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Transfer Deadline Day never fails to provide us with big money deals and eyebrow raising moves and Monday 2nd February was no exception.

It was a bit of a slow burner, nothing major had been announced by the afternoon, Yakubu’s surprise move to Reading seemed to be the biggest deal and the Yak was even trending on Twitter, given the lack of movement elsewhere.


Chelsea completed the day’s biggest deal, bringing in Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina.

Eventually Deadline Day came to life, Chelsea completed the day’s biggest deal, bringing in Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina for a fee of $23.3 million. That move wasn’t much of a surprise, but hinged on the Blues having a bit of a clear out. Egyptian winger Mo Salah went over to Florence on loan as part of the Cuadrado deal, but the move was funded by World Cup winner Andre Schurrle’s $24 million switch to Wolfsburg.

Darren Fletcher left Manchester United to join West Brom, after the Scotland captain’s proposed move to West Ham fell through over the weekend. Fletcher, who made 342 appearances for United, told the Baggies website; “This is a fantastic new challenge for me in my career. I’ve spent my career at Manchester United and it’s all I’ve ever known. But I felt it was the right time to move and I’m not sentimental about doing that.”

Tony Pulis also brought Wigan’s Callum McManaman to the Hawthorns on Monday for just under $5 million, but missed out on Carlton Cole and Martin Olsson.

There was one incoming at Old Trafford, though – prepare to raise those eyebrows. Young defender Andy Kellett was signed by Louis Van Gaal on loan until the end of the season from Championship side Bolton Wanderers. The 21 year-old had been on loan at League Two Plymouth Argyle where he made 15 of his 19 senior appearances. Wanderers boss Neil Lennon described Kelett’s move as an ‘opportunity of a lifetime.’ If he impresses in United’s under-21 team, it is thought that the move may be made permanent.

England international Aaron Lennon left London for Merseyside as he joined Everton on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season.

Aaron Lennon

Aaron Lennon joined Everton on loan from Tottenham.

The former Leeds United winger has made only nine appearances for Spurs this season, but Toffee’s boss Roberto Martinez was extremely happy to have got his man; “We all know what Aaron will bring to our squad with his experience and know-how, his involvement with England in two World Cups and the landmarks he has set in the Premier League,” he told the club’s website.

Emmanuel Adebayor was another on his way out of White Hart Lane, but chairman Daniel Levy blocked his loan move to West Ham after the striker had agreed terms with the Hammers.

Spurs did complete the signing of Dele Alli for $5 million from MK Dons but have loaned the highly rated 18 year-old back to the League One outfit. “It’s a massive club and I’m really happy to be here. I’d love to play for Spurs and at White Hart Lane,” he said. “It won’t be easy and I’ll have to fight for my place in the team but I’ll work hard to do that.”

Bottom of the table Leicester City have strengthened their defence by signing German defender Robert Huth on loan from Stoke until the end of the season.

Southampton made Ryan Bertrand’s loan deal from Chelsea permanent for a fee of $10 million and Saints also loaned Filip Djuricic from Benfica.

Wilfried Zaha re-signed for Crystal Palace, where he has been on loan from Manchester United. Alan Pardew also brought Bolton’s South Korean midfielder Chung Yong Lee for an undisclosed fee, with Barry Bannan moving the other way on loan as part of the deal.

Manchester United

Manchester United also brought Bolton’s South Korean midfielder Chung Yong Lee for an undisclosed fee.

In total, Premier League clubs spent a total of $130 million during the January transfer window, the same amount as last year’s January window, but some way short of 2011’s total of $225 million. Crystal Palace were the busiest club, bringing in seven new signings during the window, while Newcastle and Liverpool were the only sides not to sign a single player.

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