The IMPACT Transfer Report, G-N


In: Oussama Assaidi (Heerenveen, Undisclosed), Nuri Sahin (Real Madrid, Loan), Fabio Borini (Roma, £10.5m), Joe Allen (Swansea, £15m), Joao Teixeira (Sporting Lisbon, Undisclosed).

Out: Craig Bellamy (Cardiff, Free), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce, £1m), Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina, Undisclosed), Fabio Aurelio (Gremio, Free), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell’s Old Boys, Free), Andy Carroll (West Ham, Loan), David Amoo (Preston, Free), Charlie Adam (Stoke, £5m).

A mass exodus at Liverpool has not resulted in many arrivals and Brendan Rodgers must be slightly concerned at the depth of his squad. While strong in the middle of midfield with Lucas Leiva, Steven Gerrard, Sahin and Allen, elsewhere the Reds look incredibly frail. Rodgers has no recognised goalscorer; I say this taking into account Luis Suarez’s chronic inability to find the net on English shores. While it makes financial sense to offload high earning mediocrity like Aurelio, Rodriguez and Aquilani, it seems that Rodgers is paying the financial punishment for his predecessor’s mistakes- case in point the Clint Dempsey fiasco.

Grade: Just a 2:1, 62.

Prediction: 6th

Manchester City

In: Jack Rodwell (Everton, £12m), Maicon (Inter, Undisclosed), Matija Nastasic (Fiorentina, £10m+ Savic), Javi Garcia (Benfica, £16m), Scott Sinclair (Swansea, £6.2m), Richard Wright (Ipswich, Free).

Out: Francisco Junior (Everton, Free), Stefan Savic (Fiorentina, Part Exchange), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan, Undisclosed), Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga, Loan), Adam Johnson (Sunderland, £10m), Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham, £5m).

City most certainly get the award for most pointless signing of the window for Wright’s bizarre move- he does know he’ll be on the bench right?!  Otherwise City have done quite well. One disgruntled fringe winger out in Johnson, a fresher, naïve and unaware fringe winger in, Sinclair. Nastasic has been dubbed the new Vidic; the ‘new’ anything normally means he’s no good but at least Savic is going the other way. Maicon’s arrival puts the future of Micah Richards in severe doubt, while Garcia is a considerable upgrade to the outgoing de Jong.

Grade: High 2:1, 69.

Prediction: 1st

Manchester Utd

In: Robin van Persie (Arsenal, £24m), Nick Powell (Crewe, £3m), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund, Undisclosed), Alexander Buttner (Vitesse, Undisclosed).

Out: Tomasz Kusczcak (Brighton, Free), Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham, £4m), Paul Pogba (Juventus, Free), Park Ji-Sung (QPR, £2m), Ritchie de Laet (Leicester, Undisclosed), Zeki Fryers (Standard Liege, Undisclosed).

Alex Ferguson has undoubtedly pulled off the signing of the summer in van Persie. The prospect of himself and Wayne Rooney up top is certainly a mouth-watering one, though it may spell the death knell for the promising Danny Welbeck. Kagawa is a class attacking midfielder and solves one half on United’s middle of the park problems- only a holding midfielder to go. United’s title chances are entirely dependent on how the relationship between R and VP develops.

Grade: First, 71.

Prediction: 2nd


In: Vurnon Anita (Ajax, Undisclosed), Gael Bigirimana (Coventry, £1m), Romain Amalfitano (Reims, Free).

Out: Peter Lovenkrands (Birmingham, Free), Leon Best (Blackburn, £3m), Fraser Forster (Celtic, £2m), Alan Smith (MK Dons, Free), Danny Guthrie (Reading, Free).

Newcastle have spent very little this summer, but, crucially, have held onto the entire team from last season. Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are second only to United as a front pairing and Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye are arguably the finest partnership in the middle the league has to offer.  Nonetheless a lack of progress in the market may see the Magpies slip back given the wealth of activity around them. Of their additions, Anita is the most high profile and will provide more than adequate cover for Tiote and Cabaye.

Grade: Low 2:2, 53.

Prediction: 7th


In: Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham, Undisclosed), Robert Snodgrass (Leeds, Undisclosed), Steven Whittaker (Rangers, Free), Alexander Tettey (Rennes, Undisclosed), Michael Turner (Sunderland, Undisclosed), Harry Kane (Tottenham, Loan).

Out: Andrew Crofts (Brighton, Undisclosed), Aaron Wilbraham (Palace, Free), Adam Drury (Leeds, Free).

Norwich have made some decent additions and have fought off many a Premier League suitor to acquire the signature of Snodgrass, and Tettey comes with a good reputation from France. However, it seems that teenager Harry Kane may be relied upon for goals. The Canaries really lack a goal getter and may fall as a result.

Grade: 2:2, 59.

Prediction: 19th

William Cook


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