Transfer merry-go-round: He's done one, Ron, Ron, he's done one, Ron
Sunday 14 June 2009
Pity the poor football manager thinking about a beach rather than his bench after a nine-month season, but well aware that early birds flying through the transfer window tend to bag the juiciest worms. Manchester City swooped swiftly on Gareth Barry and Real Madrid gave Manchester United maximum negotiating time to secure replacements – in the plural – for Cristiano Ronaldo. Antonio Valencia, Aaron Lennon, Joao Moutinho? Here is a comprehensive list of players linked with Premier League clubs last week.
Arsenal Luc Castaignos (Feyenoord) fw; Thomas Vermaelen (Ajax) ch.
Aston Villa Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham) mf; David Wheater (Middlesbrough) ch.
Birmingham David Edgar (Newcastle) fb; Giovanny Espinoza (Sporting Club Barcelona) ch; Roger Johnson (Cardiff) ch; Zat Knight (Aston Villa) ch; Danny Shittu (Bolton) ch. Signed: Joe Hart (Manchester City) gk (loan), Scott Dann (Coventry) ch.
Blackburn Nicky Butt (Newcastle) mf; Pascal Chimbonda (Tottenham) fb/ch.
Bolton Danny Mayor (Preston) mf.
Burnley Damien Duff (Newcastle) mf.
Chelsea Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid) fw; Moussa Dembele (AZ Aalmaar) fw; Gennaro Gattuso (Milan) mf; Alexandre Pato (Milan) fw; Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich) mf; Daniel Sturridge (Manchester City) fw; Ross Turnbull (Middlesbrough) gk; David Villa (Valencia) fw; Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow) fb.
Everton Sekou Cissé (Roda JC) fw; Fabian Delph (Leeds) mf; Kevin Doyle fw; Stephen Hunt (both Reading) mf; Stéphane M'bia (Rennes) mf; Kyle Naughton (Sheffield United) fb.
Fulham Sekou Cissé (Roda JC) fw; Adam Johnson mf; Gary O'Neil (both Middlesbrough) mf; Matthew Spiranovic (Nuremberg) ch.
Hull Kevin Davies (Bolton) fw, Kevin Nolan (Newcastle) mf.
Liverpool Peter Crouch (Portsmouth) fw; Glen Johnson (Portsmouth) fb.
Manchester City Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona) fw; Lee Grant (Sheffield Wednesday) gk; Joleon Lescott (Everton) ch; Luisao (Benfica) ch; Javi Martinez (Bilbao) mf; Guiseppe Rossi (Villarreal) fw; Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn) fw; Kolo Touré (Arsenal) ch.
Manchester United Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona) fw; Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) fw; Joao Moutinho (Sporting Lisbon) mf; Kyle Naughton (Sheffield United) fb; Antonio Valencia (Wigan) mf.
Portsmouth Felip Lopez (Nacional).
Stoke Jérémie Aliadière (Middlesbrough) fw.
Sunderland Darren Bent (Tottenham) fw; Titus Bramble (Wigan) ch; Lee Cattermole (Wigan) mf; Richard Dunne (Manchester City) ch; Alan Smith (Newcastle) mf.
Tottenham Klaas Jan Huntelaar fw; Ruud van Nistelrooy (both Real Madrid) fw; Sulley Muntari (Inter) mf; Maxi Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid) mf.
West Ham Matthew Bates (Middlesbrough) fb; Luiz Jimenez (Inter) mf.
Wigan Jérémie Aliadière (Middlesbrough) fw; Roy Carroll (Derby) gk.
Wolves Marcus Hahnemann (Reading) gk.
Key: gk = goalkeeper; fb = full-back; ch = centre-half; mf = midfielder; fw = forward
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