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January transfer roundup: Southampton splashes over €40 million on Sulemana and Onuachu

As expected there was a massive wave of transfers on Tuesday, the final day of the transfer deadline and numerous African players were among those who are moving to new clubs. The headline moves involved Ghana national team attacker Kamaldeen Sulemana and Nigeria striker Paul Onuachu, who both completed high priced moves to English Premier League side Southampton for a combined fee of over €40 million.

Among players based in African leagues, Zamalek central midfielder Emam Ashour was the most notable move after completing a deadline move to Danish Superliga club FC Midtjylland for close to €3 million despite requests from the Egyptian Premier League club to stay. A notable participant from the 2022 African Nations Championship, Cameroon star Jerome Ngom Mbekeli, completed a move to Europe with his transfer from Cameroonian side Colombe Sport to Belgian second tier side Beveren. Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Njabulo Blom’s move was arranged earlier but the Amakhosi player will compete with Major League Soccer expansion side St. Louis City when the club begins its first season in March.

See the list below for notable deadline day moves from African players along with known transfer fees collected from Transfermarkt.

Kamaldeen Sulemana (GHA)

Rennes (FRA) ⇒ Southampton (ENG)  €25 million

Paul Onuachu (NGA)

Genk (BEL) ⇒ Southampton (ENG)  €18 million

Ousmane Diomande (CIV)

Midtjylland (DEN) ⇒ Sporting (POR)  €7.5 million

Sofiane Boufal (MAR)

Angers (FRA) ⇒ Al-Rayyan (QAT) €6 million

Tolu Arokodare (NGA)

Valmiera (LVA) ⇒ Genk (BEL)  €5 million

Gift Orban (NGA)

Stabæk (NOR) ⇒ Gent (BEL)  €3.5 million

Emam Ashour (EGY)

Zamalek (EGY) ⇒ Midtjylland (DEN)  €2.76 million

Terem Moffi (NGA)

Lorient (FRA) ⇒ Nice (FRA)  €2.5 million (loan)

Aliou Baldé (SEN)

Feyenoord (NED) ⇒ Lausanne (CHE) €1 million

Selim Amallah (MAR)

Standard (BEL) ⇒ Valladolid (ESP) €1 million

Njabulo Blom (RSA)

Kaizer Chiefs (RSA) ⇒ St. Louis (USA) €300,000

Islam Slimani (DZA)

Brest (FRA) ⇒ Anderlecht (BEL) Free

Issiaga Sylla (GUI)

Toulouse (FRA) ⇒ Montpellier (FRA) Free

Masoud Juma (KEN)

Difaâ El Jadida (MAR) ⇒ Al Faisaly (KSA) Free

Hamed Junior Traoré (CIV)

Sassuolo (ITA) ⇒ Bournemouth (ENG) Loan

Martin Hongla (CMR)

Verona (ITA) ⇒ Valladolid (ESP) Loan

Marvelous Nakamba (ZIM)

Aston Villa (ENG) ⇒ Luton (ENG) Loan

Moussa Djitté (SEN)

Austin FC (USA) ⇒ Ajaccio (FRA) Loan

Jerome Ngom Mbekeli (CMR)

Colombe Sport (CMR) ⇒ Beveren (BEL)

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