Transfer deadline day roundup: Liverpool bag defensive recruits to ease injury crisis

Transfer deadline day roundup: Liverpool bag defensive recruits to ease injury crisis
Simon Winter
Simon Winter
February 2, 2021
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Born in the south east of Ireland, Simon put his life-long love of football to good use when he started a successful independent blog in 2010. That opened up an alternative route to a career in journalism, and having had work published across a number of sites and publications, Simon joined the staff at Spotlight Sports Group in 2018.

The transfer window slammed shut at 11pm on February 1st, calling time on the last-minute scramble for new recruits ahead of the second half of the 2020/21 campaign.

The trolly dash during this winter’s Deadline Day wasn’t quite as frenetic as previous years, though there was still enough action and deal-sheet swapping to get Jim White all sweaty as business came to a close.

Below, we’ve wrapped up all the key Deadline Day deals in the Premier League, as well as some of the more interesting moves from the lower division and the continent.

Deadline Day talking points

Liverpool bolster defence

The champions finally fleshed out their defensive options by signing Schalke’s Ozan Kabak and Preston’s Ben Davies on the last day of the window to ease Jurgen Klopp’s pressing selection problems at the back.

With Joel Matip’s ankle ligament injury ruling him out for the rest of the campaign, and Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both long-term absentees, Liverpool’s need for reinforcements was dire, and the Reds managed to strengthen their hand at very little cost.

20-year-old Kabak arrives after two years in the Bundesliga, where he turned out for Stuttgart before joining Schalke in July 2019. The seven-times capped Turkish international will arrive on loan initially, though Liverpool have the option to make the move permanent if he impresses.

25-year-old Ben Davies was something of a surprise capture however. The ex-Fleetwood, Tranmere, Newport and Preston man had spent his entire career in the English lower leagues until yesterday, making his switch to the Premier League champions all the more remarkable.

Baggies bag two more

Expert wheeler-dealer Sam Allardyce dipped into the market to nab two more recruits for WBA on Deadline Day, adding versatile Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Celta Vigo midfielder Okay Yokuslu to his relegation threatened squad.

While Premier League fans will be fully familiar with Maitland-Niles, Yokuslu’s arrival would have sparked a thousand Google searches as supporters tried to find out more about the Turkish schemer.

The 26-year-old – who didn’t register single goal or assist in 12 La Liga appearances – hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons so far, though the Turkish international, who is fond of a biting tackle or two, could be more at home in the cut and thrust of the Premier League.

King finally secures Premier League return

After a number of deals fell through in previous windows – most notably a switch to Manchester United in January last year – Josh King finally secured a move away from Bournemouth yesterday when he signed for Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.

The Norwegian forward spent five years in the top flight with Bournemouth before the Cherries relegation last summer, where he scored 48 goals from his 173 Premier League appearances.

The 29-year-old has notched just six goals in the Championship this term however, though his uninspiring record didn’t stop a number of Premier League clubs from battling it out for his signature.

February 1 – confirmed Deadline Day deals

Premier League

Joe Willock – Arsenal to Newcastle – Loan

Ben Davies – Preston to Liverpool – £500,000

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal to West Brom – Loan

Ozan Kabak – Schalke to Liverpool – Loan

Moises Caicedo – Independiente del Valle to Brighton – £4m

Okay Yokuslu – Celta Vigo to West Brom – Loan

Josh Maja – Bordeaux to Fulham – Loan

Liam Hughes – Celtic to Liverpool – Undisclosed

Dara Costelloe – Galway United to Burnley – Undisclosed

Shane Long – Southampton to Bournemouth – Loan

Takumi Minamino – Liverpool to Southampton – Loan

Josh King – Bournemouth to Everton – Undisclosed


Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal to Schalke – Free

Paulo Gazzaniga – Tottenham to Elche – Loan

Olivier Ntcham – Celtic to Marseille – Loan

Aboubakar Kamara – Fulham to Dijon – Loan

Adama Diakhaby – Huddersfield to Amiens – Undisclosed

Miguel Angel Guerrero – Nottingham Forest to Rayo Vallecano – Undisclosed

Jese Rodriguez – PSG to Las Palmas – Free

Cedric Kipre – West Brom to Charleroi – Loan

Badou Ndiaye – Stoke to Al-Ain – Loan

Jayden Braaf – Man City to Udinese – Loan

Rolando Mandragora – Juventus to Torino – Loan

Cenk Tosun – Everton to Besiktas – Loan

Gedson Fernandes – Benfica (via Spurs) to Galatasaray – Loan

Joshua Zirkzee – Bayern Munich to Parma – Loan

Sami Khedira – Juventus to Hertha Berlin – Loan

DeAndre Yedlin – Newcastle to Galatasaray – Loan

Aro Muric – Man City to Willem II – Loan

Michael Verrips – Sheffield United to Emmen FC – Loan

Jonathan De Bie – Tottenham to R.W.D. Molenbeek – Undisclosed

Robert Glatzel – Cardiff to Mainz – Loan

Jonas Lossl – Everton to FC Midtjylland – Undisclosed

Domingos Quina – Watford to Granada – Loan

Martin Samuelsen – Hull to Aalborg BK – Loan

Rafa Mujica – Leeds to Las Palmas – Loan

Miguel Fernandez – Birmingham to CD Guijuelo – Loan

Roderick Miranda – Wolves to Gaziantep – Free

EFL moves worth noting

Paul Arriola – DC United to Swansea – Loan

Anthony Gordon – Everton to Preston – Loan

Patrick Roberts – Man City to Derby – Loan

Neeskens Kebano – Fulham to Middlesbrough – Loan

Beni Baningime – Everton to Derby – Loan

Max Sanders – Brighton to Lincoln – Undisclosed

Yan Valery – Southampton to Birmingham – Loan

Sam Field – West Brom to QPR – Loan

George Edmundson – Rangers to Derby – Loan

Will Grigg – Sunderland to MK Dons

Maxime Le Marchand – Fulham to Royal Antwerp – Loan

Jack Roles – Tottenham to Stevenage – Loan

Tom Ince – Stoke to Luton – Loan

Sepp van den Berg – Liverpool to Preston – Loan

Danny Graham – Left Sunderland by mutual consent

Oladapo Afolayan – West Ham to Bolton – Loan

Daryl Dike – Orlando City to Barnsley – Loan

Teden Mengi – Man Utd to Derby – Loan

Taylor Harwood-Bellis – Man City to Blackburn – Loan

Orjan Nyland – Unattached to Norwich – FRee

Matt Smith – Arsenal to Charlton – Loan

Winston Reid – West Ham to Brentford – Loan

Troy Parrott – Tottenham to Ipswich – Loan

Keke Simmonds – Man City to Birmingham – Undisclosed

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