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FA Cup news: Which of the January signings are cup-tied - Alli, Van de Beek, Dembele…

The transfer window saw plenty of ins and outs for clubs remaining in the FA Cup. Planet Sport looks at which players will be forced to sit it out for their new employers.

The January transfer window can be a god-send for many clubs. It's an opportunity to strengthen halfway through the season, when your needs and your situation are clear. However, there are drawbacks to signing players in the winter window; not least the fact you have next to no time to bed in any new additions, and instead need them to hit the ground running.
One other disadvantage to a January addition is also the possibility that they end up 'cup-tied', meaning they appeared for their old club in an earlier round of a knockout competition, and are thus ineligible to represent their new employer in the same competition.
While 17 of the clubs who remain in the FA Cup have either made no signings, or not added anyone that has led to them being affected by the rule, there are 15 sides that have the additional headache to deal with among their acquisitions. The question that remains is, which category does your club fall into, and if it is the latter, how badly are they affected?
With the window now shut and the fourth round on the horizon, Planet Sport brings you all you need to know about whether or not your club's January additions are cup-tied or not.

AFC Bournemouth

The Cherries brought in seven players over the course of the window as they chase a Premier League return, but the good news for fans of Scott Parker's side is that only one of them - left-winger Siriki Dembele - is ineligible for the remainder of their FA Cup campaign. Dembele played 90 minutes for former side Peterborough United in their third round meeting with Bristol Rovers.


The struggling Reds only made two January loan signings despite being a long way short of safety at the bottom of the Championship table. To make matters worse, one of that pair - centre-midfielder Domingos Quina - played 71 minutes for parent club Watford in their third-round clash with Bristol City, making him ineligible for FA Cup selection by Poya Asbaghi.

Boreham Wood

National League clubs, of which Boreham Wood are one, are not bound by transfer window rules and can pick up players at any point throughout the season. Cup-tied rules do still apply, however, and the Wood were already forced to leave out a man they signed on loan from Harrogate - centre-forward Danilo Orsi - for their third round clash with AFC Wimbledon last month due to his previous appearances for his parent club.

Cambridge United

The U's are another side who have already experienced the cup-tied rule, as they were unable to include goalkeeper Will Mannion in their squad for their history-making date with Newcastle last month. This was due to his start in the first round for Havant and Waterlooville, to whom he was loaned out from, against Charlton. He will continue to be ineligible.

Cardiff City

The Bluebirds desperately needed to inject some fresh impetus into their squad, with safety far from guaranteed in the Championship. They secured five loanees last month, while bringing back two players who they had loaned out themselves. Of that set of seven, no fewer than five - full-back Cody Drameh, midfielders Alfie Doughty and Ryan Wintle, and centre-forwards Uche Ikpeazu and Max Watters - are cup-tied.

Coventry City

There was one new face through the door at the CBS Arena last month plus a returning loanee, although only the latter, right-winger Will Bapaga, is affected by the cup-tied rule. Bapaga played 60 minutes for his temporary club, Grimsby, in the first round back in November.


The Toffees had a busy January and not just in the transfer department; they also changed managers, as Frank Lampard took over. There were also six new signings on the field, and half of them are cup-tied.

Midfielders Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek, plus Anwar El Ghazi, all took part in the third round last month, for Tottenham, Manchester United, and Aston Villa, respectively, meaning all three are now ineligible.

Hartlepool United

The Monkey Hangers had a busy January, bringing in eight new players and having a loanee return to their ranks. However, they've rather lucked out in the cup-tied department, with only two of those nine - goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic and defender Jake Hull - ineligible.
Bilokapic played 50 minutes for parent club Huddersfield last month, while Hull, although on loan from Rotherham, is actually cup-tied after appearing for Guiseley in this season's FA Cup, having spent time on loan there in the first half of this season.


The Reds have little to be concerned about, with returning loanee Rhys Williams, who had been at Swansea City, their only cup-tied player going forward. He played six minutes of the Swans' third-round defeat at Southampton last month. Incidentally, he played the full 90 minutes of Swansea's Carabao Cup fixture with Brighton all the way back in September too, meaning he is also ineligible for the Carabao Cup final in three weeks' time, when Liverpool meet Chelsea.

Nottingham Forest

There's just the one player impacted in Nottingham, and that is midfielder Harry Arter, who returned to the City Ground from a loan spell at Charlton in early January. He played 71 minutes for the Addicks against Havant and Waterlooville in the first round back in November, and as such, is now ineligible to play for Forest in the FA Cup this season.

Peterborough United

Posh added eight players to their ranks in January, alongside welcoming a returning loanee back into the fold, but only one of those men is cup-tied. Centre-forward Callum Morton, who arrived from West Brom on loan, previously represented Fleetwood Town, and made an appearance for his old loan club in a first-round defeat to Burton Albion in November.

Plymouth Argyle

It was a reasonably quiet January at Home Park, with just three new faces through the door, and no transfer fees spent on any of them. Of those three, only one is cup-tied, and that is defender Romoney Critchlow, who arrived on loan from Huddersfield, having previously spent time on loan at Swindon Town. It was his time at the Robins that has led to his being cup-tied, thanks to two appearances, totalling 25 minutes, in this season's second and third rounds, against Walsall and Manchester City, respectively.

Queens Park Rangers

In a similar vein to Plymouth, there is just one man at QPR who Mark Warburton has to take into account when it comes to the cup-tied rule. The player in question is goalkeeper Dillon Barnes, who returned to Loftus Road from a loan spell at Yeovil Town, having made one FA Cup appearance for the Glovers. That was against Bournemouth in the third round last month, a game that ended in a 3-1 win for the Cherries.

Stoke City

There was a little more transfer activity in the Potteries than many other places, as Stoke brought in seven players, alongside welcoming back two players from loan spells.
Of those nine, three will be cup-tied going forward. Defender Phil Jagielka, who joined from Derby on a free, previously played for the Rams in their third-round tie, while Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker appeared as a substitute for the Blues at the same stage in their win over Chesterfield. The final member of the trio is another loanee, Jaden Philogene-Bidace, who had a four-minute cameo for Aston Villa against Manchester United, also in the third round last month.

Wigan Athletic

There is just one member of Wigan's five-strong cohort of additions this January who is cup-tied. Former Derby midfielder Graeme Shinnie, who was signed for just £32,000, appeared for the final ten minutes of the Rams' third-round defeat to Coventry, making him ineligible to appear for the remainder of the Latics' FA Cup campaign.

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