This summer has seen some great transfers take place with Sergio Agüero, Juan Mata, Nasri, Young and Parker. Some surprise transfer such as SWP and Joey Barton joining QPR, the late transfer of Arteta to Arsenal. The fact Arsenal went crazy on transfer day and in two days brought 5 five players. City, Chelsea, Liverpool, United and Arsenal all spent £30 million plus and have given plenty to talk about. Here is a run down of all the transfers of the players coming in, and in the next few days I will have an article outlining who I think did the best business in regards to IN’s and OUT’s but at a glance I would say Liverpool, and City and United have done the best bits of business, but also QPR have brought well and have given themselves a fighting chance. But I will talk more on that in the coming days
Mikel Arteta from Everton for a fee of £10m; Now Mikel Arteta is a replacement for Fabregas. A similar story of ex Barcelona player that has found fame in England, Arteta has spent 6 seasons at Everton and has amassed over 160 Premiership appearances, but has yet to receive an international call up, but maybe with some good performances in the Champions League for Arsenal and he might. Arteta has been in the past one of the best Premiership players and a few years ago I remember Arsenal were interested in him and the fans would have liked to see the signing then to give guidance and cover to Fabregas, now it would be to give guidance and cover to Wilshere.
Yossi Benayoun from Chelsea on loan; Benayoun looks to be a quick cover for Nasri leaving until one of two things. Arsenal find a suitable replacement and make a signing in January or next season, or they have an idea of a player they currently have at the club that they are looking to bring in but don’t feel that this season he is right for it. Now if that is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin or not, I don’t now, but it is just a guess.
Per Mertersacker from Werder Bremen for a fee of £8.8m; Now this is the type of signing Arsenal fans have wanted for some time, a big strong commanding centre back. Fans will be hoping that this doesn’t turn out like Squillaci, as he was talked about in that way, but I don’t that will be the case. At 6’6 he should be able to give some aerial presence. He captained former club Werder Bremen and should be able to strike up a great partnership with Thomas Vermaelen. “that Game” could well have saved Arsenal’s season as if they hadn’t have been beaten so badly maybe Arsenal wouldn’t have been making this transfer.
Andre Santos from Fenerbache for a fee of £6.2m; A replacement for Clichy at left back, this Brazilian international has an attacking flair. But I am not too confident of his defending abilities, and seeing the video of him play on sky sports elbowing someone, doesn’t’ make me think he will be a sound defender. At 28 though he does have a lot of experience, he has been capped 22 times by his country and titles with clubs in Brazil and Fenerbahce,
Park Chu-Young from Monaco for a fee of £3m; Arsenal managed to fill their number 9 vacancy with the 26yr old South Koren captain. He doesn’t boast a great goal scoring record, but his last season at Monaco was one of his best scoring 12 in 33 games. Arsenal may need his tenacity and hard work. Time well tell if this will be a signing the fans will be singing about, but I’m sure the nickname “Finsbury Park” wont take long to catch on!
Joel Campbell from Saprissa for a fee of £1m; I’ll be honest I don’t now much of him, but he wont be spending this season at the club but will be on loan to French outfit FC Lorient, Arsenal have sent a few players to Lorient, one being Coquelin who has come back and may find him self some playing time this season, so the same hopes will be the same for Joel Campbell
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton for a fee of £12.m; Now this signing doesn’t quite sit well with me. Do I think he will become a good player in the future for Arsenal or any other club, yes, I believe he has that potential. But to pay more for a 17yr old kid than a Champion winner from the French Ligue 1 amazes me, and also feel is a slap in the face to Lille. To pay more to a League 1 side than a team that is going to be playing in the Champions League. If I were president of that club the next time that club wanted to sign one of my players, it would be a straight up no, or for a much more inflated price to make up for it. AOC has a lot of talent and it will be interesting to see what become of him. He seems more of an attacking midfielder than Walcott anyway.
Gervinho from Lille for a fee of £10.5m; A very Arsenal signing. Wing player, good dribbler, but unlike the “norm” for Arsenal he seems to get into the box and is happy to shoot. For the money and what I have seen of him he seems to be a very good capture and one that the fans are going to love. Coming from French Champions Lille, it is not like he hasn’t proven himself to a certain level
Carl Jenkinson from Charlton for a fee of £1m. The signing of this youngster did not breed confidence amongst the Arsenal fans and many feared that things would be the same as previous seasons. And in many ways it has. This unknown 19yr old has been able to hold his own, albeit with some tough asks, such as that Manchester United game. Yes it was a game that deems for it to be “that game”. Jenkinson has faired well and look to be a bright prospect for the future.
Jermaine Jenas on loan from Tottenham; Jenas hasn’t had the best of times at Tottenham especially in the last few seasons will be looking forward to getting a run of games under his belt and revive his career. On his day Jenas can be a good player but it just seems that in recent seasons the confidence has been taken away from him. I’m surprised it is only a loan honestly, I would have though Jenas would want move away and that Tottenham would have had money
Alan Hutton from Tottenham for a fee of £4m
Hutton decided not to go to Fulham and chose to join Villa instead on deadline day, joining Jenas at the Midlands club. Hutton has joined on a permanent deal and will be looking to show people what they are going to miss. He did enough to get a transfer to Tottenham from Rangers a few years ago. Hutton is a good right back, and this could be good business for Villa.
