Well what a day this was! Transfer rumours came and went, and some huge transfer fees were paid. Most transfer deadline days are filled with excitement but none have been like this with £214 million being spent this month, around £100 million was spent today, so lets start with the big one.
Fernando Torres from Liverpool to Chelsea for £50 million.
A week ago no one saw this transfer coming, But then a few days ago Chelsea bid for Torres and Liverpool rejected it, but then out of the blue Torres handed in a transfer request, shocking Liverpool fans around the world. The once much-loved player now a hate figure on Merseyside not for leaving, but for one asking to leave and two leaving for Chelsea. The only way it could have been worse is if he had signed for Manchester United. This season he has not been in any kind of form that saw him score the amount of goals he did in previous seasons, with some saying that since his injuries he hasn’t been fully fit. But he hasn’t looked the happy play he was. And with the comments coming from around Torres that he is leaving as he wants to win trophies makes it all the more hurtful to liverpool fans and management.
David Luis from Benfica to Chelsea for £17 million raising to £21 million
The young Brazilian defender who has been chased by a number of clubs across Europe has signed for Chelsea for £17 million and with possible future payments taking it to £21 million. Is this going to be a replacement for John Terry in the long-term or is it he going to fit in the back four replacing Alex? with so much money spent on a player who would expect him to be a first team start.
Andy Carroll from Newcastle to Liverpool for £35 million
There must be something in the air tonight as another fan favourite turns his back on the clubs hands in a transfer request and leaving a big transfer fee behind him. The young striker has had a marvellous start to the season, with injury putting a stop to that, but Liverpool obviously saw enough to spend £35 million plus future incentives on him. Newcastle fans will be devastated and be left feeling hurt but Andy Carroll for leaving the club when things where starting to look up. Now with him gone, there is a big hole up front that is to be filled with Ameobi, Leon Best and Nile Ranger to ready to fight for that right to be Newcastle’s main striker.
Mauro Formica from Newell’s Old Boys to Blackburn Rovers for £3.5 million
Formica is regarded as one of the best young players in Argentina. And what do you expect from an Argentinian playmaker, he’s skillful, good with both feet, has good vision and a good dribbler. A playmaker that likes to play behind the forwards, he could well be a fan favourite within weeks. This could be one of the surprise buys of the transfer window only spending £3.5 million on him.
Sergei Kornilenko from Zenit St. Petersburg to Blackpool on loan.
Sergei Kornilenko isn’t a household name, but one Blackpool fans’ will soon be hoping they have the reason to cheer his name. He is a strong attacking forward was has good Champions League experience. Ian Holloway really looks intent on helping push the club forward and is doing a great job of it too, but like all things, he will have to be judged when the season is over, and not half way through.
Andy Reid from Sunderland to Blackpool
Andy Reid joins the Blackpool revolution and Blackpool get an experienced midfielder, many thought that was to help cover for the exit of Charlie Adam but that doesn’t seem the case. Ian Holloway have strengthened him squad, which hopefully he wont utilize too much in fear of another fine, with a good chance of continuing their good league position.
James Beattie from Rangers to Blackpool on loan.
A great signing for Blackpool if Beattie has some of the form he used to have in the premiership in his prime. With Charlie Adam staying at the club with his delivery Beattie could well get a goal or two to help Blackpool keep pushing up the league.
Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa to Newcastle on loan
Since his move from Manchester City to Aston Villa, in the deal that saw James Milner go the other way, Ireland has not featured all that regularly or put in the performances he did at Manchester City, but with a move to Newcastle, a team that like to play attractive football, he should be able to fit in and be fully appreciated. He is a good footballer with great vision who can play in balls from midfield, and with a pacey striker like Nile Ranger, could create goals.
Michael Bradley from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Aston Villa on loan.
As Ireland leaves Villa Park in comes the American Micheal Bradley. The U.S international had should his ability at the World Cup and is a good solid midfielder. If he can settle in at the team, i could see that being a more permanent move. With Brad Friedal at the club it should help with Bradley to fit in.
Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea to Bolton on loan.
