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Cambridge United target winger in January transfer window

Hiram Boateng in action for Cambridge United. Picture: Simon Lankester
Hiram Boateng in action for Cambridge United. Picture: Simon Lankester

Cambridge United are hoping to make the permanent addition of a new winger in the next week.

Mark Bonner has stated that the club are in talks to bring in a new wing man to boost their attacking options.

They have already brought in defender Jubril Okedina on loan from Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season, and are now making plans further up the pitch.

“We’re certainly looking to add in wider areas during this window,” said U’s head coach Mark Bonner.

“We’ve got an offer in currently with a wide player, more a winger, really blistering pace, someone that we’re trying to add permanently.

“We’re working on that one, and we should know where we are next week in that situation. If we can add somebody in that area, we know we need that.

“We’ve got the option of playing with Harrison (Dunk) or Jack (Iredale) on the left-hand side, we’ve got the option of Leon (Davies) on the right-hand side with Luke (Hannant) as well.

“We’ve got the option of playing with a few of the others in wider positions, but really natural wide players we’re a little bit short of at the moment.

“Pace kills teams whatever time of the year it is, but when you’re getting to these games where the pitches are what they are and sometimes it’s a bit of a slog, you need that blistering pace to get you up the pitch.

“We hope we can get somewhere in the next few days. If not, it will more likely be a loan option until the end of the season.”

Bonner is also optimistic that they can clinch a deal to extend Hiram Boateng’s loan spell until the end of the season.

The midfielder is currently out with a shoulder injury, and his temporary switch from MK Dons was due to expire in January.

But Bonner has never hidden the desire to keep Boateng at the club for longer.

“Hopefully, we will have some news on that in the next few days,” he said.

“We’re trying to extend that to the end of the season, despite the fact we will have to wait a bit of time for him.

“He will probably not be fit to play for us for six weeks. It will take a bit of time, but the fact that it is an upper body injury means he can be running.

“As we build up that, and we can do some non-contact individual work with him, we hope we can get him as close to fit to play as possible when he is allowed to do the contact work.

“You can never replicate real training sessions and game play but we hope we won’t lose too much of the physical fitness that he has built up with us.”

Bonner added: “We’re willing to wait that amount of time rather than do something that might help us in the short term.

“We think we know we have a real player on our hands, so we want to try to make sure that first of all that is our No 1 target to try to extend that to the end of the season.”

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