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The 10 biggest deals of the Russian winter transfer window

Spartak Moscow, Anzhi Makhachkala, Rubin Kazan and CSKA Moscow have all been busy but who made the best signing of the window?

The Russian transfer window closed last night but unlike the drama of deadline day in the UK it passed with minimal fuss. Rumours abounded about Premier League stars such as Florent Malouda, Peter Odemwingie and Andrei Arshavin all potentially making the move to the Russian Premier League as well as the potential for Wilfried Bony or Roman Pavyluchenko to be making moves on February the 27th. There was even talk that Anzhi Makhachkala had failed in a late bid for Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul.

But despite this lack of action the window was still a busy one from the Russian clubs with several wheels and deals going through.

We run down the ten best deals in the Russian Window.

Danko Lazovic - Zenit St Petersburg to FC Rostov (loan deal)

FC Rostov will be well known to English fans as the club David Bentley spent the first half of the season with.

Now they have completed another loan deal with Zenit’s misfit Serbian international forward Lazovic making the move.

The club will hope he adds some firepower to a team that has struggled for goals this season.

Charles Kabore - Marseille to Kuban Krasnodar (€1 million)

The midfield man who captained his Burkina Faso side to the African Nations Cup final in 2013 has been picked up in a bargain deal by the leagues shock team this season.

Renan Bressan - BATE Borisov to Alania Vladikavkaz (Undisclosed)

This deal was confirmed in November as the Brazilian born Belarusian international caught the eye in the Champions League against the likes of Bayern Munich and Valencia.

He has yet to play for his new club and is expected to make a big impact in their battle for survival.

Emir Spahic - Sevilla to Anzhi Makhachkala (loan deal)

After selling Chris Samba to QPR the mega rich side failed to bring in a permanent replacement. However the loan signing of the Bosnian international will help alleviate the problem.

Yura Movsisyan - Krasnodar to Spartak Moscow (€7.5 million)

One of the league’s best talents has final earned a move to a big club. Along with Sweden’s top-scorer last season Waris Majeed Spartak will hope the signings see them march back into European contention.

Vagner Love - Flamengo to CSKA Moscow (Free)

After tiring of his playboy lifestyle back home in Brazil the 28-year-old striker has returned to the team where he won three Russian titles and a UEFA Cup and will hope to help fire them to another league title.

Salvatore Bocchetti - Rubin Kazan to Spartak Moscow (€4.5 million)

Despite being expected to return back to Italy the Azzurri international decided on a move to Spartak. He has played a large role in Rubin’s solid defensive record this season.

Neto - Siena to Zenit St Petersburg (€6.5 million)

Another Portuguese player who is ready to try his hand at playing for Zenit and the centre back has already featured in the Europa League.

Yann M’Vila - Stade Rennais to Rubin Kazan (€12 million)

The controversial Frenchman chose the Russian Premier League over the English Premier League and will be hoping to get his career back on track in the east.

Willian - Shakhtar Donetsk to Anzhi Makhachkala (€35 million)

Perhaps the most surprising of all the deals was the move of the Brazilian winger. He simply said it was time for a change and time will tell if he can help the side win their first ever Russian championship.

What do you think was the biggest move of the Russian winter window?

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