A lot of deals going through now and the rumour mill is over-flowing. Sunderland have been in the market the most so far. Their latest signings are Wes Brown & John O’Shea from Man United & David Vaughan from Blackpool. There good players who can play at this level. Sunderland fell short last season when they got struck by a number of injuries. So Bruce seems to boosting the squad by numbers. But is it a case of quantity not quality?
From the promoted side Norwich City have done the most business so far. They have brought in 6 new faces so far, nobody spectacular but Bradley Johnson & James Vaughan are good signings.
Stuart Downing seems to be the next big player looking for a way out of Villa. Arsenal have reportedly tabled an offer in the region £15-18million for the England winger. I’m not a fan of Downing. I think he had a good season in a very poor Villa team but is over-rated. He was meant to be England’s answer to the left wing when at Boro but that hasn’t happened. Also when at Boro’ he was top boy ahead of Adam Johnson who I think is and will become a much better player. But at least Arsenal finally looks like making their movements. They do need a centre back are there’s a few crying out for Arsene to get, Cahill & Samba for example. If they keep hold of their prized assets that’s a different story. Fabregas & Nasri are still Arsenal players but for how long?
Aston Villa are looking to bring in a new keeper maybe Shay Given but I could see Ben Foster moving across the city. There also looking at Spurs full back Alan Hutton. Stoke City look to have won the race for Carlton Cole for a deal around £6 million. Chelsea’s Michael Essien has been badly injured in training so maybe a move for Joao Moutinho at FC Porto or another look at Scott Parker is on the cards. Sergio Aguero is leaving Madrid, but to Juventus or can Man City see him as a replacement for Tevez who again has come out stating he wants to leave Manchester. Charles N’Zogbia looks set to leave Wigan and his destination could be Villa Park if Downing goes. Wesley Sneijder’s move to United has hit a snag with his wage demand.
The QPR front Danny Shittu has signed a new one year contract. Jay Bothroyd & Jimmy Bullard are still strongly linked to the club. Blackpool has signed veteran Kevin Phillips so it could mean DJ Campbell will be on his way to London, but I don’t think Rangers will get him more chance with Andy Jonson. They also have lost the race for Carlton Cole. Adel Taarabt looks more likely to be leaving the club with only PSG having made an offer. But I feel he will start the season at Loftus Road.