge.

Sturridge, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley have all benefitted from loan moves and Van Aanholt will be hoping to do impress like his peers over the course of the season.

Shaun Maloney will be joining Van Aanholt at Wigan and his Premier League experience could be a real factor in Wigan staying up.

Maloney bagged five goals in 30 appearances for Villa during his spell there between 2006 and 2008 and at Celtic last season Maloney also manged five goals in 21 appearances.

If he can chip in with a few goals and assists this season, Roberto Martinez will have done a great bit of business in the transfer window and things are looking up for Wigan.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.