6 September 2012

Summer 2012 transfer summary: part 2

The transfer window is now closed, and Premier League clubs won't be able to buy any new players until January.

Over the next couple of days, The Daily Transfer Request will assess the transfer activity of all 20 Premier League clubs, highlighting a key signing and a key departure from each team before saying whether they've done good business or bad business.

Southampton's record signing has forgotten that he has a surname.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Key Signing: Julio Cesar - After an uncertain start to Robert Green's QPR career, Mark Hughes acted quickly by signing another keeper of more renown. The Brazilian, who won the UEFA Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010, should be more reliable than his English team-mate.
Other Signings: José Bosingwa, Samba Diakite, Esteban Granero, Robert Green, David Hoilett, Andrew Johnson, Sam Magri, Stephane Mbia, Ryan Nelsen, Park Ji-Sung. Loan - Fabio da Silva.
Key Departure: Joey Barton - After his explosion at Manchester City, bad boy Barton was no longer an integral part of the Rangers revolution. The hardman midfielder will spend this season on loan at French giants Marseille, from whom QPR have signed a better anchor player in Stephane Mbia.
Other Departures: Patrick Agyemang, Akos Buzsaky, Daniel Gabbidon, Fitz Hall, Heidar Helguson, Paddy Kenny, Peter Ramage, Danny Shittu. Loan - Jay Bothroyd.
Transfer Business Rating: GOOD - Sparky has used his transfer budget well, particularly by signing Park and Cesar cheaply, but now it's staying up that's going to be his task.

READING 
Key Signing: Chris Gunter - Despite already having a strong defence, Reading knew that they had to improve it further in the Premier League. Brian McDermott turned to the Wales right-back Gunter, whose last spell in the PL with Tottenham Hotspur wasn't something to write home about.
Other Signings: Danny Guthrie, Adrian Mariappa, Garath McCleary, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Nicky Shorey, Stuart Taylor.
Key Departure: Sir John Madejski - Not a player as such, but this is Reading's first Premier League campaign without Sir John as their owner. Madejski has sold the Royals to Russian businessman Anton Zingarevich, who has high hopes for the Berkshire club, but he remains as chairman.
Other Departures: Michail Antonio, Andy Griffin, Brian Howard.
Transfer Business Rating: POOR - Zingarevich could have shown more ambition, as not many of these new signings will inspire confidence that Reading can stay up.

SOUTHAMPTON 
Key Signing: Gaston Ramirez - A team that has just been promoted doesn't spend £12million on a dud. The left-footed Uruguay attacking midfielder is Southampton's record signing, and manager Nigel Adkins has been waxing lyrical about this youngster's potential.
Other Signings: Nathaniel Clyne, Cody Cropper, Steven Davis, Paulo Gazzaniga, Emmanuel Mayuka, Jay Rodriguez, Maya Yoshida.
Key Departure: Billy Sharp - It was a bit surprising to see the deadly striker leave St Mary's on loan. As Sharp as his surname suggests, Billy is to spend this season at ambitious Championship side Nottingham Forest, but the Saints have lost a good attacking option.
Other Departures: Bartosz Bialkowski, Dan Harding, Radhi Jaidi. Loan - Dean Hammond.
Transfer Business Rating: AVERAGE - It's a bit risky to spend almost £30million and get practically nothing back, and much depends on how quickly Ramirez can settle in.

STOKE CITY
Key Signing: Charlie Adam - If you were to get an opinion of Adam from a Liverpool fan, they'd probably say he's good at set-pieces if nothing else. Stoke paid £4million to end the creative Scotsman's unsuccessful spell at Anfield, and Tony Pulis will hope to get the best out of the midfielder.
Other Signings: Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu, Michael Kightly, Jamie Ness, Steven Nzonzi, Michael Owen.
Key Departure: Danny Collins - One of a number of defenders to leave Stoke this summer was Wales centre-back Collins. The left-footer has signed for Nottingham Forest, but the Potters have a capable replacement in American international Geoff Cameron.
Other Departures: Danny Collins, Andrew Davies, Salif Diao, Ricardo Fuller, Tom Soares, Jonathan Woodgate. Loan - Florent Cuvelier.
Transfer Business Rating: GOOD - As well as a certain Mr Owen, Stoke also have some good new midfielders, and Pulis hasn't spent too much money on any of them.

SUNDERLAND
Key Signing: Adam Johnson - Sunderland saw something in Manchester City's discarded England winger, and brought him to his hometown club. The exciting 25-year-old, who cost £10million, has caught the imagination of Black Cats supporters.
Other Signings: Carlos Cuellar, Steven Fletcher, Louis Saha. Loan - Danny Rose.
Key Departure: Asamoah Gyan - Ghana striker Gyan was a hit when he was at Sunderland, but at the same time, the Mackems are glad he's gone. After one good season, he demanded a more lucrative move, joined Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates, and even refused to donate to Sunderland's charity!
Other Departures: Marcos Angeleri, Craig Gordon, George McCartney, Kieran Richardson, Michael Turner. Loan - Ahmed Elmohamady.
Transfer Business Rating: GOOD - Sunderland's spending under Martin O'Neill is more reined in than it was under Steve Bruce, but Johnson and Fletcher are both quality buys.

