Ranked! EVERY Premier League club by their January transfer business
20. West Ham
In: Joao Mario (loan), Jordan Hugill (£8m)
Out: Diafra Sakho (Rennes, £8.8m), Martin Samuelsen (Burton, loan), Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach, loan), Andre Ayew (Swansea)
Lots of irons in lots of fires, but not quite enough done to appease a disappointed fanbase. Joao Mario is a good player and was thought of very highly before his career went south with Inter, but the midfielder could be damaged goods and is not actually West Ham’s player. Failing to add a defender certainly seems like a mistake.
David Moyes’s contract only runs until the end of the season, so the club were presumably unwilling to back his direction to any great extent, but there remains a chance of West Ham getting pulled into a relegation fight. Really, they should have done more and will likely spend the rest of the year relying on other clubs being worse.
In: Islam Slimani (loan), Kenedy (loan), Martin Dubravka (loan)
Out: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham, loan), Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest, loan), Rolando Aarons (Hellas Verona, loan), Henri Saivet (Sivasspor, loan), Freddie Woodman (Aberdeen, loan), Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe, loan)
Very slapdash. Losing out to West Brom for Daniel Sturridge was obviously a blow - and likely humbling - but Newcastle invited trouble upon themselves by leaving their move so late.
When Sturridge declined the chance to move to St James’ Park, the club were left with a mad scramble to find an alternative, eventually falling on Islam Slimani. He’s excellent in the air and suits the kind of football which Rafael Benitez is trying to play, but his form is wildly unpredictable and he’s not the kind of forward who comes with any guarantees.
The conclusion which is impossible to resist, ultimately, is that Newcastle have again tried to do everything on the cheap. Three loan deals for three players who are all leaps of faith; Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley never learn this lesson, do they?
In: Andre Ayew (£18m), Andy King (loan), Jack Withers (loan)
Out: Roque Mesa (Sevilla, loan), Jay Fulton (Wigan, loan), Adam King (Mansfield, loan), Joe Rodon (Cheltenham, loan) Oliver McBurnie (Barnsley, loan)
Roque Mesa has gone, so the defining memory of a bad summer has pushed out of view, while Andre Ayew has returned to join his brother at the top of the pitch. Andy King is a strange one, though, particularly for a side who were well represented in midfield but in urgent need of improvement at full-back.
It’s been more productive than it could have been (or was expected to be), but Carlos Carvalhal will still have to extract more than the sum of this squad’s parts if relegation is to be avoided.
In: Gerard Deulofeu (loan), Didier Ndong (loan), Dodi Lukebakio (£4.5m), Pontus Dahlberg (£2.5m)
Out: Isaac Success (Malaga, loan), Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield, loan), Pontus Dahlberg (IFK, loan)
The players aren’t really the issue at Watford, because unless Javi Gracia is quick to grasp his squad any arrivals will be incidental. Still, given the Pozzo family’s model of ownership a swirl of activity is always expected and first-team relevance should never be assumed. Gerard Deulofeu is what he is: good on his day and atrocious when not. The 20-year-old winger Dodi Lukebakio has evidently been snagged from deep within the depths of the scouting network and should pique the interest.
Nothing strange and nothing dramatic, but there are bigger concerns elsewhere - and the late addition of Didier Ndong will bolster a midfield which has been decimated by injury.
In: Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (loan), Aaron Lennon (Undisc.)
Out: Luke Hendrie (Shrewsbury), Jimmy Dunne (Accrington, loan), Tom Anderson (Doncaster, loan)
Tricky to gauge. Both incoming players will provide a degree of width and a bit more pace than Burnley currently possess, but neither - for opposing reasons - are really at the right stages of their career to be that useful. They will broaden Sean Dyche’s range of options, though, and that’s clearly positive.