Sky Sports News’ favourite day of the year is finally upon us and, though it initially threatened to underwhelm, a chaotic Transfer Deadline Day Eve has increased expectations of a fun finale. If it is half as lively as the tabloids are forecasting, everyone is in for a treat:
West Ham have four signings planned
The Irons haven’t completed any transfers since July and, while it would be natural to assume that was because they were happy with the squad that they had assembled, it instead appears as though they were conserving energy for a sleep-free final 36 hours.
As highlighted yesterday, Hull forward Nikica Jelavic looks to be on his way, but ridiculously he may be just one of four last-minute additions.
The east Londoners are eager to boost their limited wide options by nabbing Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea and Michail Antonio from Nottingham Forest for £7 million. On top of that, midfielder Alex Song is reported to have agreed to a second loan spell at the Boleyn Ground.
It could even be five with Emmanuel Adebayor’s name once more being mentioned, yet this is presumably their Plan B in the event of are any snags arising in their Jelavic negotiations.
Aston Villa hope to squeeze two more in the door
Tim Sherwood is plotting to recruit two more players to a squad which has already welcomed ten newcomers this summer. However, unlike West Ham, where the approach feels a little scattergun, these are long-term targets that they are trying to force through.
Joleon Lescott has been told that he can leave West Brom now that Jonny Evans has been acquired, even though – in keeping with the insanity of deadline day – he started their last game. The boyhood Aston Villa fan (and frequent scorer past them) is tipped to seal an overdue homecoming for around £1 million.
Elsewhere, a record of four goals in four Premier League matches – one a penalty and one an own goal – is rumoured to have convinced Villa that they need to make one last play for Sherwood favourite Adebayor.
Tottenham want one more striker
Whether they are buying or selling, all the best deadline days feature Tottenham as protagonists and this one shouldn’t be any different.
Another forward to compete with Harry Kane and recent arrivals Clinton N’Jie and Son Heung-min is the priority and Saido Berahino still seems to be their preference. Spurs have been knocked back twice by West Brom, but numerous newspapers foresee a third bid being placed today.
The Daily Mail provide the most interesting whisper of all though, suggesting that the alternative is a £15 million offer for Newcastle attacker Ayoze Perez. The Spaniard had a decent impact last season, scoring seven times, yet has started only one of Steve McClaren’s four league fixtures in charge, so it would be a surprise if Spurs swooped.