January Transfer Window Roundup

January Transfer Window Roundup

And that’s a wrap!  As the January transfer window slams shut, the Premier League has seen the last dabblings of the 2015/16 season.  The squads are set, as both incoming and outgoing players look to make an impact for their new clubs.  For better or worse, this is your last look at some transfer analysis until June.

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AFC Bournemouth

In:

Lewis Grabban (transfer, Norwich City)

Benik Afobe (transfer, Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Juan Iturbe (loan, AS Roma)

Marius Adamonis (loan, Atlantas Klaipeda)

Rhoys Wiggins (transfer, Sheffield Wednesday)

Out:

Jayden Stockley (loan, Exeter City)

Elliott Ward (transfer, Blackburn)

Yann Kermorgant (transfer, Reading)

Lee Tomlin (loan, Bristol City)

Alessandro Cannataro (released)

Tomas Andrade (released)

Baily Cargill (loan, Coventry City)

Probably the most shockingly successful in the January window has been newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth.  Grabban was one of the best forwards in the Championship, and a striker that Bournemouth had their eye on this time last season.  Iturbe is a renowned young talent that lost favor in Italy.  One of the best ways for the Argentinian wide-man to regain his confidence and form is to tear up the Premier League and keep Bournemouth afloat for next season.

Benik Afobe, thought to be more of a squad player until he gained some top-tier experience, has been an integral part of the side since his arrival.  Having already scored two goals, Afobe and the Cherries alike will surely hope that form continues through February.  The next month or so will be crucial to Bournemouth’s chances of staying up.

Bournemouth have also added Lithuanian goalkeeper Marius Adamonis, whose youth offers the prediction that this signing is one for the future.  Rhoys Wiggings was another that joined late into the deadline day madhouse to support the back line from the left-back position.

Also late in the month have been some transfers out, including fringe players Elliott Ward and Yann Kermorgant.  Young Jayden Stockley and small-time squad player Lee Tomlin go out on loan for the remainder of the season.  Cargill was sent away as well with only minutes to go in the transfer window.

Arsenal

In:

Mohamed Elneny (transfer, FC Basel)

Out:

Gedion Zelalem (loan extension, Rangers)

Glen Kamara (loan, Southend United)

Mathieu Debuchy (loan, Girondins Bordeaux)

Yaya Sanogo (loan, Charlton Athletic)

Little done for the Gunners, but their first dip into the window was a crucial squad move.  Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta aren’t awful, but an upgrade in their position has been needed.  Though Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have both returned from injury, purchasing a squad player that can grow into the first XI would be a good thing for Arsene Wenger.  Elneny impressed scouts for both Arsenal and former club FC Basel by functioning as the crux for possession as well as transition play.  Always the first to drop after his side loses the ball and the first to make an intelligent offensive move after winning it back, Elneny could be a wonderful January signing for the Gunners.  Based on his cup appearance, the Egyptian also likes a shot.

Debuchy, who was forced to the sidelines due to both injury and the emergence of Hector Bellerin at right-back.  Though he admitted he wanted to stay in England, perhaps a move back to his home country will help him regain his form.  If his hopes are to play in Euro 16, it’ll desperately be necessary.

In smaller news, Gedion Zelalem had his loan extended with Rangers and Glen Kamara was sent to Southend United for some first-team experience.  Sanogo, often loaned around the develop his game, is sent to Charlton for the remainder of the season.

Aston Villa

In:

Out:

Callum Robinson (loan, Preston North End)

Jed Steer (loan, Huddersfield Town)

Joe Cole (free, Coventry City)

Tiago Ilori (recalled from loan, Liverpool)

Gary Gardner (loan, Nottingham Forest)

Joe Bennett (loan, Sheffield Wednesday)

Jose Angel Crespo (loan, Rayo Vallecano)

Phillippe Senderos (free, Grasshoppers)

The Villans have spent the entirety of their transfer window offloading some deadwood as well as some youngsters.  After their huge summer spending spree with the influx of TV money, this was to be expected from Aston Villa.  Senderos and Joe Cole go on free transfers after being released by the administration, and the remaining players are largely youth team footballers that could use the experience out on loan.

