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EPL Transfer News: Breaking Down Marquee Deadline Day Moves

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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2014

January's midseason transfer window concluded on Friday, Jan. 31, resulting in a handful of last-minute deadline-day deals.

While clubs have been making moves all month long in an effort to load up for the season's second half, several waited until the last minute to make a splash.

Below we'll highlight the most notable deadline-day transfers.

 

Fulham Land Spurs' Lewis Holtby

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12:  Lewis Holtby of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring their third goal during the UEFA Europa League Group K match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and FC Anji Makhachkala at White Hart Lane on December 12, 2013 in London, Engla
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Tottenham Hotspur has agreed to send 23-year-old midfielder Lewis Holtby to fellow Premier League club Fulham, according to BBC Sport's David Ornstein.

Holtby, who joined Spurs during the winter transfer window two years ago, has displayed tremendous skill and vision since coming over from Germany.

Holtby's agent, Markus Noack, discussed what the move means for his client, per Ornstein:

Fulham have put much effort into Lewis. It is a very well-run club with an excellent manager in Rene Meulensteen.

The system and philosophy of how Fulham play fits well with Lewis. He will have match practice in the second half of the season in his favourite position and then we'll see how things are going by the summer.

Holtby scored just one goal in 13 Premier League appearances with Spurs this season but boasts two goals and five assists in nine appearances in UEFA Europa League and Capital One Cup action. 

While Spurs are currently fifth place in the Premier League table, Fulham are 19th and fighting to avoid relegation at season's end. Therefore, the Cottagers are hopeful that Holtby's arrival can spark a turnaround in 2014.

 

Cottagers Loan Out Dimitar Berbatov

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham in action during the Captial One Cup Third Round match between Fulham and Everton at Craven Cottage on September 24, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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While Fulham welcomed Holtby on deadline day, the struggling club also agreed to loan out striker Dimitar Berbatov to French club Monaco, according to BBC Sport

Monaco recently suffered a devastating loss when Radamel Falcao went down with what will likely be a season-ending knee injury, thus adding to the significance of Berbatov's arrival.

The Bulgarian veteran scored four goals in 18 Premier League starts with Fulham this season after recording 15 in 33 league appearances a season ago. It's unlikely that the 33-year-old will regain his 2011-12 form—when he scored 20 goals in 32 Premier League outings with Manchester United—but regardless, his passing and finishing ability make him a crucial addition for Monaco, who are currently just six points out of first place in Ligue 1.

 

Cardiff City Acquire a Pair of Red Devils

LEIGH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02:    Wilfried Zaha of Manchester United U21 controls the ball during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Blackburn U21 and Manchester United U21 at  Leigh Stadium on December 02, 2013 in Leigh, England.  (Photo by Jan
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Cardiff City currently find themselves in last place in the Premier League table. But there's hope for the Bluebirds after a pair of deals on deadline day.

According to Manchester United's official website, the club acquired both Fabio and Wilfried Zaha. Fabio's move will be permanent while Zaha will head to Cardiff for the rest of the season on loan. 

The Brazilian defender is excited to start fresh and begin a new chapter based on recent comments, per Cardiff City's official website

I’m very excited to be part of this and I’m looking forward to helping Cardiff. I was at Old Trafford on Tuesday – supporting Cardiff but hoping that my brother did well too, of course! 

I know this is the right move for me. I spoke a lot to the Manager about coming in and I know that I can help us move up the division.

Zaha will join Fabio for the remainder of the 2013-14 season and should add a much-needed spark for the Bluebirds, who currently rank 19th in the league with 17 goals through 23 matches. And as WhoScored.com on Twitter points out, the English striker hasn't been given the opportunity to succeed with United thus far this season:

With both Fabio and Zaha now on board, Cardiff will have an excellent chance to rise out of the Premier League basement and avoid relegation this coming spring.

 

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