LONDON: The final day of football’s winter transfer window closed in England with the Premier League’s infamously profligate clubs mostly announcing loan transfers. Fulham was the most active after picking up AS Roma striker Stefano Okaka and Aston Villa fullback Nicky Shorey until the end of the season.
Fulham also signed teenage midfielder Christopher Buchtmann from Liverpool and let Senegal forward Diomansy Kamara leave on loan for Scottish Premier League side Celtic.
The highest-profile permanent transfer in England — and arguably Europe — was South Africa striker Benni McCarthy’s switch from Blackburn to West Ham for an undisclosed fee.
Wigan signed Victor Moses from Crystal Palace on a 3-1/2-year contract for an undisclosed transfer fee after the England under-19 forward hit six goals in his last nine matches in the second-tier League Championship. — AP