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Premier League Transfer Window Review

Great article in the Daily Mail  by Laura Williamson on how each Premier League team fared in the January transfer window. Laura has her winners and losers from the mid-season frenzy. Do you agree with her comments?


Done deals – In: Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg, £12m, TBC). Out: Rui Fonte (Crystal Palace, loan), Gavin Hoyte (Watford, loan), Henri Lansbury (Scunthorpe, loan), Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Cardiff, loan), Rene Steer (Gillingham, loan), Paul Rodgers (Northampton, loan), Jay Simpson (West Brom, loan).

What they needed –  Cover for Cesc Fabregas in the centre of midfield, such as Barcelona’s Yaya Toure, brother of Kolo, and a centre-half.

Andrei Arshavin

Perfect 10: Arsenal got Andrei Arshavin after a long pursuit

What they got – A top class forward with a point to prove after a protracted transfer saga. We think.

Who did they miss out on? No major targets, as Wenger continues to stick to his thrift and youth policies.

How much did they spend? £12m

Where will it get them? Have they done enough to secure a top-five finish? Not sure.

Aston Villa

Done deals – In: Emile Heskey (Wigan, £3.5m), Arsenio Halfhuid (Excelsior, £150,000).  Out: Wayne Routledge (QPR, £1.5m), Sam Williams (Walsall, loan).

What they needed An aerial threat to compensate for John Carew’s absence.

What they got Emile Heskey, a man Martin O’Neill knows well and the ideal attacking buy for Villa.

Emile Heskey

Big splash: Emile Heskey has made an instant impact at Aston Villa

Who did they miss out on? Off-loading Nicky Shorey, perhaps.

How much did they spend? £3.65m

Where will it get them? A top-four finish.


Done deals – In: Nick Blackman (Macclesfield, undisclosed), El-Hadji Diouf (Sunderland, £2.8m), Gael Givet (Marseille, loan). Out: Frank Fielding (Rochdale, loan), Eddie Nolan (Preston, undisclosed), Jamie Clarke (Rotherham, free), Sergio Peter (Sparta Prague, £500,000).

What they needed – Strengthening in all departments. A creative midfielder, a couple of defenders and to hold on to Roque Santa Cruz.

What they got – Blackburn stood firm against pressure from moneybags Man City and have done themselves a massive favour by keeping Santa Cruz.

Who did they miss out on? Marco Zoro. The Benfica defender was unable to secure a work permit for a loan deal.

How much did they spend? £2.8m

Where will it get them? Another season in the Premier League.


Done deals – In: Sebastien Puygrenier (Zenit St Petersburg, loan), Mark Davies (Wolves, £1m),  Ariza Makukula (Benfica, loan). Out: Heidar Helguson (QPR, undisclosed), Kevin Nolan (Newcastle, £4.5m).

What they needed  A centre half, a midfielder and a striker.

What they got – Not a lot, really. Davies looks a good signing – but they needed an addition rather than just a replacement for Nolan.

Sebastien Puygrenier

Head start: Sebastien Puygrenier scores for Bolton against Tottenham at the weekend

Who did they miss out on? Jimmy Bullard and Calum Davenport.

How much did they spend? £1m

Where will it get them? They should be OK, but Gary Megson hasn’t done himself many favours with his lack of activity.


Done deals –  In: Ricardo Quaresma (Inter Milan, loan), Gokhan Tore (Bayer Leverkusen, £500,000). Out: Wayne Bridge (Manchester City, £12m), Jack Cork (Watford, loan), Jimmy Smith (Leyton Orient, loan), Carlo Cudicini (Spurs, free), Lee Sawyer (Coventry, loan), Jack Cork (Watford, loan).

What they needed Scolari claimed he needed two new faces at Stamford Bridge, one being a striker.

What they got – Width and a player who can understand Scolari in Quaresma, which is no mean feat.

Ricardo Quaresma

Speaking the same language: Ricardo Quaresma is joining up with his former Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea

Who did they miss out on? Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano.

How much did they spend? Just an estimated £500,000 as Chelsea chose to display credit crunch chic.

Where will it get them? Top-three finish.


Done deals – In: Jo (Man City, loan). Out: Lee Molyneux (Southampton, free), John Ruddy (Crewe, loan),  John-Paul Kissock (Accrington Stanley, loan).

What they needed – A striker.

What they got Jo, who flopped at Man City but will be looking to recapture the form he showed at CSKA Moscow and Corinthians.


