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5 of the best signings of the January transfer window so far

5 of the best signings of the January transfer window so far
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Gonzalo Higuain's arrival at Chelsea caused the biggest stir.

This year’s winter transfer window has been relatively tame, but the final throes of January are shaping up to be a typically hectic time for Premier League clubs.

With just over 24 hours to go, Press Association Sport takes a look at the five best deals to be done so far.

Gonzalo Higuain

The striker’s decision to swap AC Milan for Chelsea is probably the most high-profile move. His loan for the rest of the season sees him reunited with Maurizio Sarri, under whom he scored 38 goals at Napoli during the 2015/16 campaign.

Chelsea, already in the Carabao Cup final, will be hoping Higuain can help them secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and advance in the FA Cup. The Argentinian is not eligible for the Europa League having already played in the competition for AC Milan this season.

Christian Pulisic

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Christian Pulisic will link up with his new Chelsea team mates in the summer (Nick Potts/PA)

Chelsea also signed Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for £58million, before immediately loaning the American winger back to the Bundesliga leaders. The Blues wasted little time in snapping up one of the most sought-after young players in Europe, announcing the deal on just the second day of the transfer window.

Pulisic, who will link-up with his new team-mates in the summer, will get a taste of Premier League football when Dortmund play Tottenham in the Champions League.

Dominic Solanke

Solanke signed for Bournemouth at the beginning of the transfer window in a £17million deal, less than 18 months after he joined Liverpool from Chelsea. A prolific goalscorer at youth level, the 21-year-old is highly regarded within the England set-up but his club career has never really taken off.

Bournemouth will hope to change that and when they get him match fit, the Cherries have a talented young player on their hands and good competition for Callum Wilson and Josh King.

Ryan Babel

The former Liverpool winger ended his eight-year absence from English football by joining Fulham from Turkish side Besiktas for an undisclosed fee. Babel, who spent three-and-a-half years at Anfield, has moved to Craven Cottage on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

He has looked sharp in his two appearances for the club so far and Fulham will hope the Holland international can help them win their battle against relegation from the Premier League.

Oumar Niasse

Everton v West Bromwich Albion – Premier League – Goodison Park
Oumar Niasse has yet to score this season but his opportunities at Everton were limited (Peter Byrne/PA)

The Senegal international joined Cardiff from Everton on loan until the end of the season, with an option to make the move permanent. Things have not really worked out for Niasse at Goodison Park since his £13.5million arrival from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2016, but he has scored nine goals for the Toffees.

He caught the eye in Cardiff’s defeat at Arsenal on Tuesday night and was a bright spark for Neil Warnock’s side. Niasse is another option up front as the Bluebirds look to stay in the Premier League.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City24182463194456
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal24145550331747
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd24136548351345
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2410593031-135
8Everton249693533233
9Watford239683232033
10Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2494113037-731
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2475122736-926
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2466122132-1124
15Burnley2465132545-2023
16Crystal Palace2364132332-922
17Southampton2357112540-1522
18Cardiff CityCardiff2454152046-2619
19Fulham2445152553-2817
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2425171341-2811

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