With the signing of Craig Noone, Bolton Wanderers were one of the quieter teams on Transfer Deadline Day 2017. Having done the majority of our business in the early pre-season Wanderers kept their powder dry. It might have been frustrating for some fans, desperate for Lee Anderson to get the old emojis back in the game, but for others it was a chance to sit back and watch everyone else get in a flap whilst we serenely had our Boost bar and wondered what we might have for tea tomorrow night.
So how did the other teams fare? Well, guess what - I’m going to tell you.
After spending big earlier in the summer on the likes of John Terry, their deadline day was quiet, with Robert Snodgrass arriving on loan from West Ham on Monday.
Very quiet. Ex-Leeds man Alex Mowatt leaving on loan to join Oxford United was their only activity.
Perhaps the most active club on Deadline Day, they broke their transfer record, paying £6m for Brentford’s creative wizard Jota. They also signed Maxime Colin from the same club for around £3m, Harlee Dean for £2.2m (again from Brentford) and picked up one-time Wanderers target Jason Lowe on a free transfer. Rumours of a move for ex-Arsenal and Barcelona man Alex Song didn’t materialise in a move. Manager Harry Redknapp also signed Liam Walsh on loan from Everton because he just can’t help himself.
See above. They lost their best three players for almost £12m and didn’t sign anyone. I’d be pissed if I was a Brentford fan.
Another quiet one. They kept hold of Aiden Flint amid interest from Birmingham and signed exciting youngster Jonathan Leko on loan from West Brom.
The Brewers lost talisman Jackson Irvine to Hull City, bringing in club old-boy John Brayford from Sheffield United. Last week they loaned in ex-Wanderers donkey Joe Mason to form a deadly front pairing with entrepreneur Marvin Sordell.
They lost Craig Noone to the mighty Bolton Wanderers, and loaned someone called Declan John to Glasgow Rangers. No incomings.
The only activity at the County Ground saw Sheffield Wednesday forward Sam Winnall join on loan, with ex-Bolton porker Jacob Butterfield going the other way.
Having sold Sone Aluko to Reading for a reported £7.5m, a move for Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United failed to come to pass. Their only incoming was winger Yohan Mollo from Zenit St. Petersburg. Me neither.
The Tigers brought in Irvine from Burton along with Nouha Dicko from Wolves. Someone called Fikayo Tomori signed on loan from Chelsea, whilst a loan move for Leicester’s expensive Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa was unconfirmed at the time of writing.
An impressive deadline day saw Leeds sign Pierre-Michel Lasogga from Hamburg and Malmo striker Pawel Cibicki on a four year deal. They should be challengers this season.
Marvin Johnson signed from Oxford United for a fee rising to £3m. They also sold Ryan Shotton to Birmingham a couple of days ago but otherwise quiet.
Nobody other than ex-Manchester United man Ryan Tunnicliffe a few days ago.
Former Blackburn Rovers bruiser Grant Hanley joined from Newcastle earlier in the week, otherwise it was a quiet deadline day for the Canaries.
A late move for Hibs’ John McGinn came to nowt, but they did sign Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici on loan from Bournemouth.
Preston North End
No activity, though rumoured moves out for star striker Jordan Hugill came to nothing as did a move to sign Wanderers main man Gary Madine, fortunately for us.
Exeter City winger David Wheeler was the only incoming transfer on deadline day at Loftus Road.
The aforementioned Aluko aside, it was a quiet day at Reading, like it always is.
No sign of Lionel Messi at the biggest club in the world, which was a shock, but it was a llquiet at Bramall Lane other than the club giving new contracts to players you and I will have never heard of. Oh, they did sign Ben Heneghan from Motherwell, if that counts.
The wonderfully named Joost van Aken arrived from Dutch side Heerenveen, whilst Lewis McGugan was released from the club. As mentioned earlier, former Bolton fatty Jacob Butterfield arrived in a swap which saw Sam Winnall head to Derby.
Their continued quest to sign the dregs of the footballing world continued with the arrivals of Callum McManaman, Marc Wilson and Jonny Williams from West Brom, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace respectively. A huge collective ‘meh’ was believed to have been heard in the region around midnight.
Jorge Mendes brought in ex-Sunderland and Villarreal midfielder Alfred N’Diaye on loan for the season though an expensive move for PSV striker Jurgen Locadia fell apart at the last minute.
So there you go. Phew that took ages. How do you think we compared with our Championship rivals? As ever, let me know below the line.