Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Late EPL moves impact Americans
by Paul Kennedy, September 2nd, 2009 7AM



[TRANSFER WATCH] Europe's summer transfer market ended with a whimper, not a bang. There were few major transfers on the final day of activity because the market closed Tuesday afternoon. Most of the activity was in England, where several moves were of interest to several Americans.

Tim Howard got help for the backline in from of him at Everton, which signed Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga from Atletico Madrid for $9.6 million. Last week Frenchman Sylvain Distin signed with the Toffees from Portsmouth. Everton's defense needed reinforcements after Joleon Lescott left for Manchester City and Phil Jagielka out until November with a knee injury.

Aston Villa, whose goalies are American Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan, signed Wales defender James Collins from West Ham for $8 million.

Fulham's late signing of Swedish striker David Elm to a one-year deal from Kalmar FF could jeopardize Eddie Johnson's chances of regaining a spot in the Cottagers' rotation up front. After a strong preseason, Johnson, who spent last season on loan to Cardiff City, saw his first action for Fulham Saturday in a 2-0 loss at Villa.

Zimbabwean veteran Benjani Mwaruwari will join Jozy Altidore on the Hull City frontline after a deal was struck to sign him from Manchester City. The Tigers' third striker, Algerian Kamel Ghilas, is also in his first season at the KC Stadium.

Other major EPL moves:

-- Portsmouth signed Watford defender Mike Williamson for $4.8 million, Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim on a free transfer from Manchester City and Algerian midfielder Hassan Yebda on loan from Benfica.

-- Stoke City signed Uruguay midfielder Diego Arismendi from Nacional for $5 million and defender Danny Collins from Sunderland for $4.4 million

-- Loan deals sent Croatia striker Ivan Klasnic from French second division club Nantes to Bolton, Finland midfielder Teemu Tainio from Sunderland to Birmingham.

-- West Ham and Italian club Fiorentina exchanged players with Ugandan-German forward Savio Nsereko headed to Italy, and center back Manuel Da Costa, born in France to a Portuguese father and Moroccan mother, moving to London.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Fabian Johnson is on fire    
American midfielder Fabian Johnson is suddenly one of the hottest scorers in Germany. He scored two ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Watching the MLS playoffs has been tremendously exciting. The games in the first round with the ...
Klinsmann: Nagbe is a 'great fit' for national team    
One of the standouts in the MLS playoffs has been Darlington Nagbe, who has helped the ...
What They're Saying: Didier Drogba    
"It's a different challenge [in MLS]. People think it's easy to play there. Believe me, it's ...
What They're Saying: Stocksbridge Park Steels chairman Allen Bethel    
"I can't believe what I've been seeing on Saturday nights. He's always on his own. Why ...
MLS: Sporting KC continues talks with five free agents    
Sporting Kansas City re-signed 12 of the 13 players it had options on -- all but ...
MLS: Orlando City declines option on Hall    
Stemming from the roster moves announced Wednesday, Orlando City SC may not look radically different in ...
MLS: Revs re-sign Kobayashi, send three to Portugal    
New England announced Wednesday it has renewed the options on 14 players, signed midfielder Daigo Kobayashi ...
Sacramento wants to show it's ready to roll    
While efforts by David Beckham's group to find land for a soccer stadium in Miami appear ...
Johnson scores again in Champions League    
Fabian Johnson scored in his second straight game for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives