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The January transfer window opens on the 1 January 2020! Albion's men's and women's teams will have the chance to strengthen their playing squads once again.

You will be able to view all the comings and goings right here!

Summary:

  • Albion sign Norway international goalkeeper Cecilie Fiskerstrand.
  • Anders Dreyer has joined FC Midtjylland for an undisclosed fee.
  • Max Sanders extends stay with AFC Wimbledon until the end of the season.
  • Beram Kayal's loan move at Charlton Athletic has been terminated.
  • James Tilley has joined Grimsby Town.
  • Tudor Baluta moves to ADO Den Haag on loan for the rest of the season.
  • Dan Burn signs a new contract with the club.
  • Sophie Harris joins Lewes on loan. 
  • Rianna Jarrett signs a six-month deal after leaving Wexford Youths. 
  • Maxime Bennink has joined Albion on loan from Reading.
  • Aaron Mooy has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club.
  • Tom McGill has joined Crawley Town on loan for the rest of the season.
  • Gaetan Bong has completed a move to Nottingham Forest.
  • Jurgen Locadia has been recalled from his loan spell at FC Hoffenheim.
  • Kacper Lopata has joined Zaglebie Sosnowiec on loan until June. 
  • Albion under-23 forward Bojan Radulovic has joined Deportivo Alaves B on a six-month loan deal. 
  • Tariq Lamptey joins Albion from Chelsea on a deal until 2023. 
  • Jan Mlakar has been recalled from his loan spell at QPR. 
  • Alexis Mac Allister has rejoined Albion from Boca Juniors.
  • Leon Balogun and Jan Mlakar have both joined Wigan Athletic on loan.

 

WINDOW CLOSED

 That’s it for another window folks, the double loan deal of Leon Balogun and Jan Mlakar concludes our business.

A frenetic last few hours of business saw the arrival of Tariq Lamptey, the return of Alex Mac Allister, and the loan departures of Balogun and three of Albion’s youngsters.

The January window also saw Albion complete the permanent signing of Aaron Mooy; while Beram Kayal and Jurgen Locadia return from loan spells.

Dan Burn signed a new deal, while Gaetan Bong, Anders Dreyer and James Tilley left for pastures new. Hope Powell made three new additions to her squad.

A full round-up can be found below, but that’s the madness over until the summer.

By Paul Hazlewood
Jan Mlakar has joined Wigan.

YOUNG STRIKER HEADS TO WIGAN

Albion striker Jan Mlakar is following Leon Balogun to Wigan Athletic after agreeing to join the Championship club for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old had been recalled from his loan spell with Queens Park Rangers on Friday before completing his move to the DW Stadium.
 
Mlakar arrived at Albion last January on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
 
He returned to Slovenia on loan in the same window, and scored 15 goals in 36 games to help NK Maribor secure the league title.
 
He joined QPR in the summer and made eight appearances in all competitions for Mark Warburton’s side. He has also represented Slovenia at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.
 
Technical director Dan Ashworth said: "This is a great opportunity for Jan to go and get some experience at a really competitive level in the Championship. We wish Jan well and we will be monitoring his progress at Wigan during the remainder of the season."

By Paul Hazlewood
Leon Balogun has joined Wigan Athletic on loan.

DEFENDER JOINS WIGAN

Central defender Leon Balogun has joined Championship side Wigan Athletic on loan until the end of the season.

The experienced Nigerian international joined Albion in the summer of 2018 on a free transfer after leaving German side FSV Mainz, before heading off to represent his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia later that month.

The 31-year-old then made eight appearances for the Seagulls last term, most notably scoring with his first touch after coming on as a first half substitute in the memorable 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium in December 2018.

Albion head coach Graham Potter said, “I’d like to thank Leon for his professionalism and dedication during my time here at the club.

“It’s no secret he hasn’t played as much as he would have liked, but the attitude and application he showed every day has been first class, and I know that everyone here at the football club will wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”

Both of the defender’s appearances this season came in cup competitions – the Carabao Cup victory over Bristol Rovers in August and the game with Sheffield Wednesday in the Emirates FA Cup earlier this month.

 

By Paul Hazlewood
Alexis Mac Allister.

MAC ALLISTER BACK WITH ALBION

Albion have recalled midfielder Alexis Mac Allister from his loan spell with Argentinian club Boca Juniors.

He is currently with Argentina’s under-23s in Colombia, where he is taking part in the Olympic Games qualifying tournament and has scored two goals.  

