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January Transfer Window: Premier League Done Deals

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The December/January period is always one of the most anticipated times of year for sports fans. The overload of horse racing action in December sees fans of the equine game flocking to assess the best horse racing offers, whilst the conveyor belt of Premier League stories continues to hit the sports news headlines right around the world.

In the Premier League, one of the hottest topics of conversation – aside from the latest round of results – is the incomings and outgoings of the January transfer window. Only a few days into the latest shopping spree, and the deals are already beginning to mount up, with the following five players all hoping to make an impact in the biggest league in the world.

Cody Gakpo: PSV to Liverpool

Easily the highest profile of the early deals is the transfer of 23-year-old Dutch international Cody Gakpo from PSV to Liverpool, for a reported fee of £35-£45m. The Reds have long been expected to add to their attacking arsenal and have seemingly been forced into action following injuries to Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota.

 

Predominantly deployed on the left side of attack, Gakpo demonstrated both his versatility and quality when lighting up the stage at the World Cup. Utilised in a number of different positions during the tournament, Gakpo chipped in with an impressive three goals in just five appearances for the Netherlands. Notching a total of 36 goals in 106 appearances for PSV, Gakpo isn’t an out-and-out 25+ goals a year man but adds an intriguing new dimension to the Anfield attack.

 

Kevin Schade: Freiburg to Brentford

Brentford are proving to be one of the season’s surprise packages in the Premier League, currently sitting in ninth and looking all set to build on last season’s long-awaited return to the top flight. Excellently coached by Thomas Frank, the club look keen to build upon their success. In Schade, they have a player both for now and the future.

 

Initially joining on loan until the end of the season, it is anticipated that the move will be made permanent in the summer, at which point Schade will become Brentford’s club record signing. Born to a German mother and Nigerian father, the 21-year-old boasts dual nationality and operates anywhere across the front line. Speedy and smart with his runs, on paper he looks an excellent like fit for the Brentford system.

 

Max Wober: Red Bull Salzburg to Leeds United

So far Jesse Marsch has done an admirable job at Leeds United. It certainly can’t have been easy taking over from such a talismanic figure as Marcelo Bielsa, but the American coach is slowly but surely implementing a clear style of play at Elland Road. However, if there is however one glaring area for improvement it comes in defence.

 

True to form, Marsch has returned to one of his former clubs in an effort to find a solution to his side’s defensive woes. Having already brought in Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen, Marsch has looted RB Salzburg once more to capture 24-year-old Austrian international Max Wober. Signing on a four-and-a-half-year deal, and already a league winner in Austria and the Netherlands, Wober brings both quality and experience to the left-sided and central defensive positions.

 

Matheus Cunha: Atletico Madrid to Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers pulled off quite the coup when persuading a coach of the calibre of Julen Lopetegui to take charge at Molineux, and they may well have achieved another with the capture of 23-year-old Brazilian international Matheus Cunha from Atlético Madrid. In a deal similar to Kevin Schade’s switch to Brentford, Cunha initially arrives on loan but is expected to become the club’s record signing in the summer, with a fee in the region of £43m being touted.

 

Linked with Leeds United, Everton, Aston Villa and Arsenal, it is hoped that Cunha’s arrival will help to further ignite the Midlands club’s battle to beat the drop. Able to play either side of a central striker, or through the middle, Cunha’s ability to beat a man and eye for a pass make him an exciting addition to the Premier League.

 

Luizao: Sao Paulo to West Ham United

There haven’t been too many reasons to celebrate at the London Stadium so far this season, with West Ham United so far struggling to hit the heights of recent campaigns. The Hammers are however expected to be active in the transfer market in an effort to rectify matters and struck an early deal with the capture of Luizao on a free transfer from Sao Paolo.

 

Only bursting onto the scene at his hometown club in 2022, Luizao quickly impressed with his physical presence, athleticism, and composure on the ball. Falling into the “rough diamond” category at this stage, Luizao is initially expected to join the developmental squad but represents a low-risk investment with immense potential upside.

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