Deadline Day round-up January 2019

Although Deadline Day was not particularly busy for Premier League fans, there were plenty of transfers involving English abroad, which is always great to see. Here’s my round-up of yesterday’s transfers.

Reiss Greenidge [Sogndal – Arendal] Free

The first move of the day saw former West Brom defender Reiss Greenidge remain in Norway. He’s spent the past two years playing for Sogndal, making 19 appearances, 10 of which were in the top flight. He is now set to play in the third-tier for Arendal who finished sixth last year and are based in the southwest of the country. The club are backed by a wealthy chairman who has reportedly pumped nearly £3 million into the club in recent years.

Sam Graham [Sheffield United – Central Coast Mariners] Loan

The next move was a loan deal which saw Sheffield United youngster Sam Graham (left) head to Australia to join Central Coast Mariners. The 18-year-old defender has yet to make his debut for his parent club but has spent time on loan at FC Halifax Town and Oldham Athletic, making seven appearances in League Two earlier this season. He joins the Mariners on loan for the rest of the season who are managed by English boss Mike Mulvey. He is assisted by former Sheffield United midfielder Nick Montgomery which may have helped get this deal over the line. The pair will be hoping Graham can have a positive impact on a side currently rock bottom in the A-League table.

Nico Yennaris [Brentford – Beijing Sinobo Guoan] Undisclosed

This one had been rumoured for quite a while and Yennaris had even been pictured playing in a friendly match for his new club earlier this month. The deal is now official and it is being reported that the fee paid for the 25-year-old is £5.5m. He joins Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan who finished fourth last season. Yennaris’s mother is Chinese and he has gained Chinese citizenship in order to complete the deal so to not count as a foreign player, as clubs are only allowed four foreigners each. In order to complete his Chinese citizenship, he has changed his name to Li Ke.

Derek Ubah [ – IFK Nora] Free

The 22-year-old centre back joins fourth-tier Swedish side IFK Nora after a spell in non-league football in the UK. The giant defender spent part of last season playing for second-tier Luxembourg side CS Grevenmacher, making seven appearances. He will be joining English manager Ben Smith at Nora, who has previously managed Ytterhogdals and IFK Östersund.

Reece Oxford [West Ham United – Augsburg] Loan

Finally, Reece Oxford has been allowed to return to Germany. After his two loan spells with Borussia Mönchengladbach last season where he made seven Bundesliga appearances, the German club tried to make the deal permanent but had their offer rejected, only for the 20-year-old to spend the first half of this season playing for West Ham’s under-23 side. He now has he wish of a move back to Germany so let’s hope he can get back to playing regular first team football soon.

Emile Smith-Rowe [Arsenal – RB Leipzig] Loan

Now this lad has the potential to be something really special. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has already scored three senior goals from just six appearances, which have all come in cup competitions for the Gunners this season. He joins RB Leipzig on loan for the rest of the season, the same club which saw Ademola Lookman blossom last year. Here’s hoping Smith-Rowe can have the same impact that the Everton winger had last season.

Tomi Ameobi [FC Cincinnati – FC Edmonton] Free

The younger brother of Shola and the older brother of Sammy, Tomi Ameobi is back in Canada. He has rejoined FC Edmonton, who he made nearly 100 league appearances for between 2014 and 2017. However, this time he will be playing in a different league after Edmonton moved from the NASL in America to the newly formed Canadian Premier League. Last year he played for USL side FC Cincinnati but struggled for game time in a club who were preparing for their transition to MLS. The 30-year-old has played abroad since 2011 and has also played in Finland and Iceland.

Nathan Oduwa [unattached – Hapoel Hadera] Free

The former Tottenham Hotspur winger is headed to the fifth different country of his career after signing for Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Hadera. The 22-year-old has previously played in Slovenia and Denmark and will be hoping to help his new side continue to keep up their good start to the season, with Hadera sitting in sixth place following promotion last year.

Ben Wilmot [Watford – Udinese] Loan

It’s set to be a meteoric rise for Ben Wilmot who was playing in League Two with Stevenage last season. He’s joined Udinese on loan until the end of the season after making six appearances in all competitions for Watford this season. The loan deal was announced a day after he had played at Wembley for the Hornets against Tottenham. Both Watford and Udinese are owned by the same family and there have been several deals between the two clubs in the past.

Anthony Georgiou [Tottenham Hotspur – Levante] Loan

The final deal of the day was a loan move which saw Anthony Georgiou leave Spurs to join La Liga side Levante on loan. The 21-year-old midfielder was born and raised in London but is a full Cyprus international through his parents’ heritage. He made his senior debut last season for Spurs in the Champions League against APOEL. Levante play in La Liga but interestingly, the loan was announced on the Atlético Levante Twitter page, the account of the club’s B team who play in the third-tier.

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