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Last Updated: Friday, 1 September 2006, 07:45 GMT 08:45 UK
Reaction to deadline day deals
We asked for your thoughts on the major deadline day transfer deals. Here is the verdict.



In: William Gallas (Chelsea) & Julio Baptista (Real Madrid)
Out: Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Jose Antonio Reyes (Real Madrid) & Pascal Cygan (Villarreal)

  • They say:

    Not a lot at the moment after a heavy day of transfer negotiations and a late night bartering for the best price possible for Ashley Cole.

  • You say:

    "Arsenal should have accepted 23m for Cole. 5m and Gallas is not a good deal. We are seriously lacking depth in the team now and have no mature cover for several positions. Worrying times for all Gooners."
    Nick George, Hertfordshire

    "Out of the three players transferring to Arsenal over the summer, only one wanted the move - Tomas Rosicky. The others were given little chance by their former clubs to go anywhere else. It will be interesting to see how they settle when it's quite clear that they didn't want to go there in the first place."
    Dan, UK

    "A premium rate is usually placed on English players, but if Arsenal received only 5m, Chelsea have done some excellent business, and although we have a superb centre back who is much needed, I can't help but feel we have the rough end of the deal. I always thought the better deal for Arsenal would have been to get Shaun Wright-Phillips in a straight swap."
    Iceman, England

    "A Gallas-Kolo Toure partnership at the heart of Arsenal defence makes it one of the most formidable in the Premiership. Both are very athletic and quick and what they lack in height, they more than compensate for by athleticism. Gael Clichy will develop to be the best left back in the world."
    O. Habayeb, UK,

    "Money aside, Arsenal needed Gallas more than we needed Cole - Clichy can do a very good job in that position. Fans don't care about the money involved, only the players and the results and Gallas will bolster our back line and get us results. Baptista is an amazing deal."
    James Dunmore, UK

    "Arsenal have done well. They got rid of the two negative influences within the camp and in Gallas and Baptista they have effectively toughend up the two potentially weak areas of midfield and defence as well as adding some experience - and for no actual cash outlay."
    Declan, Ex-pat in OZ

    "5m + Gallas for Cole is a joke. What happened to 25 million price tag? Chelsea must be laughing."
    king jones, England

    "What a great day for Arsenal! 2m for Cygan! Who would of thought that was possible?"
    Rob, UK


    Aston Villa

    No signings

  • You say:

    "I'm annoyed by Newcastle's actions. To call James Milner back to the club after he'd agreed terms with Villa was appaling. Milner clearly wanted the move, and he must now return to a club he knows wanted to offload him. As for Villa - they were forced to waste vital time in which other deals could have been made, leaving them with nothing. Rules should be put in place to prevent this kind of thing happening in the future."
    David Kamm, England



    In: Ashley Cole (Arsenal)
    Out: William Gallas (Arsenal) & Robert Huth (Middlesbrough)

    They say:

    Like Arsenal, it is all quiet at Stamford Bridge after a late night sorting out all their defensive dealings.

    You say:

    William Gallas is a world class defender, but this is a much better situation than having him play in the reserves and then leave for free next summer. In those terms, Chelsea have got Ashley Cole for 5m - bargain
    Ajeet, England

    Chelsea have got the better deal. Only 5m for Cole! Considering they originally only bought Gallas for 8m it is not bad business
    Tony, England

    Arsenal got the better deal with Gallas. The guy is probably the best defender to have graced the Premiership in recent times and I'd rather he moved abroad then to one of our closest rivals. We don't even need Ashley Cole.
    Daniel Hever, West Midlands

    Bitterly disappointed at losing Gallas. Cole is only marginally better than Wayne Bridge. The Chelsea management should have offered Gallas the same sort of deal offered to John Terry and Frank Lampard. Gallas and Terry is a far stronger central defensive partnership than Ricardo Carvalho and Terry.
    Bob Singleton, England

    This is a slap in the face to Wayne Bridge. They have now left him in an international no-mans land. He won't get the chance to battle Cole for England's left-back position rotting on the bench or in the reserves. For a player who has so much ability and potential this is a crime. I hope he manages to escape his Chelsea hell in the January transfer window.
    Andy, Australia

    Chelsea better hope there are no long-term injuries to John Terry or Ricardo Carvalho.
    James Dunmore, UK

    Despite 5m + Gallas being a good price for Cole I wish we hadn't signed him. He was trouble at Arsenal and could do the same to us. Him and Tweedy are a poor man's Posh and Becks and could turn Chelsea in to a Heat magazine club. I'm embarrassed.
    Paul Rayment, England (Leeds)

    Where the hell was Jose Mourinho looking when West Ham were grabbing talented players like Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano?
    Lanre, Nigeria



