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Which Aussies went where in January?

by Ben Somerford on Feb 01, 2012

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The transfer window came to a close overnight with the normal flurry of late activity, with several movements involving Aussies abroad. Here's how our Aussie fared throughout the month...

Done deals
There wasn't any major Socceroos making moves around Europe or Asia, although fringe Australia international Nathan Burns did make the switch from Greek club AEK Athens to Korean outfit Incheon United. It's a move which he hopes will revive his stagnating career.

On deadline day there were two deals of particular interest for those curious about Australia's future, with teenagers Kerem Bulut and Ryan Williams changing clubs.

Bulut left Czech Republic outfit Mlada Boleslav for Turkish midtablers Eskisehirspor where he may partner ex-Fulham striker Diomansay Kamara in attack. It's an interesting move for Bulut, given his Turkish heritage, but hopefully it brings the best out in him.

Meanwhile, Ryan Williams, the younger brother of Rhys, made the big switch from Portsmouth to Premier League club Fulham on deadline day. It's doubtful that he'll get many first-team opportunities in the short-term at Craven Cottage, but it is a sign of his burgeoning reputation that Fulham would make a move for him, reportedly spending £500,000 on the back of six appearances for Pompey.

Other key moves involving Aussies abroad, included James Holland's switch from AZ Alkmaar to Austria Vienna where he, like Burns, hopes to kickstart his faltering career. Holland never made one first-team appearance for AZ, so actually getting on the park in Austria will be a boost.

Enigmatic defender Ljubo Milicevic has been let go by Croatian giants Hajduk Split, who have had their issues of late with finances with players reportedly paid months late. Where Ljubo heads next will be keenly monitored by many but an A-League returns seems unlikely.

In Asia, there was a series of transfers, with Eddy Bosnar leaving Japan's Shimizu S-Pulse for Korean giants Suwon Bluewings. Jade North left newly-promoted Japanese club FC Tokyo for another newly-promoted outfit, Consadole Sapporo. Mark Milligan left JEF United on loan for Melbourne Victory, while Joel Griffiths joined Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua after leaving Beijing Guoan.

Didn't happen
There were all sorts of deadline day reports claiming Bolton had made a series of bids for the impressive Rhys Williams, although Middlesbrough came out late in the day and claimed that was all mere speculation. First Sky Sports said Owen Coyle's side had offered £6million for Rhys, before another bid worth £10m later in the day. Bolton recently sold defender Gary Cahill to Chelsea, hence the desire for a new backman and the cash to splash.

Williams was linked with Liverpool, Newcastle, West Bromwich and Bolton throughout January but has stayed with Boro, which seems the right choice as they push for promotion. If they fail, he may opt to make a move.

Socceroo Brett Holman was another who could've been set for a January switch with his contract due to expire at AZ Alkmaar at the end of this season. Aston Villa, Fulham and Blackburn were all reportedly interested but nothing materialised meaning he'll likely leave at season's end on a free.

Another Socceroo, Matt McKay, was the subject of plenty of rumours after his underwhelming first six months at Rangers where he's only made three first-team appearances. There were reports of a return to Brisbane Roar, while McKay turned down a loan move to Saudi club Al Ittihad. Ultimately he seems keen to fight for his place at Ibrox. Whether that harms his Socceroos hopes remains to be seen.

Finally, James Troisi was linked with a move to Newcastle Jets after a pay dispute with Turkish club Kayserispor although he played that down and scored on deadline day against the mighty Besiktas. Adam Sarota was another who could've moved elsewhere, linked with a loan switch from Utrecht to Sparta Rotterdam but that too never materialised.