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Phil McNulty | 16:54 UK time, Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The transfer window shuts on Friday night and every sign points to a frantic conclusion to August's business as clubs finalise their squads until January.

Despite having had all summer to make those crucial alterations, there will be that familiar last-minute trolley dash to the line and beyond by Premier League clubs to sign the players who could make the difference.

Where does your team need strengthening? Who are the players you would choose as reinforcements? Have your say here.


Arsene Wenger has had the revolving door fitted at The Emirates with Robin van Persie and Alex Song out with Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and the outstanding Santi Cazorla in.

Theo Walcott's name has been mentioned as a possible late departure so Wenger still has work to do.

@DarrenArsenal1 says: "Arsene Wenger won't be able to win with many whatever he does but in my mind we are short in the depth department. We are potentially one injury away in a couple of positions and would like to think that would be addressed. Personally, we need a central midfield who can be a cross between a creator or a defensive midfielder. A certain Everton player (we'll presume Darren means Marouane Fellaini here) comes to mind and would like to see us buy a forward. Love Llorente but Pedro or Villa from Barcelona would do me fine.
"I think the squad overhaul would be complete if we brought in what AW calls "special" before the deadline."

Aston Villa

New manager Paul Lambert has been working on a limited budget since succeeding Alex McLeish but a poor start to the season means he must surely strengthen in key areas. The priority would appear to be providing goalscoring assistance for Darren Bent - hence the £6m bid for Genk striker Christian Benteke. Left-back was another area of attention and Villa have signed Joe Bennett from Middlesbrough.

@83_tm tweets: "Villa need a striker who can link up with our midfield. At the moment Bent is cutting an isolated figure."
@WhittakerWill adds: "AVFC needs a left-back, attacking midfielder and striker and that's just for starters."


Chelsea's business may well be done after a lavish summer outlay that brought in the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses. Will Roberto di Matteo be tempted to try and strengthen in attack before Friday night?

Here's what @GameOverRob thinks: "Great signings this window but I feel with only two recognised strikers we are light in this department."


Everton have brought in Steven Pienaar, Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas in this window - but after a superb start to the season manager David Moyes insists he wants more new faces.
He will want to strengthen in midfield and attack and has been linked with Liverpool's Charlie Adam and Dundee United striker Johnny Russell. Michael Owen is understood to be waiting for Everton's call - but no sign of it coming as yet.

@DavidWilkinson tweets: "EFC need a winger. I'd love to see Tom Ince come in then it's top four for sure" but @philarrow insists: "At EFC we just need a magic sponge and some really good plasters because if our squad stays fit it's going to be a great season."


Fulham must move quickly to replace Tottenham-bound Mousa Dembele and Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has confirmed they have had an offer accepted for Kieran Richardson. They have also been linked with a £6.5m move for Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis.

So what would Fulham fans like? Are they happy with Martin Jol's squad?
@Tom_Collard_ESQ said: "Not really. With Dembele gone and Dempsey not looking like pulling on an FFC shirt soon we need a playmaker."
@rufus_thompson adds: "The two Dems off and two days left to bring in about five replacements, Jol better be busy."


Brendan Rodgers will be very busy if he gets the chance as he will want to add extra width and firepower to his squad. Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal winger Theo Walcott have been mentioned - and there is no doubt where their fans want to see strengthened. They want more goal threat up front.

@mc_colster insists: "Liverpool need a 20-goal a season striker or the Champions League is going to be nothing but a dream. Darren Bent?" @KevHegart adds: "LFC needs a goalscorer, left-back and defensive midfield cover. And definitely take Walcott depending on the price."

Manchester City

Manchester City's main targets this summer were Eden Hazard, Robin van Persie, Javi Martinez and Daniele de Rossi. None arrived, a reflection that despite their riches The Etihad's Abu Dhabi owners and manager Roberto Mancini were not prepared to be pushed on prices and wages.

Central defence, central midfield and another wide man to replace the departed Adam Johnson look to be the holes that manager Roberto Mancini wants to fill. Serbian teenager Matija Nastasic will add defensive strength while Theo Walcott's contract stalemate at Arsenal has created interest. The deal to bring Scott Sinclair from Swansea City is ongoing.

Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson has bought big in attack with the arrival of Robin van Persie from Arsenal while Shinji Kagawa has already made his presence felt in midfield - but Manchester United fans still feel the presence of a powerhouse is missing, with plenty of feedback from supporters wishing they had outflanked Spurs for Fulham's Mousa Dembele, so impressive at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Ferguson, however, seems happy with what he has got.

Newcastle United

Having made no further progress - yet - with interest in Liverpool's former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll and Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy, Alan Pardew may just be satisfied with retaining the players that took them to a superb fifth last season.

Seems to be a feeling among fans that defence stills needs strengthening though, with @fatfeeky saying: "With Dawson not going to QPR maybe NUFC should invest in a sold defender to help Coloccini." @JackStanley86 says: "Ideally need a full back, centre back and a striker but not going to happen now. Have to just trust club and hope we have enough."

Norwich City

Norwich steadied things with their first point of the season against QPR, but it is likely all manager Chris Hughton's big business is done.

Fans views? @GazzaTCC says: "Norwich squad looks short on striking power with an over reliance on Grant Holt & not much thereafter. New striker please." @garyj71 agrees: "Need another striker but all other positions seem well covered. Not sure Holt can do the business again."

Queen's Park Rangers

Manager Mark Hughes has made no secret of where his priorities lie. After the 5-0 opening day home defeat to Swansea City he made moves for Tottenham's Michael Dawson and Real Madrid's Ricardo Carvalho. So far they have not come to fruition and the surprise move for Inter Milan's Julio Cesar will increase pressure on Robert Green.
Money to spend. Strengthening to do. Expect QPR to be busy until the final moments of the transfer window.


