Transfer Round Up

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

As the transfer window is hotting up let’s take a look at which players are being shipped into the Premier League clubs in an attempt for them to make their debut in the much awaited opening weekend of top flight football.

Shane Long has finally made the switch to a Premier League side after signing a 3 year contract with West Brom. Long was originally touted as being worth 18 million by John Madejski although in reality he has been sold for just over a third of that price. This could prove to be a great signing by Hodgson and having spoken recently to a Reading season ticket holder I’ve been informed that he does have the physical presence to be able to hold his own in the top flight.

Free agent Matthew Upson has joined Stoke on a 2 year deal, and he will surely fit the bill at Stoke. Upson is the second England international defender Stoke have signed in the window for free after the arrival of Jonathon Woodgate. Great business on paper, although the rigours of the new season will no doubt test this theory!

Venky’s have also splashed the cash today after signing Serbian 6ft4 midfielder Radosav Petrovic for Blackburn Rovers, in a deal worth £3 million. The move for Petrovic was able to go through today after he was handed a work permit by the Home Office.

Gabriel Obertan has signed for Newcastle United from Man United in a deal worth £3 million. The money to fund Obertan’s deal came from Wayne Routledge’s move to Swansea earlier in the window, and when you look at it like that it seems like great business for Newcastle after getting a young talent in for let’s face it a top quality championship player.

A slightly less high profile transfer which went through today was the move of promising left winger James McClean from Derry City to Sunderland for an initial fee of £350,000. McClean has already represented Northen Ireland at U21 level although has recently pledged his future to the Republic of Ireland. McClean has become the 10th summer signing for Steve Bruce’s side.

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