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2015/16 Premier League Transfer Deadline Day – As it Happened…

Petr Cech

Turned out to be Arsenal’s major signing this summer

Look away Arsenal fans. Yesterday wasn’t a day to remember as the Gunners failed to secure the services of any of the players they were linked with. Arsene Wenger had stated times without number that he was only looking for players that were going to improve the team but those targets were unavailable. High profile names like Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani were mentioned but no moves for the lads came to fruition.

While Arsenal failed to invest in their team on transfer deadline day, other Premier League sides were on the prowl for talent that would improve their respective teams. Gooner Daily looks back at all the drama that happened on that iconic day in the Premier League calendar called the ‘transfer deadline day’.

Morning (12.00am to 11.59am)

The David de Gea deal to Real Madrid falls through… 

Fingers were pointed by both sides and it’s really interesting as both Manchester United and Real Madrid release ‘statements’ to show the world their sides of the book. What a look.

Real Madrid’s StatementManchester United’s Statement in response to Real Madrid

Van Wolfswinkel Heads to Spain

Norwich’s lanky forward, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, secured a loan switch to Real Betis. The Dutch forward has scored two goals in 29 games for the Canaries.

Layun Heads to the Estadio Dragao

Watford’s Miguel Layun will be fondly remembered for scoring a goal for the Hornets on his Premier League debut against Everton in Goodison Park. However, he has been shipped on loan to FC Porto.

PSG Duo Linked with Arsenal?

The Daily Mail did their bit to make Arsenal fans cheerful as they published an article linking the Gunners with a sensational swoop for PSG hitman, Edinson Cavani. They linked Mathieu Flamini with a move away (who doesn’t) and lined up Adrien Rabiot as his replacement. Keyboard warriors.

Berbatov Spotted in Midlands

Reports surfaced that Dimitar Berbatov arrived in Midlands ahead of a potential move to Aston Villa. The former Spurs, Manchester United and Fulham forward has been at AS Monaco for two seasons and was hoping to return to the Premier League, where he spent nine years of his career representing the aforementioned clubs.

van Dijk Becomes a Saint

Former Celtic towering center back, Virgil van Dijk, completed an £11.5m move to Southampton. He had become a fan-favorite at Celtic, scoring 15 goals in 114 games for the Celts. He would surely be missed in Glasgow.

Deja Song Vu

After spending the entirety of last season in West Ham’s books, Alex Song returned to FC Barcelona and was swifted notified that he’s surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp, so like Sam Allardyce last season, Slaven Bilic has offer the Cameroonian another chance to play regular first team football with a second loan move.

Holy Moses! He’s a Hammer!

Shortly after signing a long-term deal with Chelsea, Victor Moses, moved to West Ham on loan, in his bid to get regular football. He was one of the notable omissions from the national team, as his manager, Sunday Oliseh, stated that he needed to play more regularly to get any hopes of returning to the Super Eagles setup.

The Future of Walters

Instead of joining up with his teammates in the Republic of Ireland camp, Jonathan Walters stayed behind (with permission from the Irish FA, of course) to sort out his future, as Norwich had made a bid for the forward. He submitted a transfer request to Stoke, and unlike Saido Berahino and Jonathan Stones, his request was actually granted. The only problem was that Norwich had failed to reach Stoke’s valuation for the player.

Ramiro Who?

Amidst the speculation surrounding Jon Stones future, Everton signed a new center back from River Plate, Ramiro Funes Mori, and in all honesty, I don’t know anything about this player. Thanks to the chums at Wikipedia, I now know that he won the 2015 Copa Libertadores with his club. Don’t you just love you some wiki!

No Austin in the Premier League this Season

Remember Charlie Austin? The red-hot QPR forward that was tipped to return to the Premier League after his team suffered the ignominy of relegation? The one that smashed in 18 goals in a side like QPR that struggled in every sense of the word? Yes, that one. Leicester City placed a £12m bid but QPR valued their asset at £15m.

Adios Jonas, thanks for the Memories

After dedicating seven years of his career to Newcastle, notching up 205 appearances and scoring 12 goals, it was time for Jonas Gutierrez to say his goodbyes to the St. James Park faithful. He starts a new chapter in his career with Deportivo de la Coruna.

Kokorin – The Kinda Striker Arsenal Needed

For some reason best known to Chuck Norris and probably, Lord Voldemort, Arsenal was linked with a move for Dinamo Moscow’s forward, Aleksandr Hleb Kokorin. Kokorin began his career at Dinamo scoring 45 goals in 193 games. For a team that has been struggling to score goals this season, the Gunners were linked with a man that statistically scores once every 4.28 games. He’d fit in well with the current lot.

Martial the Martian Passes his Medical Ahead of Move to Old Trafford

Not much people knew (or even still know) anything about this Anthony Martial character. I watched him have a great game at the Emirates when the Gunners hosted Monaco in the Champions League last season and he provided the assist for Berbatov’s first goal. Sky Sports pundit and Arsenal favorite, Thierry Henry, says that Manchester United took a gamble with him. Will he be enough to bring a Premier League title to the Red side of Manchester? The bookies certainly don’t seem to think so, they are locked on the Blue side.

Jelavic Back with the Big Time

Jelavic hit the spotlight when he was signed a while ago by David Moyes into Everton and he made a name for himself, scoring some vital goals for his team. As the years went by, he lost his starting place and switched to Hull where he played as a regular before suffering a relegation blow. Now, West Ham has afforded the lad the chance to return to the Premier League and he would be hoping to repay his manager’s faith.

Chelsea Gets Jon Stones… no, Papy Djilobodji

After your £40m offer for Jon Stones has been rejected, what do you do? You get you some ‘Papy’. Goodluck pronouncing his last name! :'(

Afternoon / Evening (12.00pm to 6.00pm)

Heathrow Airport Trolls Arsenal


Murray Off to Bournemouth

Glenn Murray was instrumental to Crystal Palace in the 2012/13 Championship season where his 31 goals ensured that his team booked a playoff place. When the club joined the Premier League proper, Murray played a bit-part role for the club. The lad has secured a move to Bournemouth and he’d hope to replicate the same form Callum Wilson is showing.

Sorry Saido, You’re Going Nowhere

Following West Brom’s reluctance to sell Saido Berahino to Tottenham, the forward took to Twitter to voice his frustrations

Lescott Officially a Villan

After spells with Wolves, Everton, Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion that spanned across 15 seasons, Joleon Lescott has opted to join Aston Villa.

West Ham on a Roll – It’s Antonio!

Slaven Bilic continued the recruitment spree. This time swooping for Nottingham Forest winger, Michail Antonio.

Naismith a Canary? Nope, not in a Million Years

Norwich attempted to sign Everton’s Steven Naismith for a reported £8m. Everton reject the bid.

Yedlin for the Dick

DeAndre Yedlin has failed to make an impact at Tottenham but he would have a chance to prove his worth at Sunderland under the tutelage of Dick Advocaat.

Someone Needs to Tell Rooney about Martial

It’s official. Anthony Martial is now a Red Devil but the captain, Wayne Rooney, knows nothing about him. Well, that’s what Morgan Schneiderlin his saying.

Guedioura – When Temporary Becomes Permanent

Adlene Guedioura joined Wolves before joining Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace. Chances were few and far between for the midfielder but he had two successful loan spells with Watford, now the club has decided to secure his services on a permanent deal.

Ibarbo the Latest Hornet

I would always remember Victor Ibarbo for his good performances in the World Cup for Colombia. He has switched to Watford on a loan move from AS Roma.

First Djilobodji, Now Hector of Troy

I wanted to say that Chelsea were getting desperate with their defensive additions but new recruit, Miguel Hector, will be returning back to Reading on a season-long loan after signing a four-year deal with the defending champions.

Lennon Stays in Goodison

Lennon had an impressive spell with Everton last season and Roberto Martinez has decided extend his say at Goodison on a permament basis.

6.00pm – Transfer Window Closes

Bonus Reading: Deadline Day Life – Sky Sports team

Thank God the transfer window is over. Now we can just concentrate on the football.


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Reviewing this Season’s Premier League Summer Transfers

Will another player join Petr Cech at Arsenal?

Today is transfer deadline day in the Premier League and we expect a flurry of activity as many teams would be making last minute deals to sign new players that would improve their respective teams. While we wait for more activity today, Gooner Daily reviews the transfer activities of the 20 Premier League clubs, in alphabetical order of course.

A.F.C. Bournemouth

This is Bournemouth’s first season in the Premier League and they’ve done their bit to sign the players they need to ensure they remain in the division. Artur Boruc (Southampton), Sylvain Distin (Everton) and Adam Federici (Reading) joined on free transfers. The exciting Tyrone Mings joined for £8m from Ipswich, while the club also secured the likes of Joshua King (Blackburn, £1m), Max Gradel (St. Etienne, £7m) and Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough, £3m).

On the other end, Miles Addison, Benjamin Buchel, Darryl Flahavan and veteran, Ian Harte were released while Mohamed Coulibaly (Racing Santander) and Josh McQuoid (Luton) left on free transfers. Brett Pitman joined Ipswich for an undisclosed fee.


