Sure Demba Ba is a loss but three full French internationals is some coup for Nouveau Chateau. If his performances at the Euros are any indicator then Mathieu Debuchy will be a big hit at right-back while centre-half Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - allied with the retention of club captain Fabricio Coloccini - and Moussa Sissoko, to dovetail with the equally robust Cheick Tiote when he's back from CAN and the fit-again Yohan Cabaye in the engine room, give the Magpies a far more solid look. Ba seemed unable to link-up with Papiss Cisse who is now likely to be the central striker flanked by highly rated new boy Yoan Gouffran and Hatem Ben Arfa when fit. Mike Ashley even got Xisco off the wage bill.
Daniel Sturridge rewarded his manager with three goals in his first three matches since joining from Chelsea, is already demonstrating a developing understanding with Luis Suarez and gives the Reds much-needed firepower. Nuri Sahin's unhappy spell has come to an end so playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been drafted in from Inter. The 20-year-old Brazilian will take time to settle as the crop of South American players at Anfield becomes four. Brendan Rogers hopes his performances are more akin to Luis Suarez than Sebastian Coates.
On a smaller financial scale, business at the Latics was predictably Hispanic. New signing Roger Espinoza inspired his side to fight back impressively from two goals down against Stoke in midweek and the Honduran midfielder, signed on a free from Major League Soccer side Kansas City, looks a typically shrewd capture. They missed out on highly-talented Ecuadorian attacking midfielder Jefferson Montero but Chilean wonderkid Angelo Henriquez also scored on his debut and will offer another option in attack in the relegation fight.
The wonderfully-named Brek Shea was the only new name for this season at the Britannia Stadium. At 6ft 3in, Shea is another midfielder built in the Harlem Globetrotters mode that Tony Pulis is so keen on. England's goalkeeper of the future Jack Butland has come in from Birmingham City for what looks like a bargain £3.5m (and been loaned straight back to the Blues). But Pulis still has a full quota of players at his disposal as much discussed moves away from the Potteries for prized assets Asmir Begovic, Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones did not materalise. And Michael Owen is still a Stoke City player!
QUEENS PARK RANGERS
The car window was wound down as early as every other deadline day but Harry Redknapp was relatively quiet. Loic Remy is a clear focal point in attack and Chris Samba is proven Premier League quality. Indeed if the giant DR Congo central defender had been partnered with his old Ewood Park mucker Ryan Nelsen you would have backed the Hoops to stay up. But his dodgy knees have seen the Kiwi swap East Acton for East Canada. 'Arry failed with bids for Peter Odemwingie, Joe Cole, Yann M’Vila, Rolando and Peter Crouch - and the non-arrival of another quality central defender (someone like Michael Dawson) may prove crucial. Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend did come in from Spurs while Cisse, Faurlin and Ferdinand (a combined 32 Premier League starts this season) departed. However only an outbreak of a rare tropical disease at Loftus Road can leave Redknapp claiming he is down to the 'bare bones' at the R's.
David Moyes suffered a Ferball as Everton pulled out of an £8.6m deal for Leroy Fer after a medical revealed a problem with the FC Twente midfielder's knee. The bulldozing Dutch international may have been seen as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini but the biggest piece of news at Goodison was that the Belgian stays at the club. Barnsley's England Under-19 defender John Stones came in on a five-and-a-half-year deal for about £3m with winger Magaye Gueye heading back to France on loan. They were unable to seal a deal for Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo so must hope out-of-sorts striker Nikica Jelavic finds his shooting boots.
"If he had all the attributes you'd want he'd be costing you about £10 million," was Martin O'Neill's 'glowing' endorsement of new signing Alfred N'Diaye but the French midfielder's full debut for the Black Cats at Wigan was outstanding and he adds some extra brawn in the engine room. Gateshead-born Danny Graham was booed by Sunderland fans on Tuesday, pre-signing, and has some work to do to win over the Mackems and it's unclear what role O'Neill envisages for the Newcastle fan with Steven Fletcher having played up top on his own all season and having weighed in with 10 goals.
Martin Jol targeted midfield reinforcements and the biggest came in the form of fellow Dutchman and Milan's utility man Urby Emanuelson. "He can play left midfield, wide, play number 10," said Jol who must hope 'Urby goes bananas' during his four-month loan spell. Emmanuel Frimpong comes in to add some bite and some dench to the engine room. Only @timcaple will have an idea what sort of impact Eredivisie recruits - PSV right-back Stanislav Manolev, Ajax midfielder Eyong Enoh and FC Twente midfielder Chris David will have.
City rarely do major business in the January transfer window - the £27m signing of Edin Dzeko in January 2011 was the exception - and no one of note has come in. Rumours about Radamel Falcao and Barcelona striker David Villa did not come to fruition as they find themselves one striker 'light' after finally offloading basket case Mario Balotelli to AC Milan. Some would say that is good business given that he is such a distraction but he was a distraction last year in a title winning campaign. All we know is that the Premier League will be less entertaining without the camouflage Bentley leaving the Carrington training complex.
