Five Deadline Day deals that caught the eye

by Back Page Football

Another Deadline Day has been and gone, and while a lot of the dealings were overshadowed by Manchester City’s announcement that Pep Guardiola will be their next manager, there was still some intriguing business done by Premier League clubs.

Stoke City and Everton splashed the cash as they look to push for a finish in the European places, and Bet Bind can help you track the best odds on that happening.

Meanwhile, an Irish international has done his Euro 2016 prospects some good by heading out on loan for the next few months.

 

Giannelli Imbula (FC Porto to Stoke City, £18.3 million)

The biggest deal across Europe during the entire January transfer window was Stoke City’s capture of Giannelli Imbula for a club record fee of £18.3 million.

A 23-year-old midfielder, Imbula has been capped for France at under 21 level and only joined Portuguese giants FC Porto from Marseille in July of last year for €20 million.

Everyone talks about the Premier League. It’s the biggest championship in the world and I really hope to be part of it very soon.

 

It’s really important the fact Mark Hughes has shown a desire to sign me. I will give my best for him and the Club.

Giannelli Imbula

By his own admission, Imbula’s last few months at Porto were “difficult” and he has embraced the opportunity for a fresh start by inking a five-and-a-half year deal with the Potters.

Imbula has been compared to former Chelsea and Real Madrid star Claude Makelele due to his ability to shield the back four, a problem area for Stoke since Steven N’Zonzi departed for Sevilla at the end of last season.

He is likely to make his Stoke debut in this coming Saturday’s game against Everton.

Oumar Niasse (Spartak Moscow to Everton, £13.5 million)

Everton have some of the most exciting attacking options in the Premier League in the form of Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley but that hasn’t stopped Roberto Martinez spending big on another striker.

Oumar Niasse is the subject of a £13.5 million and heads to Goodison Park after two seasons in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow where he scored 19 times in 42 games in all competitions.

We’re delighted as Oumar is a player we’ve been following for a long time. He brings a real hunger and desire to be successful into what is already a strong squad.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez

It might take some time before supporters see their new signing reach his potential as the 25-year-old last played a competitive game on December 10.

Everton beat Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco to his signature as the player preferred a move to England where his wife is based.

 

Seydou Doumbia (AS Roma to Newcastle United, loan)

One of the shrewdest pieces of business done on Deadline Day could be Newcastle United’s capture of Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia on loan with a view to a permanent move.

A proven Champions League scorer, the 28-year-old was a thorn in the side of Manchester City in particular for a couple of seasons before moving from CSKA Moscow to Serie A in January of last year.

However, his game time in Rome was severely limited so he returned to Moscow temporarily back in August.

We have been searching for a forward and were delighted when the opportunity arose to take Seydou on loan.

 

He is a natural goalscorer, someone who has scored goals in the Champions League and has played at the highest level. We believe he can make a mark in this team.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren

With Newcastle currently sitting in 18th spot in the Premier League, three points from safety, and will be hopeful that Doumbia can improve their current goals tally of 25 in 23 games.

Doumbia has been capped 33 times for the Ivory Coast.

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland to Olympique Marseille, loan)

One of the most interesting Deadline Day deals involves a player departing the Premier League for Ligue 1 as opposed to the other way around.

Scottish striker Steven Fletcher follows in the footsteps of fellow Brit Chris Waddle who played for the French side in the 1980s, while compatriot John Collins enjoyed success with AS Monaco in the 1990s.

Although he’s not known for being a highly technical player, Steven Fletcher has a habit of intimidating the other team’s defense thanks to his imposing 6’1″ physique.

Olympique Marseille statement

Fletcher has been with Sunderland since 2012 and scored 11 times in his first full campaign, but the goals have dried up considerably and he has scored just 12 in the league over the past two-and-a-half years.

Marseille currently sit in tenth place in Ligue 1, a massive 32 points behind runaway leaders Paris Saint Germain but only eight points off second spot with 15 games still to play.

Aiden McGeady (Everton to Sheffield Wednesday, loan)

With the European Championships on the horizon in 2016, it was imperative for Aiden McGeady to find first team football having fallen out of favour at Everton under Roberto Martinez.

The 29-year-old, who has 79 Republic of Ireland caps to his name, is no doubt still part of Martin O’Neill’s plans for the tournament in France, but if McGeady is to push for a starting spot then heading out on loan was a wise move.

For their part, Sheffield Wednesday currently sit in seventh spot in the Championship and are pushing to return to the top flight for the first time since the 1999/2000 season.

Italian striker Fernando Forestieri has been in great form since moving to Hillborough from Watford for £3 million last summer, and he could be one of the main benefactors from the service that McGeady can provide.

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