January Transfer Window Round-Up

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Updated: February 14, 2013

The January transfer window has come to an end, and there will be many Premier League clubs who are happy with their winter transactions, but there will also be some who aren’t. In this club-by-club guide, we’ll take a look at the winners and losers of this year as each top flight club prepares itself for the long haul to May.

Arsenal

Ins: Nacho Monreal (£8.5m from Malaga)

Outs: Johan Djourou (loan to Hannover 96), Marouane Chamakh (loan to West Ham) , Chuks Aneke (loan to Crewe), Emmanuel Frimpong (loan to Fulham)

Verdict: Once again, Arsene Wenger has left it to the very last minute. Although he did make the excellent signing of highly rated left-back Nacho Monreal on deadline day, I wouldn’t be surprised if most Arsenal fans were disappointed that he was the only signing that the Gunners made. Despite very strong links with players such as Barcelona’s David Villa and West Ham’s Mohammed Diame, Wenger still refused to splash any more cash. Monreal will definitely be a boost to their defence, but you’ve got to say that Arsenal still are lacking in the centre of midfield.

Aston Villa

Ins: Yacouba Sylla (£2m from Clermont Foot), Simon Dawkins (loan from Tottenham)

Outs: Stephen Warnock (free to Leeds)

Verdict: If you are an avid watcher of Match of the Day like I am, you will understand my annoyance at Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson constantly bickering on about the lack of experience in Aston Villa’s team and that the average age of their squad is only 21. So, could Paul Lambert do anything to shut them up for another 5 months. The answer is: no! Even with the £20 million that he was given, Villa’s manager could only bring in 22-year-old midfielder Yacouba Sylla from French second division side Clermont Foot and Simon Dawkins from Spurs on loan. I genuinely feel sorry for Villa fans, as they desperately needed some big assets to improve their Premier League campaign which has so far been lacking in leadership and experience, and everybody should know that these signings weren’t good enough. A hot relegation battle will definitely be heading their way!

Chelsea

Ins: Demba Ba (undisclosed, believed to be £7m, from Newcastle)

Outs: Lucas Piazon (loan to Malaga), Sam Walker (loan to Colchester), Billy Clifford (loan to Colchester), Todd Kane (loan to Blackburn), Daniel Sturridge (undisclosed, believed to be £12m, to Liverpool), Patrick Bamford (loan to MK Dons)

Verdict: Although it was always going to be a quiet transfer window for Chelsea with interim manager Rafael Benitez in charge, the addition of the Premier League’s third top goalscorer Demba Ba from Newcastle was a perfect replacement for Daniel Sturridge who left for Liverpool, and was also an absolute steal at £7 million due to his minimum release fee. It will be very interesting to see how he partners Fernando Torres in the Blue’s attack. Chelsea fans may be disappointed when the rumours that Didier Drogba was to return to Stamford Bridge were quelled by his move to Galatasaray, but it is likely the next raft of changes will come when the next long-term manager is established.

Everton

Ins: John Stones (£3m from Barnsley)

Outs: Ross Barkley (loan to Leeds), Anton Forrester (free to Blackburn Rovers)

Verdict: It was another frustrating window for Everton, as they believed that they had pulled off the signing of FC Twente’s Leroy Fer in an £8.6m deal only for his medical to reveal a knee problem that forced the transfer to collapse. A move for Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo also failed to materialise and the only addition was Barnsley teenager John Stones, one for the future and unlikely to play a major role this season. However the big plus for David Moyes and Toffee’s fans is that star players Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines still remain at Goodison Park despite interest from Chelsea and Manchester United and will continue to play a major part in their bid for a Europa League place. The worry that injuries could make a major impact on their currently thin squad were unfortunately not dealt with and may risk their chances of a top six finish.

Fulham

Ins: Chris David (undisclosed from FC Twente) , Emmanuel Frimpong (loan from Arsenal) , Urby Emanuelson (loan from AC Milan), Stanislav Manolev (loan from PSV Eindhoven)

Outs: David Stockdale (loan to Hull), Stephen Kelly (undisclosed to Reading)

Verdict: Martin Jol should be pleased that at the end of January he has added to his squad in a bid to ensure Premier League survival. He should also be pleased that there have been no major departures of key players like the exits of Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele to Tottenham in the summer. Under the financial straint that they are currently in, Fulham fans will feel happy that the players that Jol brought in at the beginning of the season have performed well enough to make sure that no big rush to sign players in January was necessary. Jol’s only concern will be that if his loan signings of Frimpong, Emanuelson and Manolev succeed this year that he may be able to keep them for next season unlike last year’s disappointment of Pavel Pogrebnyak choosing newly promoted Reading rather than to stay at Craven Cottage.

