With the January transfer window slamming shut in less than a week, we’re set for a busy few days as clubs thrash out last-minute deals and prepare their sides for the second half of the season.
It’s been a relatively subdued winter window, with only two of the traditional ‘Big Six’ so far completing deals. Liverpool wasted no time in bringing Takumi Minamino in from Red Bull Salzburg to Anfield, while Spurs have secured the services of Gedson Fernandes from Benfica.
When does the January window close? Five things to know…
- The 2019/20 winter transfer window opened on January 1 for all Premier League clubs.
- In that time just over £30m has been spent on new players, with Arsenal, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs yet to do major business.
- English clubs have until 11pm (UK time) on Friday, January 31 to complete any transfer activity.
- Potential signings can stretch beyond the deadline providing clubs submit a ‘Deal Sheet’ between 9pm and 11pm.
- Scottish clubs have an extra hour to conclude deals as their window shuts at midnight on January 31.
Deadline Day latest transfer reports
Jarrod Bowen (West Ham) – The BBC report that West Ham are trying to complete a deal for Hull striker Jarrod Bowen, who is valued at aorund £20m. Crystal Palace were originally favourites to secure the forward’s signature, but David Moyes appears to have stolen a march on the Eagles.
Ryan Bennett (Leicester) – Brendan Rodgers has solved his centre-back cover problem, according to the Telegraph. Ryan Bennett is set to arrive to help ease the workload on Jonny Evans and Çağlar Söyüncü, having struggled for minutes at Wolves.
Nathan Ferguson (Crystal Palace) – The Evening Standard reports that a fitness was flagged during the West Brom right-back’s medical, which could see his move to Selhurst Park put on hold.
Ravel Morrison (Middlesbrough) –Jonathan Woodgate is set to secure the loan signing of Ravel Morrison, according to the Daily Mail. Morrison’s opportunities have been limited since joining the Blades and dropping down to the Championship will boost his chances of regular game time.
Luke Matheson (Wolves) – Sky Sports say the teenager is closing in on a move to Molineux, but the potential deal will see him return to Rochdale on loan for the rest of the season. The teenager burst onto the scene with a goal against Manchester United and big things are expected of him.
Less than £40m has been spent on new recruits in what has thus far proven an uncharacteristically quiet month for Premier League clubs, with Aston Villa’s £8.5m swoop for Mbwana Samatta the most costly deal at this point.
Despite the somewhat relaxed approach to new signings from some clubs, there has still been plenty of speculation on offer, with the rumour mill working overtime to make up for the lack of movement.
Owners, chairmen and agents have just a few days to get deals over the line as the January transfer window closes on Friday, January 31 at 11pm (UK time).
And that is the same for all clubs in England, including the Championship and further down the EFL ladder, while in Scotland, managers will have an extra hour to complete business as their window shuts at midnight.
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Across the continent, the transfer windows in France, Germany, Italy and Spain also close on January 31, meaning Europe’s top five leagues will all conclude their business on the same day.
There will remain a handful of countries where transfer activity can continue past the Premier League deadline, meaning clubs on these shores can still sell players beyond the end of January to specific markets.
The Portuguese transfer window will end on February 1, while in Russia and China their windows will stretch until February 21 and 27 respectively. Finally, Major League Soccer’s first window of the season will, in fact, open on February 12 and run until May 5.