Often a period where clubs and managers panic purchase in order to climb the table, January usually throws up a few eyebrow raising signings. When most clubs choose to do their business in the summer, occasionally there is an astute coup to be had. We've delved into the premier league January transfer history to rediscover the 5 best signings that have been made in the month of January.
5. Patrice Evra - Monaco to Manchester United (2006, £7milion)
After a few years without Dennis Irwin, Fergie needed a long-term replacement to slot into his back four. It was a long pursuit of the frenchman but they finally got the international defender for a good price of only £7million. He somewhat struggled to adapt to the rigours of the premier league during his first season as United couldn't catch the dominant chelsea - yet from the start of 2006/07 title winning season, Evra nailed down his place and the rest is history.
4. Nemanja Vidic - Spartak Moscow to Manchester United (2006, £7.2million)
For a fraction more than Evras price, United also signed a centre back in January 2006. With all the attributes to do well in england, few could foresee just how dominant Vidic would become as he slotted into the United Back four with ease. Like Evra, Vidic was a mainstay in the team for years to come forging a formidable partnership with Rio Ferdinand - winning 3 consecutive titles from 2007 to 2009.
3. Javier Mascherano - West Ham United to Liverpool (2007, £18million)
Arriving in East London in the summer of 2006, alongside Carlos Tevez in a controversial deal - Mascherano struggled in the premier league at first, as he watched from the sidelines for the opening few months. When the majority of managers failed to see the necessary attributes needed to become a success in the premier league, Rafael Benitez decided to act quick, knowing that he would suit his team and style of play down to a tee. Confident of his ability, Liverpool stumped up a hefty £18 million for Mascherano's services but within a few months it was looking like an astute bit of business, as he slotted in to Benitez's talented midfield trio which included Gerrard and Alonso.
2. Nemanja Matic - Benfica to Chelsea (2014, £21million)
Lacking a suitable holding midfielder for years, Chelsea urgently needed someone to shore up the middle of the park. Having struggled to adequately replace Makelele from Jose Mourinho's era, Chelsea decided to return to a player who was previously on their books and resign Matic from Benfica for a cool £21 million. A deal which inevitably raised a few eyebrows at the time, Matic ignored all the scepticism and quickly established himself as one of the mainstays in the Blues midfield - winning the league only a year later.
1. Luis Suarez - Ajax to Liverpool (2011, £22.5million)
Having just sold their focal striker to chelsea for £50 million, Liverpool needed to replace Torres quick and so they spent a staggering £35 million on Andy caroll and £22.5 million on a Uruguayan from the dutch league. Although few would argue Caroll was a flop, Luis Suarez proved anything but. He notched a staggering number of goals during is time at Anfield and nearly won the league before being sold 3 years later for £75 million. If that's not good business then i don't know what is.
So, there you have it, 5 brilliant signings in January. Will we see another signing of this calibre over the next week or so? We shall soon find out.