Paul Merson and Niall Quinn in agreement that Middlesbrough won deadline day

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Middlesbrough won transfer deadline day according to Paul Merson and Niall Quinn despite big signings at Everton, Stoke City and Newcastle United.

Nearly £200 million was spent by clubs during the January transfer window, which passed without any mega deals taking place.

There was plenty of smart business done by Premier League sides on deadline day.

Roberto Martinez signed Senegal forward Oumar Niasse from Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow in a £13.5m deal.

The 25-year-old has 13 goals in 23 appearances for Lokomotiv this season and has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Goodison Park club.

Mark Hughes oversaw Stoke's club record signing of midfielder Giannelli Imbula from Porto for a fee of £18.3m on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

The 23-year-old became Portuguese football's record signing when he joined Porto in a £15.1m deal from Marseille seven months ago but has played just 10 games since.

Meanwhile relegation threatened Newcastle brought in Roma and Ivory Coast forward Seydou Doumbia on loan.  The 28-year-old moves to St James' Park until the end of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent.

'I didn't think I'd be saying this'

But it was the business done by Championship title favourites Middlesbrough which caught the imagination of Sky Sports pundits Merson and Quinn.

The pair were guests on Sky Sports News' deadline day coverage and hailed Aitor Karanka's dealings, particularly the £11m signing of Blackburn Rovers star Jordan Rhodes.

"I didn't think I'd be saying this when I was asked to do this programme a couple of weeks ago, but Middlesbrough," former Sunderland hero and chairman Quinn said when asked who had done the best business on SSN.

"They have given themselves a right chance of playing Premier League football next year and I commend them for their signing of Jordan Rhodes."

Former star agrees

"Yea I would say Middlesbrough," added former Boro star Merson.

"You have to be playing in the Premier League next season, it's the place to be.

"I think they've done real good business, to go out and buy the best Championship centre forward and it's given them an unbelievable chance (of promotion) now."

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