Newcastle pushed me out, claims ‘gutted’ Carroll
Transfer Talk: Moans from Carroll, jokes from Wilshere on record signing day
Economic downturn? Recession? Age of Austerity? Try telling that to the Premier League clubs the morning after they spent approximately £214m before January's transfer window slammed shut. By contrast, on the same day last year only £29m changed hands.
Chelsea and Liverpool led the shopping frenzy, the Blues forking out around £50m for Fernando Torres and £21.3 form David Luiz, while Liverpool weren't far behind in their spending on strikers Andy Carroll (£35m) and Luis Suarez (£22.7m).
Carroll's move to Liverpool was perhaps the biggest shock of the day, and the 21-year-old England striker later claimed that, contrary to stories emanating from Newcastle, he had no wish to leave his hometown club. "I'm gutted to be leaving my home town club, I was told to go," he allegedly told ToonTalk fanzine: "I didn't want to leave - that's why I signed a five-year deal [last year with Newcastle]. I was pushed out of the door."
Carroll will be joined on Merseyside by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez after his move from Dutch club Ajax. The 23-year-old South American said of his arrival at Anfield: "I am happy. It is important for anybody to go to such a big club. It is a great opportunity for me. It is a beautiful club. Everybody wants to play there. They always play Champions League or Europa League and belong to the top four clubs in the Premier League."
In other deadline day deals, Blackburn signed teenage Barcelona striker Ruben Rochina for an undisclosed fee, as well as 22-year-old Argentinian midfielder Mauro Formica on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Newell's Old Boys.
Discussing the capture of the 19-year-old Rochina, Blackburn manager Steve Kean said: "He joins our elite development group alongside the likes of Phil Jones and Junior Hoilett and will compete for a place in the team from the word go. The fact we are able to sign young players from the likes of Barcelona is further evidence of the owners' intention to push the club forward."
Exiting the Ewood Park door is El Hadji Diouf, who joins Glasgow Rangers on loan until the end of the season.
In other deals involving Premier League clubs:
• Wigan signed Kilmarnock striker Conor Sammon on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
• Blackpool signed frontman Sergei Kornilenko on loan from Zenit St Petersburg until the end of the season.
• Fulham signed Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen on loan from Stoke until the end of the season.
• Spurs striker Giovani Dos Santos joined Spain's Racing Santander on loan until the end of the season.
• Everton signed 19-year-old Greel striker Apostolos Vellios from Iraklis Thessaloniki.
• Striker Daniel Sturridge moved from Chelsea to Bolton on loan until the end of the season.
• Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland joined Newcastle on loan until the end of the season.
• Sunderland midfielder Andy Reid signed for Blackpool for an undisclosed fee.
• Rangers striker James Beattie joined Blackpool on loan until the end of the season
• Aston Villa signed midfielder Michael Bradley on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach until the end of the season.
• Stoke striker Tuncay joined German club Wolfsburg in a three-and-a-half-year deal.
• Finally, all the pre-deadline gossip surrounding Arsenal and their possible capture of a centre-back came to nothing, though there was a flurry of excitement among Gunners fans shortly before 10pm when Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere tweeted: "BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS: I have just moved from the sofa to my bed!!" ·