Top five: January transfer window signings


If last season's January transfer window is anything to go by, supporters in England should expect the unexpected going into what is bound to be another mid-season transfer scramble.

Last term's deadline day saw Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll move for big money to Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.

Even if the transfer activity can't capture the imagination this term, it'll at least give Sky Sports News the excuse to camp outside each and every training ground in the country, while imbeciles attempt to get their five minutes of fame.

We might even get a taster of Jim White's complete trip into work instead of the teaser we were subjected to as he rolled into the building during deadline day of the summer window.

Either way, GMF felt it the appropriate time to rank the top five January signings from years gone by, a list which includes one of the hottest strikers in the league today.

5. Javier Mascherano | West Ham United to Liverpool: 2007

After his controversial move to Upton Park, the Argentine agreed a move on loan to Liverpool on deadline day of the transfer window. He required FIFA clearance to feature for The Reds but when allowed, he helped inspire the club to the Champions League final against AC Milan.

His permanent move to Liverpool was confirmed during the following summer. He was largely credited with bringing the best out of captain Steven Gerrard as he patrolled the back-four before departing upon the appointment of Roy Hodgson at the start of last season.

4. Brede Hangeland | Copenhagan to Fulham: 2008

One of Roy Hodgson's signings that helped Fulham beat the drop in 2008 and his solid displays since have been the cornerstone of The Whites' Premier League progress.

The Norwegian has formed a formidable partnership with Aaron Hughes, with the duo inspiring the club to the 2010 Europa League final. The likes of Arsenal have been linked with his services, but having signed a contract until 2013 at Craven Cottage, Fulham fans can look forward to more assured performances.

3. Emmanuel Adebayor | Monaco to Arsenal: 2006

He mightn't be of The Gunners faithful's biggest fan right now, but the Togolese striker proved his worth during his three-year stay.

After a difficult first six months to his Arsenal career, Adebayor's best form came in his first two full seasons for the club, scoring the winner against Manchester United, a crucial goal against AC Milan in the Champions League and a stunning volley against Tottenham Hotspur.

Moves to Manchester City and Spurs have since followed, but the lanky forward will always go down as one Arsene Wenger's best signings, after being sold for four times what the Frenchman shelled out for him in 2006.

2. Luis Suarez | Ajax to Liverpool: 2011

It's taken just 11 and a half months, but already Luis Suarez has written his name in Liverpool folklaw, having already done the famous No.7 shirt justice at Anfield.

In just his second home start he ran rings around Manchester United, before netting his second Reds goal against Sunderland after dancing through the Black Cats defence.

Following his summer exploits with Uruguay, Suarez has hit the grounding running this season scoring a brilliant winner against Stoke City helping to earn himself a Ballon d'Or nomination.

1. Nemanja Vidic | Spartak Moscow to Manchester United: 2006

The Serbian centre-back came to the Barclays Premier League as a largely unknown quantity, but has quickly grown into the of the division's stand out stoppers.

His arrival sparked United's success on the continent, appearing in three European Cup finals in four years, while he's won four league titles and one World Club Cup during his Old Trafford stay.

Now the club skipper, United are rarely as stern at the back without Vidic who has forged a pivotal partnership with Rio Ferdinand.

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