Top 10 January Premier League Transfers so Far

Will Tidey@willtideySenior Manager, GlobalJanuary 20, 2012

Top 10 January Premier League Transfers so Far

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    This January transfer window in the Premier League doesn't look like it will match the excitement, or the £225 million in spending, that made the 2011 edition a record breaker.

    That said, we still have 11 days for big deals to fall into place and there are plenty of juicy rumors doing the rounds to suggest moves are possible.

    For now, let's concentrate on the deals that have actually happened. Here are my top 10 so far.

10. Scott Allan: Dundee United to West Brom, £300,000

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    Scotland Under-21 international Scott Allan reportedly turned down Rangers and Celtic to join West Bromwich Albion in January.

    The midfielder is set to make his debut against Stoke this weekend, having impressed in his first week of training with West Brom.

    "We’ve got young Scott who is doing well," said West Brom manager Roy Hodgson. "His opening week with us has been interesting. He has hit the ground running."

9. Emmanuel Frimpong: Arsenal to Wolves (Loan)

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    Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong will be hoping his full-blooded approach in Wolves' midfield can help keep Mick McCarthy's side safe from relegation.

    The 20-year-old put in a typically passionate performance against Spurs at the weekend, with his aggression levels ultimately prompting McCarthy to substitute him on 67 minutes—fearing he'd be sent off.

    Frimpong is a cult figure among Arsenal fans, who love his commitment to the cause. They'll be hoping he continues his development at Molyneux and returns next season a more complete player.

8. Josh McEachran: Chelsea to Swansea City (Loan)

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    Young Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran has been tipped for big things, and his technical abilities should be well suited to life on loan at Swansea City.

    McEachran has struggled to get a game under Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea this season, but will be hoping for better opportunities in Wales.

    Here's Swansea manager Brendon Rogers on the 18-year-old:

    He is a cult hero at Chelsea because of his performances in some big games. He is a good kid with a good career in front of him and it’s about us helping him.

    I do think he’ll become a hero at Swansea, I genuinely do. Supporters will really enjoying watching him.

    He’s just like a kid off the street, he just looks like a young boy, but when he plays his talent is there for all to see. He will be a terrific signing and I can see from his first few days he is loving it.

7. Darron Gibson: Manchester United to Everton, Undisclosed Fee

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    Darron Gibson never quite broke through at Manchester United and ultimately decided his career was best served playing regularly elsewhere.

    Everton came knocking, and the Irish international midfielder made his debut against Aston Villa—drawing plaudits for an impressive performance.

    Gibson is targeting a place in the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012, and is clearly motivated to prove a few people wrong. He could prove a great signing for Everton.

6. Robbie Keane: LA Galaxy to Aston Villa (Loan)

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    Robbie Keane's career faltered after his big-money move to Liverpool in 2008. He's been a journeyman striker since, with his latest destination a return to the Premier League with Aston Villa on a two-month loan deal.

    Keane is now under contract with LA Galaxy in the MLS, for whom he scored the winner in the MLS Cup last season.

    The 31-year-old is a proven finisher, and he might feel he has a point to prove to everybody who doubted him in recent years. If he feels comfortable and loved, you get a sense Keane could find himself amongst the goals.

5. Landon Donovan: LA Galaxy to Everton (Loan)

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    Landon Donovan returned for a second spell with Everton this January, on a two-month loan deal from LA Galaxy in the MLS.

    The U.S. international has already made his presence felt. Donovan impressed in Everton's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa and drew praise from his manager David Moyes.

    "Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry have come back to the Premier League from America and they need a bit of time to settle because of having a break since the end of the MLS," Moyes said.

    "But Landon has come in and played three or four 90 minute games already on the bounce since he arrived and that says a lot," he continued. "It's a testament to the professional he is. He was the best player on the pitch at Villa."

4. Thierry Henry: New York Red Bulls to Arsenal (Loan)

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    Thierry Henry's return to Arsenal has been the stuff of fan fantasy. The 34-year-old is arguably the best player in the club's history and still has plenty to offer in terms of his experience, on and off the pitch and his finishing ability.

    Henry arrived on a two-month loan deal from the New York Red Bulls, and he will be desperate to enhance his legacy with a sweet cameo that might just help Arsenal pick up some confidence.

3. Paul Scholes: Free Transfer to Manchester United

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    Paul Scholes' decision to come out of retirement caught just about everybody by surprise.

    The 37-year-old returned against Manchester City in the FA Cup and duly scored against Bolton at the weekend, prompting talk that he could play a key role in winning United a 20th league title.

    Scholes remains a world-class passer, and will carry a goal threat whenever he is on the field. The only question is, can his fitness levels maintain a full 90 minutes against physical opposition?

2. Papiss Cisse: Freiburg to Newcastle United, £10m

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    Papiss Cisse joined Newcastle from German side Freiburg this week, in a deal believed to be worth around £10 million.

    Senegalese international Cisse scored freely in the Bundesliga, and the 26-year-old has apparently been on Newcastle's radar for some time. He'll wear the famous No. 9 shirt, and may well be asked to partner his countryman Demba Ba in attack.

    "Ever since Andy Carroll left, Papiss was my first choice in the specific role he has at the end of the play," said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew. "He is a finisher with an already-established CV in the Bundesliga, where we have monitored him for the best part of two years."

1. Gary Cahill: Bolton to Chelsea, £7m

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    Gary Cahill eventually completed his move from Bolton to Chelsea on Monday this week in a deal said to be worth around £7 million.

    The 26-year-old is looking forward to lining up alongside fellow England internationals John Terry and Ashley Cole in Chelsea's defence and could make his debut against Norwich this weekend.

    "It's a fantastic squad and I'm glad to be a part of it, and hopefully I can help move the club forward," Cahill said. "Playing with that quality of players can only do you good, playing alongside them can only make your job easier."


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