Transfer Windows 2021 - Discussion

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As the first half of the 2020-21 football season comes to an end, teams are undoubtedly starting to think about where their squads need strengthening.

So what - and who - will the Premier League managers have on their wishlists?

Arsenal

Arsenal need creativity and inspiration from somewhere as those brought in have so far either been injured (Thomas Partey) or hopeless (Willian) while their season has descended into crisis.

Former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, who has flopped badly at Inter Milan, has been mentioned as a potential signing, as has Houssem Aouar of Lyon, who was a summer target. Getting players out of Lyon is tough at any time under the iron-hard negotiating style of president Jean-Michael Aulas - January may prove impossible.

Norwich's Emi Buendia is a possibility and may be one player available within Arsenal's price range.

Manager Mikel Arteta has been promised support by technical director Edu; financial calculations are being made. As Arsenal look at their budget and consider their options, will January be the time they finally manage to get the expensive Mesut Ozil off their wage bill?

Don't expect any big-money moves here but manager Dean Smith may look at his attack. Ollie Watkins, the £28m club-record signing from Brentford, has been outstanding but Keinan Davis has not produced enough goals when he has had a chance.

January is a fraught market, especially for acquiring the priceless commodity of goals, as Villa discovered with the failed £8.5m signing of Genk's Mbwana Samatta last year. He is already out on loan at Fenerbahce.

Villa have long been linked with Werder Bremen's Milot Rashica but at this stage there are no plans for any serious spending.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton owner Tony Bloom has never been a fan of investing in the January market. But if a lack of goals continues to prove a problem, then there could be a change of plan with a move for a striker - although the Seagulls always attempt to balance the books.

They will also want to keep coveted defender Ben White.

BBC Sussex Brighton and Hove Albion commentator Johnny Cantor says: "Manager Graham Potter says a 'silver bullet' isn't always the right option but a forward who can get into double figures may be essential if the Seagulls are to secure a fifth season in the Premier League."

Burnley

Sean Dyche would love to strengthen after working miracles on a tight budget but the big money just isn't there at Turf Moor and a proposed takeover has yet to materialise, so it is unlikely there will be any serious movement in January.

Jeff Hendrick, now at Newcastle, is still missed in central midfield, with Everton's Fabian Delph a name doing the rounds. As for the defence, Dyche will hope no tempting offers come in for centre-back James Tarkowski.

The Clarets fought off serious summer interest for Tarkowski from West Ham and, while his sale could generate big money very quickly, his importance to the team has been emphasised after his return to fitness.

Chelsea

It is pretty well known who Chelsea manager Frank Lampard would like next after his spectacular summer spending - but what he wants and what he gets are likely to be two different things when it comes to the January market.

Lampard would love to sign Declan Rice - a midfielder with the added attraction of being able to play in central defence - but would West Ham consider selling in January? Very, very unlikely.

It may be Chelsea and Lampard have to wait and concentrate on shifting some players off the wage bill, such as Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso.

Crystal Palace

Do not expect any major moves from Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson. There may even finally be a break from the endless speculation surrounding Wilfried Zaha, forever linked with a move away that never materialises.

There could be a buy similar to the one that brought Eberechi Eze from QPR, with Reading's France youth international Michael Olise touted as a possibility. Bodo/Glimt striker Kasper Junker has also been mentioned but it would be no surprise if January is very quiet at Palace.

Everton

Everton director of football Marcel Brands is not a fan of January business but manager Carlo Ancelotti may wish to strengthen a squad that has suffered injuries but is also in position to have a strong second half of the season.

Ancelotti was looking for right-flank reinforcements last summer but two intriguing names with big connections to the Italian's time at Real Madrid have been mentioned. They are Isco, who is still at the Bernabeu, and Sami Khedira - the German midfielder now at Juventus, who has admitted contact with Everton's manager.

Leicester's Demarai Gray has been linked with a move to Goodison Park, while Tottenham's Dele Alli has also been touted, but I think we can file that one in the folder marked 'highly unlikely'.

A striker may be an area of interest but any move there may depend on offloading Cenk Tosun, as easing the wage bill is still a top priority.

Fulham's rapid improvement in recent weeks means the January transfer window does not look quite as defining for manager Scott Parker and his team.

The Cottagers have been linked with Philadelphia Union's 23-year-old Germany-born left-back Kai Wagner.

Leeds United

The word is Leeds United are unlikely to make any moves in January and that is only likely to change if they have a very poor run or if Marcelo Bielsa's squad is suddenly hit by injuries.

Bielsa likes a relatively small squad all honed to his ideas and fitness requirements, as illustrated by the contentious failed loan move for RB Leipzig's Jean-Kevin Augustin, who barely figured in their run to promotion after arriving in January last year.

There has been talk of a loan move for Manchester United's Daniel James, who scored when Leeds were beaten 6-2 at Old Trafford on 20 December.

Central midfield may be an area that needs strengthening but the suggestions are that next summer will be the time for major moves.

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has spoken about developing the players he has after his summer spending but the Foxes currently look light in central defence, where they rely so heavily on the experience of Jonny Evans and the outstanding French 20-year-old Wesley Fofana.

Caglar Soyuncu has been badly hit by injuries while Wes Morgan, a key figure in the 2016 title-winning team, is 37 in January.

City have also been linked - along with lots of others - with Sporting Lisbon's talented teenage left-back Nuno Mendes.

Liverpool

One big question here: will Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp move for cover to replace Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez? Both are recovering from serious knee injuries and may not play again this season.

Klopp will only move if he is convinced it is 100% right for Liverpool and not a short-term fix or second option. So far, the combination of Fabinho, Joel Matip and youngsters such as Rhys Williams have put Liverpool at the top of the Premier League once more.

Liverpool have been linked with a deal for Schalke's Ozan Kabak and Lille defender Sven Botman but past experience tells us Klopp will weigh up any move very carefully. He would have to be convinced any signing would bring serious benefit to his squad.

It looks like being a quiet January at Etihad Stadium, although Pep Guardiola may be tempted to explore improvements at left-back if there is a chance. Benjamin Mendy has been inconsistent and injury prone, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is not quite top class.

Looking further ahead, City and Guardiola will eventually have to plan for life without the great Sergio Aguero.

