Every club would love to arrive at the January transfer window with the first team set in stone and maybe needing just one more piece to complete the puzzle. But reality does not work that way; the month is marked by panicked teams looking to turn around their fortunes with impulse often taking priority over sense.
The seven transfers included in this list could turn out to be the buys of the season. But each one has an inherent risk involved.
It could be due to failings in the purchasing club and their wish to quickly cover up weaknesses or a result of a player's chequered past and/or present. For whatever the reason, all of these transfers are big gambles.
Will they pay off? For that, we will have to wait and see.