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Premier LeagueTransfer Deadline Day- Window closes with Stoke and Everton making biggest signings:

The January transfer window slammed shut last night with Premier League clubs totaling £175m in spending.

Despite the total amount spent being the highest in five years, it was a January transfer window that was without a major deal being struck along the lines of Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll in recent years.

The most talked about potential transfer was that of Saido Berahino, with the West Brom striker linked to long time suitors Spurs, as well as the likes of Stoke and Newcastle.

However at 11pm last night Berahino remained a Baggies player, with what was expected to be the biggest transfer story of the window turning out to be something of a damp squib.

Indeed, none of the big clubs made any significant moves in the window, with both Manchester clubs not signing any new players, although City did decide to steal the show by announcing the appointment of Pep Guardiola.

Arsenal made one signing, whilst the loan signing of Pato for Chelsea was their main outlay, in a window where the emphasis was on buying players to stay in the league, rather than to win it.

Newcastle's much maligned owner Mike Ashley has once again put hand in pocket to capture some young English talent in Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend, whilst the loan signing of Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia yesterday could give them the added goals to ensure safety.

The likes of Norwich, Sunderland and Bournemouth were all busy during the window but quiet on the final day, with the signing of James Maddison from Coventry by Norwich the only one made.

The two biggest signings on deadline day were made by sides currently in mid table looking to loftier heights. Stoke broke their transfer record, which was only set in the summer, by signing Frenchman Giannelli Imbula for £18.3m.

The 23 year old had only joined Porto seven months ago, again for a club record fee, but has failed to impress in Portugal, though Mark Hughes, having seen him first hand in a pre-season friendly, obviously thinks he is worth the fee.

The other major signing was made by Everton, who signed striker Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5m. Whether Niasse is being lined up as a successor to Romelu Lukaku, should the Belgian leave Goodison Park, remains to be seen.

The fact that the biggest transfer after those was that of Blakcburn's Jordan Rhodes to Middlesbrough for £9m says a lot about the lack of drama yesterday as the deadline drew closer, with the majority of signings either loans or ones for the future.

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