Chelsea

In:

Alexandre Pato (loan, Corinthians)

Matt Miazga (transfer, New York Red Bulls)

Out:

Ramires (transfer, Jiangsu Suning)

Papy Djilobodji (loan, Werder Bremen)

Alex Kiwomya (loan, Fleetwood)

Charly Musonda (loan, Real Betis)

Patrick Bamford (loan, Norwich)

Christian Atsu (loan, Malaga)

Mitchell Beeney (loan, Newport)

Wallace (loan, Gremio)

van Ginkel (loan, PSV Eindhoven)

There’s been a strong increase in business done by Chelsea since the last time of writing.  A little less on the import of players, but again, the side still has plenty of quality.  With Diego Costa fighting injury and poor form, bringing in Pato could be a quick fix.  The 6-month loan deal could give the Brazilian the revitalization to his career that he must have been dying for since leaving A.C. Milan.  Miazga, who was a staple and widely-favoured young American for the Red Bulls, will come in hoping to make an impact on an aging Chelsea defense.  Looking forward, a Zouma-Miazga partnership would be a sight to see.

As usual with Chelsea, there has been quite a few done deals in terms of loaning youth players out to prove themselves elsewhere.  Young goalkeeper Wallace was the first to go, but Djilobodji, Kiwomya, Musonda, Atsu, and Bamford all follow with the hopes of coming back in the summer and delighting whichever manager is running the club at that time.  The sale of Ramires, the lone transfer of the window, was both a good and bad decision – good for the money, which amounted to £25 million, but poor for the squad depth.

Crystal Palace

In:

Emmanuel Adebayor (free)

Randall Williams (transfer, Tower Hamlets)

Out:

Jake Gray (loan, Huddersfield Town)

Jack Hunt (transfer, Sheffield Wednesday)

Jonny Williams (loan, MK Dons)

Jerome Binnon-Williams (loan, Leyton Orient)

Crystal Palace made some moves late in the window.  Having some trouble scoring goals in January, Pardew and the Palace administration are giving Adebayor a chance to come back to the Premier League and show that he’s still got goalscoring ability when leading the line.  A bit of a risky choice, but considering the money spent in the summer, at least it’s a relatively cheap one.  Speaking of risky, they’ve also brought in young Williams from non-league Tower Hamlets, who had previously been on trial with the club.  Though he must have made some impression on the coaching staff, the 19-year-old will have to continue to impress if he’d like to stay beyond his short-term contract.

Out on loan are Binnom-Williams, Gray and Jonny Williams, all young players from the academy.  Williams, previously on loan with Nottingham Forest, didn’t quite make the cut in the Championship.  Instead, he was recalled back on 3 January and sent to lower league side MK Dons.  Jack Hunt, one of the first moves Palace made this past window, was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday.

The last move by Chelsea of the January window was sending Marco van Ginkel, who had been performing well enough for Stoke, to Holland for more consistent playing time.  With the purchase of a particular defensive midfielder, van Ginkel might have received less minutes than Chelsea might have liked.


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Everton

In:

Matty Foulds (transfer, Bury)

Shani Tarashaj (transfer, GC Zurich)

Oumar Niasse (transfer, Lokomotiv Moscow)(

Out:

Shani Tarashaj (loan, GC Zurich)

Liam Walsh (loan, Yeovil Town)

Steven Naismith (transfer, Norwich City)

Jonjoe Kenny (loan, Oxford United)

Aiden McGeady (loan, Sheffield Wednesday)

Both Tarashaj and 17-year-old defender Foulds look to be signings for the future, with the former being sent back out on loan to his Swiss Zurich side. Liam Walsh also exits on loan for the remainder of the season.  Niasse, formerly of Lokomotiv, is a prolific forward who was having a successful season in Russia before the transfer was completed.  High pace and clinical finishing are his major traits, and could use that speed to complement Lukaku after the departure of Naismith.

One of the more surprising deals done this window was the transfer of Steven Naismith to Norwich City.  At the club since 2012 and one of the more prolific, consistent players in the Everton side, it was a bit surprising to see the move go through.  Considering his age and free transfer status when the Toffees signed him, the £8.5 million transfer fee is nice for the club.  But his tendency to score against hometown rivals Liverpool will surely be missed.  If there ever was a statement of intent for Ross Barkley’s future at the club, this would have been it.

Jonjoe Kenny was sent out on loan for first-team experience, and McGeady is sent to the Championship to keep his game fine tuned.

