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WINTER 201023Across London, Fulham were not so fortunate as a deadline day bid for Crystal Palace 'Player of the Season' Julian Speroni, a summer target of Glasgow Celtic, failed to materialise.Tottenham Hotspur were successful with a work permit application for Croatian International keeper Stipe Pletikosa who had nearly joined the same club in the January window and had almost joined Fulham a year earlier. Pletikosa's arrival allowed Spurs to loan youngsters David Button to Plymouth Argyle and Oscar Jansson to Northampton Town.As the window closed another World Cup keeper found his way into the Premier League, as Ghana's Richard Kingson returned to England by hooking up with Ian Holloway's newly promoted Blackpool following a calf injury to former Manchester United keeper Paul Rachubka. Another former United keeper Tom Heaton was snapped up on a permanent basis by Blackpool's defeated Play-Off finalists, Cardiff City - one of the many clubs Heaton had enjoyed successful loan spells with previously (see feature on page 26).The 'marquee' signing in the Championship was the unexpected arrival of England's David James at Bristol City, following his exploits in South Africa. James opted for a longer term option at Ashton Gate ahead of short term proposals from other Premier League clubs and Glasgow Celtic. In cash terms however, the most significant outlay was the circa £2million spent by relegated Burnley to reunite Lee Grant with Brian Laws, his former manager at Sheffield Wednesday. This transfer also facilitated the move in the opposite direction of Nicky Weaver, who joined Wednesday, the team he supported as a boy. In another shock move from Sheffield, United stalwart Paddy Kenny left the Blades to be reunited with Neil Warnock in a £750,000 switch to Queens Park Rangers, who had earlier in the summer been courting Palace's Julian Speroni. Richard Wright, who had been training with Crystal Palace, joined the Blades in September as one of Gary Speed's first signings as manager, to fill the void created by Ian Bennett's short hop across Yorkshire to Huddersfield Town.Having failed to agree terms with Darryl Flahavan, who signed for Portsmouth on a short term basis as competition for Jamie Ashdown, Crystal Palace opted to recruit ex Ipswich and Derby stopper Lewis Price and former Fulham and England Under-19 keeper Wesley Foderingham, both on 2 year contracts. The latter was immediately snapped up by Bromley FC on a season's loan.With uncertainty over the future of David Lonergan, a summer target of West Bromwich Albion, Preston brought in Greek stopper Andreas Arestidou on a 1 year deal following a trial period.Newly promoted Leeds United snapped up League 2 Keeper of the season Kasper Schmeichel from Notts County, who despite their promotion to League 1, could not afford to hold on to their star performer. Schmeichel's arrival saw the departure of Casper Ankergen to Brighton, and Alan Martin to Barrow on loan, whilst Notts County also released veteran stopper Russell Hoult. The magpies filled the 'keeping vacuum with former Aberdeen goalkeeper Stuart Nelson and Lincoln's former Spurs 'keeper Rob Burch. Injuries to Schmeichel early in the season saw the Yorkshire outfit turn to Blackburn Rovers' Welsh international Jason Brown on an initial month's loan, which has subsequently been extended, and by recruiting former Fulham and Hull City keeper Tony Warner on a 3 month contract. Warner had been training with Liverpool having rejected longer term offers from Championship and SPL clubs during the summer window.Kenny Jackett reinforced his goalkeeping options by recruiting Steve Mildenhall from Southend United, whilst Richard Lee opted to reject a contract and leave Watford after 17 years' service for regular football at Brentford, and he was replaced at Vicarage Road by Walsall's Rene Gilmartin. Lee's arrival at Griffin Park saw the departure of Nikki Bull to Wycombe. Bristol Rovers remarkably released 4 (f-o-u-r !) goalkeepers, with Steve Phillips joining Crewe, Rhys Evans ending up at Southend United , 21 year old Mike Green signed a season long loan with at Blue Square North outfit Rene Gilmartin - Photo courtesy of Alan Cozzi / Watford FCJulian Speroni - Photo courtesy of Crystal Palace FC

24WINTER 2010Gloucester City, whilst Rob Holmes remains unattached. In their place manager Paul Trollope brought in Mikkel Andersen on loan from Reading and Luke Daniels from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. Unfortunately for Daniels he sustained a back injury in the warm-up prior to the pre-season friendly against his parent club and had to return to the Hawthorns for treatment!With Glenn Morris departing for Southend United, Orient manager Russell Slade opted for another youngster in the shape of Tottenham's Lee Butcher to provide back-up for first choice Jamie Jones. Charlton, Colchester, Brighton and MK Dons also all opted to go down the route of youth by signing Ross Warner, 20; Carl Pentney, 20; Michael Poke,24 and David Martin also 24, from Woking, Leicester City, Southampton and Liverpool (loan deal) respectively. It was a similar story in League 2, Chesterfield brought in 21 year old Shane Redmond from Nottingham Forest and in a similar move from Championship club to League 2, Alex Cisak, 21, joined Accrington Stanley from Leicester City. Bradford City snapped up 19 year old Lloyd Saxton from Plymouth to compete with 22 year old first choice Jon Mclaughlin, 21 year old Simon Eastwood made the switch from Huddersfield to newly promoted Oxford United, whilst 18 year old Daniel Lloyd-Williams joined Cheltenham Town from Port Vale. At 23 Adam Legzdinis was a relative veteran, moving from Crewe to Burton Albion.In one of the more remarkable deals concerning lower league players, former Chester City and Hereford United goalkeeper Wayne Brown departed Bury for..... Super Sport United in South Africa, signing a one year contract with an option for a further 2 years.SPLCeltic's controversial Polish international Artur Boruc ended months of transfer speculation by finally leaving Parkhead in a £1.5 million switch to Serie A outfit Fiorentina, where he would face a fierce battle for the number 1 shirt with highly rated Frenchman Sebastien Frey. The Celts then faced a prolonged and frustrating search for a replacement, failing to lure David James, Coventry City's EIRE international Keiren Westwood and Crystal Palace's Julian Speroni, well-known to the SPL following a successful spell with Dundee. Eventually, Fraser Forster joined from Newcastle on a season-long loan.Old firm rivals Rangers tied down Neil Alexander to an extended 3 year contract, to continue a reliable and successful duel for the number 1 shirt with Allan McGregor, whom is also in talks with the Ibrox club over a 5 year contract.Aberdeen signed Mark Howard on a free transfer from St Mirren, who replaced the 23 year old with Craig Samson, signing for an undisclosed sum from Ayr United. Having lost the outstanding John Ruddy to Championship Norwich City , Motherwell swooped for Charlton's Darren Randolph on a free transfer, and also signed Lee Hollis from Airdrieonians. Airdrie turned to Hearts keeper Mark Ridgers who left the Edinburgh outfit on loan. Having recruited Mark Brown from Celtic in the January transfer window, Hibernian sanctioned the release of Yves Ma-Kalambay.St Johnstone paved the way for the signing of former Cardiff City FA Cup Final goalkeeper Peter Enckelman by allowing Euan Mclean to move to Forfar Athletic, and in a switch from one 'thistle' to another, Jonathan Tuffey left Partick to join SPL newcomers Inverness.Kilmarnock brought in Kyle Letheren, formerly of Plymouth Argyle, to provide back up for Cameron Bell whilst Alan Combe recovers from injury. Dundee Utd recruited Filip Mentel from Manchester City to fight it out for the goalkeeping jersey with fellow Slovakian Dusan Pernis.Wayne Brown - Photo courtesy of Bury FC