Reading manager Brian McDermott has concluded his main business but there may be room for manouevre backed by new Russian owner Anton Zingarevich.

@bennyshaw316 says: "I would like us to buy or loan another centre back in case of long-term injury to Gorkss, Pearce or Mariappa." @RichSansom adds: "Think one more striker would great, extra firepower. Reports of Jordan Ayew coming would hit the spot."


Plenty of Southampton fans made their feelings clear and they all want the same thing. @alexdmcinnes summed it up on Twitter: "Saints - defence, defence, defence." @LePrit agreed: "Great going forward but desperately need to bolster our defence. Two quality, versatile defenders please."

Stoke City

Manager Tony Pulis flagged up some excitement in his programme notes for the Capital One Cup meeting with Swindon Town when he said: "We're trying to bring in other players so hold tight, it could be a busy few hours if we get our way."
Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone is one obvious target while his team-mate Michael Dawson could also attract attention. Blackburn's Steven Nzonzi is another name on the radar and Pulis has spoken publicly about his admiration for Michael Owen - could Stoke be the club to give him one last fling in the Premier League?

@sutt456 says on Twitter: "Stoke desperately need a ball playing/creative midfielder i.e Nzonzi, Adam or Huddlestone."


The big business was done with the arrival of Steven Fletcher from Wolves and the coup of tempting England winger Adam Johnson from Manchester City - but could more new arrivals be around the corner in a hectic end to the summer at The Stadium of Light?
Manager Martin O'Neill has been strongly linked with Tottenham's Michael Dawson and Fulham outcast Clint Dempsey. If he pulls those deals off it would complete a quartet of signings designed to transform his team.

@reubengready wants: "Left-back (Strinic/Olsson) and centre back (Dawson) for Sunderland. Also wouldn't say no to Dempsey - obviously."

Swansea City

Flawless start under new manager Michael Laudrup but still uncertainty about whether the influential Scott Sinclair will move with a hold-up to his proposed £6.2m move to Manchester City. They have been linked with talented Crewe captain Ashley Westwood but will hope to have Sinclair's future clarified with the club in such buoyant mood.


Now this is where the real action will be. Tottenham have traditionally been busy on transfer deadline day under former manager Harry Redknapp, but watch out even more frantic late night activity at White Hart Lane as chairman Daniel Levy swings into action after selling Luka Modric to Real Madrid.

Mousa Dembele is on the way, France keeper Hugo Lloris is another target while Spurs have not yet given up on signing Andre Villas-Boas top target, Portugal's Joao Moutinho from Porto. Marseille's Loic Remy gets a mention while CSKA Moscow forward Alan Dzagoev and Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian are also in the frame. Watch out for departures too. Strap yourself in Spurs fans.

@PaulGrigg77 says: "Happy with so far but, for me, even with Ade, we lack firepower so need another striker." @Dale_Ward_ adds: "Happy Modric saga is over, happy with Adebayor and Dembele. But think another creative midfielder and another striker needed."

West Bromwich Albion

All seems serene at The Hawthorns after four points from their first two games under new manager Steve Clarke, but he is looking for a defender to bolster his squad. They have been linked with Blackburn's Martin Olsson and the sought-after FC Copenhagen left-back Bryan Oviedo - who has also been watched by Everton.

West Ham United

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has done plenty of business but has reached a dead end with his pursuit of Liverpool's Andy Carroll while speculation linking him with a move for another Anfield star, former Hammers' midfield man Joe Cole, looks wide of the mark.
Allardyce will try to do deals where he can, however, so do not rule out some late activity.

@tobyhutton123 believes he knows what is required as he Tweets: "Need a bit more pace in our squad."

Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic suffered a blow with the loss of Victor Moses to Chelsea, leaving manager Roberto Martinez with £9m in transfer funds - but their supporters remain upbeat about additions.

@MissMarsh95 says: "Personally think we are looking a decent side with depth in positions too, but maybe a replacement for Moses! Tom Ince." @MikeGoodman25 is also pretty happy as he adds: "Maybe someone in central midfield, someone for Moses too, but we've got a great squad. Would be happy to stick with what we've got though."


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  • Comment number 1.

    Two blogs in one day!

    There is always a surprise or two on deadline day. I wonder who it will be this time...

  • Comment number 2.

    Chelsea need someone to compete with Torres up front. Lots of attacking midfielders but will have a problem if torres gets injured! Although i'm glad he's playing well again!

  • Comment number 3.

    Berbatov will leave Man Utd, wouldn't be surprised if he's back at Spurs come Sept 1st. Michael Owen to Everton looks a good deal for both sides. Struggle to see who Liverpool will manage to attract, what does Joe Cole have to do to get a chance there?
    Which of the Premiership teams do you think will look to lower leagues? Tom Ince, Jordan Rhodes, Ashley Westwood, Joe Bennett...all good players with a strong chance of changing clubs in the next week

  • Comment number 4.

    No tweets from fans of either Manchester club?

    Still i'm sure the regulars on your blog will add their 2p worth in next to no time.

  • Comment number 5.

    Come on Phil. Stop taking the rise.
    Liverpool do not need Darren Bent.
    Sturridge would be a good shout and fits in with the general template for younger players.

    They need to sell.
    Henderson, Downing, Adam and Spearing.

  • Comment number 6.

    Where is Bendtner going to be playing this season ? Talent untapped.

  • Comment number 7.

    Perhaps Man Utd should get rid of that Tub of lard, Rooney.
    However the slight graze that will keep him out of football (and more importantly the England team, thank goodness) could scupper Ferguson getting a few quid for him in the short term.

  • Comment number 8.


    I agree we should look at getting Adam and Sterling out, but Jordan is young and can do a job for us. I see there is talk of Downing being used as LB occasionally, which could be a good shout.

