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Transfer deadline day: The main Premier League stories

Thursday 1st September 2016
It was a frantic last day of the transfer window as clubs looked to improve their squads before the 11pm deadline on Wednesday night. We recap the biggest deals to take place involving Premier League clubs.
One of the biggest deals to take place on deadline day involved Bournemouth; the south-coast side won the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on a season-long loan. Wilshere is an incredible talent when he's fully fit, but he's been plagued by injuries over recent seasons, which has seen him drop down the pecking order at Arsenal. Bournemouth have pulled off a masterstroke with this signing, as Wilshere will play a big role for Eddie Howe's side this season.

Burnley had to improve their squad before the window closed, they did that by bringing in Jeff Hendrick from Derby County. Sean Dyche spent a club record £10.5 million to secure the services of the Republic of Ireland International. Hendrick is a good player who will fit perfectly into Burnley's midfield.

Antonio Conte was desperate to strengthen his defence, as Chelsea only had five recognised first team defenders in their squad. Chelsea managed to secure two deals worth a combined total of £57 million on deadline day. Spanish full-back Marcos Alonso arrives at Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina. Alonso's had previously spells in the Premier League for both Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland, but his reputation has since grown, which is why Conte paid £23 million to land him.

David Luiz was Chelsea's second major signing on deadline day, he returns to the club after two seasons at Paris Saint-Germain. Luiz undoubtedly has ability, he's a talented ball-playing centre-half who has experience at the highest level. PSG paid Chelsea £50 million for Luiz in 2014, which was a world record fee for a defender, but the Brazilian was unconvincing at times during his first spell in England: Will he improve this time around?
Everton missed out on Moussa Sissoko at the last-minute. However, Ronald Koeman did manage to add West Ham United striker Enner Valencia to his squad. Valencia has joined Everton on a season-long loan. The Ecuadorian striker will provide Koeman with another option up front, he's an explosive player on his day, and he could resurrect his Premier League career at Goodison Park.

Mike Phelan was struggling for players to select from at Hull City; the club eased his worries by signing two players on deadline day. Dieumerci Mbokani joins Hull on loan, he has experience in English football with Norwich City, and he scored seven times for the Canaries in last season's Premier League. Norwegian international Markus Henriksen also arrives at the club - he scored 19 times last campaign for AZ Alkmaar, so he could provide Hull with goals from midfield.
Champions Leicester City were heavily linked with two Sporting Lisbon players on deadline day. While a move for Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva failed to materialise, Claudio Ranieri's side did manage to capture striker Islam Slimani for a club record fee of £28 million. Slimani was a prolific goalscorer during his time at Lisbon, he netted 27 times last season in the Primeira Liga, and if he continues his impressive form, Leicester could possess two of the best strikers in the Premier League in Jamie Vardy and Slimani.

Middlesbrough signed just the one player on Wednesday, former Barcelona youngster Adama Traore arrives at the Riverside from Aston Villa. Traore's shown signs of promise throughout his short career: Can he fulfil his potential under Aitor Karanka this season?

Stoke City were one of the busiest teams on deadline day, as they brought in three new players. Goalkeeper Lee Grant joins Mark Hughes' side on loan from Derby. While Bruno Martins Indi is an exciting addition in defence. The Dutch international played a big role in Holland's run to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup and he joins Stoke on a season-long loan.

Wilfried Bony will spend a season on loan at Stoke from Manchester City. Bony was prolific in front of goal during his time at Swansea, but his performances have dropped since he made the move to Man City. If Bony can regain his best form this season, Stoke will possess a top quality striker, one who could potentially fire them up the table.

David Moyes secured two new signings for Sunderland: Jason Denayer arrives at the Stadium of Light on loan from Man City, while Sunderland also broke their transfer record to sign Gabonese midfielder Didier N'Dong. Denayer will hope to gain first-team football during his time in the North-East. N'Dong is an unknown quantity who's joined Sunderland for big money, he has experience playing in Ligue 1 with Lorient: Can he make the step up to the Premier League?

Mauricio Pochettino promised more signings at Tottenham Hotspur; he didn't disappoint as the club brought in three new players on deadline day. Young Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez joins Tottenham on a season-long loan from Espanyol. While long-term target Georges-Kevin N'Koudou finally made his switch to White Hart Lane, costing the club £11 million. N'Koudou is a promising young French winger who should fit into Pochettino's style of play.
The biggest drama on deadline day involved Sissoko and Tottenham. With the deadline looming, the French international decided to join Tottenham instead of Everton. Tottenham paid £30 million to secure Sissoko's services: is he worth that much? Tottenham have overpaid if Sissoko performs like he did for Newcastle last season, but if he reproduces the form he showed while playing for France at Euro 2016, Pochettino will have acquired a quality player to boost his midfield.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis was vocal about needing more signings before the transfer window closed. The club brought in two new players on deadline day. Full-back Allan Nyom arrives from Watford; While Welsh international Hal Robson-Kanu joins Pulis' side on a free transfer. Robson-Kanu lit up Euro 2016 with his superb goal against Belgium, and he now has the opportunity to make his mark in the Premier League.

It's been a frustrating summer for West Ham United as the club wasn't able to bring in the players they wanted. The only new arrival to Slaven Bilic's side on deadline day was former Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa, who arrives in East-London on a free transfer.

Some of the biggest Premier League clubs allowed their fringe players to leave on deadline day. Arsenal let talented youngster Serge Gnabry join Werder Bremen for £5 million. Gnabry was superb for Germany in the Olympics, but Arsene Wenger didn't see a future for him at the Emirates. London neighbours Chelsea also saw departures, the most noticeable being Juan Cuadrado, who returns to Juventus on a rare three-year loan deal.
Jurgen Klopp had a quiet deadline day as Liverpool didn't make any new signings. However, the club let Lazar Markovic join Sporting Lisbon on loan, and Mario Balotelli also left Anfield, joining Nice permanently on a free transfer. Balotelli's been an enigma throughout his career and the Liverpool supporters won't be sad to see him leave.

Manchester City had completed all of their transfer business before deadline day, but although no new players arrived at the club, it was still a busy day at the Etihad, as five players left on loan. Eliaquim Mangala and Samir Nasri will both play in Spain this season, as they have joined Valencia and Sevilla respectively. While Joe Hart completed his season-long loan to Italian side Torino. Do Mangala, Nasri, and Hart have a future at Man City under Guardiola?
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.

 

 


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