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Premier League transfers still to come with 12 clubs awaiting first January deal

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The Transfer window will close on Monday night – with some people forgetting it even opened in the first place.

It used to be the point in the season when the cash tills started ringing again, clubs stocked up on new talent and supporters got excited at the prospect of a mega signing being unveiled.

But this month has been about as thrilling as a night in with Geoff Boycott.

The arrival of Brexit and Covid-19 has turned the transfer market upside down – to leave tumbleweed blowing across the footballing landscape when it comes to multi-million pound deals.

Moves are now difficult to complete due to the UK's new relationship with the European Union, while the impact the pandemic has had on clubs' spending power has been huge.

Up to now here have been less than a handful of significant deals completed.

West Ham have completed the permanent signing of Said Benrahma from Brentford for £20m, sold Sebastian Haller to Ajax for the same amount and taken former England international Jesse Lingard from Manchester on-loan until the end of the season.

United have signed Amad Diallo from Atalanta for £20m, which remains the join biggest deal of the current window, while Aston Villa have spent £7m on landing Morgan Sanson from Marseille.

The Gunners have got Mesut Ozil off their books and signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, which is one of several loan deals done by clubs in recent weeks.

But there have been more outgoings than incomings, with 12 clubs failing to make one single signing, including Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Leicester.

Possible deals that could still happen in the next 24 hours include Everton's Cenk Tosun to Besiktas, United defender Diogo Dalot to AC Milan, Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi to Liverpool and Leicester's Hamza Choudhury to Newcastle, while the future of England and Spurs outcast Dele Alli remains unclear, with PSG keen to take him on loan.

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A new points-based system has been introduced for players from the EU, taking into consideration their experience and the level they have played at, while clubs in the UK can no longer sign anyone under the age of 18 from the continent and no more than three under 21.

A minimum of 15 points is now required for a player to qualify, while travel restrictions imposed as part of the national lockdown have also had a huge impact on the current market.

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