Leandro Damiao set to join Tottenham Hotspur for 18m

Big-spending Tottenham move to seal 18m signing of Brazil striker Damiao

By
Laura Williamson

PUBLISHED:

15:13 GMT, 31 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:13 GMT, 31 January 2013

Tottenham face a race against time to secure the signature of Internacional striker Leandro Damiao today.

Spurs have long been linked with the Brazil striker, 23, but are understood to have made a bid of around 18million after a potential loan move for Lyon’s Lisandro Lopez fell through.

Reports from Brazil are suggesting that Internacional are holding out for an extra 2m and a deal could be made for the player to move in the summer.

Lyon value Lopez at around 7m and had already turned down Juventus’ bid to sign the striker on an initial short-term deal with an option to sign the Argentine permanently in the summer.

Prolific: Damiao's goals could secure a top-four place for Tottenham

Prolific: Damiao's goals could secure a top-four place for Tottenham

Spurs are used to leaving it late on
transfer deadline day but any deal for Damiao would be particularly
complicated because around 30 per cent of the player's economic rights are
held by third-party investments.

The protracted nature of negotiations
had led Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to favour a summer bid for the
striker but the north London club have decided to act today.

Boss Andre Villas-Boas has long
insisted he is happy with his current strike force but Jermain Defoe
missed Sunday’s FA Cup defeat by Leeds United with a niggling pelvic
injury and Emmanuel Adebayor will be at the Africa Cup of Nations for
longer than expected after Togo qualified for the quarter-finals.

Concerns: Jermain Defoe

Absent: Adebayor

Limited options: Without Defoe and Adebayor Spurs look very short up front

Internacional sporting director Luis
Cesar Souto de Moura told Brazilian media: ‘Leandro Damiao will only
leave if there is a very quick negotiation.

‘The news involving interest for Leandro Damiao, especially from Tottenham, will always happen, they come and go.

‘Damiao has a lot of quality, is a goalscorer, was the top scorer in the
Olympics and he is a very important player. Internacional understand
that it’s extremely difficult, very difficult, for Leandro Damiao to
leave now.’

Wigan agree 5m fee with Spartak Moscow for Republic of Ireland winger McGeady

Wigan agree 5m fee with Spartak Moscow for Republic of Ireland winger McGeady

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

07:34 GMT, 31 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 31 January 2013

Back to Britain: McGeady is set to return

Back to Britain: McGeady is set to return

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is hoping to push through a late 5million move for Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady.

Sportsmail revealed last week that the Latics were looking to bring in McGeady on loan from Spartak Moscow, but now the Daily Mirror are reporting that the two clubs have agreed a fee for a permanent deal.

McGeady will have to take a pay cut from the 70,000-a-week wage he earns in the Russian capital, but the former Celtic man is thought to be keen on a move back to Britain.

The 26-year-old has 18 months left on his contract at Spartak and the
club are ready to cash in on the man they paid for 9.5m for back in August 2010.

High hopes: McGeady cost Spartak 9.5m back in August 2010

High hopes: McGeady cost Spartak 9.5m back in August 2010

McGeady, who has 57 caps for his country, is wanted by Martinez to help Wigan's survival bid and it is thought the Spaniard has beaten Sunderland to his signature.

Manchester United stuck with dodgy pitch meaning Real Madrid will have to play on mudbath

Real Madrid will have to play on Old Trafford mudbath as Fergie admits title-chasing United left stuck with dodgy pitch

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

23:34 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:51 GMT, 31 January 2013

Manchester United are stuck with their deteriorating Old Trafford pitch until the end of the season after the club decided not to rip it up before the summer.

United’s playing surface has been in a mess since the wet Manchester weather before Christmas and now represents something of a rutted sandpit after being dried out by a period of frost and cold weather.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was damning in his criticism of the pitch after his team struggled to beat Southampton 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday night but it is understood that the club’s ground staff have advised there is no way it can be replaced mid-season.

