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Deadline day - who's on the move?
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- Window closes at 11pm
- Upson signs on loan
- Dobbie joins Palace on loan
- Vincelot released
- Seagulls miss out on Van Dijk
- Alexander, Akinde leave Crawley
That's it from us tonight. Thanks for joining us today. It has not been as dramatic as the August transfer window but I believe Albion have come out of the January transfer window in very good shape: Ulloa in, Upson in, no key players left and also a fit Vicente back in the squad. There will be plenty of Albion news in The Argus tomorrow. Now let's hope we can kick off the remainder of the season with a win at Sheffield Wednesday
The biggest plus for me tonight is that Liam Bridcutt remains an Albion player. Pleased, of course, with the arrival of Upson and pleased that neither CMS nor any other key player has left. Sorry it hasn't worked out for Dobbie but it doesn't mean he is a poor player and I also wish Romain Vincelot all the best for the future - he served the club well
As part of the deal Dobbie is not allowed to play against Albion when the teams meet in March - or should the clubs meet in the playoffs.
A permanent move to Palace for Dobbie was changed to a loan deal initially due to complications over how many permanent clubs a player can have in a season. I'm told it WILL become permanent on July 1
The deadline has passed by Stephen Dobbie's loan move to arch rivals has been confirmed. It is expected to become a permanent move on July 1
CONFIRMED DEAL: Dobbie gone to Palace on loan
Arsenal have signed a left-back tonight. Anyone surprised after what we saw at The Amex last Saturday?
Although the window has closed, there may be some news emerging shortly on Dobbie. We shall keep you informed
... to summarise things here in Sussex: Albion have signed Matthew Upson and released Romain Vincelot while Crawley skipper Gary Alexander has joined AFC Wimbledon on loan for the rest of the season
... but news may still filter through on various deals across the county
The transfer window is closed ...
Former Crawley striker Wes Thomas has joined Birmingham on loan from Bournemouth; Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas sign for QPR
Less than ten minutes to go and nothing on Dobbie. Suggest nothing will happen now tonight but you never know.
Matthew Upson: "I’ve heard lots of positive things about Gus and his style and the whole package here at Brighton and Hove Albion. It is very exciting."
More Poyet on Upson: "These opportunities don’t come along very often so we took it and we hope to have him ready for Saturday."
Gus Poyet on Upson: "He has presence, he’s a leader and it’s a good opportunity for us and for him to play football."
Andy Naylor has tweeted: "Still no confirmation re: Dobbie to Palace. Gather it's complicated."
It's goalkeeper 60 seconds: Jack Butland confirmed to Stoke, Stephen Henderson West Ham back to Ipswich on loan
Upson will be able to play in the play-off games if Albion get there
So we have got Upson. Upson and Ulloa in the transfer window, I will settle for that. Good business. What do we all think?
CONFIRMED DEAL: Matthew Upson has signed on loan for the rest of the season
27 minutes to go and I assure you there is news to come very shortly from The Amex...
That was Gary Alexander's thoughts retweeted by Steve Hollis
RT @gazalex29: Home and in bed ready for a fresh start tomo till end of season thanks to all those CTFC fans that have showed support thanks again— @stevehollis75 31 January 2013
@gazalex29 good luch Gal #Orientlegend— @Hedaux 31 January 2013
George Boyd's move from Peterborough to Nottingham Forest apparently broke down due to "an inconclusive sight test" - he couldn't see any future there
We are told that really is all for Crawley tonight so Kyle McFadzean stays, Billy Clarke stays, Sergio Torres stays. However, it has been a pretty busy month for the Reds with seven players in and eight players out
Gary Alexander story is on The Argus website with quotes from Richie Barker
Albion say a transfer is close to completion ...
CONFIRMED DEAL: Gary Alexander has joined AFC Wimbledon on loan from Crawley until the end of the season
That's it, no more transfer news tonight, confirmed - for Derby County fans that is, including a disgruntled Mike Legg sitting next to me
One hour to go: surely an announcement for Albion to come, hopefully on Upson signing, and definitely an announcement from Crawley on a player leaving. And who knows what else either here in Sussex or across the land?
