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January transfer window recap: Aston Villa surprisingly successful despite limited funds

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The January transfer deadline has officially passed, and we've got all of the moves that Aston Villa made. We'll have a more comprehensive look coming this week, but for now here are all the basics. You'll find our story on the deal after each move.

Incoming transfers

Here's where Aston Villa actually did some very nice work in the window. As he did over the summer, Paul Lambert made some exceptionally good deals on a limited budget

  • Carles Gil (Valencia, £3.2 million) - Probably the jewel in the January transfer window. Gil has already had a massive impact on the club in just more than 200 minutes. His goal put Villa ahead against Bournemouth in the FA Cup and his creativity has been the only highlight in the Liverpool and Arsenal disasters. (Story)
  • Scott Sinclair (Manchester City, loan) - It's really hard to evaluate this in terms of whether or not Sinclair will be any good. He hasn't played much for a few years, and we only got a few minutes of him on Sunday. But from an economics perspective, this is a great move. He cost basically nothing outside of (presumably) some wages, and he comes with an option to buy. If he's great, it pays off. If he's terrible, it doesn't hurt. And given how bad Villa's creative wing play has been this year, it's hard to imagine him being a downgrade. (Story)
  • Fabian Delph (Aston Villa, re-signed) - It's not really a transfer, but given the fact that we all half-expected Delph to leave this month, the sudden, surprising re-signing of him was a welcome bit of news. Is he the best midfielder around? No. But he's certainly one of the best players that Villa have, and at the very least we've assured that he won't walk away for nothing in the summer. (Story)

Outgoing transfers

Lots of business, and none of it particularly detrimental to the club. A few loans that are effectively permanent and a few players we'd have probably never seen anyways.

  • Darren Bent (Derby County, loan) - He came in under Gerard Houllier and almost single-footedly saved this club from relegation. And for that we thank he. But under Paul Lambert it's been nothing productive and constant back and forth in the press. Now that he's gone and his contract is up at the end of the season we can expect to never see him in a Villa kit again. But we'll always have that magical half season.
  • Callum Robinson (Preston North End, loan) - He came back as Darren Bent left on a different loan in November. He proceeded to play zero minutes and saw his great first-half loan spell at PNE go cold. Let's hope he can get back into form, where he was busy becoming one of the best strikers in League One. Two months in which he could have been playing became two months of sitting around. Sigh. (Story)
  • Chris Herd (Wigan, loan) - The Australian international hasn't featured for Villa in longer than I can remember. With Ron Vlaar, Jores Okore, Ciaran Clark, Nathan Baker, and Philippe Senderos ahead of him at centre back, he wasn't playing anytime soon. His contract is up in the summer, so he's probably done with Villa. (Story)
  • Daniel Johnson (Preston North End, undisclosed) - The 22-year-old attacking midfielder is off after his promising career has stagnated a bit. (Story)
  • Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers, undisclosed) - Graham spent the first half of the season on loan with Wolves and injured. But apparently he made an impression in training because they signed the 19-year-old winger. (Story)
  • Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest, loan) - Someday he'll get a chance with Villa. He'll be injury free, and flowers will bloom, children will smile, and the world will be good. But this is not the time. And maybe that will be next year. But for now he's off to Forest to try and be amazing enough to force his way into the Villa conversation in the summer. (Story)
  • Mikey Drennan (Shamrock Rovers, undisclosed) - The 20-year-old Irish striker is headed home after never appearing for the senior side. In his loan to League Two Portsmouth this year he had three goals in fourteen appearances. It would have been nice to see what he could become, but this isn't a huge loss. (Story)
  • Antonio Luna (Spezia Calcio, loan) - Barely a move. Luna joined Hellas Verona on loan this past summer with an option for the Italian club to buy him in the upcoming summer. He then got zero minutes. So he's switching his loan to Serie B. Remember that goal against Arsenal? Yeah, that was ages ago. Alas. (Story)