By Chris Wright
Young Bolton left-back Andy Kellett has admitted that he assumed he was being “wound-up” by a mate after Manchester United made an approach for him on transfer deadline day.
Apparently United made the snap decision to sign 21-year-old Kellett on loan for the rest of the season when Bolton boss Neil Lennon made an inquiry about taking United’s Saidy Janko on loan yesterday.
“It’s a great opportunity for Andy,” Lennon told the Guardian.
“We called about Saidy and United asked for him to go the other way.
“He thought it was a wind-up!”
However, it soon panned out that, barring the possibility that there’s still some kind of elaborate hidden camera prank in the pipeline, Kellett’s loan move to Old Trafford is very much kosher…
#mufc have signed young defender Andy Kellett on loan from Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 2, 2015
Given that Mats Hummels was reportedly Louis van Gaal’s primary target, the fact that United instead opted for a 21-year-old left-back with just four senior appearances for Bolton to his name is a bit surprising.
However, it’s not like Kellett is totally unproven – with the youngster scoring this absolutely corking solo goal against Northampton while on loan at Plymouth Argyle in League Two back in December…