January transfer window round up

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Another busy January transfer window draws to a close as clubs look to strengthen their squads, in an attempt to boost their chances of achieving their end of season objectives.

Some interesting additions have been brought into the Premier League, as club spending looks set to exceed the £1bn mark in one season for the first time in the history of the league.

So, who’s done the best business this January?

Newcastle have been one of the busier clubs this month bringing in Jonjo Shelvey from Swansea, and Andros Townsend from Spurs for £12m each.  A fair price for two England internationals.  Meanwhile lighting quick striker Seydou Doumbia has been brought in from Roma on loan.  Despite setting the Russian League alight, scoring 53 goals in 30 league games at CSKA Moscow, the Ivorian only managed to register 2 goals during his time at Roma.  One to watch.doumbia
Crystal Palace have brought Emmanuel Adebayor back to the Premier League picking him up on a free transfer.  The ex-Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham forward will be looking to add to his 96 Premier League goals under new boss Alan Pardew.

Chelsea have secured the services of Alexandre Pato from Sau Paulo.  Formerly tipped as one of the hottest young prospects in Europe, breaking into the AC Milan first team aged 17, the Brazilian was plagued with injury and returned to play in Brazil where he has stayed for the last eight years.  The Blues have also signed 20 year old American centre half, Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls as they look to fill the void John Terry will leave at the end of the season.

Bournemouth, in an attempt to bolster their chances of survival and replenishtheir front line, have shelled out £16m on Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban.  Afobe looks a particularly promising addition having started off his Bournemouth career with 2 goals in his first 3 games.

West Ham have brought in young full back Sam Byram from Leeds as well as acquiring Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike whilst Leicester signed highly rated youngster Demarai Gray for £3.7m from Birmingham.

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Championship side QPR have seen two of their players make the switch to the Premier League as midfield engine Sandro has joined West Brom on loan and star striker Charlie Austin proved his worth at Southampton scoring the winner on his debut against Manchester United.

Norwich have added depth to their attacking line bringing in Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford on loan and securing the signature of Steven Naismith from Everton.  Nordi Amarabat has joined Watford from Malaga whilst Mario Suarez looks to be a good signing for the Hornets, brought in from Fiorentina.

The bigger clubs activity in this transfer window has been few and far between as Arsenal parted with a modest £5 million for Basel midfielder Mohammed Elneny.  Liverpool completed a loan move for Steven Caulker early in the month whilst both the Manchester clubs have failed to make any squad signings.

However, after confirming today that Pep Guardiola will take over at the Etihad next season replacing Manuel Pellegrini, City have arguably done the best business this January.