    In: Wayne Routledge (Tottenham)
    Out: Steed Malbranque (Tottenham)

  • They say:

    "This is a great opportunity to get back into first-team football, and especially as it is with a club whose footballing style I have always liked."
    Wayne Routledge

  • You say:

    "I cannot see Routledge making much of an impact at Craven Cottage."
    Gaunty, England



    Out: Jan Kromkamp (PSV Eindhoven) & Florent Sinama Pongolle (Recreativo)

  • They say:

    "I'll never forget the FA Cup final and I am proud I have made appearances for Liverpool. But it's good to be at PSV. They have a great reputation and I think I will fit in well."
    Jan Kromkamp

  • You say:

    "Strange to see Kronkamp leave as when we signed him in January everyone was going on about how he was a really great signing and would be Steve Finnan's successor in years to come. I dont know why Rafa would bring him in and then sell him after not even a full season, especially with some of our injury problems at the moment."
    Jack Martyn, England

    "Very pleased Liverpool have offloaded Kromkamp. He wasn't good enough."
    Phil, UK

    "I cannot believe the Lucas Neill move to Liverpool fell through. Liverpool dont have any cover for Steve Finnan now."
    Thom, England


    Manchester City

    In: DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven) Out: Andrew Cole (Portsmouth) & Antoine Sibierski (Newcastle United)

  • They say:

    It's all quiet at City with Beasley set to be unveiled next week after the international weekend.

  • You say:

    "Beasley looked fantastic in the World Cup and was probably the USA's best player. He's a great signing for Manchester City."
    Richard, united kingdom

    "I'm disappointed to see us lose the two veterans with Cole following David James to Portsmouth but I have to commend Stuart Pearce on his signings. We might not have broken the bank like West Ham surely have done but we're showing signs of a steady improvement. Which as a City fan is a wondrous thing!
    Richard Tapp-Wilson, England


    Manchester United

    No signings

  • You say:

    "What the hell is Sir Alex Ferguson up to? He loans out two top goalkeepers and then buys one, sells one of the world's top strikers, loans out the club's striking protege and brings nothing in to replace them. So despite the rumours of massive transfer funds, there are no new strikers and nothing other than Michael Carrick to bolster our thin and ageing midfield. Don't be fooled by the start to the season, United will struggle to be top in the top six. Thanks for nothing Fergie."
    Mark Hinder, England

    "What happened Sir Alex? All this talk of another midfielder or forward? The Owen Hargreaves move never materialised. What happened to Marcos Senna? No doubt, come January, United will go out and buy one or two over-priced players who will not settle in until next summer anyway."
    Dan , UK

    "Whisper it quietly but I think Man Utd may have concluded the best piece of business by sending Rossi on loan to Newcastle as it will give him a stage to play on and he will be raring to go when he comes back in January for the second part of the season."
    nick1709, England

    "I'm glad Man Utd didn't sign anyone else. Carrick seems to fit right in and we have the quality this season. Other players would have disturbed the balance."
    Matty M, England



    In: Robert Huth (Chelsea) & Jason Euell (Charlton)

  • They say:

    "I need men in the side, I need character and leadership and the people we're bringing in will give us that."
    Gareth Southgate, manager

  • You say:

    "I am delighted with the signings of Huth and Jonathan Woodgate because this should stable our ship at the back as long as they can form a good partneship quickly. But I still think we have serious problems on the right-hand side. We have no creativity and I didn't even hear of a right back being linked with us alll summer!"
    Oliver, England

    "As a Boro fan I'm glad we got Huth & Jonathan Woodgate, but the Euell transfer is very puzzling."
    Stu, UK


    Newcastle United

    In: Antoine Sibierski (Manchester City)

  • They say:

    "Newcastle United have recalled James Milner from talks with Aston Villa. The winger had travelled down to the West Midlands today for discussions with the Villa Park outfit, but instead he will now return to Tyneside."
    Club statement

  • You say:

    "Newcastle need a left-back and we sign Sibierski! What's going on? Admittedly selling Jean-Alain Boumsong was no loss, but another abject performance from Celestine Babayaro against Villa underlined the need for a left-back, but good on you for keeping Milner."
    Mark, England

    "I woke up this morning with excitement and the first thing I did was to dash to my laptop to check who Newcastle bought on the last day. Siberski! I was hoping to see Mark Viduka.
    Babajide Keating, South Africa

    "As a Man City fan I'm amazed that anyone should want to sign Sibierski. No pace, no touch and a 6ft-something player who can't head a ball."
    Alex Yates, England

    "I am dissapointed that Newcastle did not sign a decent experienced centre-half. Newcastle will never improve until they have a solid back four, which also requires a left back. Siberiski can be useful though as we lacked a big man up front to hold the ball up away from home."
    Cathal Grant, Ireland

