Premier League 2020 January transfer window: Rating every club's business from A+ to F

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That’s it. It’s all over. The January transfer window is officially closed and Premier League clubs can’t sign players until the 2019-20 season is over.

January is a notoriously difficult time for Premier League clubs to do business, but a number of eye-catching deals still went through.

Manchester United signed Bruno Fernandes from Sporting, Liverpool brought in Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg, while Tottenham spent £27 million to sign Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven.

We thought we’d round up all the ‘Ins’ and ‘Outs’ for every Premier League club in January and rate them, school report style, from A+ to a big fat F.

Note: certain deals may not feature in this list if they were confirmed late.

Arsenal

Ins

Cedric Soares (Southampton, loan)
Pablo Mari (Flamengo, loan)

Outs

Tyreece John-Jules (Lincoln, loan)
Emile Smith Rowe (Huddersfield, loan)
Dinos Mavropanos (Nuremberg, loan)
Ben Sheaf (Doncaster Rovers, loan)
Deyan Iliev (Jagiellonia Bialystok, loan)
James Olayinka (Northampton, loan)

Rating: B-. No major arrivals for the Gunners this month, but Spanish defender Pablo Mari is one to keep an eye on. The loan signing of right-back Cedric Soares from Southampton could also prove to be shrewd business from Mikel Arteta.

Aston Villa

Ins

Louie Barry (Barcelona, £1m)
Mbwana Samatta (Genk, £10m)
Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea, loan)
Pepe Reina (AC Milan, loan)
Borja Baston (Swansea City, free transfer)

Outs

Andre Green (Charlton, loan)
Jonathan Kodjia (Al-Gharafa, undisclosed)
Lovre Kalinic (Toulouse, loan)
Scott Hogan (Birmingham, loan)
James Chester (Stoke, loan)

Rating: A-. After losing Wesley to a long-term injury, it was imperative that Aston Villa signed at least one new striker. Dean Smith settled on Mbwana Samatta, who scored 32 goals for Genk last season, and the experienced Borja Baston. Danny Drinkwater and Pepe Reina both have bags of experience, while 16-year-old Louie Barry is an exciting one for the future.

Bournemouth

Ins (N/A)

Outs

Mikael Ndjoli (Motherwell, loan)
Asmir Begovic (AC Milan, loan)
Brad Smith (Cardiff, loan)
Jake Scrimshaw (Eastleigh, loan)
Matt Butcher (St Johnstone, loan)

Rating: F. Bournemouth are 18th in the Premier League table and in very real danger of being relegated. Surely they needed to bring in at least one or two decent players before the window closed? They haven’t - and now avoiding the dreaded drop to the Championship won’t be easy.

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Brighton

Ins

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield, £5m)
Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea, £4.5m)

Outs

Anders Dreyer (Midtjylland, £850,000)
Max Sanders (AFC Wimbledon, loan)
James Tilley (Grimsby Town, loan)
Tudor Baluta (ADO Den Haag, loan)
Gaetan Bong (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed)
Kacper Lopata (Zaglebie Sosnowiec, loan)
Bojan Radulovic (Deportivo Alaves B, loan)
Tom McGill (Crawley Town, loan)

Rating: D. If it wasn’t for the late purchase of Tariq Lamptey from Chelsea, we’d have given Brighton a lower rating. The 19-year-old is a big talent. Turning Aaron Mooy’s loan into a permanent deal was also good business, but have Brighton done enough to give themselves the best possible chance of staying up?

Burnley

Ins

Josh Brownhill (Bristol City, £9m)
Henri Ogunby (Man City, undisclosed)

Outs

Nahki Wells (Bristol City, £5m)
Ryan Cooney (Morecambe, loan)
Christian N’Guessan (Oldham, loan)
Adam Phillips (Morecambe, loan)
Anthony Glennon (Grimsby, loan)
Scott Wilson (Blyth Spartans, loan)
Tunde Bayode (Curzon Ashton, loan)
Josh Benson (Grimsby Town, loan)

Rating: C-. Signing Bristol City’s talented captain Josh Brownhill was a coup for Burnley, who allowed Nahki Wells to move in the opposite direction for £5 million. Reasonably safe in mid-table at the moment, Sean Dyche will be content’ish with the club’s January window.

Chelsea

Ins (N/A)

Outs

Danny Drinkwater (Aston Villa, loan)
Marc Guehi (Swansea, loan)
Conor Gallagher (Swansea, loan)
Victor Moses (Inter Milan, loan)
Jamal Blackman (Bristol Rovers, loan)
Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea, £4.5m)
Clinton Mola (Stuttgart, loan)

Rating: E. Chelsea were linked with the likes of Dries Mertens and Edinson Cavani this week, but the frustrated Frank Lampard ended up empty-handed. The Blues have wasted their opportunity to boost their chances of finishing inside the top four. That said, they have retained the services of Olivier Giroud, which was important.

