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What's going on in the January transfer window?


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Eight days of the window left for club owners to dust off their wallets and spend. Clubs at the bottom are investing heavily, while so far there’s not been much movement by the top six in a transfer window managers notoriously dread. Here's an update of who's bought who before the window enters its trolley dash stage... 

SAIDO BERAHINO HAS GOT HIS TRANSFER. It’s taken about two years of transfer speculation, Berahino refusing to play for the Baggies again (twice), Pulis sending him on holiday to lose weight, several bids from Spurs and Stoke, but finally it has happened. Half the alleged £20million offered in previous windows, but a welcome move for club and player with West Brom riding high this season without him. 

West Ham signing Jose Fonte is massive to a team starting to turn around some bad form. £8 million for a 33-year-old might look a bit steep, but an extra leader in defence is exactly what a side ransacked by cheap goals earlier in the season needed.

At the bottom end both Hull and Swansea are spending freely to try and pull themselves out of danger. Arguably, the Swans best signing was off the pitch in Paul Clement. All-star assistant manager turned manager Clement was essentially sacked by Derby for being too ambitious in signing established talent over youth. Looks a good match then. He’s already brought in Tom Carroll, Luciano Narsingh and Martin Olsson, who should help sure up a side with undoubted talent up top in Llorente and Sigurrdson. Their remarkable win versus Liverpool on Saturday is an immense boost for the struggling Swans. 

Hull’s new manager Marco Silva has been equally busy bringing in the likes of Evandro and Oumar Niasse, but you do wonder the benefit they can do when star players like Jake Livermore are going the other way.

Still drifting to the foot of the table, Palace have managed the signing of Jeffrey Schlupp but he’s already costing points by the look of things. Big Sam’s wheeler dealer image is looking a bit iffy as a result and the hangover of his England sacking might well be spilling over in to club management.

Best Championship signing has to go to Leeds United. A good window for them might not be bringing players in but turning their current loans into permanent deals. Pablo Hernandez signing until the end of the season with the option for another year is massive. When Championship sides are clamouring to be in the premier league it’s a huge boost to have a no.10 who’s been there and done it in England and Spain. Leeds are a Britt Assomablonga away from promotion perhaps…

Handy when he gives you highlights like this too…

Henri Lansbury signing for Villa for £2.7million is fantastic business. Captain and chief goalscorer. Villa have found some form under Steve Bruce and shrewd moves like this might mean the play offs aren’t insurmountable.

Biggest deals to come?

If Alexis Sanchez signs a new contract that will be as valuable as any signing Arsenal could have brought in this window.

Llorente to Chelsea? If Costa leaves for China, Conte is allegedly looking to bring back his old Juventus target man Fernando Llorente. He’s shown some class in a beleaguered Swansea side but if Chelsea aren’t eager to sell will they be eager to buy?

For more on transfers find our report on Leicester City's replacement for N'Golo Kante here

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