Transfer Deadline Day: Ighalo heads to Chinese Super League

Chelsea's Ivanovic edging closer to a move to Zenit. Inter Milan brings in Sainsbury from Jiangsu. We bring you the latest news from the transfer deadline day.

Ighalo switched to Vicarage Road on loan from La Liga side Granada in July 2014, a move that was made permanent three months later, going on to net 20 times as Watford sealed promotion from the Championship.   -  Reuters

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Australia defender Trent Sainsbury has secured a loan move to Inter Milan.

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Hassen will likely provide backup to first-choice goalkeeper Fraser Forster, with second-choice stopper Alex McCarthy sidelined with a hamstring injury and Paulo Gazzaniga on loan at Rayo Vallecano.

Idhalo the latest star to join CSL

Watford striker Odion Ighalo has agreed a permanent switch to Chinese Super League club Changchun Yatai, the Premier League side have confirmed.

The 27-year-old Nigeria international has moved for a fee reported to be in the region of £20million.

Ighalo switched to Vicarage Road on loan from La Liga side Granada in July 2014, a move that was made permanent three months later, going on to net 20 times as Watford sealed promotion from the Championship.

A fine debut season in the Premier League followed as he finished 2015-16 with 17 goals to his name in all competitions after forming a fruitful partnership with Troy Deeney.

However, Ighalo has netted just twice this term and has now been deemed surplus to requirements by Watford boss Walter Mazzarri, who confirmed on Friday that the club was considering an offer.

In anticipation of Ighalo's move, Watford bolstered its forward options prior to Tuesday's deadline, with Mauro Zarate and M'Baye Niang having joined from Fiorentina and AC Milan respectively.

Sainsbury secures loan move to Inter

Inter has secured the services of Australian centre-back Trent Sainsbury from Jiangsu Suning on loan until the end of the season.

The Serie A side was keen to bring in a new defender after allowing Andrea Ranocchia to join Hull City on deadline day and has turned to Sainsbury to fill the void left by the Italy international.

The 25-year-old started his professional career with Central Coast Mariners and also wore the jersey of PEC Zwolle before joining Jiangsu in January 2016.

But Sainsbury was deemed surplus to requirements at the Chinese Super League side (CSL) due to recent regulation changes allowing CSL clubs to field just three foreign players and it has now opted to send him to Inter for the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign.

Both Jiangsu Suning and Inter are owned by Suning Holdings Group

Sainsbury follows Atalanta's Roberto Gagliardini in joining Inter on loan in the January transfer window.

Burnley smashes record to sign Bradley

Robbie Brady has become Burnley's record signing after finalising a deadline day move from Norwich City. 

The 25-year-old midfielder, who can also play at left-back, has ended days of intense speculation linking him with the Premier League side by penning a three-and-a-half-year deal with the option of an additional 12 month. 

While the two clubs opted against disclosing the fee, reports suggest that Burnley have paid £13million for the Republic of Ireland international, who caught the eye with his performances during Euro 2016.

Brady made 62 appearances for Norwich after switching from Hull City in July 2015 and became Burnley's second new recruit on Tuesday, following Ashley Westwood who joined from Aston Villa.

Burnley confirmed in a statement that Brady had arrived for "a fee that exceeds the one Burnley paid for countryman Jeff Hendrick in the summer ".

Hendrick is reported to have cost Burnley £10m.

Saints sign Hassen on loan

Southampton has moved to add depth to its goalkeeping ranks by signing Mouez Hassen on loan from Nice.

Saints boss Claude Puel knows France youth international Hassen from his time at the Allianz Riviera, making 49 Ligue 1 outings during their time together.

However, Hassen has not made a single appearance for Puel's successor Lucien Favre.

"I am really happy," the 21-year-old told the club's official website. "It's a pleasure for me to come to England for the first time and I am really happy to get to know the Premier League.

"I am really looking forward to joining the team."

Discussing his experience of Puel, Hassen added: "He's got a great relationship with his players, he always speaks to them and he communicates well with everyone. He is always very straight with people and sticks to his values and principles.

"I respect that and so, to work together again here makes me very happy and shows that he values me as much as I do him. 

"I think the project that this club represents matches up perfectly with him and to have a manager like him can only be positive for the club. It's a good thing that he's here and above all it's a real pleasure.

"He gave me my first chance in Ligue 1. He handed me my debut and gave me that confidence."

Hassen will likely provide backup to first-choice goalkeeper Fraser Forster, with second-choice stopper Alex McCarthy sidelined with a hamstring injury and Paulo Gazzaniga on loan at Rayo Vallecano.

Southampton also has veteran Stuart Taylor and youngster Harry Lewis on itsbooks.