They've got their work cut out: Manchester United's pitch has been left a mess by the winter weather

They've got their work cut out: Manchester United's pitch has been left a mess by the winter weather

Ferguson said after the match: 'We found the pitch difficult to play on. Southampton won a lot of 50-50 balls as our players looked to take a touch.

'We watered the pitch before the game but once it dried out in the second half it became difficult.

'We couldn’t play our normal game on it and its really becoming a problem for us.'

Life's a pitch: United struggled on the surface during the win against Southampton, said Sir Alex Ferguson

Life's a pitch: United struggled on the surface during the win against Southampton, said Sir Alex Ferguson

Turf wars: The pitch can clearly be seen churning up during Wednesday's match at Old Trafford

Turf wars: The pitch can clearly be seen churning up during Wednesday's match at Old Trafford

With United looking to cement their position at the top of the Premier League in coming weeks and due to face Real Madrid at Old Trafford in the Champions League on March 5, Ferguson would certainly like his team to have a better surface to play on and it is not unknown for clubs to relay surfaces during a season.

It seems, however, that United will have to make the best of things until the summer.

Do I really have to play on that pitch Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid come to Old Trafford on March 5

Do I really have to play on that pitch Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid come to Old Trafford on March 5

Alex McLeish"s position at Nottingham forest under threat

EXCLUSIVE: McLeish's position at Forest under threat after bust-up with Kuwaiti owners

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

22:30 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:54 GMT, 30 January 2013

Alex McLeish’s position at Nottingham Forest is unclear following a bust-up with the club’s new owners over transfer funds.

The former Scotland manager has had a row with the Kuwaiti owners of the east Midlands club after a tense five weeks since succeeding Sean O’Driscoll.

Matters have been bubbling under ever since O’Driscoll’s sacking with chief executive Mark Arthur, head of player recruitment Keith Burt and Forest ambassador Frank Clark all being asked to leave.

Plenty to ponder: Alex McLeish had a bust-up with Nottingham Forest's owners

Plenty to ponder: Alex McLeish had a bust-up with Nottingham Forest's owners

After 14 years of service to Forest, Arthur was handed a letter informing him of his cessation of duties and Burt found out he was being axed after his wife read out a similar missive from the club while he was hosting a scouts’ meeting.

Forest were taken over by the Al-Hasawi family last summer and McLeish was appointed in bizarre circumstances after O’Driscoll was sacked following a 4-2 triumph over Leeds United on Boxing Day, a victory which left Forest just one point from the play-offs.

McLeish was promised a significant kitty to use during the transfer window. However, the club’s technical advisor Dr Tariq Aljalahmah, has held a series of meetings this week with several key figures including McLeish and the remaining members of the club’s scouting team.

In the market: McLeish wants to add to his Forest squad

In the market: McLeish wants to add to his Forest squad

The Scot was told that the club was reticent to sanction any cash deals, with Forest preferring instead to do business in the loan market.

McLeish stood his ground, asking for the money that he believed he was getting after agreeing to take on the job late last month.

The matter had been left in abeyance but some progress looked to have been made last night as Forest mounted a bid to swipe Peterborough United’s George Boyd from under Crystal Palace’s noses.

Christopher Samba in London to seal 12.5m QPR move

Samba in London to seal 12.5m QPR switch as Anzhi manager Hiddink blasts: He didn't even say goodbye

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

14:09 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 30 January 2013

Nearly there: Samba looks set to join QPR

Nearly there: Samba looks set to join QPR

Christopher Samba is in London to put the finishing touches on his move to QPR after the Premier League strugglers met the 12.5million release clause in his contract.

Samba has been playing for Anzhi Makhachkala but Guus Hiddink, manager of the Russians, has conceded defeat in his bid to hold on to the defender.

Hiddink said: 'He left for England yesterday. I hope that today or tomorrow we'll find out what has really happened.

'It's a shame to talk about this but he didn't even say goodbye, he didn't explain anything to us.

'Whatever happens to you, you should take into account the people with whom you work.

