The Best Deals Completed on Transfer Deadline Day
Transfer deadline day is always a day of furious action for clubs and managers alike. The culmination of the summer transfer window, it is vital to secure that last signing to complete the team before the window slams shut until January.
As a result, the final hours of the window are often see long-running sagas come to an end, last-minute deals push through and other deals collapse by the minute.
Here, we look at some of the best deals completed on deadline day 2010.
10. Martin Jiranek (Spartak Moskva - Birmingham)
Birmingham were a busy side on deadline day. The first of their signings that makes this list is Czech central defender, Martin Jiranek, who signed from Russian side Spartak Moskva in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £500,000. The 31-year-old has signed a 1-year deal with the club.
At 6'3", Jiranek will provide a big physical presence at the heart of Birmingham's defence, and will provide competition for the likes of Roger Johnson, Scott Dann and Liam Ridgewell. He has won 31 caps for the Czech Republic, and has experience at both club, European and international level, which will benefit Birmingham.
9. DJ Campbell (Leicester - Blackpool)
Whilst this may not be the most glamorous move on deadline day, it is one for which Blackpool fans have been eagerly awaiting. DJ Campbell was one of the heroes of their promotion campaign last season, whilst on loan at the club. His hat-trick in the playoff semi-final against Nottingham Forest secured their place in the final, and secured Campbell's place in the hearts of Blackpool fans.
He grabbed 11 goals in 18 games for the club last season, and will be one of the few Blackpool players who have experienced playing in the Premiership in the past (albeit a short spell at Birmingham back in 2006). Blackpool will be hoping Campbell is the player scoring the goals that will keep them in the top flight.
8. Eidur Gudjohnsen (Monaco - Stoke)
Whilst he is undoubtedly past his peak, 31-year-old Eidur Gudjohnsen is still a good signing for Stoke. A deal worth a rumoured £2m was enough to bring him to the Britannia Stadium on a 1-year deal.
Stoke will be hoping that Gudjohnsen can provide the creativity and cool finishing that he became known for during his time at both Chelsea and Barcelona. He will provide another welcome option for Stoke, who have become renowned for their physical style of play. They will be hoping that the Icelander will be able to unlock defences if the physical approach fails.
7. Asamoah Gyan (Rennes - Sunderland)
Sunderland completed one of the biggest deadline day deals this year when they announced the signing of Ghanaian international striker, Asamoah Gyan for a fee in the region of £13m.
One of Ghana's star performers in the World Cup this summer, where he scored three goals, Sunderland will be hoping he can forge a lethal partnership with Darren Bent up front. He has a decent prior goalscoring record in both Italy and France, but Sunderland may wish to keep him away from any last-minute penalties.
6. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Reading - Hoffenheim)
At only 20, Gylfi Sigurdsson is already a very talented player. Arguably the best player to have emerged from Reading's youth academy, he burst onto the scene last season, scoring 16 goals in 38 games from midfield, including crucial goals against Liverpool, Burnley and West Brom in their FA Cup run.
A set-piece expert, Hoffenheim have paid around £5m for the Icelander, who looks to have a promising future in the game. It will be interesting to see how he copes with the step up to a higher level.
5. Jose Manuel Jurado (Atletico Madrid - FC Schalke)
Jose Manuel Jurado was an important part of the Atletico Madrid side that won the Europa League last season, as well as reached the final of the Copa del Rey. He scored an excellent goal in his final appearance for the Madrid club at the weekend, before completing a €13m move to German side Schalke.
He is a talented attacking midfield, who is comfortable running at defenders with the ball, as well as having a good long shot on him. At only 24, he still has plenty of time ahead of him, and he looks to be a good signing for the German side.
4. Jean Beausejour (Club America - Birmingham)
Jean Beausejour was part of the impressive Chile team that reached the second round of the World Cup. He scored the winner against Honduras in their opening game. He is a winger, who likes to run at his man and deliver the ball into dangerous areas.
Whilst he is a gamble, a fee of around £4m is small enough that it is worth taking. His performances over the summer in South Africa suggest that Birmingham have a good deal, and his ability on the wing should complement the giant striker Nikola Zigic, leading to plenty of goalscoring opportunities.
3. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan - FC Schalke)
When he moved to Real Madrid for around €27m in January 2009, he was hailed as one of the best prospects in world football. After scoring 135 goals in 173 appearances in Holland, great things were expected. However, he left Madrid after only half a season, having scored eight goals in 20 matches, joining AC Milan for €15m. He had a miserable time in Italy, scoring only seven goals in 25 games.
Having been transferred out to make space for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Huntelaar will be looking to resurrect a promising career in Germany with Schalke. Undoubtedly a gifted finisher, he will be looking to restore confidence in his own ability.
2. Aleksandr Hleb (Barcelona - Birmingham)
Birmingham have pulled off a real coup in signing former Arsenal and Barcelona player, Aleksandr Hleb. Still only 29 years old, the Belarussian is a talented player, who Alex McLeish admitted he thought Birmingham could only dream about signing.
He will provide creativity and class to Birmingham's midfield, and his ability to link up with the strikers should provide a good source of chances for the Blues. He is arguably one of the best deadline day signings this year.
1. Robinho (Manchester City - AC Milan)
A magnificently gifted player, he shocked the footballing world when he signed for Manchester City from Real Madrid two years ago for £32.5m. He never properly adapted to English football though, and spent the second half of last season back on loan in his native Brazil.
AC Milan spent a reported £12.5m on bringing him to Italy. If he is able to rediscover the form that he showed at Real Madrid, they have potentially signed one of the best players in world football at a bargain price. The potential threat of Robinho and Ibrahimovic, backed up by Ronaldinho is something out of fantasy football, and if they can link up together, AC Milan have a dangerous attack.
There were a number of other important deals closed yesterday.
Stuttgart's signing of veteran Italian winger, Mauro Camoranesi, is a good move if he can rediscover the form of his younger days.
Wigan have moved for two promising young players, bringing in Franco di Santo on a permanent deal from Chelsea, and Tom Cleverley on loan from Manchester United. How these players can perform for Wigan could be a key determinant to whether or not they can remain in the top flight.
However, the dramatic late deal by Tottenham for Dutch star, Rafael Van der Vaart has the potential to be one of the best pieces of business on deadline day. A deal of £8m is rumoured, but this has not made it onto the list yet, as they are still waiting to hear from the Premier League as to whether the deal was ratified in time to beat the deadline. Otherwise, it would definitely have been high up on this list.