Charles N’Zogbia from Wigan for a fee of £10.5m; With Young and Downing leaving, N’Zogbia has been brought in to cover both of those players. Now I am not saying his is as good as both of those combined, but he has qualities that both have. He is creative and a good dribbler, maybe a little more selfish, but that might not be a bad thing. Downing puts in a lot of crosses and at Liverpool with Andy Carroll that is ideal, but wit Bent, a player that is going to run into the defence and maybe pass or shot for him to get the rebound, N’Zogbia may work better, and they have Albrighton too, and Agbonlahor, so they don’t need two players in.
Shay Given from Manchester City for a fee of £3.5m. With Friedel leaving many wondered who would come in and replace a goalkeeper like the American, but Given has appeased any worries Villa fans had. A great signing for Villa, Given may be a little rusty as he hasn’t played much football last season, but he is definitely going to be a great signing for the midlands club
Scott Dann from Birmingham for a fee of £7.7m
Birmingham have lost another one of their best players but Blackburn have just made a great signing. Many teams rumoured to be interested in him, but Blackburn the only one to put in an official bid. Dann will be joining Samba in the centre of defence and the fact that they have kept him will be a huge boost. Dann will be able to give the chance to show Chelsea, Arsenal and the rest of them.
Simon Vukcevic from Sporting for a fee of £2.3m; A dead-ball specialist and a good passer of the ball, a creative player that Blackburn need. He is an international player having played 27 times for Montenegro and 5 times for Serbia and Montenegro so has a lot of experience and also just under 50 games in European competition for former clubs, Sporting CP and Partizan. For me, I have got Blackburn in a relegation battle with a chance to go down. This is a good signing, and could possibly be a future transfer that works out to be a profitable one. At 25 he should be reaching his prime age, so in a season or two could have a big re-sale value.
Radosav Petrovic from Partizan for a fee of £2.1m; The young Serbian has played 19 times for his national team and just under 30 appearances in Europe for former club Partizan. So good experience there and not a lot of money spent again could be a transfer that in the future is a financial one rather than a football one.
David Goodwillie from Dundee United for a fee of £2m; Jokes of the name a side, the Scot is a promising striker and Blackburn hope that he is going to be a bargain. Rangers wanted him, but in the end he decided to join Rovers and looks to prove himself in a bigger league.
David N’Gog from Liverpool for a fee of £4m
With the success of Sturridge last season, N’Gog will be hoping that he can have the same kind of success. The difference here is that this is not a loan deal. N’Gog will relish the chance of getting regular football and he will be working hard to get that first team spot. N’Gog has always been a fringe player but you can always see the glimpses of a good striker, so this could work out well for Bolton, time will tell.
Gael Kakuta on loan from Chelsea
How wouldn’t Bolton have more players brought in on loan. Again it has worked in the past so why stop. Kakuta will be hoping he does better at Bolton than he did at Fulham, and that he will have the same impact the Sturridge had last season when he was at Bolton. A lot is hoped for Kakuta, remember all the trouble Chelsea had when then stole/brought him.
Dedryck Boyata on loan from Manchester City; Bolton for the last few seasons have brought many players in on loan and those players have gone on to perform well and go back to their club with a better chance of first team football and with Boyata who got some playing time last season, will definitely gain from this loan and so will Bolton and City, as if they choose to sell him next season, they will get more with people seeing his ability than not.
Tuncay Sanli on loan from Wolfsburg; A great loan signing again, but with this one, people already know the quality that Tuncay has and he has already shown the Bolton fans what they can expect from him. This looks to be a really good move for both involved and could be like last season’s move with Daniel Sturridge on loan from Chelsea.
Chris Eagles from Burnley for a fee of £1.5m; Not too much money has been spent here on this player, and with Eagles having a good few seasons this move could push his career forward, and will definitely add to the Bolton Squad.
Tyrone Mears from Burnley for a fee of £1.5m; I remember when there was talk about this player, but it just seems that he never fully matured into what people hoped. It’s not like it was talk that he was going to be a Messi, but there was hope more than what he became. Unfortunately he is already injured and will be out for some time.
Nigel Reo-Coker on a free transfer from Aston Villa; A good buy again from Bolton, with Reo-Coker’s career taking a dive at Villa he will take this chance to show everyone what he can do and what he had to offer in the past when he was at West Ham.
Darren Pratley on a free transfer from Swansea; It was a shame to see him leave Swansea as I believe he would be able to help keep Swansea in the Premier League but he will add to the Bolton Squad, but may not feature as much as he would have had for Swansea
Raul Meireles from Liverpool for a fee of £12m
Nobody saw this transfer happening, definitely not the way it did anyway! Watching Sky Sports News on the Transfer Deadline Day there was no word of it, Twitter didn’t have much wind of it, there were some murmurs from the day before but no one really saw it happening. Meireles had a slow start to his Liverpool career, but seemed to be getting into his stride and looked to be enjoying his time at Anfield, so to hand in the transfer request Chelsea have got themselves another quality midfielder and one with Premiership experience. I can see him fitting into the team easily as he likes to attack from deep, I can see him replacing Lampard in the coming seasons, but Liverpool won’t be happy with another play joining Chelsea as they are still bitter about Torres.
Ulises Davila from Guadalajara for a fee of £1.8m; This young Mexican has gone straight out on loan to Dutch club Vitesse. Not much to say about the player, but there is the chance that he is going to be another Di Santo.
