January is typically a time for us all to reign in the spending. After an expensive festive period, getting value-for-money is a must. Football managers are not excluded from this.
Whilst the January transfer window is not the most traditional time to splash out, it can be a period where bargain deals are available.
Regardless of your position in the league table, January negotiations can have a significant bearing on the rest of the season. Whether your side needs an influx of players to stave off the threat of relegation or just freshening up to ignite that charge towards the top end of the table, there are players out there who can come in and make a difference.
The transfer window certainly served up some intriguing deals. Whilst the spending levels might not have been up on previous years, there have certainly been some economical deals.
With this in mind, I considered which clubs have got the best value for their spending. Which players can make a difference in the run-in? Who can go on and prove to be worth the outlay?
Here are my top eight: