Transfers: Leeds conduct the best bit of window shopping

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SO which of the League One promotion chasers did the best transfer business during the January transfer window?

SO which of the League One promotion chasers did the best transfer business during the January transfer window?Alan Swann casts his expert eye on the standard of the signings.


Ins: Wayne Brown (Hull), Tom Cleverley (Man Utd).

Outs: Nicky Adams (Rochdale), Lee Cox (Yeovil), Eric Odiambho (Inverness Caledonian Thistle).

Verdict: Six of the Leicester starting line-up this weekend could be loan players and the latest arrivals, both central defenders, hardly weaken the squad. They could probably play six-a-side for the rest of the season and still go up.

Business rating: 8/10.


Ins: Luke Chadwick (Norwich), Jason Puncheon (Plymouth), Carl Magnay (Chelsea).

Outs: Kevin Gallen (Chelsea).

Verdict: Defender Magnay was the winner of a football reality show in 2006 when the prize was a contract at Chelsea. The 2005 winner now plays for St Albans FC so the award doesn't mean a lot. Chadwick is sharp enough for League One, Puncheon is over-rated.

Business rating: 6/10.


Ins: Henri Lansbury (Arsenal).

Outs: Josh Lewis (Notts County).

Verdict: Lansbury, a goal-scoring midfielder, is a graduate from the Arsenal Academy so must be technically gifted. Has a reputation for a party lifestyle which will be cured by a month or two in Scunthorpe.

Business rating: 6/10.


Ins: Gaby Zakuani (Fulham), Ben Wright (Hampton & Richmond), James Chester (Man Utd).

Outs: Chris Westwood (Cheltenham), Mark Tyler (Bury), Scott Rendell (Cambridge), Liam Hatch (Darlington).

Verdict: Lost a legend, but gained a potential legend in Zakuani. The other two could be anything, but Man Utd suggests excellence and the club's non-league recruitment policy has proved successful in the past.

Business rating: 7/10.


Ins: Richard Duffy (Portsmouth).

Outs: Adrian Forbes (Grimsby)

Verdict: The Lions are either confident or skint. One of the team's likely to drop out of the play-off zone and the lack of transfer activity has confirmed it.

Business rating: 4/10.


Ins: Dean Windass (Hull), Scott Golbourne (Reading), Daniel Jones (Wolves)

Outs: Craig Davies (Brighton), John Thompson (Notts County), Chris O'Grady (Stockport).

Verdict: Windass is a high profile capture, but his age makes it a poor piece of judgement. Will struggle to maintain play-off place.

Business rating: 5/10.


Ins: Lee Trundle (Bristol City), Richard Naylor (Ipswich), Carl Dickinson (Stoke), Mike Grella (unattached).

Outs: Tom Elliott (Macclesfield), Tresor Kandol (Charlton).

Verdict: The best deals conducted in League One. Experience, quality and strength in depth should see them make the top six at worst.

Business rating: 9/10.


Ins: Chris O'Grady (Oldham).

Outs: Anthony Pilkington (Huddersfield), Jason Taylor (Rotherham), Gareth Owen (Port Vale), Jim McNulty (Brighton).

Verdict: The worst deals conducted in League One and we should all feel sorry for manager Jim Gannon who can't be happy with the sale of some good players. And O'Grady is a donkey.

Business rating: 1/10.TRANMERE

Ins: Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

Outs: Adnan Ahmed (Port Vale).

Verdict: Shotton is a good athlete, but Rovers really need to find players to give them a spark away from home. A team capable of losing to Crewe can't be expected to reach the play-offs.

Business rating: 5/10.


Ins: Lionel Ainsworth (Watford), Anthony Pilkington (Stockport), Dominic Werling (unattached), Lee Novak (Gateshead), Jonathan Tehoue (unattached)

Outs: Shane Killock (Oxford), Davy Broadbent (Rushden & Diamonds).

Verdict: On paper there are some good signings there, but they looked a very ordinary side at the weekend. Could be team to watch next season.

Business rating: 7/10.


Ins: Marc Tierney (Shrewsbury), Lewis Gobern (Wolves), Simon Hackney (Carlisle)

Outs: Matt Lockwood (Barnet), Dean Gerken (Darlington), Sunday Akanni-Waisu (Luton).

Verdict: On such a good run they hardly needed recruitments. Managed to off-load some rubbish as well as one of the best names in the division.

Business rating: 6/10.