Rather than the big-money, big-name spending of last year, this January transfer window Premier League clubs opened their cheque books for promising teenagers. Here, talkSPORT takes a look at six of the best young talents who made a move this transfer window…
POSITION: Attacking Midfielder
- Impressed Arsenal scouts with six goals and six assists in 12 appearances for the Dortmund U19 team this season.
- Captained the Germany U15 international side.
HE SAYS: "It’s a real honour to be team mates with the great players at Arsenal, and also training every day with players like Tomas Rosicky - who I grew up watching play at Dortmund. I will give it everything I have here and do my best to make the manager, players and fans happy."
THEY SAY: “Thomas is a player we have liked for some time. We’ve watched him closely this season, where he has excelled for Dortmund’s youth team. He is young, but has proven to us that he can play, that he has the attitude and technical ability to be a valuable addition to our squad. We’re very pleased to welcome him to the club and look forward to his contribution in the coming seasons.” Arsene Wenger
RAVEL MORRISON, Manchester United TO WEST HAM (£650,000)
- An England youth international, Morrison made his first team debut for United aged 17 in a League Cup win over Wolves in 2010.
- He was a part of the United side that won the 2011 FA Youth Cup.
- Manchester United have a first refusal buy-back policy on the deal.
HE SAYS: "I'm really pleased to have signed, the move has happened very quickly and I'm looking forward to hopefully moving up to the Premier League with West Ham soon. I'm an attacking player and I'm hoping to get the fans on their feet."
THEY SAY: “Ravel is a talented lad and if he really wants to be a player then we will help him as much as we can along the way. Perhaps a change of environment will be beneficial to him and help him make that step up to first-team football quicker than perhaps would have been the case at Manchester United. There is no doubt he has exceptional talent.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.
- Has only made two first team appearances for Forest, but has put in some eye-catching displays in the FA Youth Cup, including a five-goal haul against Wigan.
- Bamford would have been out of contract at the end of the season.
- The U18 England international scored a hat-trick against Chelsea in a youth team friendly last year.
THEY SAY: "I'm as sad as I was with Wes [Morgan] going. That's a fact of life at this football club at this moment in time." Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill
Frederic Veseli, MAN CITY TO MAN UNITED (Undisclosed)
POSITION: Centre-back, likely to be moved to central midfield role
- The Swiss U20 international has crossed the divide in Manchester to link up with United's reserve squad.
- Veseli captained his country in the U17s World Cup in 2009.
- Played a part in City's first team during their pre season tour of America last year.
HE SAYS: "I am very happy and it is an honour to sign for Manchester United, I can’t wait to get started, to work hard and do everything I can to help the team. I am looking forward to showing everybody what I can do on the pitch."
- THe Northern-Ireland U21 forward caused a bidding war in early January with Swansea beating off offers from Everton and Liverpool.
- He was Cliftonville's top scorer with 17 goals in the season up to his transfer.
THEY SAY: "I am really looking forward to helping Rory fulfil his potential and, hopefully, over the next few years ensure that Swansea City has another exciting young player blossoming at the club." Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers
DANNY WARD, WREXHAM TO LIVERPOOL (Undisclosed)
- The 'keeper hasn't made any first team appearances for Wrexham, but is a Welsh U19 international.
- Spent last season on loan at Tamworth.
- The terms of contract mean Liverpool will pay an initial fee and then additional funds if Ward breaks in to the Anfield first team.
THEY SAY: "It's a great move for Danny, we would have liked him to stay, but the chance to sign for a top Premiership club was too good for him to turn down." Wrexham boss Andy Morrell