    We need a striker as mentioned many many times. Dempsey could be good but I haven't been impressed with his attitude recently trying to force a move. He should knuckle down until he leaves, if he does, and see what happens.

    I've mentioned before about taking a punt on Owen. I know full well he isn't a popular lad around L4, but he would get us a goal or two and that would go some to him building bridges. Pay as you play for a season.

  • Comment number 9.

    @8 Take the point about Henderson, but Downing?
    There are much better left backs out there than him and they would cost a lot less in salary. Cash in I sat. Get Sturridge.

  • Comment number 10.

    "People will point out that we haven't scored yet and I cannot deny that. But we played against two teams who defend very well as a unit and overall I still believe we can be a contender in this championship." - Wenger

    That could also be the reason Arsenal didn't concede a goal. Also, could be that the full-backs are playing cautiously and that does affect fluidity somewhat. I think Arsenal need to sign one or two Sagna-like defenders.

  • Comment number 11.


    I don't think SD is on a high salary. From what I understand, we don't have much more money for transfers without selling first. I really don't think LB is an area we need to strengthen yet.
    Sturridge would be tasty especially if played more often and obviously fits in to our model of young players.
    Sterling has changed our desperate need for a wide player and I'm looking forward to seeing how Assaidi does.

  • Comment number 12.

    i would like to see the following players on friday at city (manchester)...

    jagielka & fellaini plus sinclair.....feel we lack pace down the flank, different option at CB and yaya and fellaini combo in midfield would be awesome to watch ! also reckon joey hart needs a decent fight over his jersey so another keeper and maybe to really state our champions league intentions a cheeky bid for david villa at barce!

  • Comment number 13.

    I think that Liverpool need another striker, Daniel Sturridge would bring the finishing that they need. Spurs really need a striker, Dzagoev would be an amazing signing... Can't see United making any big moves, or City for that matter but Chelsea seem to be very active in the transfer window and a centre back could be useful for them. QPR seem to be doing well in the window and Cesar is a great goalkeeper. They could spring a surprise this season with a couple of big money deadline deals..

  • Comment number 14.

    anyone else disappointed that we are not going to have the deadline day shock from harry rednapp this window, somehow it just doesnt feel the same.

  • Comment number 15.

    QPR are going to make yet more signings??? How many do they need!! Green, Park, Johnson, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Hoilett and now another keeper in Julio Cesar, with Fabio on loan, previous transfer window Zamora, Cisse, Onuoha, before that Boothroyd, Campbell, Barton, Wright Phillips, Young, Ferdinand and Kieron Dyer.

    How can they keep this spending up on the capacity they've got. Even if they finally get rid of Barton , that's still a lot of money. When you're taking players from Man City, Inter, Man U and Chelsea they're not going to be players on cheap wages, even if they are a lot of bosmans.

    Are they trying to be the next Portsmouth??

  • Comment number 16.

    Position by position Newcastle look better equipped than Liverpool - but Liverpool don't need people, just to get players in the right positions:


    -----------------------------Johnson Kelly Skrtel Enrique----------------------


    -------------------------------Assaidi Gerrard Sahin----------------------------



  • Comment number 17.

    Liverpool have got a forward on the bench (carroll) and if played right and his confidence back they don't need another forward! Last season they played him wrong! This season they are putting crosses in that suarez can't finish that carroll would of buried! 12m back to newcastle if rodgers can't sort it out!

  • Comment number 18.

    would Chelsea bringing another striker affect Torres' confidence having eventually be seen as their number 1 option?

  • Comment number 19.

    I cannot believe that Stoke is seriously considering signing Michael Owen.
    I reckon those wigan fans will have a different view in may with the benefit of hindsight.
    #6 cannot be serious about Bendtner.
    Fianlly, don't think Liverpool have any chance of getting rid of Downing unless they let him go on loan which is unlikely and, even then, would any team want him?

  • Comment number 20.

    Agree with 17. Liverpool should give Carroll a decent chance in the team. Get the wide people to the bye-line to put over some crosses and I reckon Carroll/Suarez could be a very good pairing, just a little bit less capable than Toshack/Keegan.

  • Comment number 21.

    Is Phil McNulty Michael Owen's agent?

  • Comment number 22.

    @abd124 I think he's there only option! sturridge and moses seem to play wide now even tho sturridge was very good up-front for bolton! If chelsea want to challenge they need competition up-front. (maybe without drogbas ego tho)

  • Comment number 23.

    What price Rooney, £50 to £70 million? That could buy a brand new world class defence and the new Roy Keane they really need. Keep Berba this season as he scores plenty and with the new contract for Wellbeck use him more with Chico, a strikeforce for next 6 years. Sell Rio as well, get as much as possible for him before his body packs up. Why pay his salary when he only plays half a season at best. I don't need to say what should happen to Nani and Anderson... All in Rooney, Rio, Nani, Anderson and a couple of other over rated player equals approx 100 mill to regroup and challenge not just Citah but the real teams in the Champs League.

  • Comment number 24.

    Rooney definitely on his way, have to say I'm pretty happy about it too. He has never fulfilled his 17 year old potential and Van Persie will be a much better bet in Europe.

  • Comment number 25.

    Good to see the Walcott issue has been resolved but I've read that the agreement is Arsenal performance with a January move still on the cards according to these guys even though he will be cup tied for the Champions League he'll still likely be in the running for silverware at City whereas Arsenal will probably be out of contention in the League and are unlikely to challenge in Europe.

  • Comment number 26.

    you forget henriquez powell and buttner for United. That is Five players signed this summer. There was a clutch of players signed last year too and very little made about a team with 4 new players only losing the title on goal difference. I wager at any other club it would have been spectacular. United will definitely be there or there abouts this year. Vidic and Smalling are like two new signings as well for this season ..However I am convinced, they should have signed defenders this year. I am probably the only one who thinks Welbeck is a waste as striker given his goals to games ratio.

