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Goal examines which Premier League teams came out of January the best, with Chelsea doing some impressive business but Liverpool and Arsenal stymied on key targets

By George Ankers

WINNER: CHELSEA
Knock it if you like but the Blues' approach to youth is starting to pay dividends and, in Nemanja Matic, they reacquired the ideal midfielder after time spent maturing at Benfica. Alongside that, they sold an unwanted player to a major rival for £37 million, beat Liverpool to Mohamed Salah and signed one of Europe's best young talents in Kurt Zouma.

LOSER: LIVERPOOL
Needing a winger and a left-back this January, the Reds were gazumped on Salah and then tried but failed to secure Yevhen Konoplyanka in his stead. Add that to the fact that there was no full-back in sight and a rather thin squad remains unstrengthened.

WINNER: MANCHESTER UNITED
There is no question that the Red Devils need more work than this but the major revamping is best saved for the summer. For now, signing a player as talented as Juan Mata is a great statement of intent - plus David Moyes finally offloaded Anderson and gave Wilfried Zaha and an army of other youngsters vital playing opportunities on loan.

LOSER: ARSENAL
The big target, Julian Draxler, eluded Arsene Wenger and the Gunners boss was unsuccessful in pursuing Miroslav Klose, leaving no back-up for the tired Olivier Giroud up front. Meanwhile, the signing of Kim Kallstrom - out to pasture in Russia - looks a rather desperate alternative to Blaise Matuidi and Morgan Schneiderlin.

WINNER: WEST HAM
With an injury-ravaged squad, more or less anybody at all would have been good for the Hammers - yet not only have they signed several new faces but they are of higher quality than fans had any right to expect. Pablo Armero is the unexpected highlight but Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino, if they are hungry enough to impress, could shine.

LOSER: MANCHESTER CITY
Although arguably the squad with the least need to improve in January, if there was one area that required a boost for City it was centre-back and Porto's astronomical quote for Eliaquim Mangala will come as a serious blow. Fernando, too, would have added quality but, rebuffed, Manuel Pellegrini will have to make do with what he has.

WINNER: CARDIFF CITY
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasted no time in using his connections to bring some fascinating players to Wales. Mats Moller Daehli and Magnus Wolff Eikrem are two Norwegians with plenty of talent while the manager's Manchester United past allowed him to secure Fabio and loanee Wilfried Zaha, who will be desperate to impress after a stunted top-flight start.

LOSER: TOTTENHAM
Spurs did not need much other than to trim a squad bloated by the willy-nilly spending of the Gareth Bale money but could now be in a sticky spot after Jermain Defoe departs for Toronto. With Dimitar Berbatov opting for Monaco on deadline day, Tim Sherwood now only has Harry Kane as back-up should he wish to field two strikers.

WINNER: SOUTHAMPTON
You don't need to make a 'statement' signing to have a successful transfer window. The Saints shipped out a disruptive big name who was failing to adapt in Dani Osvaldo - and they may yet turn a profit on him - while keeping key men like Luke Shaw and Morgan Schneiderlin. A strong squad come out of January more united than before.

LOSER: SWANSEA CITY
With injury issues in both midfield and attack, the Swans made the window's biggest blunder by forgetting the deadline to cancel Ki Sung-Yueng's increasingly inexplicable loan spell at Sunderland. Meanwhile, in seeking cover for the likes of Michu and Wilfried Bony, all they could muster were the Championship's David Ngog and Marvin Emnes, deals that smack of aiming too low.

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