Crystal Palace

Ins

Cenk Tosun (Everton, loan)
Scott Banks (Dundee United, undisclosed)

Outs

Sam Woods (Hamilton, loan)
Giovanni McGregor (Dartford, loan)
Dion-Curtis Henry (Hampton & Richmond Borough, loan)
Scott Banks (Alloa Athletic, loan)
James Daly (Bristol Rovers, undisclosed)
Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday, loan)
Jason Lokilo (Doncaster Rovers, loan)

Rating: C. Everton paid £27 million for Cenk Tosun two years ago, so if the Turkey international can rediscover his form and confidence at Selhurst Park then Crystal Palace will be laughing. The signing of highly-rated 18-year-old Scott Banks is also an intriguing acquisition.

Manchester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Everton

Ins

Jarrad Branthwaite (Carlisle, undisclosed)

Outs

Kieran Dowell (Wigan, loan)
Callum Connolly (Fleetwood, loan)
Cenk Tosun (Crystal Palace, loan)
Morgan Feeney (Tranmere, loan)
Lewis Gibson (Fleetwood, loan)
Antony Evans (Paderborn, undisclosed)
Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town, loan)

Rating: D. In fairness, Everton spent a lot of money in the summer, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that they’ve done virtually no business in January. Jarrad Branthwaite, 17, is one for the future rather than the present. They already have a squad that looks more than good enough to challenge for a top-half finish, so choosing not to spend cash on more players was probably a wise decision. Time will tell.

Everton FC v Newcastle United - Premier League

Leicester City

Ins

Ryan Bennett (Wolves, loan)

Outs

Raul Uche (Real Valladolid, undisclosed)
George Thomas (ADO Den Haag, loan)
Andy King (Huddersfield, loan)
Admiral Muskwe (Swindon, loan)
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Blackpool, loan)
Mitchell Clark (Port Vale, loan)
Filip Benković (Briston City, loan)

Rating: C+. Why try and fix something that isn’t broken? Leicester are third in the Premier League table with a brilliant group of players. Brendan Rodgers didn’t want to upset the applecart by bringing in one or two new stars midway through the season, but the loan signing of Ryan Bennett from Wolves looks like smart business.

Liverpool

Ins

Takumi Minamino (Red Bull Salzburg, £7.25m)
Joe Hardy (Brentford, undisclosed)

Outs

Herbie Kane (Hull, loan)
Rhian Brewster (Swansea, loan)
Isaac Christie-Davies (Cercle Brugge, loan)
Allan Rodrigues de Souza (Atletico Mineiro, undisclosed)
Nathaniel Phillips (Stuttgart, loan)
Daniel Atherton (Marine)

Rating: B+. It would have made zero sense for Jurgen Klopp to make big changes in January. His side have dropped two league points all season, they’re breaking all sorts of records, and will surely lift the Premier League trophy in a couple of months’ time. Takumi Minamino was a shrewd purchase who will play his part in whatever silverware Liverpool win before the end of the season.

Manchester City

Ins (N/A)

Outs

Patrick Roberts (Middlesbrough, loan)
Lukas Nmecha (Middlesbrough, loan)
Angelino (RB Leipzig, loan)
Henri Ogunby (Burnley, undisclosed)
Ian Poveda (Leeds United, undisclosed)

Rating: C-. Manchester City obviously have a great squad, but Pep Guardiola probably could have done with adding another centre-back to his ranks.

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Manchester United

Ins

Nathan Bishop (Southend, undisclosed)
Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon, £47m)
Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, loan)

Outs

Ethan Hamilton (Bolton, loan)
Ashley Young (Inter Milan, £1.3m)
Alex Fojticek (Stalybridge Celtic, loan)
Max Taylor (Stalybridge Celtic, loan)
Marcos Rojo (Estudiantes, loan)
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Oldham, loan)

Rating: B+. Manchester United fans are delighted with the signing of Bruno Fernandes, while they’re also very pleased that a striker has arrived - even if that striker is Odion Ighalo. Despite the current positivity, not signing Erling Haaland will surely be a huge regret.

Newcastle United

Ins

Valentino Lazaro (Inter Milan, loan)
Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke, loan)
Danny Rose (Spurs, loan)

Outs

Kelland Watts (Mansfield, loan)
Rolando Aarons (Motherwell, loan)

Rating: B. Getting Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro on loan until the end of the season means Newcastle United supporters can be rather pleased with their club’s January transfer window. Rose, in particular, is an excellent signing.