  • Comment number 27.

    Really wish we'd signed, as you say, a midfield powerhouse. Carrick's useless. He has about one good game in 15, ditto Anderson, Fletch's ill, Scholesy can't go on forever and Cleverley's young, and i don't think he looks anything special. We need what Toure does for City, take the game by the scruff. We haven't had that since Keane. Dembele would have been perfect.

  • Comment number 28.


    Congratulations, you are the first person in the history of football to posit the 4-1-3-1-1 formation.

    How precisely is that going to work?

  • Comment number 29.

    Is it a coincedence that most of the smaller teams have "done most of their business" or is it just your lack of knowledge about them?
    E.g "but it is likely all manager Chris Hughton's big business is done." All apart from the possible record signing striker!

  • Comment number 30.


    @27. Fletch ill ?

    He looked sprightly enough for 90 mins against Spurs tonight. Wasn't match rusty either, despite it being only his 2nd full game.

  • Comment number 31.

    I think Chelsea have bought the best this summer, real class added to the squad (I hate to say) which now equals City's and will probably play the better football ( on account of a certain Italian manager) I actually might start enjoying Russian money!

    Sad that Arsenal missed the two best buys of the summer in Adam Johnson and Dembele. We are short at DM. AW will prob rely on complete beginners ( Frimpong and Coquelin) or play Arteta or Ramsay out of position which means we will only challenge of 3rd place ( plus a nice CL run perhaps) The Vieira and Gilberto boots never got filled and Song was a liability, hence no trophies.
    Up front we have the talent to replace RVP but will they click? Gervinho and Walcott have not lived up to promise-yet.
    As mentioned though, we are a couple of injuries away from being exposed. The team is all there, just needs to get it together.
    With Liverpool Chelsea ManU and now Spuds all strengthening it will be tight at the top.

  • Comment number 32.

    QPR are you psg in disguise,you seem to be buying players only from top teams(for such a small team) i hope you aint the next leeds or pompey

  • Comment number 33.

    United just need to get a fit back 4 and they'll be fine. Liverpool's revival will take a few years, anyone who thinks otherwise is deluded. The Mancini moods will be the defining point in how well City do. His public moaning will likely get him sacked. I feel next summer there will be a battle between City and Chelsea for Pep Guardiola. Arsenal being held to ransom by Theo Walcott. What is the world coming to? He's rubbish. Complete and utter rubbish.

    Barcelona are in decline. Messi will sign for Chelsea.

    United should sign Moyes up for next summer.

  • Comment number 34.


    Jonny Evans also played a full 90 mins tonight - so, we're getting there. The new lad, Alexander Buttner, looked quite comfy with the ball and yes, he also played the full 90 mins :-)

  • Comment number 35.

    I reckon Spurs and West ham will be the busiest clubs this week

  • Comment number 36.

    The best player available is Clint Demspey, who scored 23 goals and added 7 assists last season and yet none of the top 5 want him. Meanwhile, a Belgian on the same side scores 1 goal and had a handful of assists and the top clubs in Europe are frothing at the mouth for him. Eventually the Spurs pay 15 million for Moussa Dembele and yet nobody wants Dempsey for half that amount. Shocking to see anti-americanism still prevail in football in the year 2012.

  • Comment number 37.

    It seems the only person to link Michael Owen to Everton is Michael Owen. I'm not sure I'd want him at the club.

    There's a championship side just waiting to bring in him and Emile Heskey. It'll be like LMA 2002 all over again.

  • Comment number 38.

    Hopefully, Pablo Hernandez in tomorrow for 7M euros and if Splinters (and his Mrs) goes to Man City for £7M, then hopefully Adomah from Bristol City in as well, then we're sorted for wingers. Westwood would be a good signing for borderline first team/one for the future, though we are already strong in midfield. Don't really understand the Emnes interest to be honest, not for £5M?!? - if we can sort the permit for Shechter that's enough up front and don't really see him as a winger, though he is quality. Hope to see some players leave as there just seem to be too many players there that just won't get a game all season which can't be healthy. Great signings so far - fair play to Huw Jenkins for backing Laudrup. Would love to have seen us sign Montero from Betis on a season long loan - looks incredibly fast - shame he's gone back to South America. Also, always liked Chris Eagles - always looked a tidy player.

  • Comment number 39.

    Will anyone make a late bid for the stadium announcer at Anfield after his inspired playing of 'Man on the Moon' at the weekend?

    As an Arsenal fan I'd say don't let Walcott hold the club to ransom. He's not as good as he obviously thinks he is.

    Chelsea do seem to have done very good business this 'summer' (not that we had one mind!) and could be a Hazard for other teams (I'll get me coat!).

  • Comment number 40.

    i trust that the rest of the football league will follow shortly

  • Comment number 41.

    You're basing this entire piece on utter drivel from Twittering bellends?

    Frightening, what's become of the BBC.

  • Comment number 42.

    Thought ManU should of given some serious thought to Modric, Rooneys best is behind him now. I hope we can get at least a couple of seasons out of VanPersie because there will be no transfer fee at 31+

  • Comment number 43.

    Chocolate pigeon

    I think you'll find the revival has already started.

  • Comment number 44.

    Liverpool obviously need a new striker to secure 20/25 goals a year. We have chopped and changed too much over the last few years, so excluding the above, we should stick with the same squad and allow them a season or two to gel.

  • Comment number 45.

    im an arsenal fan and i really want mr wenger to add llorente and m.villa

  • Comment number 46.

    so the chelsea fans quite rightly say that they need a quality forward... lukaku out on loan and demolishing at will at west brom. 1+1=...

