Edin Džeko from Wolfsburg to Manchester City for £27 million
Not surprising that City have spent a lot of money for a player that the average football fan in England may not of heard of or seen anything off, But for those who keep an eye on what goes on in Europe will know the name Edin Džeko and know he’s been hailed as one of the best strikers in Europe over the past couple of seasons. He has scored 76 goals in 105 appearances, a goal return of 0.72 goals per game over the last two season and so far this season, compare that to Drogba 60/109 0.55, Rooney 57/108 0.52, Tevez 60/113 0.53 and Bent 53/106 0.5, it’s clear to see that Džeko can score goals and has the better goalscoring ratio than the leading Premiership goalscorers over the past few seasons. But will he be able to recreate that form in the Premier League.
Darren Bent to Aston Villa from Tottenham for 18 million.
With another high price tag attached to Bent will he be able to shake it off at Villa unlike he was able to at Tottenham? His goal return over the years is proven, but was moving to villa the right decision. It seems a good deal for Sunderland as long as they can get a striker in before the end of the transfer window either on loan or with a permanent deal but who? With this signing it seems as though Houllier’s job is safe until the end of the season, as it would seem strange to spend such money on a player if the club was planning on firing and hiring a new Manager. Darren Bent is the third best goal scorer in the league over the last few years only behind Rooney and Drogba shows his class and that includes his torrid time at Tottenham where he was deemed a failure. his time at Sunderland seemed to be a revelation with his first full season at the Stadium of Light he scored 25 in 40 games. With Steve Bruce having the faith in the striker he has the right to feel aggrieved. He showed the confidence and belief in him when the media saw him as a joke, and backed him all the way into the England set up.
Jean Makoun to Aston Villa from Lyon for £5 million.
Jean Makoun is a Cameroon International central midfielder who will battle for the ball which is something Villa need at the moment. Makoun has been at Lyon for 2 and half years signing from Lille for around £10million. Gerard Houllier was Manger of Lyon for two years but Makoun was playing for Lille at that time.
Steven Peinaar to Tottenham from Everton.
A great capture for Tottenham, with Pienaar able to play on either wing, proving great cover for Bale and Lennon, if not giving competition for places on both Bale and Lennon. Chelsea it seems were also interested in the South African with reports saying he chose to join Spurs over Chelsea because Tottenham were willing to pay £11,000 more a month than Chelsea. But i’d like to believe that there was more of a football motivation than a financial one, with Tottenham seeming to be a better run club, and having a better football philosophy Chelsea, and over the past year Tottenham have continued to progress where it seems Chelsea are not in so much of a slump but in a decline.
David Bentley From Tottenham to Birmingham on Loan.
Where Pienaar has joined spurs Bentley has finally got out, albeit only on loan. David Bentley hasn’t been happy at Tottenham for some time and hasn’t featured in Redknapp’s plans. A permanent deal is believed to have been wanted, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that Bentley plays well Birmingham would put in a transfer at the end of the loan deal. But Bentley is going to have to show he is worth the money.
Wayne Bridge from Manchester City to West Ham on Loan.
With Bridge looking for some playing time and West Ham needing to shore up their defence this looks like a win-win for both parties, but so often in football when something looks so right, its near enough goes wrong. With many Hammers Fans’ hoping he will be a playing able to help them out of their relegation woe, if high performances don’t come quickly how long will the love last?
Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City to Blackburn Rovers on Loan.
If ever there was an example of a player that shouldn’t have moved clubs it’s here. Not saying he should have stayed at City, he was right to get out of there, he never should have signed for them in the first place! The money spent was ridiculous in the first place, heaping on pressure for a return, but he moved to City following the departed Blackburn Manager Mark Hughes who had taken over at Manchester City and was looking to recreate the magic he had at Blackburn, but that didn’t happen and when Hughes was fired, Cruz was forgotten about. Now Blackburn have yet another new manager in Kean, will Cruz be able to fit back into the team in the same say he had fitted in the past? time will only tell on that one.
Jermain Jones From Schalke to Blackburn Rovers on Loan.
Jermain Jones is an American International but was born and brought up in germany, and played for the u21 german side and even in a friendly for the German national side, but under FIFA rules as it wasnt a competitive start he could still chose which Country to choose. The combative midfielder could be well suited to the English game, but injury problems may be a worry for Blackburn to look out for. But a good showing in his loan spell could see him get a permanent move to Blackburn.
David Wheater from Middlesbrough to Bolton for £3 million.
The transfer of Wheater to Bolton was rumored earlier last week when talk of Gary Cahill leaving was reported, but that was played down by Bolton boss Owen Coyle. But with the signing of Wheater now down for a rumoured £3million does that mean that Gary Cahill could be on his way out? In an interview last week Owen Coyle said that he didn’t see Gary Cahill moving in the january transfer window and thinks that if the player was to move clubs it would be better suited to do so at the end of the season so he would be able to get settled at a club to start a new season with a new. so reading between the lines there he isn’t saying that Cahill will stay at Bolton for years to come, but thinks that it would be better for him to leave for a team challenging for the title not in the january break where there would be more pressure involved. This would also give time for Wheater to settle at Bolton while still having their best defender at the club which would be a shrewd move on his part.