NOT every football club leaves it until the final day of the transfer window to complete their business with a number of big money moves already confirmed.
The biggest transfer, and arguably the most surprising, was Darren Bent’s shock move from Sunderland to Aston Villa. Gerard Houllier plucked the Black Cats hero for £18 million with possible add-ons rising to £24 million. The England intertnational’s form this season hasn’t been as prolific as last season but he opened his account for Villa on his debut with the winner against Manchester City. Whatever the price, there is no doubt Villa have signed a proven Premier League goalscorer.
Sunderland’s disappointment at losing Bent will be tempered with the double signing of Stephane Sessegnon and Sulley Muntari, with Steve Bruce hoping the midfield duo will add real quality and strength in depth to his midfield. Ghanaian Muntari is well-known to the Premier League having spent a season with Portsmouth and signs on loan from Inter Milan until the end of the season. Sessegnon cost £6 million from Paris St Germain who can play anywhere across midfield and manager Steve Bruce believes he will be a big hit with supporters.
Edin Dzeko’s own personal rumour mill finally ended with a move to big spending Manchester City. The Bosnian striker, who boasts a formidable scoring record for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, was signed for £27 million. He has looked impressive in his early appearances and opened his account yesterday, to save City’s blushes in the FA Cup against Notts County.
Meanwhile David Bentley will be hoping a loan move from Tottenham to Birmingham will reignite his stuttering career. Bentley moved to his boyhood heroes for £17 million in the summer of 2008 but failed to establish himself as a regular at White Hart Lane. Bentley has signed for the Blues on temporary deal until the rest of the season and has already proved his worth with a goal in the FA Cup against Coventry.
Another interesting move is striker Demba Ba’s transfer to West Ham. Just a week after Ba failed a medical at Stoke, the Senegal striker signed for the Hammers for an undisclosed fee on a permanent deal. Ba scored 40 goals in 103 appearances for German side Hoffenheim and Avram Grant will be hoping his new striker’s goals can save the Hammers from relegation.
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