Farewell Mario Balotelli, hello again Paul Scharner after quiet transfer deadline day for Manchester clubs

By Michael Kelleher

Transfer deadline day came and went without any mega deals for Greater Manchester’s football clubs but it was action-packed nonetheless.

Every club was active and MM has the comings and goings from each club on the most hectic day in football.

AC Milan completed the signing of Italian striker Mario Balotelli from Manchester City for £19million on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

Balotelli, 22, said although he was delighted to be joining the Italian giants, he had mixed emotions about leaving City and mentor Roberto Mancini.

Meanwhile, City have completed the signing of 18-year-old striker Godsway Donyoh from the Ghana’s Aspire Right to Dream Academy.

The forward has been immediately loaned out to Swedish side Djurgarden for the remainder of the season.

France Under-18 international Seko Fofana, 17, has also agreed terms on a move to the Etihad Stadium from French side Lorient on a three-year-deal.

Wigan Athletic have re-signed Paul Scharner on loan from German side Hamburg until the end of the season.

Scharner, 32, played for the Latics from 2006 to 2010 and will help fill the gap created by centre-back Ivan Ramis’ season-ending injury.

Roberto Martinez missed out on signing Barnsley defender John Stones, 18, despite having a £3million bid accepted, after the youngster chose to sign for Everton.

Manchester United midfielder Davide Petrucci, 19, has extended his loan spell with Peterborough United until the end of the season.

Leeds United have completed the signing of Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock who spent the first half of the season on-loan at Bolton Wanderers.

The Trotters were keen to extend the left-back’s stay at the Reebok Stadium but could not agree a deal with Villa.

Dougie Freedman has, however, completed the signing of Leicester defender Cian Bolger for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-half-year deal.

Belgian winger Steven De Ridder, 25, arrived at the Reebok Stadium from Southampton on a one month loan deal.

Sierra Leone international Mohamed Kamara – widely known as Medo – also signed for Bolton from Serbian club Partizan on a three-and-a-half deal for an undisclosed fee.

Wanderers forward Michael O’Halloran, 22, has extended his loan spell with Tranmere for the rest of the season.

Bury completed a double swoop, signing defender Carl Regan and midfielder Valery Mezague.

Regan, 32, a right-back, has signed until the end of the season after being released by Notts County.

Former Cameroon international Mezague, 29, joins Kevin Blackwell’s team on non-contract terms after being released by Greek side Panetolikos at the end of last season.

Meanwhile, the Shakers have released Lenell John-Lewis with the forward joining Grimsby Town.

Oldham have confirmed the signing of striker Chris Iwelumo, 34, on-loan from Championship side Watford until the end of the season.

England Under-19 midfielder Jordan Obita, 19, has joined Paul Dickov’s squad on a month-long loan from Reading.

Striker Lee Barnard, 28, has also signed on-loan from Southampton until the end of the season.

The trio will join Manchester City defender Reece Wabara, 21, who joined the Latics on-loan yesterday for the remainder of the season.

Rochdale have completed the signing of goalkeeper Steve Collis to replace Ben Smith who left in search of first-team football.

Collis, 31, joins the Dale on non-contract terms after featuring most recently for Buxton in the Evo Stik League Premier Division.

Darije Kalezic made Hull striker Mark Cullen and former Manchester City forward Jon Macken his first signings as Stockport County manager.

Cullen joins on a one-month loan deal while Macken arrives on a free transfer.

The Hatters have also signed highly-rated England Under-17 international Jake Fowler on loan from Middlesbrough.

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