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Premiership Stand Off With Summer Transfers?

There seems to be an awful lot of panic about the transfer window, the forums are full of talk and gossip and frustration that we are missing out and not getting the players we obviously need.

Martin O'Neill said the other day we need five quality signings, (MON positive on the transfer front), so how come we aren't getting them and why are we missing out?

Well, to be honest, having spent an hour looking at the movements in and out of all the Premiership clubs, we aren't missing out at all, the main movements apart from a few big signings for Manchester City are still to be made by the looks of it. Maybe the market prices are too inflated after the massive Real Madrid move for Ronaldo, Sir Alex Chewalot certainly thinks so as he has declared his summer spending over (albeit the chief exec later said it might not be!)

So, despite that fact it is boring and we'd all like to see more players incoming, the manager included, I can't see much in the list below that we've missed out on or any players who have gone to close competitors that have left me gutted or disappointed that we've not made the move also. In fact, most clubs seem to be waiting for everyone else to make the first major moves? Not so much a Mexican stand-off, more a Premiership one!

Villa defender Curtis Davies says that MON is right in taking his time. 'All summer there has been talk of another striker and another centre-half, with Martin Laursen having to retire. Either way, whoever comes in, they are going to be improvements and it's going to be competition for places. The manager doesn't come flying out of the blocks and try and outbid people. I think he is very shrewd with his signings. He identifies who he wants and he tries very hard to get him behind the scenes.'

Adding on Sky Sports that Stewart Downing is a top signing and it is now a case of everyone having to be patient.

'Some people seem to think we manage to lose out on players but that's only because we're not publicly throwing it out there who we're after. I'm sure the manager has a game plan because he's a very clever man. If we're going to try and push on next season, we need numbers but also strength. There's no point of signing people for the sake of it. If we are going to go far in the Europa League and a couple of domestic cups, we're going to need a lot of players.'

So who have we missed out on? Lets look at it more fully:

Arsenal

In: Thomas Vermaelen Undisclosed Ajax

Out: 7 exits (one main sale, one loan and five contracts ended) Emmanuel Adebayor being the main one for an undisclosed fee to Manchester City

Aston Villa

In: Stewart Downing for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of 10m + add ons from Middlesbrough.

Out: Gareth Barry to Man City for 12million, Stuart Taylor free to City and Martin Laursen retired.

Blues

In:

Barry Ferguson Undisclosed from Rangers
Lee Bowyer free transfer from West Ham United
Christian Benitez undisclosed from Santos Laguna
Giovanny Espinoza undisclosed from Barcelona Sporting Club
Roger Johnson for 5,000,000 from Cardiff City
Scott Dann undisclosed from Coventry City
Joe Hart ON LOAN from Man City
Robin Shroot ON LOAN from Burton Albion

Not one we've missed there is there?

Out: 9 out, loans, contracts expiring etc.

Blackburn Rovers:

In:

Gael Givet undisclosed from Marseille
Steven N'Zonzi undisclosed from Amiens
Elrio van Heerden free from Club Brugge
Lars Jacobsen free from Everton.

Basically who times 4? Not missed any gems there I don't think?

Out: 7 out including Roque Santa Cruz to Man City for 17m and Matt Derbyshire undisclosed fee to Olympiakos

Bolton Wanderers

In: Paul Robinson on loan from the Baggies and Sean Davis, a free from Pompey.

No misses there then.

Burnley

In: 5 in, none who would have troubled the Villa squad (Richard Eckersley undisclosed from Man Utd, Brian Easton 350k from Hamilton Academical, Tyrone Mears undisclosed from Derby County, Steve Fletcher 3m from Hibs, David Edgar free from Newcastle United)

Out: 4

Chelsea

They are discussing their own lack of transfers on Vital Chelsea: Chelsea - A Lack of Transfer News?

In:

Yuri Zhirkov - undisclosed from CSKA Moscow
Daniel Sturridge - undisclosed (goes to a tribunal I think?) from Man City
Ross Turnbull - free from Boro
Andriy Shevchenko back in after his loan
Scott Sinclair back in from a loan to Blues

Ok, we were linked with Sturridge, that doesn't mean we bid for him though and the capital city does attract players, nothing we can do about that. As for the others... gutted or not? No, didn't think so.

Out: 6, free's and loans etc.

Everton

Sure to be one of our main competitors again.

In:

Anton Peterlin on a free from Ventura County Fusion
Jo on loan from Man City

Out: 3 released + free.

So nothing missed there?

Fulham

In:

Bjorn Helge Riise, undisclosed from Lillestrom
Stephen Kelly undisclosed from Blues

Who?! That said, I rate Hodgson to do the business for Fulham!

Out - 2

Hull City

In: Steven Mouyokolo undisclossed from Boulogne

Out: 5

Liverpool

In: Glen Johnson undisclosed but thought to be over 15m from Portsmouth

Out: 6 including Jermaine Pennant on a free to Real Zaragoza

Manchester City

Ok, so this lot have bought a lot, spent a lot and actually got some very good players in. Can we or any team compete with the obscene wages from their obscenely rich owners? Nope, so we can't over worry about it can we?! :o) or should that be :o( They will buy the league at some stage I'm sure.

