Transfer deadline day Q&A
The transfer window has closed and the final Premier League business has been done until January - so how are those fighting for silverware, solidity or simply survival shaping up?
It was a hectic final day without a late Robinho-style blockbuster and now managers must go with what they have got and hope they have assembled the quality and depth of squad to flourish until the turn of the year.
We asked for your questions about your team's transfer dealings and any other deadline day debate on Facebook and Twitter and have tried to answer the top 20 here. Sorry if we have missed yours out but there will be plenty of other opportunities throughout the season.
Alex Sole-Leris on Facebook: Why did Sir Alex Ferguson still refuse to buy anyone else? Did any deals fall through or weren't completed in time which weren't made public?
The lack of activity by Manchester United - especially after the £80m sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid - was raised by many, especially those who thought they had spotted David Silva in Manchester yesterday afternoon.
Having watched United three times already this season, I feel there are a couple of areas of concern - the lack of real creative playmaker in central midfield and a touch of fantasy to help out Wayne Rooney in attack. Only time will tell if these should have been addressed.
I was at Sir Alex Ferguson's press conference after the Community Shield defeat against Chelsea when he was asked whether he thought it would be worth adding either Silva or his Valencia team-mate David Villa to his squad and he replied: "Not at £50m I don't."
So maybe the question was asked and the price tag was too rich for United. And you can see his point - he will refuse to pay vastly-inflated prices simply because clubs know he has a vast reserve of cash from Ronaldo.
He said in his match notes for the Arsenal game that the "Ronaldo money seems to be burning a hole in the pockets of lots of fans."
Ferguson added: "I have explained our strategy, based on my confidence in our squad with a few new faces, existing players maturing and more eager beavers on the way up and I have no intention of abandoning it. I know we have the right squad and I trust them. It's an insult to suggest that I could somehow lose faith in my players overnight."
And his record suggests he is right, along with a track record of slow starts in the Premier League.
Blaming the sale of Ronaldo will be a default option after every defeat, but United have lacked a spark, Wayne Rooney apart - and remember how Barcelona were on a different plane creatively in the Champions League final, even with the Portuguese in their ranks?
Only a fool would write off United totally, but I genuinely believe they face an uphill task to retain the Premier League and an even bigger one to win the Champions League - but Ferguson has great trust in his players and he has proved us wrong before.
JLW91 on Twitter: How do you think Stoke will do this season with the additions of Tuncay, Huth, Collins, Whitehead and Arisimendi?
As I tipped Stoke City to survive comfortably again - the kiss of death if ever there was one - and they have made an excellent start, then I think they have every chance of a real season of development after their work towards the end of the transfer window.
Tony Pulis has not just brought real quality in in the shape of Tuncay from Middlesbrough - why did he not have greater competition for his signature from clubs who finished higher up the table than Stoke last season? - he has done something just as important in holding on to defender Ryan Shawcross.
Shawcross was looked at by many, Liverpool and Everton included, but Stoke have kept him and this is a great plus for Pulis.
As I said I think Tuncay is a real coup for Stoke, Robert Huth is a solid defender and Danny Collins will add back-up. I'm afraid you will have to tell me about Diego Arismendi, but I think Stoke have more than enough not just to stay up, but to consolidate.
And as someone who felt the atmosphere at The Britannia was something special last season, that will be for the good of the Premier League.
jstallwood on Twitter: Have Villa pulled off enough last-minute deals to keep up their challenge of the top four?
No. I can see Villa challenging for the top six but not the top four. I felt they had that chance last season and ultimately faded away. The early exit from the Europa League may help when it comes to keeping the squad fresh, but I am not sure they have the quality to challenge for the Champions League places.
James Collins, Richard Dunne and Stephen Warnock are solid signings but are they the men to make the difference between top six and top four? I don't think so - although this should not stop Villa trying to maintain their league position from last season and having a serious shot at a cup competition.
coastalpastor on Twitter: Is Everton's habit of last-minute shopping an indicator that the kitty is empty?
Again quite a few questions on this one from Everton fans wondering why so much of their business is done in the dying days of the transfer window. It was similar this season to last, when Marouane Fellaini arrived from Standard Liege with minutes to spare.
It is clear there is not a lot of cash around at Goodison. The maths tells us this. Fellaini was financed by the sales of James McFadden and Andrew Johnson while the arrivals of Sylvain Distin, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Johnny Heitinga were all bought with the money brought in from the sale of Joleon Lescott to Manchester City, once Wolves had received their cut of that particular deal.
