FL transfer review: Which side has done the best business so far this January?

Andre Wisdom

Leeds United sign wing wizard, Derby County reinforce promotion push, Blackburn Rovers retain key player, Burnley and Huddersfield Town spend money as Leicester City go for experience.

17 days into the transfer window and despite a lot of big money speculation in the Football League, not much has been spent.

Huddersfield took the gamble on promising striker Nahki Wells, paying out a club record transfer figure for the player. And he remains this window's biggest Football League buy at a reported £1.25m.

The Terriers didn't stop there and also made a move for 21-year-old promising Kidderminster striker Joe Lolley for a bargain £250k.

Both players are very exciting prospects and if they can fulfill their potential, Huddersfield could well be a dark horse for the play-offs.

Steve McClaren's Derby County have technically made the most signings in the division so far, having secured Patrick Bamford on loan until the end of the season and Simon Dawkins on a permanent deal. Two very promising signings, added to the two loan extensions of Andre Wisdom and Michael Keane.

Derby were comfortably the form team in the division over Christmas, however, three losses back-to-back have proved to knock them off their stride. McClaren could possibly look to new striker Bamford to put Derby back on track on Saturday.

Middlesbrough, Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers have also made key movements in the transfer market and signed very good players, either on loan or permanent deals.

Jimmy Kebe from Palace is a fantastic addition for Brian McDermott and has proved in the past, he is definitely one to wary of.

Tom Cairney proved to be a bargain for just £500,000, a player that has been in brilliant form since he moved to Ewood Park. And is currently named the best right midfielder in the Football League according to WhoScored.

And Middlesbrough's have used their connection with Chelsea to loan two of their most promising players. Firstly, Nigerian International Kenneth Ommerou and then yesterday snapped up England U21 midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah.

Leicester City moved quickly for 40-year-old Kevin Phillips and on paper it seems like a bizarre signing, but I can guarantee his experience will be vital in the second half of the season. His composure in front of goal, will still make him a threat at this level, if given the chances.

And title contenders Burnley have also made a big move in the transfer window, getting ahead of Leeds for Brighton striker Ashley Barnes.

The former Plymouth striker has endured an underwhelming season so far this term, scoring just 5 goal in 23 appearances. However, Sean Dyche has proved to have a knack with forwards and can currently boast the highest scoring front line in the league. And he will no doubt be working hard to put Barnes in the same bracket as Ings and Vokes.

All in all, I expect the second half of the window to be a lot more active, but the sides mentioned have all got off to a fantastic star and hopefully more to come.

image: © Liz Phillips

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