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to strengthen in central defence and in the wide attacking positions. It is doubtful he will get to do that in January, though.

Borussia Dortmund's England wide man Jadon Sancho remains a long-term target. Future defensive possibilities include the usual suspects: RB Leipzig's Dayet Upamecano - who will not be sold with Bundesliga side in the Champions League - and Brighton's Ben White.

There is one deal set to go through. Solskjaer fully expects to complete the £19m signing of teenage Atalanta winger Amad Diallo at the turn of the year.

Newcastle United

Who knows how the mid-season window will work out on Mike Ashley's watch? The Newcastle United owner did a fair bit of business during the last transfer window to bring in Callum Wilson, Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick and Ryan Fraser. So it may be a quiet January.

Adding numbers in defence may be something manager Steve Bruce looks at, though, with Manchester United's young left-back Brandon Williams a potential target. He may also try to lure Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori on loan.

Sheffield United

Sheffield United will be looking at loan deals rather than permanent signings unless their desperate plight at the foot of the Premier League alters thinking at Bramall Lane.

Manager Chris Wilder may well prioritise a left-sided central defender with the injury to Jack O'Connell having a serious impact, not simply because of his defensive qualities but his energy around the pitch.

Will the club's ownership gamble in an attempt to salvage their Premier League status - or be cautious in a notoriously difficult January market? Their current position may also make it more difficult to attract targets.

Southampton

Southampton may look to add quality and depth at left-back. Manchester United's Brandon Williams was the target of a summer loan move - and that may be revisited in January. He offers versatility on both flanks, which may appeal to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, although he has also attracted interest from Newcastle. In addition, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be reluctant to let the defender go out on loan.

The big activity may come via new contracts, with deals for Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand on the table.

Danny Ings
Southampton want to extend the contract of striker Danny Ings, which runs until 2022
Tottenham
At Tottenham, the big January question is whether Dele Alli, marginalised by Jose Mourinho, will be at the club at the end of the month, with Paris St-Germain still very interested.

Mourinho has been linked with a potential deal for Juventus's experienced midfield man Sami Khedira but most of the debate will surround Alli, whose star has fallen since he was touted as one of England's great future talents.

West Bromwich Albion
Albion are in desperate need of reinforcements and it is highly unlikely Sam Allardyce would have accepted the manager's job without firm assurances of decent room for manoeuvre in the market.

He has already been linked with Crystal Palace's 31-year-old defender James Tomkins, who played under him at Selhurst Park as well as at West Ham.

In addition, would Allardyce be tempted to look at Everton's Turkish striker Cenk Tosun, a player he brought to Goodison Park for £27m in January 2018?

Allardyce has been linked with Newcastle's Andy Carroll, but the former England striker is surely too expensive in terms of wages, and his record suggests he is too prone to injury as well.

West Ham United
David Moyes would like to add firepower to his attack and has been linked with Chelsea's Olivier Giroud. This would be a superb signing but would Chelsea really consider letting a player who is still so influential leave Stamford Bridge?

The Hammers were heavily linked with Bournemouth's Joshua King last summer. Will Moyes revisit that deal?

They may even get an offer from Chelsea for Declan Rice - but this will surely be resisted in January.

Wolves were already suffering from a shortage of goals before their outstanding striker Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull in the win at Arsenal on 29 November.

This has increased the need for striking reinforcements in January - especially given that Diogo Jota was sold to Liverpool in September.

Would Liverpool's Divock Origi fit the bill now? Could he then continue to be a useful squad addition when Jimenez is cleared to return?

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/55428143
 
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Schalke are confident of completing the loan signing of Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac when the January transfer window opens.
 
No winter break, a shorter season and injuries piling up.

Whether a team is challenging for the title, aiming for a European spot or looking to avoid relegation, reinforcements may well be needed for that push in the second half of the season.

Will clubs decide to splash out or aim to bring in players on short-term deals? BBC Sport takes a look at players who could move when the transfer window opens on 4 January.

Premier League
PAUL POGBA (27, midfielder, Manchester United)

Linked with: Juventus

Will he leave? Won't he leave? It has been a running theme during Pogba's time at Manchester United and this transfer window is no different.

The France World Cup winner has been a regular performer for United this season, making 19 appearances, but his agent said earlier this month the player is "unhappy" at the club and "has to change teams" in the next transfer window.

MESUT OZIL (32, midfielder, Arsenal)

Linked with: Fenerbahce, DC United, LA Galaxy, Inter Miami

Ozil has been banished by manager Mikel Arteta, failing to make Arsenal's squad for both the domestic and European campaign this season.

A World Cup winner with Germany in 2014, Ozil is one of the Gunners' highest earners. His contract runs out next summer but he may leave earlier if a deal can be agreed.

DELE ALLI (24, midfielder, Tottenham)

Linked with: Paris St-Germain, Everton

England international Alli's future at Tottenham has become increasingly uncertain; he has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho and made just one Premier League start so far this season.

Paris St-Germain tried to sign Alli last summer but owner Daniel Levy refused to agree a deal. The French champions look set to make another attempt in January.

OLIVIER GIROUD (34, striker, Chelsea)

Linked with: West Ham, Atletico Madrid, Marseille

Olivier Giroud's Chelsea career seemed to be nearing an end this summer as boss Frank Lampard bolstered his attacking options with the likes of Timo Werner.

However, the veteran France striker has been in great form for club and country, scoring 14 goals in 23 appearances - including all four in a 4-0 win against Sevilla.

That form has apparently alerted a number of clubs including Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side released Diego Costa recently and could see Giroud as the ideal replacement.

DIVOCK ORIGI (25, striker, Liverpool)

Linked with: Wolves, Newcastle, Leeds

Anfield cult hero Origi has seen his game time reduced at Liverpool following the summer arrival of Diogo Jota, playing just eight games and scoring one goal.

Wolves retain a long-held interest and may well bid as they look for cover for striker Raul Jimenez, who is recovering from a fractured skull.

FIKAYO TOMORI (22, defender, Chelsea)

Linked with: Leeds

England international Tomori made 22 appearances for Chelsea last season but has barely featured this term, playing just three games in all competitions.

Leeds looks the likeliest destination with the West Yorkshire side needing cover for long-term absentee Robin Koch.

