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EFL: Deadline Day Round-Up

1 February 2017

January 31st has become one of the busiest days on the football calendar - and not necessarily for on-the-pitch activities.

With the Transfer Window coming to a close at 11pm last night, we’ve picked out some of the highlights from the #DeadlineDay moves in the EFL.

There were changes in the goalscoring department at Aston Villa, with Ross McCormack departing after a disappointing spell in the Midlands to join Nottingham Forest on loan.

Steve Bruce replaced the Scottish international with one of the most feared front men in the division, though - Scott Hogan.

Netting 14 goals for the Brentford before his £12m move, which came shortly after the Bees swept aside Villa at Griffin Park, the striker will be aiming to extend that tally further and push the Villans up the standings.

Read more: EFL Midweek round-up

Villa weren’t done for last-minute incomings, also securing the signatures of Swansea’s Neil Taylor and Bury’s Jacob Bedeau to complete a busy month for Steve Bruce.

📷️⚽️🦁 Welcome guys!

— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 31, 2017

McCormack wasn’t Forest’s only addition up top either, as they also purchased highly-rated Zach Clough from Bolton Wanderers.

The 21-year-old scored nine league goals for the promotion-chasing Trotters this term to earn his move to the second tier of English football.

Can't wait to get started! Hard work starts now! @NFFC ⚽️🔴

— Zach Clough (@ZachClough) February 1, 2017

Sky Bet League Two’s most potent striker, Omar Bogle, was snapped up by Wigan Athletic just before the Transfer Window slammed shut.

Scoring 19 and assisting a further five so far this season for Grimsby Town, it’s easy to see why the struggling Latics moved for the 23-year-old.

Bogle was one of eight last-minute additions at the DW Stadium on what was clearly a busy day for chairman David Sharpe.

Up at 4.45am, bed at 12.30am. Welcome to @LaticsOfficial to all the new lads! Thank you to all the staff who have worked so hard today! 📝📝

— David Sharpe (@DavidSharpe91) February 1, 2017

Wigan’s Deadline Day business:

Jack Byrne (Manchester City) - Undisclosed
Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town) - Undisclosed
Josh Laurent (Hartlepool United) - Undisclosed
Mikael Mandron (Eastleigh) - Undisclosed
Matt Gilks (Rangers) - Undisclosed
Gabriel Obertan - Free Transfer
James Weir (Hull City) - Loan
Alex Bruce (Hull City) - Loan

Matty Taylor caused a stir in the South West with his cross-city move from the blue and white of Bristol Rovers to the red of Lee Johnson’s Bristol City.

Taylor has averaged a goal every 131 minutes for the Gas in Sky Bet League One this season, netting 19 in all competitions, and becomes the first player in more than 30 years to make the switch from the Memorial Stadium to Ashton Gate.

VIDEO: Matty Taylor's first interview is now available on #BristolCity Player HD.

— Bristol City FC (@bcfctweets) January 31, 2017

The big movements remained in the striking department in League One as teams seek out the goals that could clinch them promotion, or save them from the drop.

The two big incomings came at the top of the table though, with Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City adding extra firepower to their arsenal.

With Clough moving away from the Macron, Bolton needed a replacement and found one in Adam Le Fondre.

The prolific striker joins the Trotters for a second stint with the club, having been with them in 2015, as he looks to help the club back into the Championship at the first time of asking.

The former Rotherham and Reading man joins on loan from Cardiff City, and couldn’t wait to tell everyone…

Announce me already @OfficialBWFC 😎😉 #ole#ole

— Adam Le Fondre (@A1F1E9) January 31, 2017

Bradford's new man has been one of Sky Bet League Two’s most feared men this season.

Charlie Wyke has 14 goals to his name for high-flying Carlisle United but he has stepped up a division to join a Bantams side eight points off an automatic promotion spot.

Bolton and Bradford are the two joint-lowest scorers in the division’s top 10 — will Le Fondre and Wyke help boost those figures?

NEWS | More on City's move to sign in-form Carlisle United frontman, Charlie Wyke. #BCAFC

— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) January 31, 2017

Mansfield Town were one of the busier sides across the EFL throughout the January window bringing in eight new faces throughout, but it was their Deadline Day moves that perhaps were the most impressive.

Steve Evans added two men that have experience of tasting success and climbing out of Sky Bet League Two with the signings of Oxford’s Alex MacDonald and Northampton’s Alfie Potter.

MacDonald has promotion medals with both Burton Albion and Oxford United, while Potter was part of Northampton Town’s title-winning squad last season.

Among their other signings is Peterborough United’s Shaquile Coulthirst, who has joined on loan, and who found the net on his debut for the in-form Stags recently.

BREAKING NEWS: Stags secure signature of League Two title winner

— Mansfield Town FC (@mansfieldtownfc) January 31, 2017

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