As the end of the January transfer window draws ever closer, now seems like a good time to revue the window so far.

It looks like Daniel Sturridge's decision to swap the blue of Chelsea for the red of Liverpool has been one of the best decisions of his career.

The pacy winger has already registered three goals in just three appearances, including a goal against Manchester United in the Premier League at Old Trafford. 

Although this is not a definite sign of a future Liverpool star, it is certainly a good indication of a promising young player.

Demba Ba is another footballer that has gotten off to a promising start for his new club, with three goals in five appearances since joining Rafael Benitez at Chelsea. 

Ba seems to fit in so well at his new club for the simple reason that his playing style is very similar to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. 

If Ba continues this rich vein of form, he should give Fernando Torres something to worry about, despite the Spaniard scoring the crucial equaliser during Sunday's 2-2 draw with Brentford in the FA Cup.

Alan Pardew has shocked Newcastle fans by signing most of the players in Ligue 1, and turning Newcastle into a French XI. 

The signings of Moussa Sissoko, Massadio Haidara, Youn Gouffran, Mapo Yanga-Mbiwa and Mathieu Debuchy have eased the blow of selling Ba to Chelsea. 

If none of these players manage to help Newcastle out of the bottom half of the table, Mike Ashley will be regretting the eight-year contract that Pardew was rewarded with for guiding the Magpies to a 5th placed finish last season.

If it wasn't for QPR, Newcastle would have another French player to boast about. Rangers hijacked Newcastle's bid for Loic Remy, signing him for a club record £8 million. 

His impact was instantaneous, scoring on his debut in the 1-1 draw with West Ham at Upton Park. 

Redknapp will be hoping that the striker will continue to build on this performance and help lift the club out of the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, Joe Cole ended his nightmare spell at Liverpool by putting pen-to-paper on a one-and-a-half year deal at West Ham United. 

Cole was previously captain of West Ham at the age of 20, but was sold to Chelsea after the club were relegated in 2003. 

He has excelled so far, playing a vital role by setting up both goals in a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Upton Park on his second Hammers debut. 

United, on the other hand, have added to their never-ending list of attackers by signing Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, with the England international set for an immediate return to Selhurst Park. 

Zaha has been loaned back to Ian Holloway's side for the remainder of the season, as the Eagles bid to achieve promotion to the Premier League. 

United's list of forwards now includes the likes of Zaha, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Nani, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck. Could the addition of Zaha push one of these players closer to the Old Trafford exit?

With just a few days remaining before the transfer window slams shut, prepare yourselves for the late surge of last-minute activity that almost always ensues, as teams panic into strengthening their squads ahead of the season climax.

 

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