With another Deadline Day out of the way, we’ve had a look at the highs and lows from a day that has given Jim White a purpose twice a year!
Best Signing: Wilfried Bony
Stoke City snapped up Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony on a season-long loan after missing out on Saido Berahino, which could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. The former Swansea City striker will be keen to re-establish himself as a Premier League goalscorer for Mark Hughes’ side with a loan deal limiting the risk for Stoke.
We’ve also found a Bony bet that looks well worth a flutter at 16/1 given the lack of attacking competition he will face to break into the Stoke team.
Worst Signing: David Luiz
The Brazilian defender has rejoined Chelsea for £30m after spending two years at PSG. French journalist Julien Laurens has been quoted as saying that Luiz only had four good games during this time and that “PSG can’t believe their luck”. Luiz will no doubt be entertaining to watch, whether it’s a 30-yard screamer, a short back-pass leading to a goal or a few silly bookings, it will definitely be fun viewing.
It will be interesting to see how Conté decides to use Luiz, whether it is as a partner to John Terry/Gary Cahill or in the holding role.
Sheffield Wednesday broke their club-record transfer fee on deadline day with the late signing of Adam Reach from Middlesbrough for an initial £5m. The winger had a successful loan spell with Preston last season and should flourish playing with the likes of Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper and Steven Fletcher. Reach will go straight into the Sheffield Wednesday side, who will be hoping to kick on following the addition of the 23-year-old.
A potential future England player.
Oxford United completed the deadline day capture of winger Marvin Johnson from Motherwell for a fee worth in the region of £500,000. A lot of money for a League One side but following the £3m sale of Kemar Roofe to Leeds, a very decent replacement. Like every quality player outside the top leagues, Johnson is inconsistent but it could be a breakthrough year for the 25-year-old club-record signing.
Their fans certainly seem happy about the deal, with one fan replying to the official announcement from the Oxford United Twitter account with “you are the love of my life”.