Leicester City

In:

Demarai Gray (transfer, Birmingham City)

Daniel Amartey (transfer, FC Copenhagen)

Daniel Iverson (transfer, Esbjerg)

Out:

Joe Davis (transfer, Yeovil Town)

Andrej Kramaric (loan, Hoffenheim)

Jak McCourt (transfer, Barnsley)

Alie Sesay (transfer, Barnet)

Yohan Benaloune (loan, Fiorentina)

Demarai Gray has been on the monitor of many clubs over the course of the past two seasons, and rightfully so. Tall, pacy, and with a good cross in him, Gray is the kind of wide player that would complement Vardy perfectly. Since he’s so young, there’s just as much a chance of him being used this season as there is being groomed in preparation for an eventual Vardy or Mahrez departure.

Daniel Amartey, a name growing in the international community, comes into the club with the hopes of providing Leicester some squad depth in the defense.  A multi-faceted player who can assist both the back line and the defensive midfield, the young Ghanaian has already won 7 caps for his country.  Used mainly in the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, he’ll surely be useful for Leicester.  Young Danish goalkeeper Daniel Iverson also comes in the squad hoping to make an impact in the future.

Meanwhile, Leicester send Benaloune away to Italy on loan for the remainder of the season.  The defender found life rough in the Premier League for the current leaders.  Leicester hope that Benaloune will find more form for Fiorentina until the summer, when he can be properly assessed by the top flight upstarts.

Heading out of the club are some of the deadwood from the Championship, including McCourt, Sesay, and Davis.  Kramaric, who didn’t quite make the impact Leicester had hoped, is heading to Germany on loan to assist Hoffenheim’s attacking force.

Liverpool

In:

Marko Grujic (transfer, Red Star Belgrade)

Kevin Stewart (recalled from loan, Swindon Town)

Tiago Ilori (recalled from loan, Aston Villa)

Ryan Kent (recalled from loan, Coventry City)

Steven Caulker (loan, Queens Park Rangers)

Out:

Marko Grujic (loan, Red Star Belgrade)

Ryan Fulton (loan, Portsmouth)

Klopp brought back young, promising players in order to fill several gaps created by injury, using them in cup fixtures while awaiting the return of some of his senior players. After winning the replay resoundingly against Exeter, Stewart was among those featuring in the 0-0 draw against West Ham in the FA Cup Fourth Round.  In that same match, Steven Caulker was used for the first time as a defender, brought on twice previously as an impromptu striker late in the match. Promising, young Grujic was sent back on loan to his former Serbian side, who are the current league leaders.

So, plenty of business done in minor, unspectacular fashion.

Manchester City

In:

Anthony Caceres (transfer, Central Coast Mariners)

Out:

Shay Facey (loan, Rotherham United)

Ian Lawlor (loan, Bury)

George Evans (transfer, Reading)

Bruno Zuculini (loan, AEK Athens)

Enes Unal (loan, NAC Breda)

All four young players leave on loan for lower tier sides for the remainder of the season while George Evans departs for the Championship.  City’s only signing, Caceres, is too old to have been brought on as a “for the future” signing.  Though his former side and many Australian A-League managers have spoken very highly of the midfielder, it remains to be seen what his role in the squad will be.

Manchester United

In:

Adnan Januzaj (recalled from loan, Borussia Dortmund)

Out:

Victor Valdes (loan, Standard Liege)

Ben Pearson (transfer, Preston North End)

Dean Henderson (loan, Stockport County)

Kieran O’Hara (loan, Morecambe)

Ashley Fletcher (loan, Barnsley)

Liam Grimshaw (transfer, Preston North End)

Another shocking deal has been the loaning of aging, yet brilliant goalkeeper Victor Valdes to the Belgian side Standard Liege.  Once one of the greats of the game, Valdes has been frozen out of the United side.  Expected, perhaps, after the Sergio Romero purchase in the summer, but surprising nonetheless.

The young Belgian Januzaj has been brought back in baffling fashion as well.  It looks as though gaffer van Gaal has no intention of using him, yet back to Manchester he comes. But, to be fair, the winger was getting little playing time in Germany.

All three loanees are promising young players who will benefit from first-team experience.  Grimshaw and Pearson must not have been making the progress United had wanted, as they’ve been transferred away this window.


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Newcastle United

In:

Henri Saivet (transfer, Girondins Bordeaux)

Jonjo Shelvey (transfer, Swansea City)

Andros Townsend (transfer, Tottenham)

Seydou Doumbia (loan, A.S. Roma)

Out:

Gael Birigimana (loan, Coventry City)

Mike Williamson (transfer, Wolverhampton)

Shane Ferguson (transfer, Millwall)

Florian Thauvin (loan, Marseille)

Kyle Cameron (loan, York City)

Extending Birigimana’s loan is a good move by Newcastle.  Though the Northerners could use the depth in the midfield, they’ve chosen to continue his loan at Coventry and opted instead to sign former Swansea City baldie Jonjo Shelvey.  A surprising signing, but one that makes sense with some consideration.  With some quality up front, the Newcastle defense has been abysmal this season. Having a player like Shelvey, who’s got both a tackle and a goal in him, won’t hurt Newcastle at all.

