There have been some notable signings this January, with Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic amongst the high profile deals. But away from the big business there were a lot of sides who decided to dip into the loan market.
Here we’ll take a look at the stand out loan deals of the January transfer window.
Marco Borriello – Roma – West Ham
The striker has valuable experience playing for a host of Italian clubs including Milan, Juventus and Roma. His place in the team is not assured if Andy Carroll is to stay fit until the end of the season. Allardyce likes to play with just one man up top and Borriello will have a real task on his hands if he is to oust the big Geordie.
Antonio Nocerino – AC Milan – West Ham
A player who is desperate to get into the Italy World Cup squad this summer. His involvement may well prove to be bigger than Borriello’s, given the Hammer’s injury problems and midfield rotation. A sensible addition for West Ham.
Lacina Traore – Monaco – Everton
A player that West Ham were on the verge of signing before Everton swooped in. The 6ft 8inch Ivorian only recently completed a move to Monaco from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. The French club decided to loan him out for the remainder of the season and Everton are a lucky side to have him.
Santiago Vergini – Estudiantes – Sunderland
Vergini is a 25-year old centre back who has been capped once by Argentina. This will be his 2nd loan stint outside of South America, having played for Italian side Verona in 2011. A talented footballer, Vergini was signed by Gus Poyet as backup for the Black Cats as they face an almost certain relegation battle.
Ryan Bertrand – Chelsea – Aston Villa
Featured quite a lot last season under Benitez & Di Matteo but has obviously fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho. Bertrand says that he hopes to play regularly and add to his two England caps. Unlucky to be phased out of the Chelsea team after some strong performances last season but Villa may prove to be a sensible destination for him.
Grant Holt – Wigan – Aston Villa
A surprising signing by Villa. Two seasons ago Holt picked up 15 Premier League goals for Norwich but could only manage just over half of that the following season. Wigan seemed like the correct move for him as he no longer looked like he could offer much in the Premier League. Nobody would have expected that the two goals in 16 Championship appearances he’s managed this season would be enough for Villa to come knocking.
John Guidetti – Man City – Stoke City
Arguably the best loan deal of the January transfer window (barring any major coups that go ahead in the next 24 hours). The Swede has yet to feature even once in the Premier League at Man City, having spent most of his 5 years in Manchester on loan at various clubs. He managed 20 league goals in just 23 appearances at Feyenoord but returned to City in 2012 only to be struck down by a bizarre virus which kept him out of action. The ability is certainly there, and he will be determined to prove himself in the Premier League once and for all.
Jonas Gutierrez – Newcastle – Norwich
Quite abruptly removed from Newcastle’s regular starting eleven by Alan Pardew, it was no surprise to see Gutierrez leave Newcastle. The Argentinian winger/right back is a talented player with over 20 caps for his native country and a healthy dose of Premier League experience. Norwich have acquired a player who will be determined to break back into that Argentina squad just in time for the World Cup.
Luuk de Jong - Borussia Monchengladbach – Newcastle
A really great deal for Newcastle, taking on a player who has definitely got what it takes to be a good Premier League striker. He made a name for himself at Twente before heading to Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany where he’s endured a rather disappointing spell. Newcastle will be looking for him to add the extra fire power that they’ll need in the 2nd half of the season.
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