Juan Manuel Mata from Valencia for a fee of £23.5m; Now some signings Chelsea have made may have been made for the future, but this one may have the future in mind but is very much for the now! Mata has already made an impact showing Arsenal what they have missed out on having scored on his debut, but has yet to play a full 90 minutes yet. Chelsea will be hoping that he will link up with Torres and help him get back to scoring ways. Mata looks like he is going to be a good signing for Chelsea this season, Chelsea’s David Silva maybe!
Romelu Lukaku from Anderlecht for a fee of £18m; A lot of clubs were interested in the young Belgian but it was Chelsea where he ended up and it seems Drogba was a big part of that for Lukaku. He has been likened to the Big Ivorian and he is very much looking forward to learning from one of his idols. He is a big player, at 18 yrs old he is 6’3 and will cause many problems for a lot of defences, but again how much is he going to play this season. More transfer for the future.
Oriol Romeu from Barcelona B for a fee of £5m; The young Spaniard has joined Chelsea for a decent fee with options for buy backs for first and second season, not wanting the same trouble like they had with Arsenal and Fabregas. Romeu is a big defensive minded midfield player, the likes of Mikel or Essien, more like Mikel I would say. Interesting to see how much playing time he will get this season under AVB
Thibaut Courtois from Genk for a fee of £8.7m; Many may not have heard of him and that is for good reason, he really has been on the scene for the last season or so. He played 40 league games for Genk last season and was a key part to the Championship winning side and at 19 is seen as a future replacement for Cech. He has been sent on loan already to Atlético Madrid so it will be interesting how many games he gets out there this season also.
Lucas Piazon from Sao Paulo for a fee of £7m. This is a transfer for the future. Well it will go through in the January transfer window when he can sign with a work permit. He was a highly sought after player and is the youth that Chelsea have been talking about introducing into the squad.
Royston Drenthe on loan from Real Madrid
Drenthe is a player that had the world at his feet, but in the end has ended up not taking advantage of it. At Everton Drenthe will be linking up with Heitinga. Still at 24 he has more than enough time to turn his career round. But from his attitude that might be a problem and that might also cause Everton problems
Denis Stracqualursi on loan from Tigre,
Denis is a 6ft 3in front man arriving from Tigre, who play in the South American country’s top division. Everton will be hoping that he will be the goal scorer they so desperately have needed in the last few years, and if the loan goes well, may well end in a transfer if they have the money.
Orlando Sa from Porto
This young striker comes in from Porto but he spent last season on loan where he only managed 3 goals in 16 games. Porto saw enough in him to buy him a few seasons ago, but not enough to keep him, I am not too sure whether this is going to be a signing that works out too well unlike Ruiz.
Bryan Ruiz from FC Twente for £10.5m
The Costa Rican almost ended up at Newcastle as the Magpies tried to hijack this deal. With time running out, Newcastle put in an offer of £11m that FC Twente accepted, but in the end he decided to stick with joining Fulham, I don’t know if it was out of honour to the deal being already set or if it was the South American wanting to play under Martin Jol. This is a great signing for Fulham who will be hoping he will bring his goal scoring record with him to Craven Cottage. He has scored 36 in 61 which is a very impressive record.
Zdenek Grygera from Juventus on a free
Grygera was released by Juventus so that he could join Fulham as the Czech international joins on a one year deal. A very experienced defender one that has played at the top level and at Juventus for several seasons and has 52 caps for his country. Grygera should add a lot to the defence and could help move the club forward under Martin Jol.
Pajtim Kasami from Palermo for a fee of £3.5m; Here is a promising young player that Fulham have signed. Only 19yrs old and he has had some time at Liverpool and Lazio. Last season he was Palermo. Fulham will be hoping for big things with this player, will he be a sensation this season, or will he be a slow burner?
Marcel Gecov from Slovan Liberec for a fee of £700k; One for the future here with this Czech U21 player having played for the Czech Rep. at every age level but not yet at Senior level.
John Arne Riise from Roma for a fee of £2.5m; John Arne Riise joins his brother Bjørn Helge Riise at Craven Cottage. A good signing for Fulham with Martin Jol looking to add to the squad and build on what he has. Everybody in England knows what Riise has to offer and Liverpool in particular will remember what his left foot can do and will be hoping that he doesn’t show the Anfield crowd again anytime soon.
Csaba Somogyi on a free transfer from Rakospalota; Brought in as cover for their and not much else. Strange with Stockdale going out on loan also, but hey that’s football.
Dan Burn from Darlington. This is a player for the future at only 19 it is unlikely Fulham fans will see much of him this season, but maybe in seasons to come.
Craig Bellamy from Manchester City
I though this transfer was great the first time round and never understood why they sold him, so I am very happy to see him back. Something about Bellamy and Liverpool that just go together. Well at least you know he isn’t going to go off and sign for Chelsea. Bellamy will add a lot to the Liverpool attack. His is like Dirk Kuyt but with better speed. He will add fire power that Liverpool need and I can see Liverpool playing with Carroll up top with Bellamy and Suarez behind him.
Sebastián Coates from Nacional
Coates is only 20yrs old, but has already 54 appearances for former club Nacional and have 5 international caps under his belt. His nickname is Luganito meaning Little Lugano after new PSG singing Diego Lugano. He is highly thought of back in Uruguay and Liverpool fans will be hoping that he will be able to fit in at Anfield just as well as his fellow countryman Suarez.
