We reveal our winners and losers of Transfer Deadline Day
The clock has hit 6pm and the transfer deadline has officially shut, and whether its moves that have gone through or fallen through, there is plenty left to digest.
Manchester United were the big spenders on Deadline Day, with the arrival of Monaco striker Anthony Martial.
Having spent a reported £36m on a 19-year-old that has scored 11 goals since arriving at the Principality Club for £3.6m just two years ago, he looks a big risk.
Whether he is a monster flop or a roaring success remains to be seen, but it seems as if “the new Thierry Henry” could be a major factor in defining Louis van Gaal’s reign.
The verdict on Martial will come in time, but for now, we pick out our winners and losers this Deadline Day…
Queens Park Rangers
Over the summer, betting was suspended on no fewer than three clubs prising Charlie Austin from the grasps of QPR, yet the deal always fell through.
And with Austin himself seemingly revealing that he would be staying at Loftus Road early this afternoon, Chris Ramsay and co would have breathed a sigh of relief.
#9 #QPR big season ahead
— Charlie Austin (@chazaustin9) September 1, 2015
Much will now depend on whether the west London club secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, with Austin’s contract only running until the end of the current campaign.
Bounce back and the R’s could have done the best piece of business in this window by keeping the 26-year-old for at least one more season.
Five years ago Hector was taking to the pitch at Gorings Mead for Isthmian League club Horsham in the seventh tier of English football, but now he is a Chelsea player.
The former Reading centre back arrives at Stamford Bridge for a fee of £4m after a number of eye-catching displays for Jamaica in the Gold Cup.
With the champions’ penchant for loaning out their younger players, it’s hardly a surprise that he will not be featuring for the Blues just yet. Instead, he instantly made the 12th loan move of his career to stay at the Madjeski Stadium until the end of 2014-15.
Continue to impress in the Championship and his crack at the big time will surely come.
Slaven Bilic has certainly embraced his first Deadline Day in the Premier League by making four signings ahead of the closure of the window.
Alex Song returned for another season on loan in east London, before the arrival of Nikica Jelavic and Michail Antonio on permanent deals, and Victor Moses completing the quartet until the end of the season.
The Hammers have gone from having a distinctive lack of strength in depth to boasting plenty of options in the final third of the pitch.
And with Emmanuel Adebayor potentially still to come if Tottenham release him from his contract, the Boleyn Ground outfit could be set to push on for a top-half finish.
David de Gea
It was the deal that seemed to be very close for weeks, but at the last minute the goalkeeper’s move to Real Madrid was not to be.
The Spanish club reported failed to get their paperwork in on time, with their deadline closing overnight on Monday.
Where that leaves De Gea is questionable.
With Sergio Romero brought in between the sticks at Old Trafford, and keeping three clean sheets from four matches, he could have a fight on his hands to retain his position.
Chairman Jeremy Peace has stuck by his word that West Brom would not be selling Saido Berahino for anything less than what they value the player.
However with four bids from Tottenham rejected, the wantaway striker expressed exactly how he felt about proceedings on Twitter.
Sad how i cant say exactly how the club has treated me but i can officially say i will never play Jeremy Peace. — Saido Berahino (@SBerahino) September 1, 2015
Now with the club refusing to budge, the petulant Berahino vowing never to don the West Brom shirt again, and that £25m nowhere to be seem, it looks as if the Baggies could be in a sticky situation if the England man keeps to his word.
With Petr Cech their sole signing over the summer, it’s probably fair for Arsenal fans to expect activity of some kind on Deadline Day.
Manager Arsene Wenger was reported photographed in Paris, stirring rumours of Edinson Cavani, Adrien Rabiot and even Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining the Gunners.
In the end though, the was to be no last minute arrival in the mould of Mesut Ozil’s 2013 signing, and that meant the reaction from fans of the north London club was entirely predictable.
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