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Thought of relegation prompts bottom teams into spending spree

| 31.08.2010

Roberto Martinez hopes his deadline day signing can provide some stability to his Wigan side, who have continued their inconsistent ways at the start of this Premier League season.

England under-21 international and Manchester United midfielder, Tom Cleverley, has joined the Lactics on loan until the end of the season and the youngster is hoping to make an impact in the Premier League after impressing in the Championship last season.

Cleverley enjoyed an excellent loan season at Watford last term, scoring 11 goals before missing the end of the season with knee ligament damage but he still went on to win Watford’s player of the season award.

Wigan have also signed Chelsea youngster Franco di Santo in a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Once a target for Manchester United, Hatem Ben Arfa has signed for Newcastle from Marseille on a season-long loan which will become permanent if he makes more than 25 appearances.

The 23-year-old looked a promising player before falling out with Marseille’s management and Newcastle will hope they can recapture his previous form as they look to secure their Premier League survival – they are 9/2 to be relegated.

Free agent Paul Scharner has joined West Brom as they bid for Premier League survival, whilst promising Rochdale centre-half, Craig Dawson, has also joined the Baggies but has been loaned back to Rochdale where he will continue to build his first team experience.

Blackpool have signed Matt Phillips from Wycombe Wanderers for £325,000, and DJ Campbell from Leicester but neither are likely to save them from a relegation scrap – Blackpool are 2/9 for the drop.

Roberto Martinez will be hoping Cleverley can help him keep his managers position. See the full Premier League football betting market here.



Ed Needham