Transfer deadline day is not only one of football’s most eagerly anticipated dates, but also one of its most expensive. With the pressure on to bolster for the final time before the season’s run-in, panic buys are truly a thing.
We take a look at English football’s three biggest deals done on the winter deadline in the Premier League, as compiled by BBC Sport in Britain:
Who: Lucas Moura
When: January 2018
Transfer details: Paris St-Germain to Tottenham for £23m
The Brazilian joined Spurs boasting impressive pace and dribbling ability, quick feet and skills to get fans off their seats. Moura scored 15 goals last season, including hat-tricks against Ajax in the Champions League and Huddersfield in the Premier League. This season, he is finding himself playing an even more prominent role because of the injury to Harry Kane.
Who: Juan Cuadrado
When: February 2015
Transfer details: Fiorentina to Chelsea for £26.8m
The revelation of Cuadrado at Chelsea was not of the star quality that was expected. The pace and trickery he was highly billed for rarely materialised in the Premier League and, after just 13 league appearances, he left in August 2015 for Juventus on loan – later making the move to Italy permanent.
Who: Andy Carroll
When: January 2011
Transfer details: Newcastle to Liverpool for £35m
A total of 11 goals from 18 Premier League appearances in the first half of the 2010/11 season was enough to convince many that Andy Carroll was the man for one half of the Liverpool striker role. A string of injuries, however, saw Carroll depart from Anfield bound for West Ham in 2013, having managed just six goals in 44 league appearances for the Reds.