Millwall see off late Bolton interest to land Watford man

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MILLWALL tonight sealed a loan deal for Watford's Diego Fabbrini – despite fears that Bolton were about to hijack the move.

The Lions were confident of landing the 24-year-old Italy international after he held talks with manager Ian Holloway on Tuesday.

But reports emerged on Thursday that Fabbrini was being offered as a makeweight in talks between Watford and Bolton over midfielder Jay Spearing.

However, NewsAtDen understands that the former Empoli starlet has now put pen-to-paper on a 93-day loan deal with Millwall and could make his debut against Ipswich on Saturday.

The Lions had hoped to borrow Fabbrini until the end of the season but the Hornets want the attacker to be available for possible play-off games, so insisted on a shorter deal.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

49 thoughts on “Millwall see off late Bolton interest to land Watford man

  • January 15, 2015 at 21:59
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    Hopefully he replaces mcdonald in the team . Good age aswell

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    • January 15, 2015 at 22:01
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      ONE FINAL VOTE: like for Holloway out, dislike for Holloway in

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      • January 15, 2015 at 22:05
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        @tomking1: When your in a hole, you stop digging. But no, we're going to carry on with a failing manager, trusting his judgement on new players and continue signing free-transfers that can't get into other teams. Madness , complete madness.

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      • January 15, 2015 at 22:14
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        @tomking1: I can't believe so many fans still back one of the worst managers in our history. I don't remember the same backing for Lomas, who only had half the time to prove how bad he was. It just goes to show you can actually fool some of the people all the time.

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        • January 15, 2015 at 22:19
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          @Micky Lions: As I asked all of the Holloway fans earlier Micky, why was Lomas sacked? What makes Holloway so special that he can make all of the same mistakes and more but still gets some fans support? At least Lomas had inexperience as an excuse, plus the Wet Spam cross to bear.

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          • January 16, 2015 at 08:00
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            @lion.ie: a proven track record, lomas took on a team holloway took on an even worse team after lomas' inexperience, holloway will come good and within the next 4 weeks we will be in a safe position and move up the table

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          • January 16, 2015 at 13:21
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            I have said before Lomas was only disliked and sacked because of his past, if IH had been associated with them then he would have been hounded out ages ago. I couldn't give a s*** if the manager had played for West Ham, Palace and Charlton as long as they are a success for us.

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        • January 15, 2015 at 22:24
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          Half of Holloways problem is that he was left with the s*** Lomas brought in.

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          • January 15, 2015 at 22:28
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            @Eightieswall: So why does he still play some of them ahead of his own signings? He's virtually built his whole game plan around McDonald this season. Sorry mate, not having that excuse.

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          • January 15, 2015 at 23:40
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            @Eightieswall: Lomas brought in some rubbish players, as did Kenny. Every manager at Millwall since McCarthy has signed their fair share of dross. You know that when you come in as manager - there's little money, you work to get the best out of the decent players and get rid/drop the others.

            But Lomas was only here 6 months - how long are we going to blame him for this? I can't remember anyone signing as many players (loans/contracts) as Holloway. The great majority have been sh.it, as have the performances of the teams he keeps putting out. Who's to blame - how about Spackman or Tuttle or Wise too. Everyone but untouchable fu.cking Holloway. Why?

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        • January 15, 2015 at 22:41
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          f*** knows mate but i believe the players he has got are better than Hoyte,Chaplow and Martin. The other point is that it don't look like the club will sack him so we are stuck with him. If the fans give up then we are f*****.

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    • January 16, 2015 at 09:49
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      @lioncub: YOU NEED TO GO TO ,SPEC SAVE McDONALD IS THE ENGINE ROOM AT THE MOMENT THE AMOUNT OF GROUND HE COVERS IN A GAME IS AMAZING IT A SHAME THE MAJORITY OF THE TEAM DON'T GIVE AS MUCH . YOU CAN SEE HIS CLASS QUALITY AND FOOTBALLING BRAIN ITS A SHAME THE REST DONT THINK THE SAME MAY BE HE COULD GIVE THE LESSONS AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS AFTER TRAINING

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  • January 15, 2015 at 22:02
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    Good bit of business by the club. Bolton were implying it was a done swap deal with Wolves for Jay Spearing and they had hijacked our ongoing attempts to bring him to the deal. Finally some good news for the Lions. One in the eye for Neil Lennon.

