• Michael Christou

Transfer DEADLINE DAY Special


Welcome to this deadline day special article. Read on as we relive the biggest transfer news hour by hour.




Early transfers


Before 12 o'clock a few big deals had already been completed. Midfielder Denis Suarez had completed a long awaited loan move to Arsenal with the option to buy in the summer despite extending his contract untill 2021. Fellow premier league side, Wolves signed full back Jonny Castro Otto on a permanent basis, after playing this season with wolves. He arrives from Athletico Madrid for a reported £15 million pounds. Biggest news from the Championship is Nottingham Forest signing 27 year old, Pele from Monaco. Lets hope he can live up to the name.


12 till 1


There wasn't a lot of transfer activity at midday from English clubs. But one team who got their man was Manchester City. City signed young midfielder Ante Palaversa from Hajduk Split but have loaned him back to the Croatian club. The eighteen year old shows promise as City paid £7 million pounds for the Croatian.


1 till 2


Newcastle United managed to bring in their first signing of deadline day by bringing in Antonio Barreca from Monaco. The left back joins on loan for the rest of the season with the option to buy in the summer. The former Italian international under-21 player joins the Magpies after enduring a tough season with Monaco.


2 till 3


2 o'clock is when things begin to heat up. With one of the biggest stories of the day coming from Newcastle United. Paraguayan playmaker MIguel Almiron signs for a club record fee of £21 million pounds, breaking the Michael Owen transfer for £16.8 million pounds in 2005. Championship promotion chasers Aston Villa signed Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings on loan for the rest of the season. Finally my only inclusion from Scotland is Cammy Bell as he moves from Patrick Thistle to St Johnstone. The reason I mentioned him is because he is the only goalkeeper I know to get a hat trick. . . of penalty saves in one game.


3 till 4


Biggest news in this hour comes from Tottenham (no they haven' signed anyone Spurs fans, sorry) as they allow Georges Kevin Nkoudou leave on loan to Monaco. This hour was a slightly dull one with the biggest movement from the EFL was football league journeyman James Vaughan signing for Portsmouth on loan from Wigan.


4 till 5


Fulham offloaded troublesome striker Aboubakar Kamara to Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor. Neil Warnock reinforces his squad with midfielder Leandro Bacuna from Reading estimated at £4 million pounds. Another Big Nottingham Forest transfer is striker Leo Bonatini on loan, who helped Wolves gain promotion last term. Finally West Ham defender Reece Oxford moves to Bundesliga outfit Augsburg on loan for the rest of the season.


5 till 6


The highlight from this hour was Jacob Butterfield's move from Derby to Bradford to help out their midfield. Butterfield moves on loan to his boyhood club who are currently battling relegation as they are 21st in League 1 - that sums up that hour.


6 till 7


Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe has joined German side RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season. Don't worry Gunners fans, as the young star is only on a loan deal. Brighton completed the double signing of striker Jan Mlakar and midfielder Tudor-Cristian Baluta on a permanent basis. Both players return to their clubs on loan, Slovenian side MK Maribor and Romania's FC Viitorul Constanta respectively.




7 till 8


Are you ready for a shock? Peter Crouch is back in the Premier League with Burnley. Crouch moves to Turf Moor on loan whereas Sam Vokes moves the other way to Stoke for the rest of the season. Swansea have offloaded Wilfried Bony to Qatari outfit Al-Arabi for the rest of the season. The Swans are happy to loan him out as he earns a reported £120,000 pounds a week, making him one of the Championships most expensive players. Elsewhere Watford youngster Ben Wilmot has moved to Udinese on loan for the rest of the season. The midfielder who has made six appearances for Watford this season, moves to Italy for more playing time.


8 till 9


Leicester completed all their business at 8 o'clock with highly rated youngster Belgian Youri Tielmans moving to the King Power for the rest of the season. Tielemans has also created 19 chances in his 20 league games, so it looks like a good move. Adrian Silva has left the other way for Monaco on loan as he hasn't had the desired effect since his £22 million pounds move from Sporting Lisbon. Former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa made the biggest transfer abroad, going from Bundesliga club Borrusia Dortmund to Turkish side Besiktas. Hull City have signed former Aston Villa player Liam Ridgewell after his release from MLS side Portland Timbers.


9 till 10


Fulham emerged with transfer business late on as they announced Norway international, Havard Nordtveit. The Hoffenheim player joins on loan and has previous experience in the Premier League with West Ham.

Stoke City defender Erik Pieters has swapped cold Stoke for the north of France for club Amiens.

not bad eh!


10 till 11


The final hour tempts clubs to panic buy or sign a player that changes their season for good. To be honest it was rather dull with the highlight being rumours of Mitchy Batshuayi joining Crystal Palace from Chelsea. In the championship West Brom make the triple signing of Swansea winger Jefferson Montero, Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy, who moves due to Almiron joining Newscastle and finally Stefan Johansen from Fulham. All the players move to the Hawthorns on loans.


Late Transfers


Here we find the deals that were not completed before the window shut at 11pm. However, this doesn't mean they didn't happen. FIFA rules state if a deal sheet is submitted then they have an additional two hours to submit the paperwork. One of those deals that went through was Mitchy Batshuayi completing a late loan move from Chelsea to Crystal Palace after a successful loan in Borussia Dortmund and Valencia. Claudio Ranieri completed the signing of winger Lazar Markovic from Liverpool late on transfer deadline day. Sunderland made a League 1 record high transfer for Will Grigg. Grigg joins Sunderland after their sixth bid was accepted for the striker. The question is will Will Grigg stay on fire?


January has been a quiet one for Premier League sides. Spending fell for the first time since 2012 with clubs only laying out £180 million pounds combined throughout January. Compared to the previous transfer window saw spending reach £430 million pounds.


The stats show that £50 million pounds was spent on deadline day, compared to the last January deadline day where £150 million was spent.


However, £180 million pounds somehow outspends Italy's Serie A by around £140m. What does that tell you about the Italian league!


So to wrap it all up, it was a slow day spending wise, compared to previous deadline days. The happiest fans after today would be the Newcastle United fans who have finally broken their transfer record after waiting fourteen years, with Michael Owen being their last record signing.

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