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Sky Sports picks out ten of the best January deals after the latest window slammed shut on Tuesday night

There may not have been the same amount of money spent during January as in years gone by but there were still enough eye-catching deals for football fans to get their teeth into.

A couple of clubs were prepared to splash the cash, but many opted to bring in players on loan to provide cover for the rest of the season and there were even returns to the Premier League for a couple of old favourites.

Here, Sky Sports counts down ten of the best deals after the latest window slammed shut on Tuesday night.

Papiss Cisse

Newcastle supporters have been yearning for a new striker since Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool on deadline night 2011, despite the dazzling performances of Demba Ba this season. It looked like Alan Pardew would never get to spend the proceeds from the Carroll deal but early in the transfer window he pulled off a £10million coup for Cisse from German club Freiburg, and he will wear the iconic No.9 shirt at St James' Park. Comparisons with Senegalese compatriot Ba are inevitable, as he was also a prolific scorer in the Bundesliga before joining the Magpies, and the prospect of the international team-mates tormenting Premier League defences will have fans salivating ahead of their return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Thierry Henry

Arsene Wenger was predictably tight-fisted during the winter window but he did complete one very popular deal, striking an agreement with New York Red Bulls to bring Henry back to the club. A legendary figure at Arsenal following a hugely successful eight-year stint in North London at the peak of his career, the Frenchman showed he had not lost his goalscoring touch with a fairytale comeback against Leeds in the FA Cup. Henry will only stay at Emirates Stadium for a couple of months but his impact both on and off the pitch could be significant, especially with Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh on international duty.

Paul Scholes

While Henry's return was not unexpected following a well-publicised training stint with Arsenal, Scholes' Manchester United comeback came as a bolt out of the blue, even to his team-mates. The midfielder had appeared to hang up his boots at the end of last season but came out of retirement in January to sign a short-term deal until the end of the campaign. He has already scored for the Red Devils and his assurance on the ball as well as vast experience could prove invaluable in United's title bid.

Wayne Bridge

Criticised by Roberto Mancini for a perceived reluctance to move on from Manchester City and leave behind his high salary, Bridge had always insisted that he wanted to play regular first-team football. He now looks set to get that chance after joining Sunderland on loan on deadline day, and once he has shaken off the rust he should be a very useful addition to Martin O'Neill's squad. Bridge was England's second-choice left-back for a number of years and if he can regain that sort of form the Black Cats will have a solid defender on their hands, as well as somebody who can provide an attacking threat.

Nedum Onuoha

A player in a very similar situation to Bridge, in that he would be a permanent fixture in most Premier League starting XIs but has unfortunately seen very little action at the Etihad Stadium due to the wealth of options at Manchester City's disposal. Onuoha has now finally been allowed to leave, linking up with former boss Mark Hughes on a long-term deal at Queens Park Rangers, and will be determined to get his career back on track after showing what an effective performer he could be last season during a loan stint with Sunderland.

Bobby Zamora

Queens Park Rangers were the most active club in January and were particularly busy on deadline day, when Zamora arrived from Fulham in a deal worth around £5million. The striker may have fallen out of favour somewhat under Martin Jol this season but he remains a formidable opponent when he is on top of his game, having forced his way into the England squad on a more consistent basis over the past couple of years. The Rs will be hoping he can provide the goals to keep them clear of the relegation zone, although they have further bolstered their attacking resources by acquiring Djibril Cisse from Lazio.

Gary Cahill

Bolton probably did not expect to keep Cahill beyond last summer but, having resisted offers for the defender in August, they finally relented and sold him to Chelsea. Andre Villas-Boas says Cahill possesses all the qualities to make him a success at Stamford Bridge, where he will forge a partnership with England colleague John Terry to perhaps shore up a backline that has looked creaky at times this season. The Blues also snapped up highly-rated winger Kevin de Bruyne, while American Tim Ream cancelled his honeymoon to become Cahill's replacement at Bolton.

Nikica Jelavic

A great deal of attention on deadline day was focused on Everton's pursuit of Jelavic, who had attracted attention from numerous other clubs following a series of impressive performances in the SPL. The Toffees managed to complete a swoop for the Croatian before the cut-off point after agreeing a reported £5.5million fee with Rangers, having freed up some funds with the sale of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to Spartak Moscow. Everton have been looking for more of a cutting edge for some time and it remains to be seen if Jelavic is sharp enough, but David Moyes was happy enough to let Louis Saha link up with Tottenham.

Sebastien Bassong

Not one of the most eye-catching deals of Deadline Day, but Bassong's loan move to Wolves could turn out to be a masterstroke by Mick McCarthy if the centre-back can stiffen up a defence that has shipped almost two goals a game in the Premier League this season. Bassong has not had many opportunities to impress at Tottenham over the past couple of years but he is still a very fine player and will be looking to prove a point to his parent club during his time at Molineux.

Nicky Maynard

Away from the Premier League there were still plenty of comings and goings, with Maynard's move from Bristol City to West Ham the pick of the bunch. Maynard has been one of the most highly-rated strikers outside the top flight for some time and he will now be determined to fire Sam Allardyce's side to promotion so that he can showcase his talents on an even greater stage. The Hammers also bagged Ravel Morrison from Manchester United and Barnsley's Ricardo Vaz Te, while Southampton's swoop for Billy Sharp and Milton Keynes' Dons deal for Alan Smith also stood out in the Football League.

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