It's that time of year again. The January transfer window is open and new players are joining the Premier League.
Five players have been added so far. Here's a quick bit about each of them:
First up is Jan Kirchhoff who has joined Sunderland from Bayern Munich.
This is what Sam Allardyce had to say about the new signing:
“Jan has a very good pedigree and even though he is still relatively young he has experience of football at the highest level. He has real versatility as a player, being comfortable in both the centre back and midfield roles. Our job now is to do everything we can to help him settle and adapt quickly to life in English football, so he can have a positive impact on our squad. We will put him in as soon as we can, as soon as he has got to know the lads. He speaks good English which helps and as soon as he gets to understand the players he plays with he’ll be involved. We will try to introduce him off the bench and hopefully very quickly he can force his way into playing on a regular basis.”
Sunderland have conceded a lot this year, but Kirchhoff could be a big help in shoring up their defence.
Ivo Pinto has joined Norwich from Dynamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee. He plays as a right-back.
This is what he had to say about his move:
“English football is very fast and very intense for the whole game. That matches me well because my best qualities as a player are being fast and intense too. What can the fans expect? They can expect from me that I will give all I have in every minute of a game and I will not disappoint them. The Champions League is the best competition in the world. I have some experience of that and at the age of 26 I have played against some of the best teams in the world and it has given me more confidence and that can help me and the team”.
Demarai Gray made his first start for Leicester in the FA Cup third round tie against Spurs this weekend that ended 2-2. The 19-year old had an impressive debut performance with Alan Shearer and Martin O'Neill lavishing praise on the young winger.
Juan Iturbe has joined Bournemouth on loan from Roma until May. The Cherries will have the option to sign the 22-year-old Argentine on a permanent deal in the summer.
The winger trained with Bournemouth on Friday, but will not be available for Saturday's game against Leicester as he is awaiting a European work permit.
Iturbe joined Roma on a five-year contract from Italian rivals Verona in July 2014 for £17.4m.
Last, but not least is striker Benik Afobe who has also signed for Bournemouth from Wolves for about £10m.
Bournemouth were hurt majorly by the long term injury to striker Callum Wilson and they will hoping Afobe will be an apt replacement as they push for a top 10 finish and avoiding a relegation battle.
Some very exciting prospects. Should be some interesting waiver moves.