Mac Allister will link up with Albion after the competition finishes on 9th February and is expected to be available after the one-week break.  

Albion head coach Graham Potter said, “We’re delighted to have Alexis with us for the rest of this season, having now been granted his work permit. He will give us another attacking option from midfield. He is creative and capable of scoring goals.  

“Alexis is a really exciting talent, who will bring an added dimension to our squad, and I have no doubt our supporters will be looking forward to seeing him play for the club.

“I have watched his progress with great interest in the past year, playing top-level football in South America and making his senior international debut for Argentina. I am now looking forward to working with him day to day.”  

 

By Paul Hazlewood
Jan Mlakar has been recalled from his loan spell at QPR.

STRIKER BACK WITH ALBION 

Jan Mlakar has been recalled from his loan spell with Championship side Queens Park Rangers. 

The forward arrived at Albion last January on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He returned to Slovenia on loan in the same window, and he scored 15 goals in 36 games to help NK Maribor secure the league title. 

He joined Rangers in the summer, and has made eight appearances in all competitions for Mark Warburton’s side so far this season and has also represented Slovenia at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 level. 

 
By Paul Hazlewood
Tariq Lamptey is all smiles on the south coast on Friday.

ALBION SECURE LAMPTEY SIGNING 

Albion are delighted to announce the signing of defender Tariq Lamptey from Chelsea on undisclosed terms until June 2023.

The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the best young defenders in the country, having made his first-team debut for Chelsea against Arsenal in the Premier League earlier this season.

Head coach Graham Potter said, “We are really pleased to have secured the signing of a really exciting young talent in Tariq.  

“I am now looking forward to working with Tariq on the training pitch to help him develop further, and I’m sure our supporters are looking forward to seeing him in an Albion shirt. 

“With his pace and technical ability, Tariq provides us with another option on the right side of the pitch both at right-back, where we already have good competition, and also further up the pitch.” 

 

By Paul Hazlewood
Bojan Radulovic

UNDER-23 FORWARD HEADS TO ALAVES

Albion under-23 forward Bojan Radulovic has joined Deportivo Alaves B on a six-month loan deal.

The 20-year-old heads to Spain on a contract that runs until 30th June, and will now link up with the Basque club for the rest of the season.

Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said, “This move represents a fantastic opportunity for Bojan to play regularly at a competitive level.

“He has progressed well during his time here so far, and we will monitor his progress very closely.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to wish him all the very best for the remainder of the season.” 

By Paul Hazlewood
Kacper Lopata has moved to Poland on loan.

DEFENDER HEADS TO POLAND ON LOAN

Youth team defender Kacper Lopata has today left Albion to join Polish second tier club Zaglebie Sosnowiec on loan until June.  

The 18-year-old, who was born in Poland before moving to Bristol when he was nine years old, joined Albion in November 2018 from Bristol City.  

He made 11 appearances for the under-18s in his first season with the club, appearing twice in the run to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup. He has also represented Poland at under-18 level.

After spending pre-season with the under-23s, Kacper joined Isthmian League Whitehawk in August and scored on his debut. He made 19 appearances for the Hawks. 

Academy Manager John Morling said, “This is the next stage in Kacper’s development and a good opportunity for him.  

“He is going to Poland to play regular first-team football at a good level. We will be monitoring his progress and wish him all the best.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Jurgen Locadia has been recalled from his loan spell at Hoffenheim.

STRIKER RECALLED FROM GERMANY

Albion forward Jurgen Locadia has been recalled from his loan spell with Bundesliga side FC Hoffenheim. 

The Dutchman scored four times in 12 appearances in all competitions for the German top-flight side during his time at the club and the 26-year-old is now heading back to the south coast.

By Paul Hazlewood
Gaetan Bong.

BONG'S EMOTIONAL FAREWELL

Gaetan Bong paid a glowing tribute to everyone at the club after his four-and-a-half-year spell came to end with his move to Nottingham Forest confirmed yesterday.

The Cameroon international signed a deal with the Championship side until June 2022, and he reflected on a memorable period on the south coast with a poignant Instagram post.

He said, “It’s been five years at Brighton & Hove Albion, without a doubt a memorable time in my life. Years of immeasurable joy, our climb into the Premier League, very good teammates on the field and in the locker room, but also moments of questioning. I am happy to have helped the club write a big page in its history.

