January moves, referee standards

The January transfer window may only be a handful of days old, but it hasnt stopped clubs getting in quick and signing players. So far most of the deals have been in the form of loan signings, the most notable so far being Lukas Podolski joining Inter till the end of the season. Mauro Zarate has made the short trip from East to West London as he joins QPR on loan from West Ham. Mark Schwarzer has departed Chelsea to join Leicester City on a free transfer. No major permanent deals as yet, but it has been reported that Man City are in talks with Swansea City over a deal to sign Wilfred Bony. A fee believed to be around £30 million. A deal that would see City with more firepower and Swansea with money to reinvest if they can find someone (Fabio Borini and Mario Ballotelli are available) to replace him.

On the subject of standards, refereeing is once again in the spotlight. Following various questionable decisions over the Christmas, former referees boss Keith Hackett has said that officiating over the period was bordering on appalling and that the standards have dropped.

Refereeing is of course not easy, but when they are now full time in the role, you would think that decision making would in fact improve. I guess though it is one of the things about the game that will keep us football fans talking.

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