11pm on Tuesday, January 31 saw the winter transfer window slam shut. Nottingham Forest left it late to get their deals done.
After losing their captain, Henri Lansbury, earlier in the window; Nottingham Forest were among the busiest clubs on Tuesday.
They completed the permanent signing of Zach Clough from Bolton for an undisclosed fee. Chesterfield Winger, Gboly Ariyibi also joined on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Forest managed to completethe loan signings of Aston Villa players Ross McCormack and Aaron Tshibola. Jao Teixeira from Benfica also joined.
The Championship as a whole spent £80m during the January window and a record £40m on Tuesday’s deadline.
Gboly Ariyibi on his move to Nottingham Forest:
— Gboly Ariyibi (@GbolyAriyibi) February 1, 2017
The window saw Premier League spending reach £215 Million, the highest amount in six years. The largest fee paid out by a premier club was the £24 million that Everton paid to take Morgan Schneiderlin away from Manchester United.
This fee was dwarfed by the spending of clubs from China. They are able to buy players up until the end of February.
These clubs have not been shy in splashing the cash on Premier League talent, with Oscar heading to Shanghai SIPG for a reported £60m and Odion Ighalo leaving Watford for Changchun Yatai in a £20m deal on deadline day.
At the other end in one of the most unlikely moves of this or any other transfer window – Arsenal recruited left-back Cohen Bramall from non-league Hednesford Town for £40,000.
The Premier league actually generated a profit over a month, receiving £40 million more for its players than the amount it paid for new recruits.
One of the biggest transfers of the month saw wantaway West Ham star Dimitri Payet return to his old club Marseille. West Ham reluctantly sold the French International for a fee believed to be £25 million.
Payet tweeted days before the deadline that he was on his way to his medical that he was going “back home”.
On rentre à la maison pic.twitter.com/AcwO3FChYt
— Dimitri Payet (@dimpayet17) January 29, 2017