Transfer deadline day proved to be as dramatic as ever with lots of club records being broken, some late shocks and as always in football there was plenty of drama and controversy.
The first deal on the big day came from Stoke after they announced the signing of Marko Arnautovic only two minutes into the day (Mirror.co.uk). The winger joined the Potters from Werder Bremen on a four year contract and Mark Hughes sounded happy to add the Austrian to his squad. I don’t know a lot about the winger but he does add depth to the squad calling with the loan signing of Liverpool winger Assaidi (Independent).
Another early deal came from the Hawthorns who announced the signing of Morgan Amalfitano on a season long loan with a view to a permanent move. The Frenchman can play anywhere across the midfield and will add competition so I think he will be a good player. This could leave Dorrans down the pecking order who I highly rate and he will keep Morrison on his toes.
There were some rumours that Tom Ince would sign for either Tottenham or Newcastle for around £10m and then loan him back to Bloomfield road. The club didn’t deny it or confirm it, Ince just turned up for training and went back home again. I think that he or trying to get a Premier League move by helping Blackpool get promoted, because he is settled.
One player that is unsettled is Ricardo Vaz Te at Upton Park. The striker handed in a transfer request with days to go in the window, and on deadline day it looked likely he would get his move away from the Hammers to get more football. There were a number of Championship clubs interested in him, but it was Norwich who West Ham discussed with. The negotiations were going on for most of the day, but nothing materialized so Vaz Te will have a tough few months.
A player that did get his wish after asking to leave was Fellaini who, to no surprise, departed Everton for Manchester United to be reunited with his old manager. This transfer was always going to happen, Moyes was confident all day that the deal would be done even though it was announced after 11pm. The Belgian signed for £27.5m on a three year deal, but it was a poor move from the champions because they could have signed him over a month ago for £23m. As I understand, the former Evertonian wasn’t Moyes’ first choice and that he was confident that he could bring in Thiago, Fabregas or Herrera.
The Herrera deal went to the last day, and with only a few hours to spare United agreed to pay the release clause in his contract. The deal was firmly on the cards until some men in suits went to Bilbao to falsely represent Manchester United. I feel that this deal will happen in the next 12 months considering that the midfielder was prepared to pay some of his own money to make the move possible. Another factor is that United desperately want him since he is a player for the future.
Crystal Palace added more strength to their squad after bringing in Mariappa from Reading for a undisclosed amount of money. The centre back had only been at the Madjeski for a year after signing from Watford last summer. I think that he is a player that will constantly move to the clubs that have got promoted because he wants to play at the highest level possible for him.
Holloway came close to bringing in two forwards in the faces of Bendtner and former fan’s favourite Andrew Johnson. The Bendtner deal looked likely until Wenger decided that the best option wad to keep him as cover for Giroud. He did turn up at Palace but it wasn’t any more than that.
Johnson was on his way back to the club after QPR and Palace agreed a fee. The England international turned up to discuss personal terms with minutes left, but then Rangers asked for a bigger sum of cash which the club refused to pay.
A striker did sign for the Eagles with Cameron Jerome joining on a season loan. They also got right back Jack Hunt for an undisclosed fee on a four year deal.
Holloway did make another signing of the day by recruiting Barry Bannan from Aston Villa. Bannan will now play under Holloway for the second time after they worked together at Blackpool. The Scotsman penned a three year deal and he is looking forward to a new chapter in his life in London. Bannan will be a good addition to the squad, he adds creativity, scores a few goals and creates a few chances from his site pieces.
Another player that has departed Villa Park is Stephen Ireland who has signed at Stoke for a season long loan. He is reunited with Hughes who he worked with at Man City a few years ago. He has never been a regular at Villa, and he has already left on loan to Newcastle while he was at Villa Park. I don’t know if Ireland will succeed at the Brittania, but this is the only club he will be a success in the Premier League because Hughes highly rates the midfielder.
One club that will be happy with their business is the league leaders Liverpool. Rodgers signed three young players and I believe that they can all be a hit at Anfield. The signings they made were Sakho, Ilori and Moses.
Sakho and Ilori are both young centre backs and they have signed for a total of £25m. Sakho has Champions League experience with PSG and he helped them win Ligue 1 last season, and he is only 23. He could prove key in the fight for the top four, and he adds to the solidity of the defence. Ilori could be a star in the making at Liverpool as long as he gets regular football.
Victor Moses joined Liverpool in the search of first team football after he moved further down the pecking order with Schurrle moving to Chelsea. I know that Steve Clarke was interested in the winger, but the former Wigan man decided he would rather join a bigger club. Also this deal will benefit Mourinho because of the success Daniel Sturridge had had at Anfield.
One player that left the club was Fabio Borini who joined Sunderland on a season long loan. I think he will do well at the Stadium of light, he is highly rated by Brendan Rodgers and he will return to Anfield as a better player. The only problem with the deal is that Di Canio could affect Borini’ s confidence if he criticizes him in public.
