Premier League teams are now starting to throw money around like confetti at a wedding. As teams look to push on in the quest for glory, or, in West Ham’s case – save themselves from self destruction. But make no mistake, the transfer window is now well and truly open. Edin Dzeko was the first high-profile signing in January, as Man City paid around £27m for the Bosnian striker. Edin was so desperate for a move to Man City he even wrote to the club last year, requesting that they sign him! Jim’ll Fix It indeed.
Due to the fact it was Man City, it didn’t raise many eyebrows. Just loose change for the owners at Eastlands, although they promised they will be within the new UEFA financial fair play guidelines. All clubs will have to meet the criteria set by UEFA for the financial period ending 2012 – so they have a year or so to hire a decent accountant as well as some more defenders.
But, the surprise this week was seeing Darren Bent swap Sunderland for Aston Villa, yes, Aston Villa? For a mind-boggling initial £18m rising to £24m with add ons. I was more surprised at Villa spending this kind of money after Randy Learner was to tighten the purse strings at the Midlands club, just ask Martin O’Neill. The fee itself, is probably about right. Given Darren Bents scoring record in the Premier League (just behind Drogba and Rooney for goals scored over last 5 years) and not forgetting the Englishman premium.
Aston Villa should have enough about them to stay up, even without the Bent signing you would have thought Villa would be safe this year. Their strike-force now resembles a 4x100m relay team with Young, Agbonlahor, Bent and Delfouneso. Wow, thats some pace, it’s just a shame that Bent is the only one who knows where the goal is.
Liverpool have also been linked with arrivals and departures. With twitter-addict Ryan Babel on his way out of Anfield, it looks like he is holding out for Ajax or Juventus (despite a fee being agreed with Hoffenheim), but its a shame things never worked for Ryan at Anfield. Im sure there is something there, some talent and consistency, but how long can we say this? It will be interesting to see what impact he makes at his next club. Good Luck Ryan!
More importantly, Liverpool have been linked with signing the South American striker from Ajax, Luis Suarez. Rumours surfaced today that LFC owner John W Henry had dinner with the players agent in Liverpool this week, so hopefully things could pick up pace and a deal be imminent? Ajax are holding out for the mega bucks, somewhere between £20m-24m would be my guess, which in the current climate is about right .
Prolific for club and country, the 23-year-old Uruguayan striker would be a welcome addition to LFC. He has smashed 81 goals in 108 appearances for Ajax and has 16 goals in 38 games for Uruguay. I just hope that Liverpool pay the fee and get the deal done, hearing these rumours without the final signing is becoming frustrating.