Roy Hodgson has said that he had hoped for more from his transfer window dealings.
Hodgson made three signings in all during the window, adding Inter’s Olivier Dacourt as well as two acquisitions from The Championship in Giles Barnes from Derby and Julian Gray from Coventry.
However, he was also forced to let Jimmy Bullard join Hull after failing to tie him to a new contract and, having allowed Seoul Ki-hyeon to leave, was keen to bolster his forward line.
Former Fulham striker Brian McBride was linked with an unlikely return to Craven Cottage and Hodgson was clearly aggrieved not to have strengthened that department as well as the failure to hang onto Bullard.
“It’s always a difficult situation when players have done well and are popular but the situation is very complicated,” he told Football Matters. “It’s not always as easy to satisfy the fans they think it is.
“Jimmy was very determined to get the deal he wanted and we couldn’t give him that deal so we just had to bite the bullet on that one and accept that somebody else could.
“I’m very happy but it would have been nice to have added to our forwards having lost Seol Ki-hyeon. But Olivier Dacourt will prove to be a very good signing as will Giles Barnes.”