The January transfer window has shut, bringing an end to the endless hype, far-fetched rumours and disappointment when your club fails to attract the superstar names reported by various media outlets. It also means that Harry Redknapp can wind up his car window, stay warm and say goodbye to the relentless press, all eager to obtain the latest exclusive interview.
Large sums of money exchanged hands between some of Europe’s most prosperous chairmen last month, in the hope that a large transfer would guarantee movement up the table. While other, less fortunate owners, were left to ponder what might have been, relying on their managers’ prudence to secure shrewd acquisitions in the loan market, fearful of overspending due to the club’s fragile and insecure financial status.
But who scooped the best deals? Join me as I don my spectacles and bow tie for a spot of bargain hunting. Yes? Yes!