Jose Enrique from Newcastle for a fee of £7.5m; This is a great signing for Liverpool. One that I always could see happening especially when Carroll went to Liverpool from Newcastle last January. Jose Enrique and Carroll worked so well together that this signing always had to happen and will hopefully get goals for Carroll. Under Dalglish I can see Enrique improving and being even more attacking which would be a scary thought
Doni on a free transfer from Roma; A back up to Reina. A good goalkeeper but he won’t be pushing Reina out of top spot, well if that happened I would be very very surprised.
Stewart Downing from Aston Villa for a fee of £20m; Another great buy by Liverpool. In years gone by Liverpool have made some curious transfers but since Kenny has come back and Comolli has been put in place every transfer seems to make sense. Downing is exactly the type of player Liverpool needed, out of him and Young he put in the most amount of crosses so with Carroll in the side, having a winger that can cross and also can cut inside and shot is a great assist.
Charlie Adam from Blackpool for a fee of £7m; It didn’t happen in January but finally they got their man. A great passer of the ball and a great shot, the left footed player would match Gerrard in Midfield for range of passing, so when Gerrard is fit the centre of the pitch could have Gerrard right centre midfield and Adam left centre midfield and spread the play all over the pitch for Downing, Enrique, Johnson, Suarez or up to Carroll, that to me is very very dangerous.
Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for a fee of £18m. I am a little sceptical with this transfer. I think Henderson is a good football and I can see him doing well at Liverpool, but I am not to sure on the value of the transfer, for me it is a little too expensive. A £10 million transfer I would have through represented good value for money, but for the money I worry it could be seen as a, not a waste of money, just not good value for money.
Owen Hargreaves from Manchester United on a free.
When Hargreaves was released at the end of the season by United there were a host of clubs interested in him, but no one say City coming in for him. Signed on a year contract that is highly based on performances bonuses this is a gable that could work out well. Hargreaves himself believes he is fit enough to play 40 plus games. If Hargreaves can stay fit he will provide good cover for City in the defence Midfield position with them seeming to have Yaya Toure playing more forward rather than in that position. If he is, and I am sure he will work hard to be able to, that would surely leave egg on the faces of everyone at United including Sir Alex Ferguson, interesting how this one could turn out.
Samir Nasri from Arsenal for a fee of £25m; Just when you thought City didn’t need any more midfielders they go and sign another one. And again they have gone to Arsenal to better their squad and I can’t believe Arsenal have let them as in the process it was weakened them! Nasri will be a good signing for City. They may have paid over the odds for a player in his final year of the contract, but money is no object. Samir will bring a lot to the team and with the other transfers that have gone through this summer for City, they now look like a Championship winning side, the battle for the league will be between then and the other side of Manchester.
Sergio Agüero from Atlético Madrid for a fee of £38m; Well there is not much to say on this transfer that has not already been said, seen and heard. An exciting player that I thought may need time to get settled and used to the Premier League. Well I was well and truly wrong! The phrase “Like a duck to water” comes to mind here, he has been outstanding already the signing of the season it looks like! I could say more but his debut said it all!
Stefan Savic from Partizan for a fee of £6.6m; With the likes of Kompany, Toure and Lescott at City this may be one that will slowly work his way into the team but the young Montenegrin has made 7 international appearances and that is not too bad for a 20yr old. Arsenal were also interested in him, and he had trials and was going to sign for them but that fell through and then he signed for Partizan, so when he was on the move again Arsenal went in to for him but he decided to go to City instead.
Gael Clichy from Arsenal for a fee of £7.5m. City again have gone to Arsenal to improve their squad and again Arsenal have taken their money. This is a good signings, better than what Kolorov was in my opinion for ability and value for money. Clichy can sometimes leave the defence short but with De Jong, Barry and Toure in midfield to help out the defence that may not be a problem.
David de Gea from Atlético Madrid for a fee of £19m; A shaky start to the season but as it continues he will grow with confidence and show everyone what he is all about. He would not been seen as the future national number one if he was not that good. It was a lot of money for a young goalkeeper, but if he is going to stay at United for coming years it will be money well spent and if he does leave, it will be to real Madrid who will probably pay the same amount of not more for him.
Ashley Young from Aston Villa for a fee of £16m; This is one of the transfers I could always see happening and when it did, I could see him fitting into the team straight away and I am glad to see I was right. He is playing like he has been at the club for a few years now, he has linked up with Rooney, Nani and Anderson brilliantly. The knock on effect could see Young and Rooney linking up for the National side as well, which would make every England fan very happy!
Phil Jones from Blackburn for a fee of £18m. A lot of money for a young player that has played just over 30 Premier League game and I was cautious as to whether he would be a real value for money, but after seeing him play in the Arsenal game and see him bring the ball out, and defend so well it seems money well spent. He also looks to be a future England international and could be taking over from Terry and Ferdinand sooner than later if he is able to keep a first team place if injuries to Vidic and Ferdinand continue to happen this season.
Divide Santon from Inter Milan for a fee of £5.5m; Much has been talked about his ability and his potential but has not really had the chance at Inter, so coming to Newcastle to find first team football and replace Jose Enrique should work well for both Santon and Newcastle. It may take a little bit of time for him to settle and learn the Language, and being the only Italian at the club he may find it a bit difficult at first, but on the pitch his performances should still be up to a good standard.
