The January 2021 transfer window won't feature particularly highly in many people's all-time most memorable transfer windows.
Only around £70million – the lowest amount since 2012 – was splashed by Premier League clubs.
Loan deals rather than permanent transfers were en vogue – with Brexit and the on-going coronavirus pandemic blamed for the lack of overall excitement.
However, Arsenal were finally able to jettison high-earner Mesut Ozil and add Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid, Manchester United signed the talented Amad Diallo and Liverpool eventually signed a centre back.
That evasive defensive puzzle piece came on deadline in the shape of Ben Davies – before Ozan Kabak added to Jurgen Klopp's troops.
But where do all those moves leave the state of the Premier League – has it pushed anyone closer to the title, helped anyone get ready to avoid relegation or has it been a total waste of time?
We asked the Mirror reporters for their expert opinions…
Ins: Omar Rekik (Hertha Berlin), Mat Ryan ( Brighton, loan), Martin Odegaard ( Real Madrid, loan)
Outs: Sead Kolasinac (Schalke, loan), William Saliba (Nice, loan), Matt Macey (Hibernian, undisclosed), Mesut Ozil (Fenerbache), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Olympiakos), Matt Smith (Charlton, loan), Joe Willock ( Newcastle, loan), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Brom, loan), Shkodran Mustafi (Schalke), Zech Medley (Kilmarnock, loan)
What did the Gunners miss out on?
No-one. Don't believe anyone who tells you they were seriously close to doing a big deal, £40m for Emi Buendia etc. Nah, that's one way to spot a chancer.
The issue here is money. Pure and simple. They took a Bank of England loan, they have to pay it back, the finances are tight so this window was always about cute deals, a loan or two and, most importantly, outgoings.
The bigger spending, the likes of Buendia etc will come further down the line – the same is true for a few other clubs.
How much will the work done in the transfer window affect their season?
It will have a huge impact. Technical director Edu knows he must have two or three big windows, the pressure is on him to sort out a rather unbalanced squad.
The biggest issue was big players, big characters in the dressing room and, no matter how professional they are, they are bound to be unhappy if they are not even in the squad. That was Ozil, Sokratis and it would have been Mustafi. To get them off the books lifted the financial load and created harmony.
Then to sign Martin Odegaard was potentially good business, a signing from Real Madrid on loan with much to prove and a real hunger.
They have also shipped out good young talents like Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock. That is good for their development.
On the face of it, a really positive window.
Ins: Morgan Sanson (Marseille)
Outs: Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split, loan), Jack Clarke (Chesterfield, loan), Tyreik Wright (Walsall, loan), Dominic Revan (Weymouth, loan), Callum Rowe (Hereford United, loan), Conor Hourihane (Swansea, loan), Indiana Vassilev (Cheltenham, loan), Henri Lansbury (released), Frederic Guilbert (Strasbourg, loan)
What did Villa miss out on?
Villa again spent big in the close season after investing £80million when they did the bulk of their business in advance. They have persistently been linked with Kosovo winger Milot Rashica of Werder Bremen but yet again a move failed to materialise.
How will Morgan Sanson's arrival affect their season?
Boss Dean Smith is delighted with the signing of French midfielder Morgan Sanson who cost £14million from Marseille. Smith feels Sanson can play anywhere across the midfield and add competition for places, saying: “he is a hybrid player – he can play as a No.10, No.8 or a No.6.”
Another potential striker was mooted to compete with Ollie Watkins but £20million Brazilian Wesley is due back from injury soon.
Ins: Percy Tau (Anderlecht, loan), Evan Ferguson (Bohemians), Moises Caicedo (Independiente Del Valle)
Outs: Jayson Molumby (Preston, loan), Bernardo (RB Salzburg, loan), Viktor Gyokeres (Coventry, loan), Warren O’Hora (MK Dons, loan), Mat Ryan ( Arsenal, loan), Glenn Murray (Nottingham Forest), Max Sanders (Lincoln, loan)
Are the Seagulls in a better position to stay up than before January?
Graham Potter insisted Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo is “a player for the future" after completing the 19-year-old's £4m transfer from Independiente.
But maybe the most significant business of this window for Brighton was retaining the services of Yves Bissouma with the Ivory Coast midfielder linked to top-six clubs.
Glenn Murray was allowed to leave permanently for Nottingham Forest but Sunday's home win over Tottenham – their first in the Premier League this season – showed Potter's team are going in the right direction and have the squad to stay up.