Southampton's Belgian winger Steve Ridder has joined Bolton on a month-long loan day while Lee Barnard's loan move from the Saints to Oldham has also been confirmed
75 minutes to go and no confirmed news on Upson yet. Come on Albion
Leicester have beaten Wolves 2-1 tonight and are now seven points behind leaders Cardiff, having played a game more
Confirmed deals in the Championship: Kevin Phillips has joined Crystal Palace on loan from Blackpool for the rest of the season while former Albiont trialist Habib Habibou becomes Leeds United's third signing of the day. The Central African Republic striker has joined on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal.
Word is Crawley Town will make an announcement about a transfer out later this evening
Have things finished for the night at Crawley? Andy Naylor seems to think Alexander IS going out on loan to AFC Wimbledon. Will keep you posted if any confirmation comes from the Broadfield.
Burnley insist Charlie Austin is going nowhere tonight. Also looks like defender Scott Dann is staying at Blackburn rather than moving to Stoke on loan
David Nugent has just put Leicester 2-1 up against Wolves
It's two hours to go and still no definite news on Upson or Dobbie. It all just adds to the drama! George Boyd has apparently passed his medical at Nottingham Forest - a player I would not have minded in the past
Wolves have equalised against Leicester in 'the other thing' going on tonight
The Derby fan sitting next to me currently has just noted their first movement of the day - winger Lee Croft's contract has been cancelled. "I forgot he was with us," said Mike Legg.
Southampton striker Lee Barnard looks set to join Oldham on loan. He was a target for Albion ... back in 2006 when Mark McGhee was manager
Talk of skipper Gary Alexander leaving Crawley seems to be petering out but you never know. He may not have scored a league goal since September but he's one of those players who you know will come good again
Looks like Barnsley's highly-rated defender IS going to Everton.
Talking of Leicester, I would have liked Albion to have signed Chris Wood but having seen Leonardo Ulloa on his debut last Saturday I'm delighted with the way things have turned out
Don't forget there is a Championship game going on tonight as well and Leicester are 1-0 up against Wolves
Stephen Warnock on his free transfer move to Leeds: "I haven't come here to be a Championship player." Albion go to Elland Road on April 27
Looks like Dobbie deal to Palace is a goer. More news on this as soon as we have it. Sorry about the brief lull in updates - trying to get a paper out for tomorrow as well. We're going through our image library looking at Upson pictures at present ... without jumping the gun of course.
Right, three hours to go - so far, no one in but it is looking good for Upson; One out for definite (Romain Vincelot released along with development squad player Matt McGiveron) and strong talk of Dobbie going to Palace
Curtis Davies, who was mentioned in Albion terms earlier in the day, is staying at Birmingham according to their local reporter who says Jack Butland will be the only player leaving the Blues. Blackburn are the club most linked to Davies tonight
Bolton, who Albion visit on March 9, are signing Leicester defender Cian Bolger
An old working colleague who covers Palace reckons it is happening with Dobbie. Still awaiting confirmation
We're still trying to get to the bottom of the Dobbie-Palace talk. Suggestion is it would be a loan deal with a view to a permanent move but, just to reiterate earlier post, Andy Naylor has been unable to substantiate that
AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs supposedly interested in Crawley's Gary Alexander
We thought we might be finished with Crawley for the evening already but there are rumours about two clubs being interested in skipper Gary Alexander
Many thanks to Brian Owen for doing a great job on this all day. I'm with you for the rest of the evening with Andy Naylor still at The Amex, as he has been all day. Let's see what develops in the next three and a half hours
Right, that's it for me. Howard Griggs is a member of our late team this evening and he will take over from me now on here.
Thanks for following. Stick with it until 11pm if you can and look for the full stories in The Argus tomorrow morning.
Lots of you tweeting Andy about a link between Palace and Dobbie. That link being Holloway, of course. He is on to it.
Vincelot/McGiveron exits headline news on the club website at present. That will change! #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Would imagine Vincelot will be picked up by someone. He did a really valuable job for Albion in the first third or so of last season.
McGiveron was given his chance to impress by Albion last summer after being let go by Liverpool.
Romain Vincelot and development defender Matt McGiveron have terminated their #bhafc contracts by mutual consent.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Things are starting to come together across the land. Stephen Warnock just completed a free transfer to Leeds. That's one of those that seemed to have been done ages ago but only recently completed, apparently.
A clip of the goal to which Andy Naylor refers was posted on this blog at 3.36pm.
In the interests of balance, I should point out other goals were scored in that game!
