January was a quieter month than many expected, although clubs still managed to spend a combined £120 million (US$190 million).
Two years ago Fernando Torres and Andrew Carroll moved clubs in two of the most expensive transfers in history. The clubs had until January 31 to complete their purchases, and although there were no deals of that magnitude this time around, plenty of business was done.
Newcastle United signed no fewer than five Frenchman, as manager Alan Pardew looked to address the deficiencies in his team that threatened to drag the Magpies into a relegation battle. Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara all arrived from Ligue 1 to bolster the squad.
Chelsea activated the release clause of Newcastle striker Demba Ba as they looked to lighten the load on under-fire Spain striker Fernando Torres.
Liverpool swooped to sign Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge who was eager for regular first team action and the opportunity to play as an out-and-out striker. Brazilian playmaker Coutinho also arrived from Inter Milan.
Arsene Wenger has never been keen on the January transfer window but strengthened his defense on deadline day with the signing of Nacho Monreal from Malaga.
Manchester United looked to the future by signing dynamic Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. Sir Alex Ferguson has always relied on wingers and he will hope that he has signed another who will get the Old Trafford faithful off their seats.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp was typically busy, with Loic Remy and Chris Samba his big money purchases as the former Tottenham Hotspur boss looked to lift the Hoops off the bottom of the Premier League.
Danny Graham swapped Swansea City for Sunderland, where he will be expecting to be an automatic starter alongside Steven Fletcher.
Elsewhere, Tottenham signed Lewis Holtby from Schalke, while West Ham brought in five players, including their own youth product Joe Cole.
Arsenal: Nacho Monreal (Malaga)
Aston Villa: Yacouba Sylla (Clermont), Simon Dawkins (Tottenham Hotspur, loan)
Chelsea: Demba Ba (Newcastle United)
Everton: Steven Pienaar (Tottenham), Steven Naismith (Glasgow Rangers, free transfer), Kevin Mirallas (Olympiakos), Bryan Oviedo (FC Copenhagen), Matthew Kennedy (Kilmarnock)
Fulham: Chris David (Twente), Urby Emanuelson (AC Milan, loan) Loan, Eyong Enoh (Ajax, loan), Emmanuel Frimpong (Arsenal, loan), Stanislav Manolev (PSV Eindhoven)
Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho (Inter Milan), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)
Manchester City: Jan Godsway Donyoh (Right to Dream academy)
Manchester United: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Newcastle: Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Yoan Gouffran (Bordeaux), Massadio Haidara (Nancy), Kevin Mbabu (Servette), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse) , Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier)
Norwich City: Luciano Becchio (Leeds United), Kei Kamara (Sporting KC, loan)
Queens Park Rangers: Tal Ben Haim (free), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur), Loic Remy (Marseille), Christopher Samba (Anji Makhachkala), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur, loan), Yun Suk-young (Chunnam Dragons)
Reading: Hope Akpan (Crawley Town), Nick Blackman (Sheffield United), Daniel Carrico (Sporting Lisbon), Stephen Kelly (Fulham)
Southampton: Vegard Forren (Molde)
Stoke City: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Sunderland: Danny Graham (Swansea City), Kader Mangane (Al Hilal, loan), Alfred N'Diaye (Bursaspor)
Swansea City: Roland Lamah (Osasuna, loan)
Tottenham Hotspur: Ezekiel Fryers (Standard Liege), Lewis Holtby (Schalke)
West Bromwich Albion:
West Ham: Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal, loan), Joe Cole (Liverpool, free), Sean Maguire (Waterford United) Undisclosed, Wellington Paulista (Cruzeiro, loan), Emanuel Pogatetz (Hannover, loan)
Wigan: Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City, free), Angelo Henriquez (Manchester United, loan), Joel Robles (Atletico Madrid, loan, Paul Scharner (Hamburg SV, loan)