With clubs hitting back
Sunderland were last night looking to expand their Irish presence last night by recruiting defender Marc Wilson on a seasonlong loan deal from Bournemouth.
The Antrim man badly needs first-team football to regain his place in the Ireland squad and is hoping a drop to the Championship relaunches his career in the same fashion as his new teammate and compatriot Aiden Mcgeady.
Elsewhere on deadline day, Sheffield United’s pursuit of John Egan ended unsuccessfully as their €2.5m bid was rejected by Brentford. The Cork native hasn’t figured in the last three Championship games for the Bees, prompting the newlypromoted Blades to try prise him from Griffin Park.
Preston North End striker Eoin Doyle followed Jack Byrne’s lead by moving to Oldham Athletic for a loan spell until January. Also making a temporary switch from the Championship was Limerick native Damien Mccrory, who left Burton for Portsmouth.