I was told there was money available to Moyes even prior to the Lescott sale, but it would have been interesting to see how much money Everton would have spent if he had not been sold.
What is obvious is that there will be no serious transfer cash at Everton unless chairman Bill Kenwright lures investment to the club - and there is no sign of this - or they continue to sell players in the manner of McFadden, Johnson and Lescott.
The worry for Everton and their fans is that financially they not only have a problem competing with Spurs, Aston Villa and Manchester City, but they now cannot even compete with Sunderland when it comes to financial firepower.
It may well be shrewd business to sell one player (Lescott) and buy three (Distin, Bilyaletdinov and Heitinga) - but I do not see Everton finishing fifth again this season. The kitty may not be empty, but it is very clear the budget will always be limited until investment is found.
Simon Paice on Facebook: When will Arsene Wenger realise that his transfer policy is hindering the club and stopping us from making the leap to actually winning trophies again?
Another bone of contention. Wenger clearly does not believe his transfer policy is stopping the club making the leap to winning trophies again - although four years and counting makes this a season when silverware needs to come to the Emirates.
Wenger was at pains to point out that the average age of Arsenal's team in the win against Celtic was 23.9 - and he insisted that is a sign that they will improve in strength and maturity as the season progresses.
Thomas Vermaelen looks a very important signing, Andrey Arshavin has a touch of genius, and all the messages we are hearing is that this is a more cohesive, united Arsenal squad than last season. Yes, they lost against Manchester United but it was an impressive performance and Cesc Fabregas was missing.
He told us after that game: "We have a great future and can be a real force."
Wenger did admit there was a lack of maturity, especially when it came to communication and Abou Diaby's own goal, but he saw great hope.
Arsenal fans say "Arsene Knows" and "In Arsene We Trust" - he is not going to change his policy so you will have to hope that faith is well-placed. Needs a trophy this season though.
Geovanni218 on Twitter: Regarding Hull City's big deals it seems the only big deal is to let our best player go to Sunderland, Michael Turner.
Michael Turner is a big loss to Hull. I know Liverpool were keen and I was impressed when I saw him at Chelsea on the opening day of the Premier League season. He had a real fight on his hands with a fired-up Didier Drogba but he never gave an inch and was one of the reasons Hull only lost deep into stoppage time.
Phil Brown explained that once a player expresses a wish to go then the game is up, rather like Joleon Lescott and Everton, but it is still a blow.
Ibrahima Sonko has arrived from Stoke on loan and Paul McShane is back, but I am not sure either of those are adequate replacements for Turner. Tough on Brown though because he would have hoped to keep Turner - although they have turned a tidy profit on a player they bought for only £350,000 from Brentford three years ago.
Russell Kamwendo on Facebook: Will Liverpool be able to cope with the squad that they have?
Good question - and as someone who tipped Liverpool to win the Premier League one I am particularly interested in.
The big question will be answered shortly. Can Alberto Aquilani fill the gap left by Xabi Alonso's move to Real Madrid? If he can it will go a long way towards defining Liverpool's title chances this season. If he can't (or falls victim to yet another injury) then the landscape changes for Rafael Benitez.
Glen Johnson has been excellent so far and Sotiris Kyrgiakos has been added as central defensive cover - although it is no secret Benitez would have liked to pursue more expensive options than the AEK Athens defender.
Aquilani will add creativity in midfield, but where I believe Liverpool's squad has the potential to fall down is in attack. Where is the serious back-up to Fernando Torres?
Ryan Babel is reaching the tipping point where he will have to be judged as a failure rather than unfulfilled potential, David Ngog is a work in progress and Andriy Voronin has never looked like cutting it in the Premier League.
Old soapbox subject of mine, but I believe Liverpool should have taken a chance on Michael Owen. Not that Benitez was ever seriously considering that option.
So yes, a worry over Liverpool's squad strength, particularly in attack.
Liam James Richardson on Facebook: Are Tottenham now potential title contenders? They have lot of stength in depth.
Just got to take your first question! No. I do not think Tottenham are potential title contenders, but they can finish top five and maybe, just maybe, think of top four- although my personal view is that this will be just beyond them.
Harry Redknapp has worked with typical guile in the transfer market, although the loss of Luka Modric is a real setback for Spurs. Niko Kranjcar is a good, not to mention cheap, replacement but not quite in his Croatia colleague's class.
