Hughes left in dark after switch is 'on' then 'off'

Last updated : 16 January 2003 By Rags
There were more twists and turns today in the crazy soap opera that is "Birmingham City's latest transfer news".

Speaking this afternoon Bryan Hughes was insisting that his loan to Leicester City was NOT with a view to a permanent transfer and saw his month stay at the Division One title hopefuls merely as a means to an end.

"I'm going there to get some games," said the 26-year-old. "I've told the gaffer I don't want to leave and he understands.

"Hopefully when I come back my sharpness will have returned and a bit of confidence, and I'll be able to have something to say in the team.

"Reserve football isn't the same and I've been frustrated by a lack of opportunity.

But probably not as frustrated as he is feeling tonight when news filtered through that the FA had blocked the move.

The BBC Leicester website stated that the Football Association has turned down Leicester City's initial bid to sign Bryan Hughes on loan, but Administrator Nick Dargon was still in talks to persuade it to allow the move.

The deal was subject to the lifting of a transfer embargo on the club and Dargon was depending on the Association regarding Wednesday's decision by City's creditors to accept the Lineker consortium's offer to run the club as a guarantee of the club's security.

City had a transfer embargo imposed on it by the Football Association when it went into administration and the club can only sign players on loan if it can prove 'extenuating circumstances'.

Answers on a postcard please.