January Transfer Deadline Day:Premier League's 20 Most Interesting Transfers

Peter Webster@@petercwebsterContributor IIIFebruary 1, 2012

January Transfer Deadline Day:Premier League's 20 Most Interesting Transfers

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    We all knew there was going to be late deals occur on deadline day, but no one ever knows who is really going where until the contracts are signed and submitted, and the FA give the nod that everything is above board.

    The excitement of the window can be great, but if it's your club's star player moving on then it could be just as depressing.

    Here we'll take a look at 20 of the most interesting deals that have occurred this month.

Gary Cahill

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    Chelsea's deal to take Gary Cahill from Bolton Wanderers seem to drag on for a while, but eventually Andres Villas Boas got his man in a £7 million deal.

    Cahill missed out on making his debut for Chelsea against Swansea City yesterday, despite John Terry being missing with a knee injury. 

Thierry Henry

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    Whilst Thierry Henry has only signed a two month loan deal with the Gunners, the prospect of seeing him grace the Premier League again is mouthwatering.

    Henry came off the bench in his second Arsenal debut and scored the winner against Leeds United.

    Henry will be looking to add to his already impressive Premier League and Arsenal goal tally.

Djibril Cisse

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    QPR have been extremely busy on transfer deadline day as Mark Hughes brought in Djibril Cisse from Serie A team Lazio.

    Cisse has played in the Premier League previously for Liverpool and Sunderland, so the signing isn't much of a gamble in terms of knowing how the player will adapt.

    QPR have signed the funky haired Frenchman on a two-and-a-half-year deal and are believed to have paid £4 million.

David Pizarro

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    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has moved to sign out of favour winger David Pizarro on loan from Serie A side Roma.

    Pizarro will add some quality and experience to City's bid to win the Premier League title for the first time and has joined on loan until the end of the season.

    The 32-year-old is a Chilean International.

Carlos Tevez

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    The most interesting thing about the Carlos Tevez deal is that after all the talk and bids, he ended up going nowhere.

    One thing that is important to remember though is that whilst the British transfer window has now closed for purchases, Man City can still sell the player and the Russian and South American windows are still open.

    That means that Tevez could still find himself playing elsewhere next month.

Nikica Jelavic

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    Nikica Jelavic was linked with a number of Premier League clubs including Liverpool, but it was Merseyside rivals Everton who snagged the former Rangers striker on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

    The fee for the player is undisclosed but Everton will be hoping that the Croatian international can fire them up the table. 

    Jelavic is 26 years old.

Wayne Bridge

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    It seems Wayne Bridge favours January moves as this transfer is his second in two years.

    In 2011, Bridge had a loan spell with then-Premier League club West Ham United.

    2012 sees Bridge move from parent club Manchester City to Sunderland on loan until the end of the season.

    Bridge will be hoping to get regular first team football in order to increase the liklihood of a move in the Summer.

Bobby Zamora

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    QPR made Bobby Zamora their second big striker signing of the January transfer window after Fulham agreed a fee in the region of £4 million.

    The 31-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Loftus Road outfit, but tonight's game against Aston Villa might come a little soon for 90 minutes.

Louis Saha

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    Louis Saha leaving Everton was perhaps the surprise move of the transfer window.

    Saha's contract was due to expire in the Summer and Everton were happy for the Frenchman to seek football elsewhere.

    That elsewhere turned out to be Tottenham Hotspur where he has signed a permanent deal until the end of the season with the option of a years extension.

Roman Pavlyuchenko

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    Perhaps the reason Tottenham moved so quickly to secure the signing of Saha was due to the loss of Roman Pavlyuchenko who agreed a move with Locomotiv Moscow.

    Tottenham are believed to have received approximately £11 million for the Russian who has hardly featured this season under Harry Redknapp.

    Pavlyuchenko will be looking to assure his Euro 2012 place.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos

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    Former Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos has signed for Sunderland until the end of the season after agreeing a loan deal from German team Wolfsburg.

    The big defender isn't known for his pace so Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill will be looking for the Greek to provide a calm head, physical presence and aerial domination for his side.

Landon Donovan

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    Everton managed to persuade former loanee Landon Donovan to come to the club....on another loan.

    Donovan is currently in the MLS offseason but will link up with his club LA Galaxy once his loan expires.

    Donovan will play his last game for Everton in the Merseyside Derby against Liverpool on February 25th.

Steven Pienaar

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    In another bit of business between Tottenham and Everton, former Toffee Steven Pienaar has gone back to the Merseyside club on a loan deal from Spurs until the end of the season.

    Pienaar had struggled to get first team football at Spurs given their strength in midfield with the likes of Gareth Bale, Scott Parker, Luka Modric and Rafael Van Der Vaart.

Papiss Cisse

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    Newcastle United moved early in January to secure Demba Ba's International teammate Papiss Cisse on a five-and-a-half-year deal.

    With both Ba and Cisse away on duty in the African Cup of Nations, Newcastle will be hoping that Ba and their new £7.5 million signing will come back firing.

Darron Gibson

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    Darron Gibson could be the buy of the season for David Moyes' side.

    Moyes snapped up Manchester United misfit Darron Gibson for a fee believed to be around £500,000 and Gibson has already repaid some of that fee by scoring the winner against Manchester City last night.

    Gibson has a reputation of being a goalscoring midfielder.

Robbie Keane

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    In a move similar to Thierry Henry and Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane has signed on loan for Aston Villa whilst he awaits the start of the American MLS league.

    Keane is contracted to LA Galaxy along with Donovan and is using the spell in the Premier League to stay fit.

Nedum Onuoha

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    Another coup for Mark Hughes this January was the signing of Nedum Onuoha from Manchester City.

    Onuoha is a young powerful defender and is believed to have cost QPR approximately £2.5 million.

    Onuoha has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal and has played for Mark Hughes previously at City.

Pavel Pogrebnyak

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    Fulham have replaced the outgoing Bobby Zamora with Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak on a six month deal.

    The deal leaves Fulham with Andy Johnson, Carlos Orlando Sa, Bryan Ruiz and Moussa Dembele as optional partners for the new Russian.

Paul Scholes

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    After failing to find a suitable summer replacement for the retiring Paul Scholes, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson decided to resign Scholes in the January window.

    Scholes is 37 years of age and will look to end his playing career permanently at the end of the season.

Thomas Eisfeld

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    Arsenal moved on deadline day to secure the purchase of Thomas Eisfeld for a compensatory fee of £420,000.

    The 19-year-old midfielder can play in a variety of positions and will be looking to beak into the German national team after featuring already at youth level.

    It is unknown whether Wenger plans to use the player the first team squad immediately.


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    After all the hype of deadline day craziness, it wasn't that exciting this year—unless of course you're a QPR fan.

    QPR were without a doubt the busiest of the Premier League clubs with Newcastle's Papiss Cisse being the biggest single purchase of the month.

    Many people will be surprised that Carlos Tevez is still registered with Manchester City, as surely he would have been a hot favourite to be playing elsewhere by now.

    Only Stoke City and Liverpool decided not to strengthen their teams in January, and that could have ramifications for the Merseyside club who are seeking Champions League football next season.

    The Premier League's total spend this January was £58.3 million, down from £225 million last year.

    Hardly surprising given the financial fair play rules coming into effect.

    Deal of the window? For me it could be Darron Gibson but we'll have to watch this space.

    Thanks for reading and be sure to follow me on twitter @petercwebster where I post all my b/r content.


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