Sebastien Bassong was outstanding when I saw him against Liverpool and Wilson Palacios is a huge figure in every sense in midfield. Bit of a worry about constant injuries to Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgale and Michael Dawson, but great strength in attack.
Jermain Defoe is an outstanding finisher, Robbie Keane can be the creator while Peter Crouch adds the option of height.
So no, I would not go as far as title contenders but I predict good things for Spurs this season providing they get a fair wind with the good health of their central defence.
Sam Evans on Facebook: Out of the three promoted teams who is best placed to survive following the closure of the transfer window?
Given they way they have started I still fancy Burnley to survive - although I know plenty disagree. David Nugent is an interesting signing after his career stalled at Portsmouth.
How will he be received by Burnley fans after his strong allegiance to fierce rivals Preston? Nugent needs to prove he is Premier League class and Burnley manager Owen Coyle will look to rebuild his confidence.
Wolves have added the experience of Segundo Castillo, who did not have particularly distinguished spell at Everton last season as well as Austria international striker Stefan Maierhofer from Rapid Vienna. How they adapt to the Premier League will be key.
Teemu Tainio's experience will help Birmingham, although realistically there will be tough times ahead for all of these teams this season. No shame in that though because the jump is a big one.
The one to stay up? Burnley, plus one of Birmingham and Wolves...but not both.
mrslfc on Twitter: Should Benitez have spent Alonso money on a few squad players or was he right to spend on Aquilani as a more direct replacement?
He was right to spend the money on a direct replacement. Alonso was such an important player for Liverpool that Benitez could not replace him with the players he had or simply use that money to fill in around the edges of his squad.
You must also remember that the purse strings are being pulled tighter at Anfield now. Benitez had that decision to make - spend the bulk of the Alonso money on one top-class replacement or potentially add a few journeymen?
I believe he was right to go for the big-money option. We will soon know if he was right to go for Aquilani.
dpoulton1981 on Twitter: What damage has Man City done to inflate the transfer market this year?
They have inflated the transfer market hugely, but whether they have done damage is another point. They have given Arsenal £40m for Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure, Everton £24m for Joleon Lescott, Aston Villa £12m for Gareth Barry and Blackburn Rovers £18m for Roque Santa Cruz, so they might say they are pumping money around the Premier League.
Of course these figures are ludicrous, but the bottom line is that Manchester City can afford them and I do sense some jealousy and hypocrisy from fans of other clubs when they have a moan about it.
Ask Manchester City fans if they feel their club has damaged the market. I bet I know what the answer will be.
Leon Boylan on Facebook: Why on earth did Pompey let Krancar go so cheap? And why didn't Liverpool come in for him? Perfect replacement for Alonso?
He had only a year left on his current contract and had informed Portsmouth he had no intention of signing another. It was a case of either getting money now or losing him on a free at the end of a season when he was planning his farewell anyway.
Not great for Portsmouth and I do fear for them I'm afraid. Lost too many crucial players although they have kept David James.
As for Kranjcar for Liverpool. No. Not a perfect replacement for Alonso. Not in Alonso's class but still a very good signing for Spurs, especially after the loss of Modric.
ScreechSinger on Twitter: I'm an Arsenal fan, but why wasn't there any movement by any of the top four on deadline day? Did anything fall through?
Variety of reasons. As we have said, Sir Alex Ferguson is happy with his squad and has already expressed his reluctance to be held as a hostage to the fortune Manchester United got for Cristiano Ronaldo.
I am sure Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez would have loved to have been out and about in the market, but he just didn't have the cash.
Arsene Wenger is notoriously cautious about spending over-the-odds for players and feels he has the squad in place to progress this season.
Chelsea would have loved to have spent more money, but again Carlo Ancelotti is very satisfied with his squad and feels it would take someone very special to improve it. Franck Ribery was constantly linked but no-one has been able to tempt Bayern Munich to sell him.
Also it is fair to say that the top teams have most of their signings in place by the start of the season and usually any big deals (the Robinho move to Manchester City ahead of Chelsea apart) are the climax of long-running sagas or games of transfer brinksmanship such as Manchester United's moves for Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov.
Andrew Chrysostom on Facebook: What I want to know is, do you think Wenger owes the fans a big name after the last few years?
