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Zamora, Cisse join QPR; Spurs add Saha, Nelsen ahead of transfer deadline

Zamora (Reuters Pictures)

The winter transfer window across Europe closed on Tuesday, and a number of teams — not the usual big-spenders — that were scrambling to fill vacancies and address needs for the second half of their respective seasons were able to add some valuable pieces to the puzzle.

Queens Park Rangers fall into that category, adding firepower in the form of former Lazio striker Djibril Cisse and Fulham forward Bobby Zamora.

Tottenham made a late charge ahead of the transfer deadline, adding Louis Saha on loan from Everton for the rest of the season and acquiring former D.C. United centerback Ryan Nelsen on a free transfer from Blackburn. 

The Toffees added a familiar face in Steven Pienaar, reacquiring the South African on loan from Tottenham for the remainder of the campaign. Everton also went out and signed Nikica Jelavic from Rangers and introduced the striker to the crowd at Goodison Park during the club's victory over Manchester City.

The only American international to make a move ahead of the deadline was U-23 midfielder Mikkel Diskerud, who moved from Stabaek to Belgian club Gent on loan for the rest of the season.

The biggest name being batted around during deadline day, Carlos Tevez, failed to secure a move and is still with Manchester City.

Here is a list of moves that have been completed and announced as of Tuesday's deadline:


Luca Toni from Juventus to Al Nasr

Freddy Guarin from FC Porto to Inter Milan

Kevin De Bruyne from Genk to Chelsea

Djibril Cisse from Lazio to Queens Park Rangers

Samba Diakate on loan from AS Nancy Lorraine to Queens Park Rangers

Thomas Eisfeld from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal

Wayne Bridge on loan from Manchester City to Sunderland

Adam Smith on loan from Tottenham to Leeds United

Nikica Jelavic from Rangers to Everton

David Pizarro on loan from Roma to Manchester City

Sulley Muntari on loan from Inter Milan to AC Milan

Vedran Corluka on loan from Tottenham to Bayer Leverkusen

Ryo Miyaichi on loan from Arsenal to Bolton

Liam Ridgewell from Birmingham City to West Brom

Pavel Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart to Fulham

Yannick Djalo from Sporting Lisbon to Benfica

Vincenzo Iaquinta on loan from Juventus to Cesena

Thiago Motta from Inter Milan to Paris-St. Germain

Sotirios Kyrgiakos on loan from Wolfsburg to Sunderland

Mikkel Diskerud on loan from Stabaek to KAA Gent

Bobby Zamora from Fulham to Queens Park Rangers

Louis Saha on loan from Everton to Tottenham

Roman Pavlyuchenko from Tottenham to Lokomotiv Moscow

Sebastien Bassong on loan from Tottenham to Wolves

Ryan Nelsen from Blackburn to Tottenham

Steven Pienaar on loan from Tottenham to Everton


What do you think of these moves? Disappointed by any of the rumored transfers that did not come to fruition? Which moves have left you scratching your head?

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