On the move - January's African transfers
A round-up of all the main transfers involving African players after 15 January.
Guinean goalkeeper Moussa Traore has joined La Liga side Eiber until the end of the season from Spanish third-tier club Victoria CD.
The 23-year old will play for Eibar's reserve team.
Liberia international Anthony Laffor ended months of speculation by signing a contract extension at Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa, having joined in January 2012.
The details of the new deal given to the 33-year-old have not been made public.
Another Liberia international on the move is striker Tonia Tisdell, who has joined Cypriot topflight side Nea Salamina Famagusta.
The 26-year-old moves on a free transfer from Denizlispor, who are top of Turkey's second-flight.
The 26-year-old has 11 caps for Liberia, having made his debut in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Algeria on 11 October 2008 in Monrovia.
Guinean international Karamoko Cisse has been loaned to Capri from Italian Serie B rivals Hellas Verona until the end of the season.
The 30-year-old striker, who only featured for 205 minutes in five appearances for Verona this season, will have to help his new club to avoid relegation.
Guinean international Jose Kante has returned to Spain after four and half years.
The 28-year old striker has joined struggling Spanish second tier league club Tarragona until the end of the season from Polish side Legia Warsaw.
Guinea's Ibrahima Camara has taken a step forward in his career as he moved to top-flight Moreirense from Portuguese rivals Braga B.
The 20-year old midflelder has signed a four-and-half-year deal.
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has joined Cypriot giants Anorthosis Famagusta on a six-month loan from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.
He moves in search of top-flight football ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Algerian international midfielder Ryad Boudebouz has been loaned to Celta Vigo from Spanish rivals Real Betis, until the end of the season.
Celta Vigo then have an option to buy the 28-year-old for a reported US$9 million.
Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of centre-half Molla Wague from Italian side Udinese in a loan deal until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old Mali international had loan spells with Leicester City and Watford in the last two seasons, but only only played eight games.
DR Congo forward Yannick Bolasie has joined Belgian side Anderlecht on loan from English Premier League side Everton.
The 29-year-old, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Aston Villa, joins Anderlecht until the summer.
He made 21 appearances for Villa before cutting his loan short this month.
Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, 30, has joined Qatari club Al-Arabi on loan until the end of the season from Swansea City.
Bony's contract with the English Premier League club will expire this summer after his spell with the Doha-based club has finished.
Struggling Turkish Super Lig club Erzurumspor have confirmed the signing of Nigeria international forward Emem Eduok from Kasimpasa in an 18-month deal.
The 25-year-old, who previously played at Esperance in Tunisia, scored six goals in 23 appearances for Kasimpasa this season.
Congo international Merveil Ndockyt has joined Barcelona B on loan from Spanish side Getafe.
The 20-year-old midfielder has scored once in 15 caps for Congo at senior international level.
Nigeria international defender Kingsley Madu has left Belgian club Zulte Waregem for second-tier KSV Roeselare on loan until the end of the season.
The 23-year-old made 22 appearances for Zulte Waregem after joining them from Slovakia giants AS Trencin in August 2016.
The left-back represented Nigeria at the 2013 Fifa U-20 World Cup and won bronze at the 2016 Olympics, before earning three senior caps with the Super Eagles.
French Ligue 1 club Dijon have signed Guinea international striker Sory Kaba, 23, from Spanish side Elche on a deal until 2023.
Kaba has been in Spanish football since 2012 and has four caps for Guinea.
Spanish side Rayo Vallecano have signed Nigeria international midfielder Uche Agbo on loan from English Premier League club Watford until the end of the season.
The 23-year-old had been on loan at Belgian outfit Standard Liege since 2017.
Mali international Adama Traore, 23, has joined Orleans from French Ligue 2 rivals Metz until the end of the season.
The winger only played four matches in all competitions for the current Ligue 2 leaders Metz this season.
Another Adama Traore also a Mali international and also 23 has been loaned to Belgian club Circle Brugge from French side Monaco.
Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mohamed 'Medo' Kamara, 31, has joined Kazma Sports Club in Kuwait until the end of the season as free agent.
The Sierra Leonean international has been without a club since leaving Kuwaiti Sporting club six months ago.
Belgian side Standard Leige have loaned DR Congo's Christian Luyindama, 25, to Turkish club Galatasatay until the end of the season with an option to purchase.
