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7 of the best January deals completed so far

Published 31/01/2016

Charlie Austin, left, scored on his Southampton debut
Charlie Austin, left, scored on his Southampton debut

The January transfer window shuts on Monday following a quiet month of trading between English clubs.

Here, Press Association Sport details the seven shrewdest moves of the window to date.

CHARLIE AUSTIN - QPR TO SOUTHAMPTON

Easily the deal of the month so far. Saints landed a 26-year-old English striker, who scored 18 top-flight goals last term, for a comparatively meagre sum of £4million from Sky Bet Championship outfit Rangers. Austin delivered immediately with the winner at Old Trafford on his debut.

STEVEN NAISMITH - EVERTON TO NORWICH

Norwich's patience in trying to land Naismith was rewarded when they eventually got their man this month. A versatile player with a recent Barclays Premier League hat-trick against defending champions Chelsea on his resume, Naismith had a positive effect on the Canaries front line in the recent 5-4 loss to Liverpool.

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR - UNATTACHED TO CRYSTAL PALACE

Adebayor typically flourishes in his first few months at a new club and Palace are in desperate need of a forward to score goals, so on paper this looks like a match made in heaven. However, the onus is on Eagles boss Alan Pardew to get the best out of a player who has failed to find a home for long with numerous other teams.

JONJO SHELVEY - SWANSEA TO NEWCASTLE

Eyebrows were raised when Newcastle splashed out on midfielder Shelvey, who had lost his way in his last few months in south Wales. It weakened a possible relegation rival, though, and the four-capped England international reminded everyone he still has plenty of quality with an exquisite raking pass which led to a goal on his first appearance.

DEMARAI GRAY - BIRMINGHAM TO LEICESTER

This may be one for the future but the speedy Gray has bags of potential and should work well in Leicester's counter-attacking system. At 19, the Foxes could easily recoup the £3.75million they parted with to get him and it will probably be another success story for a recruitment team that has been granted plenty of love of late.

SAM BYRAM - LEEDS TO WEST HAM

Midfielder Byram had looked all set for Roberto Martinez's Everton until the Hammers swooped in to pluck him from under their noses. The ex-Leeds man created a plethora of chances in the Championship and, with his contract expiring in the summer, this could turn out to be a cut-price deal for Slaven Bilic's outfit.

GARY HOOPER - NORWICH TO SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Perhaps the most significant move outside of the top flight came when Sheffield Wednesday turned Hooper's loan into a permanent acquisition. The striker, who has an excellent track record in the second tier, had scored six times in as many games prior to putting pen to paper and followed that up with another goal against Reading.

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