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31 Jan, 2020 08:59

Transfer deadline day as it happened: Recap the final day of the January transfer window

Transfer deadline day as it happened: Recap the final day of the January transfer window

From big-money moves to bargain buys, teams across Europe scrambled to bring in reinforcements and offload unwanted talent on the final day of transfer dealings until the summer. Recap the key moves here...

Some major moves have already been signed, sealed and delivered, but there remains a significant amount of late business to be done across the continent. 

RT Sport brings you all the latest deadline day action, including from our reporters in the thick of it in Milan, London and Moscow.

See the live updates below for developments right up until the deadlines for Europe’s biggest leagues.       

  • 31 January 2020

    23:12 GMT

    Bowen sneaks under the wire!

    We suspected it might have been the case, and now it's confirmed. Jarrod Bowen is now a West Ham United player.

    The Hull City hitman has been prolific in the Championship, and now he'll be donning the famous claret and blue of West Ham as a Premier League striker the next time he takes to the field.

    The deal was done and submitted just as the transfer window was coming to a close, and seals the final big-time transfer of the window, with the Hammers set to pay Hull a fee believed to be in the region of £25 million.

  • 23:00 GMT


    That's it, it's over! The 2020 January Transfer Window is now closed, and only those deals that have active paperwork with league officials will now be ratified beyond tonight's 11pm (UK time) deadline.

    How did YOUR team's transfer window go? Did you end up stronger, or weaker, than you were at the end of 2019? Tweet us at @RTSportNews and let us know!

  • 22:56 GMT

    DONE DEAL: Aston Villa land Borja Baston

    Aston Villa have added to their attacking options with the signing of Spanish target man Borja Baston from Swansea City on a six-month deal.

    Villa are flirting with that dreaded dotted line at the foot of the Premier League, and have moved to sign Baston to give them another attacking threat to help them claw their way clear of danger.

  • 22:37 GMT

    Manchester United's latest African signing

  • 22:14 GMT


    It's one of the two big deals that has dominated the final two hours of the January Transfer Window, and it's now a DONE deal, as Odion Ighalo's loan switch from Shanghai Shenhua to Manchester United is now complete.

    The former Watford hitman, who hit 36 goals from 72 Premier League starts at Vicarage Road, will swap China for England in a six-month loan switch that also includes an option for United to buy the striker at the end of the season.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to wait to get a replacement for the injured Marcus Rashford, but now it seems he's got one.

  • 22:10 GMT

    DONE DEAL: Ryan Bennett joins Leicester

    Center half Ryan Bennett has joined Leicester City on loan from fellow Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

    The loan, which takes Bennett to the King Power Stadium until the end of the season, also includes an option for The Foxes to buy the defender for a sum believed to be around £5 million.

  • 22:02 GMT


    We're less than 60 minutes away from the end of the 2020 January Transfer Window and all eyes are on Old Trafford and The London Stadium, as Manchester United and West Ham United race against the clock to secure the signings of much-needed strikers.

    United are working with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua to secure the signing of former Watford striker Odion Ighalo on a six-month loan with an option to buy, while West Ham are on the verge of securing the transfer of in-form Hull City striker Jarrod Bowen for a fee believed to be in the region of £20 million ($26.4 million).

    Most of the other clubs in the Premier League appear to be powering down their laptops for the night, but the lights are very much still on in Salford and Stratford.

    Can they get their respective deals done in time?

  • 21:29 GMT

    Jarrod Bowen on the brink of Hammers switch

    Hull City hitman Jarrod Bowen has been a target for West Ham United, and it seems things are finally beginning to come together for the deal.

    Bowen is now, according to Sky Sports, at West Ham with his family, and finalising details over his move to the Premier League club.

    The striker, who has scored 54 goals in 117 games in all competitions for Hull, has netted 17 times in all competitions this season, leading to him being rated as one of the most prolific potential targets from the Football League.

    West Ham clearly like what they see, and are pulling out the stops to get the 23-year-old's signature secured before the window slams shut at 11pm UK time.

  • 21:21 GMT

    Derby's January signing looks a bit useful...

    While most of the Premier League are glued to the rolling live coverage of Transfer Deadline Day, Championship fans are checking out the live Friday Night Football clash between Derby County and Stoke City.

    As we post this update, there are 12 minutes left to play at Pride Park, and Derby are 4-0 up.

    Here's the video of their third, a peach of a free kick from Derby's promising new signing.

    He goes by the name of Wayne Rooney!

  • 21:15 GMT

    Ighalo update

    Our man Alexey Yaroshevsky brings us his latest update on the Odion Ighalo situation as the player agrees terms with Manchester United.