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English Premier League: Predicting the Flops and Successes of the January Window

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English Premier League: Predicting the Flops and Successes of the January Window
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All in all, it was a pretty slow transfer window.

That is, compared to last year's of course. In the 2011 January Transfer Window, a whopping 225 million pounds were spent in the Premier League alone. This season, it was closer to 50 million pounds.

The most expensive move in last season's window was the record breaking 50 million pound transfer of Fernando Torres from Liverpool to Chelsea. This season, the most expensive move was Newcastle's landing of Papiss Cisse for 9 million pounds.

Now, there's no secret behind this. With UEFA's new financial fair play rules coming into effect, clubs are clearly being much more conservative with their transfers. But that also means clubs are being more shrewd with their transfers, and managers seemed to have made some bargain deals in this window.

I'll now try to predict the Premier League January transfers that succeed and the transfers that flop...

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