Aston Villa’ s deadline day came and went without any more incomings and in the main, it was an end to a transfer window that the club haven’t had in recent years.
Frederic Guilbert, Dominic Revan, and Mungo Bridge all left the club on respective loan deals but while Villa fans were hoping for that 11th hour multi-million pound transfer bombshell, perhaps it’s a good sign that sporting director Johan Lange wasn’t scurrying around on the final day of the summer transfer window for any more additions for Dean Smith squad.
Villa brought in five first-team players over the summer in signing Danny Ings, Emiliano Buendia, and Leon Bailey for a combined £95m, while Ashley Young re-joined the club on a free transfer and Axel Tuanzebe on loan – his third spell at Villa Park since 2017.
Villa have made nine deadline day signings in the last 10 transfer windows, but the final day of the January 2017 window was the busiest of them all.
Neil Taylor was brought in from Swansea on January 31, 2017 as well as defender Jacob Bedau. Ahead of the club’s Championship game that same evening against Brentford at Griffin Park, Villa were also in talks with the Bees’ top striker, Scott Hogan.
Brentford’s co-director of football Phil Giles revealed to football.london how bizarre the transfer of Hogan was.
“He was on fire for us and scoring loads of goals. We had an offer from West Ham early on in the window but it wasn’t quite at our valuation, so we sat and sat and waited,” Giles said.
“But nothing happened and I was sitting there at my desk the day before deadline day with nothing to do. It was so quiet, I was sitting staring at my phone waiting for it to ring about Scott Hogan.
“Suddenly Steve Bruce’s name pops up and I think ‘Hello, what’s this?’ His first words were: ‘Scott Hogan, what’s happening?’
“We had a situation where we were negotiating a price, a deal in a few hours and we told Scott to travel to Birmingham for the medical first thing in the morning to get the deal done. With Scott, we were playing Villa on deadline day night on Sky.
“The deal enabled us to go and get another player, we signed Sergi Canos – our record deal, two records on one night!
“We had to arrange to get Sergi in from Norwich so it had been dead quiet and then it all kicked off. We beat Villa on the night 3-0 and I signed the paperwork at half-time so he was our player in the first half and technically, he was their player in the second half.
“That was one where suddenly out of nothing, it all changed.”