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Transfers: Newcastle splash the cash in quest to survive

After weeks of endless speculation, it is all over, the January transfer window is closed for good and the talking needs to be done on the pitch.

Premier League clubs spent £302.9million on 30 permanent signings during the last month in order to improve their squads, with a large chunk of that spent by Newcastle United.

The Magpies' outlay totalled £93million in the end, while Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa were just as busy. Manchester City managed to recoup a league-high £55.2million from sales, with City set to wait until the summer before they splash the cash.

With the window now firmly shut until the summer, we analyse the key deals and collapsed transfers that could have a big impact come May.

Magpies back Howe's survival plans

Newcastle's three-match unbeaten run in the Premier League has lifted the spirits at St James' Park, and their January business has given supporters a reason to believe they can avoid the drop.

The Magpies are still within the bottom three, but one more win could see them leapfrog Norwich City, with Eddie Howe's side 1/2 to avoid relegation.

Howe wasted no time at the start of the window, signing Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood from Atletico Madrid and Burnley respectively.

In the closing days of the window, they added Bruno Guimaraes to their ranks for £40million, while Howe's defensive options were boosted by the additions of Matt Targett and Dan Burn.

Howe said at the start of the window that he wanted to add new faces all around the pitch in their quest to survive; the board backed him in every department and it's now up to the former Bournemouth chief to deliver on his side of the bargain.

Everton swoop late as Watford look for value

Everton are considered outsiders for relegation at odds of 9/2 and their transfer business last month suggests they are looking at the right end of the table.

The Toffees board had the unique situation of supporting two managers during the window, with Frank Lampard replacing Rafael Benitez on Monday.

Before he was sacked, Benitez had already finalised deals for Vitaliy Mykolenko, Nathan Patterson and Anwar El Ghazi, but Lampard still managed to add two high-profile midfielders.

Lampard, known as one of the best goalscoring midfielders during his playing days, signed Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek, who were classed as outcasts at Tottenham and Manchester United.

Lampard's ability as a manager at the highest level is still under scrutiny, but if he can get the best from Alli and Van de Beek, he could have pulled off a masterstroke.

While Everton went for "big names", Watford have decided to broaden their horizons.

Roy Hodgson, the club's new coach, will not have known too much about Hassane Kamara, Samir, Edo Kayembe and Samuel Kalu, but the Hornets are well known for trying to find gems from around Europe using their scouting contacts.

Watford are 12/5 to avoid the drop under Hodgson, but he will need to lift the confidence levels quickly after eight games without a victory.

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Shrewd or panic buying from Conte?

Only time will tell if Antonio Conte was pleased with Tottenham's transfer business, and if he walks away before May, then we know the answer.

Conte has often admitted he needs more quality across the park, but Spurs were only able to bring in two new faces, with both Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski joining from Juventus.

While Bentancur has joined permanently for £21.5million, Kulusevski's loan move lasts until the end of the campaign.

More importantly, Conte trimmed his squad, and the harmony may improve after Dele, Giovani Lo Celso, Bryan Gil and Tanguy Ndombele all moved on, with everyone but the England international due back in the summer.

Spurs, 13/8 to finish in the top four, could have done with another forward option to help the burden on Harry Kane's shoulders, but Conte will hope his newly trimmed squad is good enough to secure European football.

Will Whites and Irons rue not spending?

Leeds United fans were left scratching their heads on Monday night when it became apparent that nothing was going to happen at Elland Road.

The optimistic Whites supporter had hoped for a midfielder before Monday's deadline, and it will have not gone down well that the club rejected the chance to sign Van de Beek on loan last month.

Leeds' board clearly feel they have enough quality to avoid the drop; once injured trio Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper return to the fold.

That is a risky ploy, though, considering Leeds have been decimated by injuries all season, and it would be no surprise to see their relegation odds shorten from 6/1 if they fail to pick up a win or two in February.

Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham followed suit, with no incoming deals occurring at all in January.

Meanwhile, the Hammers have lost their last two Premier League games to fall back into fifth in the league table, but crucially, Manchester United have a game in hand on them in fourth.

David Moyes' side, 7/1 to finish in the top four, had hoped to sign a new striker to lighten the load of Michail Antonio's workload, but they failed to find any suitable option.

Should the club finish outside the European places, it will be a decision they will rue, with their top-four hopes now riding on the likes of Antonio, Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen.

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