Changing colours: Jo left Manchester City for Everton

Who did they miss out on? Paris Saint-Germain’s Fabrice Pancrat, Rennes’ Stephane Mbia and Trond Olsen from Bodo Glimt.

How much did they spend? Nothing.

Where will it get them? Hopefully a few more goals but, with Tim Cahill in your side, who needs a tippy-tappy Brazilian?


Done deals –  In: Olivier Dacourt (Inter Milan, loan), Julian Gray (Coventry, undisclosed), Giles Barnes (Derby, loan). Out: Hameur Bouazza (Birmingham, loan), Lee Cook (QPR, undisclosed), TJ Moncur (Wycombe, free), Seol Ki-hyeon (Al-Hilal, loan), Leon Andreasen (Hannover 96, loan), Adrian Leijer (Norwich, loan), Andranik Teymourian (Barnsley, loan), Jimmy Bullard (Hull, £5m).

What they needed – To hold on to Bullard and perhaps sign another midfielder.

What they got – Some experience in the shape of Dacourt and a slimmed-down squad as eight players left the club.

Olivier Dacourt

War veteran: Olivier Dacourt (left) will add bite to the Fulham midfield

Who did they miss out on? Bodo Glimt’s Trond Olsen, possibly Christophe Berra from Hearts.

How much did they spend? Nothing, despite frenzied transfer activity at Craven Cottage.

Where will it get them? Roy Hodgson will be hoping to repeat Fulham’s form of 2008 in 2009. A mid-table finish.

Hull City

Done deals – In: Kevin Kilbane (Wigan, £500,000), Kamil Zayatte (Young Boys, £2.5m), Jimmy Bullard (Fulham, £5m), Manucho (Man Utd, loan). Out: Dean Windass (Oldham, loan), Wayne Brown (Leicester, loan),  Stelios Giannakopoulos (Larissa, undisclosed), Yann Ekra (Panionios, loan).

What they needed Defensive cover and a midfield holding player to ease the burden on Ian Ashbee.

What they got – Width and experience in Kilbane and Premier League quality in Bullard.

Jimmy Bullard

Eye of the Tigers: Jimmy Bullard is presented to fans after signing for Hull

Who did they miss out on? Luis Boa Morte from West Ham, Espanyol’s Steve Finnan.

How much did they spend? £8m

Where will it get them? Can Bullard stop the rot at City? He will need to bit fit for the remaining 14 games and Hull will need to remember how to defend if they are to stay up.


Done deals – Out: Robbie Keane (Spurs, £15m), Peter Gulacsi (Hereford, loan), Adam Hammill (Barnsley, loan), Craig Lindfield (Accrington, loan), Krisztian Nemeth (Blackpool, loan), Jermaine Pennant (Portsmouth, loan).

What they needed – Another proven finisher might have been useful.

What they got – Rafa Benitez got rid of Robbie Keane, which seemed to be his priority.

Robbie Keane

Getaway: Robbie Keane left Liverpool after not even getting on the bench by the end of his Anfield days

Who did they miss out on? Nobody, really. Liverpool weren’t particularly active in this transfer window.

How much did they spend? Nothing, but the Keane saga could cost Liverpool more than £5m.

Where will it get them? A good run in the Champions League and the runners up spot in the Premier League.

Manchester City

Done deals – In: Wayne Bridge (Chelsea, £12m), Shay Given (Newcastle, £5.9m plus add-ons), Nigel de Jong (SV Hamburg, £15m), Craig Bellamy (West Ham, £12m). Out:Sam Williamson (Wrexham, free), Jo (Everton, loan), Tal Ben Haim (Sunderland, loan), Paul Marshall (Blackpool, loan), Javan Vidal (Aberdeen, loan).

What they needed – Two strikers, a left back, a centre half, a holding midfield player and a new goalkeeper.

What they got A solid left-back, a good goalkeeper, a journeyman and Nigel de Jong. Not exactly Kaka, but a surprisingly down-to-earth set of purchases.

 Bellamy and De Jong are unveiled by boss Mark Hughes

City revolution: Bellamy and De Jong are unveiled by boss Mark Hughes

Who did they miss out on? Kaka (because AC Milan ‘bottled it’), Scott Parker, Roque Santa Cruz, David Villa, John Terry, Gianluigi Buffon. We could go on…

How much did they spend? £45m

Where will it get them? A bottom-half finish.

Manchester United

Done deals –  In: Ritchie De Laet (Stoke, undisclosed ), Adem Ljajic (Partizan Belgrade, undisclosed, loaned back to Belgrade), Toran Tosic (Partizan Belgrade, undisclosed). Out: Sam Hewson (Hereford, loan), David Gray (Plymouth, loan), James Chester (Peterborough, loan), Tom Cleverley (Leicester, loan), Manucho (Hull, loan).