The Gunners have signed a couple of youngsters this season with the likes of Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Yassin Fortune joining from RC Lens for a total of £3m. Vlad Dragomir joined from Poli Timisoara (£71k). Jordi Osei-Tutu joined from Reading, Donyell Malen from Ajax and Ismael Bennacer from Aries-Avignon. The only major signing this summer has been Petr Cech that was swopped from Chelsea for close to £11m.

A couple of players have left the Gunners to further their careers elsewhere. Lukas Podolski joined Galatasaray for £1.8m, and there were free transfers for Abou Diaby (OM), Ryo Miyaichi (St. Pauli), Semi Ajayi (Cardiff), Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Swindon), Josh Vickers (Swansea), Geroge Dobson (West Ham) and Jonatas Centeno (Sheffield Wednesday). Jack Jebb and Austin Lipman were released as well, but they are still unattached.

Aston Villa

Following Tim Sherwood’s impressive start to his Aston Villa career, the board has trusted him enough to sign all the players he wanted this season. Micah Richards (Aston Villa) and Mark Bunn (Norwich) were signed for free but the club secured the services of Scott Sinclair (Manchester City, £2.5m), Idrissa Gueye (Lille, £9m), JJordan Amavi (OGC Nice, £9m), Jordan Ayew (OM, £9m), Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba, £500k), Jordan Veretout (Nantes, £7m), Rudy Gestede (Blackburn, £6m) and Adama Traore (Barcelona, £7m)

Christian Benteke’s release clause of £32.5m was activated by Liverpool, former skipper, Fabian Delph joined Manchester City for £8m, Andreas Weimann joined Derby for £2.75m and Matt Lowton joined Burnley for £1m. There were a host of free transfer for Darren Bent (Derby), Enda Stevens (Portsmouth), Graham Burke (Notts County), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg), Antonio Luna (Eibar), Shay Given (Stoke) and Aleksandr Tonev (Frosinone). Ron Vlaar was also released by the club but he’s currently unattached.


The Rent Boys have began the campaign very poorly but they’ve done a lot of business in their bid to retain the Premier League title. Cristian Manea joined from Viltorul Constanta for £2.3m, and they also signed Nathan (Atletico Paranaense, £4.5m), Asmir Begovic (Stoke, £8m), Danilo Pantic (Partizan, £1.25m), Kenedy (Fluminense, £6.3m), Baba Rahman (Augsburg, £14m), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona, £21m), Radamel Falcao (Monaco, loan) and most recently, Papy Djilobodji (Nantes, £4m).

Chelsea has sold a couple of players to balance the books. Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, £11.1m), Thorgan Hazard (BMG, £5,85m), Gael Kakuta (Sevilla, £2.5m), Oriol Romeu (Southampton, £5m) and Josh McEachran (Brentford, £750k). There were free transfers from Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact) and George Brady (Sunderland)

 Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew has continued his great form into the campaign with Crystal Palace but he made some shrewd signings this season. Yohan Cabaye joined from PSG (£10m), Alex McCarthy from QPR (£3.5m), Connor Wickham from Sunderland (£9m) and Bakary Sako (on a free transfer from Wolves). Patrick Bamford (came on loan from Chelsea).

As much as 18 players were released by the club this summer with the notable names being Shola Ameobi, Barry Bannan and Jerome Thomas.


As you’d expect from Everton, Roberto Martinez made a handful of signings  with Tom Cleverley joining from Manchester United on a free transfer. The club also signed Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, £4.2m), David Heren (Olympiakos, £200k), Mason Holgate (Barnsley, £2m), Leandro Rodriguez (River Plate, £500k) and today, Ramiro Fune Mori (River Plate, £9.5m)

Everton’s only sale this summer is Chris Long (Burnley, £500k) but the club released a host of players including the likes of Antolin Alcaraz and Sylvain Distin.

Leicester City

The Foxes ended the campaign on a high but they laid off Nigel Pearson before hiring the experienced Claudio Ranieri. So far, the Italian gaffer has signed Christian Fuchs (Schalke 04, free), Robert Huth (Stoke, £3m), Shinji Okazaki (Mainz, £7m), N’Golo Kante (Caen, £5.6) and Gokhan Inler (Napoli, £3m).