Upson will be another landmark signing for #bhafc. Former World Cup player - and goalscorer - for England.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Upson last played in Sussex almost a year ago when he helped ten-man Stoke beat Crawley 2-0 in the FA Cup. He also helped Reading keep a clean sheet at Withdean back in 2002.
Forget my Stoke bias, good bit of business. Massive experience at the highest level. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Matthew Upson is 33 (will turn 34 in April) and is 6ft.
He made his first league start when Arsenal drew 2-2 at Coventry in January 1998 as part of a back four which included two former Stoke players - Steve Bould and Lee Dixon.
Just had it confirmed from a "reliable source" at the Stoke end that Upson is going to sign for #bhafc.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Still looking very much like Upson coming south.
It appears former Crawley striker Wes Thomas will be heading to Birmingham on loan from Bournemouth.
Come on Brighton, bag us a couple of players before 11pm. Then bang on the play-off push. #BHAFC #deadlineday— @NaomiCole17 31 January 2013
Just threw that Forte one in as he was with Crawley earlier this season.
#saintsfc striker Jonathon Forte goes out on loan to Sheffield United for ther rest of the season.— @solentsport 31 January 2013
I am sure it is on here somewhere but Andy Naylor's belief is that if Upson signs it will be on loan, be it for the rest of the season or a month.
Looks like it will be a case of "we meet again". DJ Campbell, who said his Ipswich farewells against Albion on New Year's Day, is undergoing a medical at Blackburn. Rovers are here in less than a fortnight.
Gut feeling is #bhafc will have a centre half signed before the 11pm deadline. Still not waivering from it being Upson.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
It also appears their forthcoming opponents Swindon will not be taking Gary Madine on loan, which in turn leaves the striker free to come off the bench for Wednesday against Albion if needed.
Looks like Crawley are done for the window then.
Obviously I'll let you know if anything changes but looks like Crawley will hold on to their key players. Window closes at 11pm remember— @stevehollis75 31 January 2013
That's me done for the day. All quiet on the transfer front as far as Crawley are concerned which will be a relief for manager Richie Barker— @stevehollis75 31 January 2013
As in 2011, it looks like Elliott Bennett is staying put this winter judging from the tweet I just posted.
Transfer deadline day madness continues. Feet up tonight watching players dashing in and out of grounds— @Ebenno88 31 January 2013
Jerome Thomas from WBA to Blackburn will go through this evening.
Away from the Championship, Spanish media (and probably English as well, I'd imagine) are reporting Arsenal are signing a left-back. Why does that not surprise me?
Nacho Monreal of Malaga is the man - for 10 million Euros
JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOWS OF THE PAST
Elliott Bennett was staying. That was the undisputed highlight of deadline day two years ago. Albion had kept Norwich at bay for the time being as they closed in on the League One title. Gus Poyet was priced out in his bid to sign a striker but was delighted to extend Chris Wood’s loan from West Brom until the end of the season. The main business of the window arguably came as soon as it opened when Craig Noone signed from Plymouth for about £300,000. He actually posed for the picture you see here on New Year's Eve 2010!
I know we're all about deadline-beating deals today but what about a man who could not wait to get here just as soon as the calendar clicked on to January 1? I give you.....
As the quite spell continues, let's have some more nostalgia.
It appears Palace are trying to sign every player in the Championship. Good old Ollie!— @WillWatt 31 January 2013
That last tweet was from the reporter at Blackburn. I included it purely for info on another Championship club - and because they are down here soon.
As for the previous one from Steve Bone of the Chichester Observer, that just went in because it was amusing!
There is still a lot of action left this eve at Rovers #LTtransfers— @CryerRovers 31 January 2013
If only Beckham had joined Pompey - he could have donated all his wages to, err, the club.— @stevebone1 31 January 2013
GP's January transfer policy so far has mirrored the top two. Big money spent on a striker, Campbell for Cardiff, Wood for Leicester. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Dave Jones, manager of Albion's next opponents Sheffield Wednesday, was sounding pretty relaxed about transfer business today.
He is after another striker but admits that will be a loan deal. Marlon King and Rob Earnshaw have been mentioned. Jones said: "There is no mad rush because we are not going to be buying anybody."
True - but it would make a difference to the Seagulls if Owls' remaining business is delayed until the loan window.
The Argus tomorrow features a couple of excellent features away from football with Sussex-based England internationals. Mike Legg has caught up with new cap Billy Twelvetrees ahead of the Six Nations and Steve Hollis has spoken to Matt Prior about life on two wheels.
