Window shopping loses its appeal
Sunday 31 January 2010
The quietest transfer window in memory finally slams shut at 5pm tomorrow. Doubtless there will be a last-minute rush, but when one eight-figure fee was finally agreed, with Manchester United shelling out £10m for the young Fulham defender Chris Smalling, it outweighed all the others put together at that point. Even then, United agreed that Smalling could stay with the London club until the end of the season. Birmingham, as expected, had been as busy as anyone with their purchase of Michel and Craig Gardner at a joint cost of £6m. Tottenham's Harry Redknapp just could not resist adding to it, but two clubs with money to spend, West Ham and Sunderland, have found it difficult to get the players they want.
Players linked with and signed by Premier League clubs in the past week:
Arsenal Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Milan).
Birmingham Roman Pavlyuchenko (Tottenham), Aruna Dindane (Portsmouth, loan), Mauro Boselli (Estudiantes). Signed: Craig Gardner (Aston Villa).
Blackburn Aruna Dindane (Portsmouth), Senijad Ibricic (Hadjuk Split), Ku Ja-cheol (Jeju United), Jeffren Suarez (Barcelona), Amine Linganzi (St Etienne), Mehmet Topal (Galatasaray). Signed: Yildiray Basturk (Stuttgart, loan).
Bolton Aruna Dindane (Portsmouth), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Signed: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, loan).
Burnley Danny Fox (Celtic), Yazid Mansouri (Lorient). Signed: Leon Cort (Stoke), Nicky Weaver (unattached), Danny Fox (Celtic).
CHELSEA Adam Johnson (Middlesbrough), Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona).
Everton Jermaine Beckford (Leeds), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Milan), Jeffren Suarez (Barcelona). Signed: Philippe Senderos (Arsenal, loan)
Fulham Mohamed Gedo (Al-Ittihad Al-Sakndary), Stefano Okaka (Roma, loan), Mohamed Nagy (Al-Ittihad).
Hull Mido (Middlesbrough). Signed: Amr Zaki (Zamalek).
Liverpool Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liège).
Manchester City Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Adam Johnson (Middlesbrough), Neymar (Santos), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Marco Motta (Roma).
Manchester United Signed: Chris Smalling (Fulham).
Portsmouth Gary O'Neil (Middlesbrough, loan). Signed: Jamie O'Hara (Tottenham, loan), Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Spartak Moscow, loan).
Stoke City Andy Carroll (Newcastle), David James (Portsmouth), Toifilou Maoulida (Lens).
Sunderland Mohamed Gedo (Al-Ittihad), Younes Kaboul (Ports-mouth), Benjani (Manchester City).
Tottenham Asmir Begovic (Portsmouth), Simon Kjaer (Palermo), Joe Lewis (Peterborough), Scott Loach (Watford) Kieren Westwood (Coventry). Signed: Eidur Gudjohnsen (Monaco), Younes Kaboul (Portsmouth).
West Ham Scott McDonald (Celtic), Mido (Middlesbrough), Frédéric Piquionne (Portsmouth), James Beattie (Stoke), Benjani (Manchester City), David Bentley (Tottenham), Robbie Keane (Tottenham), Benni McCarthy (Blackburn), Toifilou Maoulida (Lens), Juan Carlos Menseguez (San Lorenzo).
Wigan Toifilou Maoulida (Lens), Marco Ruben (Villarreal), Victor Moses (Crystal Palace.)
Wolves Stephen Hunt (Hull). Signed: Adlene Guedioura (Charleroi, loan).
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