  • Comment number 47.

    Great that we now have a left back, but Villa need a holding midfielder more than anything. We're an absolute shambles in there at the moment - El Ahmadi will be great, but needs someone who can break up play alongside him and provide some protection for the defence because teams are just running through us at will.

    After that, I would focus on an attacking midfielder who can consistently create chances, THEN a striker. What is the point of having good strikers if they have no service? If we can't bring in 3 players - then a Holding midfielder and an attacking midfielder who can chip in with a few goals would do.

  • Comment number 48.

    As a United supporter, i'd like to see us sell Rooney, Ferdinand and Nani in the near future and go for Fellaini (would have preferred Dembele) and Neymar. We also need another defender, Jordi Alba would have been nice

  • Comment number 49.

    Blackburn pay £8million for Jordan Rhodes? Is that the record fee for a Championship club? Please check out my blog:

  • Comment number 50.

    Man City don't need any more signings now a centre back is in place. Tevez looks like the best player in the Premier league and Aguero is back in 2 weeks, the strongest squad by some distance.

    Man Utd could do with signing a decent midfielder and a few Chelsea pensioners to keep Giggs and Scholes company.

  • Comment number 51.

    @41. A, CoalitionOfTheWilting wrote:

    You're basing this entire piece on utter drivel from Twittering bellends?

    Twittering Bellends?........hasn't he been linked with City?

  • Comment number 52.

    james @48

    Your definitely my fav 'wish for' so far and there is nothing wrong in going the whole hog and wishing for the jackpot.

    Neymar, unfortunately it's zero chance of that one happening.

  • Comment number 53.

    QPR would look good......on FIFA '05..

    As saidi above, Liverpool desperately need a goal scorer. Although maybe BR should play Borini as a CF instead of an RF? Wouldn't mind seeing another DM now that Lucas is out long term and Spearing looks to be on his way out. Not holding my breath though now that BR has said we need to sell in order to by. It's going to be a very disappointing end to this window for us I feel.

  • Comment number 54.

    @33. A, chocolate_pigeon wrote:

    United should sign Moyes up for next summer.


    Yep the decorators will be sorting out that upstairs room at OT for Fergie shortly after Christmas.

  • Comment number 55.

    As a united fan I would love to see welbeck/chicha/Powell loaned out to club who would use them a lot (perhaps Liverpool) so that in a couple of years they are ready to step up after RvP/Rooney days also a midfield powerhouse Fellaini is good but very attacking we need someone more defensive minded javi Martinez would have been good but now he's at Bayern we could try for gusztavo other than that we're sorted apart from if Valencia gets injured again then we need one more wide man maybe Jesus navas

  • Comment number 56.

    first,Seems rooney is now too much scouse for the mancs.already their fans urging for his sale. Its funny.

    The lack of goal in red side of liverpool has more to do with the positions of the players rather than the players themselves. Borini must be in the centre and suarez n sterling wide if they play 4-3-3.with allen,gerrard and sahin in the mid. If they play any other formation, suarez should act rather as second striker. Shelvey is a good ball winner and he must be a part of the revolution. And i hope we'll see carroll comeback strong for his place.

    What is wrong with strikers these days? Why is everyone obsessed with the curlers and dinkers? Are the days of powerful shots,bar n post rattling shots,testing shots,shooting with straight plate over? Haven't seen any lamps/gerrard shots,neither from them nor anyone else. Oh,those days those shots.

  • Comment number 57.

    and i'd love to see everton buy more.don't need class players but just players so that they can put out a team every matchday between now and the end. Sure Moyes can make any player look class. Oh and what a start to season they're having.

  • Comment number 58.

    Llorente to Chelsea to pair up with Torres would make sense

  • Comment number 59.

    This message is a response to one of the last few posts on the previous Liverpool v Manchester City blog which is now closed for further comments ...

    >722. At 17:46 29th Aug 2012, Sams Town wrote:

    Not much chance he will give it a rest, he justs keeps on coming back to make a fool of himself.

    Yes, I've noticed that. Posts #726 through #728 just proved your point for you, although perhaps you should have said, "... to make an even bigger fool of himself." ESG kind of reminds me of the Black Knight in the 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' movie. He doesn't quite know when he's beaten, does he?

    When you lopped off both his arms by calling him on his ridiculous claim that he knew lots of Chelsea fans that had switched their allegiance to Man. City, rather than acknowledge he was posting piffle and retract, or make a tactical withdrawal lest he dig himself in deeper, he just muttered, "A mere flesh wound!" and came back and posted even greater partisan drivel at you.

    When I lopped off both his legs by pointing out to him that it was more than a little hypocritical of him to keep harping on about the ignominy of having "expensive bench warmers" at other clubs when United have more than a few of their own, his reaction was exactly the same. Post #727 was effectively his threat to "bite my legs off"!

    What makes his arguments such twaddle is that if you asked anyone which PL team has the most "plastic fans" the almost unanimous reply would be United because of all their success; while SAF is probably the only manager to have purposely hired an ebw in Michael Owen, while most of the other teams that have ebws reluctantly got stuck with them due to a change of circumstances after they were signed.

    The problem with trying to debate anything with kooks like ESG is they can never admit when they are wrong, or acknowledge that you've made a better point than them, or admit that you presented a superior argument. Everything is at the puerile level of, "I know you are, but what am I?" with people like him. ESG probably should return back to 606 or Twitter where he better belongs.

  • Comment number 60.

    >51. At 01:45 30th Aug 2012, Sams Town wrote:

    @41. A, CoalitionOfTheWilting wrote:

    You're basing this entire piece on utter drivel from Twittering bellends?

    Twittering Bellends?........hasn't he been linked with City?

    Well, hasn't EVERYBODY been linked with City at some point? That appears to be quite the norm now.

