DEADLINE DAY: Yak is back, and other Championship dealings so far
The big talking point is Reading’s signing of Yakubu, the 32 year-old arriving back in English football after a spell in Qatar. He has an impressive goal haul in England: 114 goals for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester and Blackburn. Royals boss Steve Clarke is delighted, stating: “His addition compliments the strikers we already have. He is a no-risk signing and I look forward to him scoring goals for Reading”.
Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday have completed three signings, with one more rumoured to be coming in before the window closes. The ‘Romanian Rooney’ Sergiu Bus arrived from CSKA Sofia (though if he really was as good as his moniker then perhaps he wouldn’t be heading for South Yorkshire), as well as Manchester United defender Marnick Vermijl and Watford midfielder Lewis McGugan, who has already spent time at S6 this season. With The Owls only being taken over last Friday, perhaps this is a window too early before we see the new Thai owners real intentions in the market.
The one Rotherham fans will have had their eye on was where Chesterfield forward Eoin Doyle ended up. After a bidding war allegedly involving several clubs, including the Millers and Sheffield United, it was Cardiff City who surprisingly signed the Irish frontman for what Spireites chief executive Chris Turner said was a seven-figure fee, though the initial fee is believed to be around £750,000. With Alex Revell also signing for the Bluebirds in this window, perhaps manager Russell Slade will have his eye on a new strike partnership, and Doyle’s debut will be on Saturday at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday.
Elsehwhere, Leeds signed Albanian forward Edgar Cani from Italian Serie B club Catania. The lanky frontman has a poor scoring record, netting three in 15 appearances this season in a division comparable to England’s League One.
Wigan Athletic have brought in Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo in their attempt to beat the drop under Malky Mackay, while Bolton Wanderers have signed Sporting Lisbon midfielder Simeon Slavchev. The midfielder is Neil Lennon’s fourth signing in January, joining keeper Ben Amos, striker Adam Le Fondre and midfielder Rochinha at the Macron Stadium.
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