Monday, April 23, 2018

Premier League deadline day deals

West Ham have signed Cameroon international midfielder Alex Song on a season-long loan deal

West Ham have signed Cameroon international midfielder Alex Song on a season-long loan deal

As always the English transfer deadline day brings a lot of drama and with the deadline brought forward to 6PM English top-flight clubs are scrambling around to make new additions to their squads.


A number of transfers have already been completed by Premier League clubs with just hours left in the transfer window.

West Ham have been busy in the last 24 hours. The Hammers have brought in Alex Song on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona, with a view to a permanent move next summer. The Cameroon international spent last season on-loan at the Boleyn Ground.

The Hammers have also sealed the season-long signing of Chelsea winger Victor Moses, who spent last season on-loan at Stoke City. The Nigerian international spent the previous season on-loan at Liverpool.

The Hammers are also trying to tie up a few other deals, which we will talk about later on, with boss Slaven Bilic looking to strengthen his squad.

Everton have finally completed the protracted £9.5million signing of Argentinian centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a trophy-laden couple of years with the highlight being the Copa Libertadores victory with River earlier this year.

Newly-promoted Norwich have allowed club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel leave for Real Betis on a season-long loan deal. The Canaries had already replaced the Dutch striker with Congo international striker Dieumerci Mbokani who has joined on a season-long loan deal from Dynamo Kiev.

Manchester United have sold Mexican striker Javier Hernandez to Beyer Leverkusen for a fee of around £9million. Hernandez was on-loan at Spanish giants Real Madrid last season and was out-of-favour at Old Trafford.

Versatile Mexican Miguel Layun has left Watford and joined Portuguese giants FC Porto on a season-long loan.


A number of transfers are close to completion. One of the biggest potential deals is that of Monaco striker Anthony Martial joining Manchester United for a fee in the region of £36million. The 19-year-old is highly-rated and has been scouted by a number of Europe’s top guns.

The Frenchman is believed to have already had a medical and the deal is expected to be finalised before the transfer window shuts.

As mentioned earlier West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has been busy arranging deals. Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic is reported to have had a medical with the Hammers ahead of an undisclosed move from Hull City.

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor was also holding talks with Bilic last night, but a deal would be complicated, as Premier League clubs are only permitted to have two domestic loan deals in a season.

Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray is having a medical at the Eagles Premier League rivals Bournemouth ahead of a £5million move. The striker hit form towards the end of last season and would be a useful addition to the Cherries.

Argentinian playmaker Tomas Andrade could also be heading to Dorset on a season-long loan deal from River Plate. The 19-year-old is highly-regarded and was previously being tracked by Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

Southampton had been looking to add a centre-back to their squad and it looks like Ronald Koeman has got his man in Celtic’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk. A fee of around £11.5million is being reported.

Aston Villa have had a bid turned down for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle. However, the Villans have agreed a £1million fee for West Brom defender Joleon Lescott, which could potentially be a fee of £2million with add-ons.

West Brom signed ‘keeper Andres Lindegaard from Manchester United on a free transfer yesterday and could follow that up with the signing of Liverpool’s Spanish full-back Jose Enrique. The 29-year-old is expected in the Midlands to have a medical ahead of a move.

Premier League new boys Watford are close to sealing the season-long loan signing of Colombian forward Victor Ibarbo from Roma. Ibarbo could be a replacement for striker Matej Vydra, who looks set to join Championship Reading on a season-long loan deal.


Manchester United ‘keeper David de Gea’s £29million move to Real Madrid has collapsed, due to the paperwork not being put through in time. Costa Rican international ‘keeper Keylor Navas was also set to be included in the deal.

The Spanish giants are set to seek special permission to complete the deal, but the deal looks unlikely to be completed. De Gea is out of contract next summer and could then move as a free agent.


As always there is likely to be some twists and turns on deadline day. Stay with my colleagues at Soccernews to keep up to date with all the latest deals involving Premier League clubs.

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David Nugent

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Uhmm I don’t think Ibarbo is even of Nigerian decent… He’s been playing for Colombia for over 5 years now… Not to mention that he was born there…

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