Perhaps one of the most uneventful transfer windows in recent memory. A reflection of the current economic crisis, or simply the approaching Euros in the summer making players think twice about a move? Either way, the spending totals this January of just over £50 million has been dwarfed by last year’s total of £215 million. There was no popcorn-in-hand neutrals watching Manchester City splash their cash, Alex Ferguson didn’t bring in that superstar midfielder the fans have been crying out for, and most importantly of all, Harry Redknapp did not give hourly interviews out of his car window. A disappointment all round, really.
But despite the lack of heavy spending, there were a number of clubs and individuals who caught the eye. Whether it was clubs looking to strengthen following a poor first half to the season, or simply the backing of a new manager from an ambitious owner, there were most definitely talking points. Maybe not enough for Jim White in the Sky Sports News studio to get too excited about, but talking points nonetheless.