Friday, July 12, 2024

Round Up: The January transfer Deadline Day deals that you might have missed

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With Newcastle really splashing their new-found cash throughout January and bringing in the likes of Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes and Dan Burn, it was no surprise that last month’s window was the second most expensive in Premier League history.

On a day that was highlighted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s switch to Spanish giants Barcelona, many across Europe were also surprised to see Aaron Ramsey turn up at Ibrox on a shock loan deal from Juventus.

With the likes of Arsenal and West Ham fans having to watch on frustrated from home, we have taken a look at a handful of Deadline Day deals that might have flown under the radar.

Bryan Gil – Tottenham to Valencia

While Dele Alli’s Deadline Day move to Everton might have stolen most of the headlines in north London, the fading England international was not the only midfield star to be shown the exit by Antonio Conte.

Paying Sevilla £21million and sending them Erik Lamela just six months ago, it is fair to say that Bryan Gil has drastically struggled to make the step up in class since making his Premier League switch last summer.

Failing to forge his way into Conte’s plans and yet to make a single start this season, the 20-year-old has already been shipped back out to Spain after it was confirmed that he would spend the remainder of the campaign at Valencia.

Admitting that his family pleaded with him to seek a break from what was quickly becoming a Premier League nightmare, the four-cap Spain international will be desperate to kickstart his career on familiar ground.

Jeff Hendrick – Newcastle to QPR

Spending £90million in their bid to maintain their Premier League status this season and bringing five new faces through the door at St. James’ Park, it was no secret that a host of stars would be heading in the other direction.

Hoping to get a blockbuster new era underway in the north east, midfielder Jeff Hendrick was one of the first casualties as the Irishman almost snuck his way out of the exit on Deadline Day.

Not making a single Premier League start since a 2-1 defeat away at Wolves back in October under former boss Steve Bruce, the 30-year-old only managed to make 27 appearances for the Magpies since arriving on a free transfer from Burnley 17 months ago.

Admitting that he was desperate to find a new home before the window slammed shut, Hendrick will spend the remainder of the season with Championship promotion contenders QPR and help their bid to book a top-flight return.

Wout Weghorst – Wolfsburg to Burnley

Watching Chris Wood make the shock move to fellow relegation scrappers Newcastle earlier in the month, Burnley fans around Turf Moor had made it clear that a striking replacement was essential before the window slammed shut.

Taken over by new American owners last year and promised that Sean Dyche would be backed in January, the arrival of Wout Weghorst from Wolfsburg on Deadline Day would have certainly been a boost.

In the midst of another scrap to maintain their top-flight status, a £12million deal for the 6ft 6in marksman could appear smart business as someone to come in and play alongside talisman Maxwel Cornet.

With Weghorst likely to be seen as almost a like-for-like replacement for Wood and even taking his number nine shirt, the 29-year-old, who scored 70 goals in 144 games for the German club, signed a three-and-a-half year contract until June 2025.

Neco Williams – Liverpool to Fulham

While Liverpool’s deal to take Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho might have fallen at the final hurdle late on Deadline Day, there was enough time for the Cottagers to complete their own deal.

Desperate to secure an immediate Premier League return this season, Marco Silva’s men just about managed to announce the arrival of Neco Williams on a loan switch for the remainder of the campaign before the window slammed shut.

With Greek international defender Konstantinos Tsimikas making a real impact since arriving at Anfield last year, Williams has found it hard to find any kind of first-team action under Jurgen Klopp once again.

Mustering 33 appearances for the former Premier League champions and making his senior debut towards the end of the Reds’ title-winning season in 2019-20, there is no buy option in Fulham’s loan deal for the 17-cap Wales international.


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan



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