What they needed – Nothing, really.

What they got – More promising young talent to fuel the Manchester United machine.

Zoran Tosic and Giovani Dos Santos

On the move: Zoran Tosic shields the ball from Spurs midfielder Giovani Dos Santos

Who did they miss out on? Wigan’s Wilson Palacios, perhaps.

How much did they spend? Undisclosed, but we’re not talking big money by United’s standards.

Where will it get them? The title. And many more in years to come.


Done deals –  In: Marlon King (Wigan, loan). Out: Graeme Owens (Blackpool, loan), Jonathan Grounds (Norwich, loan), Seb Hines (Derby, loan), Mido (Wigan, loan),  Tom Craddock (Luton Town, £80,000).

What they needed To hold on to Downing, a new striker and midfield cover.

What they got  Wigan’s Marlon King after he fell out with Phil Brown at Hull City.

Marlon King

Kicking King: Boro new boy Marlon

Who did they miss out on? Ben Watson, who took a look around the training ground and went to Wigan instead.

How much did they spend? Nothing.

Where will it get them? Relegation. The white flag has been waved up at the Riverside.


Done deals –  In: Ryan Taylor (Wigan, undisclosed), Peter Lovenkrands (Schalke, free), Kevin Nolan (Bolton, £4.5m). Out: Shay Given (Man City, £5.9m plus add-ons), Charles N’Zogbia (Wigan, £6m plus Ryan Taylor).

What they needed Re-building.

What they got – Kevin Nolan, a throwback Joe Kinnear buy.

Kevin Nolan

New man in Toon: Former Bolton midfielder Kevin Nolan

Who did they miss out on?  Rennes’ Stephane Mbia, Tolouse defender Albin Ebondo, Manchester City’s Michael Johnson.

How much did they spend? £4.5m, but that’s nothing compared to the £6m Wigan shelled out to take N’Zogbia to the JJB Stadium – what is that about?

Where will it get them? It doesn’t look good at St James’ Park, but they might just be safe.


Done deals – In: Nadir Belhadj (Lens, £4m), Angelos Basinas (AEK Athens, undisclosed), Theofanis Gekas (Bayer Leverkusen, loan), Hayden Mullins (West Ham, undisclosed), Pele (Porto, loan),  Jermaine Pennant (Liverpool, loan). Out: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham, £15.75m), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid, £20m), Khaleem Hyland (Zulte Waregem, loan).

What they needed To hang on to their best players and to spend some of the profit they made on Defoe and Diarra.

What they got – An aging Greece player and Tony Adams’ prerequisite five signings – though they’re hardly household names.

Who did they miss out on? Gary O’Neil from Middlesbrough, Newcastle’s Joey Barton, Valencia duo Manuel Fernandes and Edu, and Real Madrid’s Javier Saviola.

How much did they spend? Nothing, but they made an absolute packet (£35.75m).

Where will it get them? A new manager before the season is out.

Stoke City

Done deals –  In: James Beattie (Sheffield United, undisclosed), Matthew Etherington (West Ham, £2m), Henri Camara (Wigan, loan). Out: Nathaniel Wedderburn (Notts County, loan), Lewis Buxton (Sheff Wed, nominal fee), Ryan Shotton (Tranmere, loan), Carl Dickinson (Leeds, loan), Tom Soares (Charlton, loan),  Ritchie de Laet (Manchester United, undisclosed). 

What they needed – A striker and a midfielder.

What they got – A striker (Beattie) and a midfielder (Etherington). Genius. Straight-forward, just like Stoke’s tactics.

James Beattie

Red hot: James Beattie is mobbed after scoring against Manchester City

Who did they miss out on? Aston Villa’s Marlon Harewood.

How much did they spend? £2m plus an undisclosed fee for Beattie.

Where will it get them? Sensible, solid buys from Tony Pulis might save them from the dreaded drop.


Done deals – In: Paul McShane (loan recalled from Hull City), Calum Davenport (West Ham, loan), Tal Ben Haim (Man City, loan). Out: Graham Kavanagh (Carlisle, free), Roy O’Donovan (Blackpool, loan), Michael Chopra (Cardiff, loan), Pascal Chimbonda (Spurs, undisclosed), Liam Miller (QPR, loan), El-Hadji Diouf (Blackburn, £2.8m).

What they needed To thin down their squad, but keep Kenwyne Jones and bring in some defensive back up.

