Torres-Tevez swap could have been ideal for Chelsea & Man City

Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray looks back at an unusually quiet January transfer window for the Premier League

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I think the January transfer window was very much a reflection on the general market – not just in football.

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We are all in a recession, we can’t escape that fact – and even football clubs have been feeling the pinch.

Even the clubs who supposedly have all the money are reluctant to dive in, particularly in January which has historically never been a great month for the big clubs to do business unless they have really needed to.

To be honest, I thought if any of the big clubs were going to do anything, it would have been Chelsea – and Gary Cahill was always a target for them so I was not surprised when he made the move from Bolton.

But if Chelsea aren’t happy with Fernando Torres, did they ever think of ringing up Manchester City and saying ‘you can take Torres and we will take Carlos Tevez off your hands’? That might have been a deal worth thinking about.

However, in the bigger picture Chelsea are evolving and that’s maybe why they are struggling a little bit this year as their older and more experienced players have less influence on the team.

I expected Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes to be busy in January and he was so there was no surprise there.

Having just taken over at the club it was only natural that he would go to Tony Fernandes and say ‘bring your chequebook over here, I’m about to spend your money’, which he has done – and really well I think.

He has got two strikers that have a reputation for scoring goals. They know all about the Premier League and they won’t have to take time to settle in. Although Djibril Cisse has been out of this league for a while, he is back now, knows all about it and obviously had a great debut.

And Bobby Zamora has been in the Premier League for quite a while now, so QPR have brought in some proven players and that will help them enormously as they try to stay in the league.

I wasn’t surprised Arsenal didn’t go into the market. Arsene Wenger has never been one for January sales. He doesn’t like it and doesn’t think you get good value – and I think he’s probably right.

You have to pay inflated fees in January because if you want a player, you want him for a reason: because you need him – so clubs ask for more money.

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