Five of the best January transfer window signings in the Premier League

The January transfer window first came into operation back in 2003 and we are just hours away from four and half weeks of endless speculation.

Ahead of the 2016 edition, we take a look at some of the successful January transfers involving Premier League clubs over the past decade or so.

 

Luis Suarez

(Ajax Amsterdam to Liverpool for £23 million, 2011)

Signed on the same day big money disaster Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez did more than enough to establish himself as a Liverpool legend during his three and a half seasons at Anfield.

Having proven himself as a clinical marksman in the Eredivisie with Ajax Amsterdam, the Uruguayan improved his goalscoring tally every season that he played in England.

His 31 league goals during the 2013/14 campaign was good enough to claim the Golden Boot, as well as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards.

Never one to be far from controversy, Suarez was famously suspended for ten games after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic (the second such incident in his career).

After Liverpool failed to take out the Premier League title in 2014, Suarez headed for pastures new and inked a deal with La Liga giants Barcelona.

Nemanja Vidic

(Spartak Moscow to Manchester United for £7 million, 2006)

Imposing Serbian centre back Nemanja Vidic joined Manchester United in the same window as Frenchman Patrice Evra, and both went on to become integral parts of the club in Sir Alex Ferguson’s latter years.

A natural leader and tough tackler, he was the perfect partner for the more graceful Rio Ferdinand at the heart of the United defence for the best part of nine seasons, and collected five Premier League titles, three League Cups, five Community Shields, one Champions League, and one Club World Cup.

He was appointed United captain ahead of the 2010/11 title and held the role until he departed for Inter Milan in the summer of 2014.

 

Gary Cahill

(Bolton Wanderers to Chelsea for £7 million, 2012)

In a couple of seasons, Gary Cahill went from promising young defender with Aston Villa to Premier League regular at Bolton Wanderers.

After more than 100 appearances for The Trotters, as well as his first England caps, Cahill caught the eye of Chelsea and made the switch to Stamford Bridge in January 2012.

In May 2015, Cahill became the fastest Premier League player to win every major trophy possible – the Premier League title, the FA Cup, the League Cup,  the Champions League, and the Europa League all in the space of three years.

Earlier this month he agreed a new deal to remain at Chelsea until the end of the 2018/19 season.

Mikel Arteta

(Real Sociedad to Everton for £2 million, 2005)

Spaniard Mikel Arteta followed Real Sociedad team mate Xabi Alonso to Merseyside when he joined Everton initially on a loan deal, before David Moyes made the move permanent the following summer.

A calming influence in the middle of the park, Arteta became one of the league’s best midfielders while at Goodison Park, and was a constant threat from set pieces.

He claimed back-to-back Everton Player of the Season awards for the 2005/06 and 2006/07, and the latter was particularly productive for him with nine goals and nine assists.

In the summer of 2011, Arsenal came calling and the Toffees agreed to sell Arteta for £10 million, five times what they paid for him.

 

Clint Dempsey

(New England Revolution to Fulham for £2 million, 2007)

Another bargain pick up for the Premier League, American Clint Dempsey left Major League Soccer for Fulham when he was 23-years-old.

While he didn’t exactly hit the ground running, and it took until May of 2007 for his first goal to arrive, Dempsey went on to star for the club, scoring 60 times in 232 games across all competitions.

He played a massive part in Fulham’s run to the 2010 Europa League Final, and he was the Premier League’s fourth top goalscorer for the 2011/12 campaign having netted 17 times.

In August 2012, Dempsey moved across London to join Tottenham Hotspur for around £6 million before returning to the United States to play for the Seattle Sounders.

Author Details

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com. Writes mostly on Premier League and A-League with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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