On this day: £8.6m transfer collapse for Moyes, United fortunate and Coutinho signs

Coutinho Liverpool

What were the major talking points from the 30th January 2013 - Including Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City, Southampton and Liverpool.

A year ago today and it was the day before the Transfer Deadline Window slammed shut on us once again - and it was a busy day up and down the country.

Reading signed Nick Blackman, Norwich City signed Kei Kamara and QPR agreed a fee with Anzhi Makhachkala for Christopher Samba.

But what were the biggest deals from that day…

A Philippe for Liverpool

Liverpool tied down the transfer of Philippe Coutinho - after agreeing a fee for the player earlier in the week.

The Inter Milan playmaker had also been the subject of a bid from Southampton but The Reds won out in their pursuit of the Brazilian playmaker.

Coutinho said of the deal:

"Liverpool is a great club with great players. We've always heard about Liverpool's history in Brazil. They are the club that have been interested in me and that have showed this interest so I know they believe in me and my football."

The 20-year-old went on to have a very impressive second half of the season at Anfield - and is now finding his form again after some injury troubles 12 months later.

Fer crying out loud

David Moyes was suffering in the transfer market at his former club Everton. The now Manchester United boss had agreed a deal in principle with FC Twente to snap up Dutch international Leroy Fer earlier in the day - and the £8.6 million deal looked like a done thing.

However his medical caused the Everton team worries over a knee problem - and they pulled the plug.

Fer signed for Norwich City this summer - and has showed no signs of any knee problems.

Ciao Mario

Mario Balotelli was just hours from being unveiled as an AC Milan player - and admitted he ‘ran’ their when he heard of the speculation:

"I'd wanted to play for Milan for such a long time. Obviously I played for other teams and couldn't come. But when there was the chance, I ran.

The £19.5 million deal was completed a day later.

Fergie magic

Away from the Transfer Window and there was also football going on - with the standout game being Manchester United against Southampton at Old Trafford.

United were pummeled for much of the game by an impressive Saints outfit - but even Sir Alex admitted they didn't deserve three points:

"In the second half Southampton have been the best team to play here this season. We were fortunate to win."

It was those sort of performances, where they still picked up the wins despite playing poor, that epitomised the Fergie era and helped win him his 13th Premier League title.

image: © Dean Jones

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