Deals for defenders dominate deadline day

Sep 1, 2009
Jonathan Harwood

Transfer Talk: Everton sign Heitinga, Villa get Dunne and Collins, and Portsmouth buy Williamson and Ben Haim as big names stay put

Deadline day did not produce the fireworks that many expected as the Premier League big guns kept their wallets in their pockets and the high profile moves involving the likes of  Marouane Chamakh, David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and David James failed to materialise.

The biggest deals were for defenders as Everton lured more overseas talent to the Premier League as they bought Johnny Heitinga (above, in action against new rival Steven Gerrard) from Athletico Madrid for £6.2m. Wigan signed Hull's Michael Turner for £6.5m and Aston Villa agreed deals for Richard Dunne and James Collins from Manchester City and West Ham respectively, at an overall cost of around £10m.

Hull replaced Turner by signing Stoke's Ibrahima Sonko on a season-long loan and although West Ham were expected to use the cash they got for Collins to bid for Chamakh from Bordeaux, no offer was ever tabled.

Portsmouth also got in on the act by snapping up Watford centre half Mike Williamson for a fee of around £3m and signing Tal Ben Haim from Manchester City. However, Pompey's attempts to take Villa's Nicky Shorey on loan failed and Harry Redknapp raided his old club once again to take Niko Kranjcar to Spurs. Yet Paul Hart will be pleased that he was able to hold on to David James.

David Bentley's escape route from White Hart Lane was blocked as Manchester City opted not to spend any more cash and a swap including Martin Petrov was ruled out by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

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