Revealed: 6 biggest moves in the January transfer window

Oli Fisher

January transfer window: Top six deals

The January transfer window saw a handful of big-money moves, both into and out of the Premier League.

Premier League clubs made a net profit in the transfer window for the first time in Deloitte’s records.

Spending by top-flight clubs reached a six-year high for the transfer window at £215million, but a profit was recorded with Premier League clubs receiving more in transfer fees from overseas and Football League clubs than they paid out.

Chinese clubs, who are able to buy players until the end of February, have not been shy in splashing the cash on Premier League talent, with Oscar heading to Shanghai SIPG for a reported £52m and Odion Ighalo leaving Watford for Changchun Yatai in a £20m deal on deadline day.

Here are the biggest deals in the month of January involving the Premier League…

Oscar – Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG (£52m)

Oscar: Departed for China

Out of favour this season under manager Antonio Conte, the Brazilian playmaker was lured away by a big-money move to China to link up with compatriots Hulk and Elkeson and former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Dimitri Payet – West Ham to Marseille (£25m)

The France forward turned in a transfer request to end his 18-month stay in London and, after lengthy negotiations as the Hammers held out for a £30m fee, they reached a compromise to allow him to return to his old club.

Morgan Schneiderlin – Manchester Utd to Everton (£20m potentially rising to £24m)

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A lack of first-team action at Old Trafford saw the France midfielder reunite with Ronald Koeman at Everton, having previously worked under the Dutchman at Southampton.

Odion Ighalo – Watford to Changchun Yatai (£20m)

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The Nigeria striker’s move was the biggest of transfer deadline day as he left Vicarage Road to join the growing list of former Premier League players plying their trade in China.

Wilfred Ndidi – Genk to Leicester (£15m)

Wilfred Ndidi: Signed for Leicester

A powerful deep-lying midfielder or defender, Ndidi only turned 20 in December but will be looked to to help fill the significant void left by the summer departure of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea.

Memphis Depay – Manchester Utd to Lyon (£13.75m potentially rising to £21.7m)

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The Holland forward never lived up to expectations at Old Trafford and following the emergence of Marcus Rashford, he was surplus to requirements. While January’s initial fees for the likes of Patrick van Aanholt and Manolo Gabbiadini were higher, the potential add-ons in Depay’s deal could make it one of the month’s biggest.