January transfer rumours: missed opportunities or bullets dodged?

Tamhas Woods

The first day of February represents the point of no return, as the January transfer window slams shut. For a team battling relegation, it is an especially harrowing time of year. However, no team is without regrets, regardless of league position.

There are ten rumours and stories which we think could have altered each team’s fortunes for better or worse, had the moves gone through. See the gallery to view them.

Of the ten stories, Hull’s failed attempt to lure Nani resonates most deeply. This was, in fact, more than a mere rumour. A bid was confirmed mere hours before the end of the January transfer window.

Had Hull moved sooner, the likelihood of the Euro 2016 winner’s arrival on Humberside would have increased significantly.

The departure of dead-ball specialist Robert Snodgrass is one setback for Hull. A failure to adequately replace him is surely the final nail in the coffin, and utterly inexplicable in the context of this season.

With teams such as Leicester, Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Swansea struggling for consistency, there is hardly a better chance for Hull to get a second consecutive year in the top flight, as they fight to shake off the mantle of ‘yo-yo’ team once and for all.

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