It turned out to be a quiet one at Turf Moor, writes Jamie Smith.
Burnley fans had hoped for a couple of signings that could elevate the Club to the next level. Players that would make a real difference. We needed a striker, an attacking midfielder and a winger. Two would have been satisfactory and in the end, we got them, sort of.
Cameron Stewart was the only arrival, signing a loan deal from Hull City. A fast winger, the former Manchester United man seems to have lost his way a little and will be looking to boost his confidence in his time at Turf Moor. Stewart can also play up front, so let’s hope this is more a Chris Eagles type signing than a Zavon Hines.
He is essentially an upgrade on Alex MacDonald, who has gone back to Plymouth Argyle on loan. I’m a little surprised we didn’t send him to a League One club, but I’m sure the games will boost his development.
Jon Stewart also went out to get games, rejoining Alfreton Town on loan, leaving us with two goalkeepers.
Burnley can make more signings next week when the loan window opens, but there is disappointment at the business we did on deadline day, even if our summer work in the market appears decent overall.
Stephen Dobbie seemed to be the prime target but he ended up joining today’s opponents Brighton. No move materialised for Wigan’s Callum McManaman. Keith Treacy was linked with a transfer to Millwall, with Bournemouth’s Danny Pugh thought to be lined up as a replacement, but nothing happened there either.
The main thing was that we have kept hold of our stars this summer. Jay Rodriguez was sold – inevitably – but Charlie Austin, Kieran Trippier and Chris McCann remain Clarets. This means Howe hasn’t had to rebuild his squad nearly as much as last summer and should lead to more consistency throughout the season.
Austin was rumoured to be the subject of a late £2.75 million bid from Huddersfield Town, but even if this was the case, anything under £5 million would have been laughed at by our board.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Blackpool were the late movers in the market under Ian Holloway. They added Nathan Delfouneso and Nathan Eccleston, while Brighton brought in Andrea Orlandi from Swansea, Dean Hammond from Southampton and David Lopez from Athletic Bilbao. They lost Craig Noone to Cardiff City in a £1 million move.
Loan deals were the order of the day, with Jay Bothroyd leaving QPR for Sheffield Wednesday and Watford landing Chelsea teenager Nathan Chalobah, as well as Christian Battocchio, Lars Ekstrand, Fernando Forestieri and Neuton Piccoli. More loans than the Bank of Dave at Vicarage Road.
Sean O’Driscoll was reunited with Doncaster Rovers’ James Coppinger at Nottingham Forest. Forest also landed Billy Sharp from Southampton in one of the day’s more eye-catching moves. Damien Delaney swapped Ipswich Town for Crystal Palace. Bolton signed Liverpool’s Jay Spearing. Ipswich brought in Paul Taylor from Peterborough and Daryl Murphy from Celtic. Stephen Quinn joined Hull from Sheffield United. Rovers got Nuno Henrique, Diogo Rosado and Grzegorz Sandomierski – nope, me neither – allowing David Goodwillie to go on loan to Palace.
Spurs probably did the finest business in the Premier League, although they failed to get the top-class striker they sought. Clint Dempsey and Hugo Lloris were the new arrivals at White Hart Lane, while Rafael van der Vaart went home to Hamburg in a £10 million deal and Harry Kane joined Norwich City on loan. Manchester City were also busy, signing Benfica’s Javi Garcia and Fiorentina’s Matija Nastasic, with Stefan Savic going in the other direction in that deal. Maicon also signed on from Inter and Richard Wright replaced Stuart Taylor as their third choice goalkeeper. Scott Sinclair’s arrival for £6.2 million means they have effectively downgraded on Adam Johnson, who recently went to Sunderland.
Tony Pulis loves a deadline day deal and he got Steven N’Zonzi and Charlie Adam to bolster his midfield options. Yossi Benayoun rejoined West Ham from Chelsea, who also let Michael Essien go to Real on loan. Christian Benteke was a big money signing for Aston Villa, with Jordan Bowery also joining from Chesterfield. Pablo Hernandez is the latest Spaniard to sign for Swansea City, while one of the biggest deals of the day was Gaston Ramirez completing his £12 million move to Southampton from Bologna.
The north-east clubs were quiet. Sunderland let Kieran Richardson go to Fulham and brought in Danny Rose from Spurs on loan. QPR continued to buy anyone who was available, with Sam Magri and Stephane Mbia the latest to cough for the doctor at Loftus Road. Everton paid £5 million for Bryan Oviedo. Maya Yoshida joined Southampton.
Michael Owen remains unemployed.
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