The defender started his career with TP Mazembe and helped them to win both the 2016 Caf Confederation Cup and Super cup before moving to Belgium in early 2017.
Mozambique international Reinildo Mandava, 25, has moved to France to join Lille on loan from Portuguese side Belenenses until the end the of the season.
The French Ligue 1 side have been given the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the loan spell.
It will be the first time Mandava has played outside of Portugal since moving to Europe in 2015.
Ghana's former Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Sulley Muntari has completed a move to Spanish second division side Albacete.
The 34-year-old former Black Star had been without a club since leaving Deportivo last summer.
His long list of clubs includes both Milan sides, Udinese and Pescara in Italy, and Portsmouth and Sunderland in England.
Muntari will bring "experience" and "professionalism" to the side, according to their coach.
Albacete are chasing promotion this season. They currently lie 5th in the Segunda Division.
South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs have signed Nigeria international goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi from Premier Soccer League (PSL) rivals Chippa United, who he joined in 2015.
The 32-year-old is a former under-20 international and a bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
He was part of the Super Eagles squad at the 2018 World Cup, making him the only PSL-based player in Russia.
Nottingham Forest have signed Monaco midfielder Pele on loan until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old was born in Portugal and played at international level from Under-18 to Under-21, but has since won senior caps for Guinea-Bissau.
French club Saint-Etienne have signed defensive midfielder Youssef Ait Bennasser on loan from Monaco until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old, has 14 caps for Morocco, and made 18 appearances for Monaco in all competitions this season.
Ivory Coast international defender Mamadou Bagayoko has left Belgian club KV Mechelen for French Ligue 2 side Red Star FC on loan until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old, who has played extensively in Slovakia and Belgium, represented Ivory Coast at under-20 and under-23 levels before going on to win seven caps for the senior team.
Galatasaray have signed Senegal striker Mbaye Diagne from Turkish rivals Kasımpasa on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a reported US$13.7 million.
He is currently the top scorer in Turkey's Super Lig with 20 goals from 17 games, having joined Kasımpaşa on 17 January 2018.
The next highest scorer is Nigeria's Henry Onyekuru with nine goals.
Diagne helped Senegal qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, having made his debut in the 2-2 draw away to Madagascar on September 9, 2018.
Toulouse have sent Burkina Faso international Steeve Yago on loan to French Ligue 2 side Le Harve until the end of the season.
Le Harve then have an option to buy the 26-year-old defender, who has spent his whole career at Toulouse so far.
The France-born Yago has 41 caps for Burkina Faso and has played in four of their five 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Senegal international Assane Diousse has returned to Italy with Serie A's Cheivo Verona on loan after leaving Empoli a year-and-a-half ago.
The 21-year old midfielder joins from French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne until the end of the season.
Verona have also been given the option to sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the loan spell.
Ghana defender Baba Rahman has joined French Ligue 1 side Reims on loan from English Premier League club Chelsea until the end of the season with an option to buy.
The 24-year-old had been on loan at German club Schalke since January last year and has not played for Chelsea since May 2016
Veteran Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has joined Nogoom FC after ending his contract with Egyptian rivals Ismaily, who he joined last July.
The 46-year-old joins on a six-month deal and has not ruled out continuing his international career despite retiring from the Pharaohs after the 2018 World Cup.
"I'm a soldier and I can't say no if the National team asked my service," he said as he was unveiled by his new club.
Last year he earned a place in history during Egypt's 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia, where he became the oldest man to play at a World Cup.
Nogoom chairman, Mohamed El Tawila: "Our contract with El-Hadary is for six months, but I'm sure, after the end of the season we will extend it for more four years."
Burkina Faso international Bakary Kone has joined Russian club Arsenal Tula on a one-and-a-half-year deal.
The 30-year old defender terminated his contract with Turkish club Ankaragucu last Friday, having only joined the side in August.
Former Senegal international striker Moussa Sow has returned for a fourth stint in Turkey by joining second-tier promotion hopefuls Gazişehir Gaziantep FK.
The 33-year-old has joined on an 18-months deal and his move comes five years after winning the Turkish Super Lig title with giants Fenerbahce.
A free agent after leaving United Arab Emirates (UAE) side Al-Ahli SC last December, Sow is keen to help Gazişehir Gaziantep FK, currently fourth, earn promotion to the top flight.
"I love Turkey, with Gaziantep and the fans I'm opening up a new chapter in my career," he told the club website.
