January transfer window: New signings and departures from FPL

January transfer window: New signings and departures from FPL

The winter transfer window is now open for business and we will be documenting the confirmed Premier League ins and outs on this page throughout January, focusing on the first-team moves and overlooking most academy-level activity.

Not only that but we will also be examining what the transfer activity means from a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) perspective, be it new targets or the impact on existing assets.

You can read about the latest transfer rumours over on our sister site, Fantasy Football Community.


TRANSFERS BY DATE


January 21: Jaden Philogene-Bidace (Aston Villa to Stoke, loan)
January 18: Robin Olsen (Roma to Aston Villa, loan)
January 17: Chiquinho (Estoril to Wolves, £3m)
January 13: Lucas Digne (Everton to Aston Villa, £25m)
January 13: Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa to Everton, loan)
January 13: Chris Wood (BurnleyNewcastle, £25m)
January 12: Folarin Balogun (Arsenal to Middlesbrough, loan)
January 8: Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal to Roma, loan)
January 8: Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United to Napoli, loan)
January 7: Phillipe Coutinho (Barcelona to Aston Villa, loan)
January 7: Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid to Newcastle, £12m)
January 7: Edo Kayembe (Eupen to Watford, undisclosed)
January 6: Samir (Udinese to Watford, undisclosed)
January 6: Jurgen Locadia (Brighton to Bochum, free)
January 5: Hayao Kawabe (Grasshopper Club Zurich to Wolves, undisclosed)
January 4: Hassane Kamara (Nice to Watford, £4m)
January 4: Nathan Patterson (Rangers to Everton, £10m)
January 2: Aaron Connolly (Brighton to Middlesbrough, loan)
January 1: Keinan Davis (Aston Villa to Nottingham Forest, loan)
January 1: Vitaliy Mykolenko (Dynamo Kyiv to Everton, undisclosed)
December 31: Jonas Lossl (FC Midtjylland to Brentford, loan)
December 28: Ferran Torres (Manchester City to Barcelona, £46.2m)


TRANSFERS BY CLUB

ARSENAL

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FOLARIN BALOGUN/AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES

Fantasy footnotes Folarin Balogun and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have both departed on loan until the end of the season, joining Middlesbrough and Roma respectively on temporary deals.

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ASTON VILLA

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PHILIPPE COUTINHO

Aston Villa have signed Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona for the rest of the season, with an option to buy for £33m in the summer.

The Brazilian joined the Spanish giants from Liverpool back in 2018 but has struggled for form at the Nou Camp and spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Bayern Munich, where he produced 11 goals and nine assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.

Coutinho, of course, played alongside Steven Gerrard when Liverpool almost won the league eight years ago, and the chance to reunite with his former captain hands ‘the magician’ an opportunity to re-ignite his career.

He has been priced up at £7.0m in FPL.

You can read our full Scout Report on Coutinho by clicking here.

LUCAS DIGNE

Villa have also completed the signing of Lucas Digne, in a deal worth a reported £25m plus add-ons.

The attack-minded left-back endured a largely successful spell at former club Everton, where he produced four Premier League goals and 22 assists across the previous three seasons, but was facing an uncertain future due to a fallout with Rafael Benitez.

Now at Villa Park, he immediately ousted Matt Targett from the left-back spot in Gameweek 22.

You can read our full Scout Report on Digne by clicking here.

ROBIN OLSEN

The Villans have secured Swedish international goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old, who joins from Roma, has already had two unremarkable loan spells in England, starting seven league matches for Everton last season and then making the temporary switch to Sheffield United in 2021/22, receiving mixed reviews for his displays in England’s second tier.

Owners of Emi Martinez needn’t fear, as Olsen will merely be competing with Jed Steer for back-up duties.

OUTS

KEINAN DAVIS/AXEL TUANZEBE/ANWAR EL GHAZI/JADEN PHILOGENE-BIDACE

One of FPL’s cheapest forwards, Keinan Davis, has departed for Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season. Fellow budget striker Cameron Archer is now seemingly playing third in line behind Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings, having made the matchday squad on 11 occasions this season – although his game-time amounts to just 24 minutes.

Centre-half Axel Tuanzebe was also recalled by Manchester United and sent out on loan to Napoli, having fallen fourth in line for a centre-back spot under Steven Gerrard.