ADAMA TRAORE (24, winger, Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Linked with: Leeds

Adama Traore had a hugely impressive season in 2019-20 but has not quite been able to carry that form into this campaign and has struggled for game time this season.

The Spain international has started just nine games this season and has failed to score a goal or provide any assists. With Euro 2020 on the horizon, a move to pastures new might be what the winger needs to rediscover his form.

OLEKSANDR ZINCHENKO (24, full-back, Manchester City)

Linked with: Southampton, Wolves, Leicester, West Ham

Ukraine full-back Zinchenko has fallen down the pecking order at Etihad Stadium, playing just 12 Premier League minutes this season.

With no guarantee of first-team football, City "will listen to offers" for the player and will not be short of suitors.

YVES BISSOUMA (24, midfielder, Brighton)

Linked with: Liverpool, Manchester United, Monaco

Mali midfielder Bissouma has been a regular in the Brighton line-up since signing from Lille in 2018.

But with Georginio Wijnaldum yet to sign a new contract at Liverpool, Bissouma has been touted as a possible replacement for the Dutchman.

JAMES TARKOWSKI (28, defender, Burnley)

Linked with: West Ham, Leicester

Centre-back Tarkowski has been a firm fixture in the Clarets backline and has also gone on to win two England caps.

But he has so far failed to agree a new contract at Turf Moor, with his current deal expiring in 18 months' time.

JAMES MCCARTHY (30, midfielder, Crystal Palace)

Linked with: Celtic, Aston Villa, Burnley

Republic of Ireland international McCarthy has failed to hold down a first-team place at Crystal Palace and has played just four games this season.

The experienced midfielder has played more than 250 top-flight games but is out of contract at the end of the season and could secure a move away in January.

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JOSHUA KING (28, striker, Bournemouth)

Linked with: Aston Villa

King almost moved to Manchester United last summer but ended up staying with Bournemouth following relegation to the Championship.

The Cherries are flying high in the second tier and could cash in on King, whose contract runs out at the end of the season.

EMILIANO BUENDIA (24, midfielder, Norwich)

Linked with: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Valencia

Buendia has been in superb form this season, scoring six goals and providing six assists as Norwich look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

The Argentine may well be looking for a return to the top flight and would be a creative force for Arsenal, who are in desperate need of inspiration in the final third.

MATTHEW SORINOLA (19, defender, MK Dons)

Linked with: Leeds, West Ham

Teenage defender Sorinola has caught the eye in his breakthrough season for MK Dons in League One, playing 19 games.

A host of scouts have been impressed with his progress and a number of clubs are said to be chasing his signature next month.

Scotland
ODSONNE EDOUARD (22, striker, Celtic)

Linked with: AC Milan

Many expected the France Under-21 international to leave in the summer - and Edouard himself was among them. As transfer noise buffeted around him, the striker's early-season form was underwhelming at best. No offers were forthcoming before the summer window closed and Edouard has been some way off his best ever since.

Celtic are unlikely to be searching for suitors but, should one come along with an enticing offer, it is entirely possible a deal could be done.

ALFREDO MORELOS (24, striker, Rangers)

Linked with: Lille

This time last year, the Colombian was in fine fettle. Goals followed goals in the opening half of the domestic season and the striker was rampant in the Europa League, too. Clubs across the continent cast covetous glances. Then it stopped. The goals dried up as Rangers' title challenge faltered.

Lille were sniffing around in the summer and, with Rangers eager to generate revenue from player sales, Morelos would seem like a likely candidate to depart after a frustrating opening half of this season.

Across Europe
DAVID ALABA (28, defender, Bayern Munich)

Linked with: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG

Austria international Alaba won the Treble with Bayern Munich last season but is in the final year of his contract and has yet to agree a new one.

The defender can start talking to other clubs in January. A host of top clubs across Europe are interested in his signature.

PAPU GOMEZ (32, forward, Atalanta)

Linked with: Juventus, Inter, AC Milan, Napoli, Roma, PSG

The Argentine attacking midfielder appears to have fallen out with his coach Gian Piero Gasperini. He's 32 years old but is one of Atalanta's most important players and a huge part of their recent success in the Champions League, reaching the knockout stages in the last two seasons.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (28, midfielder, Inter Milan)

Linked with: PSG, Arsenal, Manchester United

The Denmark star's move to Italy from Tottenham 12 months ago has not worked out and he has a strained relationship with Inter head coach Antonio Conte. At 28, he is at a key moment in his career and wants regular first-team football.

HOUSSEM AOUAR (22, midfielder, Lyon)

Linked with: Real Madrid, Juventus, PSG, Arsenal

France midfielder Aouar was strongly linked with Arsenal in the last transfer window.

With Lyon challenging PSG for the title this season, he is more likely to move in the summer than in January.

LEANDRO PAREDES (26, midfielder, PSG)

Linked with: Inter Milan

According to the Italian media, a swap deal involving Marcelo Brozovic and Leandro Paredes collapsed on deadline day in October. Paredes was in and out of the PSG starting XI before manager Thomas Tuchel's recent sacking, and they could let him leave in order to free up space and money to bring in one of their targets.

ISCO (28, midfielder, Real Madrid)

Linked with: Sevilla, Juventus, Arsenal, Everton

Zinedine Zidane no longer seems to consider Isco as one of his key players and Spanish media are reporting that the 28-year-old sees his future outside La Liga. His contract doesn't expire until 2022 so anyone interested would still need to pay a considerable fee.

DIEGO COSTA (32, striker, free agent)

Linked with: Arsenal, Wolves

Costa's departure from Atletico Madrid in December has paved the way for a possible Premier League return.

However, the 32-year-old will be keen for regular football after making just three substitute appearances since mid-October. The Spain striker scored 59 goals in 120 games for Chelsea between 2014 and 2017 and still has the aggression to upset defenders even if he is not as prolific as he once was.

MERGIM BERISHA (22, striker, RB Salzburg)

Linked with: Parma, Sassuolo, Torino

When it comes to this time of year, RB Salzburg are European football's top supermarket. Takumi Minamino and Erling Braut Haaland left the Austrian club 12 months ago and Dominik Szoboszlai has already agreed his move to RB Leipzig, to go through officially once the January window opens.

Berisha has caught the eye, notably with goals against Bayern Munich and Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League.

