January transfer deadline day 2021: All the last-minute deals

Troy Parrott and Ørjan Nyland have both made deadline day moves.
Troy Parrott (left) and Ørjan Nyland (right) have both made deadline day moves. Credit: Ipswich Town/Matthew Usher/Norwich City

The January transfer window has closed for another year, but many of our clubs did manage to beat the deadline to make some last-minute moves.

The financial pressures caused by the pandemic meant that most clubs were only in the market for loans and free transfers, but there was still some eye-catching deals - including a couple of reunions.

Here are all the deals involving clubs in the East...

  • Ørjan Nyland (Norwich City, free transfer)

Ørjan Nyland has joined Norwich City until the end of the season. Credit: Matthew Usher/Norwich City

Norwich City have signed former Aston Villa goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland on a free transfer.

The Norwegian international has agreed a short-term deal until the end of the season and will provide experienced back-up to number one Tim Krul for the Championship promotion run-in.

Teenager Daniel Barden was the only other senior keeper at Carrow Road after Michael McGovern suffered a serious hamstring injury.

Nyland made 36 appearances for Villa, and helped them gain promotion to the Premier League in 2018/19, but had his contract terminated by mutual consent in October.

"I’ve had a lot of offers, but when Norwich came along I wasn’t doubtful at all. It felt like the right thing to do and I had good talks with the manager and the goalkeeper coach, as well as the sporting director, so it was an easy choice really," Nyland said.

"I had a walk around the training pitches with the sporting director and they looked good. It all looks really impressive and I’m ready to go.”

Head coach Daniel Farke added: “Ørjan has proved he can play at both Championship and Premier League level, as well as in the Bundesliga in Germany. He is also a proven international goalkeeper."

  • Declan Drysdale (Coventry City - Cambridge United, loan until end of season)

Declan Drysdale in action for Gillingham. Credit: PA

League Two leaders Cambridge United have signed Coventry City defender Declan Drysdale on loan until the end of the season to cover for the loss of Harry Darling.

Promising centre-back Darling, 21, joined League One side MK Dons earlier in the window for an undisclosed fee.

Another 21-year-old in the shape of Drysdale has been brought in to replace him.

Drysdale was on loan at League One Gillingham for the first half of the campaign.

“We are pleased to have added Declan to the squad to give us added competition and cover. He is well regarded at Coventry City and comes to us having experienced first team football and played in League One this season," U's manager Mark Bonner said.

  • Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur - Ipswich Town, loan until end of season)

Troy Parrott has made the move to Ipswich Town. Credit: Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town have signed highly-rated striker Troy Parrott on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 18-year-old was on loan at Millwall for the first half of the campaign, but struggled for first team opportunities.

He will now see out the rest of the campaign at Portman Road.

The Republic of Ireland international will boost an Ipswich striking department that has struggled for goals of late.

"I love a challenge and I want to be part of something. I'm excited to get going and I want to score some goals for this club," Parrott said.

Meanwhile, Ipswich youngster Brett McGavin has joined Scottish club Ayr United on loan for the rest of the season.

  • Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu (Charlton Athletic - Colchester United, undisclosed fee)

Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu is no stranger to Colchester United. Credit: PA

Charlton Athletic midfielder Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu has sealed a permanent move to Colchester United.

The 21-year-old had a loan spell with the U's last season.

Sarpong-Wiredu, who can also play in defence, has agreed a contract that will run until the summer of 2022.

"It's great to get Brendan over the line ahead of the run of games we have now," Colchester boss Steve Ball said.

"He is a superb athlete with a strong engine, and his qualities as a footballer will benefit us without a doubt."

  • Frank Nouble (Plymouth Argyle - Colchester United, loan until end of season)

Frank Nouble is back at Colchester United. Credit: PA

Fans' favourite Frank Nouble has returned to Colchester United on loan for the rest of the season.

Nouble was one of a number of first team players not offered a new deal at the end of last season because of the financial pressures caused by the pandemic.

He subsequently joined League One side Plymouth, but has struggled for game time recently.

He's now made the move back to Essex for the rest of the campaign and could make his second debut for the club against Salford City on Tuesday.

"We all know what Frank can bring to the table, both on and off the pitch, and we're pleased that he'll be with us for the next few months,' said manager Steve Ball.

  • Serhat Tasdemir (Peterborough United - Oldham Athletic, loan until end of season)

Serhat Tasdemir in action for Peterborough United. Credit: PA

Young Peterborough United midfielder Serhat Tasdemir has completed a loan switch to League Two side Oldham Athletic for the rest of the season.

