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Done deals: 10 January transfer window deals you may have missed this week

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 15:06, 22 January 2020

This season’s January transfer window is in full swing with a number of clubs recruiting in order to strengthen their squads.

So, it’s easy to get sidetracked, but that’s where we come in. Here are 10 deals you might have missed this week.

1. Chicharito

From: Sevilla FC

To: Los Angeles Galaxy

After spending a decade playing his club football exclusively in Europe, the 109-time capped Mexico international has re-crossed the Atlantic and will have the unenviable task of replacing Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goals at LA Galaxy, but proving doubters wrong is nothing Chicharito hasn’t done before. He permanently joins from Sevilla where a lack of playing time became a problem. Given the massive Mexican following in LA, there is serious excitement surrounding this transfer the likes of which we haven’t seen since David Beckham moved stateside.

2. Nabil Bentaleb

From: FC Schalke 04

To: Newcastle United

The former Spurs midfielder, who became a fixture during Tim Sherwood’s brief tenure, is back in the Premier League after being phased out of Schalke 04, where he hasn’t made a single Bundesliga appearance this season. Nabil Bentaleb, who turned 25 last November, joins Newcastle on a six-month loan and will be hoping to impress Steve Bruce enough for the powers that be at St James’ Park to active the ‘option to buy’ clause in his contract.

Newcastle are still 7/1* to be relegated from the Premier League this season, so Bruce will certainly look to Bentaleb for some backbone in the middle of the park.

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3. Jack Robinson

From: Nottingham Forest

To: Sheffield United

Sheffield United, barring a monumental collapse, are certain to maintain their Premier League status at the first time of asking following their promotion. Chris Wilder has forged a slick outfit that is hard to break down and only Liverpool (14) have conceded fewer goals than his side (23). Still, bolstering his defence remained an option in January and the signing of former Reds academy graduate Jack Robinson — who can play in central defence aside from his favoured left-back role — is a welcome addition.

4. Leonardo Campana

From: Barcelona SC Guayaquil

To: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Adama Traore isn’t the only Wolves player with a Barcelona past following the arrival of Ecuadorian striker Leonardo Campana, though his boyhood club isn’t the world-renowned five-time European Cup winners Barça but his native side who are based in Guayaquil. Campana will be hoping to be part of Nuno Espírito Santo’s first-team as Raul Jimenez’s understudy.

5. Adama Diakhaby

From: Huddersfield Town

To: Nottingham Forest

A move up if ever there was one. Former France U-21 winger Adama Diakhaby has swapped struggling Huddersfield Town for promotion chasers Nottingham Forest (albeit on loan) who currently sit in the Championship play-off spots. He joins Sabri Lamouchi’s team off the back of registering just three assists in 18 league outings this season.

6. Julian Gressel

From: D.C. United

To: Atlanta United FC

Ever-present under Frank de Boer at Atlanta United, it’s goodbye to the former MLS champions for Julian Gressel who has relocated to D.C. United and the 26-year-old German midfielder will certainly reach a century of MLS appearances representing his new employers. With Gressel gone, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez heading to Club Tijuana and fellow centre-back Michael Parkhurst retiring, it’s been a tough transfer period so far for the Five Stripes.

7. Karl Toko Ekambi

From: Villarreal

To: Olympique Lyon

Despite bagging six goals across 18 league matches for Villarreal, there’s a temporary parting of the ways as Cameroonian marksman Karl Toko Ekambi joins Lyon on loan (with an option to buy). The Ligue 1 powerhouse were always going to strengthen their forward line after Memphis Depay sustained a serious knee injury.

8. Donis Avdijaj

From: Trabzonspor

To: Heart of Midlothian FC

Scotland becomes Donis Avdijaj’s fifth different home since turning professional. The former Schalke 04 academy graduate has played his football in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Turkey before joining Edinburgh-based Hearts on a free transfer.

9. Kristoffer Peterson

From: Swansea

To: FC Utrecht

Kristoffer Peterson is back in the Eredivisie after briefly representing Swansea City, though his move to FC Utrecht, whom he’s previously represented, is only for six months but it can be made permanent. Having never made the grade at Liverpool, the one-time capped Sweden international will be keen to settle and re-start his career.

10. Mbwana Samatta

From: KRC Genk

To: Aston Villa

An injury to record signing Wesley plus Jonathan Kodjia moving to Al Gharafa Sports Club in Qatar ensured Aston Villa got busy in the market. And they once again looked to Belgium for some answers, signing Mbwana Samatta from KRC Genk for a reported £10m — it won’t be long before he features under Dean Smith.

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