Once the winter transfer window shut on January 31, it didn’t mean any business couldn’t be concluded.
In what turned out to be another frantic last few hours, which most notably saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang manifest a switch from Arsenal to Barcelona, there were several transfers announced following the deadline day closing time.
1. Dele Alli
✍️ | We have completed the signing of midfielder Dele Alli from Tottenham Hotspur on a two-and-a-half-year contract until the end of June 2024.
Welcome to #EFC, Dele! 🔵
— Everton (@Everton) February 1, 2022
For much of January, there was a growing belief Dele Alli would be ending his Tottenham stay which began so promisingly before it plateaued. Once a guaranteed starter for Spurs, the 37-time England international has seen limited playing time in North London across the past few seasons. Consequently, a change of scenery was badly needed, there were interested parties but in the end, Alli opted to link up with Frank Lampard at Everton who are looking to stave off relegation. The hope now is he can rediscover his old form or at the very least become an integral part of the Toffees going forward.
2. Marcus Edwards
A 𝖒𝖆𝖌𝖎𝖆 já está garantida ✍️✨
— Sporting Clube de Portugal 🏆 (@Sporting_CP) February 1, 2022
From: Vitória Guimarães
To: Sporting CP
Speaking of Spurs, their former academy graduate Marcus Edwards, who turned 23 last December, is on the move again. Having previously enjoyed loan spells at Norwich and Dutch outfit Excelsior he would join Primeira Liga outfit Vitória Guimarães on a free transfer in September 2019 and this season, he’s bagged seven goals across 18 league outings. His numbers and performances attracted Portuguese champions Sporting CP, who acquired the English forward. He will undoubtedly offer an option as Ruben Amorim’s side look forward to a Champions League round-of-16 date with Manchester City later this month.
3. Jermain Defoe
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) February 1, 2022
From: Free agent
The word legend gets tossed around lazily these days but what Jermain Defoe did for Sunderland during his time at the Stadium of Light between January 2015 and May 2017 is nothing short of that definition. Back then, he was doing everything in his power to keep them in the Premier League, scoring 34 of their 90 goals, which is a higher share of any side’s goals than any other player. These days, the Black Cats play their football in English football’s third tier following a sad fall from grace. The good news is he returns as they’re pushing for Championship promotion. No longer a spring chicken, Defoe will bring a wealth of experience as well as leadership.
4. Rúben Semedo
— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 1, 2022
To: FC Porto
Never far away from the headlines, often for unsavoury and non-football reasons, Rúben Semedo makes a return to Portuguese top-flight football by joining FC Porto on loan from Olympiacos, where he’s been playing since 2019. The centre-back — who previously enjoyed a brief stay at Villarreal — came through Sporting’s illustrious academy and to date has earned three international caps representing Portugal, though his most recent outing came in a 3-2 win at Croatia in November 2020.
5. Islam Slimani
— Sporting CP English 🏆 (@SportingCP_en) February 1, 2022
To: Sporting CP
After registering 57 goals across 111 outings in all competitions for Sporting CP, the Premier League was calling for Islam Slimani, who enjoyed a modest spell at Leicester City before they sent him out on loan to Newcastle, Fenerbahce and then Monaco. Until recently, he was at Lyon where his tenure became permanent. However, finding the net in Ligue 1 this season was a struggle (one goal across 12 appearances), on top of that Slimani was far from Peter Bosz’s first choice, so Les Gones terminated his contract and he’s since re-joined Sporting.
6. Jeff Hendrick
⏰ A 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 late one on Deadline Day.
— QPR FC (@QPR) February 1, 2022
It was expected following the club’s takeover by a consortium led by the Saudi Arabian government’s sovereign wealth fund last October that Newcastle United will be active in this winter’s transfer window. The powers that be have certainly strengthened Eddie Howe’s first-team squad but with new additions, it means some already there fall by the wayside. A late casualty of their squad renovation is central midfielder Jeff Hendrick who, to be fair, has only made three Premier League appearances this season. He subsequently joined QPR on a six-month loan.