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Winter transfer deadline day 2019 round up

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The winter 2019 transfer window has shut for European clubs and in the end, it turned out to be another relatively quiet one, with teams may be looking towards the summer to do their biggest deals. Here are some deals that did get over the line:

Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea to Crystal Palace, loan until the end of the season)

This deal was slightly surprising, as Batshuayi had previously been linked with deadline day moves to the likes of West Ham and Everton. Meanwhile, the Blues also turned down an attempt from Tottenham to sign the striker on loan, as they did want to loan out the striker to a rival.

Palace have struggled for goals this season, while Batshuayi has endured an unsuccessful loan spell at Spanish club Valencia in the first half of the campaign. The deal seems to suit everybody.

Roy Hodgson’s side are not yet clear of the relegation battle. However, the Eagles are odds of 11/1 joint-sixth favourites to suffer relegation this season.

Youri Tielemans (Monaco to Leicester, loan until the end of the season)

The highly-rated young Belgian midfielder has joined the Foxes on loan for the remainder of the campaign from Monaco. The youngster has struggled for form in the principality since a move from Anderlecht in the summer of 2017.

Tielemans has been a hot prospect for a number of years and Leicester reportedly beat off competition from Newcastle, West Ham and Arsenal to sign the midfield star. Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva has joined Monaco in a similar loan deal.

Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United to Newcastle, £21million)

This deal was mooted for a few days before the transfer deadline. The Magpies finally sealed the record £21million signing of the Paraguayan attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron from Atalanta United on deadline day.

The deal means that the north east club broke their transfer record set in 2005 when the Magpies signed England forward Michael Owen from Real Madrid.

Almiron has been a key part of the Atlanta team in his two years with the MLS side, helping them to win the MLS Cup last season. He will be keen to prove himself in the Premier League after his impressive displays in the US top-flight.

Peter Crouch (Stoke to Burnley, free transfer)

The veteran former England striker has joined Burnley from Stoke on a free transfer. The deal also saw Clarets forward Sam Vokes move in the opposite direction for a fee of around £7million.

At 38 years old, Crouch has plenty of Premier League experience, having played for seven different top-flight clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham. The move could see the forward finishing his playing career in Lancashire.

Denis Suarez (Barcelona to Arsenal, on loan to the end of the season)

The Gunners much talked about move for the Spanish midfielder finally happened on deadline day. The midfielder signed a contract extension with Barcelona prior to completing the temporary move, although the Gunners have the option to make the loan move a permanent one next summer.

Suarez is highly-rated. However, he has struggled to nail down a starting position in the Catalan capital since his return from Villarreal in 2016. The 25-year-old has previous experience of working with Gunners boss Unai Emery from their time together at Sevilla.

Jonny Otto (Atletico Madrid to Wolves, £18million)

The 24-year-old full-back has joined Wolves on a permanent deal from Atletico Madrid. Jonny has spent the first half of the campaign on loan in the Midlands, enjoying a successful campaign so far.

Jonny first impressed at Celta Vigo, making over 200 appearances for the Spanish club. He only joined Atletico last summer and failed to make an appearance for Diego Simeone’s team before making the initial temporary move to Molineux in summer.

Another quiet January transfer deadline day

January’s transfer deadline day tends to be a quieter one than the summer one. The lack of big transfers showed that many clubs do not believe that the winter deadline day is not the best time to sign players.

Who was the best signing of winter deadline day 2019?

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