The January Transfer Window saw the Premier League clubs spend an astonishing £215m – the highest Winter window amount for the past six years.
The English clubs were as busy as ever on the deadline day, with some surprising transfers taking place in the dying moments of the window. Here’s a list of the top 5 deals that took place on the 31st of January, 2017:
Odion Ighalo’s Watford Exit – £20m
Odion Ighalo, 27, left Watford to join Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai for £20m (Mail).
Having scored 39 goals in 100 appearances for the Hornets in all competitions, the Nigerian striker finally parted ways with the Premier League outfit to become one of the more famous players in the Far East.
Manolo Gabbiadini To Southampton – £15m
The Saints completed the signing of Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli for a fee of around £15m (Guardian). The striker, who has won 6 caps for Italy so far, joined the club on a four-and-a-half year deal.
“One of my dreams was to perform in one of the biggest leagues in the world, so now that it’s happening I can’t wait to start playing,” Gabbiadini stated upon completing the transfer.
Robbie Brady To Burnley – £13m
Burnley broke their club transfer record by signing Robbie Brady from Norwich City for a fee that could reach up to£13m (The Sun).
The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international, who has scored 4 goals in 26 appearances for Norwich so far this season, joined the Clarets on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
Luka Milivojevic To Crystal Palace – £11m
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 31, 2017
Crystal Palace completed the signing of Serbian midfielder Luka Milivojevic from Olympiakos on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
Eagles’ boss Sam Allardyce described his new signing perfectly, by stating: “He has experience in the UEFA Champions League and international football, and will add a new dimension to our midfield. He is a talented, two-footed player with intelligent passing ability as well as being very strong defensively, in and out of possession.”
Mamadou Sakho To Crystal Palace – Loan
Palace also completed the signing of Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho on a loan deal for the rest of the season.
The Eagles will pay Liverpool £2m for the services of the France international, who has failed to feature for the Reds since April due to disciplinary issues and wage disagreements.