His decision to allow Mat Ryan to leave on loan to Arsenal has been followed by his replacement Robert Sanchez keeping three consecutive clean sheets.
Ins: Benn Ward (Hastings), Anthony Gomez Mancini (Angers)
Outs: Bobby Thomas (Barrow, loan), Lukas Jensen (Bolton, loan), Adam Phillips (Accrington Stanley, loan)
What did the Clarets miss out on?
Burnley had at least one bid for Nathan Collins rejected by Stoke and they were not prepared to meet the Potters’ £10million asking price for the Republic of Ireland defender.
They also looked at signing Jonjoe Kenny on loan from Everton, but the full-back joined Celtic instead.
They had an interest in Ben Davies, but were always down the pecking order and the defender was ready to sign a pre-contract agreement to join Celtic in the summer before Liverpool swooped.
No major incomings? Will that be a problem for Sean Dyche?
Dyche was relaxed about the January window because the return of all his injured players gave him a full squad so not signing anyone will not hamper them.
Dyche just had an eye out to see if he could get anyone in now rather than having to wait until the summer.
Outs: Charlie Brown (MK Dons), Lucas Piazon (Braga), Danny Drinkwater (Kasimpasa, loan), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan, loan), Baba Rahman (PAOK, loan), Jack Wakely (Brighton U23, loan)
What did the Blues miss out on?
Nothing. Having spent £220m-plus in the summer, Chelsea's squad is big, almost bloated and it needs pruning rather than expanding.
There are underperforming players there, it is massively top-heavy in certain areas and they will look again in the summer.
Keep tabs on Erling Haaland. If Chelsea go for one player in the summer then it may well be him… though Thomas Tuchel is not hugely popular at Dortmund.
How will their lack of activity affect their season?
This feels different for Chelsea. Yes, they did a couple of good things in getting Fikayo Tomori out on loan to AC Milan which was superb business, he's a bright young player and will get super experience. Danny Drinkwater going to Turkey on loan is a fresh start for him and eases the wage bill.
But Tuchel is in with a new broom, will look at players, some will get a fresh start and the squad and, particularly starting XIs, will get a shakeup.
Interesting times and let's see if he can get value out of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz who haven't got going yet.
Ins: Jean-Philippe Mateta (Mainz, loan)
Outs: Rob Street (Torquay, loan), Max Mayer (FC Koln), Nya Kirby (Tranmere, loan), Scott Banks (Dunfermline, loan)
Where do Palace lie after a fairly anonymous transfer window?
Another quiet January window for mid-table Palace under Roy Hodgson saw the loan signing of French forward Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz and Max Meyer released. There was again no interest for Wilf Zaha.
But the new deal for goalkeeper Vicente Guaita – the Spaniard has signed a new deal until 2023 – is just the start of a hectic round of negotiations for a club which has a dozen players out of contract in the summer.
Palace will be relieved to get Christian Benteke off the wage bill but stalwarts like Andros Townsend, Patrick van Aanholt, Joel Ward, Mamadou Sakho, Scott Dann and Gary Cahill are all entering the final six months of their contracts and a huge overhaul is possible.
Hodgson, who signed a one-year contract extension in March, has also yet to agree a new deal.
Ins: Josh King ( Bournemouth )
Outs: Matthew Pennington (Shrewsbury, loan), Jarrad Branthwaite (Blackburn, loan), Ellis Simms (Blackpool, loan), Damaris Egurrola (Lyon), Yannick Bolasie (Middlesbrough, loan), Cenk Tosun (Besiktas, loan), Jonas Lossl (Midtjylland), Jonjoe Kenny (Celtic, loan), Anthony Gordon (Preston, loan), Beni Baningime (Derby, loan)
What did the Toffees miss out on?
The financial reality of Everton’s situation – with their finance director suggesting at the club’s AGM that they will have to make profits on player-trading to cut a huge deficit of more than £250m over the past two years – meant there were few targets in this window.
The reality was January was all about offloading dead wood which was draining resources, and in that sense they did well, getting the likes of Yannick Bolasie Cenk Tosun and out on loan, while also finding clubs for youngsters like Jonjo Kenny, Anthony Gordon and Beni Baningime on loan.
What will Josh King's arrival do for them?
Carlo Ancelotti clearly had no faith in Tosun, so to offload him and bring Josh King in for the same money in terms of wages was a bonus.