"I know that everyone's goal is for the club to play in the top division. I've come back to achieve that."
An unused member of the Teranga Lions' 2018 World Cup squad in Russia, he announced his retirement from international football shortly after the tournament.
Italian giants Juventus confirmed that Morocco's Medhi Benatia finalized a move to Qatari club Al Duhail SC
The permanent deal for the 31-year-old could cost the Qatari up to US$11.5 million.
Mali midfielder Bakary Sako has rejoined Crystal Palace until the end of the season, the Premier League club have announced.
Sako, 30, made 50 appearances for Palace during three seasons with the club before joining West Brom in October 2018.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson said: "I'm delighted that we've managed to bring Bakary back to Palace. He's a player with a huge amount of talent and as he showed when he was fully fit last year, he is able to provide a boost to our attacking options."
South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side, Free State Stars, have signed Botswana international captain Simisani Mathumo from Township Rollers.
The 27-year-old centre-back sealed an initial six month deal, with an option for a two-year extension.
He was voted the Botswana Premier League's player of the season in 2017 and won four of the last five Premier League titles in Botswana with the club.
Veteran Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die has joined struggling Swiss side Neuchâtel Xamax on loan from FC Basel until the end of the season.
The fit-again 34-year-old, who moved to Basel in July, has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season for the second-placed club.
Die has a contract at Basel until the end of June 2020 and previously played in Tunisia, Algeria and Germany.
He won the 2015 African Cup of Nations with the Elephants and played in the 2014 Fifa World Cup. He has scored once in 43 caps for his country.
Madagascar defender Romain Matanire has joined MLS club Minnisota United until 2021.
The 28-year old, who moves to the United States from French Ligue 1 side Reims, becomes the first Malagasy to play in MLS.
Born in France, Matanire started his football career with French club Metz and went on to play in Belgium for KV Kortrijk before he transferred to Reims.
He has made three appearances for Madagascar, all in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, helping his country reach their first ever finals.
Algeria's first choice goalkeeper Ouahab M'Bolhi has extended his contract with Saudi Arabian top flight league club Al Ittifaq until 2022.
The 32-year old has made 23 appearances for Al Ittifaq including 14 this season since joining from French Ligue 1 side Rennes a year ago.
Chelsea's Nigerian winger Victor Moses has completed his loan move to Turkish club Fenerbahce.
Moses has signed an 18-month loan deal after arriving in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Former Nigeria U-23 captain Azubuike Okechukwu has joined Turkish Super Lig's bottom club Rizespor on loan until the end of the season, from Pyramids FC in Egypt.
The 21-year-old left Yeni Malatyaspor for Egypt in August, but only made six appearances for Pyramids.
He becomes the fourth African to join the club in two weeks after Burkina Faso's Prejuce Nakoulma, Moroccan Aatif Chahechouhe and Nigerian defender Chidozie Awaziem.
He was captain as Nigeria won the 2015 Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations and played five matches as the West Africans won football bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Nigerian Iyayi Atiemwen has joined Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal from rivals HNK Gorica.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who is yet to play for Nigeria at any level, has scored seven goals and provided four assists in 17 competitive matches for Gorica.
He started his European career in Turkey with Kayseri Erciyesspor and also had stints at Rizespor, Sanliurfaspor and Manisaspor before moving to Croatia in February.
Congo Brazzaville international Thievy Bifouma has joined Yeni Malatyaspor from Turkish rivals Ankaragucu on a free transfer.
The 26-year-old France-born striker played for them at under-20 and under-21 levels before switching to Congo.
Bifouma, who has scored 12 goals in 26 games for Congo, joins a club third in the Super Lig.
Middlesbrough have signed former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi on a deal until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old, who won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, was a free agent after leaving Chinese side Tianjin Teda last month.
Guinea's Alhassane 'Lass' Bangourahas joined Vancouver Whitecaps on a one year loan deal from Spanish La Liga side Rayo Vallecano.
The Canadian Major League Soccer club then have an option to buy the 26-year-old.
Gabon international Yrondu Musavu-King has signed for French third-tier side US Boulogne until the end of the season in a bid to revive his career.
The 27-year-old defender has been out of contract since leaving Swiss club St Gallen last June.
He had been on loan at the Swiss side from Italy's Udinese, for who he never played a competitive match.
