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Premier League arrivals to look out for including Giannelli Imbula and Oumar Niasse

While transfer deadline day might not have been quite the blockbuster some expected, there are still plenty of fresh faces to look forward to seeing in the Barclays Premier League this month.

Stoke City smashed their purchase record with the addition of Giannelli Imbula, Everton added £13.5million Oumar Niasse and many clubs signed players from abroad as the window came down.

Here, Sportsmail profiles the 10 best of the new boys as they prepare for their Premier League bows this week. 

Giannelli Imbula

(Stoke City – signed from Porto for £18.3million)

The most expensive addition made by an English club in the window, Imbula has been labelled the next Claude Makelele.

It’s a little farfetched for now but the 23-year-old has big potential and his height and strength should make him an ideal defensive midfielder for the Premier League. He was excellent against Chelsea in the Champions League.

However, his move has been met by some surprise in Portugal with many believing Imbula was yet to live up to the £15m fee Porto paid for him in the summer – never mind a further £3.3m. 

Stoke City made Giannelli Imbula the most-expensive addition made by an English club in the window

Stoke City made Giannelli Imbula the most-expensive addition made by an English club in the window

Oumar Niasse

(Everton – signed from Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5million)

The combination of a goal record that has seen him net 12 times this season and a tireless nature should make Niasse a popular figure at Goodison Park.

He, too, is tall and powerful – and the Senegal forward has his eyes on a place among the world’s top-10 footballers.

That might be a bit of a stretch but the attributes displayed in the Russian Premier League should help Niasse adapt to life in England.

Everton signed Oumar Niasse for £13.5m and if he can match his Lokomotiv Moscow form he will be popular

Everton signed Oumar Niasse for £13.5m and if he can match his Lokomotiv Moscow form he will be popular

Wahbi Khazri

(Sunderland – signed from Bordeaux for £8million) 

Signing players from Ligue 1 is beginning to be seen as something of a gamble in the Premier League, particularly given local rivals Newcastle’s mixed results.

Kharzi creates plenty of chances – he is second only to Angel di Maria in the French top flight’s assists table – and Sam Allardyce will hope he can match the impact of Dimitri Payet at West Ham.

Increased passing options in midfield should open up more opportunities for the relegation-threatened Black Cats. 

Wahbi Khazri has created the second-most goals in Ligue 1 this season but has now moved to Sunderland

Wahbi Khazri has created the second-most goals in Ligue 1 this season but has now moved to Sunderland

Alberto Paloschi

(Swansea City – signed from Chievo for £8million)

New manager Francesco Guidolin wanted someone to offer goals and he has gone for a tried and tested option in former Chievo striker Paloschi, who played under him at Parma.

The Premier League might offer something of a culture shock for player and manager, although the 26-year-old insists he is already taking a liking to living in Wales.

Paloschi is a battler and poacher who has, when at his best, been compared to Filippo Inzaghi. That might be just what Swansea need in a relegation scrap. 

New Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin has gone for a tried and tested option in Alberto Paloschi

New Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin has gone for a tried and tested option in Alberto Paloschi

Timm Klose

(Norwich City – signed from Wolfsburg for £8.5million)

Klose plumped for life in Norfolk over the Champions League knockout stages but he should also benefit from more first-team football in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old has been a solid defender in the Bundesliga and is seen as a technical player, good with his feet rather than in the air.

It doesn’t exactly spell success on English shores but the addition of an experienced centre back may be just what Norwich manager Alex Neil needs. 

Timm Klose (left) has been a solid defender in the Bundesliga and is seen as a technical player

Timm Klose (left) has been a solid defender in the Bundesliga and is seen as a technical player

Mario Suarez

(Watford – signed from Fiorentina for £4million)

Suarez is another arrival who is familiar with his new manager, having worked under Quique Sanchez Flores at Atletico Madrid.

A clean passer of the ball who has a little bite too, Suarez showed quality in the Spanish capital but moved to Fiorentina where things didn’t work out.

His stock has fallen significantly this season after failing to settle in Italy but provided he can handle another switch just six months on this could prove a bargain.

Mario Suarez is another arrival  familiar with his new manager, having worked under Quique Sanchez Flores

Mario Suarez is another arrival familiar with his new manager, having worked under Quique Sanchez Flores

Seydou Doumbia

(Newcastle United – signed from Roma on loan)

The clearest memory for English football fans of Doumbia is his ridiculous scoring record against Manchester City: He has hit five goals in four games against the title favourites.

It’s not been quite so easy otherwise though, with the powerful forward flitting between CSKA Moscow and Roma after failed transfers and loans in both directions.

His strike-rate is still pretty good though, which is just what Steve McClaren needs, and he should have no problem fighting off Premier League defenders. 

Seydou Doumbia has a proven record against English clubs that he will hope to further at Newcastle United

Seydou Doumbia has a proven record against English clubs that he will hope to further at Newcastle United

Emmanuel Emenike

(West Ham – signed from Fenerbahce on loan)

Another beefy option up top, Emenike gives West Ham a different option up front and one that will thrive in the physical environment the Premier League offers.

The fact he spent the last half a season with Arabian Gulf League side Al-Ain isn’t too promising but Manuel Lanzini has been a hit since arriving from the Middle East, so why not Emenike?

He is not available against Aston Villa on Tuesday as West Ham finalise issues with his international clearance.

Emmanuel Emenike will offer a powerful presence upfront and give West Ham another striking option

Emmanuel Emenike will offer a powerful presence upfront and give West Ham another striking option

Matt Miazga

(Chelsea – from New York Red Bulls for £3.5million)

A surprise signing, arriving from Major League Soccer, but Miazga has been watched by some of the Premier League’s top clubs for a while.

At 6ft 4in he’s strong in the air, a force in both boxes and has recently been compared with Jaap Stam. There are no signs that he will be bullied here.

Having made just 42 senior appearances for Red Bulls, inexperience could be a concern but Chelsea look to be building for the future with this signing. 

Matt Miazga signed for Chelsea from New York Red Bulls having been watched for a while by top clubs

Matt Miazga signed for Chelsea from New York Red Bulls having been watched for a while by top clubs

Lamine Kone

(Sunderland – from Lorient for £6million)

Sunderland need to shore up at the back and Allardyce has gone for another gamble by signing Kone from Lorient.

The Premier League might offer something of a culture shock to a defender used to playing in front of around 10,000 fans but his manager reckons he is ready for ‘the greatest challenge he’s ever faced.’

Speculation surrounding his future and the winter break means he has only played twice since mid-December but if he can hit the ground running the no-nonsense defender could be a success. 

Lamine Kone is the sort of no-nonsense defender that Sam Allardyce is looking for to boost Sunderland

Lamine Kone is the sort of no-nonsense defender that Sam Allardyce is looking for to boost Sunderland

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