Daniel Sturridge has had a few games this season when Drogba was injured but with Torres coming in, it looks like Sturridge is being shipped out on loan to get more experience, something that every striker needs. Bolton manager Owen Coyle, who was on the look out for a striker as he was also interested in Carlos Vela, will be happy with the signing and will be able to utilise him well.
Paul Konchesky from Liverpool to Nottingham Forest on loan
Roy Hodgson didn’t last long at Liverpool and unfortunately nor did the player he brought in from his Fulham side Paul Konchesky who has been gone out on loan to Championship side Nottingham Forest “to get match practice”. The transfer seemed doomed as no one really thought it was going to work out, and unfortunately it hasn’t.
Eidur Gudjohnsen from Stoke to Fulham on loan
Fulham have needed some extra fire power, but with Andy Johnson coming back to fitness, Dembele back is Gudjohnsen going to get a game? He didn’t at Stoke, and i cant see him getting much time at Fulham either.
That rounds up a hectic last day but, lets round-up the last few days starting with Luis Suárez to Liverpool.
Luis Suárez from Ajax to Liverpool for £22.5 million
The Uruguayan comes to Anfield with a big reputation across not just Europe but South America, if not the world. The last two seasons has seen the rise of the young striker and will be loved by the fans because of his flair and ability to score goals from nothing. You don’t score 49 goals in 48 games just with a tap in. Fans would have loved to see him strike up a lethal partnership with Torres and am surprised that Torres has decided to leave with the club looking to turn around their fortunes after the Gillet and Hicks reign. Maybe Torres should have given it one more season?
Sulley Muntari from Inter Milan to Sunderland on loan
the strong Ghanaian international will be linking up with fellow countrymen Asamoah Gyan and John Mensah and will look to bully the midfield like he did for Portsmouth a few seasons ago. Muntari will add some depth, strength and a goal or two to the Sunderland team. It looks to a great transfer for Sunderland and with Sessengnon also brought in this transfer window maybe Sunderland fans can forget about Darren Bent leaving.
Stéphane Sessegnon from Paris St. Germain to Sunderland for £6 million
Sessegnon has joined Sunderland from French club Paris St. Germain for £6 million. He can play in the centre of the park but mainly is used as a right-sided midfielder. He is strong with explosive pace and will suit in to the way Steve Bruce gets his teams to play. An international player for Benin he adds to the African contingent.
Robbie Keane from Tottenham to West Ham on loan
Robbie Keane has not recaptured the form he had at Tottenham before his transfer to Liverpool and has not featured in Harry Redknapp’s first team. Keane will be looking forward to get the games and enjoy himself again, and if he can start scoring or setting up the goals for Cole or Piquionne to put away. This looks exactly like what West Ham need to really battle their way out of relegation.
Jamie O’Hara from Tottenham to Wolves on loan
Jamie O’Hara has not found his way into the Tottenham set up and has gone out on loan to Wolves to get the games he wants and needs so he can try and fight his way into the first team ay Tottenham next season or showcase himself for a future transfer as he looks like a good player but just isn’t getting the games he needs to advance in the game.
Carlos Vela to from Arsenal to West Brom on loan
Arsene Wenger wants Carlos Vela to get English Premier League experience and not wanting him to go on loan to a Spanish side like Vela wanted. Bolton where interested in him as were a host of other premiership teams but West Brom have won that race to take him on loan for the rest of the season. Vela has shown his ability in the Carling Cup and once or twice in the league but Arsene will be hoping that he can prove himself capable to being a success in England.
Curtis Davies from Aston Villa to Birmingham City for £3.5 million
Curtis Davies hasn’t had the best of times at Villa but moving to Birmingham City won’t get him a good reception when he next plays at Villa Park. Davies will be hoping that he can settle into the team better than he did at Villa, but with Roger Johnson and Scott Dann having a good partnership it seems that he is more of a back up, for now anyway.
Obafemi Martins from Rubin to Birmingham City on loan
Birmingham City need the extra fire and with Martins’ explosive pace and ability to cause any defense problems this is just what they need. While at Newcastle he managed to score 28 times in the league. And with the Carling Cup Final on its way what better time to get a striker in.