‘I AL­WAYS WANTED TO PLAY FOR CITY!’

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

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.”

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