Friday 25 January 2013
The January transfer window has entered its final seven days and, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, this is the period when most of the business in the month is conducted.
Statistics from the Premier League reveal that in the previous two January windows, the skew of transfers is even greater towards the end of the window, with at least half the deals taking place on deadline day.
Research conducted by premierleague.com found that in January 2011, of the 58 players brought in by clubs in the Barclays Premier League, 30 deals were finalised on 31 January (see table 1 above).
A year later there were only 26 incoming deals completed by 30 January but on the final day more deals (27) were done (see table 2 above) than in the period leading up to then.
There has been much talk of this window being quieter than normal but premierleague.com can reveal that the rate of incoming deals this month is comparable to that of the previous two years with 21 deals being finalised (see table 3 below) as of January 22.
Premierleague.com will bring you all the latest deals as they come in over the next seven days and will update these statistics once the window has shut.
For all the moves so far this window, click here.
N.B. Please note that the number of this month's deals featured in this article may differ from the total of those announced by clubs and in articles here because their registration has not yet been finalised with the Premier League.