Football transfers

The January transfer window has opened when clubs can bring in new playing recruits.

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QPR complete Remy signing

Loic Remy has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road. Credit: Henri Szwarc/ABACAPRESS.COM

QPR have completed the signing of French striker Loic Remy from Marseille for a club record fee. Thought the exact amount has not been disclosed, Remy has agreed a four-and-a-half year deal.

Manager Harry Redknapp told QPR's website: “I’m delighted to bring him in – he’s a great buy for us. I didn’t think we’d get him to be honest but Tony Fernandes worked ever so hard on this. He wouldn’t give up on it, and it’s great that we now have him here with us."

Chamakh goes on loan to West Ham

Marouane Chamakh has spent two and a half years at Arsenal. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

West Ham have taken the Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on loan until the end of the season. The Moroccan international has struggled to get in the first team at the Emirates and told West Ham's website: "I think this will be a very important move for me and I don't want to waste any more time."

Cole happy to be back where it started

Joe Cole began his career as a youngster at West Ham before moving to Chelsea in 2003. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Joe Cole said it was "surreal" to be returning to West Ham, ten years after he left the club. The midfielder has agreed an 18-month contract with the Hammers and said: "It is great to be back where I started and very surreal, walking out on pitches where I played when I was at under-13s."

Cole left the Hammers in 2003 just after they had been relegated to the Championship. "You want to come back and put things right," he said. "It is all about the club moving on, to consolidate in the Premier League, that is the main goal. The way they have played is brilliant."

Cole played at the last World Cup and hopes to get back in the England squad: "I need to get playing first, and probably will need three or four matches to get back to top level. I will always harbour those ambitions because I love playing for my country, but it will be down to performance."

Spurs sign German star Holtby

Lewis Holtby (right) played for Schalke against Arsenal in the Champions League this season. Credit: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

Tottenham have agreed to sign the German international Lewis Holtby from the Bundesliga side Schalke, subject to a medical. However, he won't move to White Hart Lane until July.

Holtby, who has an English father, has three caps for the German senior side.

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Ba and Cole complete moves to London

Demba Ba has completed his move to Chelsea. Credit: PA

Chelsea have completed the signing of striker Demba Ba from Newcastle. The Senegal international has had an impressive 18 months in the North-East and has now signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Blues.

Ba told Chelsea's website: "When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision is very easy. This club is massive and that's something that helped the decision a lot. It was not a hard one."

Joe Cole has completed his move to West Ham from Liverpool. Credit: PA

Another player on the move is former England international Joe Cole who has returned to West Ham from Liverpool. Cole began his career at the Hammers and said: "It is great to be back where I started and very surreal, walking out on pitches where I played when I was at under-13s."

Spurs sign young defender

Zeki Fryers started his career at Manchester United. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Tottenham have announced that they have signed Zeki Fryers from the Belgian club Standard Liege. The defender has been capped by England at Under-19 level after starting his career at Manchester United.

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