Football: Top 10 English Premier League transfer window deals

Giannelli Imbula (left), Oumar Niasse (centre) and Jonjo Shelvey are the three biggest Premier League signings during the 2016 January transfer window.
Giannelli Imbula (left), Oumar Niasse (centre) and Jonjo Shelvey are the three biggest Premier League signings during the 2016 January transfer window. PHOTOS: REUTERS, AFP

LONDON (AFP) - AFP Sport lists the 10 biggest incoming Premier League transfers of the January transfer window after the deadline passed on Monday (* denotes fee approximate and as reported by British media):

1. Giannelli Imbula (Porto to Stoke City): £18.3 million (S$37.58 million)


Chelsea's Ramires in action with Giannelli Imbula (left). PHOTO: REUTERS

Upwardly mobile Stoke set a new club transfer record for the second window running, having previously broken new ground in August when Xherdan Shaqiri joined from Inter Milan in a £12 million deal. Holding midfielder Imbula, 23, arrived from Porto after failing to settle following a close-season move from Marseille. Stoke manager Mark Hughes said: "We've signed a very, very good young player, who's still got a lot of potential."

2. Oumar Niasse (Lokomotiv Moscow to Everton): £13.5 million


Baye Oumar Niasse (right) vies for the ball with Besiktas' Ersan Gulum (left) during the Uefa Europa League group H football match. PHOTO: AFP

Niasse, a 25-year-old Senegal international, arrived at Goodison Park on a 41/2-year contract to provide competition for Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. He was the Russian Premier League's Player of the Year in 2015 and scored 13 goals in 23 appearances for Lokomotiv this season.

3. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City to Newcastle United): £12 million*


Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey (left) with manager Steve McClaren at the end of the match between Newcastle and West Ham. PHOTO: REUTERS

After falling out of favour at the Liberty Stadium, 23-year-old former Liverpool midfielder Shelvey swopped one relegation fight for another by pitching up at St James' Park. The England midfielder made an immediate impact, playing a role in both goals as Newcastle beat West Ham United 2-1 on his debut.

4. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur to Newcastle United): £12 million*


Andros Townsend before the Uefa Europa League Group Stage match between Tottenham Hotspur and AS Monaco.  PHOTO: REUTERS

Another England international seeking to force his way into national coach Roy Hodgson's plans for Euro 2016. His final few months at White Hart Lane proved forgettable, with manager Mauricio Pochettino freezing him out after a row with a fitness coach, but Newcastle gave the 24-year-old winger a chance to get his career back on track in the north-east.

5. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers to Bournemouth): £10 million*


Bournemouth's Benik Afobe (right) in action with Sunderland's John O'Shea. PHOTO: REUTERS

A prolific goal-scorer in England's lower leagues, Afobe scored 32 goals last season for first Milton Keynes Dons and then Wolves. The former Arsenal youth-team player was signed to bolster a Bournemouth attacking department that has lost both Callum Wilson and Max Gradel to long-term knee injuries.

6. Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux to Sunderland): £9 million*


Wahbi Khazri (left) vies with Nantes' Leo Dubois during the French Ligue 1 football match between Nantes and Bordeaux. PHOTO: AFP

Tunisia playmaker Khazri was one of five new players to join struggling Sunderland, who are bidding to haul themselves out of the relegation zone. "Wahbi is a quick, dynamic attacking player," said Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce. "He has many attributes, not least his delivery from wide areas and set-pieces and of course his ability to score goals."

7. Steven Naismith (Everton to Norwich City): £8.5 million*


Norwich's Steven Naismith during their English Premier League match against Liverpool. PHOTO: REUTERS

Scotland international Naismith scored a hat-trick for Everton in a 3-1 victory over Chelsea in September, but elected to leave Goodison Park after making only 13 appearances this season. He found the net in his first game in a yellow shirt, drilling home a low shot in a madcap 5-4 home defeat by Liverpool.

8. Alberto Paloschi (Chievo to Swansea City): £8 million*

Another team seeking an attacking spark in the hope of avoiding relegation, Swansea boosted their options up front by signing 26-year-old Italian striker Paloschi. The move reunited Paloschi with newly appointed Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin, for whom he played at Parma between 2008 and 2010.

9. Mohamed Elneny (Basel to Arsenal): £5 million*


Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny reacts during the FA Cup Fourth Round match against Burnley. PHOTO: REUTERS

Arsenal failed to sign a single outfield player during the close-season transfer window, but injuries to key midfielders promoted manager Arsene Wenger to sanction a move for Egyptian international Elneny. The industrious 23-year-old player had been with Basel since 2013, helping the club to three successive Swiss Super League titles in that time.

10. Alexandre Pato (Corinthians to Chelsea): Loan

Once the great hope of Brazilian football, Pato returned to Europe after kick-starting an injury-plagued career in his homeland. The 26-year-old former AC Milan striker, signed to ease the burden on Diego Costa, described the move as "a dream".