So who did the best dealings during this summers transfer window? For me, it was Manchester City. They now look like a team that are going to be competing for the league title along with city rivals, and that is down to the signings of Agüero, Nasri and Clichy. Liverpool have done great business and so have United. All three clubs have stepped up a level as have Stoke. Clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea have made good signings, but I don’t feel that they have progressed enough, but have made signings that will keep them from slipping. Stoke now have the chance to get a high league finish, 7th or 8th. I don’t think they will be knocking on the door of top 6, but they are not going to be a team people want to play, well even less than before now! Tottenham are still on the heels of Arsenal where as Liverpool are now in the mix again. Last season it was all about 5th really, this season they will be aiming for top 4, 3rd is their highest I think they can reach, and that isn’t because they are good enough, but because I think City and United are going to be leading the pace with Chelsea on their tales. Norwich and Everton probably, for me anyway, did the worst business, as I don’t see how they are improved or improved enough. I feel for Everton, they have brought players in on loan, but have sold a big player in Arteta, which has weakened them.
It goes without saying, but I will say it, the signing of the transfer window was Kun Agüero. The way he introduced himself to the city fans with a performances like that speaks volumes. Unlikely a flash in the pan, he I quality through and through!
Below is a rundown of what I make of the clubs dealings during the transfer window. Looking at the players in and the players out and who overall did the best piece of business.
Arsenal — £56m spent
INS: Mikel Arteta (Everton, £10m), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Southampton, £15m), Gervinho (Lille, £10m), Per Mertersacker (Werder Bremen, £9m), Andre Santos (Fenerbahce, £6m), Chu Young Park (Monaco, £5m), Carl Jenkinson (Charlton, £1m), Joel Campbell (Deportivo, undisclosed). LOAN: Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea).
OUTS: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona, £40m), Sami Nasri (Man City, £24m), Gael Clichy (Man City, £7m), Emmanuel Eboue (Galatasray, £3m), Armand Traore (QPR, undisclosed), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Ipswich, undisclosed). LOANS: Denilson (Sao Paulo), Mark Randall (Chesterfield), Wellington (Levante), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Gilles Sunu (Orient), Joel Campbell (Orient), Henri Lansbury (West Ham), Nicklas Bendtner (Sunderland, loan).
If you really look at it, the IN’s and OUT’s, the OUT’s stand out. Nasri, Fabregas, Clichy gone and their replacements, Benayoun on loan, Arteta and Andre Santos. Now at for the left back position, Andre Santos may well be a match for what Clichy gave, Arteta and Benayoun, for me, are not equal replacements. They are good players and they will be great for the squad, but they are not pushing the club forward. It was clear last season that Arsenal needed fresh faces, and they have done their best to let some deadwood loose. I feel Eboue should have stayed as he is a hard worker for the club, but I agreed with letting Bendtner go. He had said all summer long that he was definitely leaving, but it seems by the time of the window closing, it was a rush just to get him out on loan! Was Wenger on the phone begging Bruce to take him again? He has talent, just a poor work ethic, in my opinion. Denilson out on loan to Sao Paulo, who know he may come back a better more hungry player, cant do any harm, if he doesn’t then they will sell him I guess. Vela’s career at Arsenal looks dead, out on loan and never given a chance, I don’t think he has become the player they had hoped. I am surprised that Lansbury has gone out on loan again, I would have liked to see him stay and fight for a spot, but I guess he knew he wasn’t going to figure in the team when AOC came on before him against Manchester United in “That Game”. Traore showed that he doesn’t have what it takes to be a top level left back, but I always saw him more as a winger anyway, and if QPR use him as that he could be a good buy for them, but if they use him at left back, they may be in trouble. JET, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, I thought was going to be given a chance this season, but they decided to cash in on one of their youth products, as well as releasing some. All in all Arsenal in some aspects are a stronger team, Mertersacker in defence, but are weaker in midfield with Nasri and Fabregas going and short term cover in. The dust has cleared and the excitement has died down the realism will kick in, Manchester City have passed them, Chelsea have kept their distance and United have moved further away while Liverpool have caught up and Tottenham are still nipping at the heels. Overall 6/10
Aston Villa — £17m
INS: Charles N’Zogbia (Wigan, £9.5m), Shay Given (Man City, £3.5m), Alan Hutton (Spurs, £4m). LOAN: Jermaine Jenas (Spurs).
