SWINDON Town ended an underwhelming transfer deadline day on Friday by announcing midfielder Matty Palmer had joined fellow League One side Wigan Athletic on loan until January.

The Latics had reportedly been interested in the 25-year-old earlier on in the window but were apparently unable to stump up the cash to take the ostracised midfielder for the season.

With interest from Wigan cooling, fellow nickname namesake Oldham Athletic emerged in the running for Palmer’s signature.

However, Wellens told Adver Sport that his midfielder did not want to make the move to Boundary Park, and it appeared as if Palmer would remain at the County Ground for the foreseeable future.

Yet, Wigan made a successful last-ditch attempt to lure the Derby-born player up north, and it proved successful as the deal was announced on Town’s social media feeds 15 minutes after the deadline had passed.

Since signing an 18-month deal on the final day of the January transfer window earlier this year, Palmer made just three appearances for Town while scoring one goal.

Both his solitary strike and last appearance for the club came during Town’s 4-3 EFL Trophy loss to Exeter City on October 6.

The deal, completed as the clock struck 5pm on Friday evening, represented Swindon’s only business of the day on one of the quietest transfer deadline days in the club’s recent history.

No signings were made by manager Richie Wellens either after confirmed target Robbie Gotts went out on loan to Lincoln City late on Thursday evening.

The absence of incomings on deadline day means Town’s most recent acquisition is left-back Dion Donohue, signed on September 25 after spending 11 months without a club.

Prior to that, winger Jordan Stevens is the club’s most recent loanee following his season-long move from Leeds United.

Swindon ended the summer window having made 13 new signings.