Transfer Deadline Day

By Richard Geary

 

The transfer deadline day disappointed fans as it failed to live up to the usual hype, with none of the top English clubs managing to secure a big name signing. Although plenty of action could be found at the lower end of the league table, and in the lower leagues.

 

The signing of 31 year old Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom to Arsenal from Spartak Moscow on loan, after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was unable to lure long-term target Julian Draxler away from Shalke, was arguably the most exciting deal of the day, after both Liverpool and Manchester City missed out on their transfer targets.

 

Arsenal signing Kim Kallstrom (left) - picture supplied by Football.ua

Arsenal signing Kim Kallstrom (left) – picture supplied by Football.ua

 

Liverpool’s proposed move for £16 million Ukraine forward Yevhen Konoplyanka from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk collapsed after Dnipro preseident Ihor Kolomoyskyi refused to sign for the players release, despite Liverpool meeting the players buy-out clause.

 

Manchester City meanwhile were unable to negotiate a deal with FC Porto for defender Eliaquim Mangala and defensive midfielder Fernando, with the proposed £46 million deal for the pair coming to nothing. However City remain confident, and will continue to pursue the pair in the summer.

 

Chelsea on the other hand managed to complete a £12.5 million deal for French teenage defender Kurt Zouma, from St Etienne. The young Frenchman will not be seeing any Premier League action however, as Chelsea have loaned him straight back to the French Ligue 1 side until the end of the season.

 

Kurt Zouma - Supplied by KevFB

Kurt Zouma – Supplied by KevFB

 

This year much more action was seen at the bottom of the Premier League table. Fulham, who are currently struggling for form in the league, secured Tottenham’s Lewis Holtby on loan until the end of the season, and splashed out £11 million on Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou on a four and a half year deal from Olympiakos, following Dimitar Berbatov’s departure from the club to Monaco on loan. The Cottagers also signed John Heitinga from Everton on a free.

 

Premier League new boys Crystal Palace made a total of five signings on deadline day, securing Tom Ince on loan from Blackpool, Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey for £3 million, Joe Ledley from Celtic for £2.5 million, Blackburn defender Scott Dann, and signed Jason Puncheon permanently from Southampton following his loan deal.

 

Cardiff City also had a good spell in the transfer window, as new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was able to utilise his Manchester United contacts to bring in defender Fabio da Silva permanently, and Wilfred Zaha on loan.

 

The lower leagues saw plenty of action too, as League One side Coventry City brought in Swansea striker Rory Donnelly on loan, as well as fellow striker Nathan Delfouneso from Aston Villa, also on loan, to compensate for the loss of Leon Clarke to Wolves for £750,000. The Sky Blues also managed to secure the services of Celtic midfielder Dylan McGeouch on loan.

 

Villa striker Delfouneso (left) joins Coventry until the end of the season - Image supplied by Dagur Brynjólfsson

Villa striker Delfouneso (left) joins Coventry until the end of the season – Image supplied by Dagur Brynjólfsson

 

Coventry target Jon Stead snubbed the Sky Blues to move to Oldham from Huddersfield, while Birmingham managed to acquire the services of Manchester United forward Federico Macheda on loan, while Arsenal lost the services of Emmanuel Frimpong to Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, as well as striker Park Chu Young to Watford on loan.

 

You can see all the transfers made over the entire window here.

 

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