"We should like to thank Matt for his service and wish him well for the future." Doherty's departure was set to be a loan but that would have taken Tottenham up to nine players out on loan and FIFA's limit is eight. The Republic of Ireland full-back made 71 appearances for Spurs after joining from Wolves in August 2020.
Chelsea has already spent more in the January transfer window — around $225 million — than every club in the top leagues in Spain, Italy, Germany and France combined. The London team might not be finished. The final day of the window was another busy one for Chelsea and its new American ownership, with the club reportedly close to signing Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez from Benfica for a British-record fee of 105 million pounds ($130 million) after selling Jorginho to Premier League leader
On-loan Arsenal defender Auston Trusty diverted Sammie Szmodics' 100th-minute cross into his own net after Birmingham had dominated the second half, with Rovers goalkeeper Aynsley Pears thwarting Blues numerous times. There were five changes to each side from Saturday's exciting 2-2 draw at Ewood Park as Ben Brereton Diaz started for the visitors despite being heavily linked with a pre-contract agreement with Villarreal. Birmingham had secured a replay through Jordan James' stoppage-time equaliser after Reda Khadra's third-minute opener. Joe Rankin-Costello put Rovers ahead after Bradley Dack's leveller and it was the midfielder who had the first opening of the replay when his free-kick was comfortably saved by Neil Etheridge.