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Six January transfer window deals you might have missed so far, from Cristian Tello to a former Lyon wunderkind

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 22:00, 26 January 2023

Chelsea mean serious business as they seek to strengthen Graham Potter’s first-team squad this January.

The six-time English champions have already brought in six players including two wingers in the guise of Mykhaylo Mudryk and Noni Madueke as well as João Félix whose sheer talent has yet to be fulfilled. Of course, they are not the only club active in this current winter transfer window, but no one can deny the Todd Boehly-led club has made the most noise.

Chelsea’s crosstown rivals Tottenham have also bolstered Antonio Conte’s options on the flanks with former Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma opting to join them on loan instead of Everton whom many observers expected him to join.

As touched upon Danjuma is no stranger to Premier League football. However, across 14 previous appearances, the Dutchman failed to find the net. He’ll be hoping to correct that during this Spurs stint. That being said with all the attention directed towards London here are six potentially notable signings that might have gone under the radar over the past week or so.

Karl Toko Ekambi

From: Olympique Lyon

To: Rennes

A veteran of Ligue 1 football Cameroonian forward Karl Toko Ekambi continues his playing career at Rennes on loan from Lyon where he’s bagged 30 goals across 84 top-flight appearances. Les Rennais will be his sixth different club. Ekambi also recently turned out for The Indomitable Lions in Qatar where he started their opening two games before coming off the bench in their historic 1-0 win over Brazil.

Salvatore Sirigu

From: Napoli

To: Fiorentina

Depending on the rules and regulations Sirigu could be in line for a Serie A winners medal despite finishing the season at Fiorentina who are currently languishing in mid-table. Sirigu, who turned 36 earlier this month, has effectively been the second choice at best under Luciano Spalletti’s leadership. Case in point having made no league appearances this season. The veteran shot-stopper has in the past called Palermo, Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla and Torino home.

Cristian Tello

From: LAFC

To: Al-Fateh

It never quite worked out well for Cristian Tello at boyhood club Barcelona despite posting a respectable 11 goals across 59 league outings. Prior to leaving Camp Nou he’d enjoy loan spells at Porto and Fiorentina where again he showed fleeting promise. Real Betis subsequently became his new permanent home before completing a high-profile switch to LAFC last summer. Tello’s time in the City of Angels would prove to be short with him now relocating to Saudi Pro League outfit Al Fateh SC where former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Georgios Donis now leads them.

Fábio Silva

From: Wolves


It’s fair to say Fábio Silva has fallen down the pecking order at Wolves albeit he doesn’t turn 21 until this summer. The former Porto academy graduate, who at one point was Wolves’ all-time record signing, began the season on loan at Anderlecht where he bagged seven goals across 20 league matches. His time in Belgium is up as the Premier League outfit has moved him onto Dutch giants PSV who are looking to fill the goalscoring void left by Cody Gakpo.

Cyle Larin

From: Club Brugge

To: Real Valladolid

No one played a more pivotal role in ending Canada’s long wait to play World Cup football than Cyle Larin who is also his nation’s all-time record goalscorer. Following an impressive spell at Orlando City, the Ontario-born marksman continued that form at Beşiktaş, where he netted 31 league goals across 83 matches, before completing a move to Club Brugge where the goals and outings subsequently dried up. He will now be looking to rediscover his past form at La Liga side Valladolid where hell be on loan until the summer.

Willem Geubbels

From: Monaco

To: FC St. Gallen

Willem Geubbels made history in September 2017 when he became the first player born in the 21st century to appear in Ligue 1. The former Lyon academy graduate only made two appearances for his boyhood club at the senior level before leaving for Monaco where so much was expected. With his development stunted, only making 15 league appearances across three seasons, the 21-year-old hopes a change of scenery at St. Gallen will allow him to get back on track and realise his potential thus potentially getting another crack in one of Europe’s big five leagues.