January is almost over and tomorrow we see the transfer window slam shut. I suspect over the next 30-or-so hours we’ll see enough action to keep us all entertained, except at The Emirates maybe. Here I have a look at the five best deals struck by Premier League clubs so far this month.
5. Mathieu Debuchy (Lille to Newcastle) £5.5 million
A signing that everyone thought would happen in the summer was completed this month, and in my mind to sign a player from a good France team for just over £5 million seems like great business. Newcastle can’t deny that they are firmly involved in a relegation battle but they have looked more solid at the back in the games Debuchy has played.
4. Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea to Liverpool) £12 million
With one of the league’s best strikers already in the ranks Liverpool weren’t in desperate need to improve their frontline. But with only Suarez to speak of they were in need of numbers and had quietly admired the versatile Englishman for a while. Manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to extract the best from a striker with lots of potential but at £12 million I can’t help but feel they may have over-paid, something that’s not exactly new to Liverpool.
3. Loic Remy (Marseille to QPR) £8 million
A quiet January just doesn’t suit Harry Redknapp but up to now he has only signed two players. In search for a goal scorer his sights were firmly set on long-term target Remy, whom he had courted for years while at the helm at Spurs. A debut goal has shown us what the Frenchman is capable of and I think even money has done well to lure the striker to the league’s bottom team.
2. Demba Ba (Newcastle to Chelsea) £7.5 million
With Fernando Torres failing to find his shooting boots despite the appointment of Rafa Benitez(the man who coached the Spaniard during his finest form) Chelsea felt they needed a new striker to add goals to their ailing title hopes. They couldn’t have done much better in their search for a top goal scorer with Premier League experience, and at £7.5 million he’s a real steal too.
1. Lewis Holtby (Schalke to Tottenham) £1.5 million
Reaching my number one slot for sheer value even though the Germany international was poised to join Spurs in the summer anyway. Due to the injury keeping Sandro out for the rest of the season Spurs felt they needed to bolster their midfield quickly, and instead of the normal panic buy the North London club seem to have signed a real gem.