We also have Albion's plans to ease Gordon Greer through his injury setback, a chat with CMS and a look at the Owls striker looking to profit from Greer's absence at Hillsbrough.
We also hope to have a piece about a new Albion signing...
Anyway, Andy has been chatting to Adam El-Abd today for a piece we will run in the paper on Saturday.
Hull already had Elmohamady of course.
#bhafc have an Egypt international, the next Amex visitors can go one better. Ahmed Fathi and Gedo sign six-month loan deals with Hull.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Albion development keeper Daniel East has gone on loan to Hastings until March 2.
I'm assuming Glenn Murray is not on the move but what about that other Championship goal machine Charlie Austin? Here is what Burnley Telegraph reporter Chris Bodes had to say about Austin a few minutes ago in his weekly online webchat.
"The club's stand point all along has been they have no need to sell, and don't want to sell. There's nothing bubbling under the surface. If someone is to make a late bid it would be out of left field as Dyche says."
Just gave Andy Naylor a call at The Amex and I think he is ready for a long evening. He's currently getting on with other work.
Increasingly likely Curtis Davies staying put unless Norwich meet #bcfc asking price. No movement on Chris Burke. Still few hours to go mind— @colintattum 31 January 2013
Birmingham Mail say it is "increasingly likely" Curtis Davies will stay at St Andrew's unless Norwich up their offer to the required £4 million. I think we can forget him as far as Albion are concerned. Anyway, I'll dig out the tweet.
As alluded to by Andy there, Rory Delap has gone on loan from Stoke to Barnsley. I wonder if the towels go too as part of the package.
#bhafc will be facing Delap's long throws then when their trip to Barnsley is rearranged.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOWS OF THE PAST
Gus Poyet’s first transfer window in charge of the Seagulls was a quiet one. Marcos Painter (loan from Swansea) and Inigo Calderon (free agent) signed early in the month, as did Seb Carole (for a third time). Chris Holroyd, whose picture you can see, joined them from Cambridge United on January 29 for £60,000. Poyet also offloaded two players he had inherited - Graeme Smith to Hibs and Kevin McLeod to Wycombe.
Time for more nostalgia.
Andy Naylor reporting that Garry Monk of Swansea is another name to add to the list of those central defenders interesting Albion. But he is confident Upson is the top choice.
Probably counting my chickens but that was Matthew Upson scoring in the World Cup.
They weren't there.
Right, I'm popping over to Asda for a sandwich. If Shakira and Gerard are in there looking at the George baby range you'll be the first to know.
I see Twitter is now over capacity. Can someone log off please?!?!
Kevin Phillips to Palace? That one is from "sources" of Sky Sports who "understand" such a deal is possible. The Holloway link. Now there's a striker who knows how to score against the Seagulls.
Simon Church is staying at Reading. He can move as a free agent this summer.
Jerome Thomas heading to The Amex soon? It seems there is a good chance he will move from West Brom to Blackburn.
Would be very impressed if we could get Curtis Davies. Would be better than Upson/Tate IMO #bhafc— @mattking1992 31 January 2013
Did say there had been an approach for one player but it is unlikely to happen now. Barker hoping for no late departures— @stevehollis75 31 January 2013
Hot off the press from Richie Barker, via Steve Hollis: No more Crawley signings today and he does not expect anyone to leave.
It sounds like Steve Hollis is on the phone to Richie Barker. Let's see what he says when he finishes the call.
I keep going away to do other work and keep coming back to this blog. Hopefully some of the readers are suffering the same problem! Anyway, I must get on with my CMS feature.
JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOWS OF THE PAST
They were calling them the Super Six as Micky Adams bought in half a dozen new faces. Deadline day saw defender Jimmy McNulty arrive from Stockport for £150,000 and striker Craig Davies head south from Oldham from an undisclosed fee to join Calvin Andrew, Seb Carole, Jason Jarrett and Chris Birchall, all of whom had signed earlier in the month. Adams felt the six would help keep Albion in League One. But it took a raft of loan signings to head off relegation to the fourth tier (although Andrew also played his part). Jan 2009 was also the month Steven Thomson headed back north of the border to St Mirren.
(Yes, I know there were only five new signings in the picture. Jason Jarrett wasn't there for some reason).
Right, back to the good old days....