OUTS: Stewart Downing (Liverpool, £20m), Ashley Young (Man Utd, £16m), Luke Young (QPR, undisclosed), Jonathan Hogg (Watford, undisclosed), Brad Friedel (Tottenham, free), Nigel Reo-Coker (Bolton, free), John Carew (West Ham, free)
When McLeish took over there was worry and uncertainty, With Friedel, Reo-Coker and Carew leaving, then the sale of Ashley Young and Downing. Many fans were right to worry. But then when the likes of N’Zogbia and Given came in, some of those nerves went. Luke Young left for QPR but they replaced him with Hutton, which is a better swap in my opinion. And Jenas is a replacement for the midfield loss of Reo-Coker. Jenas could work out a good loan signing. They have made some money and have spent well, but I don’t think they have progressed. Overall 7/10
Blackburn — £11.5m
INS: Scott Dann (Birmingham, £6m), Simon Vukcevic (Sporting, £2m), David Goodwillie (Dundee Utd, £2m), Myles Anderson (Aberdeen, £1.5m), Radoslav Petrovic (Partizan, undisclosed), Brunoi Ribeiro (Gremio, free), Yakubu (Everton, undisclosed)
OUTS: Phil Jones (Man Utd, £16.5m), Frank Fielding (Derby, £300,000), Nikola Kalinic (Dnipro, undisclosed), Jason Brown (Aberdeen, free), Zurab Khizanishvili (Kayserispor, free), Brett Emerton (Sydney, free), Benjani (Portsmouth, free). LOAN: Keith Andrews (Ipswich).
Now this is hard to call. They have lost Phil Jones, but for big money, but they have signed Scott Dann for around £6m. Dann should be able to link up well with Samba. Kalinic is out, but Yakubu and Goodwillie are in and with some attacking midfielders in the mix with Vukcevic and Petrovic. Again I don’t think they have progressed much, but with these players in, they might be able to be just above a relegation scrape, but I still doubt it. Overall 7/10
INS: David N’Gog (Liverpool, £4m), Chris Eagles, Tyrone Mears (Burnley, joint £3m), Darren Pratley (Swansea, free), Nigel Reo Coker (Aston Villa, free). LOANS: Tuncay (Wolfsburg), Dedryck Boyata (Man City), Gael Kakuta (Chelsea).
OUTS: Ali Al Habsi (Wigan, £4m), Matt Taylor (West Ham, £2.2m), Danny Ward (Huddersfield, undisclosed), Johan Elmander (Galatasaray, free), Tamir Cohen (Maccabi, free), Joey O’Brien (West Ham, free).
Loan signings in as usual, but Coyle always seems able to get the best out of them. Tuncay has already made an impact and Kakuta & Boyata will be hoping to do the same. Some free signings as well, and they will be good additions to the squad. N’Gog will be looking to show everyone at Anfield what he can do. I am surprised that Al Habsi has left as he did well on loan last season, and I thought he would have come back and took the no.1 jersey, but he has been sold. But that £4m has been spent on a striker. Elmander has gone a free as has O’Brien and Cohen. Have these transfers in and out moved the club along no, if they had gone and got Sturridge then that would have been a great signing. As It is, Tuncay is still a good signing, Overall 7/10
Chelsea — £77.5m
INS: Juan Mata (Valencia, £26m), Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht, £20m), Thibaud Courtois (Genk, £5m), Lucas Piazon (Sao Paulo, £5m), Ulises Davila (Chivas, £5m), Oriol Romeu (Barcelona, £4.5m), Raul Meireles (Liverpool, £12m).
OUTS: Michael Mancienne (Hamburg, £3m), Slobodan Rajkovic (Hamburg, £1.8m), Yury Zhirkov (Anzhi, undisclosed), Nemanja Matic (Benfica, undisclosed), Fabio Borini (Parma, undisclosed), James Cork (Southampton, undisclosed). LOANS: Patrick Van Aanholt (Wigan), Ulises Davila (Arnhem), Gael Kakuta (Bolton), Yossi Benayoun (Arsenal).
