Sunday, May 20, 2018

Summer Transfer Window Round Up – Part Four

The final part of our round up of the deals done by Premier League clubs this summer includes news the new world record transfer deal, that saw Gareth Bale swap the English top flight for La Liga.


The Black Cat’s squad is almost unrecognisable from the one manger Paolo Di Canio inherited when he succeeded Martin O’Neill at the end of March.

The deadline day signings of Fabio Borini and Andrea Dossena to the tally of players brought in by the Italian this summer to fourteen, while just as many have moved in the opposite direction.

Of the new arrivals, former Juventus winger Emanuele Giaccherini and US International forward Jozy Altidore were the biggest deals, at a combined fee of around £15.5m though the supporters will be more concerned with those who have left the club.

In Simon Mignolet, they have lost one of the best goalkeepers in the division after the Belgium international completed his move to Liverpool while Stephane Sessegnon has been sold to West Bromwich Albion.

Striker Danny Graham has been loaned to Hull City having not scored since arriving in Sunderland back in January, while James McClean has somewhat surprisingly dropped down a division to join FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic.


Michael Laudrup’s side, who are preparing for the clubs first ever season in Europe, have been strengthened by the arrival of Wilfred Bony from Vitesse Arhem for a club record fee of around £12m, while Jonathan De Guzman has extended his loan from Villarreal for a further season.

Other promising signings include Jonjo Shelvey who has joined from Liverpool, while four more Spanish players have moved from La Liga in defender Jordi Amat, midfielders Jose Alberto Canas and Alejandro Pozuelo and forward Alvaro Vazquez, the latter of which joined on loan on deadline day.

Perhaps even more importantly was the clubs ability to keep hold of captain Ashley Williams and star player Michu, who were both linked with moves away from the Liberty Stadium this summer.

Kyle Bartley, Sung-Yong Ki and Alan Tate have all been allowed to move on loan while Mark Gower, Kemy Augustien and Luke More have all left on free transfers.


Spurs were by far the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer with seven players coming in at a cost of over £100m, though they are one of three teams to have ended the summer in profit, almost predominantly thanks to the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world record fee.

The Welshman, who went for £85.3m undoubtedly provided the story of the transfer window, though he was just one of twenty-four players to be moved on by manager Andre-Villas Boas this summer.

The sales of Tom Huddlestone, Clint Dempsey, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker and Steven Caulker helped enable the North London club to bring in seven players of international quality during the transfer window, three of which at the time broke the clubs record.

The additions of midfielders Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli and forward Roberto Soldado were done way ahead of deadline day, while the more recent signings of defender Vlad Chiriches and attacker Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen pushed the clubs spending to well past the £100m mark.


The Baggies left the majority of their business until the final few weeks of the transfer window with the purchases of Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon proving to be two of the biggest deadline day deals.

Those two attacking players, along with loan signings Scott Sinclair and Matej Vydra, and the free transfer of the Nicolas Anelka should compensate for the loss of Romelu Lukaku, who has moved to Everton on loan having returned to Chelsea at the end of last season.

One time France international winger Morgan Amalfitano has also come in on loan, while defender Diego Lugano adds experience in defence. Goalkeeper Lee Camp has also been brought in to provide further back up after Ben Foster was ruled out until November.

Peter Odemwinge finally secured a move away from the Hawthorns after signing for Cardiff City for £2.5m, while fellow striker Marco Antoine-Fortune and defender Gonzalo Jara Reyes have both left on free transfers to Wigan Athletic and Nottingham Forest respectively.


The Hammers broke their transfer record to bring in England international Andy Carroll from Liverpool, after the striker impressed whilst on loan last season.

The 24 year old is currently out injured, but will be looking to add to his seven goals from last term ahead of next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, should Roy Hodgson’s men qualify.

Stewart Downing has also swapped Anfield for Upton Park after moving for around £5m, while Romania captain Ravzan Rat and Spanish goalkeeper Adrian have joined on free transfers.

Robert Hall has been sold to Bolton Wanderers having made just one league appearance last season, while Gary O’Neil has been reunited with Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers.

Carlton Cole was released on a free transfer after scoring just two goals in twenty-seven league appearances last season, though after the club failed to bring in any further attacking options during the transfer window, may be brought back in.


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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