Liverpool

Ins: Daniel Sturridge (undisclosed, believed to be £12m, from Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (£8.5m from Inter Milan)

Outs: Danny Wilson (loan to Hearts), Nuri Sahin (returned to Real Madrid, onto Borussia Dortmund), Joe Cole (free to West Ham), Adam Morgan (loan to Rotherham) , Alexander Doni (free to Botafogo), Michael Ngoo (loan to Hearts)

Verdict: After ending the summer window with only 1 first team striker in their squad, Brendan Rodgers did well to quickly correct that mistake with the early signing of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea who has so far settled into the team very well. He will also be pleased with the signing of Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan whom Rodgers will definitely see as one for the future. Although this window also saw the departures of Alexander Doni, Nuri Sahin and Joe Cole from Anfield, their contributions were minimal and they will not be too awfully missed.

Manchester City

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Outs: Mario Balotelli (£19m to AC Milan), Alex Nimely (loan to Crystal Palace), Godsway Donyoh (loan to Djurgarden), Jeremy Helan (loan to Sheffield Wednesday), Reece

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Verdict: Even though Manchester City seem to have more money than Russell Brand has condoms, they didn’t manage to spend any of it. Although they did add to their bank account with the high profile departure of Mario Balotelli from the Etihad to AC Milan. He hadn’t contributed too much in his short stay at City and I’m sure that Roberto Mancini will be pleased to not have to worry about the walking controversy machine any more. Some pundits suggested that they needed a replacement for the Italian, but as long as they are not plagued with injuries, there attack is pretty much accounted for by Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez.

Manchester United

Ins: Wilfried Zaha (£10m + £5m add-ons from Crystal Palace)

Outs: Davide Petrucci (loan to Peterborough), Scott Wootton (loan to Peterborough), Robbie Brady (undisclosed, believed to be £2m, to Hull), Angelo Henriquez (loan to Wigan), Josh King (undisclosed to Blackburn), Luke McCullough (loan to Cheltenham), Wilfried Zaha (loan to Crystal Palace), Federico Macheda (loan to Stuttgart)

Verdict: Despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s constant moaning about the January transfer window, he didn’t stop himself from placing another building block into United’s future with the signing of Crystal Palace’s young forward Wilfred Zaha who will join at the end of the season after agreeing to stay with Palace until then. As they top the table and remain by several points, Ferguson won’t be too doubting that his current squad won’t be enough to fight off opposition from Manchester City and Chelsea for the Premier League title. He will also hope that a loan spell at Stuttgart will be more useful for 21-year-old striker Federico Macheda than his time at QPR.

Newcastle

Ins: Mathieu Debuchy (undisclosed, believed to be £5m, from Lille), Kevin Mbabu (undisclosed from Servette), Moussa Sissoko (undisclosed from Toulouse), Massadio Haidara (undisclosed from Nancy), Yoan Gouffran (undisclosed from Bordeaux), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (undisclosed, believed to be £6.7m, from Montpellier)

Outs: Demba Ba (undisclosed, believed to be £7m, to Chelsea), Conor Newton (loan to St Mirren)

Verdict: Alan Pardew has definitely attempted to stop Newcastle’s current lack of form with the arrival of 6 new players, most notably the transfers of Mathieu Debuchy from Lille and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier. In fact, if we were going on transfers in, I would have said that Newcastle had the best window of the league. But the loss of Demba Ba is just too great a one to ignore. His impact on the team was greater than any others (maybe even more than skipper Coloccini) and with Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran as the only recognised first team strikers in the squad, Newcastle may still struggle in attack.

Norwich

Ins: Luciano Becchio (swap deal from Leeds), Kei Kamara (loan from Sporting Kansas City)

Outs: Jacob Butterfield (loan to Crystal Palace), Elliott Ward (loan to Nottingham Forest), Steve Morison (swap deal to Leeds), Declan Rudd (loan to Preston)

Verdict: Although Chris Hughton’s January pursuit of Celtic striker Gary Hooper came to no avail, he will be pleased with arrival of Leeds star Luciano Becchio. However, on transfer deadline day, I was very surprised to see Steve Morison going the other way as part of a swap deal, as he has done rather well so far this season in the Canaries attack alongside Grant Holt and Wes Hoolahan. This may be part of Hughton’s plan to integrate Becchio into the first-team, but Morison’s exit may turn out to be a costly move, and with a current lack of goals, the pressure is on Becchio to quickly step-up to the Premier League from the Championship and start scoring.

