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5 of the best deals done in January transfer window

Gabriel Jesus made an instant impact for Manchester City following his move from Palmeiras
Gabriel Jesus made an instant impact for Manchester City following his move from Palmeiras

Premier League clubs are in a race against time as they aim to wrap up reinforcements to their squads before Tuesday's 11pm transfer deadline.

Here Press Association Sport looks at five of the best signings to have happened during this January transfer window.

GABRIEL JESUS (Palmeiras - Manchester City, undisclosed)

This one is a bit cheeky as the deal was confirmed during the summer window but the 19-year-old remained at Palmeiras until the end of their domestic campaign in Brazil and did not join his Manchester City team-mates until January. He made his debut against Tottenham in the Premier League on January 21 and had a goal disallowed during an exciting eight-minute cameo from the bench as City fans got a flavour of his undoubted talents. A start in the 3-0 FA Cup win against Crystal Palace over the weekend provided further intrigue about his potential.

TOM CARROLL (Tottenham - Swansea, undisclosed)

The 24-year-old had a fruitful spell on loan at Swansea during the 2014-2015 season where he became a hit with the fans but returned to Spurs to find first-team opportunities limited. New Swans boss Paul Clement decided to bring the central midfielder back to the Liberty Stadium on a permanent deal and Carroll repaid him with a fantastic cross for Fernando Llorente to head in the second goal of the shock 3-2 victory over Liverpool at Anfield during his second debut for the club.

SAIDO BERAHINO (West Brom - Stoke, £ 12million)

Berahino has been the talk of each transfer window for the last two seasons after scoring 20 goals in all competitions during the 2014-2015 campaign, with Tottenham being mooted as potential suitors. The move never materialised and the 23-year-old has struggled to hit the same form since, having not featured since West Brom's 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth in September with manager Tony Pulis citing the forward as unfit. But that did not stop Stoke boss Mark Hughes from splashing the cash on the former England Under-21 international and he is hoping he can get the best out of his new forward.

MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN (Manchester United - Everton, £ 20million)

The France international has been reunited with former boss Ronald Koeman on Merseyside following a difficult 18-month spell at Manchester United. The duo enjoyed success to ge ther at Southampton during the 2014-2015 season where Schneiderlin was a standout performer in midfield - which earned him a big-money move to Old Trafford. He struggled to cement a regular place in the Red Devils' midfield which led to Koeman swooping in for his former enforcer as his Everton side push towards European football.

ROBERT SNODGRASS (Hull - West Ham, £10.2million)

Snodgrass has been a rare highlight in Hull's season after chipping in with seven Premier League goals and three assists for a team that have been in the relegation zone for the majority of the season. He has single-handedly turned matches around for the Tigers, which generated interest from Slaven Bilic's side after playmaker Dimitri Payet refused to play for the club so he could return to Marseille. It will be difficult for the Scotland international to step into the Frenchman's shoes but he is in a rich vein of form as he starts life in east London.

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