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Transfer deadline day - a look at the key deals

It was a slow start to proceedings on deadline day but in the end there were plenty of deals made - with the high profile ones all going through in the end as well. Some moves were predicted, but some can be classed as shocks.

What is also apparant is the increasing number of loan deals being conducted these past couple of seasons - both within and beyond the Premiership.

Below is a brief look at some of the bigger name moves that were made yesterday:


Julio Baptista [Real Madrid - Arsenal] Loan
Jose Antonio Reyes [Arsenal - Real Madrid] Loan

The first of Arsenal's wantaway players gets his 'dream move' to Real - albeit only for an initial season. Reyes will be missed but Arsenal have plenty of players who can cover the left hand side, whilst they pick up Baptista - who potentially will offer something different to their side with a more physical presence.

DaMarcus Beasley [PSV Eindhoven - Manchester City] Loan

A useful pick-up for us, who should provide much needed options out wide. Was a loan deal Pearce being canny to take a season long look at him, or a sign that the kitty was nigh on empty?

Pascal Chimbonda [Wigan - Tottenham] Undisclosed

BBC Sport list it as undisclosed but it is reported the fee is around £5 or £6 million. He had an impressive season last campaign and was keen to get away from the JJB, and although he is a useful player I feel Wigan have clearly got the better of this deal as it allowed them to finance other moves.

Andrew Cole [Man City - Portsmouth] £500,000

A good pick up for Portsmouth, and a loss for ourselves but I get the feeling that it is primarily a financial based move for Cole - despite his comments about it being an 'opportunity'.
For us, business wise it makes sense but will undoubtedly hurt us on the field.

Ashley Cole [Arsenal - Chelsea] £5m + William Gallas

The biggest saga is now over and I feel both sides benefit and take a loss on this deal. Player wise, Arsenal get a guy who can fit into the centre (and cover full back) whilst Chelsea finally get the left back they have been seeking. Despite snapping up Gallas, Arsenal clearly received a lower fee than they hoped with Chelsea having to give up a good player in Gallas. I'd call this deal about even.

Pascal Cygan [Arsenal - Villarreal] £2m

Another centre-back departs from Arsenal, but I cannot see too many tears shed over Cygan's departure - and somehow they manage to receive £2million in the process for a player who was unlikely to threaten first team action this season.

Jason Euell [Charlton - Middlesbrough] Undisclosed

Middlesbrough pick up a player whose Charlton career has been dead in the water for the best part of a season. A move I cannot understand 'Boro making as I don't think he adds anything to their side.

Robert Huth [Chelsea - Middlesbrough] £6m

A young player who doesn't seemed to have progressed a great deal at Chelsea (funny that). He does have talent but is still largely unproven, so a fee of £6 million is too high in my opinion - perhaps 'Boro's woeful defensive start forced an extra couple of million onto the asking price.

Kevin Kilbane [Everton - Wigan] Undisclosed

A player I've never rated all that highly but he has been a regular at Everton and international level the past few years. A decent pick up I guess for Wigan as Paul Jewell continues to revamp the side after last seasons impressive debut.

Jan Kromkamp [Liverpool - PSV Eindhoven] Undisclosed

A brief Premiership stop for Kromkamp who barely played a dozen games. His departure led to rumours of Lucas Neill arriving (and a knock on move involving Danny Mills) but Benitez obviously feels he has plenty of cover.

Shefki Kuqi [Blackburn - Crystal Palace] £2.5m

File along with Cygan move in over the top transfer fees. A limited player at Premiership level, Palace must have had Andy Johnson's cash burning a hole somewhere. Will undoubtedly do a job for Palace but he will need to shoot them to the Premiership to help pay off that fee.

Sylvain Legwinski [Fulham - Ipswich] Undisclosed
Steed Malbranque [Fulham - Tottenham] Undisclosed

After being threatened with 'rotting in the reserves' for the season (will that ever happen?), both players get moves away from Craven Cottage. Malbranque - after being linked with umpteen clubs gets his (rumoured) move to the Capital. A consistent Premiership performer, he will help offset the loss of Michael Carrick. Despite being 34, I was surprised that a Premiership side didn't take a gamble on Legwinski as I've always thought him a talented player. Surely a one-year deal would have been worth it?

Javier Mascherano [Corinthians - West Ham]
Carlos Tevez [Corinthians - West Ham]

The deal that shocked the whole of the Premiership, and may well have left messrs. Ferguson, Wenger and Mourinho scratching their heads. It is a deal that has led to speculation of mystery investors, 'parking' of players and Chelsea involvement. Whatever mysteries may have been behind the deal, it cannot be denied that the Hammers pick up two of the most highly rated prospects in World football. After an impressive first season back in the Premiership, this will be a boost to their prospects of kicking on this time round.

Shabani Nonda [Roma - Blackburn] Loan

A former big money player when he moved to Monaco, he spent an inconsistent season in Serie A last season but could produce some goals during his season long loan.

Antoine Sibierski [Manchester City - Newcastle] Undisclosed

A late move and one which capped a miserable day for the Geordies - judging by fan reaction at least. A strange move, and I cannot see exactly where he will fit into the side with Duff and N'Zogbia on the left, he will have to battle for a spot up front. Another salary dump from ourselves - perhaps to finance the Beasley move?

Florent Sinama Pongolle [Liverpool - Recreativo de Huelva] Loan

Farmed out on loan for a second successive season and his Liverpool future is probably short lived with some of the moves they have made. A useful player who has always impressed for me, and a surprise a Premiership side didn't make a move.

Stilian Petrov [Celtic - Aston Villa] £6.5m

Martin O'Neill splashes the dollars for the only time this window and picks up a player he knows well from his time at Celtic. A solid player who was well thought of at Celtic and should make the transition to the Premiership.

Jonathan Woodgate [Real Madrid - Middlesbrough] Loan

Woodgate moves to the Premiership in a bid to kick start his career after an injury wrecked few seasons. He is keen on remaining at Madrid but fell down the pecking order since the arrival of Capello. Perhaps the most talented English centre-back there is but needs a full season for 'Boro to get the benefit.