RENATO SANCHES (23, midfielder, Lille)

Linked with: Liverpool, Inter Milan

The Portugal international midfielder, who burst on to the scene as a teenager at Benfica, has rebuilt his reputation after life at Bayern Munich didn't work out.

Like many French clubs, Lille are having financial difficulties and with new owners in charge he may be allowed to leave to raise funds.

ARKADIUSZ MILIK (26, striker, Napoli)

Linked with: Roma, Juventus, Fiorentina, Everton, Tottenham

The Polish striker was omitted from Napoli's Serie A and Europa League squads this season after a contract dispute. He has scored 48 goals in 122 appearances across all competitions for the Italian club, having joined from Ajax in 2016.
 
Arsenal full-back Sead Kolasinac has agreed to join Bundesliga side Schalke on loan for the remainder of the season
 
Manchester United have completed the signing of Amad Diallo from Atalanta on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

An agreement was reached between the two clubs for the 18-year-old during the last transfer window but the move was subject to a medical, work permit, and personal terms.
 
Sebastian Haller has left West Ham for Ajax, fee around £23m , bit of a surprising one , wasn't the greatest striker but he has been offloaded so soon. looks like Arnautovic is coming back from China
 
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West Ham's club record signing Sebastien Haller is on the brink of joining Dutch side Ajax.

The Hammers spent £45m on the striker in 2019.

He was one of a number of expensive signings made by former manager Manuel Pellegrini who did not perform to the levels anticipated.

Pellegrini was sacked in December 2019 and David Moyes eventually steered the club away from relegation trouble.

Although Haller has played recently in the absence of Michail Antonio, West Ham are happy to accept a fee of around 22.5m euros (£20.35m) for the 26-year-old, who made his debut for the Ivory Coast in November.
 
Liverpool are expected to sign a couple of defenders I guess.

Everton still sniffing around Isco.
 
JOSE: WINKS IS GOING NOWHERE

Jose Mourinho says England midfielder Harry Winks will not be leaving Tottenham despite speculation linking him with a move to La Liga side Valencia.
 
Nigeria forward Odion Ighalo, 31, is keen on a move to Major League Soccer in the United States. His loan spell at Manchester United from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua expires at the end of this month. (ESPN)

Tottenham Hotspur are unlikely to extend 31-year-old Wales forward Gareth Bale's loan deal from Real Madrid for the 2021-22 season. (Times - subscription required)

Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey, 21, is close to agreeing a new long-term contract with the Premier League club. German champions Bayern Munich are among the sides linked with the England Under-21 international. (Talksport)

RB Leipzig are not considering selling 22-year-old France centre-back Dayot Upamecano, even though he can leave in the summer for £37.4m. Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are among the teams interested. (Guardian)

Brazil forward Neymar, 28, is in talks to extend his contract at Paris-St Germain. (Sky Sports)

PSG have made Tottenham's England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, their top target this month and are hopeful of a loan deal. (Guardian)

However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is ready to block any deal for Alli so as not to leave the squad short during the second half of the season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester City's Spain defender Eric Garcia, 20, is set to sign a five-year contract with Barcelona.(Sport - in Spanish)

West HamUnited want a striker and have targeted Reims' Boulaye Dia, with the 24-year-old Senegal international available for £15m. (Eurosport)

Aston Villa are interested in signing Bournemouth and Wales midfielder David Brooks, 23, in the January transfer window. (Talksport)

Manchester United players celebrate Paul Pogba's goal against Burnley

Tottenham and Chelsea are interested in signing 24-year-old South Korea centre-back Kim Min-jae, who plays for Chinese side Beijing Guoan. (Mirror)

Everton director of football Marcel Brands does not expect the club to make any signings this month and will instead focus on selling players to reduce the size of the squad. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal are monitoring Shakhtar Donetsk and Israel winger Manor Solomon, 21, with a view to making the Ukrainian club an offer in the summer. (Guardian)

Aston Villa are prepared to let Republic of Ireland midfielder Conor Hourihane, 29, go out on loan this month. (Football Insider)

Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa are the only candidates left in the running for the vacant Barcelona president's position. The election will take place on Sunday, 24 January. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Aston Villa face a battle to keep academy midfielder Aaron Ramsey, with Celtic and Ajax ready to make a move for the 17-year-old England youth international when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Mail)

Meanwhile, Villa's French right-back Frederic Guilbert, 26, has rejected a move to Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir. (Football Insider)

Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 37, could be set to return to struggling Schalke. The forward left the German club for Ajax in 2017 after a seven-year stint. (Bild Sport - in German)

Huddersfield Town's English goalkeeper Ben Hamer, 33, is set to join Swansea City on a free transfer. (Yorkshire Live)

Former Leicester City full-back Danny Simpson, 34, still believes he can play at Premier League level. The English defender has been without a club since the summer. (Sky Sports)

Luton Town are set to sign versatile player Kai Naismith, 28, on a free transfer. The Scot left the Latics by mutual consent last week. (Football Insider)
 
A few big names who are free agents in the summer could agree pre-contract agreements this window.

Messi, Aguero, Ramos, Alaba are some that come to mind, and of course the Ozil saga at Arsenal seems to be done this month.
 
Jack Wilshere is a free agent after being released by West Ham towards the start of the season and the former England midfielder, 29, had a spell on loan with Bournemouth during the 2016-17 season.
 
Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan has joined Arsenal on loan until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old Australian had recently lost his place in the Seagulls’ team to Spanish goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.

“We have incredible talent and competition at this club for just one position,” said Brighton boss Graham Potter.

“Understandably, as Australia’s number one, Mat wants the chance of more regular opportunities.”
 
Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed striker Willian Jose on loan from Real Sociedad until the end of the season.

The Brazilian has scored 62 goals in 170 appearances since joining the La Liga side in 2016, including six during in 2020-21.

Wolves have the option to buy the 29-year-old in the summer.

Jose will provide an extra option in attack for Nuno Espirito Santo's side, with Mexican forward Raul Jimenez out with a fractured skull.

