By Oviri Kelvin
The winter transfer window ended on Monday by 11:59 pm with clubs making a last-minute move to snap up players of interest. Stoke City, Barcelona, Rangers, Tottenham, Everton were able to get hold of players of interest either on loan or free transfer.
Stoke City has signed Nigerian international and Super Eagles striker, Josh Maja from Bordeaux on loan. The club announced it on its official website after the player received his international clearance noting that the 23 years old will be spending the rest of the season at the Bet365 stadium.
Also, a British-born Nigerian, Uche Ikpeazu has been snapped up by EPL championship club, Cardiff City, from Middlesbrough on a deadline day.
Cardiff, who initially shelved the ex-Wycombe player due to the financial requirement by the Teesside club, accepted a loan offer put forward to it after missing out on Stoke City’s Sam Surridge to Nottingham Forest.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has beaten the deadline day January window to join Barcelona on a free transfer.
The 32 years old Gabonese international was released by the North London club despite having about 18months left in his deal to complete the move to Spain.
Rangers have signed Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey on loan. The Welshman, who could debut for the club in a match with Celtic on Wednesday, arrived at Rangers on Monday to finalise the deal.
The former Arsenal’s star had a lot of offers but preferred the Ibrox side. According to him, none matched the magnitude of Rangers that guaranteed a European football competition and the opportunity to play in the presence of over fifty-thousand fans.
Dele Alli has made a move from Tottenham to Everton in a two-and-half-year deal worth £45m including add-ons related to his performances on the pitch.
This happened after Lampard had convinced Netherlands International, Van de Beek to join the Toffees on loan.
Christian Eriksen has signed for Brentford after leaving Inter Milan on mutual consent in December. The player who has been out of action for seven months after suffering a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s Euro 2020 match in Copenhagen with Finland, has had an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) in his system. ICD is against the Italian football rule and this made the midfielder and Inter Milan part ways.
Burnley has secured the services of Wout Weghhort from Wolfsburg in a three-and-half-year deal worth £12m to replace Chris Wood who joined the relegation-side Premier League team, Newcastle United.
The Netherlands international scored a total of six goals in 18 appearances for the Bundesliga side this season and has chosen to wear the vacant Wood’s number 9 jersey in Burnley.
Manchester City has signed the Argentine International forward, Julian Alvarez, for about £14m from the South American club, River Plate. City has been without a striker since Sergio Aguero, the all-time highest goal scorer, left the club.
Alvarez, 21, who signed a five-and-half-year deal is expected to join Manchester City in the summer after being loaned back to River Plate till the end of the season.
Tottenham has signed Juventus duo Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur in deals worth about £29.8m. The Swedish international and winger, Kulusevski, who has an option of a permanent deal worth £29.2m if certain criteria are met, signed a-year-half loan deal for about £8.3m (£2.5m for the rest of the season and £5.8m for the next season).
Meanwhile, Bentancur, an Uruguayan international and midfielder from Juventus, signed a four-and-half-year contract with the North London club for about £21.5m. The deal which saw Tottenham pay an initial £15.8m includes an extra £5.7m subjected to add-ons.