transfer window

The January Transfer Window has now shut with some club doing a lot of business and others quite the opposite.

Normally Manchester City is a busy place during January but during this transfer window there was minimal fuss, and the fact that was the case with a transfer of Mario Balotelli makes it all the more astounding. Okay there wasn’t much fuss at the Etihad Stadium, but in Milan there were some over excited fans and the police had to intervene.  

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that two clubs at the bottom half of the league had more transfer activity that the ones higher up, but some were more busy than others.

Newcastle are a club that have had their injuries this season and over all just haven’t played up to the standard that they did last season. With the lack of reinforcements in the summer it seems that Mike Ashley say the errors of his ways and decided to fix that during this transfer window and signed six players. The first to come in was Matheu Debuchy, who had been long sought after all summer but was unable to be lured away, and he was later joined by YangaMbiwa, Sissoko and Gouffran. On paper these look to be good buys and good deals, but judgement will have to wait until the end of the season to see if Newcastle are still in the Premiership or now to say whether they were good or not. By the looks of it already Sissoko and Debuchy are, while we have to wait and see what Yanga-Mbiwa and Gouffran do. I think Newcastle will be fine, and have done their transfer business the right way round, although some should have been done in the summer.

QPR are the other team down at the bottom who have brought in a lot of players, but unlike Newcastle seemed to have broken the bank to do so. This, if they get relegated, will cripple the club. And with Fernandez saying if they get relegated he will know he didn’t do a good job and will be the first to leave, worries me a little. As I am sure it does the fans. The two big signings Harry Redknapp and Tony Fernandez have made are Christopher Samba and Frenchman Loic Remy. With Remy on a rumoured 70k to 80k-a-week and Samba on 100k-a-week, you have to question whether this is value for money or not. Jermaine Jenas was also bought in, which seems a curious deal as he hasn’t had the best of luck with injuries over the years and a loan deal for Tottenham’s Andros Townsend. Seems like a little bit of back scratching there to be honest.

Both clubs did also see some players leave, with Newcastle losing their top goal scorer Demba Ba who went to West London’s Chelsea and released deadwood Xisco by Mutual Consent. QPR lost Djibril Cisse on loan to Al Gharafa Loan, Alejandro Faurlin on loan to Palermo and Anton Ferdinand to Bursaspor, also on Loan. Kieron Dyer was released and has since joined Middlesbrough.  

Also at the bottom half of the league West Ham signed former player Joe Cole on a Free from Liverpool and he has gone on to make a good impact, while Marouane Chamakh was brought in on Loan from Arsenal, has yet to make a real impact. The Morrocan striker was joined by Emanuel Pogatetz  on Loan coming from German club Hannover. Sunderland brought in two notable players. Alfred N’Diaye came from Bursaspor and Danny Graham from Swansea City. Graham cost Sunderland £5m and if he can score the goals he has for Sunderland then that is £5m well spent.

Southampton Signed Norwegian Vegard Forren from Molde, Reading have signed Stephen Kelly from Fulham and striker Nick Blackman from Sheffield United while Norwich City signed a striker of their own with Luciano Becchio coming in from Championship side Leeds United. Worryingly for Aston Villa they have lost two experienced players in Stephen Warnock and Alan Hutton and have only signed Simon Dawkins, who comes in on loan from Tottenham and Yacouba Sylla from Clermont. With a young and inexperienced squad already this could be a costly gamble. 

As mentioned earlier the bigger clubs where not that busy this month with Manchester City buying no one, with only Mario Balotelli leaving it was very quite for the blue side of Manchester. Saying that, it isn’t like the Red side was all that busy either. Manchester United saw only one player come in, although he is staying at Crystal Palace till the end of the season, with the Wilfired Zaha being bought for £15m. The only other activity was moves out of Old Trafford with Federico Macheda going on Loan to German side Stuttgart; Joshua King signing for Blackburn Rovers; Angelo Henriquez going on Loan to Wigan Athletic and quite possibly Ferguson’s and United’s worst ever signing, Bebe is going on loan to Rio Ave.

Chelsea having signed Demba Ba sold Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool, and with only spending £7.5m on Ba and getting double that for Sturridge they did some good business. Chelsea could have done a little more in the transfer market, but Ba is a good capture. Aside from Sturridge Liverpool also signed Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan. The young Brazilian may take a little while to settle into the Premiership, but when he does, Liverpool will have found them selves a little gem. Some did leave Anfield, but no one big. So it was a good Transfer Window for them. The same cant really be said for Tottenham and Arsenal who didn’t really do much in this Winter Transfer Window.

Tottenham signed two players. One being young Ezekiel Fryers from Standard Liege, in a transfer that may come and bite them in the arse in the future and Lewis Holtby. Holtby is an exciting signing for Tottenham and the only thing they can shout about. And shout they should. He is a young talented player, who has already showed some of his passing skill in their game the other night. Heading out of Tottenham was some deadwood that they have wanted to clear out for a while. Though there is still more at the club. Carlo Cudicini left for LA Galaxy Undisclosed and we already mentioned Jermaine Jenas to QPR, while Heurelho Gomes goes to Hoffenheim on Loan.