#bhafc interest in Davies confirmed by a source close to the player but Norwich remain hot favourites to sign him.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Birmingham want £4 million for Davies. Doesn't mean they will get that, of course. Norwich have offered half that plus Leon Barnett.
That tweet was our Reds man Steve Hollis referring to Akinde's departure.
Having his contract terminated won't have been a cheap option for @crawleytown. But Richie Barker will just be pleased to see back of him— @stevehollis75 31 January 2013
Meanwhile the man who once tormented Albion's defence, but could not deny them promotion, is on the move. Crawley have parted company with John Akinde. The big man scored in the first minute for Dagenham on the night Albion secured League One promotion at Withdean, which matches his goal tally in his season-and-a-half with the Reds.
Remember Birmingham, possibly more than any other Championship club, are under pressure to sell today.
Norwich have already had 2 bids rejected for Davies, the 2nd £1.2 million + add-ons. #bhafc are the other candidates.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
I understand Albion are interested in Birmingham centre-half Curtis Davies. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Hold the nostaligia. Think about the present - Curtis Davies
It's annoying me the BBC are saying Crawley are the busiest club during the transfer window with 8 deals. They've only signed 7 players— @stevehollis75 31 January 2013
Bit more meat on the Upson bone. My understand is #bhafc interest is strong. They want him on loan.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Upson trail is getting warmer
The thought of Rory Delap arrowing in long throws on the back of icy breeze at Oakwell is an uncomfortable one though. Delap is being linked with a move to Barnsley
Chris O'Grady is on his way on loan from Sheffield Wednesday to Barnsley. That is of no relevance to Albion's trip to Hillsborough other than it might free up funds for a new man to come into the Owls squad. O'Grady was in the shadows at Wednesday.
Well it seems to have gone a bit quiet now. Hopefully a sign of things being done. I still think business will drag on. We have upped our manpower on the evening shift in readiness. Our deadline permits us to get all deals in The Argus tomorrow, even if they go through spot on 11pm.
No place in Scotland squad for CMS, Greer or Bridcutt. Feel GP wld be quite pleased as El Abd away with Egypt next week.— @johnnycburger 31 January 2013
Elsewhere in the Championship, Wolves are interested in taking striker Simon Church from Reading (would cost about £500k) and Forest now appear favourites to land George Boyd.
Several mischief-making followers suggesting Dyer will be out injured by the time #bhafc travel to Boro! They have a point.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
As Andy Naylor tweeted earlier, the emphasis in Albion's hunt for a defender has shifted somewhat. They are now looking for a fill-in for Greer and Dunk as much as anything. While also being a longer-term project, Virgil Van Dijk would also have fitted that bill, international clearance permitting. But that was not why they were after him. Remember the Seagulls were keen on him even before Greer was injured against Arsenal.
So Kieron Dyer to Boro is done but Danny Graham is off to Sunderland.
Of course the fact Tate trained in West Glamorgan this morning with no apparent knowledge of a move to Brighton does not preclude him from standing in The Amex showing off the blue and white stripes to a photographer some time this evening. But it does underline it would be a last-minute signing.
Tate trained with Swansea this morning and was oblivious afterwards to any #bhafc interest.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOWS OF THE PAST
Dean Hammond’s departure to Colchester for £250,000 and Glenn Murray’s £300,000 arrival from Rochdale were the big stories. Murray was on board for the last game of January, a 1-0 defeat at Northampton, as was Steven Thomson (signed from Falkirk). Jonny Dixon got in just before deadline in a £55,000 deal from Aldershot and Shane McFaull also signed from UC Dublin but Alex Revell headed to Southend for £150,000 and Nathan Elder joined Brentford. Revell’s departure was confirmed during that Tuesday night defeat at the Sixfields Stadium where, bizarrely, Elder got his first start of the season and Murray was on the bench.
Remember this? Albion signed a fresh-faced young striker five years ago.
Craig Mackail-Smith - who tends to speculatively linked with a few clubs - is looking forward to following the transfer news this afternoon and evening. He said today: "It’s exciting for us as players because we watch it and see which players go where and talk about all the moves. It’s just the way it is and the boys get on with the football and watch it just for fun."
Steve Hollis lists Crawley's January INS (seven of them) and OUTS (six of them) in The Argus today. He has also spoken to Matt Sparrow about what will hopefully be his long-awaited full debut this weekend. As I mentioned earlier, it looks like Reds are done dealing this month unless an offer comes in. Billy Clarke is one of the more likely to attract interest, I am informed.
