Deadline Day

Last updated : 02 September 2005 By Tony Scholes

Curtis Davies - signed for West Brom
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 West Brom paying £3 million to take him to the Hawthorns.

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 Derby striker Grzegorz Rasiak. We have not been able to confirm that the delay was held up and completed so late because the Polish striker kept falling over for no apparent reason as he tried to sign the forms.

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 Preston.

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 Plymouth.

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.

Permanent Deals
Sambegou BangouraStandard LiegeStoke
David ConnollyLeicesterWigan
Duane CourtneyAFC TelfordBurnley
Curtis DaviesLutonWest Brom
Fabrice FernandesSouthamptonBolton
Alexandre FrutosAFC MetzBrighton
Elvis HammondFulhamLeicester
Ian HumeTranmereLeicester
Kamil KosowskiKaiserslauternSouthampton
Richard LangleyCardiffQPR
Steve LomasWest HamQPR
Grzegorz RasiakDerbyTottenham
Jake SpeightSheffield UtdScarborough
John SuttonMillwallSt Mirren

Loan Deals
Eirik BakkeLeedsAston Villa
Sekou BaradjiWest HamReading
Andy CampbellCardiffOxford
Sammy ClinganWolvesChesterfield
Matt DerbyshireBlackburnPlymouth
Jonathan ForteSheffield UtdDoncaster
Paul GallagherBlackburnStoke
Carl IkemeWolvesStockport
Michael LearyLutonBristol Rovers
Pablo MillsDerbyFranchise
Michael RickettsLeedsCardiff
Andrew SurmanSouthamptonBournemouth
Tommy WrightLeicesterBlackpool