Bolton Wanderers should avoid administration says their manager Neil Lennon.

The Lancashire club are in financial trouble and owner Eddie Davies is speaking to a number of groups about selling up.

A winding-up petition was issued last week but the players, who went unpaid in November, are set to receive their salaries at the end of December.

Ipswich Town have made the first signing of the window, tying down striker Luke Varney on a short term contract until the end of the season.

Varney was on loan with the Tractor Boys last season but suffered a serious injury in the play-offs.

He could be in line to make his second debut against Derby County this weekend.

Hull City could be set to lose defender Curtis Davies to Premier League side Bournemouth in January - according to the Daily Mirror.

Skybet Championship - Hull City (2) v Huddersfield Town (0) - Nahki Wells and Curtis Davies.

The defender's contract with the Tigers runs out at the end of the season and Hull could be tempted to recoup some cash rather than lose him for free.

Eddie Howe sees Davies as a signing who can bolster the Cherries' chances of staying in the Premier League.

In other transfer news, Sam Byram continues to dominate the Leeds United headlines.

His manager, Steve Evans, has urged the highly-rated youngster to commit himself to a future at Elland Road.

Byram is stalling on a new deal but made a return to the starting line-up against Wolves last night and scored twice.

Meanwhile, Cardiff City are keen to complete a permanent deal for on-loan Charlton striker Tony Watt in January.

CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 15: Tony Watt (l) celebrates the second goal with scorer Kenwyne Jones during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Brentford at Cardiff City Stadium on December 15, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old has scored twice in four appearances since arriving in Wales in November.

The fee could be in the region of £1m according to reports.

Steve Cotterill says he has no regrets about letting Jay-Emmanuel Thomas leave Bristol City for QPR last summer.

The striker was a big fan favourite but was not offered a new deal and left for Loftus Road after two years and 33 goals for the Robins.

He returns to Ashton Gate for the first time tomorrow with a Rangers squad under new management in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Burnley 's Joey Barton has been offering Chelsea the benefit of his view on who should be their next manager.

The Premier League Champions sacked Jose Mourinho yesterday and Barton has tweeted his thoughts on who should succeed him.

File photo dated 31-10-2015 of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stands dejected on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.

Barton has nominated Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone as two of the "top three" candidates who should be in the frame.

Paul Clement has backed Darren Bent to play a big part in Derby County 's promotion push.

The 31-year-old has been short of minutes this season but was handed a rare start against Bristol City and his manager was pleased with his display.

Said Clement: "We have to remember that Darren is not coming to the end of his career. He is 31 and he has played at a high level.

"He wants to contribute, he wants to be a part of it."