This summer was a hotbed of transfer activity but amongst the ins and outs and records being broken (along with hearts) some players were left disappointed.
Here are five Premier League players who missed the transfer boat and with it, their golden opportunities to earn more, play more, and make more headlines.
1) Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle)
The 27-year-old French midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this summer but, with the arrival of record signing Mesut Ozil at the Emirates it now looks very unlikely that Cabaye will be leaving Newcastle any time soon. Even when January comes, its hard to see any of the top clubs preferring him to a number of other younger and equivalent options in his position for the kind of price the Magpies were hoping for.
2) Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
Meanwhile, Stoke City’s 26-year-old goalkeeper had been linked with potential moves to the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool but, with up-surge in form of young David De Gea at Old Trafford, the arrival of Emiliano Viviano on loan at the Emirates and Simon Mignolet’s move to Anfield, it looks very much as though the ship has sailed for the stopper.
3) Leighton Baines (Everton)
As Marouane Fellaini made his deadline day switch to the English champions, his teammate at Everton Leighton Baines must have watched him with envy after the Toffees held firm and refused to let their former manager David Moyes pinch their best assets. United might try again in January, I suppose but, unless they pay the asking (or rather telling) price and, perhaps even if they offer to, it looks as though Baines will be staying put.
4) Demba Ba (Chelsea)
Another boy in Blue with the Blues is Chelsea striker Demba Ba who caught the boat from Newcastle to Stamford Bridge in January but missed the boat across the Thames from West London to North London on deadline day when Jose Mourinho blocked his proposed loan move to Arsenal.
5) Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Finally, after an arduous season of controversy for the Uruguayan striker, his club blocked a potential move to Arsenal despite his feelings of ‘betrayal’ that the Reds were going to hold him to his contract and not let him move on.
He calmed down and has been keeping his head down and his mouth shut so far which is serving him well but, unfortunately for him, it looks as though his potential move to Real Madrid is dead and buried as the Spanish giants appear to be looking elsewhere at other targets now – like Radamel Falcao, according to president Florentino Perez.
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