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Five Of The Best Last Minute Deals As January Deadline Day Approaches

Transfer Deadline day is always one of the most frantic days in the football calendar, whether it be Winter or Summer.

Twice a year, every year, clubs scramble to try and pick up some last minute bargains or big money deals in a bid to bolster their squad midway through the season.

January, in particular, has seen it’s fair share of excellent deals as well as a handful of very memorable busts.

As deadline day approaches Pundit Arena takes a look at five of the best January Deadline Day deals.




5) Andrey Arshavin – Zenit To Arsenal (£15 Million) 2009

Declined significantly towards the end of his Arsenal career but Russian midfield maestro Andrey Arshavin was one of the Premier League’s most exciting players on his day.

Signed 24 hours after the transfer deadline, Arshavin shone in his first season in particular at the Emirates, with his infamous four goals against Liverpool the unquestionable highlight.

Arshavin would go on to score 16 goals in his next two seasons before falling out of favour with Arsene Wenger and returning to Zenit, the club he left in 2009.

A mercurial talent who shone, if only briefly, in the Premier League.

Andrey Arshavin of Arsenal


4) Javier Mascherano – West Ham To Liverpool (initial loan) 2007

After only five appearances for West Ham, Mascherano moved initially on loan to Liverpool after finally receiving Premier League approval, before eventually signing on a permanent deal in February 2008.

Mascherano would go on to become one of Liverpool’s most important players in the base of Benitez’s midfield reaching the Champions League final in 2007 and coming within a whisker of winning the Premier League in 2008/2009.

The Argentine spent three and a half seasons at Anfield before a move to Barcelona which saw him develop into one of the world’s best centre-backs.


3) John Stones – Everton To Manchester City (£3 Million) 2013

Virtually unknown when he signed for Everton for just £3 million in January 2013, but Barnsley defender John Stones would go on to be one of the most shrewd pieces of January business in recent memory.

Stones would have to wait until the next season for his debut but for three seasons he became a stalwart in the Everton defence impressing many with his defensive ability and confidence on the ball, all the skills you’d want from a modern-day centre-back.

Everton would later cash in on Stones selling him to Manchester City for almost £50 million and despite struggling at times with City, Stones has established himself as one of the best defenders in the league as well as an England regular.


2) Dele Alli – MK Dons To Tottenham (£4 Million) 2015

Signed in January from MK Dons but loaned back to them until the summer, Dele Alli has proven to be one of the brightest young talents to come out of England in quite some time.

Ten league goals in his first full season was followed by 18 the season after that as Alli won the PFA Young Player of the Year twice and made the Team of the Year on both occasions also.

Alli has gone on to be one of the most important players for a Spurs side that is always in top four contention and at £4 million will likely go down as one of the best bargain buys in Premier League history.

1) Luis Suarez – Ajax To Liverpool (£22.8 Million) 2011

One of the finest strikers Anfield has ever seen, Luis Suarez’s arrival was overshadowed by the signing of Andy Carroll from Newcastle for £35 million a few hours later, but the Uruguayan would prove his worth over the next few seasons.

Suarez scored just four goals in his first half-season and then 11 the season after that but it was Liverpool’s title-chasing campaign in 2013/2014 where he really shone, scoring 31 goals in what was an amazing year for the striker.

He would later join Barcelona and despite being a polarising figure during his time in the Premier League he will unquestionably go down as one of the divisions best strikers.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on November 23, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


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