Sierra Leone midfielder Michael Lahoud will continue his career in the USA with second-tier San Antonio FC.
The 32-year-old moves from USL Championship rivals Cincinnati FC, with no further details of deal released.
Turkish Super Lig's bottom club Rizespor have completed the loan signing of Nigeria international defender Chidozie Awaziem.
The 22-year-old centre-back joins from Portuguese giants FC Porto until the end of the season.
He has only made 15 appearances for Porto's first team squad since joining the club in 2014.
A member of Nigeria squad to the 2018 World Cup, he has one goal and five caps for the Super Eagles.
Senegal's former Chelsea striker Demba Ba has returned to play in Turkey this time with Istanbul Basaksehir.
France-born Ba joins the Turkish league leaders on loan until the end of the season from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
Former Nigeria Under-17 World Cup winner, Chidiebere Nwakali, has signed for his eighth club in four years..
The 22-year-old has joined Swedish club Kalmar FF on a three-year deal as a free agent.
The midfielder joined English side Manchester City in 2014, a year after winning the Under-17 World Cup but never made a competitive appearance for the club.
City were keen for him to get competitive game time, so they sent him out on loan to Málaga B, Girona, Start, Sogndal and Aberdeen before releasing him last year.
Most recently he had a short spell at Polish second-tier club Raków Częstochowa.
Former Tottenham and Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has joined Barcelona on loan for the remainder of the season.
The La Liga leaders have the option to sign the 31-year-old from Serie A side Sassuolo for a £7.1m fee in the summer.
DR Congo forward Yannick Bolasie has returned to Everton after the winger chose to cut short his loan at Aston Villa.
The 29-year-old started only nine games for Villa after moving on loan from Goodison Park last summer.
Egyptian club Al Masry have confirmed the signing of Nigeria's Ezekiel Bassey on a three-and-a-half year deal.
The 22-year-old former Enyimba winger had a short loan spell at Spanish giants Barcelona B side and Iranian club Paykan in 2017.
He made his debut for Nigeria against Swaziland in a World Cup qualifier in November 2015.
Guinea forward Ismael Bangoura has joined Al Batin on loan until the end of the season from Saudi Arabia rivals Al Raed.
The former Guinean international made 53 appearances for Al Raed and scored 35 goals since since he joined the club from French club Nantes in 2015.
The 34-year old played at three Africa Cup of Nations finals and made made 52 appearances for Guinea scoring 13 goals before he retired from international football.
Senegal defender Pope Djibril Diaw has joined French top-flight club Angers on a two-and-a-half year deal from Polish side Korona Kielce.
The deal will keep the 24-year-old centre-back, who has previously played in Belgium, with the Ligue 1 outfit until the summer of 2021.
Uncapped at senior level, he was an integral member of the Senegal U-23 squad that won football gold at the 2015 All African Games in Congo-Brazzaville.
Former Nigeria youth international Edafe Egbedi has left relegated Swedish club Landskrona BoIS for second-tier outfit Norrby IF on a two-year deal.
The 25-year-old midfielder represented his country at the 2009 Fifa Under-17 World Cup on home soil and the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia two years later.
A product of Lagos-based Clique Sports Academy, he began his professional career in the Scandinavia first at Danish side AGF and further spells at Skive IK and KSF Prespa Birlik followed.
Cardiff City have signed Everton striker striker Oumar Niasse on loan until the end of the season, with an option to make the move permanent.
The Senegal international joined Everton for more than US$17m from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2016 and has scored nine goals for the Toffees.
Leicester City's Tunisia international defender Yohan Benalouane has signed for Championship side Nottingham Forest.
The 31-year-old centre-half has moved to the Reds on an 18-month contract for an undisclosed fee.
Former Morocco international Aatif Chahechouhe has joined struggling Rizespor on loan until the end of the season from Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce.
The 32-year-old France-born winger, who has 10 caps for the Atlas Lions, only made four appearances for Fenerbahce this season.
Mali's former Liverpool and Juventus midfielder Mohamed 'Momo' Sissoko has returned to France and joined Ligue 2 strugglers Sochaux.
The 34-year-old wants to help keep Sochaux, coached by former Senegal international Omar Daf, in the professional league in France.
Sochaux have also signed Burkina Faso international winger Cyrille Bayala, 22, on loan until the end of the season from Ligue 2 rivals Lens.
