Transfer round up part 2: Manchester United > Stoke

MANCHESTER UNITED

INS: Shinji Kagawa (£12m, Borussia Dortmund), Nick Powell (£4m, Crewe), Robin van Persie (£24m, Arsenal), Alex Buttner (£3.9million, Vitesse Arnhem).

OUTS: Michael Owen (released), Oliver Norwood (undisclosed, Huddersfield), Matty James, Ritchie De Laet (both undisclosed to Leicester), Tomasz Kuszczak (free, Brighton), Fabio (loan, QPR). Ji-Sung Park (£2m, QPR), John Cofie (loan, Sheffield United), Ben Amos (loan, Hull), Reece Brown (loan, Coventry), Dimitar Berbatov (£4m, Fulham).

Van Persie grabs all the headlines for United. A coup few expected at the start of the summer, snaffled from under City’s noses. Van Persie may come with a hefty price tag for a man of his age with his injury record, but if he delivers at the rate he did for Arsenal in the past two seasons, then Ferguson will be fully vindicated.

Kagawa is the footballing hipster’s choice of Premier League transfer of the season. A player with intricate link play and phenomenal numbers for Borussia Dortmund in assists and goals. @miketweetgood expounds here on why it is moronic to view Kagawa as primarily a marketing ploy http://feetballs.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/is-it-racist/ .

Büttner and Powell will provide added potential and numbers. Evra clearly needs a rival (especially with Fabio out on loan), Büttner seems to divide Dutch opinion on whether he will be a feasible rival to that slot.

It’s evident that Ferguson has also wanted to strip out some of the high-earning squad players, so Berbatov, Owen, Park, and Kuszczak all depart. Park was over-the-hill after great service, and Berbatov sadly never quite fitted (though was glorious on those days when he did).

Central midfield continues to be a resolute transfer blindspot for Ferguson. He seems determined to make Andesron work, and allow Cleverley the space to flourish.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

INS: Romain Amalfitano (free, Reims), Gael Bigirimana (undiscl., Coventry), Curtis Good (undisc, Melbourne Heart), Vurnon Anita (undiscl., Ajax).

OUTS: Ryan Donaldson, Tamas Kadar (released), Alan Smith (free, MK Dons), Leon Best (£3m, Blackburn), Fraser Forster (Celtic), Peter Lovenkrands (free, Birmingham), Danny Guthrie (free, Reading).

A summer of quiet consolidation from the Barcodes. Their main success was retaining the Dembas, Coloccini, Cabaye, Tiote, Krul. There is a suspicion that the shelling of fringe players may harm them in the long haul, Guthrie, Best, Lovenkrands always slotted in ably. Forster will go on to great things at Celtic, but Newcastle only have room for one starting keeper (pesky rules).

Anita made a ropey start on debut, but is viewed as a solid, versatile player in the Netherlands.

Amalfitano and Bigirimana are long-named midfield youngsters with plenty of potential. Accrued on the cheap, with a view to Mike Ashley’s very own Moneyball economics and football.

A vibrant starting eleven is retained, the worries of a thin squad may nag.

NORWICH CITY

INS: Steven Whittaker (free, Rangers), Jacob Butterfield (tribunal, Barnsley), Robert Snodgrass (£3million, Leeds), Michael Turner (£1.5million, Sunderland), Javier Garrido (loan, Lazio), Sebastien Bassong (undiscl, Tottenham), Alexander Tettey (undiscl, Rennes), Mark Bunn (undiscl., Blackburn), Harry Kane (loan, Tottenham).

OUTS: Adam Drury (free, Leeds), Aaron Wilbraham (free, Crystal Palace), Zak Whitbread (released), Andrew Crofts (undiscl., Brighton), Daniel Ayala (loan, Nottingham Forest), James Vaughan (loan, Huddersfield), Tom Adeyemi (loan, Brentford), George Francomb (loan, AFC Wimbledon)

A lot of those who followed Lambert’s Norwich through the divisions have departed. None of those who have departed could be considered star names, but the Lambert Norwich was all about the collective being greater than the individual, with Holt the only real possible star (the retention of whom is a genuine positive, which may not have been the case if Lambert had remained).

