February is now upon us and the January transfer window has closed. Rarely does January warrant transfer roundup as, usually, very few major signings are made. However, 2018 has seen a break of the trend. In fact, Premier League clubs have had a hugely busy period in which we’ve seem some big name and big money moves. To keep you on top of things, here are the most noteworthy transfers that each of England’s top division have made this past month.
Pierre-Emerick Aumabeyang (Borussia Dortmund)
Arsenal’s third signing of a busy period saw them break the bank in a club record deal. The Gabon international had previously buried 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund and will be looking to recreate that form for the Gunners. Whilst exciting, fans will nonetheless be disappointed that the clear defensive problems have not been considered.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Jurgen Locadia (PSV Eindhoven)
Brighton’s main problem this season has been a lack goals. Despite veteran Glenn Murray’s best efforts, more is needed in the seaside club’s attempts to avoid the relegation zone. 24 year old Locadia will hopefully provide that cutting edge. He has, thus far, netted nine times this season with 6 assists in 15 league appearances.
Aaron Lennon (Everton)
Despite Burnley’s strong placing in the Premier League table, they find themselves as the 4th lowest scorers in the division. Dyche has done well to add that bit of pace to a, at times, sluggish looking team. Aaron Lennon provides experience and speed and hopefully a little more service to Ashley Barnes up top.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
Maybe not the break-the-bank signing that Chelsea fans were hoping for but, all thing’s considered, a necessary one. Alvaro Morata’s injury left the blues without a proven striker and with Batshuayi not cutting it, a signing had to be made. Giroud is proven goalscorer in the Premier League and Champions League and, for only £15m, is a bargain too.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Theo Walcott would probably tell you himself that he hasn’t quite lived up to fan’s expectations at his old club, but with 108 goals in 396 appearances and three FA Cup victories, it would be unfair to call him a flop. Regardless, it was probably the right time for him to make a fresh start. He can add a new dimension to Everton’s play and his brace the other night shows that his goalscoring attributes are sure to continue.
Alex Pritchard (Norwich City)
A skilful, attack-minded midfielder may be just what Huddersfield need to keep them out the bottom three. The 24 year old comes with a reputation as one of the top players in the Championship. As is often the case with newly promoted teams, Huddersfield have found it difficult to find the net. They’ll be hoping their new signing goes someway to solving their problems.
Virgil van Djik (Southampton)
Seeing the loss of Philippe Coutinho would have been a heartbreaker for many fans who thought they would at least be able to keep him till the summer. Nontheless, Klopp has splashed out a good portion of the cash on a much needed centre back. Van Djik will hopefully steady the ship for the Merseyside team till Summer when further reinforcements can be bought in.
Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao)
Those who thought Manchester City would have a quiet transfer window were proved wrong when they smashed their record fee for Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte. With Stones not finding the form he was in before injury, Pep felt he had to dive into the transfer kitty once more. If the Premier League title wasn’t already decided, you can be sure it is now.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Probably the deal of the January transfer window; Alexis Sanchez swap deal to Manchester United captured the attention of every Premier League fan. The Chilean winger adds more world-class ability to United’s team and will be essential in the next coming months in United bid to chase title leaders Manchester City.
Islam Slimani (Leicester)
A deal done in the last few minutes of the transfer window means that Newcastle will have the out and out striker, they have craved for so far this season. After failing to impress at Leicester, Slimani will hope he can make his mark at Newcastle and be an influential player in keeping the Magpies up this season.
Guido Carrillo (Monaco)
Southampton’s only buy of the transfer window sees Monaco striker Guido Carrillo travel to Saint Mary’s. The Saints are in need of some help in the scoring department as they currently sit in the relegation zone, Carrillo could become a cult hero at Southampton if he helps them beat the drop.
Badou Ndiaye (Galatasaray)
Stoke’s key signing of the transfer window sees Badou Ndiaye travel from Galatasaray to England. The Senegal international is well known for his aggression and energy in the middle of the pitch and Paul Lambert hopes he can make an immediate impact in the side. But can he perform on a cold and windy Tuesday night in Stoke?
Andre Ayew (West Ham)
Andre Ayew teams up with his brother Jordan once again as he makes his return to Swansea City for £18m. Ayew will look to help the Swans in their own relegation battle and will wear the number 19 shirt.
Lucas Moura (PSG)
Tottenham’s only signing of the transfer window sees Brazilian Lucas Moura make his way from PSG to Spurs. The Brazilian is known for his impressive pace, dribbling ability and can play centrally or out wide. Moura was a big part of the PSG squad before the likes of Neymar and Mbappe turned up and will now look to make his mark in the Premier League.
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona)
Gerard Deulofeu makes his return to the Premier League after a relatively unsuccessful spell at Barcelona. The Spaniard will hope he can make an impact immediately at Watford and show his parent club what they are missing.
West Bromwich Albion
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
West Brom made one of the surprising signings of the window as Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge joined the Baggies on loan for the rest of the season. For a team that has struggled to find the net so far this season, Sturridge could be essential in the battle for relegation.
Joao Mario (Inter Milan)
West Ham’s marquee signing in the January transfer window comes in the form of Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario. Mario failed to make an impact at Inter since joining in 2016 but being experienced in European and International football, he’ll be a strong addition to the Hammers side.