Yesterday’s transfer deadline day was rather overshadowed by Gareth Bale’s world record 85million move to Real Madrid from Tottenham.
However, Premier League clubs were busy strengthening their squads with new additions and there was some big deals completed before the transfer window slammed shut at 11PM.
The biggest deal of the day was Arsenal completing the signing of Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a fee of around £42.4million.
The talented attacking midfielder’s signing was greeted with jubilation by the Gunners fans, who have been a frustrated bunch throughout the transfer window. The Gunners also brought in Italian keeper Emiliano Viviano from Palermo on a season-long loan.
The other big money deal of the day was not announced until after the deadline had passed. It was the £27.5million move of Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United from Everton. The deal had been touted for much of the transfer window, but was completed just in the nick of time.
Fellaini’s move to Manchester United may have been completed late-on, but it had a knock-on effect at old-club Everton. The Toffees brought in Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy from Wigan for a fee of around £13million, after previously having bids rejected for the young midfielder.
The Toffees also brought in Gareth Barry from Manchester City and striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, both on season-long loan deals. Nigerian international striker Victor Anichebe followed Fellaini out of the Goodison exit door joining West Brom for a reported fee of around £6million.
The Baggies were busy in the transfer market as boss Steve Clarke brought in Stephane Sessegnon for a club record fee of £6million from Sunderland, while French international midfielder Morgan Amalfitano joined from French Ligue One club Marseille on a season-long loan deal.
West Brom also managed to bring in former-Nottingham Forest keeper Lee Camp on a short-term deal, a much needed addition to their squad with first choice number one Ben Foster currently sidelined through injury.
Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool completed a triple deal as we revealed on Soccernews yesterday bringing in defenders Tiago Ilori, Mamadou Sakho from Sporting Lisbon and PSG respectively, while Victor Moses joined on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.
Liverpool have allowed Italian striker Fabio Borini to join Sunderland on a season-long loan. The former-Chelsea forward struggled to establish himself on Merseyside largely due injury.
The Black Cats also moved to bring in Borini’s compatriot Andrea Dossena from Napoli on a two-year contract.
Newly-promoted Crystal Palace strengthened their squad on deadline day with no less than four signings. Palace signed right-back Jack Hunt from Huddersfield for an undisclosed fee, while the Eagles also signed centre-back Adrian Mariappa from Reading.
Palace was not finished there though as Scotland international midfielder Barry Bannan arrived at Selhurst Park from Aston Villa. Striker Cameron Jerome also arrived at the Eagles on a season-long loan from Stoke.
Swansea enjoyed a quiet deadline day, but did bring in Spanish striker Alvaro Vasquez on a season-long loan deal from La Liga outfit Getafe. Swans boss Michael Laudrup had previously stated that he expected to bring in one player on deadline day and he did just that.
Fellow Welsh club Cardiff completed a deal to bring in Nigerian international striker Peter Odemwingie from West Brom for a fee in the region of £4million according to Sky Sports.
Aston Villa was not expected to do any deals on deadline day. However, the Villians pulled a surprise deal out the bag signing striker Libor Kozak from Lazio for a fee in the region of £6million. The giant Czech Republic international was the top scorer in the Europa League last season with ten goals.
Stoke City added two new players to their squad. The Potters brought in midfielder Stephan Ireland from Aston Villa on a season-long loan, while mercurial Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic joined from Bundesliga club Werder Bremen for a fee of £2million.
The Potters also allowed Michael Kightly to join Championship Burnley on a season-long loan deal, while Ryan Shotton joined Burnley’s North West rivals Wigan in a similar deal.
Hull brought in Egyptian striker Gedo on a season-long loan deal, but failed to complete the club record signing of West Brom’s Shane Long. Fulham were also active in the market signing Montenegrin defender Elsad Zverovic for an undisclosed fee from Swiss club Young Boys.
Tottenham had a quiet deadline day, with eight new players already signed in this transfer window. Two players did leave the club on loan though. Left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto and England under-21 midfielder Tom Carroll both joined QPR on season-long loan deals.
As always transfer deadline day was a very nervy one for managers, players and fans alike. As always the day was full of drama and surprises. It is a day in the football calendar I always look forward to. I enjoyed it and hope all our readers did as well.
Now the dust has settled on most of the deals are you happy with your clubs deadline day business?