Deadline day: QPR sign Cisse and Zamora; Tevez stays put
Everton fans the happiest: on top of beating Man City, they've signed Jelavic and got Pienaar back
A BIT LIKE Fred Goodwin's knighthood, deadline day has been and gone and what is there to show for all the hullaboo? Well, not much, frankly. Certainly there was none of last January's madness when an estimated £225m changed hands in various movements including the £50m sale of Fernando Torres from Liverpool to Chelsea. January 2012 was far more modest, with the BBC reporting that £60m was the total sum of all the wheeler-dealing.
There was no last-minute move for surly South American Carlos Tevez, surely something that will only add to Roberto Mancini's woes following Manchester City's defeat to Everton on Tuesday night.
However City did manage one bit of business, namely the signing on loan of Chile international David Pizarro. The 32-year-old from Roma will be here until the end of the season, and having won honours with Inter Milan in the past his experience could prove invaluable to the Sky Blues.
Elsewhere, Queen's Park Rangers signed a couple of frontmen in Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse. The former arrives at Loftus Road from Fulham in a deal worth a reputed £7m, while Cisse has jetted in from Lazio.
"I think this was the right time for me to have a fresh challenge," Zamora explained. "I had some great experiences at Fulham... but this is a new challenge for myself and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it." Fulham have replaced Zamora with Pavel Pogrebnyak, signing the 28-year-old Russian on a six-month deal from Stuttgart.
Everton fans will be feeling pleased with themselves this morning. Not only did their boys defeat Manchester City but they've signed Nikica Jelavic from Rangers and also welcomed back Steven Pienaar from his misjudged move to Spurs. The 26-year-old Jelavic was paraded before supporters at Goodison Park on Tuesday night and Everton's Tim Cahill later added his own words of welcome on Twitter: "Welcome Jelavic and Pienaar. Fantastic lift for players, staff and fans. And to Louis Saha - good luck my friend you will be missed."
Louis Saha has gone in the opposite direction, joining Spurs on loan to fill the gap left by Roman Pavlyuchenko who joined Lokomotiv Moscow in a £7.5m deal. "I like Louis," said Spurs boss Harry Redknapp. "He is bright, sharp, got good movement and I think he'll do well for us." Sounds like Harry is hoping Saha can score a few goals and maybe help him with his handwriting skills.
Another player who left the Lane on deadline day was defender Sebastien Bassong, the 25-year-old Cameroon international swapping Spurs for Wolverhampton Wanderers for the rest of the season. Having got rid of Bassong, Redknapp has brought in 34-year-old American Ryan Nelsen from Blackburn Rovers. In addition, Spurs have also off-loaded defender Vedran Corluka to Bayer Leverkusen until June.
As predicted by Transfer Talk in recent days, Kevin de Bruyne has joined Chelsea from Gent, Wayne Bridge has left Manchester City for Sunderland and Arsenal completed the signing of 19-year-old attacking midfielder Thomas Eisfeld from Borussia Dortmund. "I feel very proud to have signed for Arsenal," said Eisfeld. "This is a great club, with many great players, and I'm so happy to be joining Arsenal." Must be a couple of years since Eisfeld last saw Arsenal in action...
In other deals Ravel Morrison has joined West Ham from Manchester United in a deal said to be worth an initial £650,000. The Guardian says that will probably rise when various bits and bobs have been factored in. The 18-year-old Morrison will see a hefty hike in his salary should he help the Hammers secure promotion in May to the Premier League. "I'm really pleased to have signed," said the teenage striker. "The move has happened very quickly and I'm looking forward to hopefully moving up to the Premier League with West Ham soon."
Elsewhere West Bromwich Albion have signed defender Liam Ridgewell from Birmingham for £2.5m and also snapped up midfielder Keith Andrews from Blackburn. Bolton landed Watford striker Marvin Sordell and Chelsea added 18-year-old Nottingham Forest striker Patrick Bamford to their squad for a fee believed to be less than £1m. Mind you, he'll probably end up scoring more goals for the Blues than Fernando Torres... ·