King’s arrival allows back up for the Italian boss to his number one striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but crucially, it also gives him tactical flexibility, because King can play alongside the England player in the 4-4-2 system that Ancelotti tends to favour. It also allows him to remove the out of sorts Richarlison from the firing line, to refresh him.
Ins: Josh Maja (Bordeaux, loan)
Outs: Matt O’Riley (MK Dons), Stefan Johansen (QPR, loan), Neeskens Kebano (Middlesbrough, loan), Jean Michael Seri (Bordeaux loan), Aboubakar Kamara (Dijon loan), Maxime Le Marchand (Royal Antwerp loan)
What did the Cottagers miss out on?
Scott Parker missed out on Everton-bound Josh King but he did get the striker he was seeking.
Nigerian Josh Maja, who spent two seasons at Sunderland, has joined on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy.
Do they have enough goals to avoid slipping straight back to the Championship?
Fulham have scored only 17 goals in 20 Premier League games with Aleksandar Mitrovic the only recognised striker in the squad. But after previous lavish expenditure – £12m for Kostas Mitroglou on the January deadline day in 2014 before they went down– the Craven Cottage club have been reluctant to gamble big money in this window to stay up.
Parker's team are slowly improving but they are seven points adrift and needed more to help their relegation fight.
Outs: Jordan Stevens (Bradford City, loan), Robbie Gotts (Salford, loan), Ryan Edmonson (Northampton, loan), Jay-Roy Grot (VfL Osnabruck)
What did Leeds miss out on?
Marcelo Bielsa dislikes the January transfer window and told Victor Orta he did not want to sign anyone.
They did consider signing some young players for their Under-23s and had a bid for Wigan’s Sean McGurk rejected.
So, we shouldn't expect a vastly different second half of the season?
It will have no affect because Bielsa was already happy with his squad and Leeds are on course to finish in lower to mid-table in their first season back in the Premier League.
Outs: Admiral Muskwe (Wycombe, loan), Matty James (Coventry, loan), Daniel Iversen (Preston, loan), Josh Knight (Wycombe, loan), Filip Benkovic (OH Leuven, loan), Islam Slimani (Lyon, free), Darnell Johnson (Wimbledon, loan), Demarai Gray (Bayer Leverkusen)
What did the Foxes miss out on?
Brendan Rodgers was linked with a move for Inter Milan's Christian Eriksen but his £300,000-a-week wages were beyond the Foxes.
Rodgers wanted another attacking midfielder to deputise for the injured Dennis Praet who is out until April. He was even willing to sacrifice holding midfielder Hamza Choudhury on loan if they landed anyone but Leicester were unable to strengthen despite looking at targets including Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah.
Will not signing an attacking player hinder their second half of the season?
Leicester must hope top goalscorer Jamie Vardy returns quickly from his hernia procedure to lead their line as they haven't won in two league games without him.
The Foxes have missed him and must hope they are not caught short in attack if Vardy sustains another injury or takes a while to return.
Ins: Ben Davies (Preston), Ozan Kabak (Schalke, loan)
Outs: Liam Millar (Charlton, loan), Adam Lewis (Plymouth, loan), Sepp van der Berg (Preston, loan), Takumi Minamino ( Southampton, loan)
What did Jurgen Klopp miss out on?
For Liverpool, the list was apparently endless – Upamecano and Konate from RB Leipzig were sounded out at various points before the window closed, Lille’s Sven Botman was considered in a complicated deal involved Divock Origi.
Then there were aborted attempts to sign Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car, who even got to the airport, and also Lyon defender Marcelo, who was reported to have turned down an offer of a six month contract. Only Upamencano though, would have been a shoo-in to go straight into the team (though Marcelo would have done a job), and he remains a long term target.
Do Davies and Kabak's impact determine their likelihood of retaining the title?
What Liverpool have done in signing Ben Davies and 20 year old Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, is give themselves numbers in central defence where they previously had only 19 year old Rhys Williams, and 23 year old Nat Phillips.
But make no mistake, neither signing will be expected to go straight into the side. Davies is a long shot, which if the step up is too great from the Championship, will generate funds on a future sale, while Kabak will need time.
But the Reds don’t have it this season, so Jurgen Klopp will be hoping one comes off, to give him a little more depth in defence, to add numbers to his now recognised centre back pairing of Fabinho and Henderson, with Phillips as back up.
