The transfer window has closed…

Ok clubs, the transfer window has closed .Now you will have to make do with what you have over the next 5 months until the new window opens on the first day of 2007.

One of the  more weird rumours I heard on D-Day was of Lampard going to Barcelona in a straight swap for Ronaldinho. That would have been interesting, for I would have liked to see Ronaldinho in the Premiership. Many South Americans have been flops in the Premier League -the likes of which include Veron, Kleberson, Crespo and a whole host of other people. Speaking of South Americans, West Ham have probably pulled off the biggest transfer coup in their history by signing Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Corinthians. The gossip mills have been working overtime as to why the duo decided to come to Upton Park of all places, when Ashburton Grove and Old Trafford were ready to welcome them with open hands. The BBC message boards have people saying that Alan Pardew welcomed them at London airport with a Chelsea board,there fore making them believe that they were going to the Bridge…That is a bit of humour you see. One thing I do not get is where did West Ham get the cash??? There has been a lot of talk about the MSI and the Abramovitch angle and the fact that the Hammers are to give the duo Premiership experience and they will go to Chelsea when they mature as players.

After looking at the transfers this season, I feel Liverpool and Tottenham have made the best of their money. Bellamy, Pennant, Aurelio, Kuyt and Palletta make for a decent list. As for Spurs  Didier Zokora, Dimitar Berbatov,Steed Malbranque and Pascal Chimbonda are the more notable signings. I tipped Spurs for a European spot  at the beginning of this season, but the way they have begun isn’t too inspiring, but they should get better with time.

Portsmouth have made more signings after the arrival of Sol Campbell, but none too very high profile. It still proves that money doesn’t always lure you, and Harry Redknapp has realised that. But I view the signings of Kanu and James as a step in the forward direction and Pompey have started off well this season, so far at least

Manchester City had big plans for the season, but have been hampered by a lack of pace on the flanks. The arrival of Da Marcus Beasley could help in that matter though. Ousman Dabo lacks the guile and patience needed for the Premiership and would be better off returning to Italy


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