An audacious deadline day transfer bid from the Liberal Democrats for Labour’s star player Jeremy Corbyn fell through at the last minute as they were unable to agree personal terms.
The transfer failure will come as a relief to the Labour hierarchy who have found that, despite sometimes an unsettling presence in the dressing room, Corbyn’s popularity amongst the fans proved to be a real boon to their promotion chances last season.
Corbyn has been a solid, if unspectacular performer for Labour over the years, operating as a marauding left-winger who could provide sterling support to strikers.
However, recently his performances have been stellar, and Labour will be hoping to continue to capitalise on this success with a real run at a major domestic trophy in the coming years
It proved a quiet deadline day amongst the major parties.
David Davis and Liam Fox will continue on loan to the Tories from UKIP, while the Liberal Democrats were unable to bring anyone in with their small squad continuing to be a concern.
And despite huge financing from various shadowy figures of dubious legality, the Tories have been unable to make any deals.
With a major European campaign to contend with, and an ageing squad, this may prove a cause of real concern in the coming season.