Arsenal had more departures than arrivals, and if it wasn’t for an injury to Kirean Gibbs there wouldn’t have been any arrivals at all. Nacho Monreal (comings in from Malaga in a deal that was due to take place in the summer but was sped up due to their injury to Gibbs and the thought of Santos playing left back for the next 3 or so weeks. Marouane Chamakh to West Ham United, Johan Djourou to Hannover 96 and Emmanuel Frimpong to Fulham are all Loan deals with Djourou an option to buy. No doubt Arsenal tried to shift the likes of Arshavin and Squillaci but surprise, surplice there were no takers. Finally one of the better transfer to happen was Jack Butland to Stoke. With he news that he had turned down a move to Chelsea as he felt he would have limited playing time, it was nice to see a transfer happen for footballing reasons and not solely financial ones.

Here is a full run down of the 2013 January Transfer Window


Nacho Monreal (Malaga) Undisclosed

Marouane Chamakh (West Ham United) Loan 
Johan Djourou (Hannover 96) Loan
Emmanuel Frimpong (Fulham) Loan 

Aston Villa 

31 Jan: Yacouba Sylla (Clermont) Undisclosed 
31 Jan: Simon Dawkins (Tottenham Hotspur) Loan

Alan Hutton (Real Mallorca) Loan
Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) Undisclosed


Demba Ba (Newcastle) Undisclosed 

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) Undisclosed
Lucas Piazon (Malaga) Loan


John Stones (Barnsley) Undisclosed 



Urby Emanuelson (AC Milan) Loan
Eyong Enoh (Ajax) Loan
Emmanuel Frimpong (Arsenal) Loan 
Stanislav Manolev (PSV Eindhoven) 



Philippe Coutinho (Inter Milan) Undisclosed 
Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea) Undisclosed 

Joe Cole (West Ham United) Free 
Alexander Doni (Botafago) Undisclosed 
Daniel Pacheco (Sociedad Deportiva Huesca) Loan 
Nuri Sahin (Real Madrid) Loan cancelled

Manchester City 

In –

Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) Undisclosed 

Manchester United

In –  Wilfried Zaha (June 1st)

Bebe (Rio Ave) Loan
 Robbie Brady (Hull City) Undisclosed 
Angelo Henriquez (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed 
Federico Macheda (Stuttgart) Loan 

Newcastle United 

Mathieu Debuchy (Lille) Undisclosed 
Yoan Gouffran (Bordeaux) Undisclosed 
Massadio Haidara (Nancy) Undisclosed 
Kevin Mbabu (Servette) Undisclosed 
Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse) Undisclosed 
Mapou YangaMbiwa (Montpellier) Undisclosed 

Mehdi Abeid (St Johnstone) Loan 
Demba Ba (Chelsea) Undisclosed 
Xisco Released

Norwich City 

Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) Undisclosed 

Simon Lappin (Released) 
Steve Morison (Leeds United) Undisclosed 

Queens Park Rangers

Tal Ben Haim (Unattached) Free 
Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur) Undisclosed
Loic Remy (Marseille) Undisclosed 
Christopher Samba (Anji Makhachkala) Undisclosed 
Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) Loan 

Yun Suk-young (Chunnam Dragons) Undisclosed

Djibril Cisse (Al Gharafa) Loan 
Kieron Dyer (Released) 
Alejandro Faurlin (Palermo) Loan
Anton Ferdinand (Bursaspor) Loan 
Rob Hulse (Millwall) Loan 


Hope Akpan (Crawley Town) Undisclosed 
Nick Blackman (Sheffield United) 
Daniel Carrico (Sporting Lisbon) Undisclosed
Stephen Kelly (Fulham) 



18 Jan: Vegard Forren (Molde) Undisclosed 


Stoke City 

Jack Butland (Birmingham City) £3.3m 
Brek Shea (FC Dallas) 

Jack Butland (Birmingham City) Loan
Rory Delap (Barnsley) Loan
Michael Tonge (Leeds United) Undisclosed
Matthew Upson (Brighton & Hove Albion) Loan


31 Jan: Danny Graham (Swansea City) £5m 
14 Jan: Kader Mangane (Al Hilal) Loan 
9 Jan: Alfred N’Diaye (Bursaspor) Undisclosed 

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) Undisclosed 
Ji Dong-won (Augsburg) Loan
David Meyler (Hull City) Undisclosed 
Louis Saha (Released)

Swansea City 

Roland Lamah (Osasuna) Loan 

31 Jan: Danny Graham (Swansea City) £5m 
25 Jan: Leroy Lita (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan

Tottenham Hotspur 

3 Jan: Ezekiel Fryers (Standard Liege) Undisclosed 
28 Jan: Lewis Holtby (Schalke) Undisclosed 

Carlo Cudicini (LA Galaxy) Undisclosed 
Simon Dawkins (Aston Villa) Loan
Heurelho Gomes (Hoffenheim) Loan
Jermaine Jenas (QPR) Undisclosed 
Andros Townsend (QPR) Loan

West Bromwich Albion

In – 

Craig Dawson (Bolton Wanderers) Loan 
Yassine El Ghanassy (Heerenveen) Loan 
Gonzalo Jara Reyes (Nottingham Forest) Loan

West Ham United 

Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal) Loan 
Joe Cole (Liverpool) Free 
Sean Maguire (Waterford United) Undisclosed 
Wellington Paulista (Cruzeiro) Loan 
Emanuel Pogatetz (Hannover) Loan

31 Jan: Alou Diarra (Rennes) Loan

Wigan Athletic 

Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City) Free 
Angelo Henriquez (Manchester United) Loan 
Joel Robles (Atletico Madrid) Loan 
Paul Scharner (Hamburg SV) Loan 

Mauro Boselli (Palermo) Loan


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