Chelsea have moved on some of their young players that were not making the grade, but strangely they have moved to Hamburg where Arnesen now works. Mancienne, Rajkovic are those two. Zhirkov never really settled at Chelsea, and really was never a player that they needed so I wasn’t surprised that he has moved but am surprised that he moved to Anzhi, but they have money and have just brought Eto’o and that shows ambition. I was surprised that they sold youngster James Cork as I thought that he would have been a player that would have got his chance. Kakuta and Benayoun have gone out on loan. Even though Chelsea are looking to bring through the youth, they have sent a lot out on loan, and sold, they have brought young. Mata 23, Lukaku 18, Romeu 18. Lukaku can’t wait to learn and work with Drogba, the main reason he signed for Chelsea, and he will improve his game at Chelsea and could become a leading star for Chelsea and a great Premier League player. Raul Meireles was a late late buy and a real surprise to many, but will work in the Chelsea midfield very well. He could play in a very similar role to Lampard, and as they are looking to transit from the old to the new under AVB, Meireles could be that player along with Mata that will help achieve that. Talking of Mata, he has already made an impact for Chelsea and it can only be an exciting time to see what he will do this season. Chelsea have done good business, they have added youth but also flair. They have added to their squad well and overall have given themselves the chance to compete for the top spot this season. Overall 8/10
Everton — £0
INS: Eric Dier (Sporting, loan), Royston Drenthe (Real Madrid, loan). Denis Stracqualursi (Tigre, loan)
OUTS: Yakubu (Blackburn Unds) Mikel Arteta (Arsenal, £10m), James Vaughan (Norwich, £2.5m), Iain Turner (Preston, free), Kieran Agard (Yeovil, free), Hope Akpan (Crawley, free). LOAN: Shane Duffy (Scunthorpe).
I feel for Everton fans, as they were really not able to look forward to the Transfer Deadline Day as they knew they were unable to buy anyone, but they did manage to get some players on loan. But unfortunately they lost one of their star players in Arteta. Everton also sold James Vaughan for £2.5m but that £12.5m is unlikely to be put back into investing in players, but paying off debts. January will be very important as they could be in deep trouble and in a relegation battle. It isn’t what the club deserves or what the manager deserves, but Everton have done well under these circumstances but for how much longer? Drenthe could be a good signing or could be a huge flop and the same could be said for Denis. I know more of Drenthe than Denis, but it’s not just Drenthe ability I know of it is his attitude, as it can very much affect his performances. Overall 5/10
Fulham — £16.6m
INS: Bryan Ruiz (FC Twente, £10.6m), Orlando Sa (Porto, free), Pajtim Kasami (Palermo, £3m), John Arne Riise (Roma, £2.4m), Marcel Gecov (Slovan Liberec, £600,000), Dan Burn (Darlington, undisclosed), Csaba Somogyi (Rakospalotai, free).
OUTS: Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest, £670,000), Kagisho Dikgacoi (£600,000, C Palace), Zoltan Gera (West Brom, free), Diomansy Kamara (Eskisehispor, free), John Pantsil (Leicester, free). LOANS: David Stockdale (Ipswich), Lauri Dalla Valle (Dundee United), Rafik Halliche (Swansea).
Well there wouldn’t have been much to shout about if the transfer deadline was a day earlier, but what a day for Fulham. They had to fight hard but in the end they got their man, Bryan Ruiz for around £10m. He looks like a real bright prospect fro Fulham and with Dembele already at the club, Fulham will have some real fire power at their disposal. The signing of Grygera is a good one as that is going to add to their defence, along with J.A Riise. I am not too sure the signings of Kasami, Somogyi and Gecov. They could do well or be flops, but time will tell on that and the same goes for the signing of Orlando Sa. Fulham did their best to keep Gera but he decided to join WBA. Overall 7/10
Liverpool — £62m
INS: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool, undisclosed), Jordan Henderson (Sunderland, £20m), Stewart Downing (Aston Villa, £20m), Charlie Adam (Blackpool, £9m), Sebastian Coates (Nacional, £7m), Jose Enrique (Newcastle, £6m), Alexnder Doni (Roma, free), Villyan Bijev (California Odyssey, undisc).
OUTS: David N’Gog (Bolton, £4m), Christian Poulsen (Evian, undisclosed), Paul Konchesky (Leicester, £1.5m), Raul Meireles (Chelsea, £12m) Emilano Insua (Sporting, undisclosed), Daniel Ayala (Norwich, undisclosed), Milan Jovanovic (Anderlecht, free), Sotitios Kyrgiakos (Wolfsburg, free), Tom Ince (Blackpool, free). LOANS: Stephen Darby (Rochdale), Joe Cole (Lille), Daniel Pacheco (A Madrid), Alberto Aquilani (AC Milan), Villyan Bijev (Dusseldorf).
