Deadline day recap
I'm a bit late with this but frankly I have just woken from the slumber of the January transfer window. Despite Sky Sports' best efforts the mid-season window was a right damp squib despite a typical late rally. In fact this morning Steve Bruce has predicted
the demise of the current system.
There were only a handful of moves that involved real money. Adam Johnson's moved from Middlesbrough to Manchester City for £7m, hard up Pompey shipped out Bosnian keeper Asmir Begović to Stoke, after he thought he was going to Spurs for £3.25m, although Harry Redknapp did get a tax credit to bring back Younes Kaboul for £5m and as expected Palace's administrators sold Victor Moses to Wigan for £2.25m, although surprisingly no one else left Selhurst Park.
The late, late loan moves of Benjani to Sunderland and Robbie Keane to Celtic gave sports journalists a bit of overtime but it was quietest and least costly mid-season window since it was introduced in 2003 with 'just' £30m spent in total. This compares to £170m last year and £150m in January 2008.
I always approach January with a large dollop of intrepidation, hence the Poll over there on the right hand panel of this blog, however as the month progressed it was finally clear that clubs are getting a large dollop themselves, but of reality. Many clubs either sway on the edge of administration or just carry large amounts of debt.
A dull and boring transfer window suited us just fine even though moving Moo2kil of our wage bill would have been beneficial. The Frenchman by the way easily winning my If we are forced to sell in the January Transfer Window, who will it be Poll
by 48%. Therry Racon got 17% of the vote and Lloyd Sam 12%.
and Leeds also kept hold of their best players! Rumours of Wes Hoolahan moving to Hull were unfounded and of course Beckford had already agreed to stay at Elland Road until the end of the season. Whilst we signed Kyel Reid and welcomed back Dave Mooney and Akpo Sodje, Leeds did add Gary McSheffrey on loan from Birmingham City until the end of the season to boost their front line but they did let the once lauded David Prutton move to Colchester on a free.
Norwich signed left back Michael Rose from Stockport and in typical current Canary style he got their match winner at home to Hartlepool on Saturday. Literally that stoopid yellow bird could fall in a vat of poo and come out smelling of Chanel No. 5. Of interest to me was seeing that Millwall allowed Jason Price to move to Oldham on loan. I have always been impressed with the Welshman but Jackett has hardly played him this season. The Lions did add Peterborough striker Shaun Batt on loan until the end of the season after suffering injuries to Gary Alexander and Neil Harris.
Swindon held on to Charlie Austin but didn't add to their squad and Huddersfield brought in 19-year old Liverpool striker Nathan Eccleston on loan and Australia international defender Dean Herffernan until the end of the season from Aussie side Central Coast Mariners.
Meanwhile Bristol Rovers fans are not happy that their board has left the £1m they received from Southampton for Rickie Lambert untouched
but MK Dons did bring a couple of well rated youth players from North London. Mark Randall from Arsenal, and Andros Townsend from Tottenham joined the concrete cows until the end of the season.
One of move of interest was Luke Holden signing for Wrexham. Our former loanee has joined the Dragons on loan until the end of the season. "I'm gutted things didn't work out for me at Charlton."
) Good luck to him.
Meanwhile after a little bit of research I see that free agents can still be signed by a club at any time in the season as well as requesting emergency loans. The actual loan window does re-open on the February 8th until March 23rd, so still opportunities for Moots to go out on loan.