WOLVERHAMPTON Wanderers made their first foray into the transfer market yesterday – albeit for a loan player – taking the highly-rated West Ham United winger Kyel Reid on loan until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old Londoner has agreed a window-to-window loan and met his new team-mates at training at Compton Park yesterday. Wolves manager Mick McCarthy made the move for Reid after losing out to Rangers’ Alan Gow, who has been on loan, like Reid, with Blackpool.
The youngster, who came through the Academy ranks at Upton Park, has already been developing his experience in football during loan spells at other Coca-Cola Championship clubs including Barnsley, Crystal Palace and Blackpool – where he played against the Wanderers in the 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road a fortnight ago.
The fleet-footed winger made his debut for West Ham in May 2006 against West Bromwich Albion, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 win.
He has made nine appearances for West Ham and scored once, in the Carling Cup victory against Macclesfield Town at the start of this season.
Reid, who may feature in the Wolves’ squad for this weekend’s match against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, will have to battle for a place against the likes of Michael Kightly and Matt Jarvis. But he provides McCarthy with valuable strength in depth and once played at Molineux, while at Barnsley, on New Year’s Day 2007 when his new employers won 2-0.
Gow, meanwhile, will see a specialist today in a bid to cure the problem which stopped his move to Wolves.
Wolves pulled out of the deal when a minor problem showed up in Gow’s medical relating to a hip and potential hamstring injury. The former Falkirk frontman will see a specialist tomorrow to determine if an operation is necessary.