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Thursday 03 January 2013

The transfer window in numbers

Analysis reveals volume of January business in recent years in Barclays Premier League

Everton's signing of Nikica Jelavic was one of the big deadline day moves last year

The 2013 January transfer window has started in a busy fashion in the Barclays Premier League with already four deals sealed in the first days of the month.

Premierleague.com looks at the previous January windows and gives a breakdown of the business during the previous four January transfer windows.

January 2012

58 players were signed by Barclays Premier League clubs in total
11 were transferred within the Barclays Premier League
came from the Football League
came from non-league football
16 were free transfers
22 were from overseas
53 players left Barclays Premier League clubs

January 2011

54 players were signed by Barclays Premier League clubs in total
20 were transferred within the Barclays Premier League
6 came from the Football League
2 came from non-league football
2 were free transfers
24 were from overseas
36 players left Barclays Premier League clubs

January 2010

48 players were signed by Barclays Premier League clubs in total
16 were transferred within the Barclays Premier League
5 came from the Football League
1 came from non-league football
10 were free transfers
16 were from overseas
39 players left Barclays Premier League clubs

January 2009

59 players were signed by Barclays Premier League clubs in total
27 were transferred within the Barclays Premier League
7 came from the Football League
0 were free transfers or signings from non-league football
25 came from overseas
40 players left Premier League clubs

Overall (for January transfer windows 2009-12)

£470m was the approximate total spend across the four windows
219 
players joined Barclays Premier League clubs
168 players left the Barclays Premier League
47.5% of signings were domestic
39.7% of signings were from overseas
12.8% 
of signings were free transfers
33.8% of deals were between Barclays Premier League clubs
11.4% of deals saw players move up from the Football League
2.3% saw non-league players move into the Barclays Premier League

Notes:
'Domestic' means the transfer took place between Premier League and Football League clubs (English and Welsh clubs) - 'Foreign transfers' is a recognised definition used for players coming into the league from other professional leagues and therefore foreign in the eyes of FIFA.

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Key Points

  • January transfer window prompts usual flurry of activity
  • After initial decrease, January incomings have risen in past two years
  • Previous four January windows saw 219 signings by Barclays Premier League clubs