Liverpool buy a gem in Luis Suarez, Man United borrow a seasoned striker - The Premier League's 10 best January signings

Brendon Netto 31/01/2018

The January transfer window is always more tricky than its summer counterpart.

Play your cards right, and you could get just the boost you need for the rest of the season or even make a clever investment that can serve the team for years to come.

Here are our top 10 January signings in the Premier League era.

10. MIKEL ARTETA | REAL SOCIEDAD TO EVERTON | £2M

Arteta helped Everton to a fourth-place finish following a loan move in January 2005. The Spaniard settled in seamlessly and David Moyes ensured the move was made permanent that summer for a bargain.

9. PATRICE EVRA | AS MONACO TO MAN UNITED | £7M

Evra initially struggled following his arrival in 2006 but went on to establish himself in the first team. He became a fan favourite over the years, winning five league titles and one Champions League.

8. GABRIEL JESUS | PALMEIRAS TO MAN CITY | £27M

Guardiola may have splurged on defenders at City but Jesus was one of his shrewder purchases. The young Brazilian striker hit the ground running, scoring seven in his first 11 appearances and hasn’t looked back.

7. JAVIER MASCHERANO | WEST HAM TO LIVERPOOL | £18M

Rafa Benitez’s inspired signing of Mascherano in 2007 to partner Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard formed one of Liverpool’s finest midfields, nearly ending their long wait for a league title.

6. NEMANJA MATIC | BENFICA TO CHELSEA | £21M

Jose Mourinho raised eyebrows when he spent heavily to bring Matic back to the Bridge but the decision proved to be right as he was the foundation on which Chelsea’s 2014-15 title-winning team was built.

5. HENRIK LARSSON | HELSINGBORG TO MAN UNITED | LOAN

He only scored three goals in his 13 appearances for United but his presence, link-up play and overall contribution boosted the team during a key juncture of the 2006-07 season… for no fee.

4. GARY CAHILL | BOLTON TO CHELSEA | £7M

After signing in 2012, Cahill remarkably went on to win all six tournaments Chelsea participated in at least once. He helped ease the transition as John Terry played sporadically and eventually left.

3. PHILIPPE COUTINHO | INTER MILAN TO LIVERPOOL | £8.5M

Coutinho joined the Reds in 2013 and has since risen to stardom. The Brazilian magician wowed Premier League audiences and was named Liverpool’s Player of the Year in the last two seasons before Barcelona came calling.

2. NEMANJA VIDIC | SPARTAK MOSCOW TO MAN UNITED | £7.2M

Vidic’s fearless no-nonsense approach perfectly complimented Rio Ferdinand and duo went on to forge a centre-back pairing that dominated Europe during one of the club’s most successful periods.

1. LUIS SUAREZ | PSV TO LIVERPOOL | £22.5M

Suarez arrived at Anfield in 2011 in Andy Carroll’s shadow. After a record of 82 goals in 133 appearances though, he achieved legendary status, drawing comparisons to Liverpool’s greatest ever players. Carroll, well, didn’t.

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Man City will have to break their transfer record again to sign Riyad Mahrez

David Cooper 31/01/2018
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Manchester City could make a deadline-day transfer raid for Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez but look certain to have to stump up another club-record fee.

The Algeria international is understood to have been earmarked as a potential late target for the Premier League leaders after the blow of losing Leroy Sane to injury.

Reports on Tuesday claimed an offer has gone in to Leicester but that the Foxes would have no interest in selling unless a huge sum is on the table.

The 26-year-old would give City manager Pep Guardiola another attacking option as he chases glory in four competitions.

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has completed his move to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term contract for a club-record fee.

The 28-year-old – who joins in a transfer worth a reported £60million – becomes the Gunners’ second signing of the January transfer window, after Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had accepted getting the Aubameyang deal over the line would prove “complicated”, with Dortmund believed to want assurances over a replacement – possibly Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea, themselves looking to bring in Gunners forward Olivier Giroud – before letting Gabon’s all-time leading scorer depart.

But the north London club announced on their website on Wednesday morning that the deal had been sealed, “subject to the completion of regulatory processes”.

Ki Sung-yueng has committed himself to Swansea’s survival battle and insisted his West Ham suitors “are no better than us”.

It is understood the Hammers are keen on adding Ki and Swansea team-mate Alfie Mawson to their own Premier League relegation scrap before the 11pm deadline on Wednesday night.

But Swansea do not want to sell anyone and South Korean midfielder Ki – who is out of contract in the summer – plans to see out the season at the Liberty Stadium.

“I have already said my concentration is to survive in the league here and we are starting to play better,” Ki said after Swansea moved out of the bottom three by beating Arsenal 3-1 on Tuesday night. “I want to be here and if Swansea want me to stay here, then I can help this team stay in the Premier League.

Ki Sung-Yueng

“It is a difficult time but I don’t think I am going to leave. I don’t need to move. I don’t think West Ham are better than us.”

Southampton’s attempts to sign forward Quincy Promes are being met by resistance from Spartak Moscow, it is understood.

It looks set to be a busy deadline day for Championship clubs after several managers vowed to dip into the transfer market following Tuesday night’s fixtures.

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman said Ovie Ejaria will be joining his side on loan from Liverpool as a replacement for Watford-bound Didier Ndong after their 3-1 defeat to

Birmingham, while Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka said he would be adding to his squad following the 3-0 home defeat against Preston.

Jordan Hugill was left out of Preston’s matchday squad against Forest after boss Alex Neil decided he was not in the right frame of mind amid speculation linking him with a move to Crystal Palace.

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Mesut Ozil signs new contract at Arsenal

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New lucrative terms: Ozil.

Mesut Ozil has ended speculation over his Arsenal future by signing a new contract with the Gunners.

The playmaker, whose contract was due to expire at the end of the season, has agreed lucrative terms to keep him at the club until at least 2021.

The deal, worth £350,000-per-week (Dh181,000), makes the German the highest-paid player in the club’s history – according to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein.

Ozil’s contract extension follows the news Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed for the club.

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