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Lowest window spend in 11 years

The Premier League witnessed a dramatic shift in transfer strategy this January, with clubs  recording the lowest window spend in 11 years.
Compared to the record-breaking winter of 2023, total spending in the latest window plunged by a staggering £715 million, marking a clear departure from the norm.

Lowest window spend in 11 years

  • Let us look at the numbers:

    *A combined outlay of just £100 million – the lowest non-Covid January spend since 2011-12.
    *Deadline day saw a mere £30 million in disclosed fees, a far cry from the previous year’s £275 million frenzy.
    *Only 17 permanent and 13 loan deals were completed, highlighting a cautious approach.

Possible reasons for this could be:
  • *Record summer spending might have led to financial prudence among clubs.
    *Difficulty finding desired talent at justified prices could have played a role.
    *Emphasis on squad development instead of blockbuster purchases might be a new trend.
    *Global economic uncertainty might have instilled a sense of caution.
    *A potential shift towards a more sustainable transfer model for the Premier League.

    While the January window was uncharacteristically quiet, the summer holds the potential for renewed activity as clubs prepare for the next season. However, it remains to be seen if record-breaking spending returns or the cautious approach becomes the new normal


 

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

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