Deadline Day for the 2015 January Transfer Window proved to be something of a damp squib, but luckily online bookmakers were on hand to provide football fans who stayed up late with some entertainment on Twitter.
A few last-minute deals worth some £45m helped to lift the total spend of Premier League clubs to around £130m in this year’s January transfer window, which is roughly the same total as last year, but well short of the record £225m spent in 2011.
There was little to get excited about unless you were a Chelsea fan who sealed the biggest deal on deadline day with a £23.3m move for Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado from Italian club Fiorentina, which was part-funded by the club’s sale of Andre Schurrle to German side Wolfsburg.
The other ‘big-deals’ included Crystal Palace signing Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United and midfielder Lee Chung-yong from Bolton on permanent deals, while Darren Fletcher moved to West Brom on a free transfer.
West Ham fans thought something big was going to happen when David Gold tweeted ‘Dont go to bed’ but a rumoured move for Emmanuel Adebayor never came through prompting the club’s co-owner to apologise ‘Sorry for keeping you up late but at the last moment the main deal collapsed and the rest folded like a pack of cards.’
Bookies Make Light Of Situation
With little in the way of breaking news compared to deadline days gone by, online bookmakers took to social media to keep us entertained.
As the the Sky Sports News team tried in vain to add some drama to what was proving to be a dull night, tongue-in-cheek Irish bookie Paddy Power mocked their efforts with this photo:
Betvictor kept us updated on the night’s many false dawns as countless deals fell through:
And Coral pretty much summed up the whole farce with this tweet: