IT was a busy deadline day for our League One clubs yet the biggest fee any of them received didn’t even involve one of their players.
ROCHDALE had been rubbing their hands during the transfer window as Brentford striker Scott Hogan (above) was repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League. West Ham and Watford both showed an interest in the 24-year-old hotshot, with a fee of over £10m being bandied about.
Dale sold Hogan to Brentford in the summer of 2014 for £750,000 and, as part of the deal, they agreed a sell-on clause of 30%. It seemed Dale would not be set for a windfall after West Ham and Watford pulled out of the race, but Aston Villa swooped to sign the Irlam-born forward on deadline day. Hogan has signed a 4-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship side for a fee of up to £12m.
That means Dale will bank over £3m for a player they let go as a youngster before giving him a second chance. Hogan impressed in non-league with the likes of Woodley Sports, Ashton United and Hyde, and made the step up look easy on his return to Spotland, firing Dale to League Two promotion with 19 goals in the 2013/14 season.
And the latest payment they’ve earned from the Hogan deal allowed them to sign Mark Kitching on deadline day. The 21-year-old signed on loan from Middlesbrough last week but Dale paid an undisclosed fee to make it a permanent move, with the defender signing an 18-month deal. Kitching was out of contract in the summer and made his Dale debut in Saturday’s FA Cup defeat by Huddersfield. They host Bristol Rovers this Saturday hoping to stay in the League One play-off places.
Villa also sent some cash BURY’s way after signing centre-half Jacob Bedeau for around £900,000. The 17-year-old has signed a 2-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship outfit after playing 7 games for the Shakers this season.
Bury also received an undisclosed fee for their longest-serving player, Tom Soares. The versatile 30-year-old wanted to move closer to home and has joined League One rivals AFC Wimbledon, while midfielder Neil Danns has joined League Two Blackpool on loan.
The Shakers were linked with a move for Port Vale midfielder Anthony Grant but Peterborough bought him instead. Fourth-bottom Bury did manage to bring in young defenders Tom Beadling (Sunderland) and Sylvain Deslandes (Wolves) on loan, though, in a bid to shore up League One’s leakiest defence.
Third-placed BOLTON were forced to cash in on their prized asset, top scorer Zach Clough. Wanderers turned down Nottingham Forest’s initial bid for the 21-year-old striker but felt they had to accept when the Championship strugglers upped it to £2.5m. Clough came through the Trotters’ youth ranks but has now signed a 4-and-a-half-year deal with Forest.
Boss Phil Parkinson has tried to fill the void by bringing Adam Le Fondre back on loan from Cardiff after the 30-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell with Wanderers in 2015. The former Stockport and Rochdale striker spent the first half of the season on loan at Wigan but made only 3 league starts, scoring once.
Bolton also signed young winger Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham) on loan while sending out striker Jamie Proctor (Carlisle) and Chris Taylor (OLDHAM) until the end of the season.
Taylor was a fans’ favourite after making 254 league appearances for Latics before leaving for Millwall in 2012 and the 30-year-old’ return will provide a huge boost for their League One survival bid. Midfielder Aiden O’Neill (Burnley) also arrived on loan while boss John Sheridan signed ex-Bolton and Bury winger Tope Obedayi on a short-term deal. The 27-year-old played for Sheridan on loan at Chesterfield and Plymouth.
RADCLIFFE BOROUGH forward Raul Correia has earned a Football League move after scoring 11 goals from 22 games for the Evo-Stik North side this season. The Portuguese striker, 22, has signed an 18-month deal after a successful trial with Blackpool, who paid Boro an undisclosed fee.
While the last move wasn’t a deadline-day deal, it could be vital for TRAFFORD’s bid for promotion from the Evo-Stik North. Boss Tom Baker has managed to lure ex-Flixton midfielder Andy Keogh from MOSSLEY.