Ah, the last day of January. A day many spend the evening by staring at Jim White and his colleagues on Sky Sports News for the usual drama of transfer deadline day. Last year Andy Carroll joined Liverpool for an astonishing £35 million and Fernando Torres joined Chelsea for £50 million. Social networks went crazy that night. What could happen tonight? Will Chelsea make another massive signing? Could Gerard Pique (and girlfriend Shakira) make Manchester their new home? Could Carlos Tevez join Liverpool and then Everton only moments later? Will it be the most exciting day in footballing transfer history?
The answer is…no. The day hadn’t quite the excitement as last year’s for the average footie fan. But it did have some interesting moves that will no doubt make an impact at certain clubs. One of these clubs is of course QPR. Having already captured Nedum Onuoha (Man Citeh) and Taye Taiwo (AC Milan), they signed Bobby Zamora (Fulham) and Djibril Cissé (Lazio) to strengthen Mark Hughes’ side. Throughout January, they more or less bought half a team.
Meanwhile ‘Arry Redknapp (who is not a “wheeler-dealer”) brought Everton’s Louis Saha to White Hart Lane on loan for the rest of the season with Steven Pienaar going back to his former club also on loan. Everton did also complete the £5.5m signing of Nikica Jelavic from Rangers. Speaking of Spurs, their out-of-favour striker Roman Pavlyuchenko left to join Lokomotiv Moscow in his native land. Elsewhere, Man City landed Chile midfielder David Pizarro on loan from Roma for the rest of the season as did West Brom, for our very own Keith Andrews from Blackburn.
There was some interesting moves elsewhere in Europe such as this and this, but overall it could be considered a fairly quiet one – certainly by English standards with “only” £55.1 million spent by Premier League clubs this deadline day. Last year it was £215 million. Maybe at the next transfer deadline day, on the last day of August, it might be even less? Who am I kidding…Man City and Chelsea are still around, aren’t they?
Anyway, throughout the entire month of January, some of the best signings in my opinion have been:
- Thierry Henry – New York Red Bulls to Arsenal (loan)
- Carlos Kameni – Espanyol to Malaga (free)
- Maxi Lopez – Catania to AC Milan (loan)
- Gary Cahill – Bolton to Chelsea (£7 mil)
- José Antonio Reyes – Athletico Madrid to Sevilla (€3.5 mil)
- Moussa Sow – Lille to Fenerbahce (€15 mil)
- Nicolas Anelka – Chelsea to Shanghai Shenhua (undisclosed)
- Robbie Keane – LA Galaxy to Aston Villa (loan)
- Amauri – Juventus to Fiorentina (€500k)
- Alex – Chelsea to PSG (€5 mil)
Any other good transfers missed this month that is worth mentioning? Leave a comment or hit me up on twitter.