Struggling London duo Crystal Palace and Fulham were the Premier League’s most active teams on transfer deadline day, bringing in no fewer than 10 players between them.
A couple of recent wins have lifted Palace up to 14th in the table, but Fulham enter the weekend in the relegation zone following a run of six defeats in their last eight Premier League games.
Both brought in five players each on the final day of January transfer activity, with Palace’s headline arrival seeing the highly-rated Tom Ince join on loan from Blackpool for the rest of the season.
Celtic’s Welsh international midfielder Joe Ledley also moves to Selhurst Park, as does his Wales teammate Wayne Hennessey and Blackburn centre-back Scott Dann. Jason Puncheon, who had been on a loan spell in South London from Southampton, joins on a four-and-a-half year permanent deal.
Over in west London, Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen was busy making several high-profile additions.
The most eye-catching was certainly the £11m signing of Greek international forward Konstantinos Mitroglou, who has scored 23 goals in 26 matches for club and country this season, and turned his back on Olympiakos’ Champions League second round tie with Manchester United in order to move to Craven Cottage.
Fulham also signed John Heitinga from Everton, Lewis Holtby on loan from Tottenham and Manchester United youngsters Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole on permanent deals, but Dimitar Berbatov left the club and the Premier League to join Monaco on loan, and Aaron Hughes joined QPR.
The only permanent signing made by a club in the top half of the Premier League was Chelsea’s purchase of the French defender Kurt Zouma from Saint-Etienne, but the Londoners immediately loaned him back to the Ligue 1 club.
Arsenal brought in midfield cover with a loan move for the Swedish international Kim Kallstrom, but Liverpool were left frustrated by Ukrainian club Dnipro blocking a move for winger Yevhen Konoplyanka despite a deal seemingly being agreed.
Sunderland signed Liam Bridcutt from Brighton, and West Ham brought in Pablo Armero from Napoli.
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