The January Transfer Window: Round Up
The transfer window has finally shut. Late squad tweaks saw several key players from various clubs leave it late to move, while some didn't get the move that they had hoped for.
One of the first deals to be struck, which could also turn out to be one of the bargains of the season was that of Victor Wanyama. Wanyama was speculation of several bids at the beginning of the transfer window, with Celtic turning down offers as high as £10M. The player, originally wanted by the likes of Manchester City and Southampton has ended up at Everton, for a cut fee of just £5M. The tough tackling Kenyan officially handed in a transfer request, causing Celtic to sell. The player has made a bright start to the Premier League, and has so far secured his place in the Toffees side, starting a total of 5 matches from 5.
Manchester City also had another busy window. City Manager, Gertjan Verbeek spoke earlier in the window, claiming that he was happy with his squad. However, come Thursday night, Seikh Mansour was furiously writing out a cheque for both Leighton Baines and Gary Cahill. The defenders have arrived at the Etihad for a fee of £14M and £10M respectively. Both are delighted to move, however it has left a bitter taste in both Tottenham and Chelsea fans mouths - Baines had spoken about his delight with being linked to Spurs earlier in the window, but has since chosen Sky blue over Lily White. Meanwhile, many Chelsea fans believe that Cahill has taken a step down, by securing a move to Manchester City, whom currently sit at fourth in the league, 7 points behind leaders Arsenal.
Crystal Palace have secured the services of both Swede defender Milosevic and Belgian Striker Vossen for a combined fee of £5M. It is believed that Palace had also sanctioned moves for Colombian striker Carbonero, but due to work permit problems, the move could not be completed.
Finally, Gareth Bale has stayed put at Tottenham Hotspur. At the turn of the month, the player handed in a transfer request when he had heard that Manchester United were ready to bid for him. It was believed that he had already agreed personal terms with the club - something that has infuriated both AVB and Daniel Levy. However the stumbling block proved to be Tottenham's valuation of the player. Manchester United owners disagreed with the £40M price tag that Levy had set for Bale, offering just half, which Levy flatly declined.