'It's not a great situation for us. He started the pre-season camps with us but then suddenly in the last few days he started to make contact with England, that's despite still being on contract with Anzhi.'

Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes asked manager Harry Redknapp last week if he wanted former Blackburn defender Samba at Loftus Road.

Fernandes is tying up the deal for Rangers and they expect him to be registered in time to make his debut in the must-win Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich this weekend.

Case for the defence: Redknapp needs Samba (left) at Loftus Road

Case for the defence: Redknapp needs Samba (left) at Loftus Road

He was a previous target for Redknapp
when he was Tottenham manager but moved to the Russian side almost a year ago after
being offered a huge financial package. Samba's family still live in England and the 28-year-old has been keen to return.

Rangers are desperate for central defenders as Ryan Nelsen played his final game in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday evening and will move to Toronto this week. Anton Ferdinand has gone to Turkey on loan at Bursaspor.

Meanwhile, QPR have given Alejandro Faurlin permission to speak to Palermo over a loan move.

On the move: Alejandro Faurlin looks set to leave QPR on loan

On the move: Alejandro Faurlin looks set to leave QPR on loan

The 26-year-old is one a handful of survivors from the Hoops side that secured the npower Championship title in 2011.

However, the midfielder could now be off to Serie A side Palermo on loan until the end of the season.

Faurlin has been given permission to speak to the Sicilian outfit, although it is understood the deal is not with a view to a permanent move.

QPR have been one of the most active clubs this month, with Loic Remy, Tal Ben Haim and Yun Suk-young all arriving at Loftus Road.

Several players have also left the club in January, with Anton Ferdinand, Djibril Cisse and Rob Hulse amongst those loaned out.

QPR, who also tried but failed in a bid to sign Portugal defender Bruno Alves from Zenit St Petersburg, are continuing talks over a 6.5m deal for Stoke striker Peter Crouch. Stoke manager Tony Pulis has opted against taking Jamie Mackie as a makeweight.

Samba is swapping a title challenge for a relegation battle…

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Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi

Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi in 29m move from Shakhtar

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

17:14 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:40 GMT, 30 January 2013

Big-spending Russians Anzhi Makhachkala are set to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian for 29million.

Willian was close to joining Chelsea last summer and the Londoners have been keeping a close eye on the Brazilian's situation ever since.

Manchester City and Tottenham are also known admirers but Anzhi look to have won the race for his signature.

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

The capture of Willian should soften the blow delivered by the loss of Christopher Samba.

The big defender has travelled to London to seal a 12.5m move to Queens Park Rangers after the Premier League strugglers met the release clause in his contract.

Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink hit out at Samba over the way he left.

The former Chelsea boss said: 'It's a shame to talk about this but he didn't even say goodbye, he didn't explain anything to us.

'Whatever happens to you, you should take into account the people with whom you work.'

QPR have second bid for Brede Hangeland rejected by Fulham

Fulham reject QPR's second bid for Hangeland as Redknapp looks to shore up defence

By
Laura Williamson

PUBLISHED:

15:05 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:45 GMT, 30 January 2013

Fulham have refused an increased bid from Queens Park Rangers for captain Brede Hangeland.

Rangers are close to bringing in Christopher Samba to replace Ryan Nelsen but have still not given up their pursuit of Hangeland, 31, as Harry Redknapp looks to bring in at least one experienced Premier League defender.

Going nowhere: Fulham have rejected a second bid from QPR for Brede Hangeland

Going nowhere: Fulham have rejected a second bid from QPR for Brede Hangeland

The Norway centre half is out of contract at Craven Cottage in the summer and has so far delayed signing an extension to bring him in line with top earners such as Mark Schwarzer and Dimitar Berbatov.

Fulham, though, have so far resisted all Rangers' attempts to lure Hangeland to Loftus Road.

Tall order: Hangeland's contract is up at the end of the season

Tall order: Hangeland's contract is up at the end of the season

Manager Martin Jol said last week: 'He's our strength and we would be silly to get rid of him or sell him now.'