Norwich City

Ins

Ondrej Duda (Hertha Berlin, loan)
Lukas Rupp (Hoffenheim, undisclosed)
Sam McCallum (Coventry, undisclosed)
Melvin Sitti (Sochaux-Montbeliard, undisclosed)

Outs

Anthony Spyrou (Released)
Carlton Morris (MK Dons, loan)
Akin Famewo (St Mirren, loan)
Philip Heise (FC Nurnberg, loan)
Dennis Srbeny (Paderborn 07, undisclosed)
Rocky Bushiri (Sint-Truiden, loan)
Louis Lomas (Tampa Bay Rowdies, loan)
Louis Thompson (MK Dons, loan)
Timi Odusina (Hartlepool, loan)
James Husband (Blackpool, undisclosed)
Simon Power (King’s Lynn, loan)
Sam McCallum (Coventry, loan)
Caleb Richards (Yeovil Town, loan)

Rating: C. Norwich have done some reasonably decent business, but whether it’ll be enough to keep them in the Premier League remains to be seen. Currently six points from safety, the Canaries have their work cut out between now and the end of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City - Premier League

Sheffield United

Ins

Sander Berge (Genk, £22m)
Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed)
Jack Rodwell (Free)
Panos Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen, loan)
Richairo Zivkovic (Changchun Yatai, loan)

Outs

Richard Stearman (Huddersfield, free)
Tyler Smith (Rochdale, loan)
Harry Sheppeard (Steel Phalt Academy, loan)
Ben Heneghan (Blackpool, loan)
David Parkhouse (Stevenage, loan)
Callum Robinson (West Brom, loan)
Kean Bryan (Bolton, loan)
Marcus Dewhurst (Carlisle, loan)
Ravel Morrison (Middlesbrough, loan)

Rating: B+. Sander Berge is highly rated and has the ability to make a big impact at Bramall Lane. The other signings also look decent, although Jack Rodwell has a big point to prove.

Southampton

Ins

Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham, loan)

Outs

Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria, loan)
Christoph Klarer (SKN St Polten, loan)
Josh Sims (New York Red Bulls, loan)
Kayne Ramsay (Shrewsbury, loan)
Cedric Soares (Arsenal, loan)
Harry Hamblin (Macclesfield Town, undisclosed)
Callum Slattery (De Graafschap, loan)

Rating: D+. Southampton have effectively replaced Cedric Soares with Kyle Walker-Peters and done little else. The Saints are ninth in the Premier League table after a run of positive results, though, so Ralph Hasenhuttl must be content with what he already had.

Tottenham

Ins

Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis, £27m)
Gedson Fernandes (Benfica, loan)
Steven Bergwijn (PSV Eindhoven, £27m)

Outs

Jack Clarke (QPR, loan)
Paris Maghoma (Brentford, undisclosed)
Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan, £17m)
Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton, loan)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Luton, loan)
Danny Rose (Newcastle, loan)
TJ Eyoma (Lincoln City, loan)
Anthony Georgiou (Bolton, loan)
Kazaiah Sterling (Leyton Orient, loan)
Shilow Tracey (Macclesfield Town, loan)
Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Stoke City, undisclosed)

Rating: B+. Jose Mourinho may not have got the striker he craved, but Gedson Fernandes and Steven Bergwijn both look like great buys for Tottenham. Sealing Giovani Lo Celso’s services on a permanent basis was also important.

Watford

Ins

Joao Pedro (Fluminense, undisclosed)
Ignacio Pussetto (Udinese, £7m)
Myles Roberts (Reading, undisclosed)
Teddy Perkins (Unattached)

Outs

Dimitri Foulquier (Granada, loan)
Sebastian Prödl (Released)
Marvin Zeegelaar (Udinese, undisclosed)
Alex Jakubiak (St Mirren, loan)
Pontus Dahlberg (FC Emmen)

Rating: C. Watford have made a handful of interesting signings. It’ll be fascinating to see whether or not they can lift the Hornets away from the relegation zone over the coming weeks.

West Ham

Ins

Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough, undisclosed)
Tomas Soucek (Slavia Prague, loan)
Jarrod Bowen (Hull City, £20m)

Outs

Nathan Holland (Oxford, loan)
Roberto (Alaves, loan)
Martin Samuelsen (Hull, undisclosed)
Dan Kemp (Stevenage, loan)

Rating: C+. West Ham left it late but they managed to sign Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen just before the transfer window closes. That lifted their rating from a D to a C+. But will the Englishman hit the ground running at the London Stadium?

Wolves

Ins

Leonardo Campana (Barcelona SC, undisclosed)
Nigel Lonwijk (PSV Eindhoven, undisclosed)
Enzo Loiodice (Dijon, loan)
Daniel Podence (Olympiacos, £17m)
Luke Matheson (Rochdale, £1m)

Outs

Elliot Watt (Carlisle, loan)
Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham, undisclosed)
Patrick Cutrone (Fiorentina, loan)
Connor Ronan (Blackpool, loan)
Rafa Mir (Huesca, loan)
Harry Burgoyne (Shrewsbury, undisclosed)
Jordan Graham (Gillingham, loan)
Benny Ashley-Seal (Accrington, loan)
Luke Matheson (Rochdale, loan)
Ryan Giles (Coventry City, loan)
Ryan Bennett (Leicester City, loan)

Rating: A-. Wolves have made some very exciting signings, including 17-year-old Luke Matheson, who will return to Rochdale on loan until the end of the season. Daniel Podence, Enzo Loiodice and Leonardo Campana are players who could make an impact at Molineux over the coming months.

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