    FYI, the "Twittering ColinBellEnd" is NOT actually a player but the name of one the stands in the Etihad Stadium.

  • Comment number 61.

    Everton need to sign a defender (Hibbert / Jagielka need cover) and a winger. Even a couple of players on loan would be good as strength in depth is required. Goals are less of a problem due to having Mirallas, Naismith, Jelavic, Anichibe etc.

    First team: (4-4-1-1):

    Hibbert Jagielka Distin Baines
    Mirallas Neville Fellaini Pienaar

    Second team (4-4-2):

    ????? Duffy Heitinga Coleman
    Osman Barkley Gibson ?????
    Anichibe Vellios

    Thomas Ince, Stephen Hunt, Matt Phillips are all options for the wing.

  • Comment number 62.

    Wigan need to sign a defender (Espinoza).

    First team (3-4-3):

    Ramis Caldwell Figueroa
    Boyce McCarthy McArthur Beausejour
    Maloney Kone Di Santo

    Second team (3-4-3):

    Alcaraz Lopez Espinoza
    Stam Watson Jones Crusat
    Gomez Boselli Miyachi

  • Comment number 63.

    SOOoooo....we have a blog asking us who we'd like to see our clubs buy with (wow 3.51 a.m)...30-odd ours til the window closes. And, Mr. Mcnulty hasn't noticed that week in week out we tell each other who we'd like to see in our favourite teams...very very poor.

    Personally, I'd like LFC to enter into a 'Special' relationship with Barca, the kind of relationship Real and Spurs have..What is that all about? Imagine the convo...'Hi, It's Anfield here, can we borrow Messi, and Iniesta this weekend, nothing big, just some upstarts we want to put in their place...we'll cover flights, hotel etc..'

    Oh to live, per chance to dream..just to paraphrase

  • Comment number 64.

    Well written piece of football journalism but who cares the cream will go to the top the rest will go elsewhere to make a living,kiss the badge and say this is the place they belong "yeah right" and sadly managers now do the same,cynical yes i am,never ever spent £40+ for a polyester shirt to say i supported my team etc. just supported my team (Dundee United) don't care whether they win or loose just like to support them and from down here in Portsmouth that's hard.I love reading the comments on here never realised there was so many football experts in Great Britain why we have never won a major tournament since 1966 with so much expertise eludes me or is the reality we actually know FA but deluded ourselves that we do at the end of the season those who spend most will win and people from Jarrow to Brighton will spend their hard earned cash in the believe these people care "suckers"

  • Comment number 65.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 66.

    'This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.'...

    Please do...

  • Comment number 67.

    @36 Scott

    im guessing you are an american? and for that matter you do not understand football as much as the rest of the world because all that matters for you is goals and assists?
    what dembele adds in midfield is different to a 23goal attacking mid who is almost 30 years old and only had one good season.
    dembele is a powerhouse game changer who controls the midfield. i can only think of two other players of that calibre in the premier league

  • Comment number 68.

    would the moderator who removed my post come on here and explain in which way or how I broke house rules?

  • Comment number 69.

    again..would the moderator who removed my post please explain, on here why they chose to remove my post...

  • Comment number 70.

    Man Utd. I suspect Rooney will be gone soon enough - hasn't played a decent game in years. But Man U don't look like a side that will be the next Barcelona, although AF is wily enough that they will probably challenge for the league. Very little has changed, I expected more especially in midfield.

    Arsenal seem to have struggled in the market this year, especially with the Sahin saga (but they were probably right not to develop him for Madrid without an option to buy) - Jesus Navas arriving before 31/8 could make it work though. They really need to offload Gervinho and maybe one or two others (obviously Arshavin but they tried and failed). Bendtner could be good if he plays like he does for Denmark - otherwise he needs to go as well. Walcott - makes no difference, he's not realised his full potential.
    Cazorla is a great buy, shame he's getting on a bit as AW likes to cash in on players at 28 or so.

    Everton are looking impressive. Moyes coming good this year perhaps, but how he persuaded these people to go there I just don't know. Dark horse team.

    Swansea - gotta wish them well, gotta love the style of play. Seem to have enough if they can hold onto people against the lure of City.

    Liverpool with Sahin could be a threat if Carroll plays. But I suspect the issue is more about his lifestyle than his football - boozers/nightlifers self-destruct and often take a team and its morale down with them. Probably shrewd management from Rodgers. Keeping Carroll on the back foot and having to prove himself may be the smart play. If he starts to do well... rest him before he gets too cocky and makes himself indispensable.

    Chelsea. A couple of shrewd purchases but not enough to halt a decline that has been gradual over a few years. Too many ageing players past their best.

    Man City. No real activity, but if Tevez can avoid being a spoiled kid again they will challenge again. What they can achieve in the CL will be the interesting thing for them this season - they need to turn experience (of losing) into a winning formula and at least get out of the group stages as they should.

    Newcastle. Not done enough to build on last season. Probably looing at a 7th/8th finish.

    Tottenham. The 'Arry factor cannot be ignored. Seemed a harsh decision and AV-B has a lot to prove. I suspect they will finish top half but unlikely to challenge for top 4 in any seriousl way.

    Prediction. Top four same as last year with dark horses Everton, Liverpool and who knows... Swansea may be the surprise team of this year - there's always one that challenges for top 4 and is hard to shift. It was Spurs while Harry was there, now it may be the Swans.

    Relegation. Tough one, obvious candidates are the promoted sides along with QPR and Norwich to fill the bottom 3 slots. And the first games of the season did nothing to make those two feel at all safe.

  • Comment number 71.

    Read it half an hour ago and still laughing.......Brill.

  • Comment number 72.


    I know what your saying, but wouldn't you agree, that with the team he has around him he's bound to look good. But, will he do so well know he's under greater pressure...His fee, the team he's moved to?

  • Comment number 73.

    @36. grow up. maybe if your American players didn't throw a tantrum then and say they aren't going to play for their club anymore because they want a move then somebody may sign them. Dempsey is fairly old, maybe 29ish, and Dembele is low to mid twenties who has all the talent at his disposal. he is technically very good and also very powerful. Dempsey can score goals but i would never rate him as a top 6 player. not in a million years. a team like Fulham is good for him. Grant Holt scored a similar amount of goals as he did last season, so the number of goals he scored is a bit of an irrelevance. much better buys than Clint Dempsey out there imho.
    as for Arsenal/ Man United, if they are looking for a player instead of Dembele/ to replace Song, then i would say go for Celtic's Victor Wanyam. seriously, you should have seen him tonight, he scored a header and is an absolute beast in cm.

  • Comment number 74.

    in regards to relegation
    norwich is a definite in my books to be relegated and i believe QPR will go along with them
    i also believe there will be a tussle between villa, southampton and fulham for the final spot

  • Comment number 75.

    that could be true but in my honest opinion the skill he has shown not just this year but last year aswell is imense. he reminds me of a yaya toure. he was the only one who was playing for fulham against united, and his performannce was outshining all of the united players aswell

  • Comment number 76.

    >69. At 04:54 30th Aug 2012, I_GOT_A_LITTLE_BLACK_BOOK_WITH_ME_POEMS_IN wrote:

    again..would the moderator who removed my post please explain, on here why they chose to remove my post...

    In response to this and all your other requests to engage with a moderator ....

    Check your email inbox in the email account you submitted when you signed up with the BBC Sport web site. Whenever you get a post pulled by the mods you will receive an email explaining why. It's computer-generated proforma but will usually identify what general area of the house rules you broke ... such as using profanity. It probably won't tell you which word is considered naughty so you'll have to use your imagination. The best thing about those notifications - in fact, probably the only thing that is useful - is that they include a copy of the deleted text message, so if you wish to correct and resubmit it then at least you do not have to create the whole message over again from scratch.

    Good luck. BTW, if it because of profanity then the system input filter should really have prevented you from posting it in the first place, but there seems to be some inconsistencies in that department. This is just Auntie Beeb after all. So don't expect anything technically very sophisticated from this site's features, just as you shouldn't expect too much in the way of profound insights and thoughtfully presented content in the blogs of its chief football writer.

  • Comment number 77.

    Why has Santa Cruz not been linked with QPR and Mark Hughes???

    @ 8 "I've mentioned before about taking a punt on Owen. I know full well he isn't a popular lad around L4"

    .......with comments like this you may not be a popular lad around L4. Leave him to his horses and wishing he was at Istanbul!!

  • Comment number 78.

    Liverpool need a goal scoring stricker like Dempsey to fulfil their top 4 promise and a champions league place this season and the manager have to change the position of suarez away from stricker to assist or side.

  • Comment number 79.

    I agree, Chelsea could do with another striker. How about Neymar?

  • Comment number 80.

    59.At 03:03 30th Aug 2012, Tell it how it is wrote:

    Such wit, eloquence and wisdom from the Daily Star reader......

    I'm not really sure how to take my so called "defeats".

    "calling him on his ridiculous claim that he knew lots of Chelsea fans that had switched their allegiance to Man. City" - It's a running joke that 04 CFC fans are now 2012 city fans. The fact that there's truth in it makes it even more amusing. You'd be pretty delusional to think there's been no new city fans since 2004.

    ""expensive bench warmers" at other clubs when United have more than a few of their own" - utd have one or two, city have a bench full of £100k pw players, not to mention the ones that can't even get on the bench......ahem bridge....ahem. They're even paying for him to play for Brighton.

    "while SAF is probably the only manager to have purposely hired an ebw in Michael Owen" - If owen, on £15k pw is an "EBW" then you just have to shake your head at your whole argument. What's Dzeko? A "SDSEBW"? (super-dooper-super expensive bench warmer).

    "while most of the other teams that have ebws reluctantly got stuck with them due to a change of circumstances after they were signed." - Ah, the old, "it's not my fault, blame the other guy excuse".

    What's even more funny in all of this, is that both yourself and Sam are delusional enough to think that you're being objective!! Objective posters like Londoner singled you out, yet you continue in your own special world.

  • Comment number 81.

    At 20:52 29th Aug 2012, mtrenners wrote:
    QPR are going to make yet more signings??? How many do they need!! Green, Park, Johnson, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Hoilett and now another keeper in Julio Cesar, with Fabio on loan, previous transfer window Zamora, Cisse, Onuoha, before that Boothroyd, Campbell, Barton, Wright Phillips, Young, Ferdinand and Kieron Dyer.

    How can they keep this spending up on the capacity they've got. Even if they finally get rid of Barton , that's still a lot of money. When you're taking players from Man City, Inter, Man U and Chelsea they're not going to be players on cheap wages, even if they are a lot of bosmans.

    Are they trying to be the next Portsmouth??


    Good point.

    Unfortunately for QPR that these players they have signed are nowhere near the standard of world class. They have signed a big group of underperforming journeymen footballers who are only there for a contract.

    Yes huge salary contracts.

  • Comment number 82.

    @55 - if you're really a MUFC fan & you've actually seen him play then you'll want Powell in YOUR team NOW, not someone else's! He's already better than Cleverly, Anderson & Slowcoach Scholes. And he scores goals. Too young? Remember how a certain MUFC XI not so long ago stuffed full-time LFC fan & part-time BBC 'expert' Hansen's words back down his gullet?

  • Comment number 83.