Only two players have been shown the exit door and they are David Nugent (Middlesbrough, £4m) and Chris Wood (Leeds, £3m)


Under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool have been heavy spenders and that trend continued this season. They have signed Joe Gomez (Charlton, £3.5m), Danny Ings (Burnley, £7.5m), Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim, £21.3m), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton, £12.5m), Christian Benteke (Aston Villa, £32.5m), James Milner (Manchester City, free), Adam Bogdan (Bolton, free) and Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy, £400k).

Liverpool hit the headlines for the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for a reported £49m, Iago Aspas returned to Celta Vigo for £5m, Sebastian Coates joined Sunderland (£4m), Rickie Lambert was sold to West Brom (£4m) and Fabio Borini was shipped to Sunderland (£8m). Brad Jones (Bradford), GLen Johnson (Stoke) and Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy) left on free transfers.

Manchester City

The oil-rich club smashed the £100m mark with the acquisitions of Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, £49m) and Kevin de Bruyne (Wolfsburg, £54.5). They also signed Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia, £28.4m), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa, £8m) and Patrick Roberts (Fulham, £2m).

The club made a considerable amount of sales with Alvaro Negredo joining Valencia for £22m. They also sold Dedryck Boyata (Celtic, £1.7m), Matija Nastasic (Schalke, £8.3m), Micah Richards (Aston Villa, free), Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa, £3m), James Milner (Liverpool, free), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo, free), Karim Rekik (OM, £3.9m) and Marcos Lopes (Monaco, £8m)

Manchester United

LVG and his philosophy will be under the spotlight this season as Manchester United hopes to return to the glory days since Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit in 2013. The club signed Memphis Depay (PSV, £24.6m), Matteo Darmian (Torino, £12.7m), Bastian Schweinsteiger (BayernMunich, £14.4m), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton, £25m) and Sergio Romero (unattached, free).

A couple of youngsters were released but there were some high-profile sales such as Nani (Fenerbahce, £4.25m), Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb, undisclosed), Robin vanPersie (Fenerbahce, undisclosed), Rafael da Silva (Lyon, undisclosed), Angel di Maria (PSG, £44m), Javier Hernandez(Leverkusen, undisclosed), Jonny Evans (West Brom, £6m)

Newcastle United

Under new boss, Steve McClaren, Mike Ashley has given him the funds to purchase Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV, £14.5m), Aleksandr Mitrovic (Anderlecht, £13m), Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht, £8.5m), Ivan Toney (Northampton, £500k) and Florian Thauvin (OM, £12m).

The club sold Davide Santon (Inter, £3.26m) and Mehdi Abeid (Panathinaikos, £1.5m) and released a couple of players, including Jonas Gutierrez.

Norwich City

The Canaries didn’t spend much this summer, bringing Graham Dorrans from West Brom (£3m) and Robbie Brady from Hull (£7m). The club also snapped Youssouf Mulumba (West Brom) and Jake Kean (Blackburn) on free transfers.

Norwich released a host of players including Lucciano Becchio, Carlos Cuellar, Ignasi Miquel and Javier Garrido.


The Saints would be looking to improve on their Europa League finish last season with the signings of Cedric Soars (Sporting CP, £4.7m), Oriol Romeu (Chelsea, £5m), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord, undisclosed), Junami (Malaga, undisclosed) while securing loan moves for Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) and Steven Caulker (QPR).

The club sold Nathaniel Clyne to Liverpool (£12.5m) and Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester Untied (£25m).

Stoke City

Under Mark Hughes, Stoke has evolved from the team that was filled up with thugs under Tony Pulis. The club shocked the world with a £12m move for Inter’s Xherdan Shaqiri, and there were other additions were Joselu (Hannover, £5.75m), Shay Given (Aston Villa, free), Glen Johnson (Liverpool, free), Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona, free) and Sergio Molina (Real Madrid, free).

Besides the sales of Robert Huth (Leicester, £3m), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla, £7m) and Asmir Begovic (Chelsea, £8m), Stoke has released a boatload of players, including Wilsom Palacios and Thomas Sorensen.


Dick Advocaat was persuaded to stay at Sunderland and he has been given some money to invest in the team. The club has signed Sebastian Coates (Liverpool, £2m), Adam Matthews (Celtic, £2m), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv, £8m), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham, £3m) and Fabio Borini (Liverpool, £8m). Ola Toivonen (Rennes) and Yann M’Vila (Rubin) were signed on loan.

Anthony Reveillere was released, Connor Wickham was sold to Crystal Palace (£9m) and El-Hadji Ba was sold to Charlton (£500k).

Swansea City

The impressive Garry Monk did some business this summer with Swansea, signing Andre Ayew (OM, free), Franck Tabanou (St. Etienne, £3.5m), Kristoffer Nordfelft (Heerenveen, £600k), Eder (SC Braga, £5m) as well as retaining the services of backup goalie, Gerhard Tremmel.