The Azerbaijan youth international will be hoping to gain more first team experience with the Lancashire club who are managed by former Leeds United star Harry Kewell.

"It is important for him to get some first team experience under his belt and we have tried to sort a deal out for him to do that throughout this window and we are pleased an agreement has now been reached," Posh boss Darren Ferguson said.

Tasdemir's Posh teammate Ryan Broom has also been allowed to leave the club on loan to join Burton Albion for the rest of the campaign.

  • Aji Alese (West Ham United - Cambridge United, loan until end of season)

Aji Alese featured for West Ham in the EFL Cup earlier this season. Credit: PA

West Ham United defender Aji Alese has become Cambridge United's second new arrival of the day.

The 20-year-old made his debut for the Hammers first team in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.

He previously spent time out on loan at Accrington Stanley last season in League One.

Alese, alongside fellow new signing Declan Drysdale, will help to boost the U's defence for the League Two run-in.

“Aji has some good experience of League football from his previous loan at Accrington Stanley and is well thought of at West Ham. He is left sided, has good quality with the ball and is a strong athlete, which makes him a nice addition to the squad," Cambridge boss Mark Bonner said.

  • Luke Matheson (Wolves - Ipswich Town, loan until end of season)

Luke Matheson celebrates scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

Boyhood Norwich City fan Luke Matheson has joined East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the season.

The Wolves right-back is Town's second new signing of the day following the loan capture of Tottenham's Troy Parrott.

Matheson famously scored an equaliser for Rochdale in the Carabao Cup against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2019 at the age of just 16.

Following that match, he also confessed to being a big Norwich fan thanks to his dad who grew up in the city.

He was sold by Rochdale to Wolves for a £1 million fee on deadline day last January.

"I'm really happy to be joining this club. I can't wait to get started because this feels like a really good move for me," Matheson said.

  • Elliot Lee (Luton Town - Oxford United, loan until end of season)

Elliot Lee has found first team opportunities hard to come by this season. Credit: PA

Luton Town's Elliot Lee has joined League One promotion hopefuls Oxford United on loan until the end of the season.

Lee, 26, has hardly featured for the Hatters over the last couple of months, with his last appearance coming in a 1-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup in early January.

He will now be hoping to help Oxford break into the play-offs in the third tier.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing against Karl Robinson’s teams because they always play good football and I think the way they are set up will really suit how I like to play as well," he said.

  • Regan Riley (Bolton Wanderers - Norwich City, undisclosed fee)

Regan Riley has signed for Norwich City. Credit: Rowan Prosser/Norwich City

Norwich City have signed promising Bolton Wanderers youngster Regan Riley for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £250,000.

The 18-year-old will initially link up with the Canaries' academy setup.

Riley came through the youth system at Bolton and made two first team appearances.

He also reportedly attracted interest from Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

Riley has agreed a contract that will run until the summer of 2024.

“I’ve heard lots of good things about the club and it looks like a club that I can develop at. The club have a reputation for developing young players and that really excites me. I’ve seen the likes of Ben Godfrey, Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell come through the system, so it gives you the confidence and platform to hopefully show what I’m about," Riley said.

  • Tom Ince (Stoke City - Luton Town, loan until end of season)

Tom Ince has fallen out of favour at Stoke. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed Stoke City winger Tom Ince on loan for the rest of the season.

Ince moved to Stoke in a £10 million deal in 2018.

The 29-year-old played under current Hatters boss Nathan Jones during his unsuccessful spell in charge of the Potters.

He's previously played in the Premier League for he likes of Crystal Palace, Hull City and Huddersfield Town.

“I had a really good relationship with him when I was working with him at Stoke. He’s someone I rate really highly. He’s had a fantastic career, been promoted, been sold for a lot of money and played in the Premier League," Jones said.

Ince added: “I’ve had a tough six to eight months where I haven’t been given the opportunity to play, and I’m just grateful for the manager to be able to do that by bringing me into a very good side who have done ever so well this season."

  • Jahmal Hector-Ingram (Derby County - Stevenage, loan until end of season)

Jahmal Hector-Ingram has made seven appearances for Derby County this season. Credit: PA

Stevenage have brought in Derby County striker Jahmal Hector-Ingram on loan until the end of the campaign.

The 22-year-old scored 22 goals for the Rams' under 23s side last season.

He's also made seven appearances for the first team in the Championship this season.

“Jahmal is a really exciting young talent and we are thrilled to have him at Stevenage. He will bring real dynamism to our attack and has a huge appetite to score goals," Boro boss Alex Revell said.