We are expecting Leroy Lita to be given his first start up front for the Owls on Saturday, by the way, after hitting the winner at Charlton on Saturday coming off the bench. Lita is on loan from Swansea.
Morison/Becchio is now a done deal while it seems Swindon are trying to take striker Gary Madine off Wednesday's hands before Albion go up there.
The poll regarding your preference to play at centre-back includes the name of Lewis Dunk after Charlie Oatway said today he COULD be an option at Hillsborough in the absence of Gordon Greer. Of course, if you want to comment on that, please no reference to details of the current court case. If you opt for another current player or another potential new signing, then feel free to let us know who via the comments section.
I have Liam Bridcutt locked in a cellar. Can anyone do the guard duties this evening? #seagulls #bhafc— @BrightonAreBack 31 January 2013
I agree with that last comment by Seagull83, who was referring to the managerial position at Chelsea. Yes, I know it is off topic but the subject arose earlier when I told how Sky Sports were at this morning's Albion press conference specifically to ask Gus Poyet about the Chelsea job.
11:54am Thu 31 Jan 13
I'd be gobsmacked if Gus was even on a shortlist, just not going to happen at all.
Virgil Van Dijk was told by Groningen that they could not do without him in their defence for the rest of the season. He told Dutch reporters: "Of course that's a compliment for me. It proves that I'm important. I fully understand FC Groningen and they understand me."
Last bit suggests he might still be allowed to go and follow his dream in England at some point.
Tate, 30, just had two months on loan to Leeds. Along with Upson #bhafc are in the backstop position of an emergency solution.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Alan Tate of Swansea seems to be the latest defender being linked with Albion. Remember Andy Naylor is at The Amex getting the definitive line on all these names you will see flying around.
Elsewhere, it is being reported that the Becchio/Morrison switch is on after both players passed medicals at Norwich and Leeds respectively.So Becchio leaves Elland Road, where he scored against Albion about this time last year.
Not so long ago #bhafc were fearing losing Will Buckley. According to Oatway there is a chance the hamstrung winger could play on Saturday.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
I'm going to attempt to do some work for the paper tomorrow but will first offer you another of Albion's JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOWS OF THE PAST
It was a case of the ones that got away – or rather the ones Albion could not afford – as they tried to sign a striker six years ago. Dick Knight offered £100,000 for Nicky Forster of Hull, £150,000 for Leon Constantine of Port Vale and £165,000 for Darren Byfield of Millwall but was rebuffed by either the other club or, in the case of Constantine, the player himself. However, the Seagulls brought in Nathan Elder for £10,000 from Billericay plus midfielders Alexis Bertin (Le Havre) and Nick Ward (on loan from QPR) while goalkeeper Wayne Henderson joined Preston, who were pushing for promotion from the Championship, for £150,000.
Albion's need for a centre half is desperate enough to think one coming in is more likely than unlikely, even if it's a loan. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Now in the office and checking in with Steve Hollis, our Crawley man. He's not expecting drama with the Reds today although of course there remains the chance one or more of their players could attract a late bid. Meanwhile Andy Naylor remains on the scene at The Amex.
Right, I'm leaving The Amex and heading off back to the office. Will let you know if I see Gus leaning out of his car window talking to reporters (or indeed Gerard Pique) in the stadium car park!
Charlie on Upson: "We've got a list of names and his name has come up." #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Not all talk was of transfers. Or indeed the Sheffield Wednesday game. The Sky Sports reporter took two-and-a-half hours to get here through heavy traffic on a mission to ask Gus if he was going to Chelsea. But Gus wasn't here.
The name was Matthew Upson and Oatway said he was one of several players who had been looked at.
As well as the Upson link Charlie has not ruled out Lewis Dunk being part of the squad on Saturday. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
Andy Naylor threw one name at Oatway. No doubt he will be tweeting and/or reporting ASAP.
Oatway feels Albion can cope in defence at Hillsborough with what they have now but, listening to him, I think I'd be surprised if no one came in today.
Van Dijk: "Looks like #BHAFC deal is off. It was an opportunity, but I'm not the type of person to kick up a fuss over it."— @StefanCoerts 31 January 2013
Starting to look like could be a long day. Hunt goes on for a "high calibre" defender.