“I learned to love the club, the city and its supporters. Playing football here was special for me. A feeling of deep respect for the members of the club and you, my dear supporters who have always been there in the good times as well as in difficult times.

“However, this is the right time for me to start a new page in my life and I am happy to join Nottingham Forest Football Club team for this new challenge, and great opportunity. I made the choice to leave, but I will always feel at home there.

“Brighton has conquered my heart and that of my family and for that, I can never thank you enough. Thank you to the club, to the leaders, to my teammates, doctors, physical trainers, stadium workers and supporters, it is because of you that it all works.

“Thank you all for your support. I love you and will remain in my heart forever.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Gaetan Bong has completed a move to Forest.

DEFENDER DEPARTS TO FOREST

Gaetan Bong has joined Championship club Nottingham Forest on undisclosed terms. 

The Cameroon international signed a deal with Forest until June 2022, and the move ends a successful four-and-a-half year spell with Albion. 

Head coach Graham Potter said, “I have only worked with Gaetan for six months or so, but I do know all about the part he played in helping the club get to the Premier League and then establish itself at this level. I’m sure his contribution over the last four years will not be forgotten by our supporters.

“This season he has found it hard to play regularly but his professionalism and attitude, both in training and around the squad, has always been first class. 

“He now has the opportunity to go and play for a club pushing for promotion to the Premier League and on behalf of everyone here I would like to say thank you and wish him well for the future.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Tom McGill will spend the rest of the season with the Red Devils.

YOUNG STOPPER HEADS TO CRAWLEY

Goalkeeper Tom McGill has today joined League Two side Crawley Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old progressed through Albion’s youth ranks before breaking into Simon Rusk’s under-23 squad last season after making more than 30 appearances for the club’s under-18s.

McGill had a loan spell with non-league Greenwich Borough but now links up with Crawley, who are 15th in League Two.

By Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Mooy has completed a permanent move to the Albion.

MOOY SIGNS LONG-TERM DEAL WITH ALBION

Brighton & Hove Albion have secured the permanent signing of midfielder Aaron Mooy from Huddersfield Town, on undisclosed terms.

The Australian international has signed a three-and-a-half year contract, after impressing during an initial loan spell during the first half of the season. 

Head coach Graham Potter said, “We are delighted to have agreed a permanent deal with Aaron and Huddersfield. He’s been an important player for us and will have a key part to play going forward. 

“We knew what Aaron would bring, and he’s proved to be an excellent addition to our squad and a great professional both on and off the pitch.” 

By Paul Hazlewood
Maxime Bennink has arrived on loan from Reading.

ALBION AGREE LOAN DEAL FOR READING WINGER

Albion have completed the signing of winger Maxime Bennink on a loan deal from Reading until the end of the season.

The Netherlands under-23 international has put pen to paper on a contract at the club until 30th June 2020.

Manager Hope Powell said, “We are delighted to welcome Maxime to the club, as she is a player that we’ve closely monitored in recent months.

“One of our main priorities during this January window was to strengthen our existing attacking options, and we have been able to do that with the addition of Maxime.

“She is a young and direct player that will add to the competition for places in those areas, and we are very much looking forward to working with her in the months ahead.” 

By Paul Hazlewood
Rianna Jarrett has signed a deal until the end of the season.

ALBION SIGN INTERNATIONAL STRIKER

Albion goalkeeper Sophie Harris has joined Women’s Championship side Lewes on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Harris will now link up with Simon Parker’s team for the remainder of the campaign.

Manager Hope Powell said, “Sophie has made excellent progress during her time at the club, but the arrival of Cecilie Fiskerstrand means competition for game time has increased significantly.

“This move allows her to play regularly at a very competitive level in the Women’s Championship, and continue training with us on a day-to-day basis.

“She continues to be the ultimate professional and we will continue to monitor Sophie’s progress very closely. We wish her all the very best for the remainder of the season.”

 

By Kyle Hemsley
Sophie Harris

GOALKEEPER JOINS LEWES ON LOAN 

Albion goalkeeper Sophie Harris has joined Women’s Championship side Lewes on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Harris will now link up with Simon Parker’s team for the remainder of the campaign.

Manager Hope Powell said, “Sophie has made excellent progress during her time at the club, but the arrival of Cecilie Fiskerstrand means competition for game time has increased significantly.

“This move allows her to play regularly at a very competitive level in the Women’s Championship, and continue training with us on a day-to-day basis.

