It’s been a manic Tuesday for clubs in the 2nd tier, bringing in players right at the last hurdle of the transfer window. With the window now closed, we take a look at the top signings made in the Championship on yet another historic Deadline Day.
Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield – Derby) £4.5million
After a sole season at Huddersfield, the midfielder made the switch to fellow Championship side and title contenders Derby County this afternoon. At just 25 years of age, he already has a vast amount of experience in the 2nd tier having spent time at Middlesborough and Barnsley. The deal will see Jacob apply his trade at the iPro Stadium until the summer of 2019, if all goes according to plan.
Nathan Byrne (Swindon – Wolves) Undisclosed
Another one bites the dust from Mark Cooper’s squad, this time in the shape of 23 year old, highly rated winger Nathan Byrne moving to the midlands where he put pen to paper on a 3 year deal, keeping him at Molineux until 2018. Wolves boss Kenny Jacket said he is ‘Excited by Nathan’s potential’ and should be a great provider for his new team mate Benik Afobe. This deal had little build up, out of nothing you may add, none the less a great purchase by Wolves, capturing one of the hottest young players from League One.
Richard Stearman (Wolves – Fulham) £2million
The Overwhelming capture of Byrne from Swindon was faded slightly by the loss of their vice captain to Fulham. With over 6 years of service to the club, fans were shocked by the sale of a fans favourite to fellow League rivals. In a recent online poll, 82% of fans voted that Stearman should not have been sold, so it goes to show how much of an image he gave to the club. Originally the fee was agreed at roughly £1million, however several add ons will heap on top so the overall price has set Fulham back by £2million.
Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury – Brentford) Undisclosed
Brentford announced the signing of youngster Ryan Woods literally on the brink of the window closure, so they obviously had some complications in the agreement process. Never the less, The Bees have bagged themselves a versatile Midfielder who was the subject of 2 West Ham bids in early January, so they’ve done well to capture a young prospect with dangerous potential. At just 21, Woods already has over 100 career appearances for his boyhood club Shrewsbury so he’s not lacking in experience. The fee is undisclosed, but it would most likely be around the £800,000 mark.
Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday – Preston) Undisclosed
After a below par debut season in England for the Scott, he’s already moved on, signing a 3 year deal at Preston North End. The 22 year old netted just 7 goals last season, so Preston are taking a gamble, however they do need extra attacking options and competition for places. All in all it’s a shrewd bit of business and beneficial for both parties involved.
Bradley Johnson (Norwich City – Derby) £6million
What will probably be the marque signing of the division this summer, Bradley Johnson committed the next 3 years of his career to Derby County this afternoon after flying out to their training ground. The magnitude of this signing was phenomenal as several social media outlets reacted quite shell shocked about how Paul Clement managed to capture the services of the 28 year old Midfielder. Having fallen out of favour at Carrow Road this season, Johnson has dropped down a level for personal footballing reasons in which most professionals can relate to, to play games. The Rams are obviously showing keen signs to get back into the top tier of English football.
Carlos De Pena (Nacional – Middlesborough) £2.5million
The young Uruguayan risked his life to sign for Aitor Karanka’s side, literally, he crashed his car on the way to the aiport before signing the contract. Signing from Nacional where he spent 3 years at, Carlos has moved to Boro to better his career and to grow as a player. Football Journalists and critics from Uruguay have spoken insanely highly of the 23 year old, so he’ll be hoping he can bring his South American flair and mixture of playing styles to the 2nd tier.
Chris O’Grady (Brighton – Nottingham Forest) Loan
Late on deadline day Forest announced the signing of Brighton & Hove Albion forward Chris O’Grady on a season long loan deal, which many fans of both sides respected. The 29 year old didn’t hit the ground running for The Seagulls in his debut season last year, being loaned out to Sheffield United in November 2014, where he barely made the first team. Unfortunately for him, Brighton’s great start to the campaign hasn’t spiraled into great performances on a personal scale for Chris. With a breath of fresh air under a new club, competing at the same level who also need attacking options, this move is both sensible and beneficial for all involved.
Eoin Doyle (Cardiff – Preston) Loan
Preston added another attacking force to their squad yesterday afternoon, this time in the way of former Chesterfield hotshot Eoin Doyle. The Irishman has only been at Cardiff 9 months after being sold on deadline day in January, yet has already found himself on the bench for long periods and sometimes not even getting a game. At 27 years of age, Doyle will be hoping Preston is the club where he can find his feet and hit the ground running in the Championship.
Matej Vydra (Watford – Reading) Loan
Having scored 36 goals in 2 seasons for Watford, Vydra joined the Royals on a season long loan deal yesterday which left lots of Hornet fans very puzzled. Being one of the stand out performers in last years highly successful promotion campaign where he netted 16 times in the league, he has dropped down the pecking order at Watford. Due to his ability at this level, a £2million fee was paid just to get the Czech international on a loan deal. A long with several other great signings that Steve Clarke has completed this summer, he’ll be praying the 23 year old can transfer over his form from last season to help Reading push on from Mid table mediocrity.