Oatway: "There were a couple of calls being made so I got the short straw to come and see you lot."
Change of plan. Charlie Oatway is taking questions as Gus is elsewhere "doing some business".
Just to clarify, we always have a press conference here on a Thursday morning. The level of turnout from the media varies. Today's is busier than normal but not as well-attended as those before the FA Cup ties against Newcastle and Arsenal
Right then - JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOWS OF THE PAST
Albion boss Mark McGhee was beaten by his old mate Gordon Strachan in a bid to sign Dion Dublin as the first January window came to an end. The Leicester striker went to Celtic, where Strachan was in charge. McGhee, on tight budget, also missed out on Neil Shipperley (Sheffield United), Danny Dichio (Preston), Lee Barnard (Spurs) and Tom Brighton (Clyde) as he strived to add firepower to a side heading for relegation from the Championship. Cruelly, the month ended with a reminder of why McGhee wanted a frontman as Albion drew 0-0 at home to Burnley on January 31. Wayne Henderson rejoined the Seagulls late in the month on a permanent deal. He had been on loan from Aston villa for the first three months of the campaign. The month also saw Leon Knight leave for Swansea for £125,000 plus a sell-on clause.
Further to that tweet from Andy, I was told by the Sheffield Star man that Marlon King is also one of the strikers interesting Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls want another frontman on board by the time Albion visit on Saturday.
Wolves have been quiet but former Seagull Dean Saunders is reportedly weighing up a move for Marlon King. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
One feature I will be running during the day, compiled with the help of Tim Carder, is a look back at what has happened at this time of the year in previous seasons.
I was going to call it GREAT JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOWS OF THE PAST.
But looking through the files, I've had a rethink and will now be calling it....
JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOWS OF THE PAST
Traditionally, of course, this was the time Albion fans felt like losing contestants on a TV quiz show being told: "Look what you could have won!" As we await Gus, let's have a look back to the first of these windows, 2006.
Anyway, we are awaiting Gus Poyet. No doubt there will be a few questions about what is expected today.
Peterborough and Crystal Palace were reported to have agreed a fee to take George Boyd to Selhurst Park (though other clubs have also agreed terms with Posh apparently) while Luciano Becchio looked to be heading into the Premer League at Norwich with Steve Morison going the other way.
This one won't directly affect Albion, given they have already played Birmingham City twice this season, but Stoke were last night stepping up interest in Blues keeper Jack Butland.
RT @NorthStandChat: Danny Graham to Middlesbrough for c£5m illustrates what #BHAFC are up against in the Championship promotion race.— @JarheadSteve 31 January 2013
Hull, the next visitors to The Amex, are after DJ Campbell. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
I was on office duty last night and, while working, kept an eye on Premier League scores and Championship-related transfer news. Let's have a quick reminder of the latter as we go into the final day of business.
It seems Stephen Henderson, who had such a jittery New Year's Day in goal for Ipswich against Albion, could be on his way to Blackburn, who come to The Amex soon. Henderson was on loan from West Ham when the Seagulls put three past him at Portman Road.
Albion could be up against an FA Cup hero when they host Blackpool in April. The Tangerines have signed Manchester City defender Reece Wabara on loan until the end of the season.
Wabara recently enjoyed a successful spell with League One side Oldham and scored in their 3-2 FA Cup win against Liverpool on Sunday.
Of course we wait to see whether Tom Ince will still be with Blackpool at that time. But that looks like being the case.
Spoke to van Dijk's agent again this morning. He was philosophical about a move to #bhafc breaking down over price.— @AndyNaylorArgus 31 January 2013
I should at this point stress that the fact we are launching this blog does not mean we necessarily expect a hectic day for the Seagulls - certainly not to match what happened on the evening of August 31. But what we can promise is a handy resource for you to check for news from here, rival clubs and Sussex football as a whole.
Of course we will also have a clsoe eye on what Crawley might be up to although they seem to have been busy already this momth.
I was planning to get on to you a few minutes ago but Craig Mackail-Smith came in for his press conference bang on time at 9am. That presumably knocks any rumours about him going on the head. So what else has been happening in the Championship?
Welcome to The Amex and what be a long day of transfer activity, speculation - and tweets. I'll be keeping an eye on what is going on here with Albion and anything else around the Championship with potential impact on the Seagulls. I'm Brian Owen - my colleague Howard Griggs will see you through the last few hours this evening.