A Premier League January Transfer Window Roundup Part Two - From Leicester To Wolves
Following on from yesterday's Part One, here is the second part of the January transfer window round-up from Leicester to Wolves. Let's get into it!
Leicester - Only the one incoming transfer for the Foxes this window with the loan signings of future star Youri Tielemans from AS Monaco. Tielemans was hyped up during his time at Anderlecht in Belgium but has very much failed to live up to expectations since moving to Monaco. Hopefully he can gain a fresh start in the Premier League. This deal has seen Adrien Silva move the other way to AS Monaco on loan, along with permanent departures for Vicente Iborra (Villareal) and Yohan Benalouane (Notts Forest). Other departures for Leicester were loan deals for youth and fringe players such as Callum Elder and Andy King.
Liverpool - Much like their Merseyside rivals, Jurgen Klopp's men have no incoming signings and have only sold or loaned players out. Most notably is the £19 million sale of Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth that was covered yesterday and the sale of Lazar Markovic to Fulham. Other fringe players have been loaned out, such as Nathaniel Clyne to Bournemouth and Ovie Ejaria to Reading.
Manchester City - The Citizens have made the one long-term signing this window with the £7 million acquisition of Ante Palaversa from Hadjuk Split in Croatia. He's an eighteen year old prospect who can play as a midfielder and has been capped at youth level from the Under-14s right up to the Under-19s, where he has achieved 11 caps and scored three goals. Palaversa has gone straight back to Hadjuk Split. There's also been a permanent departure in the way of wonderkid Brahim Diaz to Spanish giants Real Madrid for £22 million - hopefully he will be able to continue his development and gain useful experience. Other than that, City have loaned out youth talents such Anthony Caceres and Yangel Herrera.
Manchester United - No new arrivals at Old Trafford for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first Premier League transfer window and there's only loan departures to speak of, most notably for Regan Poole to Notts County and Zak Dearnley to Oldham Athletic.
Newcastle - Mike Ashley's men have been our busiest side so far, making two rather good signings. First comes the loan deal for Italian left-back Antonio Barreca from AS Monaco to bolster their defensive capablilities. He seems like a good fit for Newcastle, being able to be deployed as a wing-back with good vision, pace and crossing ability. This window also saw the Magpies break their club transfer record with the £21 million signing of Paraguayan attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United. Almiron comes highly-rated from the USA and was apparently courted by the likes of Arsenal earlier in the window. I bet Rafa Benitez is happy that Newcastle have got their man and he should be able to add that flair and creativity that they have often lacked in the last few years. As always, departures are all loans for fringe players such as Jacob Murphy to West Brom and the double swoop from Sheffield Wednesday for Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar.
Southampton - Ralph Hassenhuttl's side made no signings this window and didn't just allow for loans by way of departures. Italian forward Manolo Gabbiadini has returned to his home nation to Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee and both Ryan Seager and Adam Parkes have left on free transfers, to Yeovil and Watford respectively. There have been loan deals for first-teamers Wesley Hoedt and Cedric Soares to Celta Vigo and Inter Milan.
Tottenham - With their lack of signings at either opportunity this season, Spurs become the first team in Premier League history to go through a season without making any additions to their team. In terms of outgoings, prospect Jaden Brown has left to Huddersfield for an undisclosed fee and there's loan deals for Kaziah Sterling to Sunderland and outcast winger Georges-Kevin N'Koudou to AS Monaco for some first-team action.
Watford - The Hornets made one addition to their side this January with the free signing of Adam Parkes from Southampton. Parkes is a nineteen-year-old goalkeeper who has come through the Southampton youth system and made appearances in the Premier League's development league - Premier League 2. Other than that, there's little about him online and he'll continue his development in the Watford Under-23s side. By way of outgoings, a double set of loan departures to Udinese for Stefano Okaka and Marvin Zeegelaar to give them some minutes and build their match fitness. Other departures include the permanent sale of Dion Pereira to Atalanta United in America and a loan deal for Ben Wilmot, also to Udinese.
West Ham - One signing for Manuel Pellegrini on his return to the Premier League with the free acquisition of former Arsenal and Manchester City man Samir Nasri. The Hammers are Nasri's first club for the best part of eighteen months after serving a doping ban. Nasri can provide some needed squad depth for West Ham and step into the first team if needed. The usual departures of loan deals are also present here with Reece Oxford leaving back to Germany, this time with Augsburg and Vashon Neufville and Moses Makasi also left.
Wolves - Wolves are the big spenders in the second-half of this breakdown with the now-permanent deal for defender Jonny Otto from Atletico Madrid for an estimated £18 million after a loan deal in the summer. Jonny was a long-term servant for Celta Vigo, making a total of 221 appearances since the age of 18; he is now 24. Youth prospect David Wang has been signed from Estudiantes in Argentina and has immediately been loaned out to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal. There have been departures aplenty for the Wanderers too with the £12 million sale of former Arsenal forward Benik Afobe, along with servant Danny Batth to Stoke City and Dominic Iorfa to Sheffield Wednesday for £500,000. There have also been a few loan deals for youth and fringe players such as Michael Folivi and Ethan Ebanks-Landell.
So, there we are - the Premier League January transfer window roundup is finished! All clubs now need to get cracking on scouting summer signings and getting to see if their new signings will sink or swim.