It could only happen with this particular organisation and despite that all transfers need to be registered with them they have been unable to produce anything like a comprehensive list of transfer activity on the day to and from their member clubs.
As it happened the biggest deals were those out of the league and, being after the tea time curfew, were completed after the League’s own window had not only closed but had been firmly bolted for some hours.
That was because Premiership clubs, still able to trade, were able to sneak in and take some of the players. Luton’s young central defender Curtis Davies was one of those players and his was the record deal on the day involving a Football League club with
Fabrice Fernandes also completed a move to Bolton from Southampton and then just as the clock was approaching midnight Spurs, who had been busy all day, signed
QPR had a busy day too, and brought Richard Langley back from Cardiff as well as signing West Ham’s Steve Lomas, a player who had looked set to join Burnley just a couple of weeks ago.
Premiership new boys Wigan were supposedly bringing in a few players on the day but their only signing was David Connolly from Leicester and he has cost them a minimum of £2 million, a somewhat high fee for a player who at 28 is still to play in the Premiership.
Leicester used some of that money to bring in Elvis Hammond from Fulham and Tranmere’s Ian Hume, who again turned down overtures from
It is nice to see how neighbours prepared to help out our rivals. Blackburn recently told us that Paul Gallagher was not available for loan but he went to Stoke on Wednesday whilst Matt Derbyshire moved to
Now we wait for the Football League’s next instalment, the emergency loan period. If anyone can explain that to us then please do.
It has been very difficult, probably impossible, to put together a comprehensive list of deadline day deals but the following transfers, involving Championship clubs did go through on Wednesday.
|Sambegou Bangoura||Standard Liege||Stoke|
|Duane Courtney||AFC Telford||Burnley|
|Curtis Davies||Luton||West Brom|
|Alexandre Frutos||AFC Metz||Brighton|
|Steve Lomas||West Ham||QPR|
|Jake Speight||Sheffield Utd||Scarborough|
|John Sutton||Millwall||St Mirren|
|Eirik Bakke||Leeds||Aston Villa|
|Sekou Baradji||West Ham||Reading|
|Jonathan Forte||Sheffield Utd||Doncaster|
|Michael Leary||Luton||Bristol Rovers|