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Watford The club expect to hear next week whether midfielder Al Bangura will be allowed to stay in the country after a work permit hearing was scheduled. "We hope to be able to bring news of the result of the panel's findings early next week," a club statement read.

Coventry City Manager Iain Dowie said he has no intention of letting any of his players leave the Ricoh Arena. Striker Michael Mifsud has admitted he would consider bids from any Premier League side, while Dele Adebola and Jay Tabb have also attracted interest.

Barnsley The Tykes' deal to sign Blackpool striker Keigan Parker has broken down after the club failed to agree terms with the player.

Crystal Palace The Eagles have signed Reading defender John Halls on loan. The former Arsenal player moves to Selhurst Park for a month.

League One

Gillingham The Gills have placed nine players on the transfer list with immediate effect. Steve Lomas, Kelvin Jack, Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu, Marvin Hamilton and David Graham are among those made available for transfer.

Luton Town The Hatters have denied the 17 charges levelled at them in relation to agent payments between July 2004 and February last year. The club have now requested a personal hearing with the Football Association.

Port Vale Manager Lee Sinnott has signed Chris Herd on loan from Aston Villa. The Australian's contract at Villa Park expires in the summer. "I jumped at the chance of coming to Vale Park," Herd said. "Chris can play across the midfield or at right-back," Sinnott continued. "I am delighted he has come. I am sure he will be able to do a job for us."