    "Newcastle completely neglected their already dismal defence."
    Gerald Chue, Singapore

    "Newcastle have shown that they have no ambition to do well this season. The defence has always been, and still is, awful."
    Richard King, England

    "As a lifelong Newcastle fan I am disgusted at what has happened over the last few months. We have known Alan Shearer was going to retire for long enough and have done nothing about it. We have now fallen below Portsmouth, West Ham, Charlton, Fulham and Middlesbrough in terms of stature and ambition.
    Karl Brown, England



    In: Andrew Cole (Manchester City), Roudolphe M'Bela Douala (Sporting Lisbon) & Niko Kranjcar (Hajduk Split)
    Out: Svetoslav Todorov (Wigan)

  • They say:

    "I hope to score a few goals and get Portsmouth into the top 10, which is what we're aiming to do this season."
    Andrew Cole

  • You say:

    "I've been most impressed with Portsmouth's deals. They might not have signed "the big names", but they have got some really useful players. They'll be up there at the end of the season."
    Christophe, Belgium

    "Kranjcar will improve the Pompey midfield and boost attacking raids by supplying clean balls for the strikers to finish. I congratulate Harry Redknapp on this business."
    Walter Magonziwa, Zimbabwe

    "Kranjcar was great in the World Cup for Croatia, Cole could score some goals and then there's the winger Douala - but I am not happy about Todorov moving to Wigan, it was a bad decision as he's a top player."
    Kellyn Crook, England

    "More than pleased to see us sign a few good players, but shocked to see Todorov loaned out."
    Shaun, England

    "Not sure about 500,000 on 34-year-old Cole. He is a proven goalscorer but is it really the way forward? But Niko Kranjcar adds youth, energy and bite to the midfield but he may have a problem adjusting to the Premiership."
    Jim Campbell, England


    Tottenham Hotspur

    In: Pascal Chimbonda (Wigan) & Steed Malbranque (Fulham)
    Out: Wayne Routledge (Fulham)

    They say:

    "Steed is a skilful, versatile midfielder of real quality. He is a player who can cover the left, centre and right midfield positions and will work well within our system."
    Martin Jol, manager

    You say:

    "I'm delighted with the team we now have thanks to our transfer dealings: Robinson, Chimbonda, King, Dawson, Ekotto, Lennon, Jenas, Zokora, Malbranque, Keane & Berbatov. That should really be challenging for honours, but I'm still jealous of West Ham!"
    Mr Warris, England

    "Malbranqe maybe OK, but Chimbonda? A reported 6m? Why? He is not that good!"
    Paul, Kent, UK

    "After looking at our transfer deals they smack of desperation. I'm not saying the players we signed aren't (and don't) possess quality, but they are not the standard a Champions League chasing team needs. Sometimes I wonder what standards Spurs really are aiming for? A higher level or consolidation?
    Glenn Graham, England

    "Following on from what we achieved last season I felt that Spurs would push on, make the investments necessary to challenge the top four and break away from the rest of the also-rans. Whilst we've signed some quality players, I can't help feeling that we are going to struggle, especially as so many other clubs have really invested well."
    Tom Orr, UK

    "Malbranque & Chimbonda are OK, but I'd have loved to have seen the good, young English policy at Spurs extend to Kevin Nolan, Glen Johnson and Jonathan Woodgate. A natural left winger like Harry Kewell would have given more balance to the midfield too."
    Shane O'Brien, UK

    "Martin Jol has continued his quest to make the Spurs squad the most bloated, ill-though out and unbalanced squad in the Premiership. Our quota of journeyman midfielders has once more reached ridiculous figures and still no left winger."
    ThePaxton1, UK


    In: Carlos Tevez & Javier Mascherano (Corinthians)

  • They say:

    "I've no doubt this will give us a real chance to compete with the very best teams in the Premiership and in Europe.
    Alan Pardew, manager

  • You say:

    "I'm so excited at the prospect of seeing these two players in the Claret & Blue. I can't help but feel there is something shady going on behind the scenes, but I am going to enjoy our moment and worry about it later."
    Jamie Moore, England

    "I wouldn't say two players are going to instantly turn West Ham into a top club but it will certainly be a boost. Fair play to the board. It's nice to be buying rather than selling and it's amazing what Europe does to a club's fortunes.
    Bill Cole, England

    "I just can't get over the Tevez and Mascherano deal. Tevez is one of the most dangerous players I've seen and he's probably better than Wayne Rooney. He just spins and battles his way straight through players leaving them like a tornado in his wake! With the way West Ham play on the break you could see him bagging 30+ goals in the Premiership alone."
    Matt Wood, England

    "The Hammers have pulled off probably the most suprising and exciting transfers in a decade. I only hope that the two Argentine boys stay with the Irons and help them become a major force in the Premiership and don't get lured away by Chelsea."
    Darren Hall, UK

