Andy Kellett: Manchester United's most pointless signing in history

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Manchester United's shock signing of Bolton Wanderers defender Andy Kellett epitomised the collectively underwhelming sensation felt by football fans across the country after one of the most disappointing transfer deadline days since the inception of the January window.

The 21-year-old moves to Old Trafford on loan for the rest of the 2014/15 campaign with the sole purpose of boosting numbers in the Red Devils' development squad, following the departure of several exciting young prospects that were previously available to U21 coach Warren Joyce.

Kellett's surprise switch to the Theatre of Dreams is unlikely to have any kind of impact on Louis van Gaal's first-team, so it was surprising to see Manchester United's official Twitter account bring attention to the agreement by confirming it at 11.50pm last night, briefly reigniting the dying embers of hope of the remaining fans on social media holding out for a late blockbuster deal.

Moments later it was revealed that academy starlet Saidy Janko - a 19-year-old midfielder from Switzerland - would be heading in the opposite direction, which makes the whole arrangement seem like one of the most pointless exercises in the club's recent transfer history.

Manchester United clearly feel that Janko's development will be better served by the chance to play regular senior football with the Trotters in the Championship, but the acquisition of Kellett still appears to be completely futile.

After making just four senior appearances at the Macron Stadium - and only one in the league - the foible full-back has spent the past three months on loan with League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle, scoring one goal in 15 appearances for John Sheridan's Pilgrims.

Andy Kellett wondergoal versus Northampton Town

Kellett had been expecting to extend his stay at Home Park for the remainder of the season, until this unbelievable opportunity to join the Premier League giants came about.

However, after struggling to tear up any trees in the fourth tier of English football, the likelihood of the youngster making any kind of impression at Manchester United is very small.

It's not exactly the marquee signing that most Manchester United supporters had been anticipating, particularly after seeing their club linked with a number of high-profile players from the continent.

World Cup winner Mats Hummels was thought to be considering a move away from Borussia Dortmund, while Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane were also thought to be under Van Gaal's consideration.

Sadly, it wasn't to be.

Even Kellett himself thought it was a wind-up, according to Bolton boss Neil Lennon, who was quoted by the Daily Mail saying: "He thought he was going to Plymouth but we told him he was going to United.

"It's an opportunity of a lifetime for him," - Neil Lennon

"He didn't believe us. He was like: 'No way.' He rang his dad and I think his dad had to have a sit down. His mate came in with him at the same time and he was actually wearing a Man United track suit. But it's an opportunity of a lifetime for him."

It's understood that Kellett's move became possible after Belgian right-back Marnick Vermijl was allowed to join Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee earlier on Monday.

Either way he's been confirmed as Manchester United's third and final signing during the January window following the acquisition of former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on an 18-month deal, and last week's capture of Libyan defender Sadiq El Fitouri signed from Evo-Stik First Division side Salford City.

Cheer up United fans, it's not that long until the summer!

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