When you're seven points clear at the top, you don't need to panic buy. United have invested £15m in Wilfried Zaha but he will be loaned back to Crystal Palace until the end of season. The Zaha showreel on YouTube is certainly impressive with enough stepovers to rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Worrell Sterling and Peter Beagrie combined. Only time will tell if he turns out to be the new CR7 or just the new Vince Hilaire.
The vultures were reported to be circulating around South Wales but goal machine Michu has signed a new four-year deal and keeper Michel Vorm and central defender Ashley Williams are still in Glamorgan rather than Barcelona or Liverpool. Winger Roland Lamah has signed on loan from Spanish side Osasuna but they failed to get in a replacement for Danny Graham with apparently a bid rejected by Stoke for striker Kenwyne Jones.
WEST HAM UNITED
The prodigal son is back at the Boleyn but 2013 Joe Cole is not 2003 Joe Cole. A populist signing that will win over some of the sceptics who still don't appreciate the Big Sam way rather than the West Ham way. Mohamed Diame is pivotal to Allardyce's approach and the Senegal midfield stays despite Arsenal sniffing around. It is hard to see two other strikers, Marouane Chamakh and Wellington Paulista, being more than bit-part players with Andy Carroll returning to fitness but Emanuel Pogatetz brings some much needed cover in defence and no doubt some agricultural tackling.
If you upgrade from Andre Santos you have to say it is a positive. But someone plucked from the Eritrean third division would probably be an upgrade on the shirt-swapping left-back. The Gunners completed the £8.5 million signing of Nacho Monreal, Spain's second choice left-back, late on deadline day. However he wasn't the big name Gooner fans were hoping for. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and David Villa were both targeted but the Dutch striker signed a new contract at Schalke and Barcelona refused to sell Villa. As always, the fans would have hoped that Arsene Wenger had spent more cash but at least Theo Walcott stays.
When your top scorer has bagged a mere four goals you know you need a new front man but Celtic rejected four bids for striker Gary Hooper. Chris Hughton did bolster his attacking options with the signing of Luciano Becchio who his agent claims was being chased by "Europa League clubs" and the Argentine needs to prove he can transfer his goals from the Championship to the Premier League. He joins the contingent of ex-Leeds players at Carrow Road while another striker, Kei Kamara, comes in on loan from Sporting Kansas City as long as he receives a work permit.
It is hard to be too critical of Reading's prudent transfer policy that does not jeopardise their long-term stability. The Royals failed with a club-record bid late on deadline day which was believed to be for Blackpool's Tom Ince. The likes of Hope Akpan, Stephen Kelly and Nick Blackman do not set the pulse racing and although former Sporting Lisbon skipper Daniel Carrico has pedigree, the defender was hauled off after the first half of his debut against West Brom which suggests he needs some time to settle.
It was not players making the headlines on the South Coast but a chairman after Saints sacked manager Nigel Adkins after two and a half years and back-to-back promotions and appointed Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as manager. The Argentine left Spanish side Espanyol in November and only if he keeps the side up will he be able to be judged fairly. His heavy pressing game and attacking instincts have drawn some early praise but Nicola Cortese is walking a tightrope after chopping Adkins.
The Villans are perilously placed in the relegation zone, have been knocked out of both cups to lower league opposition in a week and every pundit says they need more experience. So in comes a 22-year-old from the French second division and a striker who spent the past two seasons on loan at Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes and previously had a loan spell at Leyton Orient. Midfielder Yacouba Sylla and Simon Dawkins are unlikely to do little to ease the pressure on Paul Lambert. When will they Lerner?
Sure Demba Ba has come to Stamford Bridge but already interim punch bag Rafa Benitez is indicating that he will spend lots of time on the bench as Fernando Torres continues his three-season quest to find that barndoor. The new Frank Lampard is still Frank Lampard to the end of the season as Brazilian midfielder Willian found a large bucket of roubles at Anzhi and Marouane Fellaini kept his set of Afro combs on Merseyside. Jack Butland rejected a move and Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic stayed put as they were unable to find an able deputy to Petr Cech.
Tottenham are usually at the heart of the action on transfer deadline day and it was reported that Andre Villas-Boas’s only request to chairman Daniel Levy this month was to bring in Leandro Damiao. But the Internacional striker did not come to White Hart Lane so with Emmanuel Adebayor at the African Cup of Nations and Jermain Defoe troubled by an abdominal injury, AVB is so short of pure frontman that he was forced to play John Obika - a man who has spent most of his adult life on loan at Yeovil - in the FA Cup defeat to Leeds. Rumoured moves for Lyon front man Bafetimbi Gomis, Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo and Joao Moutinho failed to materialise with Lewis Holtby the only new arrival.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
The transfer window proved to be an Omnishambles of Clusterwoe in the Black Country thanks to Peter Odemwingie. The striker had been a target of QPR throughout January and had repeatedly voiced his displeasure at not being allowed to leave. So bad is the food in the Baggies canteen that he drove to London, without permission, on deadline day to try and force a move. That never materialised and Steve Clarke is left with the option of putting a proven Premier League goalscorer out to pasture with the reserves or playing a hate figure. Probably easier to rely on Romelu Lukaku, who has not returned to Chelsea, while Jonas Olsson has also been kept out of QPR's clutches.
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