QPR

Ins: Loic Remy (undisclosed, believed to be £8m, from Marseille), Tal Ben Haim (unattached), Christopher Samba (£12.5m from Anzhi Makhachkala – QPR), Yun Suk-Young (undisclosed from Chunnam Dragons), Jermaine Jenas (undisclosed from Tottenham), Andros Townsend (loan from Tottenham)

Outs: Djibril Cisse (loan to Al Gharafa), Frankie Sutherland (loan to Portsmouth), Michael Harriman (loan to Wycombe), Alejandro Faurlin (loan to Palermo), Michael Doughty (loan to St Johnstone), Anton Ferdinand (loan to Bursaspor), Jordan Gibbons (loan to Inverness CT), Rob Hulse (loan to Millwall)

Verdict: Tony Fernandes was just full of surprises this January. Not only did it shock everyone in the Premier League to hear that young striker Loic Remy had picked a move to QPR from Marseille over Newcastle and West Ham who were also reportedly interested, but I don’t think many would have guessed that when they revealed on deadline day that they had signed a new defender, that that defender was in fact Christopher Samba. It was also surprising to see Harry Redknapp sending some of the Hoops’ first team members from earlier in the season, Anton Ferdinand, Alejandro Faurlin and Djibril Cisse on loan to other clubs. A loan deal for Tottenham’s Andros Townsend may also be quite interesting to see unfold, as well as the loan of Jermaine Jenas (if he can stay fit). Although there were some deadline day disappointments as moves for strikers Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie failed to materialise, most QPR fans will be happy with the business that has been done, and can only hope that it will be enough to keep them in the top flight.

Reading

Ins: Stephen Kelly (undisclosed from Fulham), Hope Akpan (undisclosed from Crawley), Nick Blackman (undisclosed from Sheffield United), Daniel Carrico (undisclosed from Sporting Lisbon)

Outs: Gozie Ugwu (loan to Plymouth), Dominic Samuel (loan to Colchester), Jordan Obita (loan to Oldham), Michael Hector (loan to Cheltenham)

Verdict: There was some cautious Reading investment in January to coincide with their recent run of good form, but many fans will be left wondering if it will be enough to keep them in the Premier League, especially seen as Adam Le Fondre seems to be there only goalscorer at the moment. Hope Akpan and Nick Blackman are players who Brian McDermott will hope can improve Reading now – but they can play a part in the future, whether they stay up or not.

Southampton

Ins: Vegard Forren (undisclosed from Molde)

Outs: Dan Seaborne (loan to Bournemouth), Ryan Dickson (loan to Bradford), Sam Hoskins (loan to Stevenage), Jonathan Forte (loan to Sheffield United), Steve de Ridder (loan to Bolton) , Ben Reeves (loan to Southend)

Verdict: The only January move of any importance at Southampton was the departure of Nigel Adkins and the arrival of new manager Mauricio Pochettino, a man who not only could not speak English but had also never experienced football in England. However, so far this gamble seems to have paid off, with some solid results in the bag including a shock win over Manchester City. Transfer activity was limited to the arrival of defender Vegard Forren from Molde in Norway, but like Reading, many Southampton fans will be hopeful that there current squad and manager can do enough to keep them in the top flight.

Stoke

Ins: Jack Butland (£3.5m from Birmingham), Brek Shea (£2.5m from FC Dallas)

Outs: Michael Tonge (undisclosed to Leeds), Danny Higginbotham (free to Sheffield United), Rory Delap (loan to Barnsley), Ryan Brunt (undisclosed to Bristol Rovers), Matthew Upson (loan to Brighton)

Verdict: Even with the big deadline day signings of goalkeeper Jack Butland and winger Brek Shea, Stoke’s transfer window in the short term was slightly underwhelming as Butland has returned to Birmingham until the end of the season and Shea is currently out with an injury. However, they will be pleased to have fought off interest in strikers Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones and more importantly star goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who is more likely to leave for Manchester United in the summer. Although some slight interest in Aston Villa striker Darren Bent didn’t come of anything, Stoke will be happy with a pretty quiet window, with the only surprise being the loan of Matthew Upson to Brighton.

Sunderland

Ins: Kader Mangane (loan from Al Hilal), Alfred N’Diaye (undisclosed from Bursaspor), Danny Graham (£5.5m from Swansea)

Outs: Blair Adams (undisclosed to Coventry), David Meyler (undisclosed, believed to be £1.5m, to Hull), Ahmed Elmohamady (loan to Hull City), Jonny Maddison (loan to Crawley), Frazier Campbell (undisclosed, believed to be £650,000, to Cardiff City)

Verdict: Sunderland’s bid January deal was the deadline day signing of Swansea striker Danny Graham, whom Martin O’Neil will hope can create a solid partnership with Steven Fletcher. As well as Alfred N’Diaye arriving from Bursaspor and Kader Mangane from Al Hilal, O’Neill has added numbers to his squad in an attempt to secure their Premier League survival. Although many Sunderland fans will be disappointed that striker Frazier Campbell did not live up to his hype and has now left for Cardiff, they will be pleased that it isn’t a bigger name that is leaving the club.

