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Transfer deadline day deals in The Football League

2 September 2014

Luke James - Hartlepool United to Peterborough United

Posh completed their long pursuit of Luke James just before 10pm on deadline day, signing the 19-year-old on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The striker - who was named the LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 1 at The Football League Awards 2013 - netted 20 goals in 98 appearances for Hartlepool and was the club's youngest ever goalscorer in January 2012 when he was just 17.

He made no secret of his desire to leave Victoria Park and will now be aiming to blossom at London Road, alongside former Pools team-mates Christian Burgess and Jack Baldwin.

Luciano Becchio - Norwich City to Rotherham United

It's fair to say Luciano Becchio has had a frustrating time of things since swapping Leeds for Norwich in January 2013.

After scoring 86 goals in 221 games for the Elland Road club he was sold to then-Premier League Norwich but made only 16 appearances since, failing to find the net for the Canaries.

Steve Evans' Rotherham have taken the front man on loan for the rest of the season and you can guarantee he is eager to get going and get back amongst the goals at the New York Stadium.

Rotherham boss Evans: "I will wake up tomorrow morning and still ask myself just how we have beaten the deadline to secure this player to be a Miller. This is a lad who at Championship level has a CV that says simply 'I score goals'."

Click here to read more from Steve Evans

Matt Smith - Leeds United to Fulham

Matt Smith's deadline-day move to Craven Cottage was a surprising one, considering the burly front man only signed a new three-year deal with Leeds last month.

The 25-year-old netted 14 goals in 48 appearances for the Whites - most recently against Bradford City in Round 2 of this season's Capital One Cup - and will now link up at Fulham with Ross McCormack, who was his strike partner at Elland Road last term.

Mark Hudson - Cardiff City to Huddersfield Town

Cardiff captain and at the club for five years, the sale of Hudson to Huddersfield Town was more towards the surprising end of transfers on deadline day.

With 165 Bluebirds games to his name, the defender has penned a two-year stay at Huddersfield, and will be available for their home clash with Norwich City after the international break this weekend.

Caretaker boss Mark Lillis was delighted to get hold of the Surrey-born man, telling the club's official website: "The club has stayed patient to bring in the right man to improve the central defensive options and that has been rewarded with the arrival of Mark. His organisation and experience are very important attributes."

Stuart Beavon - Preston North End to Burton Albion

Front man Stuart Beavon has scored two goals in his first six outings for Burton this season and the Brewers have made his loan move to the Pirelli Stadium a permanent one.

The 30-year-old made a name for himself in non-league with the likes of Didcot Town and Weymouth before moving into The League with Wycombe Wanderers, prior to a switch to Preston North End in August 2012.

Burton manager Gary Rowett described Beavon has "one of our most influential players" so will undoubtedly be pleased to secure his services on a permanent basis.

Andrew Surman - Norwich City to Bournemouth

Andrew Surman will begin his third spell at the Cherries after signing from Norwich on deadline day.

The 28-year-old first played for the south coast club on loan in 2005/06, before joining again for the entire 2013/14 season, playing 35 times in the Sky Bet Championship. His total Bournemouth record stands at 67 appearances and six goals.

He left Carrow Road after over four years at the club, but only managed 58 games during that time. The former England Under-21 international has signed a three-year deal at the Goldsands.

"I've been living in a hotel for the last eight weeks, not really sure where my future was lying. I knew if I was going to leave, I wanted to come to Bournemouth," he told Bournemouth's website.

Sam Clucas - Mansfield Town to Chesterfield

Clucas makes the very short journey from Mansfield to Chesterfield after signing a two-and-a-half year contract at the Proact Stadium on deadline day.

The Spireites first registered their interest in their rivals' player earlier in the month, but it looked like the deal was off until the Sky Bet League 1 club came in again and prized him away from the One Call Stadium.

"It's nice to be here and I can't wait to get started. I remember walking off the pitch last season thinking they were like the Barcelona of League 2! The club is going place and I want to be involved," the forward told chesterfield-fc.com.

Ryan Cresswell - Fleetwood Town to Northampton Town

Just a few months after winning promotion from Sky Bet League 2 with Fleetwood Town, defender Ryan Cresswell is back in the division after penning a three-year contract with Northampton Town.

The centre-back, who has been limited to only a couple of minutes of on-field action so far this season, moves to Sixfields for an undisclosed fee. He will bring plenty of experience to Chris Wilder's backline having previously played in League 2 for the likes of Rotherham, Morecambe, Macclesfield, Bury and Southend.

Dominic Poleon - Leeds United to Oldham Athletic

It was a busy day at Boundary Park for Lee Johnson who saw two players arrive and one depart on deadline day.

Dominic Poleon was one of those incoming players, signing a two-year deal with Oldham after two years at Leeds. The 20-year-old made 29 appearances for the Whites in that time, scoring three goals.

Read Johnson's thoughts on the signing of Poleon by clicking here

Poleon fills the gap left by last season's top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris, who joined Rotherham United, while midfielder Michael Tidser moves the other way having joined the Latics on loan until January.

Emyr Huws - Manchester City to Wigan Athletic

The 20-year-old Wales international was already playing his football at the DW Stadium after joining on loan, but penned a four-year deal, moving for an undisclosed fee.

Huws, already capped twice by his country, has featured in 438 out of Wigan's 450 minutes in the Sky Bet Championship this season and became Uwe Rosler's fourth singing on a busy deadline day for the Latics, after Adam Forshaw, Andy Delort and William Kvist all joined earlier on.

Rosler told the club's official website: "Everyboy can see what a very talented player Emyr is, and from the first training session with us leading through the games he has played, he has been very good."


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