Now here is a team that has done some great business. Not just with the people they have brought in but also the players they have got rid of. Poor Hodgson, most of the players he brought have now been sold. Let’s start with the release of deadwood from the club. Poulsen has joined Evian, Konchesky has joined Leicester for £1.5m, Jovanovic came in on a free and leaves on a free to Anderlecht, Kyrgiakos leave on a free to join Wolfsburg while Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani go out on loan to Lille and Milan respectively. Now for Aquilani the loan has a clause that a transfer of £8m can happen if he reaches a certain amount of games for the Italian side, where as Joe Cole’s loan to Lille is rumoured to be a strategic one where Liverpool will pay 60% of his wages so they can get first refusal on Eden Hazard. If that is true that is good business. Now to focus on the players that have come in, well the captures of Jose Enrique, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Craig Bellamy. The squad that is at Kenny’s disposal now is one that will be fighting for the title. More likely they will be fighting for the Champions League spot and they may have now moved passed Arsenal. It will be very interesting watching the Premiership this season. Even with Raul Meireles moving on, the amount of talent they have added to the team and the amount of waste they have got rid off its fair to say Overall 9.5/10
Man City — £78m
INS: Sergio Agüero (Atlético, £35m), Samir Nasri (Arsenal, £24m), Gael Clichy (Arsenal, Man City, £7m), Stefan Savic (Partizan Belgrade, £6m), Costel Pantimilimon (Poli Timisoara, £6m), Owen Hargreaves (free agent).
OUTS: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool, undisclosed), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich, £10m), Shay Given (Aston Villa, £3.5m), Felipe Caicedo (Levante, £880,000), Jo (Internaticional, undisclosed), Shaleum Logan (Brentford, free). LOANS: Michael Johnson (Leicester), Ben Mee (Burnley), Ryan McGivern (Bristol City), Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Bolton), Roque Santa Cruz (Real Betis), Vladimir Weiss (Espanyol), John Guidetti (Feyenoord)
City have added so much talent and have moved on some un-needed players the Manchester City squad now is one that will challenge for the title. One huge piece of that is that Tevez has stayed, but an even bigger piece of that is the signing of Kun Agüero, along with the signing of Nasri and Clichy from Arsenal and the surprise deadline day signing of Owen Hargreaves. Some big names have gone, but with bigger names in it isn’t a problem, unlike at Arsenal. Adebayor has gone to Tottenham on loan, Bellamy to Liverpool; Jerome Boateng has gone to Bayern with City recouping some of the money they paid for him. Given has gone to Villa for first team football. These signings have moved City even closer to their goal of becoming Champions of England and further Champions of Europe. In January or next season will be interesting because if City are achieving, Success will bring in players, and with the money, that combination is frightening!
Overall 9/10, you know, that doesn’t sit right, with Agüero having the impact he has had, and with the addition of Nasri, i’m going to say 10/10 because what could they have done better? Who were they linked to that they didn’t get, is there more they could have done, they are doing it the right way at the moment! Overall 10/10
Man United — £51.3m
INS: David De Gea (Atlético Madrid, £17.8m), Phil Jones (Blackburn, £16.5m), Ashley Young (Aston Villa, £16m).
OUTS: Gabriel Obertan (Newcastle, £3.25m), John O’Shea (Sunderland, £4m), Wes Brown (Sunderland, £2m), Owen Hargreaves (released), Joe Dudgeon (Hull, £80,000), Corry Evans (Hull, £500,000). LOANS: Bebe (Besiktas), Ritchie de Laet (Norwich).
Well United have done some great business here. The signing of Young I always believed would be a great signing, but I was unsure of Jones. I thought that in the future he would grow into a good player, but didn’t think he would have much of an impact early on, but he has done great so far. Lucky that injuries to both Vidic and Ferdinand happened forcing SAF’s hand into starting Jones but it was paid off big time. He looks commanding when defending and when he is bringing the ball out of defence. De Gea had a shaky start to the season, but he is a quality goalkeeper and earmarked and a future Spain no.1. Big money has been spent but with the impact Young and Jones have already had it definitely looks money well spent! I was surprised to see the experienced O’Shea and Brown leave, but if they stayed maybe Jones wouldn’t be seeing the playing time he currently is. Obertan never reached the level United wanted, but he looks like a good buy for Newcastle. Either way, United have recouped the £3m they spent on him so not all bad. United decided not to keep Owen Hargreaves and surprisingly he has gone across town to City where he hopes to prove everyone at United wrong. Is this Jaap Stam all over again? I don’t think so, but we shall see. The sales haven’t hindered United but the signings have enhanced them so, Overall 9/10
Newcastle — £12m
INS: Davide Santon (Inter Milan, £5m), Yohan Cabaye (Lille, £4m), Gabriel Obertan (Man Utd, £3m), Mehdi Abeid (Lens, free), Sylvain Marveaux (Rennes, free), Demba Ba (West Ham, free).
