Championship sides added firepower to their ranks in January
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It proved to be a busy final day in the transfer market for the Championship’s clubs yesterday.
Aston Villa landed Brentford striker Scott Hogan, ahead of the clash between the two sides at Griffin Park, for a fee thought to be around £10m.
Hogan, who attracted interest from the Premier League West Ham, has scored 14 goals for the Bees this season.
Villa also completed the signing of young Bury defender Jacob Bedeau, for a fee of around £900,000.
Play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, have finally completed the signing of former Ipswich Town youngster Jordan Rhodes, the ex-Kesgrave High School pupil joining on an initial loan dea, before making the signing permanent at the end of the season
Bristol City signed striker Matty Taylor from their local rivals, Bristol Rovers, for an undisclosed fee, ahead of their 2-2 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
The prolific 26-year-old has been in fine form for the League Two side this season and Robins boss Lee Johnson swooped in a bid to arrest a worrying slide down the Championship – the Robins having lost their last eight of their last nine games.
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Taylor became City’s fifth January arrival, following Jens Hegeler, Milan Djuric, Bailey Wright and Fabian Giefer.
QPR netted big targetman Matt Smith from West London rivals Fulham for an initial fee of around £500,000. Smith joined former Bristol City team-mate Luke Freeman at Loftus Road.
Blackburn Rovers added Swansea striker Marvin Emnes to their frontline for the rest of the season, having captured Sheffield Wednesday forward Lucas Joao on a similar deal. Emnes spent the first half of this season on-loan at Ewood Park, scoring three times in 19 games.
Two more strikers making deadline day moves were Glenn Murray, who completed a £3m permanent switch to Brighton, from Bournemouth, and Jerome Sinclair – the Watford striker, who joined Birmingham City, on-loan until the end of the season.
Meanwhile, a recent tormentor of Ipswich Town, Wigan winger Yanic Wildschut, completed a move to Norwich City, and Wolves have signed Portuguese wideman Helder Costa, on a permanent deal from Benfica, for a fee in the region of £13m.
Elsewhere, Wigan landed Eastleigh striker Mikael Mandron and Hull pair Alex Bruce and James Weir on loans, Reece Oxford left West Ham for a temporary spell at Reading – the Royals also signing Crystal Palace’s Jordon Mutch on-loan.
Rotherham moved for Norwich’s Carlton Morris on loan and Leeds signed Villareal winger Alfonzo Pedraza on a loan until the summer and Swansea’s Modou Barrow on a similar agreement.