Lots of transfer activity appears to be going on on the final day of the transfer window, with some very interesting deals rumoured to be going ahead…
Probably the most interesting (or surprising) transfer rumour is that Manchester City are trying to sign Tottenham’s out of favour midfielder David Bentley. Perhaps Hughes wants back up for Shaun Wright Phillips, or maybe even someone to compete for his position in the side? The Man City manager worked with David Bentley during his time at Blackburn Rovers, so maybe he’s seen enough of Bentley to want to bring him to the City of Manchester stadium. Personally I don’t really get why the richest club in the world would want to bother with Bentley, if money is no object then it seems a bit of a strange deal.
Niko Kranjcar has passed a medical at Spurs with a £2.5 million fee apparantly arranged with Portsmouth. Kranjcar has been signed due to another Spurs Croatian midfielder, Luka Modric, being ruled out for a few months with a broken leg. This must be a bad time to be a Pompey fan, it appears that all of their big stars are being signed by Tottenham, and I really think they are going to struggle even more now. Meanwhile Pompey are also close to agreeing to sign Nicky Shorey from Aston Villa on a season long loan, Shorey appearing to be surplus to requirements after Villa’s recent purchase of Stephen Warnock from Blackburn.
Birmingham City could be set to strengthen their midfield with Sunderland’s out of favour midfielder Tainio rumoured to be on his way down south. This should proove to be a good signing for the Blues, should the deal get the go ahead.
Stoke City have continued their transfer activity after signing Robert Huth and Tuncay from Middlesbrough with the £3.5 million signing of Sunderland defender Danny Collins. Could Ryan Shawcross now be on his way out of the club?
Another Collins that could be on the move is West Ham’s James Collins – who is currently undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms with Aston Villa after the club bid £5million for the Wales international defender. Collins will be signed to re-inforce the Villa backline after Martin Laursen’s retirement and Zat Knight’s sale to Bolton, and looks set to team up with Richard Dunne in a much changed (and vastly improved) Villa backline – Warnock, Dunne and Collins. Again, its nice to see a manager looking to sign British players.