The club released a couple of players.

Tottenham Hotspurs

Mauricio Pochettino has conducted some business this summer, signing Kevin Wimmer (FC Cologne, £4.3m), Kieran Trippier (Burnley, £3.5m), Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid, £11.5m), Clinton N’Jie (Lyon, £8.3m) and Son Heung-Min (Bayer Leverkusen, £22m)

The club sold Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande, £9.9m), Lewis Holtby (Hamburg, £.6m), Etienne Capoue (Watford, £6.3m), Younes Kaboul (Sunderland, £3m), Benjamin Stambouli (PSG, £6m), Vlad Chiriches (Napoli, £4.5m), Roberto Soldado (Villarreal, £10m) and released a couple of players too.


Quique Flores would be hoping to stay in the Premier League this season. The club has been very active in the transfer window, signing a plethora of players for free transfers and undisclosed fees. Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua), Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen) and Miguel Britos (Napoli) arrived on free transfers. Matej Vydra (Udinese), Jose Holebas (Roma), Allan Nyom (Udinese), Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak) and Steven Berghuis (AZ Alkmaar) arrived for undisclosed fees. Etienne Capoue cost £65.3m from Tottenhm, Valon Behrami cost £3m from Hamburg and Juan Fran cost £1.5m from Betis. Nathan Ake was loaned in from Chelsea and Alessandro Diamanti was shipped in on loan from Guaugzhou.

The club released a couple of players.

West Bromwich Albion

Tony Pulis has spent some considerable amount of money this summer improving his West Brom team. He has signed James McClean (Wigan, £1.5m), James Chester (Hull, £8m), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool, £3m), Salomon Rondon (Zenit, £12m), Jonny Evans (Manchester United, £6m) and Andres

Lindegaard, Manchester Unoted, free)West Brom sold Graham Dorrans to Norwich for £3m and Brown Ideye joined Olympiakos for an undisclosed fee. Other players were released.

West Ham United

Slaven Bilic has already made a name for himself beating Arsenal and Liverpool at their home turf this season. West Ham has singed Dimitri Payet (OM, £10m), Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria, £4.3m), Angelo Ogbonna (£9m) as well as securing loan deals for Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal), Manuel Lanzini (Al Jazira) and Alex Song (Barcelona).

The club sold Stewart Downing to Middlesbrough(£5m) and released a couple of players, including Jussi Jaaskelainen, Nene, Guy Demel and surprisingly, Kevin Nolan.

More deals are expected to happen between now and 6pm.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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Thoughts on Zelalem’s Loan Move to Glasgow Rangers

Gedion Zelalem Transfer News: Latest Rumours, Speculation on Arsenal Midfielder

Arsenal’s title odds for the new season will be higher compared to last season but the onus would be on Chelsea to defend their championship successfully. The Blues have started the season poorly by their high standards but with Arsenal winning their game against Crystal Palace, Wenger would be hoping for his squad to hit a good run of form as the campaign progresses.

Anytime the name ‘Gedion Zelalem’ is mentioned, you’d recap his awesome performances in the 2013/14 Asia Tour. Zelalem ran the show against Indonesia XI before turning up the heat against Vietnam and Nagoya Grampus. Many were tipping him for greatness in that campaign but Arsene Wenger handled the situation well, ensuring that the lad kept his head on his shoulders because you know how the media goes on a frenzy when there’s a new kid on the block strutting his stuff. According to the Mirror, the 18-year-old arrived in Glasgow to hold talks with the Rangers hierarchy for a loan move. Apparently, there are also potential loan deals from Fulham, Charlton and Birmingham City, so the lad will have to make a decision on his future.

The lad had hopes of breaking into the team but he has also welcomed the idea of a loan move,

“I’m going to go back for preseason and try to get into the first team and play some games. If I can do that, great. If not, I’ll look to get out on loan somewhere. It’s a dream come true to be at a club like Arsenal and I want to get into the first team this season, play minutes and start matches.”

Wenger is also in support of Zelalem moving to Scotland to continue his football and if he shows some improvement there, he stands a chance of breaking into the team next season. If Zelalem remained at the club this season, his chances of featuring for the first team would be slim to none. He might have been limited to some appearances in the Capital One Cup and at this stage in his career, especially now that he has switched allegiances to the United States under the watchdul eyes of Jurgen Klinsmann, we would need to be featuring consistently.

He’s tipped to have a very bright future at the Emirates, but he has a lot of time on his side.

A loan move to Rangers will be in his best interests.


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