Chelsea striker Demba Ba was a possible target for a few Premier League clubs with Arsenal, Spurs and another unnamed club reportedly interested in the forward. Initially, we heard reports that Chelsea and Arsenal couldn’t agree a loan fee but we now know that Mourinho wasn’t prepared to let him go to a rival. The unnamed club was rumoured to be either Newcastle, WBA or West Ham.
With Ba staying at Stamford Bridge, this allowed Romelu Lukaku to leave on loan. Everton were the initial front runners but that was until it was speculated that he preferred a return to the Hawthorns. There was a fight for the Belgian between the two clubs until the last minute. The news was announced on his Twitter account when he posted he was going to Everton. Clarke was confident of resigning the striker but unfortunately he decided to play at Goodison Park.
Martinez further strengthened his squad by recruiting Barry on loan and James McCarthy for £13m. Both of the deals were late and the paperwork just about made it in time. The first bid made by Everton was rejected by Whelan because of the payment plan, they wanted to pay the fee over four years. The £13m bid was accepted with only ten minutes left, so it was tense at Finch Farm.
It was also tense at West Brom’s training ground with potential deals everywhere. There was the Lukaku deal which didn’t come off, and the potential sale of Shane Long to Hull for £5m which would have been a club record fee for the Tigers. That deal depended on the arrivals of Anichebe and Sessegnon.
The Baggies did sign them both for £6m each, but Clarke decided he wouldn’t have enough fire power if he sold Long. Although they both cost the same, the former Sunderland man is the club record signing because he was the first player of the two to put pen to paper.
I believe that both of the new players will be good for the Baggies. Sessengon adds that creative spark that we have lacked this season, as well as his assists he can score goals. I think that Sessengon will improve under Clarke taking into account the fact that Di Canio was constantly arguing with his players. Anichebe is a strong striker who did well at Goodison, he knows where the goal is and with his strength he can easily out muscle defenders.
The shock Long deal was agreed and the Irish international had agreed personal terms so he might be annoyed that the deal didn’t go through. He is a fans favourite, but so was Odemwingie and looked what happened to him. I am just hoping that our number nine doesn’t go the way that Odemwingie did because he is one of our best players.
Talking of the Nigerian, he sealed a move to Cardiff for a fee of £2.25m for two years. There wasn’t any sign of him driving down to the training ground like at QPR last deadline day, it was a simple move for him. I wish him all the best at Cardiff because he was our top goal scorer in his first season, without him I believe we would have got relegated in our first season back in the big time. He won’t be remembered by fans as that prolific striker, he will be remembered as the sulking player who was just after more money.
Lee Camp joined the Baggies as well on a short term contract for free following his release from Norwich. Camp is a good keeper, but I don’t think we needed to sign him because we already have two keepers when Foster is injured. Camp will be a squad player fighting for the number one spot with Myhill for the next three months.
One player that Albion were rumoured to be signing was Fabio Quagliarella on loan from Juventus. A number of clubs were interested but no bid was submitted.
In the Championship, Wigan signed Nick Powell on loan from Manchester United for a season to replace McCarthy. This will be a good addition for Coyle and Moyes because it helps Wigan in their promotion hunt and helps Moyes in the future.
The Latics failed in a late bid to sign Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn for £6m. Rhodes was never going to leave Ewood Park for a promotion rival no matter what the price, although I expected a Premier League club to see if they could snatch him.
Also it couldn’t be a proper deadline day without seeing Harry Redknapp in his car no would it. Redknapp said he signed Kranjcar, Carroll and Assou Ekotto all on season long loans. Harry has signed some good players this window and I believe we will see Premier League action at Loftus Road in the near future.
There was one big deal of the day which saw Mesut Ozil leave Madrid for London. He signed for Arsenal for a club record £42.4m. Ozil is a world class player who scores goals and most of all creates bundles of chances. Mourinho once said that Ozil was the best number ten in the world, that is some praise.
It is a statement of intent by Arsenal but he isn’t the type of player they need. Ozil would have suited better at Old Trafford and Fellaini would have suited better at the Emirates. However, the signing of the German did get the approval of Mo Farah so that is good enough for me.
The only team in the Premier League not to spend any money on a permanent deal was Newcastle. It will be a huge struggle for the Magpies this season, but the best bit of business they did was hold on to Cabaye.
There was a couple of potential late deals which didn’t come off.
The first was that Mata was in advanced talks with PSG over a transfer but it never moved further which was surprising. The papers in Paris said the deal was close, I don’t know what happens with that deal. Mata has been Chelsea’ s best player in the last two seasons, but I do understand why they want to offload him. He just doesn’t fit in with the new style of play.
The second was Coentrao to United on loan, but the paperwork wasn’t completed in time and Real failed to bring in a replacement so I doubt it would have gone through anyway.
It was a record breaking window with over £600m spent my Premiership clubs, and it could have been more if Cabaye, Suarez and Rooney left their respective clubs. Let’s not forget Leighton Baines who stayed quiet throughout the window, I’m sure his big move will come in the next twelve months.
But for now we have to wait until January for any more transfers, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and most of all the summer transfer window.