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EPL Player Transfers

posted 2 Sept 2012, 20:24 by Sportech Nz   [ updated 2 Sept 2012, 20:26 ]

Top five buys

  1. Eden Hazard (Lille to Chelsea) £32m
  2. Oscar (Internacional to Chelsea) £25m
  3. Robin van Persie (Arsenal to Man Utd) £24m
  4. Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund to Man Utd) £17m
  5. Javi Garcia (Benfica to Man City) £16m

Biggest spenders
Chelsea – Buys £81m Sales £0

Biggest profit
Fulham – Buys £6m – Sales £21m

Most buys
QPR 10

Total spend



IN: Santi Cazorla (Malaga, £16.5m), Olivier Giroud (Montpelier, £13m), Lukas Podolski (Cologne, £11m)
OUT: Robin van Persie (Man Utd, £24m), Alex Song (Barcelona, £15m), Manuel Almunia (released), Kyle Bartley, (Swansea, £1m), Denilson (Sao Paulo, loan), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest, £1m)

NET SPEND: £500,000

JB's VERDICT – 3/5: Another summer of stress at Arsenal and despite the signing of the excellent Santi Cazorla, there is real fear that Robin van Persie – and his goals – have not been replaced. Two goalless draws have shown a tighter defence – but concern upfront.


Aston Villa

IN: Christian Benteke (Genk, £8m), Matthew Lowton (Sheffield United, £3m), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord, £3m), Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough, £2.5m)
OUT: James Collins (West Ham, £2.5m), Carlos Cuéllar (Sunderland, free), Emile Heskey (released)

NET SPEND: £14 million

JB's VERDICT – 2/5: Manager Paul Lambert will be relieved to get striker Christian Benteke but it’s a big fee for an unproven player at a club on a tight budget. As fine a manager as Lambert is, there’s an air of desperation at Villa.



IN: Eden Hazard (Lille, £32m), Oscar (Internacional, £25m), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen, £7m), Thorgan Hazard (Lens, £1m), Victor Moses (Wigan, £9m), Cesar Azpilicueta (Marseille, £7m)
OUT: Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Jose Bosingwa (all released) plus 15 players on loan

NET SPEND: £81 million

JB's VERDICT – 4/5: The massive summer spending spree did indeed materialise with exciting, young attacking talent everywhere – but no cash on a new striker which, curiously, leaves Chelsea short upfront. Maybe, as some suggested, they might have been better blowing the cash on Atletico Madrid’s Radomel Falcao?



IN: Steven Pienaar (Tottenham, £4.5m), Kevin Mirallas (Olympiakos, £5.2m), Bryan Oviedo (Copenhagen, £2m)
OUT: Jack Rodwell (Man City, £12m), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls, £1m)

NET SPEND: £1.3 million

JB's VERDICT – 5/5: A brilliant transfer window for David Moyes with shrewd, value for money signings and a big fee for Jack Rodwell who wasn’t central to his plans. Moyes has proved adept time and time again but will be relieved to have held onto Marouanne Fellaini and Leighton Baines, at least for another year.



IN: Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United, £4m), Kieran Richardson (Sunderland, £2m) Hugo Rodallega (Wigan, free), Mladen Petric (Hamburg, free), George Williams (MK Dons, free), Sascha Riether (Cologne, loan)
OUT: Moussa Dembele (£15m, Tottenham Hotspur), Clint Dempsey (Spurs, £6m), Danny Murphy (Blackburn, free), Andy Johnson (QPR, free)

NET SPEND: £15 million

JB's VERDICT – 2/5: A bit of a trolley dash for Fulham but, in the cold light of day, the sale of Dembele and Dempsey leaves a big gap in their squad, their two 'biggest’ players gone. Manager Martin Jol was desperate to shore things up and if he can again get the best out of Dimitar Berbatov then he may have saved the day.



IN: Joe Allen (Swansea, £15m), Fabio Borini (Roma, £10m), Oussama Assaidi (Heerenveen, £3m), Nuri Sahin (Real Madrid, loan), Samed Yesil (Bayer Leverkusen, £1m)
OUT: Charlie Adam (Stoke, £4m), Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina, £6m), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce, £1m), Andy Carroll (West Ham United, loan) Craig Bellamy (Cardiff, free), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell’s Old Boys, free)

NET SPEND: £18 million

JB's VERDICT – 3/5: No new striker. Liverpool will look at their transfer business and the need to balance the books and believe they have bought well but the squad is short of goals and it will be a nervous few months until the January window opens.


