After a slow, creaky opening, the January Transfer Window has been flung wide open. Everyone’s talking about the Alexis Sánchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal between Arsenal and Manchester United, but what other big deals have been done in the Premier League?
Theo Walcott – Arsenal to Everton - £20million
After 13 years, Walcott has finally left Arsenal. Some will dismiss him as a disappointment or even a failure, but he did score 108 goals for the club. Walcott’s biggest problem at the Emirates was getting injured at bad times. If he can stay fit, he’ll be a real asset for Everton. Sam Allardyce’s side are crying out for his kind of pace and energy in the opposition half.
Aaron Lennon – Everton to Burnley - £1.5million
Apparently, Goodison Park isn’t big enough for two small, speedy wingers. Walcott’s arrival at Everton spelt the end for Lennon. The move to Burnley could work out brilliantly for both player and club. Lennon is still only 30 and he adds some much-needed skill to Sean Dyche’s workman-like attack. For less than £2million, Burnley can’t really go wrong with someone of Lennon’s experience.
Kenedy – Chelsea to Newcastle – Loan
Rafa Benítez likes his Chelsea wingers. He signed Christian Atsu last summer on a permanent deal and now he’s got Kenedy too. For the next 6 months, at least. The Brazilian has lots of tricks up his sleeve but what he really needs is game-time. Will he get that at St James’ Park? Probably. What Newcastle really need is a goalscorer. Kenedy might not be that, but he will hopefully create chances for Joselu and co.
Jürgen Locadia – PSV Eindhoven to Brighton - £14million
While Newcastle keep looking for that top new goalscorer in the January Transfer Window, Brighton hope they’ve found their man. The stats look promising - Locadia is 6ft 1 and he’s hitting his prime at the age of 24. He’s been scoring pretty freely in Holland, but then so did Afonso Alves and Davy Klaassen. Hope rests on the idea that Locadia will link up brilliantly with former PSV teammate Davy Pröpper. He can’t do much worse than Glenn Murray right now.
Moritz Bauer – Rubin Kazan to Stoke - £5million
Poor Mark Hughes. Even with his days so clearly numbered, he was busy solving Stoke’s defensive problems. The right side became such an issue that Mame Biram Diouf was drafted in at wing-back. Hughes is gone, but Bauer has arrived in the January Transfer Window. No, not Jack Bauer. This is Moritz Bauer, a Swiss right-back who is also a qualified pilot. Manchester United away wasn’t the easiest debut but he looked good against Huddersfield.