Chelsea have announced the signing of striker Olivier Giroud from Premier League rivals Arsenal for a reported £18million, ending the club’s long hunt for a new centre-forward.
Antonio Conte’s desire to add another attacking option to his squad led to Chelsea being linked with a host of unlikely players, including Andy Carroll, Ashley Barnes and Peter Crouch, while an attempted deal for Roma’s Edin Dzeko failed.
But with Giroud struggling for game-time at Arsenal and with the World Cup approaching, the Premier League champions swooped to secure the 31-year-old on an 18-month contract.
Giroud, who hit 73 Premier League goals at Arsenal in his five and a half years at the club following a 2012 move from Montpellier, has started one league game this season.
The France striker was increasingly marginalised at Emirates Stadium following the club-record arrival of his compatriot Alexandre Lacazette, who joined from Lyon.
Arsenal have completed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of £56million.
Following Alexis Sanchez’s switch to Premier League rivals Manchester United earlier in the January transfer window, Arsenal moved to secure the signing of Gabon international Aubameyang.
The forward has signed a long-term contract at Emirates Stadium, having scored 13 goals in 16 Bundesliga appearances in a disrupted campaign for Dortmund.
Aubameyang was reportedly close to joining Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande earlier this month, though the move never materialised.
After Aubameyang joined the Gunners in a £56million switch, Dortmund moved to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan until the end of the season.
Brazil international Lucas Moura has joined Tottenham from Paris Saint-Germain in a deal thought to be worth £25million, the Premier League club have confirmed.
Lucas became PSG’s record signing when he arrived from Sao Paulo in January 2013 for €45m (£38m), but fell out of favour under Unai Emery and has now signed for Spurs until 2023.
The 25-year-old winger won four Ligue 1 titles and as many Coupe de la Ligue trophies, while also triumphing in the Coupe de France three times.
West Ham’s relegation rivals Newcastle United are set to boost Rafael Benitez’s spirits with the loan signings of striker Islam Slimani from Leicester and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague.
Inter defender Yuto Nagatomo is poised to leave Serie A and join Galatasaray on loan, and in LaLiga Atletico Madrid have sold midfielder Augusto Fernandez to Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe.