Today was the last day clubs in England could complete their last minute deals in the summer transfer window, and teams in League 1 were active as they searched for a new signing to improve their squad. We take a look at the transfers that have happened in the third tier of English football.
Luke O’Neill (Burnley – Southend) Free
The first done deal in League 1 on transfer deadline day saw Luke O’Neill make a permanent switch to Southend United having initially joined the Shrimpers on a one-month loan two weeks ago. The right-back today, however, was released by Burnley so he could join the Essex club on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract. O’Neill spoke of his desires to sign permanently for Southend – and that has now become a reality as he increases the options Phil Brown has to his defense.
Lateef Elford-Alliyu (Valletta – Coventry) Free
The next League 1 club to make a signing on deadline day was Coventry City, as they announced that Lateef Elford-Alliyu had agreed a four-month contract to sign for the Sky Blues. The ex-West Brom youth product had previously been playing in Malta, before impressing on trial with Coventry. Although, the move may come as a shock as the 23-year-old has never established himself with a Football League side, after short spells with Tranmere Rovers, Bury and Crawley Town. Furthermore, Elford-Alliyu’s last club in England was with Tamworth when they were competing in the Conference Premier.
Larnell Cole (Fulham – Shrewsbury) Loan
Having sold their star midfielder Ryan Woods to Brentford, Shrewsbury Town identified their need to replace him. The Shropshire side did just that by bringing in versatile midfielder Larnell Cole on loan until January from Fulham. The 22-year old was a youngster at Manchester United before moving to London to sign for Fulham, where he has just played once – incidentally, at Old Trafford. Cole has also spent time on loan with MK Dons during the 2013-14 season.
Oscar Gobern (QPR – Doncaster) Loan
Doncaster Rovers just made one signing on deadline day and that was the acquisition of Oscar Gobern, who signs on loan until January from QPR. Gobern strengthens Donny’s midfield due to his Championship experience; playing 71 times for Huddersfield Town. The 24-year-old, however, only joined QPR at the beginning of August of this year, but he has only played in the League Cup for the Hoops.
Nick Townsend (Birmingham – Barnsley) Undisclosed
Barnsley were the joint-busiest League 1 club on transfer deadline, completing three signings. The first man to sign for the Tykes was Nick Townsend on a three-year deal, who was already at the club after joining on a youth loan last month. The goalkeeper failed to feature for Birmingham City and after impressing Lee Johnson, Barnsley decided to sign the 20-year-old for an undisclosed fee from the Championship side. Townsend’s only ever time playing at a club was with Lincoln City.
Michael Smith (Swindon – Barnsley) Loan
The next signing Barnsley made was Michael Smith, who has joined on loan from Swindon Town until January with a view to buy permanently. Smith has played 64 times for the Robins, scoring 24 goals. Barnsley made it clear they needed to sign a striker and they have done just that. The 23-year-old has also played for Colchester United and AFC Wimbledon, amongst others.
Harry White (Gloucester City – Barnsley) Undisclosed
Barnsley’s final signing on deadline was Harry White from non-league side Gloucester City. The striker, who is only 20-years-old, scored 9 times in 17 league appearances for Gloucester, and he now bolsters the options the Reds have in attack.
Wes Thomas (Birmingham – Swindon) Loan
Swindon Town managed to capture the loan signing of Wes Thomas on deadline day from Birmingham City. Thomas, who will be with the Robins until January, played 33 times for the Blues in the Championship last season, only scoring 4 goals. The 28-year-old has played for a number of clubs including Rotherham United, Blackpool and Bournemouth.
Andy Kellett (Bolton – Wigan) Undisclosed
Wigan Athletic made three signings on transfer deadline day and one of those was Andy Kellett joining from Bolton Wanderers. Kellett was part of a shock move that saw him go to Manchester United on loan in February of this year, but he didn’t play a single game for one of the biggest clubs in the world. The 21-year-old has only ever played 4 times in the league for Bolton, whilst also having a loan spell at Plymouth Argyle, and now the defender has joined the Latics on a three-year deal.
Haris Vuckic (Newcastle – Wigan) Loan
Haris Vuckic, a Slovenian attacking midfielder, was Wigan’s next signing, as he joins on a season-long loan deal from Newcastle United. The 23-year-old has been capped once by his national side and has played in 19 Newcastle games. However, he has been with the Magpies since 2009. More recently, Vuckic was on loan with Scottish side Rangers, where he 8 goals in 15 games in their second division.
Jack Hendry (Partick Thistle – Wigan) Undisclosed
Finally, Wigan completed their trio of signings when Jack Hendry was announced as a Latics defender. The Scottish player joins on a four-year deal after the English side managed to strike a deal with Partick Thistle. Hendry, 20, has only ever made 4 appearances for the Jags in Scotland, but that hasn’t stopped Gary Caldwell from signing the player.