The Very Best Tweets from January Deadline Day 2016

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2016
B/R Football @brfootball

Waiting for a big #DeadlineDay transfer. Any coming, @JimWhite? https://t.co/txKQNqw5a8

In years gone by, deadline day was an opportunity for football fans to batten down the hatches and watch the fireworks as the world's biggest clubs make increasingly desperate attempts to recruit new blood.

Sadly, aside from Manchester City's managerial coup, according to Jamie Jackson on the Guardian, deadline day was a bit of a damp squib. There were no moves for Loic Remy, Saido Berahino or Alex Teixeira, and there was no significant reason for the neutral fan to get excited:

SportsJOE @SportsJOEdotie

Amazingly Transfer #DeadlineDay is now more boring than regular Mondays

Jon Davies @jonnyd92

This definitely has to be the most boring transfer deadline day ever !! #deadlineday

Lloyd O'Neill @lloydoneill1989

Any danger in something big happening? How boring is #DeadlineDay so far 😴⚽️

Oli Kilroe @OLILFC11

Forgot how dull #DeadlineDay is, on #SkySports just lots of news about people not leaving with lots of pointlessly added drama

Titanbet @TitanBet

Waiting for something exciting on this Transfer Deadline Day like https://t.co/RLPVBnFQWP https://t.co/pycx7hReB8

Jamie Vere @jamievere

How it feels to be a #LFC fan on #DeadlineDay... https://t.co/lAnyoIiwFW

Top Corner @HITCtopcorner

#DeadlineDay got me like... https://t.co/3qy9tVzXwS

A primary reason for the lack of action in the window was the number of clubs that did not do any business. Aston Villa, for example, were the only club in the bottom six who did not make any January signings:

Jason Spacey @Jason_Spacey

it's obvious why David Cameron supports Aston Villa. They've failed to agree terms and haven't secured any of their targets.#DeadlineDay

Villa Underground @avfc_vilr

#avfc Chairman Hollis' response to chance of #DeadlineDay transfers https://t.co/rk9esojZqS

Villa Park may have been quiet, but there was plenty of action on Italian TV, where it appeared a TV reporter on the Sportitalia network received some traditional English hospitality during a live broadcast:

The closest we came to any such excitement on UK airwaves was this barely noticeable dancing at Watford:


@SoccerAM first #DeadlineDay boogie spotted at @WatfordFC on @SkySportsNewsHQ https://t.co/Bu5o0GbDcg

While the tradition of shoving purple foreign objects into the ears of Sky Sports News reporters appears to have dissipated, the tradition of lower-league clubs poking fun at the window on social media is very much alive:

Accrington Stanley @ASFCofficial

See how busy it is on #DeadlineDay? Prospective signings, agents & media, all not here https://t.co/pDldzwiYRZ

Dulwich Hamlet FC @DulwichHamletFC

Its #DeadlineDay, here at Champion Hill we've been primed all morning waiting for the phone to ring with #DHFC deals https://t.co/kjNZzmZuRQ

Coventry City @Coventry_City

DEAL: #CCFC announce the signing of a huge Chinese takeaway on a short-term deal at Ryton. #DeadlineDay #PUSB https://t.co/2zjznVgv1U

Yeovil Town FC @YTFC

. @BBCMOTD Our secretary at #YTFC has had it with our fax machine. She has thrown it out the window. Email it is... https://t.co/GrmPDua13i

The folks behind Heathrow Airport's Twitter feed also have form for #Banter, and Monday provided no exception:

Heathrow Airport @HeathrowAirport

SPOTTED: Wenger reaches new heights in @Arsenal striker search... #thisisgettingawkward #DeadlineDay https://t.co/f8jedXOiFN

Teddy Souter @deedtryouts

Just seen this at Heathrow airport. He's coming!! #TDD #transferdeadlineday #deadlineday https://t.co/Ocw9jL5ZJS

Heathrow Airport @HeathrowAirport

We've heard reports of two famous faces waiting in the Madrid arrivals hall #DeadlineDay #RealMadridFeederClub #COYS https://t.co/SAN4qzrTcF

Arsenal were among the clubs who failed to produce the chequebook on deadline day, which led to the usual stream of jokes at their expense:

Coral @Coral

BREAKING: Olivier Giroud welcoming Arsenal's new signing to the club: #DeadlineDay https://t.co/ACnwAups1W

William Hill Betting @WilliamHill

Arsene Wenger looking for his wallet on #DeadlineDay (or Monday as he calls it) https://t.co/M29tEjx1d7

Top Corner @HITCtopcorner

Looks like a quiet day at Arsenal... #AFC #DeadlineDay https://t.co/hdzk2pNd6v

Virgin Media @virginmedia

Ever wondered where Wenger stashes all his transfer cash? #DeadlineDay #AllTheFootball https://t.co/rD35glIq3l

