With the English transfer window officially closed I take a look back at the Championship’s biggest deadline day deals.
Bradley Johnson – Derby County (£6m)
Derby delivered plenty of excitement to their fans on deadline day as the signing of their second midfielder rounded their days spending off at £10m. Johnson joined from Premier League outfit Norwich after helping them achieve promotion from the Championship last season in which he featured 44 times netting an impressive 15 goals from all ranges. Derby sealed the central midfielders services on a four-year-deal and have all of a sudden a midfield to boast about after an injury to Will Hughes left them looking thin in this region.
Matej Vydra – Reading (loan)
Steve Clarke sealed the signing of Watford’s Matej Vydra on a season-long-loan deal, including a £2.5m loan fee as well as a £10m option to buy as part of the arrangement. The Czech striker bagged a total of 36 goals in his two previous seasons in the Championship and was part of Watford’s promotion winning campaign last time out. Vydra will wear the number 7 shirt at Reading as Clarke looks to push his team into contention for promotion.
Jacob Butterfield –> Derby County (£4m)
Derby bolstered their options in midfield by signing Jacob Butterfield from Huddersfield Town for a fee around the £4m mark. Butterfield joins on a four-year-deal and is likely to be part of Clement’s replacement for Will Hughes who recently picked up an unfortunate knee injury which left him sidelined for a six-month period.
Michael Hector –> Chelsea (£4m)
The Jamaican centre-back agreed to a five-year-deal with Chelsea and will leave Reading in a deal worth £4m. For now the 23 year old returns to Reading on loan for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign. Hector moved up through the ranks at the Berkshire club going out on loan to eleven different club in the process. Earlier this summer he made his debut in the Copa America as well as featuring in Jamaica’s Gold Cup run which saw them fall to Mexico in the final.
Nikica Jelavic –> West Ham (£3m)
The Croat swapped Hull City for West Ham in a deadline day deal thought to be worth £3m. The 30 year old striker agreed to an initial two year deal with the London club with an optional two further years, and was one of four deadline day signings by Slaven Bilic. Jelavic made 29 Premier League appearances for Hull last season bagging 8 goals in the process.
Adama Diomande –> Hull City (undisclosed)
Hull were fast to replace the outgoing Nikica Jelavic, who joined West Ham, by signing Norweigan striker Adama Diomande for an undisclosed fee. Diomande joins from Norwegian side Stabaek where he scored 22 goals in just 26 appearances last season, including 5 from 5 in the domestic cup competition. Diomande, who signed a three-year-deal, joins Chuba Akpom and Abel Hernandez in competition for a starting spot under Steve Bruce as he tries to guide his team back to the Premier League.
Nathan Byrne –> Wolves (undisclosed)
Wolves struck early on deadline day as they sealed the signing of Nathan Byrne from Swindon Town this morning. The 23 year old wing-back scored 10 goals in 83 appearances for Swindon and joins the Midlands club on a three-year-deal for an undisclosed fee. Byrne made a flying start to the season when he scored a 16 minute hat-trick against Bradford during the opening weekend to help his team win 4-1.
Carlos de Pena –> Middlesbrough (undisclosed)
Two cancelled flights and a car crash looked set to block Carlos de Pena’s move to Middlesbrough but the deal was finally agreed late on deadline day. The left winger joins on a three year deal from Nacional for an undisclosed fee having made 53 appearances for the Uruguayan side, scoring 10 goals.
Gabriele Angella –> QPR (loan)
QPR have secured Italian centre-back Angella for a season in a loan deal from Watford. The 26 year old featured heavily in Watford’s recent promotion winning season and since joining the club in 2013 has made 79 appearances, scoring on 9 occasions. Angella joins a QPR team who spectacularly managed to keep Charlie Austin at Loftus Road, making the London clubs intentions of a Premier League return clear for all to see.
Nathan Baker –> Bristol City (loan)
Bristol City secured the services of Aston Villa centre-back Nathan Baker on a season-long-loan deal as one of their two deadline day signings. The 24 year old defender stands at just over 6ft 4 and has made 79 appearances for the Premier League club, something which could prove to pay off for The Robins this season in their return to the Championship.