January Transfer Window Update….Where are the Big Deals?

We’re almost half way through January the month that sees the transfer window open for European clubs to buy, sell or loan players during the 31 days of the month. However, there appears to be heavy negotiations behind the scenes with managers, players and more correctly agents and chairmen. Where are the big deals?

The likes of Gary Cahill and Carlos Tevez were rumoured to make moves come January but neither deals have taken place with the latest of Tevez’s switch to Milan appears to have been stalled. Rumours are linking the want away Argentinean striker to Queens Park Rangers, who appointed his former boss at City, Mark Hughes as their manager.

It may just be because they share the same agent but could Tevez play his football in London again? Crazier things have happened.

Whatever happens, QPR is one club that’s expected to be very busy this month but have only acquired Federico Macheda on loan from Manchester United.

Whilst across west London, Chelsea were expected to make some signings for manager Andres Villas Boas to boost his squad. Gary Cahill of Bolton Wanderers has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge although the likes of Tottenham Hotspur could be after him too.

The most interesting deals of the 12 days we’ve had so far have been Nicolas Anelka’s move to China, whilst he may be well past his prime you didn’t expect the Frenchman to end his playing days in the Chinese Premier Division. ‘The Sulk’ has been one the best finisher’s the Premier League has ever seen.

Some interesting loan deals have taken place with Emmanuel Frimpong joining Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan from Arsenal, a midfield with him and Jamie O’Hara sounds very combative.

Whilst away from the top flight, League Two side AFC Wimbledon have made a double scoop with the return of Jason Euell to the South London club from Charlton Athletic on loan and young midfield George Moncur (son of John) from West Ham.

The biggest signing of this transfer window so far has to be Thierry Henry returning to Arsenal on loan. Whilst players look to end their careers in the MLS, the fact they’re able to come back on loan is a very attractive prospect for players and clubs alike.

Robbie Keane also joins Henry in a short term loan by signing for Aston Villa. The player who never lived up to expectations in his loan move at West Ham United last season has caused a flurry of ‘boyhood club’ jokes on Twitter, as standard.

What’s to come in the remaining days of January? It’s hard to say.

Will Manchester United buy a midfielder? Where will Christopher Samba ditch Blackburn for? And just how many players will Mark Hughes sign at QPR?

I’ll be back in a week to see what’s taken place…

Robbie Keane’s L.A. Adventure

Robbie Keane’s surprise transfer to LA Galaxy is very intriguing on many levels. Does Keane feel as if he’s finished at the highest level of club football? How would Keane fit in once he arrives in LA? Where will Keane feature in the current set-up?.

From the outside looking in, it seems Keane would play upfront alongside Mike Magee or Chad Barrett. Both Magee and Barrett would provide a foil for Keane as well as being a physical option on the frontline with Keane providing the craft and relative pace. I think Keane and Barrett would be the best fit for now, although it would be a strike partnership lacking in mobility. Keane would also face competition for a starting berth from Adam Cristman, a player who has shoehorned his way into Bruce Arena’s thoughts as of late. As of yesterday, Keane lined up alongside Cristman and Continue reading

Two bizarre transfers that make you scratch your head…

 In football there are always transfers that leave you feeling a bit dumbfounded about players, coaches and managers moving to certain clubs around the world. The likes of Robbie Fowler and Dwight Yorke making cameo appearances in the Australian League was surprising, but it makes sense, a Western civilisation and warmer weather, I am surprised why more players don’t move there.

Other strange moves or in a few cases recently have been managerial moves. Former Arsenal captain, Tony Adams is still the manager of Gabala FC who play in the Azerbaijan Premier League. Adams moved there in 2010 and finished 7th in his first season, I was expecting him to last a month at the most, fair play to him.

Like Adams, the stints Peter Reid and Bryan Robson had managing Thailand was another one that made me scratch my head but expectedly they did not last there long.

However, during the current transfer window, two transfers in particular have left me putting on my ‘confused face’ (ref: Four Lions) and I am struggling to fathom why both players in question decided to move. Continue reading

Done Deals: Sunderland looking good,Leicester on the march…

  Another new feature for the Verbal Football blog is Done Deals, a general round-up and opinion on the latest transfers from the football world. Whilst we’ve been bombarded with transfer rumours over the summer break, this section will only focus on Done Deals in the transfer market.

The Premier League champions, Manchester United have been very assertive in the transfer market but it was to be expected. Despite manager, Sir Alex Ferguson commenting on how over priced the current market is last summer, this close season he’s had no choice but make some signings with the loss of Edwin Van der Saar, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes to retirement.

Whilst I covered United’s signings in a previous article on Fergie and his Continue reading