Gabriel Obertan from Manchester United for a fee of £3.3m; Obertan didn’t have the best of time at Manchester United and is looking to revive his career and that can only be a good think as Newcastle will now have a hungry, determined player that should be up for every game. He has pace and will look to exploit any gaps he can work on the wings or maybe even as a striker.
Sylvain Marveaux on a free transfer from Rennes; A free transfer and one many people thought Liverpool were going to get, so I am sure Newcastle fans will have got one over them. When asked what can we expect from him Pardew replied “he’s hmmmmmmmmmmm” for a couple seconds before he adding “he’s a technical player, he will join in with the strikers and want play combination play and get behind the lines and if he and if he gets between the lines he’ll be a threat cause he’s got a good finish with either foot.” A little generic answer and it doesn’t sound like he really knew, so lets wait and see what kind of player he is, but a freebie is always good.
Demba Ba on a free transfer from West Ham; Another freebie and another French connection. He had a good time at West Ham and scored goals and if he can recreate the good form he had at West Ham, Newcastle could do better than last season, but with the players that have gone it may be difficult, but also so far Ba doesn’t seem to be the same player
Yohan Cabaye from Lille for a fee of £5m; From the French Champions, has given up the chance to play Champions League football which is a surprise to most and I am one of them, as no disrespect, but I don’t see Newcastle getting top 4 anytime soon. At 25 is reaching his peak age, so could be a good transfer for Newcastle, but I wouldn’t be surprised if by January or the end of the season if he has done well there will be a transfer out of Newcastle for a much bigger fee.
Mehdi Abeid on a free transfer from Lens B. This is one for the future. He is only 18yrs old and probably won’t see much playing time this season, but will be one to come through in the next few seasons. But I fear again this was seen as a financial transfer rather than a footballing one and when he starts to make a name for himself and there is interest they will see they paid nothing for him so will cash in, but I could be wrong.
Daniel Ayala from Liverpool for a fee of £800k; Norwich have gone on a punt and brought you Daniel Ayala in for around £500k. He is only 20yrs old but has had good loan stints with Hull City and Derby County. To buy the player to me seems a risk, but I guess they believe that they can get either the performances to a profit out of him.
Kyle Naughton on loan from Tottenham; This could be good for the player and for Tottenham, but maybe not the best for Norwich. Norwich need to remember they are in the Premiership now and will want players that can play at that level. This will no doubt help give that experience to Naughton but that only help him and Tottenham.
Anthony Pilkington from Huddersfield for a fee of £1m; Not a lot of money is spent here, but Norwich will hope he will be good value for money and will bag a goal or two.
Bradley Johnson on a free transfer from Leeds; A freebie is always good as financially it didn’t cost much and you have a sell on value that is very profitable, how much of an affect can this player have for Norwich to keep them in the Premiership I am not that sure.
Elliott Bennett from Brighton for a fee of £1.5m; A great opportunity for the player from Brighton to get to play in the Premiership, but Norwich have signed a player that was playing League 1 football. Brighton are doing well in the Championship and who knows could follow Norwich up to the Premiership, but if they do they need to buy players from the Championship, i.e. teams that got relegated or just missed out in play offs, not from lower leagues.
James Vaughan from Everton for a fee of £2m; Has yet to reach any real potential that Everton wanted, and coming back from loan moves he has never been able to get himself in the first team, and I believe that Everton will be happy to have got some money in for one of their youth products. Will he be able to get goals for Norwich at this level, I’m doubtful, he may get goals in the Championship next season, that right, read between the lines.
Ritchie de Laet on loan from Manchester United; Again another loan that will benefit the loaner club rather than the loanee club. I don’t fully understand why they would feel this is going to benefit them, but hopefully it will, otherwise they could be in trouble.
Steve Morison from Millwall for a fee of £2.5m. Norwich will be hoping that Morison can get them the goals they need, but will he able to step up to the top league?
Queens Park Rangers
Anton Ferdinand from Sunderland
Honestly I didn’t understand this transfer apart from maybe Ferdinand wanted to move back to London? Ferdinand seemed to be doing well at Sunderland where as SWP was facing not being included in the 25 man squad at City, and Joey Barton was not happy at Newcastle so their moves seemed to make some sense. This is a great transfer for QPR who can boast a decent defence now compared maybe to Swansea or Norwich.
Shaun Wight-Philips from Manchester City
Along with the signing of Joey Barton is a great signing for QPR. With these signings QPR have really given themselves a fighting chance. This team is starting to be reminiscent of the QPR of the late 90’s. Trevor Sinclair, Iain Holloway. SWP would be the Sinclair and Barton would be Holloway. SWP still has pace and a bag load of experience, and will be teaming up with ex-Manchester City player Joey Barton.
Armand Traore from Arsenal for a fee of £1.2m; The young defender had spent most of his Arsenal career on loan with stints at Portsmouth and Juventus but always wanted to gain experience and play for Arsenal, but as time has gone on knowing he will be not featuring in Arsene’s plans decided to move on. He may be down as a defender, but he is much more of a wing back, or really a winger than a left back. When at Portsmouth he was always storming forward and he is an exciting attacking player, might not be what QPR need but he could work well if they play him ore advanced.
