Deadline day started with optimism and rumours that the blues were going to have a busy day, with links to Batshuayi and Perez. However Batshuayi deal was quickly shut down after it appeared Llorente was not heading to Chelsea, and it was clear Perez wanted a move to Deportivo over us which subsequently happened later in the day.
So the search for a striker went on as we sat hanging on to any little rumour we could find but nothing happened as all went quiet, apart from Jim Whites news that Everton would be busy around 8-9 a bit of news that was simply to get us blues to tune in when Jim started his deadline day segment. Although one transfer did go through the youngster Nikola Vlasic from Hajduk Split signed, and looked delighted to be here stating how big the club is and how proud he is to have joined, so that is one positive I suppose.
A couple of youth players went out on loan from Unsworths set up Callum Connolly went to Ipswich, which puts us in a rather bad state if Baines was to pick up an injury. Liam Walsh also went to Birmingham on loan a good deal for all clubs involved. Hopefully these boys can develop alongside the likes of Dowell and Williams in the Championship.
Some Everton news finally broke late into the night, that being that Ross Barkley had traveled down to Chelsea and a deal had been agreed, only for Ross to change his mind halfway through the medical pretty ironic considering he can’t seem to make a decision off the pitch aswell as on it. So is Ross having second thoughts or is he simply just letting his contract run down, who knows what goes on in that kids head.
This report was backed up when a so called Farhad Moshiri got on the phone to his mate Jim White live on sky, absolutely bizarre I know, and although it sounded like the most generic middle eastern accent, and also oddly like the bane from batman, we are led to believe it was Moshiri, and not just one of the Sky team. Anyway moshiri confirmed this Barkley news, and also said that the club were happy with what they had done this summer. All but confirming no more incomings although he also said Barkley was waiting to see what options would be available come January, so it does still seem as though Ross will be leaving one way or another.
One deal that went late into the night was Oumar Niasse deal to join Crystal Palace for 8 million. A paper was signed to allow this to run till 1 am, and although Niasse was spotted at Selhurst Park, the deal was not completed due to complications with agent fees. You have to feel for the lad as he will have to endure another few months playing with the u23’s. On the bright side our u23 squad will have a much greater chance of repeating last years success with Niasse upfront, and who knows if our lack of strikers becomes a problem Koeman may even give him a locker.
Here is a list of all the clubs business this summer:
Michael Keane – From: Burnley – Fee: £30M
Davy Klaassen – From: Ajax – Fee: £ 23M
Cuco Martina – From: Unassigned – Free
Henry Onyekuru – From: Eupen – Fee: £7M
Jordan Pickford – From: Sunderland – Fee: £30M
Sandro Ramirez – From: Malaga Fee: £5.5M
Wayne Rooney – From: Man United- Fee: Undisclosed
Gylfi Sigurdsson – From: Swansea – Fee: £45M
Nikola Vlašić – From: Hajduk Split – Fee: £8M + £2M add one
Tom Cleverley – To: Watford – Fee: £8M
Romelu Lukaku – To: Man United – Fee: £100M (In total)
Gerard Deulofeu – To: Barcelona – Fee: £12M
Gareth Barry – To: West Brom – Fee: £1M
Aiden McGeady – To: Sunderland – Fee: £500K
Henry Onyekuru – To: Anderlecht – Loan
Nathangelo Markelo – From: FC Volendam – Fee: Undisclosed
Boris Mathis – From: Metz – Fee: Free Transfer
Anton Donkor – From: Wolfsburg – Loan
Josh Bowler – From: QPR – Fee: £4M
Dennis Adeniran – From: Fulham – Fee: Undisclosed
Brendan Galloway – To: Sunderland – Loan
Tyias Browning – To: Sunderland – Loan
Courtney Duffus – To: Oldham – Fee: Undisclosed
Matthew Pennington – To: Leeds – Loan
Joe Williams – To: Barnsley – Loan
Conor Grant – To: Crewe – Loan
Liam Walsh – To: Birmingham – Loan
Callum Connolly – To: Ipswich – Loan
Antonee Robinson – To: Bolton – Loan
Kieran Dowell – To: Nottingham Forest – Loan
All in all I feel as though this summer has been one of the best for a long long time with a good amount of new first team signings, there is lots to be positive about it is just a shame we didn’t manage to bring in that striker, a deal that Koeman stated numerous times was the most important.
Up the blues!
– Adam ( @AdamChubb1 )