In:

Emmanuel not so popular with gunner fans anymore Adebayor for an undisclosed fee
Carlos Tevez, 25million from ... whoever owns the bugger...!
Gareth Barry 12m say no more
Roque Santa Cruz for 17m from Blackburn Rovers
Stuart Taylor - free from Villa.

Ok, would have loved Tevez and for Barry to stay. Santa Cruz? Not sure, bit of a one season wonder so far?

Out: 10

Manchester United

In:

Michael Owen, free from Newcastle United
Antonio Valencia undisclosed fee from Wigan Athletic
Gabriel Obertan, undisclosed from Bordeaux

Not exactly torn the world apart with signings and Sir Alex Chewalot says that is that for this summer because of the inflated prices and that despite selling Ronaldo for 80million!

Fair enough I'd have liked Owen or Valencia but it is just fact, if Man Utd come in for players, they go there... end of for us, end of for 95% of all clubs!

Out: 6, most notably Ronaldo to Real Madrid for 80m and Fraizer Campbell to Sunderland for 3.5m

Portsmouth

In: Aaron Mokoena on a free from Blackburn Rovers

Out: 10, some free, others contacts ended + Johnson to Liverpool.

Stoke City

Two out, none in

Sunderland

In:

Paulo Da Silva on a free from Toluca
Fraizer Campbell for 3.5m from Man Utd.

Campbell looks a handy player but probably a bit similar to what we already have? Other than that, nothing going on...!

Out: 8

Spurs

Another who will no doubt be back up there and fighting for the top 4-8 positions with us this season.

In: Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker from Sheffield United for undisclosed fees.

We were linked to Naughton, but that doesn't mean we actually bid for him, just that the press say we did.

Out: 4

West Ham United

In:

Luis Jiminez on loan from Inter Milan
Peter Kurucz undisclosed from Ujpesti FC
Herita llunga undisclosed from Toulouse

Again, missed nothing there and another team who could well be fighting 6-8 next season.

Out: 4

Wigan Athletic

In:

James McCarthy from Hamilton Academical for an undisclosed fee
Jason Scotland, 2m from Swansea City
Hendry Thomas undisclosed from Olimpia
Jordi Gomez, undisclosed from Espanyol

Nowt there I feel we've missed out on?

Out: 3 including Valencia to Man Utd

Wolves

In:

Ronald Zubar from Marseille
Greg Halford from Sunderland
Nenad Milijas from Red Star Belgrade
Kevin Doyle from Reading
Andrew Surman from Southampton
(all undisclosed)
Marcus Hahnemann free from Reading

Only one that might become a 'why didn't we go for him' (and who was linked to us numerous times) is Kevin Doyle, apart from that, we've not been beaten to the punch on any player there have we?

Out: 2

Main source: www.skysports.com/football/transfers although they've not updated the Spurs purchases as yet.


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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 23 2009