Jose is not expected to be available for Wednesday's Premier League game against Chelsea (18:00 GMT kick-off).
 
ottenham Hotspur have made contact with Paris St-Germain's 32-year-oldArgentina midfielder Angel di Maria, who is available on a free transfer this summer. (L'Equipe via Talksport)

PSG still hope to sign Spurs and England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, on loan for the rest of the season. Spurs are considering Borussia Monchengladbach and Germany playmaker Florian Neuhaus, 23, as a replacement. (Mirror)

Alli wants to join his former boss Mauricio Pochettino at PSG, however Spurs will not let him leave until they have identified a replacement. (Goal)

New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has RB Leipzig and France defender Dayot Upamecano, 22, at the top of his list of targets. (SportBild - in German)

Frank Lampard's sacking as manager has also left West Ham United feeling confident that Chelsea's interest in 22-year-old England midfielder Declan Rice will end. (Telegraph - subscription required)

The Blues remain determined to sign Borussia Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20. (Mail)

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Manchester United could move for Hoffenheim's 21-year-old Austria midfielder Christoph Baumgartner in the summer. (Sun)

However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not expecting any arrivals before the January transfer deadline. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham have been linked with a move for 29-year-old Napoli and Serbia centre-back Nikola Maksimovic, who is out of contract at the end of the season. (Spazio Napoli - in Italian)

Leicester City are increasingly hopeful of signing long-term target James Tarkowski from Burnley this summer. The 28-year-old England defender has 17 months left on his contract and is yet to recommit to the Clarets, who have previously rejected bids from the Foxes and West Ham.(Mirror)

Bayer Leverkusen have agreed personal terms with Leicester's English forward Demarai Gray. Crystal Palace and Marseille are also interested in signing the 24-year-old. (Sky Sports)

Belgium striker Christian Benteke, 30, is expected to stay at Crystal Palace despite interest from West Bromwich Albion. (Sky Sports)

The Eagles are prepared to offer Benteke a new deal at Selhurst Park to discourage clubs from making an offer. (Mail)

Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman is set to be the first player to leave since Lampard's exit, with the Ghana international, 26, poised to join Greek side PAOK Salonika on loan. (Sport24, via London.Football)

Manchester United and Manchester City are in a race to agree terms with 18-year-old Palmeiras forward Gabriel Veron. Both clubs are in negotiations with the Brazilian, with Barcelona unlikely to be able act on their interest. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal are up against Barca for the signature of Manchester City's 21-year-old Spanish centre-back Eric Garcia, who is set to move as a free agent in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo, via Express)

Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri is set to leave Old Trafford on loan.; Club Bruges and Alaves are interested in the 19-year-old Uruguayan, who joined the Red Devils from Penarol in October. (Goal)

Everton are in competition with Italian side Parma for the signature of 19-year-old Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee. Everton are thought to have offered to take the Netherlands youth international on loan with an option to buy set at more than £8.9m. (Sky Germany, via Sport Witness)

Burnley remain interested in the Toffees' English right-back Jonjoe Kenny, 23. (Liverpool Echo)

Celtic have stepped up their attempts to secure a pre-contract agreement with Preston North End defender Ben Davies, 25. (Lancashire Post)

AC Milan's Argentine defender Mateo Musacchio, 30, will have a medical on Wednesday before a move to Serie A rivals Lazio. (Calciomercato)
 
Chelsea are interested in signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer.

Roma and Inter Milan are in talks over a swap deal involving Edin Dzeko and Alexis Sanchez until the end of the season, according to Sky in Italy.
 
WEST HAM SEAL LINGARD LOAN

West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Jesse Lingard on loan from Man Utd for the rest of the season.

Lingard has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, failing to make a Premier League appearance this season, and has been looking to secure a move away to get more first-team minutes.

It is understood Newcastle and West Brom have also approached Lingard's representatives about taking the out-of-favour England international on loan, but the 28-year-old has rejected their offers.

The total cost of a potential deal is thought to be more than £3m, taking into account the loan fee and Lingard's wages.
 
Liverpool have agreed a fee in the region of £2m for Preston centre-back Ben Davies
 
The Premier League is set for one of the quietest January transfer windows in recent history as clubs attempt to conclude any last-minute deals during Monday's deadline day.

With the coronavirus pandemic creating financial uncertainty, there have been only five permanent Premier League signings this month, plus several loan deals, with many clubs anticipating a quiet final few hours of the window.

Premier League clubs spent £230m during last January's window, the second-highest total in history, but only £25m of that came on the last day of the window.

This time around, only four clubs have spent money on signings. Manchester United paid £19m for Amad Diallo, Aston Villa signed Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson for a reported £16m, West Brom bought Robert Snodgrass for an undisclosed fee and West Ham made Said Benrahma's loan move permanent for £20m.

The last time less than £100m was spent by Premier League clubs in the January window was in 2012, when £60m was paid in transfer fees.

The transfer window shuts across most of Europe on Monday.

Will Dele Alli leave Spurs? Is Christian Eriksen set for a Premier League return? Which clubs will make their moves as the battle for the title, Europe and survival intensifies?

When is deadline day this year?
As 31 January falls on a Sunday, the transfer deadline for Premier League and EFL clubs is at 23:00 GMT on Monday 1 February.

In Scotland, the window shuts an hour later at 00:00 GMT.

It will be the start of a busy week, with a full round of Premier League fixtures on 2 and 3 February.

Spain, France, Italy and Germany also have their deadline on 1 February.

In La Liga and Ligue 1, the window closes at 23:00 GMT, in Serie A the deadline is 19:00 and in the Bundesliga it is 17:00.

Is there anything new?
Yes, and it's because of Brexit.

Since Britain has left the European Union, Premier League clubs are no longer able to sign European players freely, as the UK is no longer part of the EU's single market with its provision for free movement of labour. 

European signings now have to go through the same protocols as those players from outside the EU have done until now, obtaining a "governing body endorsement".

This is essentially a work permit, and being granted one depends on a player's appearances in international matches as well as his country's Fifa ranking.

There were 12 deadline-day Premier League signings on 5 October - the lowest total in recent years. Arsenal signed Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey for £45.3m in the biggest deal of the day.

Will the current economic pressures on football clubs have an effect? Expect to see plenty of loan moves.

Money worries or not, clubs fighting relegation or chasing a Champions League spot may still be tempted into action.

Liverpool are in talks to sign Preston's Ben Davies, 25, as they look to find a solution for their central defensive crisis, while Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers says he wants to bring in a midfielder.

Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah are said to be among the Foxes' targets.

West Brom have also been linked with Maitland-Niles.

Baggies boss Sam Allardyce has been the busiest manager during the January window with three signings, but says he wants another two before the window closes.

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Scott Parker is keen to add a striker to his squad but is not confident of securing a deal before the window closes.

A constant talking point in this transfer window has been whether out-of-favour Tottenham attacker Alli will leave the club, with a move to link up with Mauricio Pochettino at Paris St-Germain reportedly on the cards.

But Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he does not expect that to happen.

"I believe that he's staying," Mourinho told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I never had during all this window one feeling or sign of doubt that Dele could not be here, so for me it is nothing new."

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may yet sign a second central defender after sealing a £2m deal for Preston's Ben Davies, with Marseille's Duje Caleta-Car a potential target.
 
BREAKING: #LFC are in a race against time to agree a deal with Schalke for central defender Ozan Kabak.
 
We need a few defenders here. Things are bad at the back.
 
An unnamed top-six Premier League club has offered Diego Costa the chance to sign for them on a deal until the end of the season.
 
Leicester City are interested in signing Watford and England midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, 26, on transfer deadline day. (Leicester Mercury)

Liverpool have made an approach for Marseille and Croatia centre-back Duje Caleta Car, 24. (Mail)

Leicester are set to make a late loan move for Arsenal and England defender/midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Southampton, West Brom and Newcastle are also interested in the 23-year-old. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain's Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 31, has turned down the chance to join Newcastle United on loan. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 30, is set to join Boca Juniors on a free transfer after the Red Devils agreed to terminate the Argentina international's contract early. (Sun)

As well as Rojo, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been instructed to sell Phil Jones and Sergio Romero in order to free up funds to sign a defender this summer. (Mirror)

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 28, who has been linked with a move back to Tottenham, could stay at Inter Milan beyond Monday's transfer deadline and play an important role for the team, says the Italian club's chief executive Giuseppe Marotta. (Sky Sports)

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to take Spain and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, 34, to Paris St-Germain in the summer. (Independent)

RB Leipzig and France centre-half Dayot Upamecano, 22, could be set to arrive in the Premier League this year as his agent says he will choose between two "top" English clubs and Bayern Munich "soon". (Mail)

Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 24, has revealed France team-mate Kylian Mbappe, 22, has tried to convince him to join him at Paris St-Germain. (Goal)

West Brom want to sign two players on transfer deadline day and are interested in bringing in Turkey defender Okay Yokuslu, 26, from Celta Vigo and English right-back Japhet Tanganga, 21, from Tottenham. (Express and Star)

Birmingham City have made a £3m bid to land Hibernian's 23-year-old Scottish striker Kevin Nisbet. (Scottish Sun)

Newcastle United's American defender DeAndre Yedlin, 27, is set to complete a permanent move to Galatasaray. (Sky Sports)

Southampton are in talks with Chelsea over a loan move for 19-year-old Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour. (Mail)
 
WBA have reached a verbal agreement with Arsenal in the last hour over a loan deal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles. He will undergo a medical in London in the next couple of hours
 
Everton forward Cenk Tosun has completed his loan move to Besiktas for the rest of the season.

The 29-year-old has scored nine Premier League goals since joining Everton three years ago.
 
Serie A strugglers Parma have signed Bayern Munich's highly rated Dutch striker Joshua Zirkzee on loan.

Everton had been strongly linked with the 19-year-old.

Zirkzee has scored four Bundesliga goals in only 384 minutes of action for Bayern.
 
Moises Caicedo signed from Independiente del Valle

Brighton have signed midfielder Moises Caicedo from Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle for £4m.

The Seagulls have been trying to finalise the 19-year-old's move for a couple of weeks and he has agreed a contract until 2025.

The Ecuador international's transfer to the Premier League side remains subject to international clearance.

Brighton boss Graham Potter said: "He's an exciting signing, but it is important we give him time to adjust."

Caicedo came through the youth ranks at Independiente del Valle, making his first senior appearance for the club in October 2019.

He made his debut for Ecuador a year later in a 1-0 World Cup qualification defeat by Argentina and, four days later, he scored his first international goal in a 4-2 win over Uruguay.

Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth said: "Moises has had a lot of interest from clubs across Europe, which is understandable given how well he has done.

"He's been one the recruitment team has been aware of for some time and we are confident he is a player with a very exciting future ahead."

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January transfer window 2021: Deadline Day Done deals

Premier League

Ainsley Maitland-Niles - Arsenal to West Brom, loan

Joe Willock - Arsenal to Newcastle, loan

Ben Davies - Preston to Liverpool, £500,000

Ozan Kabak - Schalke to Liverpool, loan

Moises Caicedo - Independiente del Valle to Brighton

Okay Yokuslu - Celta Vigo to West Brom, loan

Josh Maja - Bordeaux to Fulham, loan

Liam Hughes - Celtic to Liverpool, undisclosed

Dara Costelloe - Galway United to Burnley, undisclosed

Dan Long - Southampton to Bournemouth, loan

Takumi Minamino - Liverpool to Southampton, loan

Josh King - Bournemouth to Everton, undisclosed

EFL

Paul Arriola - DC United to Swansea, loan

Anthony Gordon - Everton to Preston, loan

Diallang Jaiyesimi - Swindon to Charlton, undisclosed

Patrick Roberts - Man City to Derby, loan

Neeskens Kebano - Fulham to Middlesbrough, loan

Beni Baningime - Everton to Derby, loan

Jacob Mellis - Gillingham to Southend, loan

Max Sanders - Brighton to Lincoln, undisclosed

Nicky Maynard - Mansfield to Newport, loan

Derick Osei Yaw - Oxford to Walsall, loan

Elijah Adebayo - Luton to Walsall, undisclosed

Yan Valery - Southampton to Birmingham, loan

Sam Field - West Brom to QPR, loan

George Edmundson - Rangers to Derby, loan

Brandon Barker - Rangers to Oxford, loan

Will Grigg - Sunderland to MK Dons

Maxime Le Marchand - Fulham to Royal Antwerp, loan

Oliver Sarkic - Blackpool to Mansfield, loan

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing - Unattached to Middlesbrough

