Sunday, 8 July 2012

Premier League transfer happenings

Since all Premier League action is off until mid August, I thought I'd share with you all all of the transfers which have taken place so far.

Arsenal :

Ins : Lukas Podolski (£11million, FC Koln) Olivier Giroud (£13million, Montpellier)

Outs : Manuel Almunia, Gavin Hoyte (released)

Who they need : A decent holding midfielder as Alex Song is slightly too adventurous as a defensive midfielder. Someone such as Yann M'Vila of Rennes or Lars Bender of Borussia Dortmund would perfectly fit this role. The leaving Van Persie need not be replaced as Wenger has found two sterling players to replace him.

Aston Villa : 

Ins : Brett Holman (free, AZ Alkmaar), Karim El Ahmadi (undisclosed, Feyenoord), Matthew Lowton (undiscl., Sheffield United).

Outs: Emile Heskey, Brad Guzan (released), Carlos Cuellar (free, Sunderland).

Who they need : As they only really have one real consistent striker in Darren Bent, you would feel they will need an upgrade on the released Heskey. Grant Holt would be a perfect fit, reunited with his old manager, Paul Lambert.

Chelsea : 

Ins : Marko Marin (£6million, Werder Bremen), Eden Hazard (£32million, Lille).

Outs : Jose Bosingwa, Salomon Kalou, (released), Didier Drogba (free, Shanghai Shenhua)

Who they need : Chelsea require someone with the same physique and ability of the man tank Didier Drogba, one man who springs to mind is Fernando Llorente, who could compliment Fernando Torres as they are both Spaniards. Another man Chelsea may need is Hulk of Porto, who would make that front 4 of Hazard, Torres, Mata and himself something rather special.

Everton : 

Ins : Steven Naismith (free, Rangers FC)

Outs : James McFadden, Marcus Hahnemann (released) James Wallace (undisclosed to Tranmere)

Who they need : After the boost he gave them last season, David Moyes will be looking to secure the signature of Steven Pienaar but they also need to keep their key players (Felliani, Baines, Jelavic) if they want to keep competing in the top 6.

Fulham : 

Ins :  Mladen Petric (free, Hamburg), Sascha Riether (loan, Cologne).

Outs : Andrew Johnson (free, QPR), Danny Murphy (free, Blackburn), Pavel Pogrebnyak (free, Reading)

Who they need : They will need another versatile striker as Clint Dempsey looks set to leave, also a replacement for Danny Murphy wouldn't go amiss. Fulham could replace him with the out of favor Tom Huddleston of Tottenham.

Liverpool :

Ins :

Outs :  Fabio Aurelio (free, Gremio), Dirk Kuyt (£880,000, Fenerbahce)

Who they need : Liverpool's new manager will look for players who already understand his passing philosophy, so you may here mentions of Joe Allen or other Swansea players. Also because of Suarez not telling of his future and Andy Carroll still misfiring next season, Demba Ba and his £7 million buy out clause may sell him straight into Liverpool's arms.

Manchester City :

Ins :

Outs : Owen Hargeaves (released)  Wayne Bridge (loan, Brighton)

Who they need : Despite last season's solid defensive displays, Mancini could look for a new central defender, on of either Martin Skrtel or Fabrico Coloccini. Also, as news of Van Persie's declined contract spreads throughout the country (partly thanks to a spectacular twitter breakdown courtesy of Piers Morgan), that could sway Roberto Mancini to look in his direction.

Manchester United :

Ins : Shinji Kagawa (£12 million, Borussia Dortmund) Nick Powell (£4 million, Crewe)

Outs : Michael Owen (released) Fabio (loan, QPR) Tomasz Kuszczak (free, Brighton)

Who they need : If the rumors are true, then Evra hasn't long left in a United shirt, and as the best replacement, Jordi Alba, has gone to Barcelona, United are most likely to pick up Everton's Leighton Baines, also as Scholes has only one more season, Fergie will have to find a fitting replacement and Yohann Cabaye is probably the most affordable of the midfield maestros.

Newcastle United 

Ins : Romain Amalfitano (free, Reims), Gael Bigirimana (undiscl., Coventry).

 Outs : Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands, Alan Smith (released), Leon Best (£3m, Blackburn), 

Who they need : They will need a back up striker as with Leon Best going and Demba Ba able to go for just £7 million. One replacement that has been shouted from the rooftops is Luuk de Jong of FC Twente who could be a shrewd buy. Another man linked with the Geordie club is French and Lille full back Mattieu Debuchy, who showed us all his quality in the Euros.

Norwich City

Ins  Steven Whittaker (free, Rangers), Jacob Butterfield (tribunal, Barnsley).

Outs  Adam Drury (free, Leeds), Aaron Wilbraham (free, Crystal Palace), Zak Whitbread (released).

Who they need : They could do with some new additions so as to not suffer from the dreaded second season syndrome. Steven Davis, released from Rangers would be a smart buy, linking up with his old team mate Whittaker once again. Robert Snodgrass has also been mentioned for Norwich.


Ins : Ryan Nelsen (free, Tottenham), Andy Johnson (free, Fulham), Robert Green (free, West Ham), Samba Diakite (undisclosed, Nancy), Fabio (loan, Manchester United), Park Ji Sung (£5 million, Manchester United)

Outs : Patrick Agyemang, Lee Cook, Danny Gabbidon, Fitz Hall, Peter Ramage, Dan Shittu, Rowan Vine (all released).

Who they need : QPR have become the Sunderland of last year, buying everyone cheap and available on sight. The two things they may need now are another striker (amazingly) and a new center back, two names in the mix are Jermain Defoe and Chris Samba.


Ins: Garath McCleary (free, Nottingham Forest), Pavel Pogrebnyak (free, Fulham), Danny Guthrie (free, Newcastle).

Outs: Brian Howard, Tomasz Cywka, Andy Griffin, Jack Mills (all released).

Reading got promoted to the Premier League at the top of the Championship, and the quality of their team shows that, however they may need to buy top quality players to strengthen some areas of the pitch, the right back, an attacking central midfielder and a striker. If it were me I would buy contract rebel Danny Simpson, Dimitris Salpingidis (the one stand out Greek player at the Euros) and top scorer last season Jordan Rhodes of Huddersfield.


Ins : Jay Rodriguez (£6m, Burnley).

Outs : Radhi Jaidi, David Connolly, Lee Holmes (released), Aaron Martin (loan, Crystal Palace).

Who they need : Southampton don't really 'need' anyone but they could do with some quality players with Premier League experience. Matt Jarvis of Wolves and Scott Dann of Blackburn could provide this.


Ins: Jamie Ness (free, Rangers).

Outs: Danny Higginbotham, Salif Diao, Ricardo Fuller, Tom Soares (released), Andrew Davies (free, Bradford).

Who they need : Seeing as normally Tony Pulis would buy wingers and strikers, i would hazard a guess this window he'll buy wingers and strikers. Don't be surprised if you see the two Wolves boys Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis strutting their stuff next year in red and white stripes. 


Ins : Carlos Cuellar (free, Aston Villa).

Outs: Craig Gordon, Trevor Carson, Jordan Cook (released), George McCartney (undisc., West Ham), Asamoah Gyan (£6m, Al-Ain).

Who they need : Seeing as Asamoah Gyan has left for Arabia, and Stefan Seseggnon possibly soon to leave Sunderland too, you would feel they need a midfielder come striker who can make something out of nothing. Step forward Clint Dempsey. Also, a winger could be thrown into Martin O'Neill's plan, so see Adam Johnson of Man City or Aidan McGeady of Spartak Moscow.



Outs: Ferrie Bodde (released).

Who they need : Seeing as the bottom fell out from underneath their move for Gylfi Sigurdsson, you'd feel that they need to attain someone similar to him whilst also keepeing all their stars in order to hit the top 10. One player who showed us his ability was Krome Dehli of Denmark, who the Swans new boss is 'desperate' to get hold of. Also, if one of their wingers leaves, a replacement could come in the form of Giovanni Dos Santos.


Ins: Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.7million, Hoffenheim).

Outs: Ledley King, Louis Saha (released), Ben Alnwick (free, Barnsley), Niko Kranjcar (£6m, Dynamo Kiev), Ryan Nelsen (free, QPR), Vedran Corluka (undisclosed, Lokomotiv Moscow).

Who they need : Seeing as Jan Vertonghen is about to be unveiled as Tottenham's second signing, they need no one, unless star player Modric leaves, in which case AVB could go on a spending spree to replace him. See Joao Moutinho or Alan Dzagoev as possible replacements if he does go. A striker is also necessary, and could come in the form of Loic Remy or Adebayor.

West Brom

Ins: Ben Foster (undisclosed, Birmingham).

Outs: Keith Andrews, Paul Scharner, Nicky Shorey, Somen Tchoyi, Marton Fulop (released), Joe Mattock (free to Sheffield Wednesday).

Who they need : No one really, unless you deem Keith Andrews someone who needs replacing. Mind you, a few loan deals have been spread in the media for Obafemi Martins so you never know.

West Ham

Ins: Stephen Henderson (undisclosed, Portsmouth), Jussi Jaaskelainen (free, Bolton), Mohamed Diame (free, Wigan), George McCartney (undisc, Sunderland).

Outs: Robert Green (free, QPR), Frank Nouble (free, Wolves), John Carew, Julien Faubert, Papa Bouba Diop, Abdoulaye Faye, Pablo Barrera (undisclosed, Cruz Azul).

Who they need : A big goal scorer as Carlton Cole's premier league record is poor, Grant Holt of Norwich would do but he has just signed a new deal with them. Also, despite Big Sam's normal boring football, you could see a tricky winger such as Michael Kightly or Kieran Richardson joining the Hammers.



Outs: Chris Kirkland (free, Sheffield Wednesday), Mohamed Diame (free, West Ham), Steve Gohouri, Hugo Rodallega, Hendry Thomas (released).
A tricky player to replace both Hugo Rodallega and Victor Moses when he leaves, unfortunately with Wigan's budget, you doubt this could come off. However, one who could be bought is Tomas Hiztlspeger with a traction engine of a left foot, to replace Mohammed Diame.

Dan Broeders


  1. Hi Dan,

    Nice line up of all the stuff going on in the Premiership. Some comments regarding the Dutch mentions in here, or possibles:

    Luuk de Jong > in my opinion needs to do another year in Holland , think he is still too shy and too much boy to play in the Premiership. Needs to get some more hair on the teeth so to say. On top of that he has always played in a 1-4-3-3 system so would probably be smart for him to choose a team and Boss that thinks in that system.

    van Persie > think he is gambling on a reunion with his comrade and psychological twin Cesc, but I dont think Barca is interested in him given his less than romantic performance in EURO12 and v Persie is likely to perform better if he can be the teams starman. Not very likely at Nou Camp. Would not be surprised if he ends up on the bench at Arsenal.

    Sneijder > I am amazed that teams like ManCity Manunited or even more so Chelsea dont try to land Sneijder. He is one of the best long passing midfielders in the game (I am biased), he is always thinking attack and is very capable of putting the likes of Rooney (who needs to play up front in stead of gradually becoming a midfielder), Aguero and Torres in excellent scoring positions. Especially Torres would in my opinion get a better scoresheet with Wesley playing behind him (to be honest the last remark is probably true for any midfielder with a decent pass behind Torres :-)

    Liverpool > my prime candidate for being the club with the most potential to go totally FUBAR and end up in one of this years bottom places if Suarez goes and they dont sign any other good players.


    1. Hello Rene :),

      I'm not too sure about de Jong either, if he moves to Newcastle then he'll certainly be worth watching though how he'll fit in around Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa I'm not sure.

      I think van Persie is blowing his own horn a bit too much now, he did have one good (admittedly brilliant) season, but his injury record isn't the best and as you said, he has to be at a team where he is the stand out star. Juventus would suit him out of all the mentioned teams.

      I also thought this but as United didn't sign him last year, the rumors have gone down but I know what you mean, he would be a quality addition to any team.

      Finally, if that were to happen (Unlikely but possible) it could spell the end for Liverpool's hopes of Europe for a few years and make me, an Everton fan, extremely happy.

      Thank you for reading once again.


  2. Nice blog post Dan.

    Talking about all of the clubs, and who they need to sign which is always very good.

    As I am an Arsenal fan, everyone is saying that we are going to get relegated now that RVP will probably be leaving very soon.

    I think that no player is bigger than the team no matter what, and despite the fact that he had a great season last season, we have stuck by him when he has NOT ben playing well so if he goes to City he will be a benchwarmer just you watch.

    We should sign someone like Iker Muniain and a strong defender. I hope that Everton can qualify for Europa League next season. :)

    Speak to you later,

  3. Thank you Mo,

    I feel that all the Arsenal fans are being far to 'end of the world' over Van Persie, he showed he was on the wane towards the end of the season and the Euros and at 29, it really isn't as catastrophic as it seems, Podolski and Giroud are more than adequate replacements.

    Also, I think Arsenal need to stick to Wenger's methods because he has clearly demonstrated tactical know how and how his team should play the 'perfect' way. A signing like Munain would be perfect as he is young, quality and can tear apart United. Arsenal have at least 5th place as a cert so not all is lost.

    And finally, so do I.

    Thank you for continually reading,