6 Unsung Transfers from Deadline Day
With the dust still settling from a chaotic transfer deadline day, we take a look back at the unsung deals of the final straight.
Who sneaked some under-the-radar, high-value transfers in? Which clubs escaped the madness with a wry smile plastered across their face?
Take a look inside for deals that may have escaped your attention due to the likes of Mesut Ozil and Marouane Fellaini switching teams.
Lerin Duarte, Ajax
Lerin Duarte sealed his move to Ajax from Heracles on deadline day for €3 million, according to Stefan Coerts of Goal.com.
The 23-year-old is the man Frank de Boer has chosen—albeit at short notice—to replace Christian Eriksen in his lineup, who joined Tottenham Hotspur in an £11 million deal just days beforehand.
Duarte will take some time to get up to speed with the Godenzonen system. However, once he does, he's expected to prosper. The Ajax footballing machine continues.
Tom Carroll, Queens Park Rangers
Harry Redknapp seems to have made a lot of the mistakes he chastised Mark Hughes for upon arriving at Queens Park Rangers, but the loan signing of Tom Carroll was ingenious.
The central midfield at Loftus Road was starting to look a bit bog-standard—lots of industry and running, but little creativity—and Carroll fixes this.
Tottenham fans are very excited for this young man's future, and while he can't get a game in a stacked Spurs midfield right now, first-team football elsewhere is the perfect short-term fix.
Vitinho, CSKA Moscow
"He is widely regarded as the best 'newcomer' in the league this season," Football Manager head researcher in Brazil, Paulo Freitas told Chris Atkins of ESPNFC. "He is a very talented attacking midfielder, with great technique and good speed off the mark."
Vitinho has spent the last few months at Botafogo, learning studiously from ideal mentor Clarence Seedorf. As a result of his rapid progress, he has earned a €10 million move to CSKA Moscow.
Eastern Europe is a well-established grounding for young Brazilians on the continent, and the Krasno-sinie have picked up one of the finest emerging talents in the world in Vitinho.
Marko Arnautovic, Stoke City
Mark Hughes pulled off a real coup very early on transfer deadline day as he secured the signature of Marko Arnautovic from Werder Bremen.
The deal, which The Daily Mail believe cost just £2 million, is a game-changer for Stoke City, enabling them to play the ball into feet and on the ground in forward areas.
The Austrian was once believed to be a superstar in the making, even linking up with Jose Mourinho's Internazionale for a season. While his career hasn't truly taken off, he's still a very good player.
Ryad Boudebouz, Bastia
Bastia actually picked up two fantastic deals late on in the transfer window, but only Ryad Boudebouz's deal came on deadline day.
ESPNFC confirmed the Algerian winger had switched Sochaux for les Bleus for a measly €1 million—the only player of the 12 recruited who actually cost anything.
The other stellar deal was bringing in Milos Krasic, formerly of Juventus, on loan.
Juan Manuel Iturbe, Hellas Verona
Hellas Verona have been working on a tight budget to improve their squad for the Serie A challenge ahead, and the addition of Juan Manuel Iturbe on loan is a superb little piece of business.
Sky Sports confirmed the deal was set go ahead, with the FC Porto player—once infamously dubbed the "new Lionel Messi" (often a burden now)—moving to Italy to grab valuable playing time.
It's cheap, fits a big need for both clubs and helps the players tremendously.