Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Transfer deadline day special

Tottenham's Germany international midfielder Lewis Holtby has joined Fulham on-loan for the rest of the season

Tottenham’s Germany international midfielder Lewis Holtby has joined Fulham on-loan for the rest of the season

With just hours left in the winter transfer window as usual there is a big flurry of activity amongst Premier League clubs.

A lot of the transfers that have taken part so far have involved teams looking to survive in the Premier League this season. Here is a rundown of what has happened so far.


Bottom of the table Cardiff City have been busy on deadline day. The Bluebirds as expected have completed the signing of Brazilian full-back Fabio from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.

England international winger Wilfried Zaha has also joined the Welsh club from Manchester United on a season-long loan deal. The Bluebirds have also sold midfielder Craig Conway to Blackburn for an undisclosed fee.

Fellow Premier League strugglers Fulham have also been busy in the transfer market. Tottenham’s Germany international midfielder Lewis Holtby has joined the Cottagers on loan until the end of the season.

There has also been exits at the club, as veteran centre-back Aaron Hughes has joined Championship QPR, while mercurial winger Adel Taarabt has terminated his loan spell to join Italian giants AC Milan on-loan until the end of the season.

Sunderland have completed the signing of Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt for a reported fee of £3.5million. The Black Cats have loaned out French defender Mohamed Diakite to Serie A side Fiorentina.

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Welsh international keeper Wayne Hennessy from Championship club Wolves for a fee of £3million. Palace have also completed the permanent signing of Jason Puncheon from Southampton for a fee of around £1.75million.

Title chasers Chelsea have signed highly-rated Saint Etienne centre-back Kurt Zouma for a reported fee of £12million. The youngster will remain at the French club until the summer and then join up with Jose Mourinho’s team.

Everton have brought in highly-rated young Czech Republic keeper Jindrich Stanek from Sparta Prague. The 17-year-old has signed a two-and-half year contract at Goodison Park.


There are a number of moves close to completion. Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov is believed to be in Monaco ahead of a move to the Ligue One club. Details of the deal have yet to be revealed. A player that could be coming in to replace Berbatov is Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou.

The Cottagers have agreed a £12.5million fee with his Greek side, but Fulham’s neighbours West Ham are also believed to be interested in signing the striker. Fulham are actually the favourites to sign the Greece international.

Liverpool are in talks to sign Dnipro and Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka for a fee of around £16million. Tottenham were also interested in signing the 24-year-old, but Spurs have now denied any interest in a deal for the Ukrainian.

Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace could be very busy today. The Eagles are currently discussing a loan move for Blackpool winger Thomas Ince. The youngster has also been linked with Sunderland, but Palace look to be favourites to sign Ince.

Palace are also discussing personal terms with Blackburn centre-back Scott Dann, after the Eagles agreed a fee with Rovers. Palace has not stopped there though, as they have had a fee accepted by Celtic for Welsh international midfielder Joe Ledley.

Another struggling club West Ham have agreed a deal with Napoli for Colombian defender Pablo Armero. The Hammers are looking to strengthen at the back with Joey O’Brien set to miss the rest of the season.

Southampton’s club-record signing Dani Osvaldo is in Turin discussing a loan move to Italian champions Juventus, with a view to an £18million move next summer. The Italian international was recently suspended by his club for a training ground altercation with teammate Jose Fonte.

Stoke City are attempting to bring in Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole. Potters boss Mark Hughes has already seen a bid rejected by the Black Cats and is expected to return with a second bid for the combative midfielder.


No doubt there will be far more deals done throughout the day. Keep up with all the deals as my colleagues keep you up to date on all the big deals. Stay with us on Soccernews.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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