QPR missed out on another target as Porto defender Rolando opted to join Italian side Napoli.

Saracens and Ulster Heineken Cup quarter-final at Twickenham

Twickenham to host Heineken Cup quarter-final between Saracens and Ulster

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

13:05 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:57 GMT, 30 January 2013

Saracens have announced their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster on April 6 will be played at Twickenham.

The Aviva Premiership club's new Allianz Park home, complete with its artificial playing surface, had been mooted as a possible venue.

Bumper crowd: Saracens will host Ulster at Twickenham in April

Bumper crowd: Saracens will host Ulster at Twickenham in April

But club chairman Nigel Wray told Saracens' official website today that the game will be staged at Twickenham.

'We look forward to playing this important match at the home of English rugby, a ground that many of our players know extremely well,' Wray said.

'It is absolutely clear that people want to see big teams playing big matches at big stadiums, and that is precisely what we will deliver at Twickenham.

Happy memories: Sarries won the Aviva Premiership title at HQ in 2011

Happy memories: Sarries won the Aviva Premiership title at HQ in 2011

'We did consider the option of playing this showpiece match at Allianz Park, our brand new home stadium in NW4, but, in consultation with local residents and our partners at the London Borough of Barnet, we have decided to settle at the new venue before applying to stage a one-off event with a larger capacity.'

Harlequins will host Munster at their Twickenham Stoop home the following day, with the quarter-final line-up completed by Leicester visiting Toulon and Clermont Auvergne hosting Montpellier.

Premier League January transfer window is in its tenth year

Stick or twist, buy or sell The January transfer window is in its tenth year and has become the last chance saloon for top clubs

: 60m

Sir Alex Ferguson hates it and has publicly said so. His actions back up his words. In a decade he has forked out 36million in total, or one Andy Carroll, in the winter.

True, he has parted with 15m for Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this month but that is a long-term strategy which sees the winger return to Selhurst Park on loan anyway.

Harry Redknapp, on the other hand is king of the January sales. Nose pressed up against the door, elbows at the ready, QPR boss Redknapp is still unlikely to beat his 2009 Tottenham high of 48m, however.

Not surprisingly, Spurs, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have tended to go for it over the last 10 years.

Roman Abramovich has dipped his hand into his pocket to the tune of 126m, which means Chelsea are top of the table at something. City are second on 109m, Spurs third on 91m and Liverpool fourth having spent 81m, which is 34m more than fifth-placed Aston Villa.

Consider 2003. The whole of the Barclays Premier League only managed to cough up 35m.

And compare that with 2011 when the deafening sound of cash registers in England could be heard all over the world as the clubs paid out an astronomical 225m.

Big spender: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has shelled out 126m on January signings over the last decade

Big spender: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has shelled out 126m on January signings over the last decade

Last year it was back down to 60m, as common sense and the UEFA threat of financial fair play prevailed. Think Carroll and Fernando Torres and think folly.

Going back to 2003, a total of 925m has been spent in January yet this window continues to be the baby brother of the summer marketplace where a staggering 3,955m (3.95billions) has been spent.

JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW FACTS AND FIGURES

Biggest average PL spenders in
January: Chelsea 12.3m, QPR 11m, Man City 10.9m, Tottenham 9.1m,
Liverpool 8.1m, West Ham 5.71m.

Smallest average PL spenders in
January: West Brom 0.67m, Swansea 1m, Everton 1.4m, Fulham 2m,
Sunderland 2.29m, Southampton 2.33m.

Largest amount spent by one club: Chelsea, 75m, 2011

Biggest buy of first window in 2003: Jonathan Woodgate (Leeds to Newcastle) 9m

Most expensive player: Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea) 50m

Most expensive British player: Andy Carroll (Newcastle to Liverpool) 35m

TEN YEARS OF THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

2003

Total spent: 35m

Wallet breaker: Jonathan Woodgate (Leeds to Newcastle) 9m

Spot on: Stephen Clemence, who joined Birmingham in a 900,000 deal from Spurs and proved to be a stalwart under Steve Bruce

Oh dear: Lee Bowyer arrived at West Ham from Leeds United for about 100,000 and was heralded as the man who could save them from relegation. The fans disagreed, and protested against the signing outside Upton Park. Nagged by injuries, Bowyer made just 10 appearances and did little to prevent West Ham’s relegation.

