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Football: Four key factors account for anti-climactic transfer window

If you had said at the start of January that the biggest deadline-day deal would be made by Newcastle, many would have thought you crazy. However, when you consider that the biggest excitement of the last 24 hours surrounded the tussle to take Michy Batshuayi on loan and a new contract for Anthony Martial, it is easy to see why many consider this transfer window to have been an anti-climax.

Besides Batshuayi's last-minute loan move to Crystal Palace, deadline day also saw loan moves for Lazar Markovic, Havard Nordtveit, Youri Tielemans, Antonio Barreca, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Andy King. But, in terms of buys, besides Newcastle's modest and yet record-breaking £21 million (S$37 million) signing of Miguel Almiron from Major League Soccer, the next biggest transfer was Wolves making Jonny Otto's loan deal into a permanent transfer: It was that kind of day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2019, with the headline 'Four key factors account for anti-climactic transfer window'. Print Edition | Subscribe