OUTS: Jose Enrique (Liverpool, £6m), Kevin Nolan (West Ham, £4.5m), Wayne Routledge (Swansea, £2m), Joey Barton (QPR, free), Ben Tozer (Northampton, free). LOANS: Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton), Fraser Forster (Celtic).
Newcastle have signed some good players. A good free signing in Ba if he can replicate the form he had at West Ham near the end of the season, and and good free signing in Marveaux. Cabaye is a great capture for the club, but could just be a double up waiting to happen. He could have been playing Champions League football with Lille so I was very surprised that he didn’t sign for a CL playing club, but like I said if he has a good season, Newcastle could be selling him on for double they paid for him, wait and see. The purchase of Davide Santon I believe to be a good one, as he has great potential, but when he reaches that what are Newcastle going to do with him. I fear do the same as Jose Enrique and make a profit. That is fundamentally the problem with Newcastle. The players they have sold and let go. Barton, Nolan and Enrique, with Routledge out as well, they have received £12.5m and spent £12m making half a million. They will have reduced their wage bill also, but that isn’t going to win the fans over and definitely not going to win matches or trophies, Arsenal fans can tell you that. Overall 6/10
Norwich — £9.6m
INS: Steve Morison (Millwall, £2.8m), James Vaughan (Everton, £2.5m), Anthony Pilkington (Huddersfield, £2.5m), Daniel Ayala (Liverpool, undisclosed), Elliott Bennett (Brighton, £1.8m), Bradley Johnson (Leeds, free). LOANS: Ritchie de Laet (Man Utd), Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
OUTS: Cody McDonald (Coventry, undisclosed), Owain Tudor Jones (Inverness, undisclosed), Luke Daley (Plymouth, free), Steven Smith (Plymouth, free), Matt Gill (Bristol Rovers, free), Sam Habergham (Tamworth, free), Stephen Hughes (released). LOANS: Tom Adeyemi (Oldham).
I don’t believe that Norwich have signed enough quality to stay up. That is no disrespect to the players they have signed, but I don’t believe that they are all Premiership quality. The loan signings may have come from Premier League but they were on loan at Championships sides last season, so how much are they really going to add to the squad. I see that it benefits the player, and it benefits the club loaning the player out, but in this instance I don’t see how it benefits Norwich, maybe next season they will be able to get the same players on loan, and that will be good for a championship side…..Overall 5/10
QPR — £12m
INS: Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City, £6.5m), Armand Traore (Arsenal, £3.3m), DJ Campbell (Blackpool, £1.2m), Danny Gabbidon (West Ham, free), Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff, free), Kieron Dyer (West Ham, free), Brian Murphy (Ipswich, free), Bruno Perone (Tombense, free), Joey Barton (Newcastle, free), Anton Ferdinand (Sunderland).
OUTS: Mikele Leigertwood (Reading, undisclosed), Georgias Tofas (Anagennisi, free), Josh Parker (Oldham, free), Joe Oastler (Torquay, free), Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers, free), Kaspars Gorkss (Reading, undisclosed). LOANS: Peter Ramage (Crystal Palace), Angelo Balanta (MK Dons).
Well this is interesting, lets split this into two. Pre and Post takeover.
