Transfer merry-go-round: Who shall we buy this week?
Sunday 07 June 2009
The transfer window was flung open with an unexpected flourish when Manchester City grabbed Aston Villa's Gareth Barry for £12m; no prolonged talks and protracted auctions there. Fortunately for agents, gossip-mongers and transfer-rumour websites, things are rarely that simple. Here is the Independent on Sunday's guide to the big names and small ones, the little-known and lesser-known, being linked with next season's Premier League sides. Yes that means you, Burnley, a little slow off the mark, as play-off winners often are, but insisting "we've three or four we are working on". Recent history suggests that will not be enough. Last summer the three promoted clubs averaged 11 signings each; Hull and Stoke stayed up.
ARSENAL: Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg) fw; Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn) fw; Yaya Toure (Barcelona) mf; Thomas Vermaelen (Ajax) ch; Cristian Zapata (Udinese) ch.
ASTON VILLA: David Bentley (Tottenham) mf; Brede Hangeland (Fulham) ch; Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) mf.
BIRMINGHAM: Bobo Balde (Celtic) ch; Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht) mf; Lee Bowyer (West Ham) mf; Scott Dann (Coventry) ch; Sean Davis (Portsmouth) mf; Roger Johnson (Cardiff) ch; Robert Koren (West Bromwich) mf; Ross McCormack (Cardiff) fw; Danny Shittu (Bolton) ch; Danny Simpson (Manchester Utd) fb. Signed: Christian Benitez (Santos Laguna) fw.
BLACKBURN: Pascal Chimbonda (Tottenham) fb; Tal Ben Haim (Manchester City) ch; Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) ch. Signed: Elrio van Heerden (Bruges) mf.
BOLTON: Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht) mf; Sean Davis (Portsmouth) mf; Sylvain Distin (Portsmouth) ch; Gelson Fernandes (Manchester City) mf; Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) mf; Paul Robinson (West Brom) fb
BURNLEY: Sean St Ledger (Preston) mf; Jermaine Beckford (Leeds) fw.
CHELSEA: Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid) fw; Marko Arnautovic (FC Twente) fw; Moussa Dembele (AZ Alkmaar) fw; Glen Johnson (Portsmouth) fb; Kaka (Milan) mf; Pato (Milan) mf; Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) mf; Daniel Sturridge (Manchester City) fw; Ashley Young (Aston Villa) fw.
EVERTON: Fabian Delph (Leeds) mf; Darren Bent (Tottenham) fw; Joe Ledley (Cardiff) mf; Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund) ch; Michael Owen (Newcastle) fw.
FULHAM: Dieumerci Mbokani (Standard Liege) fw; Momo (Xerex CD) fw; Jamie O'Hara (Tottenham).
HULL: Amadou Alassane (Le Havre) fw; Fraizer Campbell (Manchester United) fw; Kevin Nolan (Newcastle) mf. Signed: Steven Mouyokolo (Boulogne) ch.
LIVERPOOL: Lorik Cana (Marseille) mf; Adam Johnson (Middlesbrough) mf; Glen Johnson (Portsmouth) fb; Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli) fw; Stephane Sessegron (PSG) mf; David Silva (Valencia) fw; Carlos Tevez (Manchester Utd) fw; David Wheater (Middlesbrough) ch.
MANCHESTER CITY: Xabi Alonso (Liverpool) mf; Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg) fw; Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona) fw; Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid) fw; Joleon Lescott (Everton) ch; Carlos Tevez (Manchester Utd) fw; Sercam Yildirim (Bursaspor) fw. Signed: Gareth Barry (Aston Villa) mf.
MANCHESTER UNITED: Karim Benzema (Lyon) fw; Antonio Valencia (Wigan).
PORTSMOUTH: Felip Lopes (Nacional) fb. Signed: Aaron Mokoena (Blackburn) mf.
STOKE: Richard Dunne (Manchester City) ch; Djibril Cisse (Marseille) fw.
SUNDERLAND: Lee Cattermole (Wigan) mf; Darren Bent (Tottenham) fw; Titus Bramble (Wigan) ch.
TOTTENHAM: Lorik Cana (Marseille) mf; Joe Cole (Chelsea) mf; Kieran Richardson (Sunderland) mf; Paul Robinson (Blackburn) gk; Ashley Young (Aston Villa) fw.
WEST HAM: Matthew Bates (Middlesbrough); Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool) mf; Steven Taylor (Newcastle) ch.
WIGAN: Kris Commons (Derby) fw; Steven Davis (Rangers) mf; Jermaine Pennant (Portsmouth) mf.
WOLVES: Joe Hart (Manchester City) gk; Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) mf; Michael Mancienne (Chelsea) ch; David Martin (Millwall) fw; Nenad Milijas (Red Star Belgrade) mf; Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege) ch; Kyle Reid (West Ham) mf;Danny Shittu (Bolton) ch; Jan Venegoor of Hesselink (Celtic) fw.
Key: Gk – goalkeeper; fb – full-back; ch – centre-half; mf – midfielder; fw – forward.
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