Big spend: Newcastle paid 9m to bring defender Jonathan Woodgate in from Leeds United in the first January transfer window back in 2003

Big spend: Newcastle paid 9m to bring defender Jonathan Woodgate in from Leeds United in the first January transfer window back in 2003

Deepest pockets: In a precursor of big-spending to come, Man City brought in Robbie Fowler from Leeds United for 6m and David Sommeil from Bordeaux for 3.5m as they sought to preserve their Premier League status. OK, I lied, it wasn’t big spending at all, but it was much more than everyone else.

Trolley dash: Steve Bruce went to town, signing five players for Birmingham City – they were Christophe Dugarry (loan), Clemence (900,000), Jamie Clapham (1.3m), Matthew Upson (3m) and Piotr Swierczewski (loan).

If the shirt fits: Robbie Fowler joined Man City from Leeds United for 6m in a bid to boost City's chances of staying in the Premier League

If the shirt fits: Robbie Fowler joined Man City from Leeds United for 6m in a bid to boost City's chances of staying in the Premier League

Tight wads: Anyone doing half-all right, really – Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool saw no need to spend a penny during January.

Ticking clock: Woodgate’s was a deadline day move, as was Michael Ricketts’s 3.5m switch from Bolton to Middlesbrough.

2004

Total spent: 50m

Wallet breaker: Jose Antonio Reyes (Sevilla to Arsenal) 19.5m

Spot on: The arrival of record buy Reyes proved to be the final piece in the jigsaw as Arsenal leapfrogged Manchester United to win the title

Oh dear: Middlesbrough fans who remembered the magic of Juninho would have been giddy with excitement when Steve McClaren brought World Cup winner Ricardinho to the Riverside – and for a negligible fee. Three months later he was off, having completely failed to play any first team football or show any appetite for being on Teesside.

New surroundings: Jose Antonio Reyes was the final piece in Arsenal's title-winning jigsaw in 2004

New surroundings: Jose Antonio Reyes was the final piece in Arsenal's title-winning jigsaw in 2004

Deepest pockets: The Reyes fee eclipsed the spending of most clubs, but, unlike 12 months earlier, the big guns were willing to shell out. Man United, concerned about Arsenal stealing their title, paid 12.8m for Louis Saha, and Chelsea flexed their newly bulging financial muscles again by buying Scott Parker for 10m.

Trolley dash: Definitely West Ham, who acquired Andy Melville on a free from Fulham, Nigel Reo-Coker from struggling Wimbledon and got Bobby Zamora from Spurs when they sold Jermain Defoe.

Better late than never: Jermain Defoe's transfer from West Ham to Tottenham was finally completed on February 2

Better late than never: Jermain Defoe's transfer from West Ham to Tottenham was finally completed on February 2

Tight wads: Liverpool again saw no need to open their wallets.

Ticking clock: The 7m Defoe switch dragged on even beyond the conventional window – being completed on February 2.

2005

Total spent: 50m

Wallet breaker: Jean-Alain Boumsong (Rangers to Newcastle) 8m

Spot on: Mikel Arteta said ‘Hola!’ to the Premier League in January 2005, joining Everton on a six-month loan from Real Sociedad. He liked Merseyside so much, he stayed.

Oh dear: Nigel Quashie – With plenty of experience of relegation battles, Harry Redknapp raided old club Portsmouth to bring Quashie along the south coast to Southampton. ‘I am certain we will stay up,’ said Quashie in a fan-friendly soundbite. ‘I would have not have come here if I had any doubts about that.’ Five months later, they were relegated.

Vamos! Mikel Arteta joined Everton in the 2005 January transfer window, initially on loan, and then made the deal permanent that summer

Vamos! Mikel Arteta joined Everton in the 2005 January transfer window, initially on loan, and then made the deal permanent that summer

Deepest pockets: Newcastle spent more than anyone else, over 10m on Boumsong, Celestine Babayaro and Amady Faye.

Trolley dash: Newcastle aside, it was probably Spurs, who acquired four players, including two on Deadline Day. The first two were loan moves, for Mounir El Hamdaoui, who never made a competitive appearance, and Mido. Then, they gave Nottingham Forest a combined 8m for Andy Reid and Michael Dawson.

Tight wads: Man United saw no need to sign anyone, nor did Jose Mourinho want to upset the balance of his title-bound squad.

New one-two: Tottenham brought in Mido (centre) and Michael Dawson (right) during the January 2005 window

New one-two: Tottenham brought in Mido (centre) and Michael Dawson (right) during the January 2005 window

Ticking clock: It was a very busy deadline day, with plenty of cash being spent. Other than the aforementioned Spurs signings, Man City offloaded Nicolas Anelka to Fenerbahce to 7m, Celtic took Craig Bellamy on loan, Barry Ferguson went from Blackburn to Rangers for 4.5m and Jermaine Pennant went on loan to Birmingham from Arsenal.

2006

Total spent: 70m

Wallet breaker: Three at 7m. Dean Ashton, Norwich to West Ham; Emmanuel Adebayor, Monaco to Arsenal; Nemanja Vidic, Spartak Moscow to Manchester United.

Spot on: Manchester United who ‘only’ bought two players, Vidic and Patrice Evra (Monaco) for 12m and look how they turned out.

Defensive wall: Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra proved to be excellent buys for Manchester United in 2006

Defensive wall: Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra proved to be excellent buys for Manchester United in 2006

Oh dear: Emmanuel Olisadebe arrived at Fratton Park for an undisclosed fee from Panathinaikos. The Nigerian-born Poland striker, who had question marks over his real age, was crocked almost from the start and released in the summer.

Deepest pockets: Arsene Wenger (seriously), Arsenal. 15m total on Adebayor, Theo Walcott (Southampton) 5m and Abou Diaby (Auxerre) 3m. (Walcott and Diaby eventually cost 12m & 6m respectively)

Trolley dash: Harry Redknapp, Portsmouth – nine players for a total of 12m, a year after he recruited five when he was Southampton manager.

Pleased as punch: Emmanuel Adebayor joined Arsenal in January 2006

Pleased as punch: Emmanuel Adebayor joined Arsenal in January 2006

Tight wads: Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Newcastle

Ticking clock: DJ Campbell, who worked in a warehouse a year earlier, joined Birmingham City from Brentford in a 1m deal right on deadline. And Danny Murphy completed a 2m midnight switch from Charlton to Tottenham.

2007

Total spent: 62m

Wallet breaker: Ashley Young (Watford) to Aston Villa 8m (rising to 10.65m)

Spot on: Young, brought in on deadline day with John Carew (swap Milan Baros, Lyon), the winger proved that Martin O’Neill was right to take the gamble.

Oh dear: Lucas Neill, wooed by 75,000-a-week wages, snubbed Liverpool to make the most of Alan Curbishley’s panic buying spree at West Ham, and was injured on his debut.

Good business: Both Watford and Aston Villa were pleased with their transaction for Ashley Young

Good business: Both Watford and Aston Villa were pleased with their transaction for Ashley Young

Deepest pockets: West Ham 16.5m. Matthew Upson (Birmingham) 6m, Luis Boa Morte (Fulham) 4.5m, Callum Davenport (Spurs) 3m, Nigel Quashie (West Brom) 1.5m, Neill (Blackburn) 1.5m.

Trolley dash: Liverpool. Seven players to pip West Ham, but only one purchase, Alvaro Arbeloa (Deportivo) 2.6m but including loan deals for Javier Mascherano (West Ham), Emiliano Insua (Boca) and Daniele Padelli (Sampdoria).