“She continues to be the ultimate professional and we will continue to monitor Sophie’s progress very closely. We wish her all the very best for the remainder of the season.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion defender Dan Burn.

DEFENDER SIGNS NEW DEAL

Albion defender Dan Burn has signed a new contract that will keep him with Albion until June 2023. 

Burn arrived at the Seagulls from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2018, before heading back to the Latics for the first half of last season on loan. 

Burn has established himself as a regular in Graham Potter’s side this season and had started all 21 Premier League matches of the season before suffering a broken collarbone in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on New Year’s Day. 

Head coach Graham Potter said, “This new contract is a reward for Dan’s consistent and impressive performances so far this season and we’re delighted to be able to keep him here for another three years.

“He became a key part of the team before his injury setback at the start of the calendar year, and we’re looking forward to being able to welcome him back into the squad as soon as possible.”  

By Paul Hazlewood
Tudor Baluta will spend time in Holland until June.

BALUTA DEPARTS ON LOAN

Albion midfielder Tudor Baluta has joined Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The Romanian international heads to the Netherlands on a deal that runs until 30th June, and will link up with Alan Pardew’s team for the remainder of the campaign. 

Albion’s technical director Dan Ashworth said, “Tudor is one of a number of talented young players at the club, and this loan move will be excellent for his development. 

“He will have a chance to play regularly at a very high standard in the Dutch Eredivisie, and work under a very experienced coach in Alan Pardew. 

“Myself, Graham Potter, David Weir, and his team will continue to monitor his progress, and we wish him all the very best for the rest of the season.” 

 

By Paul Hazlewood
James Tilley has joined Grimsby Town.

STRIKER JOINS GRIMSBY TOWN

Albion under-23s striker James Tilley has today joined Grimsby Town on a one-and-a-half year deal.

Tilley spent the first half of the season on loan at Yeovil Town in the Vanarama National League, making 21 appearances.

Under-23s coach Simon Rusk said, “James has been at the club a long time and he has always worked hard and been extremely professional for us. 

“Hopefully he will progress at Grimsby. It’s a step up from Yeovil where he’s been playing, and we wish him well for the future.”

 

By Paul Hazlewood
Beram Kayal's loan move at Charlton Athletic has been terminated by mutual consent.

MIDFIELDER BACK WITH ALBION

Beram Kayal’s season-long loan with Charlton Athletic has been terminated by mutual consent.

The Israel international made six appearances for Lee Bowyer’s men in the Championship, but hasn’t featured for the Addicks since early November, and recently underwent minor surgery on a groin injury. He is expected to be back to full fitness soon. 

By Paul Hazlewood
Max Sanders has extended his stay with AFC Wimbledon.

SANDERS EXTENDS LOAN STAY

Midfielder Max Sanders has extended his loan with AFC Wimbledon until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old joined the League One club in August and has made 17 appearances for Wimbledon so far this campaign.

Albion’s under-23 head coach Simon Rusk said: “Max has done well in the first half of the season and has benefitted from getting regular game time in a competitive environment. We wish him all the best for the remainder of the season."

By Paul Hazlewood
Anders Dreyer has joined FC Midtjylland.

DREYER HEADS TO DENMARK

Midfielder Anders Dreyer has left Albion to join Danish club FC Midtjyland for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old Dane spent the first half of this season playing for Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie where he made 11 appearances and scored one goal.

Albion's technical director, Dan Ashworth explained, “This is an opportunity for Anders to play regularly with one of the biggest clubs in Denmark. 

“He also has the opportunity of playing Europa League football during the second half of the season. It’s an excellent move for him, and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Under-23 coach Simon Rusk added, “Anders has been a pleasure to work with and on behalf of everyone connected with the club I wish him well for the future.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion have completed the signing of Cecilie Fiskerstrand.

ALBION SIGN NORWAY INTERNATIONAL GOALKEEPER

Albion have completed the signing of Norway international goalkeeper Cecilie Fiskerstrand, subject to international clearance.

The 23-year-old joins on a free transfer following the end of her contract at LSK Kvinner, and signs a one-and-a-half-year deal that runs until 30th June 2021.

Manager Hope Powell said, “We are delighted to welcome Cecilie to the club, and is someone with proven experience of playing at the highest level.

“Alongside Megan Walsh and Sophie Harris, she will add to the increased competition for places in the goalkeeping positions and will be a valuable addition to the squad.

“She is a player that we’ve monitored for quite some time, and we are very much looking forward to working with her in the months ahead.”