Snodgrass has started the season in scintillating form, kicking onto a higher level yet again. With Bassong and Turner, Hughton potentially has an all-new centre back partnership. Both have looked top class at times, though undermined by inconsistency, this could be the platform the two have been looking for.

Apparently, Javier Garrido played 50 times for Manchester City, I don’t recall this. But he played left back for Norwich on Saturday. *shrugs ignorantly*

Bunn is an interesting acquisition. Performed fantastically well at times for Blackburn from the bench, could provide a real alternative to the usually awesome but occasionally awful John Ruddy.

The Harry Kane loan is a smart signing, a player with great movement and an eye for goal. Whittaker always a willing runner for Rangers and a great competitor.

Butterfield and Tettey are midfielders of potential who add bulk to the squad and replace those Lambert players shed.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS

INS: Ryan Nelsen (free, Tottenham), Andy Johnson (free, Fulham), Robert Green (free, West Ham), Samba Diakite (undisclosed, Nancy), Fabio (loan, Manchester United), Ji-Sung Park (£2m, Manchester United), Junior Hoilett (tribunal, Blackburn), Jose Bosingwa (free, Chelsea), Julio Cesar (undiscl, Inter Milan), Esteban Granero (undiscl., Real Madrid), Sam Magri (free, Portsmouth), Stephane Mbia (£5m, Marseille).

OUTS: Patrick Agyemang (free, Stevenage), Danny Gabbidon (released), Peter Ramage (free, Crystal Palace), Rowan Vine (free, St Johnston), Dan Shittu (free, Millwall) Paddy Kenny (undisclosed, Leeds), Fitz Hall (free, Watford), Matthew Connolly (undiscl., Cardiff), Lee Cook (free, Leyton Orient), Tommy Smith (undiscl, Cardiff) Jay Bothroyd (loan, Sheffield Wednesday), Joey Barton (loan, Marseille).

The transfer dealings of QPR must surely require a blog (or a book) of their own. It just never ends. Even going so far as buying players to replace players they previously already bought in the self same transfer window.

The goalkeeping farce is probably the best place to start. Rob Green signed on £50,000 per week. One shocking performance later (perfectly in-keeping with his up-and-down career) and Julio Cesar is signed on £70,000/week, presumably to supercede him. £120,000/week on two keepers on the turn.

QPR have also temporarily freed themselves of the Joey Barton soap opera. A raft of players from a previous regime have also been binned.

Practically a whole new team has been assembled beyond that. Mbia and Diakite will make a robust central midfield. Park and Granero will add craft to the midfield. Bosingwa, Nelsen, Fabio bring international calibre of varying degrees to defence. Beyond Hoillett, the forward line seems oddly overlooked in Tony Fernandes’ millions. Andy Johnson and Zamora provide the option of resuscitating the Fulham front-line of yesteryear, though Cisse appears to be the preferred option. Chaotic defence starts the season for QPR, attack could become their achilles heel.

READING

INS: Garath McCleary (free, Nottingham Forest), Pavel Pogrebnyak (free, Fulham), Danny Guthrie (free, Newcastle), Nicky Shorey (free, West Brom), Adrian Mariappa (undiscl, Watford), Chris Gunter (£2.5m, Nottingham Forest), Stuart Taylor (free, Man City).

OUTS: Brian Howard (free, Portsmouth), Tomasz Cywka (free, Barnsley), Andy Griffin, Jack Mills (all released), Joseph Mills (loan, Burnley), Michail Antonio (Undiscl, Sheffield Wednesday), Mikkel Andersen (loan, Portsmouth).

