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Premiership Transfers: Who Went Where In January

02/04/2004. The January transfer window closed at 15:00 GMT on 2 February with a typically late flurry of activity. The mid-season market was dominated by single significant purchases by the Premiership's big three – Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea - though Spurs made a major splash just minutes before the window closed.

Overall, the market reflected the economic realities of the game at the moment: the three clubs making progress in the Champions League spending heavily compared with the rest; but the majority of deals being loans or free transfers.

Another feature, of course, was the seeming inevitability of the biggest clubs getting their way - making an initial, unrealistically low bid for their targeted player, who then becomes so unsettled that it is simply a matter of time before the buying club raise their offer to an acceptable level.

In this way was Louis Saha lured from Fulham to Manchester United for just under £13 million; and Scott Parker from Charlton Athletic to Chelsea for £10 million. The cash received by the reluctant sellers represents a poor trade in the short term because their season is disrupted by the loss of their best player and there is insufficient time during the window to spend the money wisely on replacements.

Indeed, the fact of the closing window pressurises the whole buying and selling business by compressing major decisions about players' futures into unfeasibly short time-spans. An added incentive for targeted players to move (apart from possibly doubled wages) is the fear that by the next time the window opens, the interested club will have signed someone else and lost interest. Loyalty is inevitably sacrificed on the altar of opportunity, the whole thing being fuelled as ever by money.

Apart from the Saha and Parker deals, the other transfers of note involving Premiership clubs this January included Arsenal's surprise capture of the Spanish wonderkid Jose Antonio Reyes. The way the deal is structured he'll become the Gunners' record signing, and a great deal is expected of the 20-year-old international. However, his first start for his new club ended on an embarrassing note when he put through his own goal in the Carling Cup Semi-Final second leg at Middlesbrough.

Spurs pulled off a coup that took even the player involved by surprise, Jermain Defoe moving from West Ham to White Hart Lane just before the deadline for £7 million plus Bobby Zamora, who went in the opposite direction to join his beloved Hammers.

Also leaving West Ham was David James, who joined Manchester City for £2 million on the retirement through injury of David Seaman.

Newcastle sold Nolberto Solano to Aston Villa for £1.5 million, upsetting many of their fans in the process, and Carl Cort to Wolves for £2 million to end a relationship that had been blighted by the player's injuries.

Like many clubs, the Magpies let more players go than they recruited, indicative of pressures to cut costs.

Birmingham City, so active last January, were relatively quiet this time, just bringing in Martin Taylor for Blackburn Rovers for £1.25 million shortly before the deadline. Portsmouth assumed the mantle of busiest recruiting club, with seven players arriving at Fratton Park to assist in the club's relegation fight.

Below is a list of all the signings by the Premiership clubs, together with the players they have allowed to leave:

ARSENAL

In: Jose Antonio Reyes (Sevilla, initial £7m, rising to possible £17m)

Out: Stathis Tavlaridis (Lille, loan); Sebastian Svard (Stoke, loan); Moritz Volz (Fulham, £2.2m); Rami Shabaan (West Ham, loan); Jerome Thomas (Charlton, £100,000); Neil Kilkenny (Birmingham, free)

ASTON VILLA

In: Nolberto Solano (Newcastle, £1.5m)

Out: Peter Enckelman (Blackburn, £150,000); Danny Jackman (Stockport, £70,000); Mark Kinsella (West Bromwich Albion, free); Stephen Cooke (Bournemouth, loan); Rob Edwards (Derby, loan); Peter Hynes (Cheltenham, loan); Mustapha Hadji (Espanyol, free); Colin Marshall (Clyde, loan); Alpay (Incheon U, free); Bosko Balaban (FC Bruges, free)

BIRMINGHAM CITY

In: Martin Taylor (Blackburn, £1.25m); Neil Kilkenny (Arsenal, free)

Out: Tommy Williams (Peterborough, loan); Luciano Figueroa (Cruz Azul, contract cancelled)

BLACKBURN ROVERS

In: Jon Stead (Huddersfield, £1.2m); Peter Enckelman (Aston Villa, £150,000); Michael Gray (Sunderland, free); Martin Andresen (Stabaek, loan)

Out: Corrado Grabbi (Ancona, undisclosed); Dino Baggio (Ancona, loan), Martin Taylor (Birmingham, £1.25m); Sebastian Pelzer (Eintracht Trier, free)

Bolton WANDERERS

In: Donovan Ricketts (Village Utd, loan); Javi Moreno (Atletico Madrid, loan); Steve Howey (Leicester, free); Dwight Pezzarossi (unattached); Jon Otsemobor (Liverpool, loan)

Out: Jeff Smith (Scunthorpe Utd, loan); Cleveland Taylor (Scunthorpe Utd, loan); Mario Jardel (Ancona, loan); Delroy Facey (West Bromwich Albion, £100,000)

CHARLTON ATHLETIC

In: Jerome Thomas (Arsenal, £100,000)

Out: Neil McCafferty (Cambridge, loan); Lloyd Sam (Leyton Orient, loan); Scott Parker (Chelsea, £10m); Paul Rachubka (Burnley, loan)

CHELSEA

In: Scott Parker (Charlton, £10m)

