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Friday 25 January 2013

Clubs happy to leave January transfers to final day

Premierleague.com looks at when deals during the winter transfer window are conducted

  • Table 1: In 2011, more than half the deals in by Premier League clubs were on the final day

  • Table 2: A year later this was repeated in the January transfer window

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.

Table 3: The 2013 deals are keeping pace with past years

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.

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Key Points

  • As the January transfer window enters its final week, premierleague.com looks at when deals are done
  • The majority of deals are concluded on the final day of the transfer window
  • Activity in the January 2013 window level with the two previous equivalent windows