The McDermott-Hammond-Zingarevich axis has accumulated some canny moves in the summer transfer market. Pogrebnyak rocking up at the Madjeski was far from expected, proven Premier League goals have arrived. Guthrie will now get a central midfield platform to make his own. Shorey will provide a veteran left back alternative to the evergreen Harte.

Garath McCleary has made a storming start on the right flank for Reading, could prove a real bargain, with wingers in high demand in the Premier League’s current tactical fads. Mariappa is a centre back with huge promise, nabbed ahead of Newcastle.

SOUTHAMPTON

INS: Jay Rodriguez (£6m, Burnley), Steven Davis (free, Rangers), Nathaniel Clyne (£2.5m, Crystal Palace), Paulo Gazzaniga (undiscl., Gillingham), Emmanuel Mayuka (Undiscl, Young Boys Berne), Maya Yoshida (undiscl, VVV Venlo) Gaston Ramirez (£12m, Bologna).

OUTS: Radhi Jaidi, David Connolly (released), Lee Holmes (free, Preston), Aaron Martin (loan, Crystal Palace), Dan Harding (undiscl. to Nottingham Forest), Lee Barnard (loan, Bournemouth), Jonathan Forte (loan, Crawley), Billy Sharp (loan, Nottingham Forest), Dean Hammond (loan, Brighton).

An eclectic set of transfer activity from newly-promoted Southampton this summer. An inexperienced manager with a fresh perspective and some indecisive owners probably explains their unconventional dealings.

Jay Enrique Rodriguez may sound glamorous, but born-and-bred Burnley he is. One good season in the Championship has earned him a £7million transfer. That feels steep for such an unproven forward. Clyne is a highly-rated full back who could well flourish at the top level. Maya Yoshida is a promising-sounding Japanese centre back.

It was always slight odd (probably driven by boyhood-affection) that Steven Davis went to the SPL. A player who has proven he can mix it with the best on the Premier League stage. Mayuka brings raw goalscoring and pace from the Swiss Super League. Goals for Young Boys and in Africa Cup Of Nations suggest Southampton may potentially have snaffled a bargain.

Gaston Ramirez is the stand-out purchase in the Southampton line-up. Shows huge ambition at the club. It’s staggering that a player previously strongly linked with Liverpool, Spurs, Inter Milan has ended up at Southampton. Ramirez has been a star of Serie A for Bologna, and tore up the Olympics for Uruguay. Clinical on a dead ball and with a beautiful passing range.

STOKE CITY

INS: Jamie Ness (free, Rangers), Michael Kightly (£3m, Wolves), Geoff Cameron (undisclosed, Houston Dynamo), Charlie Adam (£4m, Liverpool), Maurice Edu (undisc, Rangers), Steven Nzonzi (£3m, Blackburn).

OUTS: Danny Higginbotham, Salif Diao, Tom Soares (released), Andrew Davies (free, Bradford), Jonathan Woodgate (free, Middlesbrough), Florent Cuvelier (loan, Walsall), Ryan Brunt (loan, Leyton Orient), Danny Collins (£500,000, Nottingham Forest), Louis Moult (free, Northampton), Ricardo Fuller (free, Charlton).

A very Stoke window. Refresh without deviation from the plan.

Some players who had grown old or stagnant have been released: Woodgate, Diao, Higginbotham, Collins, Fuller.

A new raft of midifelding options have been brought in. Pullis tends to like two tough central midfielders, one with some degree of passing ability, and two wingers who will ping crosses aplenty. Edu, Adam, Nzonzi, Kightly, Ness, Cameron all fit these moulds to perfection.

Adam the biggest name amongst them could make a real difference at Stoke. His raking long > passing and setpieces will work perfectly with his bulky forward line. Nzonzi will add more of the trademark bite to midfield, and further options for getting on the end of those setpieces. Kightly will offer good quality respite and alternative to the metronomic presence of Etherington and Pennant.

By Tom, @Tom7p

The final instalment of the transfer round up is provided by yours truly tomorrow morning.

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