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September 2, 2009
Posted by Brett Taylor on 09/02/2009

All summer we have been monitoring developments in the transfer window but on Tuesday evening the deadline passed, with a number of Premier League clubs scrambling to get their business done.

Now that the dust has settled on another transfer window, and with the nation's press turning away from matters of recruitment, it is time to assess which managers experienced the warm glow of capturing their number one targets and which felt the cold chill of rejection all too frequently.

Below is our club-by-club guide to the summer transfer window, detailing all the big moves and handing each manager a very arbitrary rating out of ten for their efforts.

Remember, On the Move will return in January when the transfer window reopens to another flood of rumours, speculation and gossip.


Wish list: A commanding defender, an authoritative midfielder and another forward.

Arsene Wenger finally ended his search for a centre-back with real presence when signing Thomas Vermaelen to replace Kolo Toure. Otherwise the Frenchman was typically prudent and early performances seem to have justified his faith in his current crop of players. They may yet regret not making a signing in the Patrick Vieira mould, or indeed the man himself.
Rating: 6/10.


Wish list: A replacement for Gareth Barry and heavy investment in defence to counter the loss of Martin Laursen.

Martin O’Neill waited until transfer deadline day to sign a new centre-back but then two arrived at once in the form of James Collins and, fingers crossed, Richard Dunne. Habib Beye and Stephen Warnock add further strength in depth at the back but it remains to be seen if the arrivals of Stewart Downing and Fabian Delph will compensate for Barry’s departure to Manchester City.
Rating: 6/10.


Wish list: Premier League experience and widespread investment in all areas of the pitch.

Alex McLeish enjoyed a busy summer when signing no less than ten players, but are they of the quality required in the Premier League? Club record signing Christian Benitez has shown glimpses of ability while Teemu Tainio, Joe Hart, Barry Ferguson and Lee Bowyer offer that much-needed top flight experience. Roger Johnson, a £5m signing from Cardiff, is facing a big step up from the lower leagues.
Rating: 5/10.


Wish list: Replacements for Roque Santa Cruz and Stephen Warnock.

Sam Allardyce clearly felt right-back was a problem position given he signed three in Michel Salgado, Pascal Chimbonda and Lars Jacobsen. However, Chimbonda is likely to play at left-back as a replacement for Warnock. Rovers need £6m signing Nikola Kalinic and loan arrival Franco Di Santo to impress, and quickly, if they are to dispel fears regarding a lack of potency in front of goal.
Rating: 4/10.


Wish list: A prolific goalscorer and an injection of youth.

Gary Megson held onto last season’s key men, Matt Taylor and Kevin Davies, and was able to add experienced Premier League performers like Sean Davis, Zat Knight and Paul Robinson. However, goals will once again be a problem if the imaginative loan signing of Ivan Klasnic from Nantes fails to pay dividends.
Rating: 4/10.


Wish list: Strengthening in all areas and some real quality.

The signing of former Real Madrid target Steven Fletcher aside, it was a relatively low key transfer window for Owen Coyle who ended the summer by capturing David Nugent on transfer deadline day. Early indications are that existing squad members such as Robbie Blake and Brian Jensen will play a key role in their survival campaign. After all, they haven’t started too badly. They do look much improved in defence with Andre Bikey and Tyrone Mears arriving.
Rating: 6/10.


Wish list: An eye-catching world superstar and keeping hold of key players.

Despite persistent rumours linking Chelsea with the likes of Franck Ribery and Sergio Aguero, the headline signing never arrived with £18m Yuri Zhirkov the club’s only major capture. Daniel Sturridge also looks a good signing from Manchester City but Chelsea’s most significant activity was retaining the likes of Didier Drogba and John Terry.
Rating: 6/10.


Wish list: A replacement for Joleon Lescott and a new striker.

David Moyes may have fought tooth and nail to keep Lescott, without success, but having driven the hardest of bargains he somehow convinced Manchester City to part with £24m, making the England international one of the most expensive defenders of all time. Moyes has used the windfall wisely in recruiting Johnny Heitinga and Sylvain Distin to strengthen his defence and adding talented Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilalyetdinov. Jo has also returned on loan from City to supply goals.
Rating: 7/10.