Pre Takeover; Bruno Perone, Brian Murphy, Kieron Dyer, Jay Bothroyd, DJ Campbell. Well there are two good signings there, and they are the strikers Bothroyd and Campbell. They may not be Top notch, but they could strike up a good partnership, I can see this working. It could of course but trash, but in my mind I think they can score goals. Dyer was a huge gamble and 3 minutes into the Premiership, he is off injured. That unfortunately sums up Kieron Dyer, injury prone. From that, id say that these signings would not have been enough to keep the club up, Overall 5.5/10
Post Takeover;; Joey Barton, Luke Young, SWP, Armand Traore, Danny Gabbidon, Anton Ferdinand, Jason Puncheon. It all started with Joey Barton. Fernandez stamped his authority on the way he will do his dealings and went in big with the signing of Joey Barton, SWP and A. Ferdinand. With Traore, depending they play him as a winger as he can’t defend all that well, and Young in the mix the squad will be boosted immensely. They now have a fighting chance to stay up. Overall 8/10
Stoke — £22m
INS: Wilson Palacios (Tottenham, £8m), Peter Crouch (Tottenham, £10m), Cameron Jerome (Birmingham, £4m), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham, free), Matthew Upson (West Ham, free).
OUTS: Carl Dickinson (Watford, undisclosed), Eidur Gudjohnsen (AEK Athens, free), Abdoulaye Faye (West Ham, free), Ibrahima Sonko (Ipswich, free). LOAN: Andrew Davies (Crystal Palace).
Now I have mentioned a few times in this rundown, have the transfer moved to team forward, well Stoke have! Upson, Palacios and Crouch have done that. If Woodgate can stay fit that will help and Jerome for me will be a great squad addition as he will work hard and wear down defenders. More importantly they haven’t let players leave. Stoke have the ability to push for a high table finish, not a top 6, but maybe 7th, 8th. This has been a good summer transfer window for Stoke. Overall 9/10
Sunderland — £27.45m
INS: Connor Wickham (Ipswich £8.1m), Craig Gardner (Birmingham, £8m), John O’Shea (Man Utd, £4m), Ahmed Elmohamady (ENPPL, £3m), Ji Dong-won (Chunnam Dragons, £2m), Wes Brown (Man Utd, £2m), James McLean (Derry, £350,000), Keiren Westwood (Coventry, free), Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham, free), David Vaughan (Blackpool, free). LOANS: Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal).
OUTS: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool, £20m), Steed Malbranque (St Etienne, undisclosed), Nathan Luscombe (Hartlepool, free), Michael Kay (Tranmere, free) Anton Ferdinand (QPR)LOANS: George McCartney (West Ham), Cristian Riveros (Kayserispor).
Sunderland were very active during the summer with 11 players in and 6 out. They raided Man Utd, but this time not for loans, but have signed Wes Brown and John O’Shea. I think these are two great signings and will really add something to the team that they need. They are coming for a great stock of winners, and will bring determination and hopefully a winning mentality, but then to counter that they have brought Bendtner in on loan. Steve Bruce has worked with i’m before when he had him on loan from Arsenal with Larsson who they have also signed on a free. Bendtner for me rarely put in enough effort and has come out and said he doesn’t want to return to Arsenal. Larsson on the other hand I think is a great signing, and he has already made an impact. Connor Wickham is a gamble for me, he could be one we look back on and say was great business, or could look back on and think how much. Time will tell there. They have sold one of their youth products for big money, and I think that is a great transfer for Sunderland. Overall 7.5/10
Swansea — £9.25m
INS: Danny Graham (Watford, £3.5m), Wayne Routledge (Newcastle, £2m), Michel Vorm (Utrecht, £2m), Leroy Lita (Middlesbrough, £1.75m), Jose Moreira (Benfica, free), Gerhard Tremmel (Red Bull Salzburg, free), Federico Bessone, (Leeds, undisc), LOAN: Rafik Halliche (Fulham).
OUTS: Shaun MacDonald (Bournemouth, £80,000), Dorus de Vries (Wolves, free), Darren Pratley (Bolton, free), Albert Serran (AEK Larnaca, free). LOAN: Scott Donnelly (Wycombe).
Danny Graham and Routledge look to have been decent signings, but the best was Vorm. He has been great so far. He may have conceded a few goals against City but it could have been worse if another goalkeeper was in goal, they dont look like they re going to miss de Vries. Pratley has also left and he has joined Bolton. It is a shame he hasnt stayed and he is a player they could use. Overall 6.5/10
Tottenham — £6m
INS: Scott Parker (West Ham, £5m), Brad Friedel (Aston Villa, free), Cristian Ceballos (Barcelona, free), Souleymane Coulibaly (Siene, £1m). LOANS: Emmanuel Adebayor (Man City), Yago Falque (Juventus).
