By Mat Collis: Stoke City sold Ben Marshall to Leicester and loaned Danny Higginbotham to Nottingham Forest on a quiet deadline day for local clubs.
Winger Marshall, 20, has joined Leicester City for an undisclosed fee.
The highly-rated youngster impressed scouts after making 22 appearances on loan at Sheffield Wednesday during the first half of the season.
Foxes manager Nigel Pearson said: “Ben is a talented player and we are delighted he has joined the club.
“Ben comes to us with a good footballing pedigree, having worked within the Manchester United and Crewe Alexandra youth set-ups and has shown the desire to move his career forward by joining us from a Premier League club.
“We are all looking forward to seeing him in action.”
Marshall has signed a three-and-a-half year deal and will wear the no.22 shirt.
Higginbotham has joined Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season. The former captain has recently returned from an eight-month knee ligament injury and will use the loan to gain match fitness.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis said: “It’s a great move for Danny. He has been a fantastic servant for this Football Club for a number of years now, and I am sure he will go to Nottingham Forest and do a good job for them.”
Forest manager Steve Cotterill added: “We’re bringing in an experienced player in Danny Higginbotham.
“He will bring good leadership skills to the dressing room and not just the back four.
“He’s a good type and when you are up against it you need good types.”
League Two sides Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra and Burton Albion didn’t complete any business on the final day.
The main deadline news centred on strikers with Louis Saha and Nikica Jelavic joining Tottenham and Everton, while QPR completed a double swoop for Fulham’s Bobby Zamora and Lazio’s Djibril Cisse.