Manchester City

In: Javi Garcia (Benfica, £16m), Jack Rodwell (Everton £12m), Scott Sinclair (Swansea City, £6.2m), Maicon (Inter Milan, £3m), Matija Nastasic (Fiorentina, £12m)
OUT: Adam Johnson (Sunderland, £10m), Nigel De Jong (AC Milan, £3.5m), Owen Hargreaves (released), Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs, £5m), Stefan Savic (Fiorentina, part of Nastasic deal)

NET SPEND: £30.7 million

JB's VERDICT – 2/5: Roberto Mancini got his way with City spending big on the final day of the window – although he didn’t necessarily land his number one targets. Again the problem has been moving players on and the club’s hierarchy may not be happy with the money spent overall.


Manchester United

IN: Robin van Persie (Arsenal, £24m), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund, £17m), Nick Powell (Crewe, £4m), Alexander Buttner (Vitesse Arnhem, £4m)
OUT: Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham, £4m), Park Ji-Sung (QPR, £1.5m), Michael Owen (released)

NET SPEND: £43.5 million

JB's VERDICT – 4/5: Sir Alex Ferguson spent big and he spent early. A real statement of intent from United as they try to reclaim the Premier League. Kagawa seems the best piece of business and Van Persie, although a coup, is expensive. United still look a little short in midfield, though.


Newcastle United

IN: Vurnon Anita (Ajax, £6.7m), Curtis Good (Melbourne Heart, £400,000)
OUT: Leon Best (Blackburn, £3m), Fraser Forster (Celtic, £2m)

NET SPEND: £2.1 million

JB's VERDICT – 4/5: For Alan Pardew it was more about not losing players than signing them and that’s a sign that Newcastle already have their house in order. A solid, tight squad and a good manager with a well-run business. A sound window.


Norwich City

IN: Sebastian Bassong (Spurs, £3m), Robert Snodgrass (Leeds, £3m), Michael Turner (Sunderland, £1.5m), Alexander Tettey (Rennes, £1m)
OUT: Andrew Crofts (Brighton, nominal, Adam Drury (Leeds, free), Aaron Wilbraham (Crystal Palace, free), Zak Whitbread (Leicester, free)

NET SPEND: £8.5 million

JB's VERDICT – 3/5: The brutal truth is that Norwich’s business looks like the dealings of a Championship club – but then look what happened last season. Still a sizeable amount of money has been spent and Alex Tettey could be a really shrewd acquisition.


Queens Park Rangers

IN: Esteban Granero (Real Madrid, £9m), Stephane Mbia (Marseille, £4.5m), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan, free), Junior Hoilett (Blackburn, tribunal), Park Ji-Sung (Manchester United, £2m), Samba Diakite (Nancy, £4m), Robert Green (West Ham, free), Ryan Nelsen (Tottenham, free), Andrew Johnson (Fulham, free), Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea, free)
OUT: Fifteen players sold for nominal fees or released

NET SPEND: £19 million

JB's VERDICT – 4/5: A huge summer of spending for QPR with wages as well to be accounted for as Mark Hughes acquired a whole new team. Among the experienced big names there’s also some exciting young talent. Can he make his new team gel quickly enough? If he can it could be an amazing season for Rangers.



IN: Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest, £2.5m), Adrian Mariappa (Watford, £2.5m), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham, free)
OUT: Fourteen players released or sold for nominal fees

NET SPEND: £5 million

JB's VERDICT – 3/5: Despite the new Russian owner, it wasn’t going to be a big spending spree from Reading and manager Brian McDermott who has taken a similar route to other well-run clubs recently promoted from the Championship. Whether Reading are good enough remains to be seen and the squad could be lacking depth.



IN: Gaston Ramirez (Bologna, £11.2m), Maya Yoshida (VVV-Venlo, £2m), Jay Rodriguez (Burnley, £6m), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace, £2m)
OUT: Eight players sold for nominal fees or released

NET SPEND: £21.2 million

JB's VERDICT – 3/5: Southampton – and their chairman Nicola Cortese – are hugely ambitious and the signing of Gaston Ramirez is not only a big deal but could be real coup if he shows the same form he has for his country, Uruguay. Southampton looked like they needed a bit more star quality and he could give it. They have spent a lot of money and will want a return.


