By Ryan Kelly
The world transfer record was broken as Spanish giants Real Madrid finally got their man, Gareth Bale, but it was a relatively quiet 'Deadline Day' from an Irish perspective. Few Irish players were on the transfer merry-go-round and in the end there was disappointment for some. Here, Goal takes a look back at the Irish on the move this Transfer Deadline Day.
Everton lost talismanic Belgium international Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United but managed to sign an able replacement in James McCarthy. The 22-year-old joins from Wigan Athletic for a reported fee of €15 million (£13m). The deal looked to have broken down at the eleventh hour when Latics chairman Dave Whelan frustraingly told the media that Everton's initial offer was not good enough, but negotiations soon resumed and McCarthy now brings the Irish contingent at Goodison Park to four.
Stephen Ireland joined Stoke City on a season-long loan from Aston Villa, where he will link up with former boss Mark Hughes once again. Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes is hoping that the 27-year-old can deliver the kind of performances that saw him named Manchester City's Player of the Year in 2009. "Arguably the most successful period of Stephen's career to date was when he played for Mark at Manchester City," Scholes told the media. "And we hope that he can rediscover that form."
West Bromich Albion striker Shane Long was somewhat surprisingly linked with a move away from The Hawthorns, as Hull City looked to swoop with a €6 million (£5m) bid, but a move did not materialise as the Baggies pulled out of the deal minutes before the deadline. Meanwhile, Wolves striker Kevin Doyle also failed to secure a transfer, despite reported interest from Scottish Premiership side Celtic and Leicester City. Stephen Hunt remains without a club, but, as a free agent, the Republic of Ireland international is not constrained by the cut-off-point of the Transfer Window. Ireland under-21 captain Shane Duffy will have to wait until September 8 in order to find a suitable loan deal. The window re-opens from September 8 to the end of November to allow English Championship and Football League clubs to complete loan deals.
Former Derry City winger Stephen McLaughlin landed a short-term loan move to League One side Bristol City from Nottingham Forest, where he will work under the guidance of Sean O'Driscoll once again. Speaking to the club's official website, O'Driscoll said that he was 'grateful' to have secured the player's services. He said: "He's someone we think will add versatility and depth to the squad and that we can help to continue develop during his stay with us. We’re very grateful to Forest for allowing us to take Stephen on loan."
Another former League of Ireland star was on the move on Monday as Graham Cummins agreed to join Rochdale on loan from Preston North End. Cummins, 25, is a former Cork City striker and revealed his excitement at finalising a loan move to the League Two side. "I'm grateful that I could get out on loan and I'm looking forward to getting started," he told the club's official wesbite. "I'm itching to go and I'm really looking forward to Saturday's game against Bury because that is a massive game."