Tight wads: Chelsea, Arsenal

Ticking clock: Tottenham pulled the plug on the 4m sale of Mido to Manchester City just before midnight.

2008

Total spent: 160m

Wallet breaker: Nicolas Anelka (Bolton) 15m who went to Chelsea

39 reasons to smile: Nicolas Anelka joined Chelsea from Bolton for !5m in 2008

39 reasons to smile: Nicolas Anelka joined Chelsea from Bolton for !5m in 2008

Spot on: Gary Cahill was snapped up by Bolton from Aston Villa for 4.5m and has since joined Chelsea and played for England .

Oh dear: Felipe Caicedo, who became the biggest transfer in Swiss League history when he joined Manchester City from Basle for 5.2m. Sven Goran Eriksson apparently ‘won the race’ for the Ecuadorian with Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan.

Deepest pockets: Chelsea, 27.5m on Anelka, Branislav Ivanovic (Lokomotiv Moscow) 9m and Franco Di Santo (Audra) 3.5m.

Record breaker: Basle received the highest fee ever for a club in the Swiss League for Felipe Caicedo

Record breaker: Basle received the highest fee ever for a club in the Swiss League for Felipe Caicedo

Trolley dash: Derby boss Paul Jewell, fighting a losing relegation battle, brought in eight players for 3.8m including Robbie Savage, Danny Mills, Hossam Ghaly, Laurent Robert and Roy Carroll.

Tight wads: No-one

Ticking clock: Brazil striker Afonso Alves completed a 13.5m move from Heerenveen to Middlesbrough after winning his appeal for a work permit.

2009

Total spent: 180m

Wallet breaker: Midfielder Nigel de Jong (Hamburg to Man City) 16m

Spot on: Jermain Defoe has scored 68 goals in his five seasons at Spurs since this January move.

Oh dear: Savio Nsereko. Who Ugandan-born German, bought by West Ham for 9m to replace Craig Bellamy and who was shipped out to Fiorentina very quickly.

Twin buys: Manchester City splashed out on Craig Bellamy and Nigel de Jong in the 2009 transfer window

Twin buys: Manchester City splashed out on Craig Bellamy and Nigel de Jong in the 2009 transfer window

Deepest pockets: It was a 48m tie between Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp and Manchester City’s Mark Hughes. Spurs forked out 3m on Pascal Chimbonda (Sunderland), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth) 15m, Wilson Palacios (Wigan) 14m and Robbie Keane (Liverpool) 16m. Hughes bought De Jong (Hamburg) 16m, Craig Bellamy (West Ham) 12m, Wayne Bridge (Chelsea) 12m, Shay Given (Newcastle) 8m.

Trolley dash: Portsmouth spent 7.6m on six players including Nadir Belhadj (Lens) and a loan for Jermaine Pennant from Liverpool.

Joy of six: Nadir Belhadj was one of half a dozen players signed by Portsmouth in 2009's winter transfer window

Joy of six: Nadir Belhadj was one of half a dozen players signed by Portsmouth in 2009's winter transfer window

Hands in pockets: Liverpool

Ticking clock: Snowstorms hit England, which saved the day as far as Andrey Arshavin was concerned. The Russian was allowed to complete his 15m move to Arsenal 24 hours late.

2010

Total spent: 30m

Wallet breaker: Younes Kaboul (Portsmouth to Spurs) 11m

Spot on: Stoke paid 3.25m for Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and, although he had to wait for his chance, the Bosnian has emerged as a top Premier League player

Oh dear: Benni McCarthy, who cost West Ham 2.5m from Blackburn. Injured on his debut and fitness and attitude questioned.