Betfred @Betfred

BREAKING NEWS: Wenger IS spending the cash on #DeadlineDay https://t.co/g0SlmdWcXU

There was also disappointment from Arsenal's title rivals, Leicester, who were linked with Remy, Mame Diouf and CSKA Moscow's Ahmed Musa. Unfortunately, no reinforcements were added to the strike force:

James Stevenson @Jam3sStevenson

Well that was worth checking twitter all day for, same old Leicester #deadlineday activities hopefully we don't get an injury

steve @fjsteves

No new strikers for Leicester, we're going down #LCFC #DeadlineDay #SSNHQ

Kartik Krishnaiyer @kkfla737

Leicester still hasn't secured a top-notch second striker. Priority for the title race. May be too late now. #DeadlineDay

Leicester's failure to secure Remy's services meant that Radamel Falcao was free to pursue football elsewhere. At the time of writing, however, his attempts to reignite his career outside of Stamford Bridge have been futile:

Paddy Power @paddypower

Hearing reports that Falcao could now be on his way to Valencia, as Gary Neville looks to extend the club's winless streak.

One of the more surprising moves of the day was Steven Fletcher's loan to Marseille:

Will @willsch7

This seems as good a time as any to remind everyone that Steven Fletcher has a tramp stamp tattoo of his own name https://t.co/IB4gGsVIUq

Scott Salter @scottsltr

Steven Fletcher to Marseille has to be the strangest move on #deadlineday. https://t.co/FzU3HQpUQn

Dream Team @dreamteamfc

Steven Fletcher’s agent deserves a knighthood after latest move 👏👏https://t.co/DJvQg0xSSQ https://t.co/mJvBlpwPae

SPORTbible @sportbible

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is travelling to France ahead of a proposed move to Marseille. https://t.co/0eJlpsgwju

B/R Football @brfootball

Breaking: Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has completed his loan move to Marseille via @laprovence #DeadlineDay https://t.co/mvJ6J4Pp83

Paddy Power @paddypower

Being reported that Steven Fletcher to Marseille is almost done.Let's check in with his agent. #DeadlineDay https://t.co/bqX9TQIUKf

Many believed that Saido Berahino would finally get his move away from West Brom, but the Baggies appear content to let the England striker's contract run down, as they turned down several advances from Newcastle:

Simon Thomas @SimonThomasSky

😂 RT @BreatheSport: Live footage from WBA's training ground ... https://t.co/PlZFUL3NZG

Top Corner @HITCtopcorner

Saido Berahino be like… (via @MPH1982) #FreeBerahino https://t.co/hQwiWvsX1C

The Dugout @TheDugout_

Saido Berahino won't be going anywhere this #deadlineday https://t.co/Phu1qVHUsz

It wouldn't be deadline day without a Peter Odemwingie storyline. The Stoke forward reportedly boarded a plane pointed toward Marseille; however, the deal fell through.

The Ligue 1 side apparently settled for Fletcher instead, leaving Odemwingie with yet another unnecessary deadline-day journey:  

Football FanCast @FootballFanCast

When you hear another #DeadlineDay deal has fallen through for poor Peter Odemwingie - https://t.co/mopSGf5lGv https://t.co/rF4aM8DqOI

B/R Football @brfootball

Breaking: Peter #Odemwingie's deadline day move to Marseille appears to have collapsed https://t.co/ftI95FGMsD

Just Eat UK @JustEatUK

Reports suggest Marseille directors felt sorry for Peter Odemwingie, turning up with only his boots, some pizza and no dignity. #DeadlineDay

Everton confirmed the £13.5 million capture of Lokomotiv Moscow's Oumar Niasse, who apparently boasts a superhuman goalscoring record:

Paddy Power @paddypower

Just swotting up on Oumar Niasse on Wikipedia. Looks like some buy with that goals record at Brann. https://t.co/T0TxcWJ7Tu

Daniel Sturridge was also in the thick of the action. Well, kind of:

talkSPORT 📻 @talkSPORT

Daniel Sturridge having a medical at City... Holby City: https://t.co/redmQVS9a7 #DeadlineDay #ChipChat #Spoof https://t.co/jhMdmUPyb4

The biggest deal of the day was confirmed in the final hour, as Stoke paid a club-record £18.3 million for Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula (as per the BBC), but overall, it was yet another underwhelming deadline day.

At least there was reason for the beleaguered fans at Charlton Athletic to celebrate. We're just going to park this one here and leave the punch line to you...  

Simon Peach @SimonPeach

#CAFC secure Fanni until the summer https://t.co/rV6KY19qaq


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