Out: Sebastian Kneissl (Dundee, loan); Valerio di Cesare (Avellino, loan); Joe Keenan (Westerloo, loan); Kevin McKinlay (Ross County, loan)

Everton

In: -

Out: Leon Osman (Derby, loan); Sean O'Hanlon (Swindon, loan)

FULHAM

In: Bobby Petta (Celtic, loan); Carlos Bocanegra (Chicago Fire, free); Moritz Volz (Arsenal, £2.2m); Ian Pearce (West Ham, £400,000 plus swap); Brian McBride (Columbus Crew, £600,000); Collins John (FC Twente Enschede, £600,000)

Out: Mark Hudson (Crystal Palace, loan); Andy Melville (West Ham, swap); Louis Saha (Man Utd, £12.8m); John Harley (West Ham, loan); William McFrederick (Crawley, free)

Leeds United

In: Stephen Caldwell (Newcastle, loan)

Out: Roque Junior (contract terminated); Jamie McMaster (Chesterfield, loan); Michael Bridges (Newcastle, loan); Danny Milosevic (Celtic, free); Craig Steins (Merthyr Tydfil, free); Robbie Shields (Shelbourne, loan); Cyril Chapuis (Strasbourg, free)

LEICESTER CITY

In: Nikos Dabizas (Newcastle, free); Steve Guppy (Celtic, free); Peter Canero (Kilmarnock, £250,000); Steffen Freund (Kaiserslautern, loan); Lee Morris (Derby, £120,000)

Out: Trevor Benjamin (Brighton, loan); John Curtis (Portsmouth, free); Steve Howey (Bolton, free); Jamie Doyle (Ayr, free); Kevin Larvin (Hinckley, loan); Junior Lewis (released).

LIVERPOOL

In: Paul Jones (Southampton, loan)

Out: Paul Jones (loan terminated); Gregory Vignal (Espanyol, loan); Daniel Sjolund (Djurgaardens, free); Jon Otsemobor (Bolton, loan); Abel Xavier (Hannover 96, free)

MANCHESTER CITY

In: David James (West Ham, £2m); Arni Gautur Arason (Rosenborg, free); Daniel van Buyten (Marseille, loan)

Out: Eyal Berkovic (Portsmouth, free); David Seaman (retired); Daniel Bardiello (Barnsley, loan); David Sommeil (Marseille, loan); Dorryl Proffitt (Coventry, loan)

MANCHESTER UNITED

In: Liam Miller (Celtic, free - pre-contract agreement, to sign on 1 July); Dong Fangzhou (Dalian Shide, £500,000 rising to £3.5m); Louis Saha (Fulham, £12.8m)

Out: Fabien Barthez (Marseille, loan); Daniel Nardiello (Barnsley, loan); Philip Bardsley (Royal Antwerp, loan); Dong Fangzhou (Royal Antwerp, loan); Eddie Johnson (Royal Antwerp, loan); Paul Tierney (Colchester, loan); Neil Wood (Burnley, loan)

MIDDLESBROUGH

In: Ricardinho (Sao Paulo, free)

Out: Alan Wright (Sheffield United, free); Phil Gulliver (Scunthorpe Utd, loan); Mark Wilson (Sheffield Wednesday, loan)

NEWCASTLE UNITED

In: Michael Bridges (Leeds, loan)

Out: Nikos Dabizas (Leicester, free); Tony Caig (Barnsley, loan); Carl Cort (Wolves, £2m); Nolberto Solano (Aston Villa, £1.5m); Gary Caldwell (Hibernian, free); Stephen Caldwell (Leeds, loan); Lomana LuaLua (Portsmouth, loan plus £100,000); Clarence Acuna (Rosario Central, free); Bradley Orr (Burnley, loan)

PORTSMOUTH

In: Petri Pasanen (Ajax, loan); Eyal Berkovic (Man City, free); Richard Duffy (Swansea, £300,000); Sebastian Olszar (Admira Modling, £100,000); Ivica Mornar (Anderlecht, £400,000); John Curtis (Leicester, free); Lomana LuaLua (Newcastle, loan, £100,000 loan fee)

Out: Boris Zivkovic (VfB Stuttgart, free); Jamie Vincent (Derby County, free); Neil Barrett (Dundee, loan); Ryan Hughes (Havant & W, loan); Carl Robinson (Sheffield United, loan)

SOUTHAMPTON

In: Paul Smith (Brentford, £250,000 plus £250,000 on appearances); Stephen Crainey (Celtic, £500,000 plus £100,000 on appearances)

Out: Paul Jones (Liverpool, loan, then Wolves, £250,000); Scott Bevan (Wycombe, loan); Chris Marsden (Busan Icons, free); Francis Benali (released)

Tottenham Hotspur

In: Michael Brown (Sheffield United, £500,000); Jermain Defoe (West Ham, £7m plus Bobby Zamora swap)

Out: Milenko Acimovic (Lille, loan); Dean Marney (QPR, loan); Bobby Zamora (West Ham, part of Defoe transfer); Jonathan Blondel (Brugge, undisclosed); Kazuyuki Toda (released)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In: Vio Ganea (Bursaspor, loan); Carl Cort (Newcastle, £2m); Paul Jones (Southampton, £250,000)

Out: Kevin Cooper (Sunderland, loan); Dean Sturridge (Sheffield United, loan).

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