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JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW: DEALS DONE SO FAR

With the transfer window closing on February 2nd, we take a look at the done deals and analyse the legitimacy of some of the rumoured deals still to be done.

The biggest deal that has been completed this January is Wilfried Bony’s $25 million move from Swansea to Manchester City. The fee could rise to $28 million, which would make the Ivorian the joint most expensive African footballer in the world along with teammate Yaya Toure. However the pair may not be club teammates for too long, with Paris Saint Germain reportedly lining up a $20 million move for the 31 year-old. Striker Stevan Jovetic is also heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad, with Juventus touted as his most likely destination.

Garry Monk moved to bring in Portuguese international Nelson Oliveira on loan from Benfica until the end of the season as a replacement for the now departed Bony. Swansea have also signed Matt Grimes from Exeter City on a four and-a-half year deal with the 19 year-old looking like a hot prospect for the future. The Swans have also had a $5 million bid accepted for Spurs full-back Kyle Naughton, with that deal likely to go through in the next couple of days.

Louis Van Gaal continued building his Manchester United squad by signing free agent Victor Valdes on an 18 month deal. The former Barcelona ‘keeper has had to settle for a place on the bench in light of David De Gea’s form between the posts. However the Reds have been frustrated in their attempts to sign Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi, after his current club Valencia turned down a $26 million bid for the player.

Arsenal have also strengthened their squad, bringing in Polish youth international Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw. The 17 year-old can play defensive midfield or centre-back, two areas the Gunners definitely need to strengthen. As such, defenders have been linked with a move to the Emirates and West Ham centre-back Winston Reid is thought to be the most realistic signing. Villarreal’s Brazilian Gabriel Paulista is also reportedly very high on the list of Arsene Wenger’s transfer targets.

League leaders Chelsea are rumored to be lining up a $27 million move for Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina. The 26 year-old impressed at last summer’s World Cup and will most likely replace Mohamed Saleh or Andre Schurrle, who would be one step closer to the exit door should the transfer go through.

After his two goals against Newcastle last Saturday, Eljero Elia has already announced himself in the Premier League. The Dutch international has joined Southampton on loan from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen. Another player joining the Premier League from Germany’s top flight is defender Philipp Wollscheid, who has signed on loan for Stoke City from Bayer Leverkusen.

Jermain Defoe has made his return to the Premier League, signing for Sunderland from Toronto FC in a part-exchange deal that saw American Jozy Altidore move to Canada.

Bottom side Leicester City have brought in two players so far this window in Mark Schwarzer and Andrej Kramaric. Croatian striker Kramaric netted 28 goals in 31 games for HNK Rijeka and cost the Foxes an initial fee of $7.5million, and that could rise to $9million, making him the club’s record signing. Nigel Pearson also signed 42 year-old goalkeeper Schwarzer on a one and-a-half year deal from Chelsea on a free transfer.

Goal shy Aston Villa have recruited Carles Gil – an attacking midfielder – from Valencia. The 22 year-old joined Paul Lambert’s side on a four and-a-half year deal. Fellow relegation strugglers Burnley have made their loan signing of Michael Keane from Manchester United permanent.

West Ham snapped up 21 year-old centre-back Doneil Henry from Cypriot side Apollon Limassol. The Canadian joins on a ‘long-term deal’ after impressing while on trial with the Hammers.

New Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew loaned Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo until the end of the season and are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Blackburn’s Rudy Gestede.

Finally, a transfer window wouldn’t be complete without some wheeling and dealing from Harry Redknapp or seeing the QPR manager doing an interview from his car. He has drafted Mauro Zarate in on loan from West Ham and has said that he would like to bring in another striker before the window closes on February 2nd.

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