On this day: Carroll a Hammer, Defoe contract and contrasting Champions League draw

Andy Carroll Warms Up

On the 30th August 2012 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 30th August 2013, but a year earlier

What were the main transfer tales from that day? What big events were happening in Premier League football?

Here are some of the big scoops from the 30th August 2012, which was the penultimate day of the Transfer Window…

Car-rolling into East London

Liverpool relented, and finally let Andy Carroll join West Ham United on a season long loan deal. The giant forward was never considered a part of the furniture in Brendan Rodgers’ mind - as he tried to install a different style of football on his new team.

Earlier in the summer, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce had effectively ruled out any potential move for the player, citing his lofty price-tag as the reason behind his pessimism.

But the two clubs came together and agreed a loan-deal that was in everybody’s favour.

Despite spending a large period of last season out injured, Carroll became a firm favourite at the club. With that in mind, Allardyce signed him up permanently a year later - leaving Liverpool to take a £20 million hit on his transfer fee.

Jermain is Defoe going nowhere

Jermain Defoe signed on the dotted line of a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur. The England international spent much of the summer last season discussing his future at White Hart Lane - as it was reported he could be sold as part of Andre Villas-Boas’s reshaping programme in North London.

Instead he signed a three-year-deal. Yet, a year later, and he had again been linked with a departure after the arrival of Roberto Soldado at the club.

Chumpions League

There were dozens of different deals verging on completion, coming to a conclusion, reaching their climax - boring!

Instead I would rather focus on the Champions League draw that happened a year ago today - and I can bet Chelsea and Manchester City are happier this year than they were last - while Arsenal will certainly not be.

The Gunners made hard work of Schalke, Montpellier and Olympiakos last term, but this year have much tougher opponents in the form of Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille.

Manchester City had the ‘Group of Death’ last time round, with Ajax, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund dumping them out of Europe.

Chelsea also failed to make it through, after Shakhtar and Juventus put them to bed.

This year’s line-up is much more favourable.

As for Manchester United, well, this year looks to be harder than last as well - with no Braga or Cluj in sight.

Instead Shakhtar, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad stand in the way of progress - as the English sides look to improve on their woeful time in Europe last season.

 

 

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