The January transfer window has endured a strange and slightly subdued start to its sorry existence. Despite a growing need for numerous clubs to invest, activity has been tentative at best. Managers have been probing, analysing and deliberating rather than actually submitting formal bids. Thank god Harry Redknapp finds himself at QPR this time around.

As my fingers touch the keyboard, a pitiful 147 deals have been completed in 17 days, with League Two outfit Fleetwood Town the most active club. Roman Abramovich may have brazenly activated Demba Ba’s release clause but there are still plenty of bargains up for grabs. Therefore I have decided to compile a list of players that could help alleviate those Premier League January blues.

Click on exiled poacher Darren Bent to reveal all