That’s not to say that Steve McClaren hasn’t looked at upgrades in the attack as well. Saivet will help with goals up front once he settles in. The Senegalese international should also help summer signing Mitrovic, if he ever gets a game again, with his incisive running and tendency to play crosses into the box.  Continuing in that vein late in the window, McClaren has also brought in Townsend, once a promising Tottenham winger forced to the fringe, and Doumbia, who could turn into a quality loan signing in England after struggling in Italy.

Of the remaining business done, most were either deadwood (Williamson) or youth (Cameron, Ferguson).  Thauvin, a summer signing that hadn’t been performing as expected, has been sent to France.  A questionable deal, since Marseille are typically one of the better sides in Ligue 1, but perhaps it will be a good chance for Thauvin to prove himself.  The struggling French side could use some extra firepower up front, and Newcastle seem intent on solving their poor form with more and more transfers.

Norwich City

In:

Matt Jarvis (transfer, West Ham United)

Ivo Pinto (transfer, Dinamo Zagreb)

Ben Godfrey (transfer, York City)

Timm Klose (transfer, Wolfsburg)

Steven Naismith (transfer, Everton)

Patrick Bamford (loan, Chelsea)

James Maddison (transfer, Coventry City)

Out:

Elliott Bennett (transfer, Blackburn Rovers)

Lewis Grabban (transfer, AFC Bournemouth)

Conor McGrandles (loan, Falkirk)

Gary Hooper (transfer, Sheffield Wednesday)

Harry Toffolo (loan, Peterborough)

Jake Kean (loan, Colchester)

Jamar Loza (loan, Southend United)

Louis Thompson (loan extension, Swindon Town)

James Maddison (loan, Coventry City)

Plenty of business for the newly promoted Canaries. Jarvis, Naismith, and Bamford should help with the attack after Grabban leaves for Bournemouth.  Naismith, of course, has already proven useful – a goal and an assist in the wild 5-4 loss to Liverpool.  Ben Godfrey is more a look to the future in the midfield, provided the side can stay in the top flight.

Maddison, who has impressed far beyond expectations for League One side Coventry City, was purchased late in the window (much the the chagrin of Liverpool).  Subsequently, the young midfielder was loaned back to Coventry to finish the season for the Sky Blues.

Elliott Bennett and Gary Hooper were a surplus to requirements, both struggling to find a game all season. Pinto comes into a large league for the first time in his career as Norwich hope he can shore up the back line.  He will continue to be an intriguing signing, one that Norwich fans will surely be watching closely all season.  McGrandles, Toffolo, Kean, and Loza all depart on loan to gain some valuable first-team minutes.

Southampton

In:

Charlie Austin (transfer, Queens Park Rangers)

Out:

Steven Caulker (loan cancelled, Queens Park Rangers)

Sam McQueen (loan, Southend United)

Ryan Seager (loan, Crewe Alexandra)

Gaston Ramirez (loan, MIddlesbrough)

Jack Stephens (loan, Coventry City)

Small, simple business for Southampton so far this winter window. Caulker is sent back to QPR, who is subsequently loaned out to Liverpool. Charlie Austin is also brought in from the London side, already providing for the Saints with a crucial winning goal against Manchester United.  McQueen, Ramirez, Seager, and Stephens departed the club on loan for the remainder of the season.

Stoke City

In:

Giannelli Imbula (transfer, Porto)

Out:

Steve Sidwell (loan, Brighton)

Eddy Lecygne (Doncaster, loan)

Finally getting some deals done, Stoke City have clearly been impressed with the first XI this season. But, considering that there are some players that could still use an upgrade, Imbula comes into a Stoke side that could use some dynamism in the central midfield.    Bringing in Imbula means Stoke City have broken their transfer fee record twice this season – first for Shaqiri, then more recently for Imbula.  The bruising midfield player could easily replace Glenn Whelan in the holding role beside Afellay, who showed against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final that he could bring the ball forward from the defense effectively.  The signing obviously shows a statement of intent from Stoke, but more importantly it provides future opposition the message that the Potters can be as dangerous up front as they can difficult to break down at the back.