Anwar El Ghazi, who struggled to get a look-in under Gerrard, has also joined Everton until the end of the campaign, while Jaden Philogene-Bidace has done likewise with Stoke City.

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BRENTFORD

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JONAS LOSSL

With David Raya out injured until the spring, Brentford have bolstered their goalkeeping ranks with the capture of Jonas Lossl from FC Midtjylland, initially on loan but with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

The Dane has immediately ousted Alvaro Fernandez from between the posts in west London.

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BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

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AARON CONNOLLY/JURGEN LOCADIA

Aaron Connolly has left Albion to join Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season, with the return to fitness of Danny Welbeck no doubt a factor in Graham Potter’s decision to let the Irishman go. Jurgen Locadia has also joined Bochum on a permanent deal.

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BURNLEY

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CHRIS WOOD

Chris Wood‘s departure for Newcastle leaves four players tussling for two striking roles: Matej Vydra, Jay Rodriguez, Maxwel Cornet and Ashley Barnes. Cornet and Barnes are currently unavailable for selection because of injury and international duty, however. Media reports suggest that the Clarets are looking to add to their striking options before the end of the transfer window.

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CHELSEA

No transfer activity yet.

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CRYSTAL PALACE

No transfer activity yet.

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EVERTON

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VITALIY MYKOLENKO

The Toffees made the first major signing of the January transfer window, bringing in left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kyiv for an undisclosed fee.

Recently we have seen Ben Godfrey and Seamus Coleman at left-back/wing-back after the now-departed Lucas Digne incurred the wrath of boss Rafael Benitez, so those two players will return to compete for a starting role in their usual spots at centre-half and right-back respectively.

Mykolenko, 22, is a Ukraine international with 21 caps to his name despite his young age and was first choice at left-back for both club and country before his departure for Merseyside.

Also capable of playing at centre-half and further up the left flank, the versatile Mykolenko registered seven goals and 20 assists for Dynamo Kyiv in 132 appearances in all competitions.

He’s not a set-piece specialist like Digne but his crossing has been highlighted as a strength, no doubt with service to Dominic Calvert-Lewin in mind.

“I like to play on the front foot and get forward when I can. Modern football demands that full-backs are able to attack as well as defend. I think I am a versatile defender who can get up and down the pitch. 

“But I believe desire and commitment are the most important attributes and I will aim to bring those qualities. I hope it won’t take me too long to settle in and get used to the style of football.

“I feel great right now and it is very important for me to communicate with the team, the management and the fans. For that, I need to learn the language and understand culture of this city, this country and this club. I will do my very best.” – Vitaliy Mykolenko

With Everton keeping only one clean sheet in 12 matches, and registering only three shut-outs all season, Mykolenko is unlikely to attract much Fantasy interest initially, even if the Toffees do sit top of our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 22-26.

NATHAN PATTERSON

Having boosted their numbers at left-back, Everton have added to their options on the other side of the defence.

The Toffees followed up their capture of Mykolenko by confirming the signing of Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson for a fee believed to be worth around £11m plus add-ons.

The 20-year-old has been used sparingly at Ibrox this season and has only four league starts to his name in his entire career but that has much to do with the undroppable club captain James Tavernier being ahead of him in the queue at right-back.

His talents have indeed seen him capped at international level, with two attacking returns arriving in the recent win over Moldova, suggesting he will soon compete with the ageing Seamus Coleman for a starting role despite the relevant shortage of first-team experience.

Asked what Evertonians can expect from him, Patterson said:

“Athleticism, desire and strong challenges, along with good forward play. I am an attacking full-back. I love getting forward and creating chances to benefit the team. I can’t wait for it.”

As the above quote indicates, he’s an attack-minded option and a player who has operated ‘out of position’ further up the right flank in the past.

ANWAR EL GHAZI

The Aston Villa winger has joined Everton on loan until the end of the season, providing competition for the likes of Demarai Gray, Anthony Gordon and Andros Townsend out wide. An unused substitute in Gameweek 22, he won’t make his Toffees debut until at least February as he will be ineligible to face his parent club in Gameweek 23.

OUTS

LUCAS DIGNE

As mentioned above, Lucas Digne has departed for Aston Villa on a permanent deal to leave Mykolenko in pole position for the left-back slot at Everton.

