Transfer deadline: How Irish players fared in January ‘window’

Jamie McGrath will meet international teammates James McClean and Will Keane after completing his move to League One Wigan from St Mirren.

he Meath native has made an impression since moving from Dundalk to St Mirren and as he was out of contract at the end of the season, and reluctant to sign a new contract with the Buddies, his exit from Jim Goodwin’s club was expected.

Scottish rivals Aberdeen and HIbs have been linked with the 25-year-old, but Wigan, competing for promotion to the Championship this season, tried hard to secure a deal before the transfer window closed, and Wigan confirmed their capture with a statement released late. Monday evening.

“We are delighted to complete the permanent transfer of Irish international Jamie McGrath,” said Wigan.

“McGrath, 25, has joined Latics on a two-and-a-half-year contract, with the club paying an undisclosed fee for his services.”

AC MILAN: Cork City teenager Cathal Heffernan has sealed a dream move to Italian giants AC Milan.


(lr) Marian Heffernan, Cathal Heffernan, Rob Heffernan and former Ireland international Stephen Ireland after Cathal signed a contract with Italian giants AC Milan

(lr) Marian Heffernan, Cathal Heffernan, Rob Heffernan and former Ireland international Stephen Ireland after Cathal signed a contract with Italian giants AC Milan

Cathal, the son of Olympic walking medalist Rob Heffernan and Irish Olympian Marian, has sealed a loan move to the Serie A club with a permanent transfer to be completed this summer.

The Ireland Under-17 captain was awaiting international clearance for the club’s loan from Turner’s Cross, but that has since been granted and the defender will aim to make the switch permanent within months.

QPR: Irish midfielder Jeff Hendrick has sealed a move from Newcastle to Championship promotion chasers Queens Park Rangers in the final hours of the transfer window.

Hendrick was told he was not part of Eddie Howe’s plans at Newcastle and after a move to local rivals Middlesbrough failed, a move to QPR was confirmed.

BRENFORD: The Bees have completed the loan signing from French side Nice of underage Irish international Deji Sotona.

The winger has been in France since 2020 after a stint at Manchester United’s academy, and recent reports had linked Sotona with a return to England as Premier League clubs showed interest.

But Brentford were able to strike a deal, just before the transfer deadline closed on Monday night, to bring in Sotona and he will join their B team.

“Deji has electrifying speed and we were interested in him before his move to Nice. Our recruitment team did a fantastic job of producing a test match with the best performing players recently. He did very well and we We are delighted with This is a good opportunity for Deji to further his career,” said Brentford B head coach Neil MacFarlane.

“We will push him relentlessly, as we do with all of our players, and I hope he can have a really fruitful time here.

“He eliminates players with his speed, he likes to tackle defenders and hopefully he can add goals and assists up the pitch. We hope Deji can embrace our group culture and s can do it, so we think he can bring something to this club.”

Sotona was capped by Ireland but hasn’t been involved in the international squad since playing for the U15s against Holland in 2017.

Earlier today the Bees were the first Premier League club to move on transfer deadline day as Christian Eriksen joined them on a deal until the end of the season, just seven months after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

The 29-year-old, who collapsed while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020 last summer, was a free agent after leaving Inter Milan by mutual consent as rules in Italy l prevented playing with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted.

The former Tottenham midfielder had trained with former club Ajax but has now agreed terms with Brentford after completing his medical assessments.

PORTSMOUTH: Pompey hailed the arrival of their ‘goal threat’ with the signing of Irish international striker from Sunderland Aiden O’Brien.

Capped five times at senior level, O’Brien has scored six times in 28 games for Sunderland this season, but with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, the Black Cats agreed to let him through and just days after playing for Sunderland against Pompey, the 28-year-old now joins the Fratton Park side.

“We are really delighted to sign Aiden and from the moment I spoke to him there was an energy and enthusiasm to join us. We are lucky to be at such a renowned football club because there are so many players who want to come here,” said Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley.

“Aiden brings a lot of different qualities to us and can play on the front line, making penetrating runs.

“He handles the ball well and connects play, while he can also go forward and is always a goal threat. We’re really looking forward to him being in this group and he knows quite a bit already. of guys, which is important when you come to a short-term contract.

Also on the road today is former Under-21 player Glen Rea, who has joined Wigan Athletic on loan from Championship side Luton Town.

MORECAMBE: Former Dundalk man Dylan Connolly completed a transfer deadline day move to Morecambe from League Two side Northampton Town, while senior international Aiden O’Brien is at Portsmouth in the Premier League today. hope to seal his transfer from Sunderland.

Earlier today Northampton confirmed midfielder Jordan Flores had left the club to join Bohemians, and they also agreed a deal where Meath Connolly’s man moved to League 1 club Morecambe, where Connolly joins a large Irish contingent.

“I know some of the players from my time in football, I’ve lived with Shane (McLoughlin) in the past, I also know Anthony (O’Connor) and Ryan (Delaney),” Connolly said.

“Ligue 1 is a good level and I can’t wait to test myself at this level again, I will work very hard to earn myself a place in the team and I can’t wait to start.

“My agent phoned me towards the end of last week and said there was a bit of interest and it really snowballed from there, and we managed to get everything done. pretty quickly if I’m being honest.

“I’m excited about this decision, the gaffer thinks I can play a big role in how he wants the team to play, a style that will also complement my game.”

PRESTON: The Championship side have rejected a transfer deadline day offer from Championship rivals Cardiff City to loan out McGrath’s Irish international Seani Maguire.


Jamie McGrath, St Mirren to Wigan

Jeff Hendrick, Newcastle at QPR

Dylan Connolly, Northampton to Morecambe

Aiden O’Brien, Sunderland to Portsmouth

Glen Rea, Luton to Wigan, on loanDeji Sotona, Nice to Brentford, on loan

Tyreik Wright, Aston Villa to Colchester, loan

Ryan Delaney, Morecambe to Scunthorpe, ready

Tom O’Connor, Burton Albion at Wrexham

Niall Canavan, from Bradford City to Barrow

Ali Reghba, Leicester at CR Belouizdad (Algeria)

Jordan Flores, from the town of Northampton to Bohemians

Matt Healy, Ipswich Town to Cork City, on loan

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