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  • January 15, 2015 at 22:05
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    Sorry for stating the bleeding obvious. Next time I'll actually read the story before commenting : (

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  • January 15, 2015 at 22:16
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    Good signing Ollie play all our new players together cant be no worse than it is now best thing is watch all the people who are wanting Ollie out soon change there tune go in everyone hit there dislike button lol

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  • January 15, 2015 at 22:16
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    What's that 5 new players need 2 CB and Williams back and someone who can score, then it's s*** or bust time, onwards and upwards please IH COYL

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  • January 15, 2015 at 22:33
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    woohoo - finally, a mullet. Every good team has a mullet... Keegan, Waddle, rudi voller...
    This is the start of something, mark my words.
    I'm gonna get a mullet now. Because I'm ginger, I know it'll look amazing - and thats not being arrogant, its just a fact about ginger mullets.
    To all those that travelled to the sht show the other night - you have my utmost respect - you were the one good thing on a horrible night and did the club proud. Respect to JB for the refunds too. Lets get behind the lads on a saturday - i know they dont deserve it but they bloody need us on their side... they dont just need a 12th man, they need about 20. Lets do what we can. Giving them stick is too easy - and being Millwall is about the tough stuff. (man i wish i could insert a rocky montage clip here... just think it, in your head) COYL !!!!

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    • January 16, 2015 at 01:11
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      @Mullwall: Best post I have read in ages, none of us support millwall expecting eternal happiness. If we did we would be wasting our sorry lives following some other faceless dross like the general majority who are basically mugs!! COYL

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      • January 16, 2015 at 22:27
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        @davesavagesleftfoot: Lets keep smiling.. thats how winnings done. (that and putting the ball in the back of the bloody net Ollie. jesus.)

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    • January 16, 2015 at 10:24
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      @Mullwall: mate that was ducking brilliant, I haven't laughed so much to any other postings ever just read it again pure comedy.

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  • January 15, 2015 at 22:41
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    Hopefully he will provide some creativity and impetus in Midfield.
    I would like to see a replacement or cover for Forde. I remember we had a bloke called Doyle on loan a few years ago from Birmingham. I think he did OK for us when he played? 6'5'' and can't get a game. Worth a go?

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    • January 16, 2015 at 08:47
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      @AltheAussieLion: With Bywater having been given the elbow that must mean we're in the market for a keeper. Let's hope it's someone who can put some real pressure on Forde.

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  • January 15, 2015 at 22:52
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    I am now fully prepared for league 1 next season and so should everyone else. Might as well stick with IH see how the new players get in and if we stay up it'll b a pleasant surprise. Absolutely gutted abaut last night if a prospect of an away game at Chelsea only drums up a 4-0 loss then I'll go I'll cheer em on but I'm not blind to the shower of s*** we are in.

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    • January 15, 2015 at 23:40
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      @spartacus: not over yet ,but getting close we always do it the hard way , just like to see a bit of fight..

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  • January 15, 2015 at 23:29
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    Lets look at it like this - Your appointed as a manager of a business and you inherit a workforce that have helped the business run at a loss, they're a highly paid workforce but you can't sack them, you have no choice but to stick with them and hope to improve them, they were all brought in by the previous 2 managers that failed, you have a small budget to bring in some fresh workers but not top end workforce as there CV's show they come from smaller companies but have potential or experience and suite the remaining budget. Your waiting for the contracts to run out but the business continues to loss money, you know this is happening but there is nothing you can do, Your workforce let you down time and time again and continue to get complaints. Your directors back you with more money for wages for fresh workers, I would hope the directors stick with me as they know my position and potential, I've done it at two other companies so why not here, I just need to get the opportunity with my own workforce.

