The transfer window slammed shut at 11pm on Monday night, so who made the biggest January signings?
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that there is a bit of a pattern here…
Stoke City are the Premier League club to make the biggest buy, carrying on their impressive and ambitious transfer policy. Mark Hughes bringing in £18.3m signing Giannelli Imbula from Porto.
The new record signing joining the likes of Arnautovic, Afellay and Shaqiri in the Potteries.
Stoke are currently in ninth place in the Premier League with 33 points, only four points off fifth and with a real chance of pushing on, with the help of their new record transfer buy.
For the next eight highest January transfers it is a different story, with all the buying clubs battling relegation and spending around £90m on just these eight players.
Both Newcastle and Norwich are responsible for two each, with Everton, Swansea, Bournemouth and Sunderland all bringing in one.
Some Newcastle fans would like to think that Mike Ashley has agreed to the signings of Shelvey and Townsend as a sign of ambition, and we all hope that this is the case.
However, other Newcastle supporters find it hard to believe that any major signing would have been made if the club wasn’t in such a desperate position.
You pay your money and take your choice but all the evidence points to the fact that just like Delia Smith and the owners of the other clubs fighting it out at the bottom, the cash spent on January signings is for one massive reason only – a last gamble to try and secure Premier League survival.
Mike Ashley has taken the biggest and most expensive gamble in terms of overall expenditure in the past month, let’s hope this is one of his gambles that comes off.
The nine biggest January signings by Premier League clubs:
£18.3m Giannelli Imbula (Porto to Stoke)
£13.5m Oumar Niasse (Lokomotiv Moscow to Everton)
£12m Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea to Newcastle)
£12m Andros Townsend (Spurs to Newcastle)
£10m Benik Afobe (Wolves to Bournemouth)
£9m Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux to Sunderland)
£8m Alberto Paloschi (Chievo to Swansea)
£8m Steven Naismith (Everton to Norwich)
£7.6m Timm Klose (Wolfsburg to Norwich)
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