Outs: Morgan Rogers (Lincoln, loan), Nathanael Ogbeta (Shrewsbury), Thomas Scott (Port Vale), Keyendrah Simmonds (Birmingham), Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Blackburn, loan), Patrick Roberts (Derby, loan), D'Margio Wright-Phillips (Stoke, loan)
What did City miss out on?
With arguably the strongest squad in the Premier League, in terms of its depth, City did not need to strengthen in the latest transfer window.
With Sergio Aguero still out and Gabriel Jesus struggling for goals, there was a case for them adding a striker, but the quality of forward required by City was always unlikely to be available mid-season.
In addition, Pep Guardiolas has spoken of the goal burden needing to be shared across his squad, with midfielders helping out, something Ilkay Gundogan has been particularly effective at in recent games.
Are they still favourites for the title after January?
With a three-point lead at the top of the table and a game in hand, City are in a strong position.
If they can avoid defeat in Sunday's visit to champions and title rivals Liverpool, it is hard to see them relinquishing first place, barring a major collapse, so the squad did not need any real beefing up, although Guardiola will not want to be without chief playmaker Kevin De Bruyne for too much longer.
City's summer business, in particular Ruben Dias and Ferran Torres, left them in a strong position for the season and has paid off already, with the former assuming the same importance for the Blues as Virgil van Djik for Liverpool, so there was never any urgent need to dip into the market in the latest window.
Ins: Amad Diallo (Atalanta)
Outs: Ethan Laird (MK Dons, loan), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Bayer Leverkusen), Max Haygarth (Brentford), Luca Ercolani (Carpi), Jesse Lingard ( West Ham, loan), James Garner (Nottingham Forest, loan), Tahith Chong (Club Brugge, loan), Teden Mengi (Derby, loan)
What did United miss out on?
United would have ordinarily strengthened in two positions but the current climate always made that unlikely.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to address his central defence and the right side of attack but that can wait until the summer.
A right-back to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and a striker, one guaranteed to plunder 20-plus goals a season, would also have been on Solskjaer's wish-list.
Will their title bid be affected?
A title push wasn't really on United's agenda this season – with anything more than third, development and progress a bonus.
The summer transfer window is much more important to set up a title charge next season.
Ins: Joe Willock (Arsenal, loan)
Outs: Rolando Aarons ( Huddersfield, undisclosed), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray)
What did Steve Bruce miss out on?
Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury was Steve Bruce's long term target throughout the window but a move failed to materialise.
It was more a case of not moving players on with suitors not found for Matt Ritchie, despite a mooted move back to Bournemouth, and the out of favour Longstaff brothers.
Will those failures in the market hinder them?
Newcastle are back on the rise again after their morale-boosting victory over Everton with Joe Willock's loan arrival from Arsenal a shrewd piece of business.
Brice still has plenty of midfield depth to cover for not bagging Choudhury, while Ritchie and the Longstaffs aren't the types to stink up a fuss.
Outs: Rhys Norrington-Davies (Stoke, loan), George Broadbent (Beerschot, loan), Jake Eastwood (Grimsby, loan)
What did the Blades miss out on?
Chris Wilder only had the cash to pursue loan signings and failed with an ambitious bid for Jesse Lingard.
He was also interested in Ben Davies, but that bid never really got off the ground.
They'll have to rely on what they already have to make a miraculous escape then?
Sheffield United’s fate already looked sealed before the window opened, although they have shown they will keep fighting.
Ins: Takumi Minamino (Liverpool, loan)
Outs: Tyreke Johnson (Gillingham, loan), Callum Slattery (Gillingham, loan), Jake Vokins (Sunderland, loan), Shane Long (Bournemouth, loan), Yan Valery (Birmingham, loan)
What did Saints miss out on?
Ralph Hasenhuttl is short of defensive cover for Kyle Walker-Peters after Yan Valery's departure on loan.
Saints were in the race to land Arsenal full-back Ashley Maitland-Niles, but lost out to West Brom.
The last-ditch signing of Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino fits Hasenhuttl's profile of bringing in hungry players with a point to prove.
Will the transfer window change their course away from mid-table obscurity?
In the short term, Saints may find their mid-season dip continues, and a trip to Old Trafford is not the easiest place to reboot, but when Hasenhuttl has a full deck of cards, Southampton are still a match for anybody.
They should finish comfortably in mid-table, looking up – not over their shoulders.
