Gareth Ainsworth has moved to secure a new goalkeeper with the capture of AFC Bournemouth stopper Ryan Allsop on a loan deal until the end of the season.The 23-year-old arrives at Adams Park with 77 games’ experience under his belt in each of the top three tiers, and represented the Cherries as recently as November in the 3-3 draw with Everton in the Premier League.
Wanderers were dealt a blow at the weekend when first-choice keeper Alex Lynch suffered a hip injury in the 1-0 win at Plymouth Argyle, leaving 46-year-old coach Barry Richardson as the only fit goalkeeper in the squad.
Lynch is due to undergo a scan this week to determine the severity of his injury but Allsop arrives ahead of the transfer deadline and will train with his new team-mates on Tuesday, in preparation for his debut against Luton Town at Adams Park on Saturday.
Ainsworth said: “Bringing a player of Ryan’s ability to the club is a big coup for us. He’s a tall, commanding keeper who’s an excellent shot stopper and he’ll be a great addition to what is already a strong backline.
“I feel desperately sorry for Alex who was just beginning to establish himself as the number 1 keeper here, and we really hope he makes a speedy recovery.
“I’m looking forward to working with Ryan and would like to say a huge thank you to Bournemouth for allowing us to bring him here. I have a very good relationship with their manager Eddie Howe and it’s down to him that we’ve been able to make this move happen.”
Allsop started his career with West Bromwich Albion and represented England at under-17 level before spending a year with Millwall. A brief spell with Icelandic club Hottur followed and he then established himself in English football with a successful stint at Leyton Orient.
He signed for Bournemouth in January 2013 and played 27 times on loan for Coventry City in League 1 last season.