Soccer / football transfers
EPL posts transfer profit
The English Premier League have made a transfer window profit for the first time thanks largely to two big-money moves to China and France playmaker Dimitri Payet's return home. They brought in 40 million pounds more than they paid out. The bottom six, Hull, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Leicester and Middlesbrough, collectively spent almost half of the January transfer spending of 215 million pounds. That took the clubs' total spending for 2016/17 to almost 1.4 billion pounds, breaking last season's record of a combined one billion for the summer and January windows and confirming the Premier League as Europe's biggest spenders.
West Br. 31.1.17
Wilson joins West Bromwich Albion on loan
Bournemouth defender Marc Wilson has joined West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season. The Cherries defender has made three cup appearances since joining the club in the summer, but has left due to personal reasons. Wilson, 29, will move to the Hawthorns and link up with Tony Pulis, who he played for during his time with Stoke City.
Sakho signs on loan for Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace have signed Mamadou Sakho on loan from Liverpool for a £2m fee until the end of the season. The south London club will pay the French defender's £100,000-per-week wages for the entirety of that period. Sakho has been out of the picture at Liverpool since falling out with Jurgen Klopp in the summer.
Hull City 31.1.17
N'Diaye joins Hull City
Hull City have signed Alfred N'Diaye from Villarreal on loan until the end of the season. The 26-year-old is a strong defensive midfielder who will help City fill the void of Jake Livermore, who was sold to West Bromwich Albion earlier this month. N'Diaye has played just seven league matches for Villarreal this season.
Leicester sign Wague on loan
Leicester have signed Mali international centre-back Molla Wague on loan for the rest of the season, with the option of a permanent deal. The 25-year-old joins from Italian club Udinese with the consent of his Spanish parent club, Granada. He is the club's second addition of 2017 after the arrival of midfielder Wilfred Ndidi earlier in January.
Southampton sign Gabbiadini
Manolo Gabbiadini has joined Southampton from Napoli on a four-and-a-half-year contract. The transfer of the 25-year-old forward for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be approximately £15m plus potential add-ons, was announced on only an hour before the deadline. Gabbiadini has been a regular in Napoli's first team since moving to the San Paolo from Sampdoria in 2015, but has found himself on the fringes at times this term, making 13 appearances in Serie A and scoring three goals.
Swans snap up Jordan Ayew
Swansea City have completed the signing of Aston Villa forward Jordan Ayew in an exchange deal which sees Neil Taylor join the Championship club. The Swans will also pay an undisclosed fee as part of the transfer, with Ayew signing a three-and-a-half year contract at the Liberty. Ayew is currently with Ghana on African Cup of Nations duty, and won't be available for the Swans until his national team's commitments in the tournament are over. The 25-year-old, who is the brother of former Swan Andre Ayew, scored 10 goals in 58 games for Villa, who he joined from French side Lorient in July 2015.
Sainsbury joins Inter Milan
Trent Sainsbury has left Chinese club Jiangsu Suning to make a loan return to Europe to play for Inter Milan, who share owners with his club. Sainsbury joins the Serie A outfit until the end of the season and his arrival at San Siro follows Andrea Ranocchia's departure. The Perth-born defender began his professional career with Central Coast Mariners before moving to Europe to join Dutch club Zwolle in 2014. In January 2016, Sainsbury added a third continent to his career experiences, joining Jiangsu Suning.
Crystal Palace agree Arouna Kone deal
Crystal Palace have secured the services of striker Arouna Kone from Everton. The Ivorian has signed a short-term contract with Palace after the two clubs came to an agreement, with the frontman's Everton deal due to expire at the end of the season. The 33-year-old joined Everton in 2013, following Roberto Martinez from Wigan Athletic, and has gone on to score 10 goals for the Toffees in 59 appearances in all competitions.
Burnley signs Brady for club record fee
Burnley have signed Robbie Brady from Norwich City. The Republic of Ireland international moves to Turf Moor for a club-record fee, signing a three-and-a-half year deal. Burnley paid Derby £10.5m for Jeff Hendrick last year meaning the fee for Brady is higher, although it remains undisclosed. Brady, who can play down the left side, joined Norwich from Hull after their promotion to the Premier League in 2015 and made 62 appearances in all competitions, scoring 7 times.