Premier League: Best January transfer window signings of all time

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It’s one of the busiest and chaotic days in English football, with clubs up and down the country working overtime to add to their squads. Wilfred Bony, Jermain Defoe and Victor Valdes have already made big moves as the excitement built for fans as the rumour mills gained momentum.

In the end, the 2015 January transfer window deadline day ended up being a bit of an anti-climax, with little drama happening before the Premier League cut-off point at 11pm. Juan Cuadrdo's move to Chelsea was done early on and we only had a few minor transfers to get excited about.

As far as it looks, none of the new arrivals have the potential to become one of the best pieces of business done by Premier League sides. So, lets take a look at some of the greatest January transfer window signings of all time...

Luis Suarez

In January 2011, Liverpool introduced a talent to the Premier League it will never forget in the form of Luis Suarez. The Red’s forked out £22.8 million to secure the striker’s services from Ajax and he rewarded Liverpool with 82 goals in 133 appearances. Suarez took Liverpool within inches of winning their first Premier League title last season, after forming a deadly strike partnership with Daniel Sturridge.

However, his stint in Merseyside was filled with controversy. During a 1 - 1 draw with Manchester United on October 15 2011, Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing United’s Patrice Evra and received an eight game suspension and £40,000 fine. He then refused to shake Evra’s hand in their next meeting in Febuary.

Suarez then infamously bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during last summer's World Cup group game between Uruguay and Italy, resulting in a nine game international ban. He might be trouble, but Luis Suarez is a sensational player and while he is now plying his trade at Barcelona, England will not be forgetting about him in a hurry.

Papiss Cisse

Relatively unknown in January 2012, Newcastle forked out £9million to bring Papiss Cisse to Tyneside from Freiburg and he made an instant impact after scoring the winner on his debut against Aston Villa at St James Park.

Cast your mind back to January 2003 as Birmingham City shocked the football world by signing a World Cup winner to aid their fight for survival

Cisse continued to impress, going on to score 13 goals in 14 Premier League appearances, including an outrageous half volley from 37 yards out against Chelsea with the outside of his boot at Stamford Bridge, which many considered to be goal of the season.

The Senegal striker's goals dried up over the next couple of seasons but there have been hints that he is returning to his predatory best with nine goals in 15 games so far this season.

Christophe Dugarry

Cast your mind back to January 2003 as Birmingham City shocked the football world by signing a World Cup winner to aid their fight for survival. Christophe Dugarry was held in high regard as a silky, skilful forward who had the likes of Milan and Barcelona on his CV.

So it was quite the coup for Birmingham when they managed to tie up a loan deal bringing the Frenchman to the Midlands from Bordeaux. Dugarry completely transformed the Birmingham team, scoring five goals in 15 appearances, but it was his overall play and flair that lifted Birmingham from the relegation zone to finish in 13th.

Although it didn’t quite work out when the move was made permanent, this has to go down in history as one of the most shrewd pieces of business in the January transfer window do date.

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