    "Nice to see that world-class players not moving to either Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool or Man Utd. I can't help imagining though, that they're using the Hammers as a stepping stone to a bigger club."
    Ed C, York, UK

    "I'm a little suspicious of West Ham's signing of the two Argentines. These two guys have had alleged bids of multi-million pounds from the world's biggest and best clubs. Then out of the blue they turn up at West Ham, who, without being disrespectful are London's fourth best club and sneaked into Uefa Cup."
    Andrew Knight, UK

    "Is this the future of the transfer market? Shady deals by unknown people in "deep background". In the euphoria of signing these two guys, we seem to have forgotten that this is a real slippery slope. I for one would like the FA to take a look at how transfers are being done and take adequate steps to ensure that transparency is maintained."
    Adisco, United Kingdom

    "I don't understand this move at all. The players cannot have chosen Upton Park, it was chosen by their agents - a recipe for mis-managed player expectations. The players will be discontented and early departures in January 2007 , probably at a nice profit for the Hammers."
    Daniel Brill, England

    "It's a Chelsea plot. Not in their wildest dreams can they afford those boys. Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho just want them to spend one year in London to get acclimatised before joining Chelsea. I bet they won't play against Chelsea."
    theonosend, London

    "West Ham sign two players of the highest calibre, even if it is for the short term, and I keep hearing is the negativity surrounding the deal. Fickle fans never seem satified. Enjoy the moment while it's here!"
    Bazza, England


    Wigan Athletic

    In: David Cotterill (Bristol City), Kevin Kilbane (Everton) Svetoslav Todorov (Portsmouth)
    Out: Pascal Chimbonda (Tottenham), Graham Kavanagh (Sunderland) & David Connolly (Sunderland)

  • They say:

    "Players are now catching on to what we stand for as a club, that we are a serious Premiership outfit with a long future at this level. I've always said it would take time but I'm satisfied we have the players to maintain ourselves in this league for another season and look to move up to the next level."
    Paul Jewell, manager

  • You say:

    "Bristol City have struck a great deal in letting Dave Cotterill go to Wigan for 2m plus sell-on clauses? He is talented and is amazing on his day, but he is inconsistent. I suspect we would have taken half of that for him."
    Stuart Pentland, South Glos

    "As a Bristol City fan it's a shame to see Dave Cotterill leave but all the best for him at Wigan. They've got themselves a brilliant player who will add pace and trickery to their squad."
    Andrew Clarke, UK

    And outside the top-flight...


    In: Dwight Yorke (Sydney FC), Graham Kavanagh (Wigan), David Connolly (Wigan), Liam Miller (Manchester United), Stanislav Varga (Celtic) & Ross Wallace (Celtic)

  • They say:

    "An enormous amount of work has gone on behind the scenes and I'm delighted we managed to get six new players in. They will all bring their own qualities to the squad, but collectively they will bring a higher competition for place. That will only help."
    Roy Keane, manager

  • You say:

    "Hasn't Roy Keane been busy since he arrived at the Stadium of Light? Six signings has excited us that we now have options in many areas. The only downside is that we are almost turning into a team Ireland and people will be calling us 'Sundireland' soon!"
    Rick Curry, UK

    "Talk about bulk buying! Keano has certainly strenghtened our squad but he isn't really planning for the future other than Wallace is he? Still, it'll give us a good team in the Championship and bring stability."
    Mark SAFC McMahon, Pelaw, Tyne and Wear, England

    Transfers - August 2006
    31 Aug 06 |  Gossip & Transfers
    Blues beat deadline to sign Cole
    01 Sep 06 |  Premiership
    West Ham sign Tevez & Mascherano
    31 Aug 06 |  West Ham Utd
    Arsenal swap Reyes for Baptista
    31 Aug 06 |  Arsenal
    Wigan accept Spurs' Chimbonda bid
    31 Aug 06 |  Tottenham Hotspur
    Portsmouth complete Cole signing
    31 Aug 06 |  Portsmouth
    Charlton complete Pouso loan deal
    31 Aug 06 |  Charlton Athletic
    Pompey complete Kranjcar signing
    31 Aug 06 |  Portsmouth
    Malbranque & Routledge swap clubs
    31 Aug 06 |  Tottenham Hotspur
    Man City snap up Beasley on loan
    31 Aug 06 |  Man City
    Rovers take Roma striker on loan
    31 Aug 06 |  Blackburn Rovers
    Kazim-Richards makes Blades move
    31 Aug 06 |  Sheff Utd
    Magpies recall Milner from Villa
    31 Aug 06 |  Aston Villa
    Magpies snap up City's Sibierski
    31 Aug 06 |  Newcastle United


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