Like a mid-table clash on Saturday lunchtime in February, transfer deadline day got off to a decidedly slow start.
Arguably the biggest move early on Tuesday was Hull City’s capture of Andrea Ranocchia on loan from Inter, the defender arriving to reinforce the stricken Tigers.
Jese Rodriguez, who had been a target for Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka after their time together at Real Madrid, joined Las Palmas on a temporary basis from PSG.
The Ajax production line completed another export with Anwar El Ghazi leaving the Eredivisie side for Lille.
And Demba Ba, having been overlooked by West Ham, returned to Besiktas on loan from Shanghai Shenhua, as he continues his recovery from a broken leg.
Adebayor’s Grand Tour continues
After putting himself in the shop window with Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations, Emmanuel Adebayor, whose previous spell in club football came at Crystal Palace last season, put pen to paper at Turkish Super Lig side Istanbul Basaksehir.
They are the 32-year-old’s eighth senior club and not quite at the same level as Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Real Madrid, but we all have bills to pay.
— İstanbul Başakşehir (@ibfk2014) January 31, 2017
The Aaron Lennon Award For Least Happy Signing
Remember the look on Aaron Lennon’s face when he was presented as an Everton player after joining on loan from Tottenham in February 2015?
Jordi Gomez did not quite match those depths of despair on Tuesday, but, perhaps surprisingly, he did not appear particularly delighted to be swapping Championship side Wigan for second-tier Rayo Vallecano in his native Spain.
— Rayo Vallecano (@RVMOficial) January 31, 2017
On the horizon
Lazio’s Ravel Morrison has been linked with a return to Queens Park Rangers, who could reportedly lose Steven Caulker to Lokomotiv Moscow.
It is claimed Inter’s Jonathan Biabiany has rejected a loan move to Chelsea, while Leonardo Ulloa’s future remains in doubt after the striker announced he will no longer play for Leicester City.
Andros Townsend, Mamadou Sakho and Ashley Young could also be on the move as the deadline gets closer.
Jese Rodriguez – PSG to Las Palmas – Loan
Anwar El Ghazi – Ajax to Lille – Undisclosed
Mounir Obbadi – Lille to Nice – Free
Jordi Gomez – Wigan to Rayo Vallecano – Loan
Andrea Ranocchia – Inter to Hull – Loan
Robin Quaison – Palermo to Mainz – Undisclosed
Emmanuel Adebayor – Unattached to Istanbul Basaksehir – Free
Matt Gilks – Rangers to Wigan – Undisclosed
Arnel Jakupovic – Middlesbrough to Empoli – Undisclosed
Jose Rodriguez – Mainz to Malaga – Loan
Demba Ba – Shanghai Shenhua to Besiktas – Loan