OUTS: Jamie O’Hara (Wolves, £5m), Jonathan Woodgate (Stoke, free), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy, £3.5m), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa, £4m), Wilson Palacios (Stoke, £8m), Peter Crouch (Stoke, £10m). LOANS: Jermaine Jenas (Aston Villa), Bongani Khumalo (Reading), Kyle Naughton (Norwich), Steven Caulker (Swansea), Ryan Mason (Doncaster), David Bentley (West Ham).
Tottenham have been un-characteristically quiet this transfer window with now Deadline Day signings at the death, but they have brought well. The signing of Parker for £5m is a bargain as is the free signing of Brad Freidel. Two loan signings with youngster Iago from Juventus which is a transfer that baffles me. He hasn’t done well and Juve, and didn’t do that well on loan to Villarreal so why Tottenham have decided to loan him I don’t know, but the other in the form of Adebayor is a great signing. Adebayor will spearhead the Tottenham attacks and Van der Vaart will be there to feed of his knock downs and hard work. Tottenham have cleared a lot of wages and have recouped money they have spent in the past. Crouch for £10m, Palacios £8m Robbie Keane £3.5m, Hutton £4m and O’Hara for £5M Tottenham have received £30.5 and only spent £6 so maybe that will be saved until January or maybe they are playing the long game and that will be used next season. Overall 7.5/10
West Brom — £4.5m
INS: Shane Long (Reading, £4.5m), Gareth McAuley (Ipswich, free), Billy Jones (Preston, free), Zoltan Gera (Fulham, free). LOAN: Ben Foster (Birmingham).
OUTS: Scott Carson (Bursaspor, £2.1m), Ishmael Miller (N Forest, £1.2m), Pablo Ibanez (Birmingham, £1.5m) Borja Valero (Villarreal, undisc), Abdoulaye Melte (Dijon, free), Gianni Zuiverloon (Real Mallorca, free), Giles Barnes (Doncaster, free), Marek Cech (Trabzonspor, undisclosed), Ryan Allsop (Millwall, £80,000). LOANS: Boaz Myhill and Chris Wood (Birmingham), James Hurst (Blackpool).
Shane Long was a very good signing, as well as the capture of Zoltan Gera and the loan signing of Ben Foster. Three good signings, against a bigger clear out. Will WBA suffer from that in the long run time will tell, but they have replaced well and added to the team and Shane Long looks to be an inspired signing and with Ben Foster doing so well last season, if he can recreate that then he will be a great signing also. Overall 7/10
Wigan — £5m
INS: Ali Al Habsi (Bolton, £4m), David Jones (Wolves, free), Albert Crusat (Almeria, undisclosed), Shaun Maloney (Celtic, £1m). LOAN: Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea).
OUTS: Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa, £9.5m), Antonio Amaya (Real Betis, undisclosed), Daniel de Ridder (Grasshopper, free), Steven Caldwell (Birmingham). LOAN: Mauro Boselli (Estudiantes).
They have lost a big player in N’Zogbia, but he had to leave, as if he was kept there, he just wouldn’t have played to the standard everyone knows. Boselli has left on loan, that transfer just hasn’t worked out the way they has wanted. H e has gone back to his former club. Wigan have also brought in on loan with Patrick Van Aanholt from Chelsea. They have also signed Al Habsi on a permanent deal after a successful loan deal last season. They have brought in winger Crusat and Maloney. Wigan fans will be hoping that they can live up to N’Zogbia but I am uncertain to be honest. Overall 6/10
Wolves — £11.4m
INS: Roger Johnson (Birmingham, £7m), Jamie O’Hara (Tottenham, £4.4m), Dorus De Vries (Swansea, free).
OUTS: Greg Halford (Portsmouth, undisclosed), David Jones (Wigan, free), Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (Standard Liege, free), Marcus Hahnemann (released), David Jones (released). LOANS: Steven Mouyokolo (Sochaux), Danny Batth (Sheff Wed), Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Sheff Utd), David Davis (Inverness), Andy Keogh (Leeds).
A great signing in Johnson for Wolves who is going to add great strength and power, and for good money too. Jamie O’Hara has come in on a permanent signing after spending a season on loan at Wolves last season. Wolves more importantly haven’t sold any key players, but have decided not to keep some and have lost Jones on a free. McCarthy will hope that the added defensive protection will keep them out of a relegation battle. I don’t know if that will be enough but it was a good signing Overall 7/10