Sorry I can't use all of your post Andrew, but the simple answer to this is - no I don't think Arsene Wenger owes Arsenal fans a big name. In fact I don't think he owes Arsenal fans anything at all.
And don't forget he has brought in the wonderful Andrey Arshavin, who will grace the Premier League for years.
Wenger has been an outstanding figure for Arsenal and the Premier League. He has had his moments, but most managers have.
I agree he is under pressure to win a trophy this season, but he has brought success to Arsenal in the past and produces teams that play the purest football. He has his policy in the transfer market and will not divert from it. It is a frustration at times, but he is usually the perfect judge of when to sell a player - and when to get the maximum fee.
Alijawaad MeraliI'm on Facebook: Still wondering why Rafael Van der Vaart wasn't bought by one of the big four. He was the best player at the last European Championships and would have been perfect for any team.
A top player, despite mixed fortunes in recent times and there was actually a chance he could have come to the Premier League.
Everton were very keen to take him, and no wonder. It was reported in Spain and here that he was positive about a move to Goodison Park but he was then told by Real Madrid that they would like to keep him - and this was good enough to persuade him to stay in Spain.
Would have been a great signing for Everton - and plenty of other Premier League clubs.
Stephen Waters on Facebook: There is a lot of pressure on Rooney to supply and deliver. Do you think that if Rooney gets injured Manchester United could struggle big time?
Yes I do think Manchester United will struggle if Wayne Rooney gets injured. Not to the extent that they will plummet down the table, but I am not sure they have the players in the squad to compensate for his absence with Cristiano Ronaldo gone.
There is huge responsibility on Rooney, both in terms of taking on the pivotal central role now and being the symbol of Manchester United's team. He is up to the task and he effectively dragged United along with him when they were struggling against Arsenal - if he was to be absent for any length of time I do not see who United have got that can adequately replace him.
Faisal Araban on Facebook: Don't you think it about time Liverpool got rid of the American owners?
How can Liverpool "get rid" of the American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks? They own the club and somebody out there needs to buy it from them if they are to go anywhere. Where are they?
Sadly for the pair, any relationship they may have had with many Liverpool's fans initially is broken beyond repair. There seems to be no serious start date for the proposed new stadium in Stanley Park and Rafael Benitez clearly did not have all the cash he wanted this summer - most of his funds came from the sale of Xabi Alonso.
Oh for the day when Liverpool and Everton see sense, put pride on one side, and agree to share a stadium. Do not see that happening though.
It should be pointed out, however, that Benitez has hardly been starved of cash in the past - certainly not in comparison to most Premier League managers.
burnaftereading on Twitter: How big a factor is the recession in the lack of last minute, big money transfers?
It must be a factor simply because there is not so much money around. You have to think many clubs would want to be able to spend more but the current economic climate means there is more of a reluctance to invest heavily in football.
As we mentioned earlier, Liverpool would have loved to have been bigger spenders but their owners are simply not in the position to give Rafael Benitez vast sums of money.
Also, I think it was quieter because other factors were at work. Manchester City had done their big deals, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were not biting on any business, so it was all done at a slightly lower level.
Be interesting to see what the so-called "Big Four" spend in January because the quality of players they require are rarely available in that window.
Ray Kiarie on Facebook: What do you make of Spurs' recent signings? All players managed by Harry Redknapp before. Does that mean Spurs haven't got good scouting networks?
Harry Redknapp has done good business. Not all have been managed by Redknapp in previous days. Kyle Naughton was widely regarded as the best young defender outside the Premier League at Sheffield United and Spurs had to fight off fierce competition to get him.
Sebastien Bassong was another who had his admirers, but this deal was done off the back of a chat Redknapp had with Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie after Spurs played Newcastle last season. They told Redknapp that if Newcastle went down and the club needed to sell he should go for Bassong - a message he kept in mind.
Peter Crouch is obviously well-known to Redknapp, as is Niko Kranjcar, but these are good players - he is not buying out of the goodness of his heart, he is adding quality to his squad.
And on the subject of the scouting network, I suspect if there are any promising players out there, either here or abroad, Redknapp has the contacts to keep him up to speed.
Callum Orr on Facebook: Was David Silva in Manchester for talks on a possible move? Or just speculation?
Obviously speculation. But I was also told several times that Carlton Cole, Matthew Upson and David Bentley were seen at Liverpool's training ground and Franck Ribery was seen getting off a plane en route to west London.
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