AFC Wimbledon boss makes transfer admission as he discusses future of player linked with Bolton and Ipswich Town

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Wally Downes has revealed he would not be comfortable blocking the chance for AFC Wimbledon’s players to ply their trade at a higher level.

The Dons turned down offers at Championship level for club captain Deji Oshilaja at the end of the summer transfer window.

Bermondsey-raised Oshilaja, 25, ended a month out with an ankle injury when he resumed training on Tuesday. And Downes admits his own plans for incomings will be shaped by exits as well.

Asked about whether Oshilaja could move before the end of January, he said: “I think he has been very professional to play the amount of games he has, having had a move turned down when it was.

“That’s the sort of situation that I wouldn’t like to get myself into. If he is offered the sort of money that can change his life – and be better then it is – the club’s responsibility is to have people coming through who are ready replacements for them.

“It is a heck of a lot of money for a club like us to turn down.

“At the moment I’m only really looking to strengthen one area, but if there are comings and goings elsewhere and money involved, then I think the club is duty-bound to take it while we can get it. It’s important for us to have a succession plan.”

PICTURE BY PAUL EDWARDS

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