Premier League transfers in January: All the moves in the winter window
Premier League transfers in January
The January transfer window is in full swing and already there have been several signings, the most high profile taking place at Newcastle who have signed Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood for a combined £37m.
There has also been one managerial casualty with Rafael Benitez shown the door by Everton and we have looked at the possible contenders to replace him.
We’re taking a look at the Premier League transfers in January for all 20 clubs throughout the course of the month.
The Gunners have not made any signings in January and their only significant transfer activity has seen Ainsley Maitland-Niles joining Roma on loan and Sead Kolasinac signing a permanent deal with Marseille.
There had been talk that Arsenal’s former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would move on but he has returned from international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations with heart lesions brought about by a bout of Covid.
Out: Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Roma – Loan
Sead Kolasinac – Marseille – Free
Folarin Balogun – Middlesbrough – Loan
Aston Villa have pulled off two major coups by signing Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan and left-back Lucas Digne from Everton.
🇫🇷 @LucasDigne will wear #️⃣2️⃣7️⃣ for Aston Villa! 👊
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 13, 2022
Coutinho, 29, has had a disappointing time since leaving Liverpool for Camp Nou but made an instant impact by scoring the equaliser from off the bench in a 2-2 draw against Manchester United.
Steven Gerrard also took advantage of Digne’s fall-out with Benitez to sign the French defender and has since added goalkeeper Robin Olsen to his squad on loan from Roma.
Winger Anwar El Ghazi has joined Everton on loan until the end of the season.
In: Philippe Coutinho – Barcelona – Loan
Lucas Digne – Everton – £25m
Robin Olsen – Roma – Loan
Out: Aaron Ramsey – Cheltenham – Loan
Wesley – Internacional – Loan
Anwar El Ghazi – Everton – Loan
Keinan Davis – Nottingham Forest – Loan
Former Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl is back in the Premier League after joining the Bees on loan from Danish club Midtjylland until the end of the season. Brentford have also been linked with former Inter Milan and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, who left the Serie A club after suffering a cardiac arrest at the European Championship.
In: Jonas Lossl – Midtjylland – Loan
Graham Potter landed 18-year-old Poland midfielder Kacper Kozlowski who was then immediately loaned out to Belgian leaders Royale Union St-Gilloise. Five players have made moves in January, Jurgen Locadia permanently, while Aaron Connolly, Leo Ostigard, Kacper Kozlowski and Taylor Richards have gone out on loan.
Potter expects to keep all of his squad in January, including in-demand Tariq Lamptey, and does not expect any big-money signings, but admits the club have an “idea” what they want to do during the transfer window.
In: Kacper Kozlowski – Pogon Szczecin – £9.9m
Out: Jurgen Locadia – Bochum – Free
Aaron Connolly – Middlesbrough – Loan
Leo Ostigard – Genoa – Loan
Kacper Kozlowski – Royale Union St-Gilloise – Loan
Taylor Richards – Birmingham – Loan
Burnley’s hopes of beating the drop suffered a massive blow during the window with the loss of main striker Chris Wood to relegation rivals Newcastle, who activated a £25m release clause.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche is already without his best player Maxwel Cornet on international duty so he will have to move fast before the transfer window closes. Christian Benteke and Divock Origi have both been linked with moves to Turf Moor, but more likely is the £10m signing of Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Mislav Orsic.
Out: Chris Wood – Newcastle – £25m
Fans will be relieved that Romelu Lukaku is staying with the club having apologised for his ill-fated interview in Italy in which he revealed he was unhappy with his situation at Stamford Bridge and that he would love to return to Inter Milan one day.
Chelsea are in talks with defenders Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen who are free to talk to other foreign clubs as they are out of contract in the summer. Rudiger is said to prefer a move to Real Madrid over PSG if he were to leave Stamford Bridge.
The Eagles have lost a few players to the Africa Cup of Nations but have yet to make any signings, although they were linked with a move for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.
On-loan Jean-Philippe Mateta, who scored the winner in the FA Cup third-round tie at Millwall, is thought to be heading for St Etienne from his parent club Mainz. Christian Benteke has been linked with a move to Burnley but reportedly wants to stay at Selhurst Park.
Benitez bolstered his defence with the captures of Ukraine left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kiev and Scotland right-back Nathan Patterson from Rangers, but was sacked after a 2-1 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Norwich.
Benitez’s seven-month reign was marred by a fall-out with left-back Digne who joined Aston Villa for £25m during the January transfer window.
Dutch winger El Ghazi has also joined the Toffees on loan from Aston Villa for the rest of the season.
In: Vitaliy Mykolenko – Dynamo Kiev – Undisclosed (£17-21m)
Nathan Patterson – Rangers – Undisclosed (£12-16m)
Anwar El Ghazi – Aston Villa – Loan
Out: Lucas Digne – Aston Villa – £25m
Leeds signed 18-year-old forward Mateo Joseph Fernandez on a three-and-a-half-year contract from Espanyol, but he will play in Mark Jackson’s Under-23s side for the time being.
