Premier League Highlights: Transfer Deadline Day 2012
£481,700,000 ($764,650,580), that is the amount of money (according to Sky Sports News) spent during this year’s transfer window.
Not quite as much as last year (£485m), but still a lot of money.
The final day of the transfer season ended with quite a flurry of deals. Here’s a brief rundown of some of my thoughts on the transfer deadline day.
Winners: Tottenham and Swansea
Tottenham was able to strengthen with the addition of Clint Dempsey and Hugo Lloris while Swansea’s addition of Pablo Hernandez is a great pickup. Lloris should be a great replacement for the aging Brad Friedel while Dempsey should fit in nicely next to Dembele, with whom he already has a relationship from his days at Fulham.
Losers: Liverpool and Arsenal
Both teams failed to pick up any further replacements while also selling off players. Liverpool missed out on purchasing Clint Dempsey while selling off Charlie Adam and Andy Carroll. Arsenal sold Robin van Persie, Alex Song and Niklas Bendtner. Perhaps their earlier purchases will end up working out, but so far they have not shown that they have been able to replace RvP.
Surprise move of the deadline: Clint Dempsey to Tottenham. After weeks of speculation surrounding Dempsey moving to Liverpool Tottenham swooped in a nabbed him for £6M.
Major dealers: Manchester City and QPR
City made 5 new signings (Richard Wright, Scott Sinclair, Maicon, Matija Nastasic, and Javi Garcia) on the last day while QPR made a total of 12 new signings over the transfer window period. An impressive haul, but it still remains to be seen if this will actually make a difference for them.
Best Deal: Dimitar Berbatov. Originally purchased by Manchester United for a record £30M in 2008 Fulham was able to pick him up for a reported £5M. With the addition of Kieran Richardson they should have some decent options for their attack. I really hope he does well at Fulham.
Is there anything you feel that I missed?