Joey Barton on a free transfer from Newcastle; If Barton can play like he has for Newcastle, then QPR have a fighting
Chance to stay up, but they will need other transfers and players they are keeping such as Taarabt to perform as well. Everyone knows what Barton can deliver, there is a lot more to him than his temper. I’d say there is an equal amount of ability to his temper and that is the problem, if he cooled down, people would see how good a player he is, I am surprised that Tottenham didn’t go for him, they could have got him as well as Parker, and maybe could have used Jenas as a make weight as well. All in all a great singing for QPR
Luke Young from Aston Villa for a fee of £1m; An experienced defender, who has had England call-ups and over 300 league appearances is the kind of player QPR need and will bring Premiership experience to the newly promoted team
Bruno Perone from Tombense; A defender who can play in a defensive midfield role who is also quite good in the air. It will be interesting how well he can integrate into the QPR set up and into England, this could be a good buy or are signing that no one will remember. And you would rather that than remember it for all the wrong reasons
D. J. Campbell from Blackpool for a fee of £1.2m; Blackpool’s top goal scorer last season with 13, QPR will be hoping that he can do the same again. For the money it’s not a bad deal but by the end of the season will be able to see if it was a great signing! He has the ability to score goals and if he can get a good working relationship with Bothroyd, and link up with Taarabt and Barton then QPR could be looking like transfer masters.
Danny Gabbidon on a free transfer from West Ham; Gabbidon didn’t have the best of times at West Ham, but for a free and if his wages aren’t too high, he could be a good singing for QPR. An upgrade in defence but may still be looking in January for better signings.
Jay Bothroyd on a free transfer from Cardiff; Bothroyd will be looking to show people that he can cut it in the Premiership and prove any doubters wrong. He will have to be looking to score around 15 goals if he is going to do that, and with DJ Campbell in the team looking to do the same, and Taarabt to show people what he can do and maybe get a transfer in January.
Kieron Dyer on a free transfer from West Ham. They have taken a gamble on bringing in Dyer, even on a free. If it is a pay as you play contract then fine, but if they have a set contract, with his injury record that’s just insane, and that comment is justified with the fact that he went off injured on the opening day within 3 minutes. I hope he can get games this season, he was a great player in his day, and he can pass on experience to other players at QPR.
QPR should be an attacking force, and could stay up. Honestly a couple of seasons ago I would have said they would, but with the Premiership being so strong they may find it difficult
Peter Crouch from Tottenham for £10m
Peter Crouch became Stoke’s most expensive player when he signed for £10m and they are hoping that he will repay them with the goals everyone knows he can score. In footballing terms Crouch is like marmite, people either rate him or they don’t. I do. I think Crouch is a great striker, he has more to his game than height, and no matter how much he shows that some people want to stay blind to it, but everyone has their opinions and they are allowed to have them. At Stoke, of course his height is going to be used, but hopefully more of his game will be utilised as well.
Wilson Palacios from Tottenham for £8m
When he signed for Tottenham, Tottenham fans very excited at getting a hard tackling, ball winning midfielder, but as his time at Tottenham has gone on, he seems to have not lived up to the fans expectations. To be fair he didn’t seem to have the same form as he did when he was at Wigan but at Stoke I can see him fitting in well and getting stuck in and no one is going to look forward to going Stoke, honestly people never have, but now they are going to dislike it that much more now.
Cameron Jerome from Birmingham for £4m
The combative striker might not get many goals, but works hard for the team for the whole game. A player you can see working well at Stoke with their team and at £4m some may say that is not good value for money, and it wont be if you are making that judgement on goal return, but if you judge it on goals, goal scoring opportunities made, and breaking down the defence then it definitely is.
Matthew Upson on a free transfer from West Ham; A real bargain in my opinion. Upson is a good defender and will help Stoke be more secure at the back. They already have the likes of Huth and Shawcross so with Woodgate as well this seems to be great business by Tony Pulis and Stoke City. Stoke have always been hard to score against and now it will be even harder.
Jonathan Woodgate on a free transfer from Tottenham.
The same could be said with Woodgate, who in his prime was a top top defender, but that is not the case so much any more due to injuries over the last few years. If he can stay fit this could be a great singing for Stoke, but no doubt will be acting cover for Huth, Shawcross, Upson and Collins.
Nicklas Bendtner on loan from Arsenal
I know many Arsenal fans will be happy to see Bendtner have one foot out of the club, but will the Sunderland fans be happy to have him? He has the ability but sometimes, most of the time, he seems to lack the motivation to try. He doesn’t close down fast enough, seeming to think that slowly jogging to a player with the ball is “closing down”. Bruce managed to get a lot out of him when he was manager at Birmingham and had him and Larsson on loan from Arsenal, so with Larsson now at Sunderland also maybe this transfer will be what Bendtner needs, and what Sunderland need, and that is goals!
David Vaughan on a free transfer from Blackpool; Vaughan made 109 appearances for Blackpool and captained them when Adam was unable to. A good squad midfielder but one that is going to have to face competition to get into the starting line up.
Wes Brown from Manchester United for a fee of £1.5m; I think this is probably the best transfer Sunderland have done next to the free transfer of Larsson. Brown will give you determination, drive and the experience from his time at Manchester United and to have paid so little for him is a great piece of business. A player than can play anywhere across the back, a great utility player much like Phil Neville was, Brown will hope he can do for Sunderland what Phil Neville is doing at Everton.