Swansea scorer Michu has shown that he is "barato como patatas fritas".

SWANSEA CITY 
Key Signing: Michu - Michael Laudrup's knowledge of Spanish football is invaluable, and he's signed an absolute nugget of a player from Rayo Vallecano. Michu became well-known as as a free-scoring midfielder in La Liga, and he's continued that form with four goals already for the Swans!
Other Signings: Kyle Bartley, Chico, Pablo Hernandez, Ki Sung-Yueng. Loan - Jonathan De Guzman, Itay Shechter.
Key Departure: Scott Sinclair - £8million got Manchester City the impressive Swansea forward whose form last season prompted some to call for his inclusion in the England squad. But perhaps the Welsh side won't miss him so much, as apparently, £5.5million signing Hernandez is going to be better than Sinclair!
Other Departures: Joe Allen, Federico Bessone, Stephen Dobbie, Andrea Orlandi.
Transfer Business Rating: VERY GOOD - Michu has already proved himself to be a bargain, and by January, we might be talking about a few more Laudrup snips!

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Key Signing: Jan Vertonghen - Three years ago, a Belgian centre-back decided to swap Ajax for North London. If Vertonghen makes nearly as much impact at White Hart Lane as national team-mate Thomas Vermaelen has made at Arsenal, he'll be a fine signing from Andre Villas-Boas.
Other Signings: Emmanuel Adebayor, Moussa Dembele, Clint Dempsey, Hugo Lloris, Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Key Departure: Luka Modric - Spurs have lost their entire Croatian contingent, and Modric's departure was far more significant than that of either Kranjcar or Corluka. He was the main creative force in the centre of their midfield, but now that he's at Real Madrid, his responsibilities could go to Dempsey.
Other Departures: Ben Alnwick, Sebastien Bassong, Vedran Corluka, Giovani dos Santos, Ledley King, Niko Kranjcar, Ryan Nelsen, Steven Pienaar, Louis Saha, Rafael van der Vaart. Loan - Harry Kane, Danny Rose.
Transfer Business Rating: VERY GOOD - Chairman Daniel Levy knows how to work the transfer market, and you can't say that Tottenham have been weakened significantly, if at all.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Key Signing: Claudio Yacob - The Argentina international midfield man has impressed early on in his European football career. His keen eye for a pass and his tenaciousness makes you wonder why he was ever a free agent in the first place.
Other Signings: Ben Foster, Markus Rosenberg. Loan - Yassine El Ghanassy, Romelu Lukaku, Goran Popov.
Key Departure: Paul Scharner - Scharner was a regular in West Brom's squad during his two years at the Hawthorns, so it was a little surprising that he was released. A versatile defensive-minded midfielder, he also had a decent scoring record and could have been useful for Steve Clarke this season.
Other Departures: Keith Andrews, Simon Cox, Marton Fulop, Nicky Shorey, Somen Tchoyi.
Transfer Business Rating: GOOD - Albion don't spend big but they do like to unearth gems, which is why they've been a stable mid-table side in recent years.

WEST HAM UNITED
Key Signing: Mohamed Diame - Senegalese midfielder Diame was good if not great for Wigan Athletic, so maybe Sam Allardyce is the man to help him fulfil his potential. A strong and tenacious player, the 25-year-old looks like being one of the better free signings of this campaign.
Other Signings: James Collins, Alou Diarra, Stephen Henderson, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Matt Jarvis, George McCartney, Modibo Maiga, Raphael Spiegel. Loan - Andy Carroll.
Key Departure: Robert Green - After several years as the Irons' undisputed number 1, Green moved on a freebie to Queens Park Rangers... where he isn't necessarily first-choice now. Often a good shotstopper but prone to making a few mistakes, his place was taken by Allardyce's old mate Jaaskelainen.
Other Departures: Sam Baldock, Pablo Barrera, Nicky Maynard, Frank Nouble, Freddie Sears. Loan - Ravel Morrison.
Transfer Business Rating: GOOD - The Hammers spent big in some areas (Jarvis) but didn't break the bank for too many of their signings, and much of their dead wood's gone.

WIGAN ATHLETIC
Key Signing: Ivan Ramis - Wigan's survival could depend on how Ramis reacts to his opening-day skinning at the hands of Chelsea's Eden Hazard. The tall central defender must show improvement or risk quickly losing his place in the starting line-up.
Other Signings: Fraser Fyvie, Arouna Koné. Loan - Ryo Miyaichi.
Key Departure: Victor Moses - The inconsistent Nigerian, who when he's hot is very hot, earned Wigan a cool £9million when he moved to Stamford Bridge. He was their second highest goalscorer last season - that's not saying much, as he only scored six, but the Latics might struggle for goals now.
Other Departures: Mohamed Diame, Steve Gohouri, Hendry Thomas, Chris Kirkland, Hugo Rodallega, Conor Sammon. Loan - Nouha Dicko. 
Transfer Business Rating: POOR - No notable improvements to Roberto Martinez's team, and the loss of Diame on a free make another relegation struggle likely.

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