Senegal international defender Moustapha Mbow has joined French Ligue 1 side Reims on a four-and-a-half year deal after a successful trial.
The 20-year-old, whose youth career so far has been with Senegalese club Darou Salam, is keen to follow in the footsteps of his brothers Pope Daouda (at Marseille) and Moussa (at Nice) by playing in the French top-flight.
Mali under-17 star Aly Malle has been loaned to Swiss club Grasshoppers Zurich by Italy's Udinese until the end of the season, who have an option to buy.
The 20-year-old won the Bronze Ball award for the third best player at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup in Chile and has also played in Spain's La liga with Granada.
Nigeria forward Chisom Egbuchulam, 26, has left Swedish top-flight club Falkenbergs FF to sign a lucrative deal with South Korean second-tier side Suwon FC.
The former Enugu Rangers star, who first moved to Sweden in 2017, scored 14 goals in 26 appearances to finish as the second top scorer in the 2018 Swedish top flight.
Ghana international Samuel Inkoom has resumed his career after a Fifa-imposed ban by joining Bulgaria top-flight club Dunav Ruse until the end of the season.
The 29-year old right-back has been inactive for almost a year following a dispute with his former agent Curtis Willer over a debt.
Inkoom's last club was Bulgarian side Vereya in 2017, he has also had spells with FC Basel in Switzerland, Ukraine's Dnipro, MLS club DC United, Greek side Platanias, Boavista of Portugal and Antalyaspor in Turkey.
Inkoom was part of the Ghana team that was crowned World and African under-20 champions in 2009, he has also played 49 times for the senior team.
Morocco's Abdelhamid El Kaoutari has joined Nancy after successful trials with the French Ligue 2 club on Wednesday.
The 28-year old centre back has signed as a free agent until the end of the season with an option of one year extension if he performs well.
Kaoutari's was released by Morocco's Wydad Casablanca after he played just five matches in his year-long stint with them.
Born in France, Kaoutari played for the French under-19 team before switching allegiance to Morocco.
He played for Morocco at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and has made 13 appearances for the Atlas Lions.
Former Cameroon captain Stephane Mbia has left Toulouse, ending his contract by mutual consent, after five months and five appearances for the French club.
Neither Mbia nor Toulouse have said what the player's next move is going to be.
Young Ivorian midfielder Idrissa Doumbia has joined Portuguese giants FC Porto on a five-and-a-half year deal from Russian club Akhmat Grozny.
The 20-year-old, who started his football career at ES Bingerville signs until 30 June 2024 and Porto have put a 60 million euro (US$68.5m) release clause in his contract.
The defensive midfielder began his European career in 2016 in Belgium where he played for Anderlecht and Zulte Waregem.
Guinea international Ousmane Balde has resumed his football career and signed for French third-tier league side Tours as a free agent.
The 29-year-old defender had been without a club since leaving Bulgarian club Vereya in 2017.
Libya international Hamdou Elhouni has left struggling Portuguese top-flight side Deportivo Aves to join Tunisia's club Esperance until June 2021 for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder joins the African champions on the day the club marks its centenary.
Elhouni played a total of 20 league games in his year at Aves including 12 this season.
Ivory Coast midfielder Souleyman Doumbia has joined French Ligue 1 side Rennes from Italian team Bari on a deal until 2022.
The 22-year-old had been on loan to Swiss club Grasshopper Zurich since last season.
He played a total of 47 league matches in the Swiss top tier league including 15 so far this season.
Born in France Doumbia, went onto play for Ivory Coast at under-20 and under-23 level before making his senior debut in November's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea.
Tunisia international Saber Khalifa, who was part of Tunisia's 23-man World Cup squad in Russia, has joined Emirates club in the United Arab Emirates.
The 32-year-old forward, who has won 47 caps, has joined on a six-month deal and signed as a free agent after his contract with Al Kuwait ended.
Striker Junior Lokosa, 25, has joined the African Champions League winners Esperance of Tunisia on a two-year deal from Kano Pillars.
He finished as last season's top scorer in the Nigerian top flight with 25 goals in 21 matches and made his international appearance for the Super Eagles Nigeria in a 1-1 friendly draw against Congo in May.
Midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, 25, moves to Algeria's Entente Setif as a free agent for three years, having left Nigerian club Akwa United.
Ifeanyi was part of the Nigeria B side that finished second at the 2017 Wafu Cup of Nations and won the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in Morocco.