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    • January 16, 2015 at 02:16
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      @ThatsWhatWeDo: Or to put it another way, you are brought in to do a job and blame everybody else when it becomes evident that you are not up to it. 'I've done it at two other companies so why not here, I just need to get the opportunity with my own workforce.' Please tell me that this doesn't allude to the often quoted 'Ollie is great because he got two teams promoted to the Premiership'?

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      • January 16, 2015 at 10:09
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        @lion.ie: very good lion, I think he's ollies love child. The fact that itswhatwedo has done it twice, suggests he got his ass sacked cos as for not sacking people, that's a doddle in business. What people don't seem to be getting is the tactical and formation inconsistancies we are seeing week in week out. Our players may not be the best, but they aren't that bad if you set your team up playing to the strengths. With this squad, we are a mid table team. If we were mid table now, I would buy ollies crap! Ollie is responsible for our current situation and it's down to him to stabilise the squad and inspire them. I like everyone here will be behind our beloved millwall no matter what, but I won't be fooled by ollies b*******. Time to stand up ollie and really show us the being it's of your 860 odd games

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  • January 16, 2015 at 00:28
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    Holloway is 1 year into a 2 1/2 year deal, the players he inhereted are not MILLWALL. JB is investing and clearly trusts the man. We need one man up front (what would you all have said to Heskey) I think a big arsed forward like Cascarnio is the answer, hold the ball up and cause trouble in the box. Let the team play off him. I'm not appoligising but in Holloway (like our chairman) I trust in the long run. We will get out the Poooh!

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  • January 16, 2015 at 01:30
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    To all the people defending IH by saying he has to go with players that he has inherited ,i am sorry that dont wash with me,he has either brought in or given contracts to a number of players that could in actual fact put a reasonable team on the pitch,
    IMO it is IH himself that is at fault in the way he selects and sets up his teams.
    I have been puzzled how he selects a player,maggie powell o'brien are just three examples,they have a good game,he gives them lots of praise then low and behold he drops them.
    Can anyone tell me the logic of selecting Marquis for the Norwich game.
    Can any one tell me the logic behind sending bywater out on loan thus making king our number two,then when gillingham sent him back early IH made bywater sub goalie relegating King to number three,then cancelling bywaters contract,warped thinking if you ask me.
    Can anyone explain the way he keeps selecting Fuller as a loan striker when we all know he is not up to it and should be used as an impact sub for the final 25 mins when their defenders have tired somewhat .
    Can someone tell me why we tried to play a passing game on that quagmire of a Bradford pitch.
    Can someone tell me why he thinks Dunne is a CD over the likes of Webster (who IH bought) no wonder Webster confidence has taken a bashing seeing a not very good RB selected ahead of him.
    I could go on and on asking these can someone tell me questions,but im sure everyone can see where im coming from.
    Before anyone asks ,no i do not have any coaching badges,but i do know handled properly we have the talent to be clear of the relegation zone.
    Take woolford last year many thought he was our player of the year (me include) his form along with others has dropped considerably ,and i put down to the way they are being told to play 10 tippy tappy passes when 4 or 5 will do.that my friends is down to IH because quite simply we dont have the players to play the Barcelona way.

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    • January 16, 2015 at 14:38
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      @jim1222: perfect post jim, glad to see the few on here still talking sense. I want ollie to succeed and be what I thought he could be, and maybe he has a master plan that some of us can't see! I'm no expert but stevie wonder could spot this team lacks organisation and stability. My honest feeling, and I hope I'm wrong, is that ollie is trying to get players that will go out there and just perform without any guidance. He can only bury his head in the sand and keep his fingers crossed for so long! In the meantime we just have to suffer it

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  • January 16, 2015 at 05:23
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    9 goals scored since 2009 WOW what a goalscorer we have on our hands ??
    Better than nothing I suppose COYL

