Transfer window closed, now back to normal life.

Briand goes to OM........NOT!

Well, it is finally over. The winter transfer window, with all of its hype, has now closed. And with all of that talk, Hatem Ben Arfa and Mathieu Valbuena are still at Marseille, Jimmy Briand is still at Rennes and Loic Remy is still at that freakshow that we call Nice. Franck Ribery is still at Bayern Munich.

Still, there is a little bit that we can talk about. While the players that we were expecting to move didn’t, there were some big names that did come into Ligue 1, and left as well.

First, lets look at players going out. The first question that has to be asked is…who the hell is Ankaragücü. They are a Turkish team, and that is about all that I know. Still, they were able to pick up Lille’s Robert Vittek. Vittek has been loaned to the team, but there is an option to buy the player as well. Also, Ankaragücü acquired the services of PSG midfielder Jerome Rothen. Rothen, who was a flop at Rangers during his loan spell there, looks to get his career on track in Turkey. But, again, we will see how that works out.

Montpellier continued to strengthen their side as they acquired defender Garry Bocaly from Marseille.

Monaco saw off two of their offensive players to England as Frederic Nimani was sent on loan to Burnley while Eidur Gudjohnsen was sent to Tottenham.

The only other moves of note out were Ilan from St. Etienne to West Ham and Kevin Lejeune from Auxerre to Nantes. Both moves are very beneficial to both players as their playing time in Ligue 1 this year was quite low.

As far as players transferring into the league, the list is just as unimpressive.

So far, only two players who were brought into Ligue 1 this winter seem to be standing out. First is Lyon’s new defender Dejan Lovren. For a team that needs to build its defense, Lovren seems to be the right fit. Still, it might take a few more matches to see how the Croatian international will fit into the grand scheme of things.

The other signing that is creating quite a buzz is Turkish international Colin Kazim-Richards, and his loan move to Toulouse. As a Toulouse supporter, I thought that this signing might just be a waste of money. But in his first two matches with the club, he has been a big help offensively. Toulouse has a decent midfield already, but Kazim Kazim seems to bring a little extra scoring power, which should help keep the pressure off of Moussa Sissoko and Andre-Pierre Gignac.

The team with the most activity was Boulogne. Manager Laurent Guyot brought in four new players. We will see if strikers Habib Bellaïd,  Mustapha Yatabaré and Matt Moussilou (who was signed in October) will be able to keep Boulogne out of relegation. Along with the summer transfers, Boulogne look like they want to build a team that can remain in the top league, but getting ahead of the competition might be a little hard.

Lille is a team that looks to be good at every position, but adding a little bit more to the back line never hurts. Therefore, Portuguese defender Ricardo Costa made a loan deal that would see him play at Lille for the remainder of the season. Still, he has been promised to play in Spain next year, according to Wolfsburg.

Nice added some players as well. Monaco added some players who played in Russia. St. Etienne looked to add a scoring threat to work with Gonzalo Bergessio up front, so they signed Pape Diakhaté from Kiev. This give Les Verts six players from Cameroon on their team.

Besides these moves, it was a pretty quiet transfer window. No blockbusters, no big move. Nothing to show any drastic changes in the structure of the overall picture.

But at least we didn’t have to year about any false Chamakh rumors today. That was a nice breath of fresh air.

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