The five best Premier League deals of the January Transfer Window

Shane Long

West Ham United, Fulham, Aston Villa, Hull City and Manchester United all feature in our rundown of the best deals in the Premier League this winter.

So the January Transfer Window slammed shut at 11pm last night and for many it ended an excellent month of business - for others it was a painful slug till Big Ben chimed, at which point they received bad news (sorry Liverpool fans).

Fulham signed Kostas Mitroglou, Chelsea snapped up Matic, Salah and Zouma while Arsenal loaned in Kim Kallstrom - but who made the best signings of the transfer window?

Here are our five best signings…

Antonio Nocerino - AC Milan to West Ham

This one seemed to come out of nowhere - and saw West Ham snap up an Italian international on loan until the end of the season.

The midfielder is an excellent player - and to bring him in on whatever wage coverage AC Milan want is a great coup for the club.

He has not been in great form this season, but a fresh start is just what he needs at Upton Park.

Johnny Heitinga - Everton to Fulham

He was Everton Fans’ Player of the Year not so long ago but he slipped down the pecking order under David Moyes last season - and not much has changed since Roberto Martinez took over.

With his hopes of a World Cup slot looking remote he has decided to make a move to Craven Cottage and team up with good friend and former Ajax team-mate Maarten Stekelenburg in London.

He adds versatility and experience to a rocky back-line and should prove to be an astute acquisition.

Juan Mata - Chelsea to Manchester United

It is not often a signing galvanises the moral of an entire squad - this massive deal seems to have done the trick.

The Spaniard has lifted the mood at Old Trafford with his mere presence - and has also weakened rivals Chelsea to a certain degree.

Good business from Moyes and co.

Ryan Bertrand - Chelsea to Aston Villa

The England international was becoming an outcast at Stamford Bridge and needed a change of scenery.

At Villa Park he is part of an exciting young crop of players and looks guaranteed to play first-team football.

He will soon show the rewards of having faith in him.

Shane Long - West Brom to Hull City

Signed for a good price and for a club that needed front-men - one of the most hard-working and under-rated strikers in the division is now a Tiger.

With him and Nikica Jelavic at the club Hull City should have enough firepower to avoid the drop.

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