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The EFL January transfer round-up

1 February 2022

Contracts have been signed, pens have been laid down to rest and that brings to a close another busy January transfer window in the EFL.

We take a look back at some of the key activity from across the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two…

Players reunited

Perhaps the biggest headline from League One saw Jermain Defoe make his Sunderland return. Back in Wearside for the first time in almost five years, the forward, who played for the Black Cats in the Premier League between 2015 and 2017, dubbed the transfer a special move, touching down in the EFL following a spell north of the border with Rangers.

Elsewhere, Wigan Athletic secured the signature of Curtis Tilt, who heads back to the DW Stadium after a successful loan stint in Lancashire. The defender, who was recalled by parent side Rotherham United earlier in the month, penned an 18-month deal with the promotion-chasing Latics.

Chuks Aneke was reunited with the Addicks faithful, resigning for Charlton Athletic from Birmingham City mid-way through January. The striker notched 15 goals last season as the South Londoners narrowly missed out on the League One Play-Offs.


And Colchester United tied down Solihull Moors loanee Cameron Coxe to a permanent contract with the League Two outfit, having been with the U’s since July.

Captain Cook on the move

Several new arrivals at the Vitality Stadium should boost AFC Bournemouth’s promotion bid – five of which made the switch on Deadline Day. The loan signings of Ethan Laird, Nathaniel Phillips, Freddie Woodman and Todd Cantwell - along with the permanent acquisitions of Welsh international Kieffer Moore from Cardiff City and Peterborough United's Siriki Dembele - will give Scott Parker much to think about when making his sections, whilst Fleetwood Town’s young lion James Hill became the Cod Army’s record transfer in signing for the Cherries.

Going the opposite way, former Bournemouth skipper and one of the Club’s longest-serving players Steve Cook became Nottingham Forest’s second recruit of the January window. With over 400 appearances for the Dorset team under his belt, the defender made the decision to depart for pastures new.

January recruits impress

And there are some new recruits that have wasted no time in settling into life at their new Clubs to stake a claim.

Aston Villa loanee Cameron Archer was on target on his Preston North End debut just two days after arriving at Deepdale. He found the back of the net in a 2-0 win over West Brom, earning the plaudits of Lilywhites boss Ryan Lowe.

Meanwhile, Bolton Wanderers’ January find, Dion Charles - who joined the Trotters from local rivals Accrington Stanley - already boasts three goals in four appearances, with the striker at the double as Ian Evatt’s side vanquished Sunderland 6-0 at the weekend. And shot-stopper James Trafford, loaned out by Manchester City, kept clean sheets in his first three outings for the Trotters.


Notable names

Among those notable moves saw West Bromwich Albion become Andy Carroll’s sixth Club, checking in at The Hawthorns on the back of a short stint with Championship rivals Reading. During which time, the 33-year-old caught the eye of the Baggies, netting twice in nine outings for the Royals.

Starlets get EFL experience 

The January transfer window has seen a handful of up and coming talent pit their wits in the EFL, with Neco Williams heading out on loan from Liverpool to Fulham, Folarin Balogun of Arsenal and Josh Maja of Bordeaux sent out to Middlesbrough, and Tommy Doyle arriving at Cardiff City from Manchester City.

In addition, Cheltenham Town swooped for Tottenham Hotspur forward Kion Etete, who spent the first half of the term on loan at high-flying Northampton Town, in a move which will see the young forward make the step up to League One.


And Newcastle United starlet Matty Longstaff linked up with a Mansfield Town side on a record-breaking run of form, whilst Scunthorpe United enlisted Wolverhampton Wanderers full-back Luke Matheson.

The non-League talent pool

Some teams have cast their eye over the non-League pyramid when it comes to looking for the next big thing.

Fleetwood Town plucked promising midfielder Harvey Macadam from Ashton United, and Lincoln City signed up Eastleigh’s Ben House and Charley Kendall of Eastbourne. Meanwhile, Joel Senior made the switch to Carlisle United from Altrincham, Hartlepool United signed Southport top scorer Marcus Carver, Rochdale secured the services of Darlington’s Luke Charman, and Ethan Coleman joined Leyton Orient from King’s Lynn.

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