The January transfer window was a major topic at Rafa Benitez’ press conference on Tuesday.

The United boss quizzed on not just if and when he would bring players in – but also having to deal with the headlines claiming owner Mike Ashley was now interfering in transfers once again and undermining the Manager.

Rafa confirming that as far as he was concerned nothing had changed and that Newcastle had targets lined up, with the Manager having a number of options to go for.

It is now only 13 days until the January Transfer Window ends on Tuesday 31 January and so far, Championship clubs have brought in 22 new players.

These are the signings so far, as published by BBC Sport:

1 January

Marvin Sordell [Coventry – Burton] Free  

4 January

Luke Varney [Ipswich – Burton] Free

Milan Djuric [Cesena – Bristol City] Undisclosed

Jens Hegeler [Hertha Berlin – Bristol City] Undisclosed

5 January

Sam Johnstone [Manchester United – Aston Villa] Loan

Julien de Sart [Middlesbrough – Derby] Loan

6 January

Izzy Brown [Chelsea – Huddersfield] Loan

Morgan Fox [Charlton – Sheffield Wednesday] Undisclosed

Greg Halford [Rotherham – Cardiff] Undisclosed

Ibrahim Meite [Harrow Borough – Cardiff] Undisclosed

Luke Murphy [Leeds – Burton] Loan

Bailey Wright [Preston – Bristol City] Undisclosed

7 January

Jakob Haugaard [Stoke – Wigan] Loan

9 January

Pablo Hernandez [Al-Arabi – Leeds] Undisclosed

Tiago Ilori [Liverpool – Reading] Undisclosed

David Nugent [Middlesbrough – Derby] Undisclosed

10 January

Kazenga LuaLua [Brighton – QPR] Loan

11 January

Craig Gardner [West Brom – Birmingham] Loan

13 January

Sam Winnall [Barnsley – Sheffield Wednesday] Undisclosed

14 January

Callum Connolly [Everton – Wigan] Loan

16 January

Kieffer Moore [Forest Green – Ipswich] Undisclosed

Jordan Spence [Unattached – Ipswich]

Interesting to see just who has recruited so far.

Exactly half of the deals so far, have seen clubs in the bottom eight bring in 11 players between them, to try and ward off relegation.

Another four deals have been done by clubs in lower mid-table (Villa, Birmingham and Ipswich) who have no realistic chance of promotion.

Whilst the five clubs currently in positions 3rd to 7th have all brought in at least one player, with Derby and Sheffield Wednesday the most active with two each.

Neither of the top two have dipped their toes in yet and interesting to see if Brighton, as well as Newcastle of course, make a move.

Rafa Benitez has indicated that there’s a strong chance any incoming players are likely to be on a loan basis initially and 11 (half) of these 22 deals above, were either loan arrangements or free agents/transfers.