Premier League - Paper Round: The window of near misses

Having decided against moving for Julian Draxler this window, Arsenal miss out on late deals to bring Miroslav Klose and Salomon Kalou to the Emirates; Liverpool fail in late deal for Konoplyanka; Tottenham turn down Nani deal – here is the fall-out from a hectic final say of the January transfer window.

Arsenal fail in late Klose deal: Arsenal attempted to add to their German contingent at the Emirates but failed in a late deal to take Miroslav Klose on loan from Lazio. With Walcott injured and Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo prone to injury and Nicklas Bendtner regarded in many quarters as not good enough, Arsenal’s failure to agree a deal with Lazio – who wanted a permanent rather than loan arrangement - could prove very costly. Wenger, a known admirer of Salomon Kalou, also attempted to sign the former Chelsea man on loan but again Arsenal were rebuffed by the player's club, Lille, who also wanted a permanent deal.

Paper round’s view: Arsene Wenger clearly felt he needed to add another striker to his ranks – a fact only confirmed by the fact that he also made a late loan bid for Kalou. Olivier Giroud has performed admirably this season but Arsenal desperately needed strength in depth to sustain their title challenge. A Giroud injury could derail what has been a great season. There is clearly money to spend but the club, it appears, felt there was no value in the market. Despite the signing of Kim Kallstrom, this window has ultimately been one of failure for the club. Their inability to sign a striker could cost them the title.

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Liverpool fail in late deal for Konoplyanka: According to the Independent, the move looked almost certain to go through after Liverpool had an agreement in principle with Yevhen Konoplyanka’s club, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, and had agreed personal terms with the player on a four-and-half year contract. However the transfer fell apart in the final few minutes of the window after the owner of FC Dnipro refused to sign the paperwork, reports Ben Smith of the BBC.

Paper round’s view: In a similar vein to Arsenal, Liverpool’s inability to build on a solid start to the season could ultimately cost them their season’s objective - a top four spot. Brendan Rodgers' side are very well-placed in the league at the moment but their failure to land Mohamed Salah and now Konoplyanka could prove costly. Clearly Rodgers felt that Liverpool needed to add to their squad to sustain that start and ultimately they have failed in that objective.

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Tottenham turn down sensational Nani deal: Tottenham and Manchester United discussed a swap deal involving Andros Townsend and Nani, reports the Daily Mirror. Initially Tottenham had entered into discussions and seriously considered the deal before pulling the plug.

Paper round’s view: Another sorry indictment of Manchester United’s transfer policy as a player who was rewarded with a new five-year contract over the summer is now, just a few months later, deemed to be surplus to requirements. In yesteryear, paper round suspects that, having made the decision to sell Nani, United would have forced this deal through but this is a new era and United are not the force they once were.

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City priced out of deal for Porto pair: Manchester City wanted to sign Porto pair Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando but were priced out of the deal, reports the Manchester Evening News. Porto wanted £46 million for the pair - £34m for Mangala and £12m for Fernando, a player out of contract in the summer. City quite rightly baulked at the fees.

Paper round’s view: City are, as it is well known, a lavishly wealthy club – this has its benefits but also its disadvantages. One of those disadvantages is the premium that other clubs put on their players once they know that City are interested. Previously City may have paid the inflated figure but with Financial Fair Play on the horizon, the club have become more austere. Could FFP actually level the playing field? Only time will tell.

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