EPL deadline day round-up
Amid the close of the European transfer window Wednesday, profile signings.
Following is a team-by-team look at all the deadline day moves in the English Premier League, as well as some signings that may have gone unnoticed during the transfer window:
Perhaps no club was in bigger need of reinforcements than Arsenal. Following an 8-2 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United, Arsenal supporters have implored manager Arsene Wenger to reinvest money in the squad.
That is exactly what the Frenchman did, as he signed defender Andre Santos from Fenerbahce, defender Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen, and midfielder Mikel Arteta from Everton. Striker Gervinho and winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal earlier in the summer.
Key departures for the Gunners this summer include Samir Nasri, who joined free-spending Manchester City, and Cesc Fabregas, who returned to his boyhood club Barcelona.
After losing Brad Friedel, Ashley Young, and Stewart Downing early in the offseason, Aston Villa made two quick fixes in signing experienced goalkeeper Shay Given from Manchester City and Charles N'Zogbia from Wigan.
But Villa made two more key additions just before the deadline, with both players arriving from Tottenham. Defender Alan Hutton joined the club for an undisclosed fee, while midfielder Jermaine Jenas signed on a season-long loan deal.
Blackburn has endured a tough start to the new campaign, losing its opening three matches. But manager Steve Kean made a few moves close to the deadline that will undoubtedly strengthen his squad.
Scott Dann arrived from Birmingham City to help solidify the defense, while Aiyegbeni Yakubu joins from Everton to provide Premier League goal-scoring experience. The club has also added midfielder Simon Vukcevic from Sporting Lisbon.
Owen Coyle has refused to rest on his laurels, as the Bolton manager made a couple late additions despite an impressive start to the season. The club signed David N'Gog from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee, as well as taking Chelsea striker Gael Kakuta on a short-term loan deal that will run until January 1.
Over the course of the summer, Bolton has also secured the signings of Darren Pratley, Nigel Reo-Coker, and Chris Eagles, while accepting Tuncay Sanli and Dedryck Boyata on loan.
Chelsea has been under much scrutiny following the arrival of new manager Andre Villas-Boas, with potential signings and departures at the root of constant speculation.
The Portuguese manager eventually responded by signing Raul Meireles from Liverpool and Spanish starlet Juan Mata from Valencia. Romelu Lukaku also joins the Blues from Anderlecht to provide Villas-Boas with another attacking option.
Following reports that the club is debt, it is no surprise that Everton has done more selling than buying leading up to deadline day.
Jermaine Beckford, Mikel Arteta, and James Vaughan have all left the Toffees this summer. But the club was able to acquire two players on loan, snapping up Royston Drenthe from Real Madrid and Denis Stracqualursi from Tigres before the close of the transfer window.
Fulham has managed to score just one goal from its first three Premier League fixtures, underlining the need for a striker. It subsequently splurged $17 million for Bryan Ruiz, who joins from FC Twente, as well as signing striker Orlando Sa from FC Porto for an undisclosed fee.
The club was also able to add experience to its defense, as Zdenek Grygera and John Arne Riise joined Fulham from Juventus and Roma, respectively.
After the lion's share of its signings were made earlier in the transfer window, Liverpool became more of a selling club at deadline day. Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Doni, Stewart Downing, and Jose Enrique all made the move to Anfield before the start of the season.
The timing of the moves allowed manager Kenny Dalglish to offload role players. Raul Meireles moved to Chelsea, David N'Gog signed for Bolton, and Joe Cole joined Lille on a season-long loan.
Liverpool was able to the secure the signing of Craig Bellamy at the last minute, as the Welsh striker rejoins his former club after failing to establish himself at Manchester City.
Manchester City capped its busy summer with one of the more shocking moves of the transfer window. It signed Owen Hargreaves on a free transfer after the midfielder was released by rival Manchester United.
Key additions for City in the offseason include Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, and Gael Clichy.
Ending one of the longest transfer sagas in recent memory, Manchester United did not ultimately secure the signing of Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
Another club that completed its shopping well before the deadline, United acquired three quality youth players, signing Phil Jones from Blackburn, Ashley Young from Villa, and David De Gea from Atletico Madrid.
Newcastle made two late pick-ups to strengthen its backline, snapping up defender Davide Santon from Inter Milan and goalkeeper Rob Elliot from Charlton Athletic.
The club narrowly missed out on striker Bryan Ruiz, who opted to join Fulham at Craven Cottage following a bidding war between the two clubs.
Cody McDonald departed Norwich City in what proved to be the only late transaction from the Canaries. The striker joined Coventry on a three-year deal.
Newly promoted Norwich still made several important signings throughout the summer, landing James Vaughan from Everton for $4 million and signing Kyle Naughton on loan from Tottenham.
QUEENS PARK RANGERS
QPR proved to be one of the busiest clubs toward the end of the transfer window, making several late additions to its squad.
Joey Barton, Luke Young, Armand Traore, Anton Ferdinand, Jason Puncheon, and Shaun Wright-Phillips all secured moves to Loftus Road as the newly-promoted side aims to stay afloat in the Premier League.
Stoke significantly strengthened its squad ahead of the deadline, making Peter Crouch a record signing for the club. He joins the Potters on a four-year deal from Tottenham for $16 million.
The club also added Cameron Jerome and Wilson Palacios, both for undisclosed fees.
A busy start to the summer dwindled at the deadline for Sunderland, as the only last-minute moves made by the Black Cats included selling defender Anton Ferdinand to QPR and signing Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner on a season-long loan.
Sunderland certainly added depth to the squad during the summer though, signing highly-touted striker Connor Wickham from Ipswich Town, as well as experienced players in Sebastian Larsson, John O'Shea, and Wes Brown.
Swansea City added strength and depth to its backline by securing the late signings of defenders Darnel Situ, Fede Bessone, and Rafik Halliche.
Situ arrives from Lens for $400,000, Bessone rejoins the club on a free transfer after a stint with Leeds United, and Halliche is on a loan deal until January 1.
Tottenham was quite busy leading up to the transfer deadline, involved in both buying and selling. Peter Crouch and Alan Hutton were sold to Stoke City and Aston Villa, respectively, while Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley secured loan deals to Aston Villa and West Ham United, respectively.
Spurs brought in striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City before signing center midfielder Scott Parker from West Ham for $8 million.
West Bromwich unloaded Marek Cech to Trabzonspor and Pablo Ibanez to Birmingham City before the close of the transfer window.
The club most notably added Ben Foster, Shane Long, and Zoltan Gera earlier in the summer.
Shaun Maloney completed his switch from Celtic to Wigan on Wednesday, giving manager Roberto Martinez an additional attacking option.
Goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi made his loan move to Wigan permanent in July when he completed his move to the DW Stadium from Bolton for an undisclosed fee.
After a promising start to the new campaign, Wolves manager Mick McCarthy appears to be set with his squad. The club did not participate in any late dealings.
The biggest acquisition for Wolves came in June when it signed midfielder Jamie O'Hara on a permanent basis after his loan spell at the Molineux.