Deadline day can quite often see managers panic buy to fill a position rather than actually wanting a player. It’s the one day of the summer, and winter, which plenty of people in the game dread.
However, there is still room for good, sensible business deals which leave clubs with solid signings at good value prices when other teams will look to charge through the roof for any player they own who is being coveted by another side.
Here are the five bargains of deadline day.
James McCarthy – Wigan Athletic to Everton
Bear with me on this one because the instant reaction is that £13 million for the midfielder is an over the top price.
However, look at the clubs who have shown an interest in him; Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, plus the manager he’s working under, Roberto Martinez, and he could eclipse that fee in terms of value.
McCarthy is just 22-years-old and has 16 caps for the Republic of Ireland. If Martinez can turn him into the sort of midfielder his potential makes him capable of, he will be worth substantially more should Everton move him on in the future.
Tiago Ilori – Sporting Lisbon to Liverpool
The official line is that the fee for Tiago Ilori is undisclosed but the Mirror has suggested that Liverpool paid around £7-8 million to Sporting Lisbon to make sure they got their man.
Ilori’s age, just 20-years-old, his height, six feet and three inches, and his general physical size means that he’s well suited to English football with a frame that can deal with the most aggressive of Premier League forwards. He could easily be worth at least double that cash in two years time.
Victor Anichebe – Everton to West Brom
The reported fee that the Baggies paid for the striker is around the £6 million mark. Considering he’s only 25-years-old and already has a very decent level of Premier League experience, it’s a great deal on the part of West Brom.
Anichebe has all of the physical attributes that any Premier League side looks for in a striker; he’s strong, he’s intimidating and he’s quick enough to give most Premier League back fours a headache.
Libor Kozak – Lazio to Aston Villa
Paul Lambert seems to have a firm grasp over how to get great value out of the modern transfer market, demonstrated perfectly by the £7 million capture of the former Lazio hit man.
Kozak offers Aston Villa a different option to Christian Benteke in attack and he also arrives with international experience, having already won four caps at the age of 24-years-old for the Czech Republic.
Peter Odemwingie – West Brom to Cardiff City
The Welsh side paid just over £2 million to make the deal happen, which is a steal considering Odemwingie’s experience in the Premier League.
His pace, skill and versatility as a striker means Cardiff can use him in a number of different ways and if he stays fit, despite being 32, he could still play for another four or five years at the top level.
What do you think was the best deal to go through yesterday?
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