‘I ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY FOR CITY!’
THE transfer window hardly slammed shut on Tuesday afternoon, it was more a gentle closing as a host of deals failed to get done.
However, there were some quirky stories that cropped up in the aftermath. Take, for example, midfielder Bradley
Johnson on his surprise £6m switch from Premier League new-boys Norwich City back into the Championship with Derby County.
The 28-year-old said:“I’m going to go out and give my all for Derby City and hopefully get this team promoted.”
If Johnson was in a muddle after his last-gasp transfer, then Norwich striker Gary
Hooper was on the defensive after a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday fell through. According to the Sheffield
Star, the move bizarrely hit the buffers because the former Celtic striker requested a private box for his family and friends on top of his £32,000-a-week wages – and the Owls weren’t willing to oblige.
Hooper went on Twitter to dismiss the story, simply posting:“Not true.”
Although controversial midfielder Joey Barton signed for Championship club Burnley earlier in the window, he too was forced to defend himself.
While at QPR last term, Barton tweeted a Clarets fan: “We may well be overrated but at least we don’t have to live in Burnley.”
But now the 33-year-old has insisted it was only a bit of banter.
He said:“If it was taken in a derogatory manner by some people it wasn’t meant that way – it was me sort of poking fun and having a little fun with it.”
Meanwhile, ex-Peterborough and Wigan midfielder Jimmy Bullard ‘ transferred’ to Shipps Building Services in Fulham on a one-day loan after they won a competition put on by paint brand Armstead Trade.
The 36-year-old was a painter and decorator before carving out his professional football career.
He said:“The transfer window is an exciting time and it seems very fitting that I’m back on familiar turf in Fulham. The team at Shipps has shown some great team talent and it’s been a pleasure to spend the day back on the brush.”