The transfer window has slammed shut, Harry Redknapp has wound up his car window, the various Sky reports at stadiums have packed up and Jim White’s phone has been removed from his ear and he has been sent to a darkened room to lie down for a while. Deadline Day was another mad dash for clubs around England to go wild in the aisles to finalise their squad….until we do it all again in January.
Here are just a couple of the standout transfers from yesterday:
Mikel Arteta – Everton to Arsenal (£10m)
There was an air of desperation surrounding some of the names that Arsenal were linked to, but after the weekend’s 8-2 defeat to Manchester United, Wenger finally went out and splashed some cash. With the signings of Andre Santos and Per Mertesacker already in the bag, the Gunners managed to prise Mikel Arteta away from Goodison Park – the Spaniard could not resist the lure of Champions League football, signing a four year deal.
Joe Cole – Liverpool to Lille (loan)
Cole becomes the first England international to join a French club since Trevor Steven in 1991, much like Arteta – he is looking forward to playing Champions League football for last year’s Ligue 1 champions; “it’s really exciting to have a chance to play in the Champions League again”. Although, suggestions are that Liverpool are still paying 60% of his wages…
Peter Crouch – Tottenham to Stoke (£10m)
On deadline day it is always good to break your club transfer record and that is exactly what Stoke did. It was a busy day for those at Britannia Stadium with no less than three signings from Tony Pulis. Crouch; at 6ft 7inches, no doubt fits the Potters mould (get it?) and offers Rory Delap something to air for.
Bryan Ruiz – FC Twente to Fulham (£10.6m)
At one point, this deal looking to be in danger with Newcastle wanting to hijack Ruiz from the Cottagers – it wouldn’t be transfer deadline day without a helicopter, which was on standby to fly him to the North East. However, Fulham managed to hold on and sign the Costa Rican international that scored 24 goals in the Eredivise last season.
Royston Drenthe – Real Madrid to Everton (loan)
Having spent much of last season on loan with newly promoted Spanish side Hercules, this time Drenthe makes the trip across the water to Goodison Park. The Dutchman who can operate as a midfielder or a defender has pace and could well be a decent replacement for Mikel Arteta.
Dare I say, Stoke City – Tony Pulis once again has been backed very in the transfer market by his chairman Peter Coates. Three deadline day signings in the form of record signing – Peter Crouch at £10m, Wilson Palacios at £7m and Cameron Jerome from Birmingham City at £3.5m. Add those to the shrewd signings of Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson on free transfers and who knows, we could see Stoke breaking into the top ten this season, as well as going pretty far in the Europa League.
Well, I’m afraid it has to be Spurs. Usually, Harry Redknapp, well he knows nothing about transfers, so “the chairman” has a rabbit to pull out of the hat, alas it didn’t happen for Spurs. Redknapp immediately quashed rumours of Kaka (which we all know was a clever ploy from Sky Sports News to keep us all watching), while a deal for Gary Cahill fell through. On the upside, Daniel Levy’s resolve and persistence of stating Luka Modric would stay paid off. Not before he turned down a reported £40m offer from Chelsea, one which he might live to regret. One positive, it does show Spurs are not a selling club and can hold on to their big players. However, judging by their start to the season, it could be a tough autumn/winter for Spurs.
Lets do it all over again in January, eh?