Football: English Premier League – Frenetic morning of transfers as Deadline Day edges closer


Deadline Day Eve may just be busier than Deadline Day itself if this mornings transfers are anything to go by.

Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero has agreed a deal with cashed-up Queens Park Rangers, with the ever-talented Granero hoping to finally give his career the kick-start it needs, after being starved on regular playing time at the Bernabeu.

QPR have also completed the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar from Italian giants Inter Milan. This could prove to be a massive signing for the club, but questions must be asked of where does it leave Robert Green? The English shot-stopper moved to QPR last month supposedly as their new number one.

Out-of-favour Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has all but signed a deal to link up with former manager Martin Jol at Fulham, after announcing he was having a medical with the London club. Berbatov turned down a move to Serie A side Fiorentina at the last minute, as a bid to keep his family in England.

Welsh side Swansea have continued their revolving-door style transfer window by announcing the signing of Valencia’s Spanish winger, Pablo Hernandez- a deal worth a reported $5.5 million pounds. Hernandez has been capped 4 times by his national side, and will move to Wales following 16 goals in 100 La Liga appearances.

Swansea will be hoping that this signing will cover the loss of Scott Sinclair to champions Manchester City, after a second bid for the English U21 winger worth $8 million pounds was accepted.

Everton are closing in on the signing of FC Copenhagen’s 22 year-old left back or central midfielder, Bryan Oviedo. The Merseyside club will continue one of their busiest transfer windows in recent memory, with a $5 million pound bid.

Lastly, Aston Villa has completed the signing of Joe Bennett, an English U21 international defender, from English Championship side Middlesbrough.

It has been a busy morning to say the least in the English top-flight. For a side that has been in the English Premier League for only one season to sign a Spanish international winger from the esteemed Valencia, is incredible in itself. If not more impressive, is the two signings QPR have made; a goalkeeper who is regularly named among the top ten in the world and a Spanish midfielder who is just about to reach the peak-age of his career.

Expect more deals to be done overnight, and all throughout tomorrow, with Tottenham Hotspur expected to be spending big.

You’ll receive a similar round-up here on From The Sideline.

Luke Sale is a first-year Sports Journalism student at La Trobe University. Get him touch with on twitter @lukesale1


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