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  • January 16, 2015 at 06:40
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    His stats aren't very good in terms of goals but speaking to a hornet that I work with he tells me he can beat people for fun has 2 good feet can play a decent pass in the final 3rd and not a bad cross.
    They signed as a forward but he tells me he's a better winger.
    He ain't getting game time cause they're doing well and he thinks given a fair chance could prove to be s very useful player. He also took the p*** about ollie being desperate I. E first renegie and now fabrinni (sounds like a double act) but of the 2 fabrinni is a no brainer just hasn't worked out for him.
    well he's here now so all we can do is hope for the best, again.
    Welcome aboard fab's

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  • January 16, 2015 at 07:43
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    See houth at Stoke is available , big lump and experienced , along side nelson .

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    • January 16, 2015 at 08:30
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      @Luvofmylife: Hos is he for pace? We are sorely lacking for pace in the centre backs. Danny is the big lump, but we keep getting done by players running at our defence.

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  • January 16, 2015 at 08:23
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    Let's hope that all our new signings get more than one game to show how good they are? And please IH play a team and be consistent!!! Pick your best team and stick to it!!!!

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  • January 16, 2015 at 08:24
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    I just got a funny feeling where ever this geezer fabbrini plays holloway will stick dunne there instead, just a joke dislikers

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  • January 16, 2015 at 08:29
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    Jim 1222 No matter what way you put them players there not good enough, Webster was bottom budget defender from a relegated team, we had no option of any better as again money was spent. Fuller is better of the bench but is anyone any better from the start. Gregory I hope will make it in the championship but our budget again tells me it's a gamble, Dunn is not good enough but at least he's millwall and we have no better. Marquis worked he's socks off at Norwich so picked on effort. There is no defending this team, they are not championship level so until they go we will have to get by with trying to duck and dive in the transfer market. We are competing with teams that are 2/3 times our size so I'm not sure what we expect, I don't think any manager will turn this team around pre the 5 signings just been made. All we can hope is they do make the difference like Edwards did and we get out of trouble so IH gets the opportunity to work with players that want to play. I'm sorry but it's the players

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    • January 16, 2015 at 08:58
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      @ThatsWhatWeDo: Based on his comments after the Bradford game, it's going to be interesting how many of the new players that are actually fit start tomorrow.

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  • January 16, 2015 at 08:39
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    I am very concerned about the goalkeeper situation and the centre backs.
    Forde is terrible at the moment, like he was a few seasons back when Maik Taylor had to be brought in. We can't go on putting up with his errors. We are losing points on the back of his lack of concentration and indecision. Holloway needs to get a loan keeper in (there are loads available) and then buy in the summer.
    Another area we need to look at is centre back. We desperately need a centre back with some pace, mobility and strength. We are consistently done by attackers running at our defenders. We have a set of defenders who individually are good at one thing (heading, blocking etc.) but aren't complete defenders. We desperately need a loan or a purchase of one or even two central defenders. Nelson and Goodman may be the future but we need proven defenders in now.

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  • January 16, 2015 at 08:57
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    After that Bradford result I honestlty don't know what to think anymore. Holloway has had 1 year, and we're worse off. But his "passion" for the club is winning fans and board over, and the last 5 signings (bar maybe Maierhofer and Fabrini as i dont know about the latter) are all definitely improvements to the squad.
    Harding = proven pro,
    Cowan-Hall = Definitely got something about him, hope he proves me right
    Cummings = Excellent signing
    But, the Cummings signing has added a bit of "why is Wilkinson still here", hopefully it means he will play Wilkinson centre back! Or maybe Cummings can play right wing too, Cowan-Hall Left!?
    I just hope we beat these Tractor Boys tomorrow and that bent nosed bacon sniffing big Mick!
    What Millwall will we get Saturday I wonder...............................

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  • January 16, 2015 at 11:59
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    Millwall
    When you grow your ginger mullet, can you get Aldo to post a picture on the website. Could be the start of something big. Remember never let a Diego by without washing your mullet.

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  • January 16, 2015 at 12:00
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    Mullet
    That should have been title mullet not Millwall.

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