January Transfer Special 8/1/07

Last updated : 10 January 2007 By Paul Smith
League 2 Deals

Darlington have signed Blackpool goalkeeper Lee Jones on a month's loan. Jones is out of favour under Simon Grayson, but will be drafted in as the Quakers' number one. It is with a view to a permanent move.

Notts' next opponents Accrington Stanley have completed a permanent deal with exciting young winger Shaun Whalley. Whalley, formerly of Chester City and also tracked by Crewe Alexandra, joins after a successful loan period and signs a two year deal.

McArdle...Set to improve Rochdale further
Improving Rochdale have captured Sheffield Wednesday defender Rory McArdle. They have paid a fee for the man who had a loan spell with the club earlier in the season.

Another side who have secured the services of a loan player for a longer deal are Boston United. Ian Miller, who made his debut during Notts' 3-3 draw at York Street in November, has signed an extended loan deal from Ipswich Town.

Peterborough United's Chairman has continued to splash the cash, shelling out a record fee recieved for a Conference National player. Stevenage Borough winger George Boyd has signed for £260,000 and signs a four and a half year deal.

The final side in transfer action in League 2 were Shrewsbury Town. Tranmere Rovers have allowed their young midfielder, Mike Jones, to join up at Gay Meadow for a month.


Nigel Quashie has returned to the Premiership to sign for struggling West Ham. He joins from West Brom, having been relegated with them last term. He has also been relegated from the Premiership with Nottingham Forest and Southampton. The intial fee is £1.5 million.

Forest have allowed Neil Harris to rejoin fellow League 2 outfit Millwall. He joins on a free and signs an 18-month contract. Harris has struggled since leaving the club where he is joint all-time leading scorer. He has been subject to controversy lately after being spotted in a nightclub with Forest teammates who are said to have infringed on the public.
Harris... Ends his Forest nightmare

Sunderland are the day's big spenders, splashing out £2 million on Arsenal youngster Anthony Stokes.

The Irishman impressed north of the border with a prolific loan spell at Falkirk, but Arsene Wenger has allowed him to join Roy Keane's promotion chasers.

Another Premiership man joining the Championship is Sheffield United winger Paul Ifil. The former Millwall man has teamed up with Crystal Palace for £750,000.

Following the Cup tie between the clubs yesterday, Aston Villa and Manchester United have reached an agreement on young right-back Phil Bardsley who joins Villa on loan until the end of the season.

Nearly £2 million is on it's way to Leeds United for the services of defender Matthew Kilgallon. He joins Sheffield United.


Ben Haim...West Ham bound?
Apparent favourites for the coveted signature of Shaun Wright-Phillips, West Ham are now said to be out of the running. Wright-Phillips is alleged to have said no to any possible deal.

One player who may join Alan Curbishley's men however, is Bolton defender Tal Ben Haim. Haim will become a free agent in the summer, and the Trotters want to get money for him whilst they can.

A host of mid-table Premiership sides want Charlton wide man Jerome Thomas. Alan Pardew is prepared to sell the youngster to fund other deals. Fulham, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspurs are all interested.

Charlton are looking to keep Darren Bent.

And finally... Bury are attempting to bring Kasper Schmeichel back to Gigg Lane from Manchester City.