Ranocchia joins Hull's relegation battle

Relegation-threatened Hull City has reinforced its backline with the loan signing of defender Andrea Ranocchia from Inter.

The 28-year-old centre-back, who spent time at Sampdoria last season, has moved to the KCOM Stadium until the end of the campaign.

Capped 21 times by Italy, Ranocchia will be available for selection when Hull faces Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

He arrives in England to find the Tigers 19th on the table, two points adrift from safety.

Hull head coach Marco Silva, who was appointed as Mike Phelan's replacement earlier in January, will hope Ranocchia can help in his attempts to steer the team away from the relegation zone.

And while early performances under the former Olympiacos boss have been encouraging, the challenge of avoiding the drop remains considerable.

Already struggling with injuries to key players, Hull has lost Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore to West Ham and West Brom respectively in the January transfer window. Andrew Robertson meanwhile has been heavily linked with a move to Burnley.

Sirigu makes Osasuna loan switch

La Liga struggler Osasuna has signed Salvatore Sirigu on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, bringing his temporary spell with Sevilla to an end.

The Italy international made only two league appearances for Jorge Sampaoli's side after joining on loan in August, with Sergio Rico the club's first-choice goalkeeper.

He had agreed a deal until the end of the season, but has now switched to 19th-placed Osasuna for the same duration.

Osasuna – which has used Nauzet Perez, Mario and Alvaro Fernandez in goal this season – has recorded only one top-flight victory in 2016-17, leaving Petar Vasiljevic's men eight points adrift of safety ahead of Sunday's trip to Real Sociedad.

Sirigu joined PSG from Palermo in July 2011 and helped the club to win four Ligue 1 titles, two Coupe de France crowns and the Coupe de la Ligue on three occasions.

Westwood seals Premier League return with Burnley move

Burnley has completed the signing of Ashley Westwood from Aston Villa in a deal estimated to be worth £5million.

The 26-year-old midfielder returns to the Premier League after signing a contract at Turf Moor that runs until 2020 with an option for an extra year.

Westwood made 161 appearances for Aston Villa, 124 of which came in the top flight, after joining from Crewe Alexandra in 2012.

"I'm delighted to be here. It's happened fast but I've been made to feel very welcome and I can't wait to get going," Westwood told the club's official website.

"It feels like a proper football club and homely and that's what I like. I like to be appreciated and I think I will definitely get that here. 

"The manager at Villa said I could speak to Burnley and for me that was perfect – a fresh start because things had got a bit stale at Villa. It's a fresh start and I want to show people what I can really do.

"I have had some great times at Villa but recently it's not been too good. I'm back in the Premier League and I've got another chance - coming here into a dressing room like this, full of British talent, and people who want to do well.

"I fit that bill and hopefully we can grow as a team and keep on improving."

Burnley lost Dean Marney to a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament last week, and Westwood's arrival provides manager Sean Dyche with additional depth in midfield.

He will not be available for Tuesday's meeting with Leicester City but could feature against Watford on Saturday.

Sakho joins Crystal Palace

With a GBP 2,000,000 loan fee, English Premier League club Crystal Palace has secured the services of Liverpool's Mamdou Sakho for the rest of the football season.

Done deals:

Jese Rodriguez - PSG to Las Palmas - Loan
Anwar El Ghazi - Ajax to Lille - Undisclosed 
Mounir Obbadi - Lille to Nice - Free
Jordi Gomez - Wigan to Rayo Vallecano - Loan
Andrea Ranocchia - Inter to Hull - Loan 
Robin Quaison - Palermo to Mainz - Undisclosed 
Emmanuel Adebayor - Unattached to Istanbul Basaksehir - Free 
Matt Gilks - Rangers to Wigan - Undisclosed 
Arnel Jakupovic - Middlesbrough to Empoli - Undisclosed 
Jose Rodriguez - Mainz to Malaga - Loan 
Demba Ba - Shanghai Shenhua to Besiktas - Loan
Salvatore Sirigu - PSG to Osasuna - Loan
Lucas Silva - Real Madrid to Cruzeiro - Loan
Ashley Westwood - Aston Villa to Burnley - £5m
Mouez Hassen - Nice to Southampton - Loan
Alex Bruce - Hull City to Wigan - Loan
James Weir - Hull City to Wigan - Loan
Glenn Murray - Bournemouth to Brighton & Hove Albion - Undisclosed
Moritz Leitner - Lazio to Augsburg - Undisclosed
Juan Carlos Paredes - Watford to Olympiacos - Loan
Jordon Mutch - Crystal Palace to Reading - Loan
Reece Oxford - West Ham to Reading - Loan
Odion Ighalo - Watford to Changchun Yatai - Undisclosed

With inputs from agencies

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