Posted by Barrie on Monday, 1 February 2010

Transfer Deadline Roundup

Most January transfer windows do not see many major transfers. Put it down to mid-season, cup-tied players or the lack of money, it has been a quiet start to 2010.

Manchester City's capture of Adam Johnson is the biggest Premier League signing on this year's deadline day. Johnson has been Middlesbrough's top scorer this season, with 11 goals from the wing. I've seen him a couple of times in this division and I was always confident a Premier League side would sign him this month. He was too good for the Championship. With Robinho's departure there will be less competition on the left wing from him (Martin Petrov) as he looks to break into their first team. Talking about Robinho, he arrived at Santos today with Pele in front of a large crowd inside their stadium!

Stoke City completed the signing of highly-rated goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Portsmouth for £3,500,000 today. 22-year old Bosnian Begovic kept 2 clean sheets in 8 starts for the Premier League's bottom club, had also been linked to Chelsea and Tottenham recently. Many expected him to leave today following Portsmouth's decision to start David James in goal at the weekend. Portsmouth sold Mike Williamson to Newcastle earlier this month and Younes Kaboul back to Tottenham at the weekend to help Pompey pay their wages.

Robbie Keane looks set to be loaned out to Celtic from Tottenham. Keane has not played 90 minutes for Tottenham since Ireland were eliminated from the World Cup in controversial circumstances to France in November. He never scored in the few appearances he has made since. 4 of his 6 goals this season came in one game against Burnley. This would be a good move for both Keane and Celtic. Tottenham captured Eidur Gudjohnsen a few days ago and already have Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch playing well in the first team. Robbie Keane should find the less competitive league a breeze and if Kris Boyd had left Rangers this month I would have backed Keane to finish top scorer in the Scottish Premier League! Celtic confirmed the loan signing of Diomansy Kamara from Fulham earlier today. Fulham have loaned in Nicky Shorey from Aston Villa and Stefano Okaka from Roma.

Sunderland missed out on Robbie Keane but completed the loan signing of Alan Hutton from Tottenham today. They have not yet confirmed the signing of Benjani from Manchester City as of yet, despite the transfer deadline having passed.

The deal of Victor Moses from Crystal Palace to Wigan was confirmed today, expected to be in the region of £2,500,000. A highly-rated youngster, he has scored some spectacular goals in the Championship over the past two and a half years. When I saw Moses in person last year, he was sent off a little harshly for a second yellow for a tackle from behind. His first yellow card was for a dive. He certainly has a chance to break into the first team immediately with Wigan as they currently offer little going forward. He may be battling directly with Scott Sinclair, their loanee from Chelsea who is a great dribbler but hasn't hit the heights in the Premier League so far. Jack Cork was loaned out from Chelsea to Burnley today.

Benni McCarthy completed his permanent move from Blackburn to West Ham today for an undisclosed fee. This is a good buy for West Ham who have struggled for goals up front, especially during Carlton Cole's time on the sideline. He scored 18 Premier League goals in his first season with Blackburn, but only scored once in 14 games this season. With a World Cup in his back garden this summer I was expecting better from him this season and with a new club with some creative midfielders I can see him doing well at Upton Park. I do question the loan deal of Mido from Middlesbrough though to West Ham. A lazy striker who was a poison for Middlesbrough when they were relegated last season. The Hammers have also confirmed the signing of Brazilian free agent Ilan. Gianfranco Zola has certainly shown his intent of bringing in strikers today!

Neither Arsenal, Birmingham or Liverpool's managers spent any money today after entering the transfer window having been linked to a number of players. Arsenal loaned out Jack Wilshere to Bolton and Philippe Senderos last week. Birmingham loaned out Marcus Bent to Queens Park Rangers today. They signed Craig Gardner from Aston Villa and Michel from Sporting Gijon last month. Liverpool signed Maxi Rodriguez in January. Ryan Babel remains with the Reds.

Stephen Hunt, who scored a penalty against Wolves at the weekend remains at Hull despite numerous bids this month up to the final day from the West Midlands club. Neither Hull or Wolves made any panic buys today.

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