Stoke City

IN: Charlie Adam (Liverpool, £4m), Michael Kightly (Wolves, £2m)
OUT: Eight players sold for nominal fees or released

NET SPEND: £6 million

JB's VERDICT – 3/5: A summer of consolidation for Tony Pulis who had to trim a big squad after last season’s Europa League campaign. The Coates family have backed Stoke with millions but there’s a sense that they don’t want to keep spending. Could be a tricky season but Pulis knows that.



IN: Steven Fletcher (Wolves, £15m), Adam Johnson (Manchester City, £10m) Louis Saha (free), Carlos Cuéllar (Aston Villa, free)
OUT: Asamoah Gyan (Al-Ain, £6m), Kieran Richardson (Fulham, £2m), Michael Turner (Norwich, £1.5m)

NET SPEND: £15.5 million

JB's VERDICT – 3/5: Martin O’Neill has, as ever, bought British or the tried and trusted from the Premier League. He’s also spent big. Again. However, Fletcher and Johnson look decent acquisitions to add to a squad that he is quickly moulding into a solid outfit.


Swansea City

IN: Pablo Hernandez (Valencia, £5.5m), Ki Sung-yueng (Celtic, £5m), Michu (Rayo Vallecano, £2m), Jose Manuel Flores (Genoa, £2m), Kyle Bartley (Arsenal, £1m)
OUT: Joe Allen (Liverpool, £15m), Scott Sinclair (Manchester City, £6.2m)

NET SPEND: £-5.7 million

JB's VERDICT – 5/5: An impressive summer of business at Swansea who have sold well and bought shrewdly and who are suddenly already looking an accomplished Premier League club after just one campaign. No second season syndrome for them and the arrival of Michael Laudrup has attracted players from Spain.


Tottenham Hotspur

IN: Mousa Dembele (Fulham, £15m), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, £6), Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City, £5m), Jan Vertonghen (Ajax, £10m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Hoffenheim, £8m), Hugo Lloris (Lyon, £12m).
OUT: Luka Modric (Real Madrid, £33m), Rafael Van der Vaart (Hamburg, £10m), Sebastian Bassong (Norwich, £3m), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow, £5m), Steven Pienaar (Everton, £4.5m), Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev, £2m)

NET SPEND: £1.5 million

JB's VERDICT – 3/5: Despite all the spending and all the sales, the bottom line is that chairman Daniel Levy has wanted to balance the books and has done that. It could have been very different if Joao Moutinho had been signed for £23m and head coach Andre Villas-Boas will regret that as it means Luka Modric has simply not been replaced.


West Bromwich Albion

IN: Ben Foster (Birmingham, £3m), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen, free), Claudio Yacob (Racing Club de Avellaneda, free)
OUT: Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest, £2m) and 10 players sold for nominal fees or released

NET SPEND: £1 million

JB's VERDICT – 4/5: A summer of consolidation for West Brom – peppered with some intriguing, exciting signings such as Claudio Yacob. The books have been balanced and the budget remains intact with praise again for technical director Dan Ashworth.


West Ham

IN: Matt Jarvis (Wolves, £10.75m), Modibo Maiga (Sochaux, £5m), Alou Diarra (Marseille, £2m), James Collins (Aston Villa, £2.5m), Andy Carroll (Liverpool, loan)
OUT: Sam Baldock (Bristol City, £1m), Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City, £1.8m) and 13 other players released or sold for nominal fees

NET SPEND: £17.45 million

JB's VERDICT – 4/5: It’s been a tricky summer for West Ham but there have been some big statements as well with the arrival of Andy Carroll and Matt Jarvis, while the club has moved on many Championship players. The owners have backed the manager and will want a return even if it has been scattergun at times. Minimum requirement is stay in the Premier League.


Wigan Athletic

IN: Arouna Kone (Levante, £2.7m), Ivan Ramis (Real Majorca, £4m)
OUT: Victor Moses (Chelsea, £9m), Connor Sammon (Derby, £1.2m) and 11 players sold for a nominal fee or released

NET SPEND: £-3.5 million

JB's VERDICT – 4/5: Wigan were always going to sell prize asset Victor Moses and pretty much got the price they wanted for him which has allowed manager Roberto Martinez to reshape his squad and even make a transfer market profit to keep the chairman happy. Still they have also spent and will be happy with their business.