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.
late signing of Swedish striker David Elm
to a one-year deal from Kalmar FF could jeopardize Eddie Johnson
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
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
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
headed to Italy, and center back Manuel Da Costa
, born in France to a Portuguese father and Moroccan
mother, moving to London.