It would be great if I could post the transfer window.
Lots of work has gone on through the course of the window, trying to find deals for incoming players.
The first of these were completed on New Years Day 2019, with Foivos Botos, previously mentioned, joining from AEK. The next piece of business, however, is one I really liked, with Portuguese right back, Costinha, joining for £150k from Rio Ave.
Already on the fringes of the Portuguese U20 squad, he fits the profile I want, and at 18, has plenty of time to develop.
Next in, again, from Portugal, was 19 year old midfielder, Nuno Moreira. A natural playmaker, the deal originally was for him to join on a free from Sporting CP, however, for a fee of £28k, it was made permanent, and he comes in on a 5 year deal, with scope to improve.
Several of the U23s left on loan, but, throughout, I was having to field bids for Arvin Appiah.
The majority of the clubs interested, just showed a tentative interest, but Newcastle came in, offering £2m. However, through several periods of negotiation, this worked up to £7m, and, 20% of any future fee. Hopefully, he develops like I hope he will, and that future fee will be big.
At the same time as the deal for Appiah was being agreed, we managed to secure a left back, and another highly rated player at that.
Sergio Reguilón was a player who had appeared on my scout reports several times, and, I had shown a passing interest. However, his agent approached and said that he may be available, and was more than interested in a move to England.
An offer of £700k was made, and he joined on a deal until 2021.
The downside of some deals, however, is it leaves you a bit short at times, and after the departure of Arvin Appiah, we were short up front. Karim Ansarifard was unsettled, and requested a transfer (he left for PAOK on deadline day for a fee of £750k). This was made worse when Lewis Grabban injured his hip in training, and was out for anything up to 3 months.
This meant pushing into the loan market, something I didn’t really want to do, but, Czech target man Tomas Chory, and Finnish centre forward Joel Pohjanpalo came in on loan, mainly to provide a bit of competition for Hilal Soudani, who, at this point, was the only senior striker fit.
Throughout the window, we had also agreed 5 future transfers, of players who would add something to the side.
17 year old Dutch winger Elayis Tavsan, from Sparta Rotterdam.
20 year old Scottish striker, Oli Shaw, from Hibernian.
18 year old Portuguese goalkeeper, Tiago Silva, from Vitoria Guimaraes.
18 year old Spanish midfielder, David Dacoba, from U.D. Ourense
And lastly, 21 year old, Czech international centre back, Matej Chalus, from Mladá Boleslav.
Chalus is a signing that really surprised me, I’d watch a couple of FORTUNA:Liga matches that he’d played in, and he came out OK, and I managed to nip in and get a deal agreed before Boleslav even offered a new contract.
He has the potential to be a solid, ballplaying defender with a bit of work, and will also add a bit of physicality to the back line.
There is one more deal potentially in the offing, that being for German centre back, Maxim Leitsch of VfL Bochum, for a total of £1.4m, but, theres still work to do on that one.