Josh Doherty - Crawley to Colchester, loan

Cohen Bramall - Colchester to Lincoln, undisclosed

James Morton - Bristol City to Gillingham, loan

Jack Vale - Blackburn to Rochdale, loan

Cristopher Missilou - Northampton to Swindon, undisclosed

Elliot Embleton - Sunderland to Blackpool, loan

Curtis Main - Aberdeen to Shrewsbury, undisclosed

Alex Denny - Salford to Morecambe, loan

Max Melbourne - Lincoln to Walsall, loan

Zak Jules - Walsall to MK Dons, undisclosed

Ollie Crankshaw - Wigan to Bradford, undisclosed

Jack Roles - Tottenham to Stevenage, loan

Teddy Howe - Blackpool to Scunthorpe, loan

Dan Batty - Hull to Fleetwood, free

Nathan Wood - Middlesbrough to Crewe, loan

David Nugent - Preston to Tranmere, undisclosed

Tom Ince - Stoke to Luton, loan

Jahmal Hector-Ingram - Derby to Stevenage, loan

Ali Crawford - Bolton to Tranmere, loan

Chris Conn-Clarke - Burnley to Fleetwood, undisclosed

Sepp van den Berg - Liverpool to Preston, loan

Calum MacDonald - Blackpool to Tranmere, undisclosed

Regan Riley - Bolton to Norwich, undisclosed

Jake Eastwood - Sheffield United to Grimsby, loan

Marcus Maddison - Charlton to Bolton, loan

Elliot Lee - Luton to Oxford, loan

Lee Gregory - Stoke to Derby, loan

Conor Grant - Sheffield Wednesday to Rochdale, undisclosed

Will Swan - Nottingham Forest to Port Vale, loan

Lewis Wing - Middlesbrough to Rotherham, loan

Danny Graham - Left Sunderland by mutual consent

Liam Lindsay - Stoke to Preston, loan

David Morgan - Southport to Accrington, undisclosed

Luke Matheson - Wolves to Ipswich, loan

Scott Wootton - Plymouth to Wigan, loan

Josh Andrews - Birmingham to Harrogate, loan

Ryan Broom - Peterborough to Burton, loan

Fabio Tavares - Rochdale to Coventry, undisclosed

George Evans - Derby to Millwall, loan

Adam Phillips - Burnley to Accrington, loan

Jamie Proctor - Rotherham to Wigan, loan

Joe Adams - Brentford to Grimsby, loan

Aji Alese - West Ham to Cambridge, loan

MJ Williams - Blackpool to Bolton, free

Mustapha Olagunju - Huddersfield to Port Vale, loan

Callum Wright - Leicester to Cheltenham, loan

Oladapo Afolayan - West Ham to Bolton, loan

Daryl Dike - Orlando City to Barnsley, loan

Serhat Tasdemir - Peterborough to Oldham, loan

Nnamdi Ofoborh - Bournemouth to Wycombe, loan

Jay-Roy Grot - Leeds to VfL Osnabruck, undisclosed

Lukas Jensen - Burnley to Bolton, loan

George Taft - Bolton to Scunthorpe, free

Jayson Leutwiler - Fleetwood to Huddersfield, free

Teden Mengi - Man Utd to Derby, loan

Taylor Harwood-Bellis - Man City to Blackburn, loan

Robbie Willmott - Newport to Exeter, loan

Charles Vernam - Burton to Bradford, undisclosed

Dior Angus - Barrow to Wrexham, free

Jamie Pardington - Wolves to Mansfield, loan

Frank Nouble - Plymouth to Colchester, loan

Orjan Nyland - Unattached to Norwich, free

Glenn Murray - Brighton to Nottingham Forest, free

Lenell John-Lewis - Hereford to Grimsby, undisclosed

Aaron Lewis - Left Lincoln City by mutual consent

Harrison Biggins - Barrow to Fleetwood, end of loan

Matt Smith - Arsenal to Charlton, loan

Winston Reid - West Ham to Brentford, loan

Terry Taylor - Wolves to Burton, undisclosed

Gervane Kastaneer - Coventry to Hearts, loan

Max Clark - Vitesse Arnhem to Hull, undisclosed

Saul Milovanovic - Left Norwich by mutual consent

Danny Guthrie - Left Walsall by mutual consent

Declan Drysdale - Coventry to Cambridge, loan

Harry Pickering - Crewe to Blackburn, undisclosed; loaned back to Crewe for the remainder of the season

Joe Grayson - Blackburn to Oxford, loan

Troy Parrott - Tottenham to Ipswich, loan

Keke Simmonds - Man City to Birmingham, undisclosed

Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu - Charlton to Colchester, undisclosed

