Manchester United allowed talented twins Michael and Will Keane move to the Championship, whilst Aston Villa, Newcastle, Liverpool, Arsenal and a former Bayern Munich player were also in the headlines.
Manchester United have allowed defender Michael Keane and Will Keane out on loan as they try and enhance their progression through other football clubs.
Michael Keane is no stranger to Championship football having played roughly half-a-season on loan at Leicester City last season. The 20-year-old made a name for himself, playing along side experience stalwart Wes Morgan in the heart of defence, and did enough to be nominated for their 'Player of the Year' award. The England under-21 international has been in fine goal-scoring form for the national side, and netted the opening goal in the past 2 international fixtures.
Will Keane is similarly highly rated but has unfortunately been stunted in his progression due to injury. The loan move to Wigan Athletic will allow him to get first hand experience of playing in a very competitive league, and in a large squad with lots of first team competition. The England under-21 striker will be looking to get himself back on track with this move, and hopefully you will be able to see him in an England shirt once again, in the not too distant future.
Nottingham Forest lost their influential left back Chris Cohen for the season on Saturday and have unfortunately become unstuck with bringing players through the door. The talks around the City Ground was they were in discussion with two or three Premier League players, but it seems the deadline was too soon for them to sort anything out.
They did lose two players from their misfiring front line in Ishmael Miller and Marcus Tudgay but their inability to not bring in a left back, could be a potentially costly one.
There were also moves for Liverpool's Adam Morgan, who went to Yeovil and Arsenal's Nico Yennaris, who went to Bournemouth.
Adam Morgan has been told he can leave Anfield by club officials and it looks like he has found himself a good base to ply his trade and show the footballing world what he can do. Nico Yennaris is another young player looking to prove himself on the first-team scene, he has previously performed well for the England youth sides and Arsenal. However, this could be a big opportunity for the Gunners youngster.
Another headliner for the Championship was former Newcastle United goal-keeper Shay Given going on loan to Middlesbrough. The 37-year-old goalkeeper has joined up for a month and it will be interesting to see if the old dog still has it.
Which signing do you think will have the biggest impact over the busy Christmas schedule?
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