No comings or goings on transfer deadline day

Last updated : 04 February 2004 By Michael Morris
The rumours that Earnie and Gabbidon were Premiership bound in the recently closed transfer window all came to nothing. There were no shocks for City fans as the 5pm deadline on Monday 2nd Feb came and went without incident.

The only movement during the whole month of January was the arrival of Paul Parry from Hereford. As the window does not apply to transfers between Nationwide clubs we can still be active in the transfer market. We will not be able to buy a Premiership player or lose one of our own stars to a Premiership club but movement between the lower divisions is allowed.

Other teams in Division 1 were very active. West Ham United sold Jermaine Defoe to Spurs for £7m and our old nemisis Bobby Zamora ended his barren spell with Spurs by moving to Upton Park as part of the deal. Zamora has scored against City in each of the last three games played against us. All for Brighton, two of them 1 - 0 wins and the other goal at Ninian park in a 1 - 1 draw.

West Ham have also signed Wimbledon's Nigel Reo Coker in recent weeks and have today signed Jobi McAnuff from Wimbledon as well. City were linked with both players.

Wimbledon have also lost Patrick Agyemang to Gillingham and Steve Leigertwood to Crystal Palce. Any hope they had for surviving in Division 1 has just about diminished.

City's next opponents Derby County have sold striker Lee Morris to Leicester City. Morris had agreed to go to Sheffield Utd but Neil Warnock told the player he'd have to wait a week for the deal to go through. In the meantime Leicester came in and Morris was away to the Walkers Stadium. Warnock blames the player, the player blames Warnock. The Blades boss has though signed Welshman Carl Robinson on loan from Portsmouth.

Derby signed Wales defender Rob Edwards on loan from Aston Villa earlier in the month and he'll start against City on Saturday. Also in the Derby team is 22 year old Leon Osman who is on loan from Everton.