Josh Earl - Preston to Burton, loan

Conor Shaughnessy - Leeds to Rochdale, undisclosed

Tristan Abrahams - Newport to Leyton Orient, loan

Scotland

Scott Wright - Aberdeen to Rangers, undisclosed

Jack Stephens - Bournemouth to Rangers, undisclosed

Ross McCrorie - Rangers to Aberdeen, undisclosed

Harry Robinson - Queen of the South to Motherwell, end of loan

Tyler Magloire - Blackburn to Motherwell, loan

Florian Kamberi - St Gallen to Aberdeen, loan

Eddie Nolan - Crewe to Motherwell, loan

Jordan Roberts - Hearts to Motherwell, loan

Bruce Anderson - Aberdeen to Hamilton, loan

Jonjoe Kenny - Everton to Celtic, loan

Zech Medley - Arsenal to Kilmarnock, loan

Jamie Gullan - Hibernian to Raith Rovers, loan

Brandon Pierrick - Crystal Palace to Kilmarnock, loan

Kazaiah Sterling - Tottenham to Greenock Morton, loan

Fraser Hornby - Stade de Reims to Aberdeen, loan

Lewis Moore - Hearts to Arbroath, loan

Charlie Gilmour - Norwich to St Johnstone

Robbie Crawford - Livingston to Motherwell, undisclosed

Stevie Mallan - Hibernian to Yeni Malatyaspor, loan

Brett McGavin - Ipswich to Ayr United, loan

European

Shkodran Mustafi - Arsenal to Schalke, free

Paulo Gazzaniga - Tottenham to Elche, loan

Olivier Ntcham - Celtic to Marseille, loan

Aboubakar Kamara - Fulham to Dijon, loan

Adama Diakhaby - Huddersfield to Amiens, undisclosed

Miguel Angel Guerrero - Nottingham Forest to Rayo Vallecano, undisclosed

Jese Rodriguez - PSG to Las Palmas, free

Cedric Kipre - West Brom to Charleroi

Badou Ndiaye - Stoke to Al-Ain, loan

Jayden Braaf - Man City to Udinese, loan

Rolando Mandragora - Juventus to Torino, loan

Cenk Tosun - Everton to Besiktas, loan

Gedson Fernandes - Tottenham to Benfica, end of loan

Gedson Fernandes - Benfica to Galatasaray, loan

Joshua Zirkzee - Bayern Munich to Parma, loan

Sami Khedira - Juventus to Hertha Berlin

DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle to Galatasaray

Aro Muric - Man City to Willem II, loan

Michael Verrips - Sheffield United to Emmen FC, loan

Jonathan De Bie - Tottenham to R.W.D. Molenbeek, undisclosed

Robert Glatzel - Cardiff to Mainz, loan

Jonas Lossl - Everton to FC Midtjylland, undisclosed

Domingos Quina - Watford to Granada, loan

Martin Samuelsen - Hull to Aalborg BK, loan

Rafa Mujica - Leeds to Las Palmas, loan

Miguel Fernandez - Birmingham to CD Guijuelo, loan

Roderick Miranda - Wolves to Gaziantep, free

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To say transfer deadline day was quiet would be an understatement - and is illustrated by the fact late attention centred around whether Bournemouth's Joshua King would opt for Everton or Fulham and whether Southampton would seal a loan for Liverpool's Takumi Minamino.

In the end, the Norway striker chose Everton while Saints landed the Japan forward as both deals were confirmed in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with Southampton submitting a deal sheet for Minamino that allows clubs two hours beyond the 23:00 GMT deadline to complete a transfer.

They certainly won't go down as two of the most exciting 'after hours' signings but were pretty much as intriguing as it got for hard-core followers of the window, with caution rather than drama dominating the last day of trading.

Just three permanent deals were completed by Premier League clubs and instead loan moves were preferred - with six temporary switches made.

Overall transfer fees paid for players in the winter window was its lowest since 2012. According to Carteret Analytics, £68m was spent this time - way down on the £188m paid out last year.

Reigning champions Liverpool gave us most of the interest, bringing in not one but two centre-backs within a couple of hours in order to ease their defensive problems.

Even then, though, one cost a couple of million and the other was on loan.

Liverpool turned to the Championship and the Bundesliga to bolster their injury-hit defence as Ben Davies made a surprise move from Preston in a deal worth £2m while Turkey's Ozan Kabak arrived on loan from Schalke.

Brighton's capture of highly rated Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo and Everton's signing of King were the only other permanent moves. Caicedo joined the Seagulls from Independiente del Valle for £4m while King's switch from Bournemouth was for a nominal fee.

The other deals were all loans. In addition to Liverpool adding Kabak and the Saints completing a late deal for Minamino, Newcastle brought in Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock for the remainder of the season while his Gunners team-mate Ainsley Maitland-Niles moved to West Brom, who also brought in midfielder Okay Yokuslu on a loan deal from Celta Vigo.

Fulham bolstered their attacking options with the loan signing of former Sunderland striker Josh Maja from Bordeaux.

The two biggest deals completed in the whole window were Manchester United's purchase of Amad Diallo - with the Red Devils paying Atalanta an initial £19m for the winger, with a further £18.2m in add-ons - and West Ham's £20m signing of Said Benrahma from Brentford.

Both those deals had been agreed last summer.

Aston Villa's signing of midfielder Morgan Sanson from Marseille for a reported £14m was the only other major deal done in January.

Why was it so quiet?
The obvious reason is the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on clubs' finances.

Deloitte estimates the top 20 highest-earning football clubs in the world alone will have lost two billion euros (£1.77bn) as a result of Covid-19.

Former Liverpool player Don Hutchison told BBC Radio 5 live: "It might happen again in the summer but I think the pandemic in this window is why no-one was seeing a couple of £100m players coming in."

An additional challenge is the fact transfer deals are now subject to new immigration criteria as a result of Brexit.

The UK left the European Union on New Year's Eve last year and managers have found their pursuit of some players scuppered because they no longer qualify for a work permit because of the change in rules.

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce said earlier this month that he missed out on three players because of the new regulations, and that they have made life "a bit more difficult".

The £68m paid in fees this January window compared to £188m in the 2020 one means spending was down 64%, according to Carteret Analytics.

And that drop in permanent deals being completed was replicated across Europe too.

Clubs in Spain's La Liga have spent 88% less than they did in 2020 while in Germany's Bundelisga and France's Ligue 1 spending was down 76%. There was a 63% decline in the Italy's Serie A.

Unsurprisingly therefore, deadline day was largely quiet across the continent.

Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira made a permanent move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin while a couple of players left the Premier League to head to Turkey. Everton striker Cenk Tosun joined Besiktas on loan and Galatasaray signed Newcastle full-back DeAndre Yedlin on a free transfer.

Elsewhere, Olivier Ntcham left Celtic for French side Marseille on loan until the end of the season

It may have been a quiet transfer window but there were still some moves that caught the imagination.

Championship side Watford appeared to have turned back the clock by signing Bergkamp and Pochettino - but it wasn't the Arsenal legend or the former Argentina defender who made the move to the Hornets. It was their sons.

Midfielder Mitchel Bergkamp, 22, joined the club on a six-month contract while winger Maurizio Pochettino, 19, signed on a free transfer after leaving Tottenham.

Nineteen-year-old winger D'Margio Wright-Phillips - son of Shaun Wright-Phillips and grandson of Ian Wright - was reported to be on his way on loan from Manchester City to Stoke, while the Potters let Tom Ince - son of Paul - join Championship rivals Luton on loan.

Is that it for signings this season?
Not necessarily, because clubs can sign free agents after the deadline - at any stage of the season in fact - but they must have left their previous club before the transfer window closed.

No loan signings can be made by EFL or Premier League clubs after the deadline, except in extreme circumstances - such as a club's senior goalkeepers all being unavailable.

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