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LEEDS UNITED

No transfer activity yet.

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LEICESTER CITY

No transfer activity yet.

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LIVERPOOL

No transfer activity yet.

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MANCHESTER CITY

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FERRAN TORRES

Ferran Torres has departed for Barcelona in a deal rumoured to be worth £46m. Torres had been injured for much of the season but was due back in January and was set to add to Pep Guardiola’s wealth of attacking options before his exit. With Riyad Mahrez off to the Africa Cup of Nations, too, that does slightly lessen the rotation risk up top in Gameweeks 22 and 23.

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MANCHESTER UNITED

No transfer activity yet.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED

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KIERAN TRIPPIER

Kieran Trippier has finally been unveiled as a Newcastle United player, and was subsequently priced up at £5.0m by FPL.

The signing of the England full-back is something of a reunion for both player and manager, with Eddie Howe signing him in 2012 during his time as Burnley boss.

You can read our full Scout Report on Trippier by clicking here.

CHRIS WOOD

The big spending at Newcastle continued with the acquisition of Burnley’s Chris Wood.

Joining for a fee in the region of £25m, Wood does bring some proven Premier League pedigree to Tyneside, having scored 10 or more goals in each of his last four seasons.

With the injured Callum Wilson out until March, Wood has a clean run at the central striking role in Eddie Howe’s set-up for now.

You can read our full Moving Target article on Wood by clicking here.

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NORWICH CITY

No transfer activity yet.

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SOUTHAMPTON

No transfer activity yet.

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

No transfer activity yet.

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WATFORD

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HASSANE KAMARA

With Adam Masina off to the Africa Cup of Nations and Danny Rose currently sidelined with a knee injury, Watford have captured left-back Hassane Kamara on a three-year deal.

The Ivory Coast international, who is not representing his country at AFCON, joins from French side OGC Nice for a reported £4m.

Kamara has played further up the left flank for the Ligue I outfit on a number of occasions but four goals and one assist in 88 top-flight appearances doesn’t scream FPL bargain in the waiting – and nor does Watford’s record of zero clean sheets in 2021/22.

SAMIR

Watford have also signed central defender Samir from Udinese on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

He’ll be hoping to help shore up a backline that is still without a shut-out in 2021/22 ahead of the Hornets’ crucial double-header against Newcastle and Burnley.

Never scoring more than two goals in a single season, the 27-year-old stopper has been priced up at £4.5m like Kamara.

EDO KAYEMBE

Further forward, midfielder Edo Kayembe has joined from Belgian side Eupen on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

The DR Congo international has scored four goals in 17 league appearances this season but hadn’t found the net in any of his three previous campaigns, joining Eupen from Anderlecht in 2020.

The 23-year-old box-to-box midfielder has won eight caps for his country.

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WEST HAM UNITED

No transfer activity yet.

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WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

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CHIQUINHO

Wolves have signed winger Chiquinho from Portuguese side Estoril.

The 21-year-old is right footed but can operate on either wing (his playing time at his former club was split almost equally between the right and left flanks), so will add to the competition for Daniel Podence, Francisco Trincao, Hwang-hee Chan and the soon-to-be-fit Pedro Neto.

It might also be an indication that Adama Traore might be on his way from Molineux, with the slippery winger repeatedly linked with a move elsewhere.

Comments from Wolves’ technical director, Scott Sellars, suggest that Chiquinho will likely have to bide his time for a starting role, much as Podence and Neto did before him.

“Chiquinho is a young, exciting and talented player who has been performing very well in the Portuguese leagues during the past few seasons, and if he keeps progressing the way he has done, we believe he can develop into an excellent signing.

“With all young players, we have to be patient as he’s got to get used to playing in a new country and a new environment. But we will integrate him into the first-team group, and by learning from Bruno, the staff, and his new teammates, we hope he can make the kind of impact we believe he has the potential to achieve.”

Chiquinho returned four goals and five assists in 36 league appearances for Estoril, split across the first and second tiers of Portuguese football.

HAYAO KAWABE

Japan international Hayao Kawabe has joined Wolves from Grasshopper Club Zurich on a three-and-a-half-year deal. The attacking midfielder is expected to return to the Swiss club on loan for the rest of the season.

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