Wish list: Strength in depth in all areas and keeping key players.

Roy Hodgson has comprehensively changed the composition of the Fulham squad in the past couple of seasons but this summer proved a quieter one as he reinforced for the demands of the Europa League. Cut-price acquisitions like Damien Duff, David Elm, Jonathan Greening, Bjorn Helge Riise and Stephen Kelly all add depth while Brede Hangeland remains a Fulham player despite interest from Arsenal.
Rating: 6/10.


Wish list: A new striker, strength in depth in all areas and retaining key players.

After failed pursuits for Michael Owen, Fraizer Campbell, Darren Bent and Alvaro Negredo, Phil Brown finally bolstered his attack with the signings of Jozy Altidore from Villarreal and Kamel Ghilas from Celta Vigo, and the two appear to have struck up a quick rapport. Stephen Hunt has also added quality in midfield but the likes of Paul McShane and Ibrahima Sonko are unlikely to prove adequate replacements for Michael Turner following his £12 move to Sunderland.
Rating: 5/10.


Wish list: A replacement for Xabi Alonso, a new right-back and some creativity in wide positions.

With reports of financial restrictions at Anfield and key man Alonso joining Real Madrid against Rafa Benitez’s wishes, it was a very difficult transfer window for the Reds and they look weaker for it. Glen Johnson has added real impetus on the right-hand side but Alonso’s replacement, Alberto Aquilani, is still injured and Sotirios Kyrgiakos was hardly a signing to get supporters enthused.
Rating: 2/10.


Wish list: Star players in every position except in goal.

Prior to the summer transfer window it was fairly outlandish to think Manchester City could be a real threat to the top four but it is testament to their activity that such an ambition no longer appears out of the question. Mark Hughes managed to take key players away from Arsenal and Manchester United, with signings such as Lescott, Gareth Barry and Sylvinho complementing the headline arrivals of Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Tevez. In short, £120m well spent.
Rating: 9/10.


Wish list: A creative midfielder, a pacy striker and a figure capable of replacing Ronaldo.

One move cast a huge shadow over Manchester United’s summer dealings, and it wasn’t Richard Eckersley’s transfer to Burnley. Once a fax arrived at Carrington with Real Madrid’s £80m offer on it, Ronaldo was gone and the search to replace him began. Few United fans could have anticipated then that Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia, Gabriel Obertan and Mame Biram Diouf would be the limit of their summer recruitment drive and the wisdom of signing Owen is yet to be determined. A mixed start to the season will not have convinced doubters that Ronaldo has been adequately replaced.
Rating: 3/10.


Wish list: A whole new squad to replace those players leaving.

Portsmouth certainly succeeded in their aim of bringing in fresh faces with Sulaiman Al Fahim’s takeover proving the late catalyst for a recruitment drive that resulted in no less than 13 new signings. Tal Ben-Haim, Kevin-Price Boateng and Anthony Vanden Borre head a list of Premier League journey men, lower league talents and foreign imports so Paul Hart has quite a job on his hands in trying to forge a cohesive team. The likes of Peter Crouch, Sylvain Distin and Glen Johnson had to be sacrificed to calm the club’s financial problems and will be tough to replace.
Rating: 5/10.


Wish list: A quality partner for James Beattie and signings to take the club onto a higher level.

It was quite simply a superb summer transfer window for Tony Pulis. The signing of Tuncay Sanli from Middlesbrough was a real statement of intent and Dean Whitehead, Danny Collins and Robert Huth also look to be canny acquisitions. As well as spending £20m, Stoke also retained the services of highly-rated defender Ryan Shawcross, ensuring they approach a season they have started well with real confidence and growing expectations.
Rating: 8/10.


Wish list: An accomplished striker and quality all over the pitch.

Just like Stoke, Sunderland’s summer manoeuvres appear to have elevated the club to a higher standing with signings like Darren Bent, Lee Cattermole and Lorik Cana catching the eye. Ellis Short’s money has given Steve Bruce the chance to build an impressive squad and the Wearsiders should boast a mean defence following the signings of John Mensah from Lyon and Michael Turner from Hull City.
Rating: 8/10.


