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Drop zone signings: Which clubs have got it right?

Given how quiet it is on the winter football front right now it occurred that a look at the signings made by the relegation threatened clubs in January might be an interesting topic to address.

Brighton, Bournemouth, ourselves, Villa, Watford and Norwich appear to be the six who will fight it out although as is always the case others can fall into it unexpectedly with Palace a possible contender for that unhappy scenario.

Aaron Mooy – to Brighton for £5 million

Most of the business was done on the last day and although prices paid are included where known that in itself may or may not be an issue but rather the quality of those who have been signed to make a difference.

So starting with Norwich here are the players the worried clubs hope will help save them.

It will be good to hear from anyone who has knowledge of the less well known player on the list.


Ondrej Duda (Hertha Berlin, loan)

Lukas Rupp (Hoffenheim, undisclosed)

Sam McCallum (Coventry, undisclosed)

Melvin Sitti (Sochaux-Montbeliard, undisclosed)

Danny Drinkwater – joined Villa on loan from Chelsea



Joao Pedro (Fluminense, undisclosed)

Ignacio Pussetto (Udinese, £7m)

Myles Roberts (Reading, undisclosed)

Teddy Perkins (Unattache)

West Ham

Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough, undisclosed)

Tomas Soucek (Slavia Prague, loan)

Jarred Bowen (Hull, £22m)




Anders Dreyer (Midtjylland, undisclosed)

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield, £5m)

Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea, undisclosed)

Tomas Soucek

Aston Villa

Louie Barry (Barcelona, £1m)

Mbwana Samatta (Genk, £10m)

Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea, loan)

Pepe Reina (AC Milan, loan)

Borja Baston (Swansea, free)


Scott Banks (Dundee United, undisclosed)

Cenk Tosun (Everton, loan)

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2 comments on “Drop zone signings: Which clubs have got it right?

  1. “Brighton, Bournemouth, ourselves, Villa, Watford and Norwich appear to be the five”……. I think you’ll find that’s six.

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