What they got – Some good loan signings and the signature of Jones. Ricky Sbragia’s war cry to Spurs is also worth mentioning (‘I don’t know why Kenwyne would want to sign for a club like Spurs – it’s not as if they are a top-four team.’).

Who did they miss out on? Nobody, really.

How much did they spend? Nothing.

Where will it get them? A bottom half finish.

Tottenham Hotspur

Done deals – In: Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth, £15.75m), Robbie Keane (Liverpool, £15m), Carlo Cudicini (Chelsea, free), Pascal Chimbonda (Sunderland, undisclosed), Wilson Palacios (Wigan, £14m).  Out: Tomas Pekhart (Sparta Prague, 12-month loan), Hossam Ghaly (Nassr Saudi Club, undisclosed), Cesar Sanchez (Valencia, free), Troy Archibald-Henville (Exeter, loan), David Button (Bournemouth, loan),  Kevin-Prince Boateng (Borussia Dortmund, loan), Charlie Daniels (Leyton Orient, free), Paul Stalteri (Borussia Monchengladbach, free).

What they needed A goalkeeper, defensive cover, a midfield player and a striker.

What they got  A goalkeeper, midfielder, two strikers and the wrath of a host of Premier League clubs.

Jermain Defoe

Back in the old routine: Jermain Defoe rejoined Spurs, but then suffered injury

Who did they miss out onPortsmouth’s Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch, Fulham’s Brede Hangeland, Inter Milan’s Adriano.

How much did they spend? In excess of £45m. Not bad considering Spurs weren’t going to spend anything in the transfer window until Redknapp’s rant at the club’s AGM.

Where will it get them? A bottom half finish.

West Bromwich Albion

Done deals – In: Jay Simpson (Arsenal, loan), Juan Carlos Menseguez (San Lorenzo, loan), Youssouf Mulumbu (Paris Saint-Germain, loan), Marc-Antoine Fortune (Nancy, loan). Out: Sherjill MacDonald (Roeselare, loan), Joss Labadie (Shrewsbury, loan), Lee Baker (Kidderminster Harriers, loan).

What they needed – A midfield player and a striker.

What they got – Jay Simpson, who looks like a great loan signing.

Jay Simpson

Impact signing: Jay Simpson celebrates after scoring for West Bromwich Albion

Who did they miss out on? Ariza Makukula from Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain’s Peguy Luyindula.

How much did they spend? Nothing.

Where will it get them? Shrewd signings from West Brom, but relegation could still beckon.

West Ham

Done deals – In: Savio Nsereko (Brescia, £9m), Radoslav Kovac (Spartak Moscow, loan). Out: Lee Bowyer (Birmingham, loan), Joe Widdowson (Grimsby, loan), Calum Davenport (Sunderland, loan), Julien Faubert (Real Madrid, loan), Hayden Mullins (Portsmouth, undisclosed), Nigel Quashie (Wolves, loan), Kyel Reid (Wolves, loan), Craig Bellamy (Man City, £12m), Matthew Etherington (Stoke, £2m).

What they needed – To keep hold of Craig Bellamy, Scott Parker and Matthew Upson and trim down their squad.

What they got – Decent money for wantaway Bellamy, a slimmer squad, a promising looking record signing and a defender on loan. Zola might not like the mid-season transfer window but he acted shrewdly.

Savio Nsereko

Welcome to the Premier League: West Ham striker Savio (centre) struggles for the ball

Who did they miss out on? Nobody, really.

How much did they spend? £9m

Where will it get them? A top half finish.


Done deals – In: Ben Watson (Crystal Palace, £2m), Mido (Middlesbrough, loan), Hugo Rodallega (Necaxa, £4.5m), Charles N’Zogbia (Newcastle United, £6m). Out: Kevin Kilbane (Hull City, £500,000), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa, £3.5m), Marlon King (Middlesbrough, loan), Luke Ashworth (Leyton Orient, free), Wilson Palacios (£14m),  Lewis Montrose (Cheltenham Town, loan), Ryan Taylor (Newcastle United, undisclosed), Henri Camara (Stoke City, loan).

What they needed A striker. Amr Zaki is on loan from Zamalek and Emile Heskey was out of contract at the end of the season.

What they got Decent money for Heskey and a considerable profit for Palacios. Plus they managed to bag two strikers.

Who did they miss out on? Tying up a permanent deal for Zaki would have been useful.

How much did they spend? £12.5m

Where will it get them? Steve Bruce will be hoping for more of the same from Wigan in the second half of the season.