As such, no signings were made by the Potters in January.  Steve Sidwell, a staple in last year’s defense, departs the club on loan to Championship side Brighton.  Lecygne heads to Doncaster for first-team experience.

Sunderland

In:

Jan Kirchhoff (transfer, Bayern Munich)

Dame N’Doye (loan, Trabzonspor)

Lamine Kone (transfer, Lorient)

Steve Harper (free)

Out:

Liam Bridcutt (loan, Leeds United)

Will Buckley (loan, Birmingham City)

Costel Pantilimon (transfer, Watford)

Danny Graham (loan, Birmingham)

Lynden Gooch (loan, Doncaster)

Charis Mavrias (loan, Fortuna Dusseldorf)

Sebastian Coates (loan, Sporting Lisbon)

Eder (loan, Lille)

Steven Fletcher (loan, Marseille)

Jordi Gomez (loan, Blackburn Rovers)

In perhaps the worst debut of the season (if not several seasons), former Bayern Munich defender Kirchoff made Black Cats fans salivate until he actually stepped onto the pitch. N’Doye is an aging forward, but Sunderland need someone other than Jermaine Defoe to start scoring. The defense also needed to be shored up for Sunderland, which explains bringing in Kone and Harper.  Though, admittedly, Harper seems to be getting the brunt end for the move – long-time Newcastle keeper, the 40-year-old moves to their fiercest rivals in Sunderland.

Bridcutt saw some minutes last season, but Allardyce doesn’t seem to have room for him this season. Leeds could use the bruising style of Bridcutt in the midfield, so the deal seems mutually beneficial. Buckley, who signed from Brighton last season, failed to make an impact on the first team and has been sent back out on loan until summer.  Along with him on loan are Graham, Gooch, Gomez, Mavrias, Eder, and nomad Coates, the last of which finding it tough to stick around at one club.  Mavrias, the most promising of the loaned players, will hope to fine tune his game so he can come back next season and make the impact Sunderland fans have been waiting for.  Whether that’s in the top flight or the Championship will be decided at season’s end.  Gomez, who found it tough to make it into the first team, will head down to the Championship.

Pantilimon, who was ousted from goal midway through the season at Sunderland, will hope to restart his career at Watford.  Fletcher moves to France in an attempt to strengthen a severely-struggling Marseille side.


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Swansea City

In:

Alberto Paloschi (transfer, Chievo Verona)

Ryan Blair (transfer, Falkirk)

Leroy Fer (loan, QPR)

Out:

Jonjo Shelvey (transfer, Newcastle United)

Gerhard Tremmel (loan, Werder Bremen)

Franck Tabanou (loan, St. Etienne)

Though form is at an absolute low, Swansea have been very positive with their summer signings in the past two years. Sending Shelvey away could be a continuation of that trend, who was replaced with loan move Leroy Fer from Queens Park.  Though Fer likes a shot of his own, the Dutch midfielder is a little more defensively-minded and could help with the conceded goal influx for the Swans.

Those others who did arrive in an effort to help the club out of their slump – Paloschi and Blair, though Blair looks to be more of a look towards the future – are made in an effort to improve the efforts up front.

Paloschi, moving to England from Italy, will look to help Gomis lead the line for the remainder of the season.  Less a target man than his French compatriot, Paloschi has worked with new manager Guidolin in the past.  The confidence in him from his several-time coach should help him settle into the league and produce for Swansea City.

Tremmel and Tabanou move out on loan for different reasons – Tremmel for not getting into the side at all, Tabanou for experience.

Tottenham Hotspur

In:

Shilow Tracey (transfer, Ebbsfleet)

Out:

Kenny McEvoy (transfer, York City)

Andros Townsend (transfer, Newcastle)

Shaquile Coulthirst (transfer, Peterborough)

Alex Pritchard (loan, West Brom)

Frederico Fazio (loan, Sevilla)

Milos Veljkovic (transfer, Werder Bremen)

With the recent purchase and subsequent shining of Dele Alli, it’s hard to fault Tottenham for buying young talent – it seems, for now, that they have quite the eye for it.  Tracey comes in from Ebbsfleet Town as a relative unknown, but Hotspur could develop the attacking midfielder into something special if the hype around the youngster is to be believed.

