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Crewe's January Transfer Round-Up

1 February 2017

Five in & Two out during the 2017 January window

Unlike recent windows, it proved to be a hectic Deadline Day for Crewe Alexandra in the January 2017 window.

Two evening loan incomings & one loan outgoing marked a busy day for the Club as new Manager Dave Artell looked to bolster his squad.

Jonny Margetts came through the door on a deal from Scunthorpe until the end of the season to provide competition for places in attack, whilst young midfielder Callum Cooke now has his first chance to show what he can do on the senior stage after joining from Middlesbrough.

The real last minute deal was the eleventh hour move of Crewe academy product Harry Davis. His loan to Scottish Championship strugglers St Mirren was only confirmed minutes before the deadline, with his Crewe contract due to expire in the summer.

Aside from Deadline Day, other business happened earlier in the window. Alex Kiwomya was a key figure during the first half of the campaign, & extending his initial six-month loan from Chelsea until the end of the season was Artell's first act in his new job.

There had also been much debate about the future of experienced midfielder Danny Hollands too, with his short-term contract up in January - but Artell offered the former Portsmouth man a new deal until the end of the season & rewarded his man with the captain's armband.

The final incoming was the loan capture of striker Jordan Bowery from Leyton Orient. He linked up mid-way through the window to offer Artell something different in attack, after Ryan Lowe moved back to Bury on a free in a Player-Coach capacity.

Despite not playing for the Alex due to an injury sustained in pre-season, Newcastle midfielder Liam Smith officially returned to his parent Club during the window, with former academy graduate Ashley Westwood's big money move from Aston Villa to Burnley also set to provide Crewe with a cash injection due to a sell-on clause inserted into the deal that took the 26-year-old to Villa Park.

With emergency loan windows now defunct, Dave Artell now has his squad set for the remainder of 2016/17 as Crewe look to push up the table in League Two.

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