John O’Shea from Manchester United for a fee of £4m; Everything I said above is the same here for John O’Shea. The difference here is that I am surprised that O’Shea and United parted ways. I always felt that O’Shea did an amazing job for United, and that they never put enough faith in him. Now if Steve Bruce does he could be a great great singing for Sunderland and help push Sunderland up the league.
Roarie Deacon on a free transfer from Arsenal; Arsenal decided not to keep this youngster and released him and Sunderland have taken the chance on the player. Not much known on the player
Connor Wickham from Ipswich for a fee of £8m; A few clubs were rumoured to be interested in the player but Sunderland seemed the only club to put in a firm offer. This could be a deal that you look back on and say, wow! that was a bargain”, or it is one you look back on and go, “oh no, how did they spend that much on him” I’m worried it could be the latter here, but it could be one that works out ok. Time will tell on this one as I don’t think he is a player you can judge on this season.
Craig Gardner from Birmingham for a fee of £6m; Gardner was one of the players that you could talk about last season from the Birmingham squad in a positive note. Much like how Parker played for West Ham, Gardner did for Birmingham and if he can recreate that form and the drive and hunger for Sunderland, this could be a great buy and money well spent from the Henderson transfer
Dong-Won Ji from Chunnam Dragons for a fee of £2m; The young South Korean has already had 10 international appearances and scored 6 goals, and for a 20yr old that isn’t bad going. His club record isn’t a good, but again this is a player that will get better in time and is rated quite highly so this is a transfer that can be judged in a few years time, but is a lot cheaper than Connor Wickham
Kieran Westwood on a free transfer from Coventry; A free transfer for this highly rated goalkeeper, who will be looking to take the No.1 jersey away from Gordon, who hasn’t had the best of time at Sunderland.
Sebastian Larsson on a free transfer from Birmingham; Seb Larsson had a good season last term for Birmingham and has a good start to the season with Sunderland, and Sunderland need that as they has brought in a lot of faces, and it will take time for them all to settle in. Larsson has good technique and can deliver great crosses from corners, free kicks or open play and can give Sunderland something different, and the fact it was a free is all the better.
Ahmed Elmohamady from Enppi for a fee of £2.3m.
Elmohamady had spent the previous season on loan at Sunderland and had a trail at the club as to why they went in to get him in on loan. Sunderland fans will know what to expect from him and for good value too.
Darnel Situ from lens for a fee of £250k
He had a trial at Newcastle and even scored in a game against Gateshead but Newcastle didn’t seem to want to continue their interest in the player which I find very surprising, especially with their recent transfer policy. Situ has represented France at U16/U17/U18/U19’s and has captained at those levels. I think even Arsenal were talking off him last season. He is a strong defender that is also able to lay in a holding midfield role, and at £250k he has great re-sale value
Fede Bessone from Leeds on a free
Bessone has returned to Swansea to help out as the club as a few injuries, but also to get his career back on track. He had a good time at Swansea before until he joined Leeds. During that season at Leeds his performances didn’t go so well and was sent out on loan to Charlton.
Gerhard Tremmel from Red Bull Salzburg
Another goalkeeper, to give cover to the squad. A well travelled and much experienced goal keeper he has been at twelve clubs, many of them in the Bundesliga but the most recent was the Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg.
Michel Vorm from Utrecht for a fee of £1.5m; Not many had heard of him when Swansea first signed him, and what they did know what that he is the Dutch no.2 behind Maarten Stekelenburg, But after the his start to the season Swansea fans will feel they have a real bargain on their hands and a great goalkeeper. He may have been beaten a few times by Manchester City, but it very well could have been a lot worse for Swansea if another goalkeeper was playing instead of Vorm.
Wayne Routledge from Newcastle for a fee of £3m; Now he had a good season on loan at QPR and I thought Newcastle would keep him for this season and keep that good from going, but they decided to sell him. And I’m surprised that QPR did buy him, but to be fair most of the transfer activity happened when Fernandez took over. This is a good signing in my eyes, a player who has got some confidence back and the chance to prove himself to the Premiership and former club.
Leroy Lita from Middlesbrough for a fee of £1.7m; Swansea know they need to score goals to stay in the Premiership as well as have a good defensive record, so as well singing Dutch international goalkeeper and striker Danny Graham they have signed much travelled and well experienced Leroy Lita. He only scored 12 goals last season form Middlesbrough that’s about 1 in 3 games, but he may be able to cause trouble and create space up front for the likes of Graham or Sinclair to take advantage of.
Jose Moreira from Benfica for a fee of £800k; An experienced goalkeeper having played over 100 games for Benfica seems to be a good signing but looks to be a back up to Vorm. I don’t know if that was always the plan, but with Vorm’s great form for the foreseeable future it looks like he is the Swansea No.1
Danny Graham from Watford for a fee of £3.5m; This is a good singing for Swansea, He has the ability to find space, and be in the right place at the right time, and scored 24 times in the league for Watford last season and if he can do the same for Swansea or even half that it would be a great return on the fee. He is a player that will cause defences problems and will enjoy playing up against some of the worlds best defenders
Steven Caulker on loan from Tottenham. This will be good for the player as he will get some much needed playing time. Swansea may see the potential, but I feel it is going to be the player and Tottenham that benefit from this more than the Welsh club, but time will tell on that I suppose.