    Looks like Adam is on his way to Stoke. Spearing to be put out on loan or sold, Downing converted to left back (hopefully in the dressing room) and Carroll hanging on by his finger tips. Interesting times indeed. I do think we need this Carroll situation sorting quickly now before he becomes the elephant in the corner no one wants to mention. I think we will end up getting Dempsey - American connection and all that.

  • Comment number 84.

    80: I thought Owen was on about 30,000 a week basic with a load of add ons which could replicate his 100,000 ish he was on. All the successful clubs have benchwarmers though as it's the only way to compete at the very top level ie having fresh legs all the time.

    Still don't know why the transfer window needs to stretch into the season. All it does is unsettle players and give cheap stories to the papers...oh right got you.

  • Comment number 85.

    None of the above, to be fair the team Hansen criticised was pretty poor.

  • Comment number 86.

    I wish they would get rid of the transfer window, all it does is inflate the price of ordinary players, especially over the Christmas period - Andy Carroll anyone?

  • Comment number 87.


    Difference is QPR havegot the money to waste

  • Comment number 88.


    Spurs are likely to have a last minute splurge. Levy usually likes to tie things up at the last minute. Likely arrivals looking to be Willian, Loris, Remy and Dzagoev.

    City or Mancini rather, will be desperate to bolster his squad.

    LFC are keen to get rid of carroll and bring in dempsey and walcott.

    QPR probably have a couple more transfers in them.

    Stoke need a few additions otherwise they'll be scrapping for relegation.

  • Comment number 89.

    At 09:10 30th Aug 2012, Theres_something_about_joe wrote:


    Difference is QPR havegot the money to waste


    But for how long?

  • Comment number 90.

    At 09:14 30th Aug 2012, eduard_streltsov_ghost wrote:


    Not sure I'd want Walcott, we've got a crap left winger, why would we want to add a crap right winger?

  • Comment number 91.

    Interesting article this morning.

    Talking of transfer windows, since 2003

    Champions Manchester City have spent £572m (not 800-odd million as some claim)

    Man U have spent £352m (not the 200-odd million over 20-odd years as some claim)

    Not all that much difference really. £352m is still an obscene amount of money.

    Anyway, back to McNulty's blog. I would like to see Forest bring in proven Left Back, even though Moloney has been playing well, he is still too weak at set pieces. I would also like to see them bring in another striker. We are creating bags of chances, just need someone a bit more clinical than Blackstock and Cox.

  • Comment number 92.

    84.At 09:04 30th Aug 2012, The Academy wrote:
    80: I thought Owen was on about 30,000 a week basic with a load of add ons which could replicate his 100,000 ish he was on. All the successful clubs have benchwarmers though as it's the only way to compete at the very top level ie having fresh legs all the time.

    Still don't know why the transfer window needs to stretch into the season. All it does is unsettle players and give cheap stories to the papers...oh right got you.

    Apologies, it reads £50k although I did read somewhere else it was £15k (not sure if this was a contract that he renewed??). Either way, if he doesn't play (eg sit on the bench) then he's getting very little.

    It stretches into the season because of several reasons. An important one for example is for newly promoted managers to have some time to sort their squad and go for new targets. I can see the merits of both arguments. In truth, you have a Jan transfer window that can unsettle players as well, so do you scrap that as well?

  • Comment number 93.

    At 09:15 30th Aug 2012, DontTrustTheGovernment wrote:
    At 09:14 30th Aug 2012, eduard_streltsov_ghost wrote:


    Not sure I'd want Walcott, we've got a crap left winger, why would we want to add a crap right winger?


    Dead right

    I cant understand why Arsenal would give in to Walcotts demands (if they do that is)
    And why any decent prem club would want to sign him as he is crap and very much an overrated plodder in a gooners shirt.

    Trouble is that avarege plodders tend to have very good agents.

  • Comment number 94.

    90.At 09:15 30th Aug 2012, DontTrustTheGovernment wrote:
    At 09:14 30th Aug 2012, eduard_streltsov_ghost wrote:


    Not sure I'd want Walcott, we've got a crap left winger, why would we want to add a crap right winger?

    I don't know whether Rodgers might be able to get more out of him. Walcott does keep banging on what a good striker he is. I'm surprised Wenger's not played him up front yet....

    Thoughts on anymore LFC transfers? Sahin has been a real coup!!

  • Comment number 95.

    91.At 09:20 30th Aug 2012, derwaldmann - 22-01-2011 wrote:

    Champions Manchester City have spent £572m (not 800-odd million as some claim)

    Man U have spent £352m (not the 200-odd million over 20-odd years as some claim)

    Not all that much difference really. £352m is still an obscene amount of money.

    I'm sorry, but there's a £220m difference!!! That's 6th in the overall terms of spending. That's a massive amount! And it doesn't even take account of wages.

    As I've said, City's wage bill is roughly £170m. That's definately near the £800m mark if not more!!

    Also take into consideration the number of trophies won over that period.

    For all the talk that SAF is a chequebook manager, come the end of the transfer window, utd will be 5th on that table.

  • Comment number 96.

    Biting already, and it's only 09.37 haha

  • Comment number 97.

    Come on ESG, even you must admit that 352m is a massive amount of money to be spending on the title. United's wage bill is massive as well, the only 2 yardsticks you use to claim they aren't are The Champions and Chelsea.

  • Comment number 98.

    96.At 09:36 30th Aug 2012, derwaldmann - 22-01-2011 wrote:
    Biting already, and it's only 09.37 haha

    The early bird catches the worm.........

  • Comment number 99.

    esg, I would prefer no transfers during the season or just no window so people can buy when they like. It just seems so artificial so tv stations can get some good stories and boost their ratings.

  • Comment number 100.


    That is all it's for really. I'd like to see an end to the window, for Championship clubs it basically results in a flurry of loan moves of questionable benefit to both club and player.


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