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ALBION TRANSFER WINDOW ROUND-UP

1 February 2016

A round-up of Brighton & Hove Albion's January transfer window activity.

Ins: Towell, Ridgewell (loan), Knockaert, Sidwell (half-season loan), Bjordal, Ayunga, Skalak

Outs: Forster-Caskey (half-season loan), Monakana, Chicksen (loan), Ince (half-season loan), Harris, Manu (half-season loan)


Amongst other things, #BHAFC recruitment and executive team close to completing two U21 deals, with one departing and another arriving.

— BHAFC (@OfficialBHAFC) February 1, 2016

As we head into the final few hours of the window, it's already been a busy January transfer window so far at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Work is still ongoing at the club with possible ins and outs at both first-team and under-21 level, but here is a recap on the work that's already been done!
 


Two of Albion's deals were agreed before the transfer window opened, as the signings of Richie Towell and Liam Ridgewell were announced in the tail end of 2015.
 
Albion secured the services of attacking midfielder Towell from Irish club Dundalk back in November, and subsequently completed the deal when the transfer window re-opened on 2nd January.


 
The addition of Ridgewell was confirmed on 30th December, in a short-term loan deal. The former Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City defender made his Albion debut in the Emirates FA Cup third round defeat to Hull City, along with Towell.



Manager Chris Hughton bolstered his midfield ranks next with the addition of French winger Anthony Knockaert from Belgian side Standard Liege.
 
The 24-year-old joined for an undisclosed fee and signed a three-and-a-half year deal at the club on his return to England, following a successful spell at Leicester City, where he was part of the Foxes side that won promotion to the Premier League.

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As one midfielder came in, another departed following Jake Forster Caskey’s return to MK Dons. Forster-Caskey made five appearances for the Dons in a previous loan spell this season and linked up with Karl Robinson’s squad once again until the tail end of the current campaign.
 
Jeffrey Monakana left the Seagulls on a permanent basis midway through January for a fresh challenge with Romanian side FC Voluntari.
 

 
Following in the footsteps of Bobby Zamora, another familiar face arrived back at the club when Steve Sidwell agreed a temporary switch from Stoke City on loan until the end of the season.
 
The 33-year-old was a big hit at the club in a previous two-month stint between November 2002 and January 2003, scoring five goals in 12 appearances.
 
Albion turned their attention to the future once again for their next move, as Norweigan winger Henrik Rorvik Bjordal signed a deal until June 2018.

So far the only confirmed piece of business today remains Rohan Ince's loan move to Fulham. #BHAFC#DeadlineDayhttps://t.co/toVnyF8Dl1

— BHAFC (@OfficialBHAFC) February 1, 2016
 
As the final few days of the window approached, a number of first-team players on the periphery of Hughton’s squad were given a chance to gain some valuable game time elsewhere.

Adam Chicksen went back to the Priestfield Stadium for a second spell with Gillingham
and agreed a one-month loan deal with the club.
 
Earlier today, Rohan Ince made a temporary move to Fulham until the end of the season, while youngster Charlie Harris headed to Barnsley in a permanent move.

While 18-year-old striker Jonah Ayunga signed from Dorchester Town, linking up with Albion's under-21 squad. 

Albion's final piece of business was to sign Czech international Jiri Skalak until June 2019.

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