Winners and losers of the January window following transfer deadline day

The transfer window has slammed shut once again following a fairly bland January deadline day compared to normal standards.

Liverpool were the big movers as they dipped into the market to land some last-minute cover amid their defensive injury crisis.

Mesut Ozil saw his contract terminated in the blockbuster transfer of the month as he joined Fenerbahce on a free.

And Man Utd finally welcomed teenage wonderkid Amad Diallo to the club after snapping him up back in October.

As usual, there were several near misses, and some managers will be left ruing what the targets they failed to get through the door.

Here are the real winners and losers of the window.

Ben Davies – winner

What a week for Liverpool's latest signing.

It was only on Saturday that the defender was involved in Preston's disappointing Championship defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Davies was also on the verge of agreeing a move 180 miles north to join Celtic.

But an injury to Joel Matip forced the reigning Premier League champions into action, and their data-driven recruitment threw Davies out as a plausible solution to their defensive crisis.

The 25-year-old is now in line to play a key role in Liverpool's title charge.

"It's a huge opportunity," he said. "Obviously it came as a bit of a surprise when it first came but once you start to get your head around it, the opportunity that is in front of me is incredible.

"I'd be silly to not make the most of it and learn off the players [at the club]."

Good luck to him.

Dele Alli – loser

One minute he was going, then he was staying, then he was going again.

Having played just 75 minutes of Premier League action this season, it was thought Jose Mourinho would let Alli go.

The Spurs boss clearly doesn't consider the 24-year-old as part of his first-team plans.

But sadly for Alli he has remained at Tottenham as the January window slammed shut on his hopes of linking back up with Mauricio Pochettino at PSG.

And with it, the midfielder's chances of a spot in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the Euros may have been dashed too.

Mikel Arteta – winner

Arsenal couldn't have done much better to tick all the boxes on their January checklist.

Add some creative influence – check.

Sign a decent back-up keeper – check.

Solve the Mesut Ozil saga – check.

Offload some deadwood – check.

Loan out some youngsters – check.

Arteta's revolution is in full swing now, and the Gunners boss will be pleased to have trimmed his squad of the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis.

Getting Ozil out of his hair is a particular bonus, and replacing him with a player possessing the talent of Martin Odegaard is a nice coup.

Losing Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a blow, though a spell elsewhere might do him good, and Arteta will be disappointed to miss out on left-back cover.

But all in all, a strong window.

Odion Ighalo – loser

It was not quite the grandstand send-off Odion Ighalo would have liked after realising his "dream" of playing for his boyhood club.

The Nigerian forward was effectively made redundant following the arrival of Edinson Cavani at Old Trafford, but he still held out a slim hope of sticking around.

Sadly for him United had no intentions of extending his loan deal any further and Ighalo now faces an uncertain future.

He is due to report back to parent club Shanghai Shenhua, though has already hinted at a preferred move to the MLS.

Either way, his United fling is over.

Brighton – winners

It's not often Brighton enter a transfer race with the Premier League's elite and come out on top.

But the Seagulls pulled off a real coup on deadline day to land promising youngster Moises Caicedo.

The teenage midfielder had been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks after being tracked by Man Utd scouts, while Chelsea were in the frame at one stage.

Yet neither side made a serious approach, leaving Brighton in pole position to land their man in a £4.5million deal, fending off Newcastle in the process.

Brighton boss Graham Potter was not putting any pressure on the highly-rated prospect though, despite admitting they had landed a promising talent.

"He has done very well in Ecuador and made his debut for his country just 18," Potter said. "He's an exciting signing, but it is important we give him time to adjust."

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – winner

It's perhaps not where the versatile Gunners star would have pictured finishing the season, but a move to West Brom could prove to be hugely beneficial for Maitland-Niles.

Arsenal were not interested in loaning him to top six rivals Leicester, leaving the Baggies as just one of two names in the frame.

The more attractive option of joining Ralph Hasenhuttl's side at Southampton was available, but credit must go to Maitland-Niles for turning it down to stick to his guns.

After playing in a variety of positions, the 23-year-old now wants to show what he can do in centre-midfield.

It won't be easy amid West Brom's relegation battle, but if he can take his opportunity he may well force his way into the reckoning in that role at Arsenal next season, while a place in England's squad is not too far-fetched.

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