Scott Parker from West Ham for a fee of £5.5; Spurs have signed a hard working midfielder, a good passer and an all round general of the midfield. With Modric staying, Tottenham’s midfield will be a very strong one with Huddlestone and Van der Vaart along with Bale and Lennon. I would have thought that more clubs would have been in for Parker, but I think in everyone’s eyes they saw him joining Tottenham from the end of last season, and are not surprised it has happened on the last day, the only surprise is that it didn’t happen at 10 o’clock in the evening!
Iago Falque on loan from Juventus; I’m surprised with this transfer as they have a player Giovanni Dos Santos, who I believe is better, that can play in the same position, but Tottenham don’t seem to want to keep him, but have brought in Iago Falque in on loan from Juventus. The Young Spaniard spent last season on loan at Villarreal’s B side, where he played 36 games and scored 11 goals, but Villarreal had the option to buy him but didn’t. Now Villarreal don’t feel he is good enough to keep, why do Tottenham feel that he would add something to their squad? He would have to get used to another country and a new language. Surely your own home grown player would be better to play than having to get one in on loan!
Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City; Adebayor has bundles of talent, but only seems to be able to use it when he is happy, sorry, when he feels loved. If Harry can motivated him, and Harry is a great motivator and Adebayor is a great goal scorer. If anything Spurs fans will be happy they have him just so he can’t score against them! This could be a great singing and a striker is what Tottenham need, but even thought it’s a loan deal, the wages will still be high, so if he doesn’t score, this could still be costly for Tottenham
Brad Friedel on a free transfer from Aston Villa. A great goalkeeper even at his age, I believe he will be the number 1, where as some have argued that he will be rotated with Gomes.
Shane Long from Reading for a fee of £6m; Shane Long has a great season with Reading last year, and was unlucky that Reading missed out on promotion. He gave everything he could for them to reach the Premiership, and I don’t think any fan of Reading has any ill feeling that he has left for a Premiership club. He has already shown the Baggies fans what he can do and I think he will repay the price West Brom paid for him and some. A very good singing for West Brom
Marton Fulop from Ipswich; More than likely a back up for Foster, but a good back up to have. Fulop is a good goalkeeper, an international for Hungary and has a lot of experience
Zoltan Gera on a free transfer from Fulham; The Hungarian has teamed up with old manager Roy Hodgson and will look to repay the faith that has been placed in him. Both Fulham and West Brom wanted to have him, so the pressure is on him to perform
Ben Foster on loan from Birmingham; A very good goalkeeper and on loan and if Birmingham don’t get back into the Premiership will leave, and if he gives another good account of himself he may get a permanent move to West Brom or to a bigger club.
Billy Jones on a free transfer from Preston; Preston North End’splayer of the season was also at Preston when they were in the Premiership could be a good signing for WBA and Roy Hodgson. WBA need to progress on from last season, but I am not sure if this is a signing that will do that, but he is a good squad player to have and he will be a good hard worker.
Gareth McAuley on a free transfer from Ipswich. An experienced defender who has over 300 league appearances for a host of clubs will add to WBA defence and bring some strength and steel into it.
Shaun Maloney from Celtic for £1m
The Scottish winger has joined Wigan from Celtic for around £1m and will add to Wigan’s attacking line-up. Maloney has had previous EPL experience when he played for Aston Villa and is looking forward to proving his worth in the Premier League again and that could be a huge benefit to Wigan.
Patrick Van Aanholt from Chelsea on Loan; The good relationship between Wigan and Chelsea as they loan them Patrick Van Aanholt. In the past Wigan have taken Di Santo from Chelsea on loan and Scott Sinclair. Van Aanholt his Chelsea career on loan, with deals with Coventry, Newcastle and Leicester but at 21 maybe now will be his time to shine.
Albert Crusat from Almeria for a fee of £2m; Wigan have signed themselves a winger. Replacement for N’Zogbia? With quick feet and electric pace, it is said, Wigan fans will be hoping that he can make an impact at the DW Stadium and cause teams problems like N’Zogbia did.
Midfielder David Jones on a free transfer from Wolves; Jones had a good season at Wolves and will be hoping, just as the club will, that he will have a good season with Wigan
Ali Al-Habsi (permanent signing) from Bolton for a fee of £3.5m. Last season he was on loan from Bolton for the season and he had a great season. For me he gave some of the best displays of a goalkeeper last season, and I’m surprised Bolton have let him go, a very good signing for Wigan, as they know what to expect from him.
Roger Johnson from Birmingham for a fee of £7m; This is a great singing for Wolves, Johnson was one of Birmingham’s best players last season, and yes you may be thinking, “But Birmingham went down last season” yes that is true, but they went down as they couldn’t score goals, out of the bottom 6 they had the best defensive record. I’m surprised he didn’t go to a bigger club such as Liverpool or Tottenham, but I believe this could be a great buy to help progress Wolves further
Dorus de Vries on a free transfer from Swansea; de Vries has joined Wolves and Swansea replaced him with Dutch International Vrom who has been amazing so far, maybe Wolves should have got him rather than de Vries?
Jamie O’Hara (permanent signing) from Tottenham for a fee of £3.5m. He had a good season last season with Wolves and Mick has decided to make the loan move a permanent move from around £3.5million