There’s a commonly held belief that the January transfer window rarely delivers value for money.
Obvious exceptions are Manchester United’s 2006 swoops for Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, Chelsea’s 2012 acquisition of Gary Cahill and Everton’s 2005 loan signing of Mikel Arteta that eventually led to a permanent switch.
And there are others.
It’s on transfer deadline day that the silly money really starts to fly. With only a few hours to supposedly strengthen their squads for the stretch drive, clubs are seemingly willing to spend whatever they can in order to bring in a player.
This winter’s deadline day—on January 31 at 11 p.m. GMT/6 p.m. ET—will no doubt see a handful of bidding wars drive prices drastically upward, but there could be some decent pieces of business concluded as well.
Following are 10 of the best Premier League transfers made on the final day of the January window.