Swansea

Ins: Roland Lamah (loan from Osasuna)

Outs: Jamie Proctor (undisclosed to Crawley), Danny Graham (£5m to Sunderland), Curtis Obeng (loan to York City), Leroy Lita (loan to Sheffield Wednesday), Ashley Richards (loan to Crystal Palace)

Verdict: The lack of movement into the club in January, paired with the recent lack of form of star striker Michu could be a cause for concern with Swansea fans. However, their position in the top half of the table should be enough to quell that worry and even the departure of Danny Graham to Sunderland is unlikely to give any fans a reason to fear for their survival. Manager Michael Laudrup will be confident that his current squad has enough quality to see out the rest of the season, and the loan signing of striker Roland Lamah from Osasuna could add to the potency of their attack.

Tottenham

Ins: Lewis Holtby (£1.5m from Schalke), Zeki Fryers (£3m from Standard Liege)

Outs: Heurelho Gomes (loan to Hoffenheim), Alex Pritchard (loan to Peterborough), Jermaine Jenas (undisclosed to QPR), Andros Townsend (loan to QPR), Tomislav Gomelt (loan to Espanyol), Simon Dawkins (loan to Aston Villa), Ryan Mason (loan to Lorient)

Verdict: You’d think by the lack of transfer activity, including the absence of a new striker, that Andre Villas Boas has no worry that Tottenham won’t make a Champions League spot. At the moment, they are looking rather solid in the top four, but only four points ahead of Arsenal and a further two points ahead of Everton. Remember what happened last year! With Emmanuel Adebayor playing in the Africa Cup of Nations and Jermain Defoe badly out of form, and suffering from a pelvic injury problem, Villas Boas had his eyes set on Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, but despite a bid of nearly £20m, Internacional would not sell. This could prove costly for Spurs.

West Brom

Ins:

Outs: Sam Mantom (free to Walsall), Gonzalo Jara (loan to Nottingham Forest), Chris Wood (undisclosed, believed to be £1m, to Leicester), Craig Dawson (loan to Bolton)

Verdict: Currently sitting four points within the top half of the Premier League in 8th, West Brom were the only club to not bring in any new players in January. This could prove to be a mistake if teams below them such as Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham were to improve on their current runs of bad form and push the Baggies out of the top ten. Although Steve Clark will be happy that he was able to keep Peter Odemwingie after interest from QPR, at what long term cost could this lead to. This saga even included Odemwingie turning up apparently uninvited at Loftus Road hours before the deadline, provoking a very angry response from The Baggies. I would be very surprised if he was still at the Hawthorns this time next year.

West Ham

Ins: Wellington Paulista (loan from Cruzeiro), Marouane Chamakh (loan from Arsenal), Joe Cole (free from Liverpool), Sean Maguire (undisclosed from Waterford United)

Outs: Alou Diarra (loan to Rennes), Stephen Henderson (loan to Ipswich)

Verdict: The main positive to come out of this January window for West Ham was the delight at Mohammed Diame staying at Upton Park even after some interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, claims that an unofficial bid had been made and the fear that any of team in the Premier League could most likely meet the release clause of £3.5 million in his contract. The signing of old hero Joe Cole will please fans as well as the loan deals of forwards Marouane Chamakh and Wellington Paulista to provide competition for Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole in attack. There was some disappointment on deadline day as the deal for Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson fell through at the last minute, but the good form of current stopper Jussi Jaaskelainen will be enough to not make it a major upset. The only major issue being the lack of new defenders due to the current injury crisis that is still keeping James Collins, George McCartney, Joey O’Brien and Dan Potts out of the side, but it is likely that the Hammers current league position and their good run of home form will be enough to keep them in the top flight.

Wigan

Ins: Joel Robles (loan from Atletico Madrid), Roger Espinoza (free from Sporting Kansas City), Angelo Henriquez (loan from Manchester United), Paul Scharner (loan from Hamburg)

Outs: Rob Kiernan (loan to Brentford), Mauro Boselli (loan to Palermo)

Verdict: An old face returns to Wigan as Paul Scharner is loaned out from Hamburg, and Roberto Martinez will have high hopes for youngster Angelo Henriquez on loan from Manchester United. The other additions of Joel Robles and Roger Espinoza also adds some extra depth to the squad, but it is currently consistency that the Latics are searching for, and the failure to sign Barnsley youngster John Stones as he chose Everton over a trip to the DW stadium will be a disappointment for Martinez.

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