It was an incredible 24 hours of transfer action on Deadline Day that saw clubs across the Premier League and the Football League completing some bumper deals.
With so much still to play for in the second half of the Championship season it’s little wonder that so many of the division’s 24 sides were active in January as they looked to strengthen or improve on their current positions. At Ashton Gate, Bristol City brought in Harry Cornick from league rivals Luton Town and the forward has spoken publicly on his move.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United are amongst the clubs left disappointed at the end of the month while the financial boost that Norwich City have received from offloading some of their squad players has been revealed. Here are the early transfer news headlines for Bristol City and their Championship rivals on Wednesday, February 1:
‘There is no excuse for this club not to kick on’ says new Bristol City signing Harry Cornick
After signing for Bristol City from league rivals Luton Town for an undisclosed fee, forward Harry Cornick has spoken publicly about the move on the club’s official website. The 27-year old, who was announced by the Robins just after the 11pm deadline last night, says he is ‘excited’ to get going.
He said: “I’m excited to get going. It’s been a whirlwind few days and the last 24 hours has been a bit crazy - I can’t wait to get started. It’s a great training facility - there is no excuse for this club not to kick on. I hope to bring a bit of enjoyment and fun - I want to get the fans out of their seats, score a few goals and help take this club to where it should be.”
Sheffield United boss ‘disappointed’ after Deadline Day
The Sheffield Star are reporting that Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom has been left disappointed after the club were unable to get ‘everything he wanted’ during the January transfer window. It is said that the club’s current financial position prevented them from drafting in a replacement - the Brighton defender who saw a loan move to Bramall Lane cancelled at the start of the window.
However, the club were able to keep a hold of key players like Iliman Ndiaye and Sander Berge with the latter the subject of late speculation due to reported interest from Premier League sides Fulham and Newcastle United. The Blades currently sit second in the Championship table.
Norwich City’s financial boost from January sales revealed
According to Football League World, via The Athletic, the sales of Todd Cantwell to Rangers and Jordan Hugill to Rotherham United earned Norwich City around £1 million and cut the wage bill significantly. Brazilian winger Marquinhosm who signed on loan from Arsenal, was the only January recruit at Carrow Road with the squad being significantly trimmed.
Both Cantwel and Hugill were set to be out of contract in the summer but their early departures are said to have saved Norwich ‘significant amounts’ in player wages. David Wagner’s side are currently seventh in the table, one point outside the top six.