Safe hands: Stoke bought goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in 2010 and he's turned into one of the Premier League's best

Safe hands: Stoke bought goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in 2010 and he's turned into one of the Premier League's best

Deepest pockets: In a recession-hit year, Tottenham bought Kaboul back from Portsmouth and signed Eidur Gudjohnsen on loan to be top spenders

Trolley dash: Wigan spent 3.5m on five players including Gary Caldwell (Celtic 1m) and Victor Moses (Crystal Palace 2.5m)

Tight wads: Aston Villa, Chelsea

Ticking clock: Robbie Keane left Tottenham for Celtic on loan after a call at 5pm on deadline day

2011

Total spent: 225m

Wallet breaker: Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea) 50m

Spot on: Luis Suarez, who arrived at Liverpool for 22.8m with 35m Andy Carroll.

Oh dear: Would it be terribly obvious to suggest Torres

Great expectations: Fernando Torres moved to Chelsea for 50m, the biggest ever transfer fee in this country

Great expectations: Fernando Torres moved to Chelsea for 50m, the biggest ever transfer fee in this country

Deepest pockets: Chelsea who spent 50m on Torres and 25m on David Luiz (Benfica)

Trolley dash: Gerard Houllier was given the go-ahead to buy big as Aston Villa fought relegation. He brought in four players including 18m (up to 24m) on Darren Bent (Sunderland) and 6m to Lyon for Jean Makoun.

New kid in town: Gerard Houllier brought in Darren Bent in an attempt to save Villa from relegation

New kid in town: Gerard Houllier brought in Darren Bent in an attempt to save Villa from relegation

Tight wads: No-one

Ticking clock: Charlie Adam thought he was set for a move to Liverpool from Blackpool. He had to wait until the following summer.

2012

Total spent: 60m

Wallet breaker: Papiss Cisse (Freiburg to Newcastle United) 10m

Spot on: Gary Cahill proved 7m well spent for Chelsea, putting in a succession of solid defensive performances as the Blues ended the season as surprise European champions. Also, Cisse returned an incredible 13 goals in just 14 games for Newcastle, including that incredible strike at Chelsea.

Great buy: Papiss Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 matches after joining Newcastle

Great buy: Papiss Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 matches after joining Newcastle

Oh dear: Marvin Sordell, 3m from Watford, was only given three matches for Bolton in their bid to avoid relegation. If he was the solution to their problems, it was a funny way of showing it.

Deepest pockets: Chelsea spent in the region of 20m on Kevin de Bruyne, Cahill, Lucas Piazon and Patrick Bamford.

Trolley dash: QPR brought in seven players to try and prevent their Premier League return lasting just a single season. Among them were Bobby Zamora, Djibril Cisse and Nedum Onuoha.

Shrewd signing: Gary Cahill joined Chelsea last January for 7m and ended up a European champion

Shrewd signing: Gary Cahill joined Chelsea last January for 7m and ended up a European champion

Tight wads: Stoke brought in nobody.

Ticking clock: QPR left it late, with the Cisse and Zamora moves going through at the eleventh hour.

Didier Drogba"s move to Galatasaray challenged by Shanghai Shenhua

He's still our player: Shanghai Shenhua set to challenge Drogba's move to Galatasaray

officially signed a formal contract for a period of two and a half years. The club has acted in accordance with this contract, and has effectively fulfilled the responsibilities and obligations of the club.

'Currently, Drogba is still a player of Shanghai Shenhua Football Club, the contract between the two parties is still within the period of validity.

'Shanghai Shenhua is prepared to collate all the evidence and information and submit it to FIFA in order to protect its interests.'

On Monday, Galatasaray announced that Drogba had agreed an 18-month deal to move to Turkey, where he would join up with Wesley Sneijder as part of an ambitious new-look side.

Drogba, speaking through his representatives Sports PR Company on Twitter, said at the time: 'The opportunity to play for this great club was an offer that I could not turn down.

Out of Africa: Drogba is currently playing at the Africa Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast

Out of Africa: Drogba is currently playing at the Africa Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast

'I am looking forward to playing in the Champions League again, against the best clubs in Europe.'

Despite his protests to the contrary, reports persisted that Drogba's move to China had not worked out, largely due to boardroom wrangling, prompting him to seek a return to Europe.