Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea voted the best signing of the January transfer window ahead of Wilfried Bony and Gabriel Paulista

Readers of The Independent have been voting for their best buy of the January window

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Juan Cuadrado was at the centre of the biggest deadline day deal and has now been voted the best signing of the January transfer window.

Following the close of the window at 11pm on Monday, readers of The Independent were asked to select the deal they considered to be the best and the Colombian international's switch to Chelsea was the overwhelming winner.

Arriving at Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina for around £26.1m, the winger picked up a whopping 50 per cent of the votes.

The two other biggest deals of the window involving Premier League teams were Gabriel Paulista and Wilfried Bony and it was the former's switch to Arsenal that snatched second place. The 24-year-old defender developed fast in Spain and is also considered a player with room for improvement. The £13.5m signing collected 20 per cent of the vote.

Bony was the most expensive signing of the window


Despite being the most expensive signing of the window and being the top scorer in the Premier League during 2014, Bony could only win 16 per cent of the vote. The Ivory Coast international moved to champions Manchester City from Swansea.

Also short-listed for the poll were Victor Valdes, Ryan Bertrand and Darren Fletcher. The former, who was a free agent before signing for Manchester United, collected 5 per cent of votes. Meanwhile £10m Bertrand, who joined Southampton, and Fletcher, the former vice-captain of Manchester United who joined West Brom, commanded just 2 per cent each.

Victor Valdes joined United for free


4 per cent of those who took part in the poll felt a player not included on the short-list was the best signing of the January transfer window.


Juan Cuadrado - 50 per cent

Gabriel Paulista - 20 per cent

Wilifried Bony - 16 per cent

Victor Vales - 5 per cent

Ryan Bertrand - 2 per cent

Darren Fletcher - 2 per cent

Others - 4 per cent