There was no late flurry of activity from Premier League clubs as the January transfer window closed with a whimper.Manchester United completed the biggest deal of the window with Portuguese international midfielder Bruno Fernandes signing for an initial £47 million (A$93m) that could rise drastically with add-ons.Deals were difficult to do for even some of the world’s richest clubs as Chelsea, Tottenham and United were frustrated in their search for a striker.CLUB-BY-CLUB GUIDE OF EVERY PREMIER LEAGUE JANUARY TRANSFERWatch LIVE coverage of La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and EFL Championship with beIN SPORTS on KAYO. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >Man United sign Fernandes0:33Total spending for the month by English clubs was marginally up from last season’s £180m ($355m), but well short of the record £430m ($848m) outlay in 2018.The mid-season window is increasingly seen as an undesirable time to do business for clubs wary of overpaying in a seller’s market.“We would need a striker to have a better squad to face the great challenges in front of us in three different competitions,” said Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who must cope without England captain Harry Kane for most of the remainder of the season.“But we want to do things not to resolve the problems of today or tomorrow but things that are also good for the future.”Spurs did make one significant signing in Dutch international winger Steven Bergwijn for £27m ($53m) from PSV Eindhoven as well as making Giovani Lo Celso’s loan deal from Real Betis into a permanent move to replace Christian Eriksen, who finally departed for Inter Milan.MORE FOOTBALL NEWSANALYSIS: If every team had a Deadline Day ‘wish’, this is who they’d sign ‘ONE WORD: CRAP.’ Agent’s perfect response to ludicrous transfer rumourTRANSFER CENTRE: Every done deal from the January windowUnited sealed the services of former Watford striker Odion Ighalo on Deadline DaySource: Getty ImagesChelsea manager Frank Lampard cut the most frustrated figure as the Blues failed to add a single player despite seeing their transfer ban lifted.“It’s clear we wanted to bring players in and I’ve made that pretty clear over the last weeks but it hasn’t happened,” said Lampard on Friday.Chelsea’s stumbling form has left the door open for United, Tottenham and Wolves to pip them to fourth and a place in next season’s Champions League.Despite bolstering a midfield badly in need of reinforcements by completing their long-running chase of Fernandes, United also left themselves light up front by failing to sign any cover for the injury Marcus Rashford.Wolves pounced by adding to their Portuguese contingent with the signing of Daniel Podence from Olympiakos.Aussie Smith joins Cardiff0:32Liverpool had no such need to dive into market as they sit serenely 19 points clear at the top of the table and on course for a first league title in 30 years.However, the Reds’ leapt on a £7.25m ($14m) buyout clause in Japanese international Takumi Minamino’s contract with Red Bull Salzburg.“The better the season is, the better the squad is, the less you have to do, the more you are happy with the players you have,” said Jurgen Klopp.Elsewhere Socceroo Brad Smith has completed a move to Championship side Cardiff City from Bournemouth after his loan with MLS side Seattle Sounders ended in glory at the end of last season.RED DEVILS DEALS: Man Utd ‘contacted’ these 5 strikers on Deadline Day. Here’s their chances of signing themSheffield United armed their attempt to qualify for Europe for the first time with a club record £22m ($43m) signing of Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge from Genk.At the bottom of the table, Aston Villa and West Ham were the most active in trying to preserve their top-flight status.Villa brought in Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta and experienced goalkeeper Pepe Reina as cover for long-term injuries suffered by Tom Heaton and Wesley.West Ham had a busy final few days as they secured the loan signing of Czech international Tomas Soucek and sealed a last-minute £20m ($39m) deal for Hull striker Jarrod Bowen.United signing in breaks down0:58 SILLY SEASON:The most remarkable report of the day came from The Times, claiming that Tottenham made a ‘breakthrough’ in talks with Real Madrid over a return for Gareth Bale. The paper wrote “there is growing confidence among the Spurs hierarchy that they can sign the Welsh superstar today.”BIGGEST DEALS:Bruno Fernandes – Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United – £46.5mGiovani Lo Celso – Real Betis to Tottenham Hotspur – £30mDejan Kulusevski – Atalanta to Juventus – £30mReinier Jesus – Flamengo to Real Madrid – £25.6mSteven Bergwijn – PSV Eindhoven to Tottenham Hotspur – £25mKrzysztof Piatek – AC Milan to Hertha Berlin – £22.8mStanislav Lobotka – Celta Vigo to Napoli – £21.5mLucas Tousart – Lyon to Hertha Berlin – £20.3mPaco Alcácer – Borussia Dortmund to Villarreal – £19.4mErling Braut Haaland – RB Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund – £19.2mDaniel Podence – Olympiacos to Wolves – £17mChristian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur to Inter Milan – £16.9mBLOG: Re-live all the transfer action, done deals, rumours and analysis from the deadline day… If the blog does not appear, PLEASE CLICK HERE.



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