Monday evening, the January transfer window slammed shut after an eventful month of business. Goal counts down the 10 best deals in Europe, taking into account the player’s overall talent, transfer value and ability to change the fortunes of his new club.
10. OUMAR NIASSE | Lokomotiv Moscow to Everton | €19m | The Senegalese striker was a surprisingly expensive purchase for the Toffees on transfer deadline day. Though nobody is claiming Niasse will tear up the Premier League like Romelu Lukaku has been doing lately, his 13 goals this season are nothing to sniff at and he’ll boost Everton’s limited attacking options.
9. EDER | Sampdoria to Inter | Loan | Inter have been struggling for goals this season and will hope that the Italy international will revive their Scudetto hopes. Eder has been Sampdoria’s star player over the last 18 months, and should score plenty of goals during his two-year loan deal
8. BENIK AFOBE | Wolves to Bournemouth | €13m | The former Arsenal youth team star was offloaded to Wolves one year ago, where he showed that Arsene Wenger might have been wrong letting him go by scoring 23 times in 48 games. He has already hit the ground running at Bournemouth by scoring in two of the opening three games for his new club.
7. GUILHERME SIQUEIRA | Atletico Madrid to Valencia | Loan | The left-back was on the radar of a few clubs, including Newcastle United, but it was Gary Neville’s struggling Mestalla side who convinced him to leave Diego Simeone’s bench behind. A proven and experienced full-back who will help Valencia in their relegation battle.
6. YOUNES BELHANDA | Dynamo Kyiv to Schalke | Loan | The 2011-12 Ligue 1 player of the year sought a new adventure this winter and jumped at the chance to move to the Gelsenkirchen club. The Morocco international, who turns 26 this month, is being eased into first team action but his previous exploits for club and country suggest he could excel in the Bundesliga.
5. CRISTIAN TELLO | Barcelona to Fiorentina | Loan | Fiorentina’s Scudetto challenge has started to falter in recent weeks as the goals dried up for Nikola Kalinic. Tello could provide a much-needed injection and his pace, skill and direct running will certainly entertain the neutrals.
4. FLORIAN THAUVIN | Newcastle United to Marseille | Loan | Thauvin has been invisible at St James’ Park this season since his sparkling debut in the League Cup, but that hasn’t stopped Marseille luring him back to the south coast of France. His recent form might be poor, but the Ligue 1 side are recovering one of their best players from 2014-15. Additionally he arrives on a free until the end of the campaign, having been sold for €17 million only last summer.
3. JONJO SHELVEY | Swansea City to Newcastle United | €15.8m | The centre-midfielder is highly rated by many but his initial promise has failed to turn into consistent quality. Having fallen out of favour at Swansea, Newcastle saw a chance to pick-pocket their relegation rivals. Shelvey’s price was steep but he has already won over ma
2. STEPHAN EL SHAARAWY | Monaco to Roma | Loan | The Italy international had a miserable six-month loan spell at Monaco but he is an undoubted talent, as he showed in scoring a stunning scorpion-kick goal on his debut for Roma versus Frosinone at the weekend. The Giallorossi needed an explosive attacker, and El Shaarawy could be the perfect fit.
1. CHARLIE AUSTIN | QPR to Southampton | €5.25m | Austin was the hottest property outside the Premier League in England but the expiration of his contract this summer made him available at a discount price. Southampton saw off competition from a string of top clubs to sign the striker and he rewarded them immediately by scoring the winner at Manchester United on his debut.