Football League Daily – Scunthorpe nab Nelson on busy deadline day

The signing of Michael Nelson on a two-and-a-half year deal from Norwich brought to a close a very active transfer deadline day for Championship strugglers Scunthorpe. Scunthorpe have drawn admiration for their ability to compete in England’s second tier with a transfer budget and wage bill vastly inferior to their rivals. Indeed, their fans have had to become used to seeing their best strikers leave Glanford Park: Billy Sharp, Andy Keogh and Paul Hayes are just three who have departed the club in recent years. The departure of Martyn Woolford was, while disappointing to the Iron faithful, somewhat expected. His transfer – for an undisclosed fee – to Bristol City was quickly followed by news that Jonathan Forte had been recruited by former Manager Nigel Adkins at Southampton.

Ian Baraclough, however, moved quickly to fill the void left by the departing attackers, signing 22-year-old Nottingham Forest striker Joe Garner on loan – to add to the earlier loan signing of Middlesbrough outcast Lee Miller. The frontman spent the first half of the season on loan at Huddersfield – where he failed to find the net in sixteen league outings. Baraclough will be hoping that the former Blackburn trainee is able to rediscover his goalscoring touch and, alongside Charlie Dagnall and Miller, fill the gaps left by Woolford and Forte.

Relegation rivals Preston North End beat the 11pm transfer deadline to capture Fulham striker Eddie Johnson on loan. Johnson has failed to settle in the Premiership since moving from Kansas City two years ago. When asked about the transfer, Manager Phil Brown said: “Eddie is yet another addition to our band of strikers. He brings more pace and strength and alongside Iain Hume, Nathan Ellington, Leon Clarke poses a significant forward threat.” Chairman Maurice Lindsay said that he believed the loan signing of Johnson was demonstrative of Preston’s ambition to avoid relegation: “This brings our recent signings to four before the deadline closes and we also decided not to let any of our players go during the window. We want to make every effort to stay in the Championship and we are confident we now have a strong squad to do just that.”

Former Everton trainee Danny Cadamarteri also moved on deadline day. He joined the ranks at Huddersfield Town, having had his contract at Dundee United cancelled by mutual consent. This will be Cadamarteri’s second stint at the League One high-flyers; he rejoins just eighteen months after having left for Scotland. “We all know what Danny is capable of from his first spell at the club and this move made total sense,” said Manager Lee Clark. “With Graham Carey and Lee Croft returning to their parent clubs earlier this month we needed an extra player in to compete for the wide midfield positions and Danny will provide strong competition down the flanks. He’s a great character to have around the club too and I know he will fit straight back into the squad.”

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