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Top 10 winter window bargains to give inspiration for January 2016

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With the January transfer window set to slam shut at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, here’s a little bit of inspiration from past winter windows for you.

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Below we rank the top 10 last-minute buys for Premier League clubs over the years, as plenty of managers will want to get some business done late on in the window.

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Here’s a look at which players made the most of being bought during the January window.


10. David Bentley ($2.5 million – Arsenal to Blackburn, 2006) Remember him? Retiring before his 30th birthday, things didn’t quite pan out for the mercurial midfielder… but he was very good at Blackburn. Bentley spent time on loan at Rovers and after making the move permanent scored a hat trick against Man United in a memorable 4-3 win. He ended up signing for Spurs for $22 million two years later but the former England international failed to live up to the high expectations.


9. Kevin Campbell (Free – Everton to West Brom, 2005) – Not so much for his goals but for his influence. Veteran Campbell took over as captain with the Baggies bottom of the PL on Christmas Day. No club had ever survived having been bottom at Christmas. 3 goals in 16 games from Campbell meant West Brom pulled off the “great escape” on the final day of the season.


8. Asmir Begovic ($5 million – Portsmouth to Stoke City, 2010) – The Bosnian goalkeeper arrived at Stoke from Portsmouth and never looked back. After spending five wonderful years at the Britannia Stadium building his reputation Begovic, 28, signed for Chelsea last summer and is now Thibaut Courtois‘ backup.


7. Alvaro Arbeloa ($3 million – Deportivo La Coruna to Liverpool, 2007) – He only stayed at Anfield for two years but Arbeloa’s versatility and comfort on the ball caught the eye. He signed for Real Madrid in a $7.5 million deal and has played over 200 times for Los Blancos. Steady and a supreme pro.


6. Pedro Mendes ($2 million – Tottenham to Portsmouth, 2006) – One of the main reasons Pompey stayed up in 2006 was Pedro Mendes. Bending in ridiculous goals and spraying around passes to dictate play, the pony-tailed Portuguese international midfielder was an inspired signing by Harry Redknapp.


5. Mikel Arteta (Loan – Real Sociedad to Everton, 2005) – Initially a loan signing, at the age of 22 it was a gamble but Arteta went on to be a mainstay under David Moyes after completing a permanent move to Goodison. Now club captain at Arsenal, it’s safe to say the Spaniard has done well for himself in England after arriving on a wing and a prayer.


4. John Stones ($2.2 million – Barnsley to Everton, 2013) – Take note Roberto Martinez, the Toffees do quite well on Deadline Day. John Stones was David Moyes’ final signing as Everton boss and he’s turned out to be a gem. The Everton and England defender, 21, has excelled and Chelsea had $45 million and $50 million bids turned down for him last summer. Tremendous business.


3. Daniel Sturridge (Loan – Chelsea to Bolton Wanderers, 2011) – Bolton were struggling. Big time. They needed help and Sturridge’s arrival on loan saw the future Liverpool and England star score eight times in 12 appearances to lift them out of trouble as the Trotters staved off relegation. A star — albeit it an oft injured one — was born.


2. Jermain Defoe ($12 million – West Ham to Tottenham, 2004) – Wherever he goes, he scores goals. After staying loyal to West Ham United following their relegation on 2004, Defoe left the Hammers in January and turned into a hero at White Hart Lane. Across two spells at Spurs he scored 137 goals in 352 appearances. The ultimate poacher.


1. Luis Suarez ($32.6 million – Ajax to Liverpool, 2011) – Probably the greatest signing in Liverpool’s history, let alone in January. Suarez arrived from Ajax as a largely unknown and temperamental Uruguayan forward. He left for Barcelona in a $120 million deal in 2014 as a hero and one of the greatest players on the planet. Sure, he had plenty of problems on the pitch at Anfield (the Branislav Ivanovic biting incident and Patrice Evra racism incident) but scored 82 times in 133 appearances.

Watford chasing Rennes, Senegal star Sarr

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Watford may capture one of the rising stars of the game.

Ismaila Sarr would cost the Hornets a club transfer record fee, and Sky Sports says that Watford and Rennes are about $10 million apart.

The Ligue 1 side reportedly wants $34 million for the Senegal national team right wing.

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Sarr, 21, scored a goal and an assist in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, playing opposite Sadio Mane of Liverpool.

He posted 13 goals with 14 assists last season between Ligue 1, the French Cup, and the Europa League. He was the lone Rennes player to score against Arsenal in the UEL Round of 16.

Watford has held onto Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dodi Lukebakio this offseason. Lukebakio is also a 21-year-old right wing, and had a sensational loan season with Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2019-20.

Nketiah leads Arsenal past Fiorentina (video)

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Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Charlotte on Saturday.

Joe Willock also scored for the Gunners, which beat Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich in their first two matches of the preseason and meet Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday.

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Fiorentina took 18 of the match’s 30 shots, though Arsenal had nearly 60 percent of the ball.

Nketiah, 20, scored against Burnley in last season’s Premier League finale and then late against Bayern Munich earlier this week.

He was deft in a high-pressure spot for this one.

Premier League friendlies: Watford beats Bayer, Man Utd over Inter

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Arsenal and Fiorentina are set to kickoff in Charlotte tonight, with the Gunners the last of a bevy of Premier League sides to engage in preseason friendlies this muggy Saturday.

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Girona 1-2 Bournemouth

Juanpe’s late header pushed La Liga’s hosts past Eddie Howe and his 10-man Cherries, playing down after VAR deemed Jack Simpson‘s foul worthy of a sending off. Ryan Fraser scored Bournemouth’s goal, assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Northampton Town 0-4 Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood converted two penalties in an easy win for Chris Wilder in his return to a club he played for and managed.

Fulham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Pascal Gross scored with an early free kick — a Megan Rapinoe special — but Tom Cairney scored twice after halftime for the Championship side.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Leicester City

The Foxes collected a second win over a lower league side this week, with Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton on the board.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United (Shanghai)

New manager Steve Bruce watched from the crowd as the Magpies made amends for a 4-0 loss to Wolves by blanking West Ham. Jamie Sterry‘s cross for Yoshinori Muto was delightful, and the Japanese striker’s finish was well-taken.

Port Vale 1-3 Burnley; Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Burnley

Chris Wood, Matej Vydra and Robbie Brady scored as the Clarets overcame an early Nick Pope goal to beat Port Vale, but the Premier League side couldn’t do much in a simultaneous friendly at Crewe.

Inter Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Singapore)

Substitute forward Mason Greenwood, just 17, scored the late goal in a match United controlled, outshooting Inter 21-8.

Preston North End 1-3 Southampton

Brace-bagging Danny Ings doesn’t usually have a problem with finish, so passing the ball directly to him is not something we’d recommend to goalkeepers. Jake Vokins also scored for Saints at Deepdale.

Watford 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored as the Hornets collected a win over Champions League competition.

Man City (0-0, 2-3 pens) Wolves (Shanghai)

Rui Patricio was very good over 90 minutes, and stopped City’s first two penalty attempts as Wolves continue to perplex the PL champions.

WATCH: Marco Fabian smashes set piece goal

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Marco Fabian sent a missile toward goal, and perhaps it’s good the goalkeeper didn’t get to the hand-breaking shot.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead over Chicago on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania, thanks to the Mexican midfielder.

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It was a pretty set piece from Jim Curtin’s men, a backwards played free kick was laid off to Fabian for his audacious rip.

Fabian hasn’t had a wonderful 2019 season, but his fourth goal of the season will give Union supporters hope that he’ll pick up his form and make the already East-leading side all the more dangerous.