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Deadline Day Moves

Chris+SambaPremier League teams spent £120m in January, double the total of January 2012. Still that is a long way way short of the record level of £225m in January 2011.

Three clubs, Queens Park Rangers, Liverpool and Newcastle accounted for more than 50% of the total outlay this year.

Deloitte’s Dan Jones said:

“Premier League clubs have been relatively restrained in their player transfer fee spending, in spite of the upcoming uplift in their broadcasting revenues of between £20m and £30m each from next season.

“While the clubs’ total spending was £120m, after taking into account transfer income, the Premier League clubs’ net transfer spend was £70m.”

The biggest deal on deadline day was the £12.5m that QPR spent on defender Chris Samba from Anzhi Makhachkala.

Meanwhile, Arsenal signed Malaga left-back Nacho Monreal for about £10m as back-up for the injured Kieran Gibbs.

Sunderland completed the £5m signing of striker Danny Graham from Swansea City, while Everton paid £3m for Barnsley’s 18-year-old defender John Stones, who has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal.

Elsewhere, Stoke City signed England goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham City for a fee rising to £3.5m, but the 19-year-old will go back to the financially hamstrung Championship club on loan for the rest of the season.

Norwich have signed striker Luciano Becchio from Leeds on a three-and-a-half-year contract, with forward Steve Morison heading to the Championship side in a swap deal.

And Fulham completed the loan signing of AC Milan midfielder Urby Emanuelson, 26, for the rest of the season.

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