ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE : JANUARY 2012 TRANSFER WINDOW ROUND-UP

Whilst many are highlighting the fact that comparatively little money has changed hands in the EPL this January, I thought it’d still be a good idea to post some videos covering a few of the bigger moves – there is an interesting selection of players who are embarking on the next chapter of their careers after moving clubs in this window.

The Youngsters:

Two notable highlights of the transfer window come in the form of the highly controversial 18 year old Ravel Morrison – his three and a half year deal at West Ham coming off the back of Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson seemingly losing patience with him at Old Trafford.  Morrison was highly rated at United – and despite only having a matter of minutes of game time to his name in the first-team, the majority of the United faithful are desperately sad to hear of his departure (attitude/disciplinary problems have followed Morrison over the years).  Only time will tell whether some time out of Manchester in the care of Sam Allardyce will save this talented midfielder.

Chelsea have signed hotly-tipped 20 year old Kevin De Bruyne from Genk in Belgium.  Although he’s been loaned immediately back to the Belgian side, De Bruyne will look to establish himself in Andre Villas Boas’ first-team plans in the summertime.

Elsewhere:

Two of the bigger shocks of the window came in the form of veteran strikers Bobby Zamora and Louis Saha switching clubs from Fulham and Everton respectively; the former signing a cool £4.5million transfer, netting him £90,000 a week contract at QPR, whilst Saha will fill the gap left by Roman Pavlyuchenko’s departure (to Lokomotiv Moscow) at Tottenham.  Given Saha’s lack of goals recently, and his injury-prone history, many are deeming his move a risk for Harry Redknapp – but as you can see from the video below, Saha has speed, technique, vision, and goals in him.

Newcastle United spent £9million of their Andy Carroll cash at last on Freiburg’s Papiss Cisse – the Senegalese striker arriving on Tyneside ready to partner with fellow international Demba Ba.  Much is expected of Cisse; magpies fans are still riding the crest of a wave that has seen them garner 36 points in the first 22 games of the season.

Manchester City recruited Chilean David Pizarro from AS Roma in a quiet deal on deadline day, where Sunderland brought in left-back Wayne Bridge and Fulham captured Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak to replace the outgoing Zamora.

Obviously this is a small selection of what has been an unremarkable yet busy January window, but with financial fair play regulations coming in from UEFA in the 2013/14 season, perhaps a hint of frugality is no bad thing?

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