Wish list: Reinforcements at centre-back and, on transfer deadline day, a replacement for the injured Luka Modric.

Harry Redknapp’s mythical transfer skills were not really in evidence this summer as he signed two players he previously recruited at Portsmouth, Niko Kranjcar and Peter Crouch, Sebastien Bassong from Newcastle United and two young defenders from Sheffield United in Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker. Kranjcar is the perfect replacement for Modric but will Bassong be enough to address Tottenham’s defensive issues? Spurs have started the season superbly but Redknapp missed out on Anton Ferdinand and Martin Petrov on transfer deadline day.
Rating: 7/10.


Wish list: A new striker to partner Carlton Cole and a few bargains.

Largely restricted to loans and smaller signings, Gianfranco Zola managed his resources well and even managed to cling onto Matthew Upson despite interest from Fiorentina. La Viola did take Savio off his hands in a part exchange deal for Manuel da Costa though, while other shopping trips to Italy yielded Inter Milan reserve playmaker Luis Jimenez and Livorno striker Alessandro Diamanti. The sale of James Collins to Aston Villa on transfer deadline day financed much of Zola’s work.
Rating: 6/10.


Wish list: Replacements for key players, midfield creativity.

Armed with over £20m following the sales of Antonio Valencia and Lee Cattermole, Roberto Martinez opted to spread his money around when signing seven new players. Playmaker Jordi Gomez and striker Jason Scotland followed the manager from Swansea to Wigan while Martinez relied on his Spanish contacts to sign Antonio Amaya and Mohamed Diame from Rayo Vallecano. The capture of Hamilton wonderkid James McCarthy also looks a clever purchase, but it remains to be seen whether the new arrivals will adapt to the Premier League.
Rating: 6/10.


Wish list: Quality in all areas.

Wolves have not been afraid to spend money following their promotion with Mick McCarthy breaking the club’s transfer record to sign Kevin Doyle from Reading for £6.5m. Segundo Castillo and Nenad Milijas have both arrived from Red Star Belgrade and the latter, in particular, looks an exciting acquisition. Stefan Maierhofer adds presence up front and Michael Mancienne has returned on loan from Chelsea but the likes of Andrew Surman and Greg Halford have it all to prove.
Rating: 6/10.

September 1, 2009
Posted by Jon Carter on 09/01/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog and with our LIVE chat and gossip coverage:

08.55: You can follow the rest of transfer deadline day here, as we guide you through the day with our live coverage and chat.

08.48: Reports suggest that left-back Nicky Shorey could be moving to Portsmouth after the two clubs agreed a fee. Shorey is now heading to Fratton Park for a medical.

08.38: AS Roma have signed Romania's Dinamo Bucharest goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont on loan for the rest of the season, the cash-strapped Serie A club said. Coach Luciano Spalletti has also signed Newcastle United's Fabio Zamblera on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

08.28: Man City are in talks with Tottenham over David Bentley. Does this mean Martin Petrov is going the other way?

08.22: Benfica midfielder Hassan Yebda will spend the rest of this season on loan at Portsmouth, the Portuguese club have confirmed.

08.09: Wolves have reportedly made an offer for Cardiff winger Joe Ledley, who is rated at £6m.

08.02: Manchester United star Wayne Rooney insists he would only ever quit the club if he felt unwanted. Not likely to happen anytime soon!

07.49: West Bromwich Albion midfielder Borja Valero has completed his return to Real Mallorca on a season-long loan.

07.34: City's Benjani could sign for Sven-Goran Eriksson's Notts County, despite interest from Portsmouth.

07.23: Birmingham hope to complete the loan signing of Real Betis midfielder Achille Emana.

07.03: Atletico Madrid's Johnny Heitinga is expected to sign for Everton today for £5m after the clubs agreed a deal.

07.00: Morning all, it's the final day. Just a few hours left to go and we'll keep you right up to date with everything. First off, a line from the papers as Portsmouth have rejected an offer from Tottenham which would see goalkeepers David James and Carlo Cudicini swap clubs.