English Premier League Transfer Deadline Deals
Fernando Torres: Liverpool to Chelsea (£50m)
Luis Suarez: Ajax to Liverpool (£22.7m)
Andy Carroll: Newcastle United to Liverpool (£35m)
David Luiz: Benfica to Chelsea (£21.3m)
Sanli Tuncay: Stoke to Wolfsburg (£4.5m)
Michael Bradley: Borussia Moenchengladbach to Aston Villa (Loan)
El Hadji Diouf: Blackburn Rovers to Rangers (Loan)
Giovani Dos Santos: Tottenham to Racing Santander (Loan)
Eidur Gudjohnsen: Stoke to Fulham (Loan)
Obafemi Martins: Rubin Kazan to Birmingham (Loan)
Stephen Ireland: Aston Villa to Fulham
Conor Thomas: Coventry to Liverpool (Loan)
This January transfer window kicked off with a slow start & until the very lat day of the window there were’nt any big transfers which prompted many to think that the global Financial crisis has finally hit the big players of the English Football.
But the final day finally produced the biggest and crucial transfers which were being speculated for quite some time
Fernando Torres completed a £50m move from Liverpool to Chelsea which makes him the fourth most expensive player in the world football while also breaking British transfer record
“This is the target for every footballer – to try to play for one of the top clubs in the world,” he said:
“They [Chelsea] are one of the biggest teams in Europe and are always fighting for everything.”
It seemed Liverpool were robbed and they had lost their best striker, but they had their own plans to fill the void created by World Cup & European Championship winner Torres. They swiftly completed the signing of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez & English hitman Andy Carroll for £22.7m £35m from Ajax & Newcastle respectively.
Liverpool also signed Coventry’s England Under-17 midfielder Conor Thomas, 17, on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent move.
Defensive failings have hurt Chelsea more than anything else this term, it seems Chelsea has finally landed their replacement for Ricardo Carvalho in shape of David Luiz of Benfica for a reported £21.3m
“I am delighted to be joining a big English club,” said Luiz.
“It is a major challenge for me but I am determined and confident in my ability to adapt to this excellent league, and I look forward to meeting my new team-mates.”
The package also sees midfielder Nemanja Matic, currently on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, move from the Blues to Benfica in the summer.
Meanwhile Villa continue their resurrection under Gerrard Houllier as they sign American World Cup midfielder Michael Bradley on loan until end of the season.
The 23 year old star plays for Moenchengladbach and should be able to play for Aston Villa once he get visa & international clearance. Villa have got an option to make this deal permanent at end of the season.
Blackburn’s Senegalese forward El Hadji Diouf has been loaned out to Rangers for the rest of the season
He told the Rangers website:
“I am very happy to join one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“This club has a great history. It will be great to wear the shirt and I will do my best.”
Tottenham striker Giovani Dos Santos has joined Spanish Primera Liga side Racing Santander on loan until the end of the season.
Fulham have strengthened their attacking options with the signing of former Chelsea & Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen from Stoke for rest of season
Alex Mcleish has signed Obafemi Martins for Birmingham on a six month loan deal from Russion outfit Rubin Kazan
Blackburn have grabbed 22 year old midfielder Mauro Formica from Argentenian club Newell’s Old Boys & 19 year old striker Ruben Rochina from Barcelona
Newcastle have strengthened their attack after departure of Carroll to Liverpool by signing midfielder Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa on loan until end of the season.
Stoke have sold their attacking midfielder Sanli Tuncay to german outfir Wolfsburg for a fee of £4.5m. Tuncay has signed a three and a half year deal and joins former manager Steve Mclaren in Wolfsburg.
“On three occasions, moves to Germany have fallen through at the last minute, so I am delighted, but also relieved, that this time I have been able to make the most of this opportunity.
“I would like to thank the manager and everyone at the club and, of course, the supporters for making me feel so welcome.
“I can assure you I would not have joined another English club, but this was too good an opportunity for me to fulfil my dream.”
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