Time: 4:46PM

Your Comments

Good stuff,The reality is o`neill isn`t slow in the transfer market,It`s just not easy to find quality better than what we have and then get them to te club,Although plenty of people believe you can click your fingers and have some foriegn wonder man come running,Its not the case, we are not the only club in the world looking for quality players let alone the only club in egland.
lerneravfc
Good stuff,The reality is o`neill isn`t slow in the transfer market,It`s just not easy to find quality better than what we have and then get them to te club,Although plenty of people believe you can click your fingers and have some foriegn wonder man come running,Its not the case, we are not the only club in the world looking for quality players let alone the only club in egland.
lerneravfc
Top article Fear. Been thinking about posting something similar for a while. Man City are at the root of how slow things are and it really wouldn't surprise me if there was an absolutely insane last day of the window or literally nothing happens other than at Man City.
simonbigron
Top article Fear. Been thinking about posting something similar for a while. Man City are at the root of how slow things are and it really wouldn't surprise me if there was an absolutely insane last day of the window or literally nothing happens other than at Man City.
simonbigron
I'd rather see the kids given a chance than waste money on most of that lot. OK I know you win nothing with kids, but most of that lot won't win much either! Would much rather have home grown and hungry players than overseas and over here for the money players.
Gordonsleftboot
I'd rather see the kids given a chance than waste money on most of that lot. OK I know you win nothing with kids, but most of that lot won't win much either! Would much rather have home grown and hungry players than overseas and over here for the money players.
Gordonsleftboot
Not being picky, lerner, but aren't there two g's in Eggland? :o)
BobTheBuilder
while i realise your point, and i realise that the reality is that the transfer market is a merry go round now, with clubs basically swapping players in an eastenders "lets all swap houses every 12-18 months" style but my point here is why do other clubs have to be doing business for us to? Im personally of the opinion that for at least some of our buys we probably need to be looking a little further afield than the Prem, & Britain in general, anyway, so frankly I couldnt give a toss who blackburn or west ham have or havent signed. In fact the very fact that most clubs havent done any business yet surely would give us a massive advantage if we had got players in by now in terms of getting them fit and them having that little bit longer to get to know our boys. Then again im impatient and to be honest would just love us to sign someone called marcos, javier, rafael, julio or somethin, instead of marlon, stewart, clive or brian.
lurman
Not being picky, lerner, but aren't there two g's in Eggland? :o)
BobTheBuilder
while i realise your point, and i realise that the reality is that the transfer market is a merry go round now, with clubs basically swapping players in an eastenders "lets all swap houses every 12-18 months" style but my point here is why do other clubs have to be doing business for us to? Im personally of the opinion that for at least some of our buys we probably need to be looking a little further afield than the Prem, & Britain in general, anyway, so frankly I couldnt give a toss who blackburn or west ham have or havent signed. In fact the very fact that most clubs havent done any business yet surely would give us a massive advantage if we had got players in by now in terms of getting them fit and them having that little bit longer to get to know our boys. Then again im impatient and to be honest would just love us to sign someone called marcos, javier, rafael, julio or somethin, instead of marlon, stewart, clive or brian.
lurman
ive just realised how that reads.. yes id love us to sign someone who's first name is Something.
lurman
ive just realised how that reads.. yes id love us to sign someone who's first name is Something.
lurman
Squad numbers. Who has the least?
Kiwivillan
Squad numbers. Who has the least?
Kiwivillan
Plus I don't see a team in the league that has lost it's captain and vice-captain?
Kiwivillan
Plus I don't see a team in the league that has lost it's captain and vice-captain?
Kiwivillan
Made same point a few weeks ago. Not completely sure why market is so slow, but with the way it stands at the moment i don't think we're missing the boat on many of our intended targets (not sure if MON had statyed Naughton was a target??) We know he will be prepared to go the extra mile for a player he truly wants (within reason) Ash Young being a point in case. So hopefully he will get the necessary players in over the next few weeks and i can go back to concentrating on my fantasy footy leagues and stop reading endless speculation!!
Kuffit
Made same point a few weeks ago. Not completely sure why market is so slow, but with the way it stands at the moment i don't think we're missing the boat on many of our intended targets (not sure if MON had statyed Naughton was a target??) We know he will be prepared to go the extra mile for a player he truly wants (within reason) Ash Young being a point in case. So hopefully he will get the necessary players in over the next few weeks and i can go back to concentrating on my fantasy footy leagues and stop reading endless speculation!!
Kuffit
Good article, point well made. Although I would like a Clive in our team. Clives are cool.
Knowone
Good article, point well made. Although I would like a Clive in our team. Clives are cool.
Knowone
Not many other clubs lost their best 2 players ? We should be leading the races not waiting for scraps.
ASPINALL
Not many other clubs lost their best 2 players ? We should be leading the races not waiting for scraps.
ASPINALL
Yes some teams did lose top players from their team and they havent bought any real replacements as of now. Tevez and Ronaldo from Manure. Ronaldo played a huge part in their team and Alex hasnt done much to fill the hole. Everyone just relax, a big name will come in.
all hail MON
Yes some teams did lose top players from their team and they havent bought any real replacements as of now. Tevez and Ronaldo from Manure. Ronaldo played a huge part in their team and Alex hasnt done much to fill the hole. Everyone just relax, a big name will come in.
all hail MON
agree some of the kids can (and some have) broken through Gordonsleftboot but obviously some experience is also needed to guide them through. Thing is though, apart from the mad money spent, we've not missed anyone yet and the transfer window isn't anywhere near finished, so plenty of time for more arrivals and no doubt a few who have never been linked will be amongst them... a nice surprise around the corner maybe..!
The Fear
agree some of the kids can (and some have) broken through Gordonsleftboot but obviously some experience is also needed to guide them through. Thing is though, apart from the mad money spent, we've not missed anyone yet and the transfer window isn't anywhere near finished, so plenty of time for more arrivals and no doubt a few who have never been linked will be amongst them... a nice surprise around the corner maybe..!
The Fear
Maybe Clive Sinclair then Knowone he could invent a time machine, get back to the first year of the Prem and don't let Man Utd pip us... !
The Fear
Maybe Clive Sinclair then Knowone he could invent a time machine, get back to the first year of the Prem and don't let Man Utd pip us... !
The Fear
fact is teams dont want to sell until they have replacements in so unless we offer well over market value then nothings going to happen soon.
themightyatom
fact is teams dont want to sell until they have replacements in so unless we offer well over market value then nothings going to happen soon.
themightyatom
Mouyokolo I reckon will be a great signing for Hull at CB - he looks a strong, commanding CB from what i've seen. I believe Arsenal were keeping tabs on him at one stage. McCarthy from the SPL could also turn out to be a great signing for Wigan if he lives up to early promise. So I think there are a handful of potential 'gems' out in that bunch, but nothing that I think we'd have been screaming out for in this window.
YatesyVillain
Mouyokolo I reckon will be a great signing for Hull at CB - he looks a strong, commanding CB from what i've seen. I believe Arsenal were keeping tabs on him at one stage. McCarthy from the SPL could also turn out to be a great signing for Wigan if he lives up to early promise. So I think there are a handful of potential 'gems' out in that bunch, but nothing that I think we'd have been screaming out for in this window.
YatesyVillain
 

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