  • Jack Roles (Tottenham Hotspur - Stevenage, loan until end of season)

Jack Roles. Credit: PA

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jack Roles has joined Stevenage on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old had a productive loan spell at Cambridge United last season, scoring five goals in 25 appearances.

He spent the first half of this campaign on loan at Burton Albion.

“Jack is a hugely talented player and will add a great deal of guile and craft into the team. He proved last season that he has what it takes to be a success in the division, so we are really looking forward to introducing him to our group," said Boro boss Alex Revell.

  • Zak Jules (Walsall - MK Dons, undisclosed fee)

Zak Jules has made the move to Stadium MK. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed Walsall defender Zak Jules for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old started his career at Reading and has represented Scotland at youth level.

With his contract at Walsall due to expire in the summer, a number of clubs enquired about signing him, but it was the Dons who won the race.

“He has had a lot of clubs interested in him and we’ve beaten a lot of clubs to his signature. He was desperate to come here, with the style of football that we play, and improve himself as a footballer, and help take us to where we want to get to," said Dons boss Russell Martin.

Jules added: “As soon as I heard about it, it was a no brainer for me. This is a great opportunity for me at a great Football Club and, of course, in a team that plays the way that way we do."

  • Cohen Bramall (Colchester United - Lincoln City, undisclosed fee)

Cohen Bramall has left Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have sold left-back Cohen Bramall to League One promotion chasers Lincoln City for an undisclosed fee.

The former Arsenal man made 57 appearances for the U's, scoring twice.

One of those goals was a stunning free-kick in last season's League Two play-off final against Exeter City.

Bramall said: “I am buzzing, and I can’t wait to get started. When I spoke with the gaffer, he was really positive about the club. I’ve played here (Lincoln) before and the supporters were great, I can’t wait to show them what I can bring to the side.”

  • Josh Doherty (Crawley Town - Colchester United, loan until end of season)

Josh Doherty. Credit: PA

Colchester United have replaced the outgoing Cohen Bramall with the loan signing of Crawley Town full-back Josh Doherty.

The left-back has played for Northern Ireland at youth level.

He's the third deadline day arrival at Colchester following the signings of Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu and Frank Nouble.

Colchester boss Steve Ball said: "Once again, it's great to have got another player we identified as a target into the squad before the end of the window. Josh is a strong character, a decent defender and will be a real plus for us between now and the end of the season.

  • Christopher Missilou (Northampton Town - Swindon Town, permanent deal)

Christopher Missilou has departed Sixfields. Credit: PA

Northampton Town midfielder Christopher Missilou has joined League One rivals Swindon Town on a permanent deal.

The Congolese international has slipped down the pecking order at Northampton in recent weeks.

Missilou moved to the Cobblers from Oldham Athletic last summer.

  • Will Grigg (Sunderland - MK Dons, loan until end of season)

Will Grigg celebrates scoring for MK Dons in the EFL Cup against Manchester United in 2014. Credit: PA

MK Dons have re-signed striker Will Grigg on loan from fellow League One side Sunderland.

The move sees Grigg move back to Stadium MK where he was the club's top scorer in the 2014/15 season.

His goals helped the Dons gain their first ever promotion to the Championship on that occasion, and he also famously scored twice in a shock 4-0 win over Manchester United in the EFL Cup in the same season.

In total, Grigg scored 22 goals in 50 appearances during his first spell at Stadium MK.

“I’m grateful to everyone at the club for getting this one over the line and I can’t wait to get going again," Grigg said.

Dons boss Russell Martin added: “A lot of clubs wanted him but he only wanted to come here. He’s had a difficult couple of seasons but, in my eyes, Will is still one of the best goalscorers at this level and I believe we are the right place for him to get going again."

  • Elijah Adebayo (Walsall - Luton Town, undisclosed fee)

Elijah Adebayo. Credit: PA

Luton Town have beaten the transfer deadline to sign striker Elijah Adebayo from League Two side Walsall.

The 23-year-old scored 10 goals for the Saddlers this season.

Adebayo was released by Fulham in 2019 but has made a big impression at Walsall.

“We are delighted to get Elijah on board. He is someone who was coveted by a lot of clubs, because he’s one that has massive, massive potential," Luton manager Nathan Jones said.

“For us to get him shows that once again that we are not just content with signing players for now, but we are looking towards the future and he’s one that will develop here and hopefully become a top player for us.”

  • Jacob Mellis (Gillingham - Southend United, permanent deal)

Jacob Mellis. Credit: PA

League Two strugglers Southend United have signed midfielder Jacob Mellis on a permanent deal.

The 30-year-old joins from League One side Gillingham.

Mellis has agreed a deal that will run until the end of the season, and the club have the option to extend his contract by a further year.