Outs: Jubril Okedina (Cambridge, loan), Jack Clarke (Stoke, loan), Harvey White (Portsmouth, loan), Shilow Tracey (Cambridge, loan), Troy Parrott (Ipswich, loan), Jack Roles (Stevenage, loan), Maurizio Pochettino ( Watford, loan), Paulo Gazzaniga (Elche, loan)
What did Spurs miss out on?
Spurs were hoping to bring back Christian Eriksen on loan from Inter Milan, a year after he left north London in a bit of a sulk.
But for that to happen, Dele Alli needed to be offloaded to PSG and the longer the window went on the more likely he was to stay.
Jose Mourinho might have been tempted to sign a striker to cover Harry Kane's injury – but the damage doesn't seem to be too worrisome and Spurs' attacking ranks already bountiful.
Will they have any regrets?
They shouldn't do.
Eriksen would have been a step up on Alli as the Englishman isn't a regular at the moment but no harm done in not bending the window.
Spurs have had a tricky spell and they should finish in the top four, bar a shocking second half of the season.
Ins: Robert Snodgrass (West Ham), Andy Lonergan (free agent), Mbaye Diagne (Galatasaray, loan), Okay Yokuslu (Celta Vigo, loan), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal, loan)
Outs: Charlie Austin (QPR, loan), Owen Windsor (Newport, loan), Jonathan Bond (LA Galaxy), Rekeem Harper (Birmingham, loan), Sam Field (QPR, loan)
What did the Baggies miss out on?
Boss Sam Allardyce admitted making dozens of enquiries for players in a bid to shake up the struggling Baggies.
Benfica striker Haris Seferovic, for example, was one of a number of ambitious targets who was out of their reach.
Veteran boss Allardyce,66, was limited by only having funds for free transfers or loans.
But given the financial constraints at The Hawthorns under their Chinese owners, Albion did very good business.
How will the addition of the likes of Okay Yokuslu and Robert Snodgrass help them avoid relegation?
Albion looked doomed but now appear to have a much better chance of beating the drop.
But Allardyce will need his new deadline day signings to hit the ground running after bringing in Celta Vigo midfielder Okay Yokuslu to anchor his leaky defence and Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles on deadline day.
They join Robert Snodgrass and striker Mbaye Diagne, who made his debut as sub against Fulham from Galatasaray. Snodgrass's hard-working graft and set-piece ability will be useful for Albion while Diagne has finally provided a target man to lead the line.
Ins: Frederik Alves (Silkeborg), Said Benrahma (Brentford), Jesse Lingard ( Manchester United, loan)
Outs: Sebastien Haller (Ajax), Robert Snodgrass (West Brom), Dan Kemp (Leyton Orient), Owen Windsor (Newport, loan), Winston Reid (Brentford, loan), Oladapo Afolayan (Bolton, loan), Aji Alese (Cambridge United, loan)
What did David Moyes miss out on?
After allowing Sebastien Haller to depart to Ajax, it was expected a replacement frontman would arrive in his place. This wasn't to happen.
Moyes couldn't find the right man or the right deal and if you can't do that there is no reason to waste cash in January.
Will their dealings affect their shot at a European place?
Michail Antonio is back to fitness and in the goals so not signing a striker might have been a good saving – however if he suffers another injury the Hammers look light in central attack.
Ins: Willian Jose (Real Sociedad, loan)
Outs: Ruben Vinagre (Famalicao, loan), Oskar Buur (Grasshoppers, loan), Oskar Buur (Grasshoppers, loan), Winston Reid (Brentford, loan), Terry Taylor (Burton Albion), Luke Matheson, Ipswich, loan)
What did Wolves miss out on?
Wanderers were looking for a new frontman after Raul Jimenez fractured his skull against Arsenal in November and has not yet returned.
They did consider big name and expensive potential buys like Olivier Giroud and Divock Origi at Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.
But they went in the end for a loan for Real Sociedad's Brazilian striker Willian Jose after Patrick Cutrone didn't make much impact when he was recalled from Fiorentina before being loaned back out to Valencia.
Will Willian Jose be a good stand-in for Raul Jimenez?
Jimenez is a huge miss for Wolves and they have won just once in the Premier League since his injury two months ago.
But boss Nuno Espirito Santo reckons new striker Jose can do a decent job for them as the 29-year-old has plenty of experience and has the intelligence to fit into their style and tactics.
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