Marcelo Bielsa hopes to strengthen Leeds’ threadbare squad and has been linked with a £15m move for RB Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson.
In: Mateo Joseph Fernandez – Espanyol – Undisclosed
Out: Cody Drameh – Cardiff – Loan
Brendan Rodgers will be without a handful of African players for at least the next few weeks and he has holes to fill at centre-back and up front, so is likely to sign players on loan this month.
City only had eight fit senior players for the 4-1 FA Cup win against Watford, so Rodgers will hope to bring in some new additions and has been linked with a move for Vitoria Guimaraes defender Abdul Mumin who is also at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana.
Out: Filip Benkovic – Udinese – Free
It’s all quiet on the Merseyside front – at least in the red half – in the transfer market. Jurgen Klopp is without Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita at the Africa Cup of Nations. Divock Origi has been linked with a move to Serie A club Lazio. Defenders Neco Williams and Nathaniel Phillips could join Origi as potential Premier League transfers in January.
The biggest deal of January involved the £55m move of Ferran Torres to Barcelona which has left City without a central striker now that Gabriel Jesus is playing out wide. Could they reinvest or will the money be used to accrue interest for a summer spending spree on Erling Haaland or Harry Kane? Could be a quiet month.
Out: Ferran Torres – Barcelona – £55m
Ralf Rangnick says he has “resolved” the issue surrounding Anthony Martial whom the German claimed did not want to be in the squad to face Aston Villa. Martial is still likely to leave on loan this month and could be joined by Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek who have failed to start a Premier League game this season. Could be lots of movement in January.
Out: Axel Tuanzebe – Napoli – Loan
St James’ Park is the place to be for Premier League transfers in January, with Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood joining the club to aid their relegation battle.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 7, 2022
Newcastle activated the £25m release clause of Burnley striker Wood following another injury to Callum Wilson, having spent a reported £12m to land Trippier from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
The Magpies have been linked with Atalanta duo Robin Gosens and Duvan Zapata, but Real Madrid’s former Chelsea star Eden Hazard has reportedly turned down the chance of a move to Tyneside.
In: Kieran Trippier – Atletico Madrid – Undisclosed (£12m)
Chris Wood – Burnley – £25m
The Canaries have once again looked woefully short of quality players needed to survive in the Premier League and another immediate return to the Championship looks imminent unless Dean Smith can bring in new recruits. So far, the only business conducted at Carrow Road has been a few players moving out on loan.
Out: Bali Mumba – Peterborough – Loan
Rocky Bushiri – Hibernian – Loan
Onel Hernandez – Birmingham – Loan
Josh Martin – Doncaster – Loan
A recent takeover by investment company Sport Republic means transfers are probably off the table this month, so major Premier League transfers in January are looking unlikely for Ralph Hasenhuttl who is likely to make do with what he has at his disposal.
Out: Dan N’Lundulo – Cheltenham – Loan
Spurs have been strongly linked with Wolves winger Adama Traore and there has been talk Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard could move to north London.
There could be some movement out of the club, with Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli, Matt Doherty and Steven Bergwijn all linked with exits this month.
Claudio Ranieiri lost four of his six African players to the tournament in Cameroon and has already added three recruits to his threadbare squad.
Signed. Sealed. Delivered. ✅
Hassane Kamara is a Hornet! 🇨🇮🐝 pic.twitter.com/tujW67yYbc
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 4, 2022
Brazilian centre-back Samir signed from Udinese and joins left-back Hassane Kamara at Vicarage Road following his move from Nice. Kamara comes in for Danny Rose who has been told he will not play for the club again and will leave during the window.
Dynamic midfielder Edo Kayembe has signed a long-term deal from Belgian side KAS Eupen and the Hornets are working on a work permit for exciting Colombian prospect Yaser Asprilla.
In: Samir – Udinese – Undisclosed
Hassane Kamara – Nice – Undisclosed (£4m)
Edo Kayembe – KAS Eupen – Undisclosed (£4.7m)
Yaser Asprilla – Envigado – Undisclosed
Out: Maduka Okoye – Sparta Rotterdam – Loan
West Ham’s troubles in defence have been well documented and they desperately need back-up for Michail Antonio who has been ploughing a lone furrow up front this season.
The Hammers have been linked with Flamengo’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa and Blackburn forward Ben Brereton Diaz. At the back, West Ham have been linked with Chelsea’s Malang Sarr and PSG’s Abdou Diallo.
Out: Conor Coventry – MK Dons – Loan
Wolves boss Bruno Lage faces a battle to hang on to some of his senior players this month with Ruben Neves, Adama Traore and Nelson Semedo linked with Manchester United, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid respectively.
Japan midfielder Hayao Kawabe signed a three-and-a-half-year deal from Grasshoppers in the first week of the window and winger Chiquinho joined from Portuguese side Estoril on a deal until 2026.
In: Hayao Kawabe – Grasshoppers – Undisclosed
Chiquinho – Estoril – Undisclosed (£3m)