As previously stated, Townsend departed for Newcastle while Coulthirst, unable to break into the first team with the emergence of Harry Kane, headed to Peterborough on a permanent deal. Fazio found no love in the first team and will be spending the  rest of the season in Spain.  Veljkovic headed to Werder Bremen as well after spending the last season or so on the fringe. Pritchard, in need of Premier League time, headed to West Brom on deadline day.

McEvoy, who was released and immediately picked up by York City, has already excelled for the lower league side.  Whether a reappearance in the Premier League will ever come around for the 21-year-old will have to wait for another day.

Watford

In:

Costel Pantilimon (transfer, Sunderland)

Nordin Amrabat (transfer, Malaga)

Mario Suarez (transfer, Fiorentina)

Abdoulaye Doucoure (transfer, Stade Rennes)

Adalberto Penaranda (transfer, Granada)

Out:

Abdoulaye Doucoure (loan, Granada)

Alessandro Diamanti (loan, Atalanta)

Diego Fabbrini (transfer, Birmingham)

Connor Smith (transfer, AFC Wimbledon)

Uche Ikpeazu (loan, Blackpool)

Giedrius Arlauskis (loan, Espanyol)

Whether Pantilimon has a first-team role for Watford will remain to be seen.  Huerelho Gomes has impressed this season, so it seems far more likely that the Romanian will play a squad role for the newly-promoted side.  Amrabat only played around 1,000 minutes for Spanish side Malaga this season, providing only one assist.  As he comes into the Watford team, the Moroccan will hope that he can provide more than just some width for his new high-flying side.  Suarez, who’s role is questionable when considering the excellent performances from Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, also came in as another striking option.

The late additions of midfielder Doucoure and Penaranda were further statements of intent from Watford.  A box-to-box type with both a tackle and a goal in him, Doucoure will only serve to strengthen a squad that is planning on a long tenure in the top flight.  But his chance will have to wait – part of the deal included a 6-month loan move to Spanish side Granada, who allowed Penaranda to leave for Watford in exchange.  The 18-year-old forward is more likely a look towards the future.

Diamanti and Ikpeazu had trouble finding room in a Watford side that’s outperforming expectations at the moment, so away they go to Atalanta and Blackpool, respectively.  Fabbrini departs a side that he couldn’t force his way into after Watford were promoted to the Premier League, and Smith and Arlauskis go on loan for the chance to gain some valuable minutes.

West Bromwich Albion

In:

Sandro (loan, QPR)

Alex Pritchard (loan, Tottenham)

Out:

Anders Lindegaard (loan, Preston North End)

Adil Nabi (transfer, Peterborough)

Late to the game in terms of business done, West Brom bring in Sandro in an attempt to provide more protection for the back line.  They also brought young Alex Pritchard in on loan from Tottenham to help with some creativity in the attack.  Staying in the Premier League will be good for the 22-year-old, gaining the top flight experience he’s vied unsuccessfully for at Tottenham.

Lindegaard, having fallen short at United, now finds himself on loan in the Championship.  Finally, Nabi, who was unable to have any impact in the Premier League, has been sent away to Peterborough.

West Ham United

In:

Sam Byram (transfer, Leeds United)

Emmanuel Emenike (loan, Fenerbahce)

Out:

Matt Jarvis (transfer, Norwich City)

Stephen Henrie (loan, Southend United)

Lewis Page (loan, Colchester United)

Diego Poyet (loan, Charlton Athletic)

Elliott Lee (loan, Colchester)

Mauro Zarate (transfer, Fiorentina)

Emmanuel Onariase (loan, Brentford)

Like Aston Villa, the Hammers spent a fair few quid in the summer transfer window. The likes of Jarvis and Poyet wouldn’t be finding room in the team for now, though the latter does show some promise for the future. The same goes for Henrie, Lee, Onariase, and Page – four young kids away for the experience.  The transfer of Mauro Zarate, done just after the move for Suarez to Watford, is a sure sign of Fiorentina’s intentions for the striker’s first-team football.

Concerning transfers in, the long-sought-after Byram finally made a Premier League move.  After being linked with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United, and Manchester City in the last calendar year, West Ham are finally able to pry him away from Leeds.  A quality signing with loads of potential, Byram will surely hope to make an immediate impact.  Emenike, on the other hand, had struggled to make an impact in Turkey.  Former club Fenerbahce tried to use him in 2014/15, but after failing to impress he spent the first half of this season in the United Arab Emirates.  Perhaps a more positive loan move this time around to the Premier League, the forward could use the creativity of Dimitri Payet to force himself back into form.

That’s your window, folks – who’s done the best business?