Premier League Transfers: Top Loan Deals of the Summer

Neri Stein@neristeinFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2011

Premier League Transfers: Top Loan Deals of the Summer

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    The World Football transfer window will only be open for another couple weeks, and we will certainly see some more big name, big money transfers in that time.

    But some of the best transfers don't involve a lot of money. Sometimes the players aren't big names when the deal is first struck.

    A loan deal is often the best deal for all parties involved when a price cannot be agreed between two clubs or when one player simply needs more playing time.

    Daniel Sturridge had a fantastic loan spell the last half of last season at Bolton and has now returned to Chelsea a better player, much like Manchester United's Tom Cleverley after he spent last season at Wigan. 

    Let's take a look at the best loan deals from this summer so far. 

Denilson to Sao Paulo

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    Arsenal would've loved to have gotten some money in return for Denilson, but at least they got rid of an unhappy, subpar player quickly and easily. 

    The Brazilian midfielder has never panned out at the Emirates, and he will spend the next year on loan at his first club, Sao Paulo. 

    Maybe a year of regular football will reinvigorate him and make him a better player for Arsenal, or maybe Sao Paulo will be willing to buy Denilson after a good season. 

    Whatever happens, Arsenal certainly don't need dead weight this year. This is one transfer Arsene Wenger took care of right off the bat. 

Kyle Naughton to Norwich City

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    Kyle Naughton had been on the Tottenham books since 2009, but he's been loaned out almost every possible chance. 

    This season, the right-back will be at newly promoted Norwich City and will see a lot more playing time than he would've at Tottenham. 

    The pacey 22-year-old was also a target for newly promoted Queen's Park Rangers, and a season fighting with a side just trying to stay up will be great for his development. Tottenham will be glad they've only sent him out on loan for now.  

Steven Caulker to Swansea City

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    Another Tottenham youngster who will be trying to help a newly promoted side in the Premier League. 

    Steven Caulker is just 19 years old and already has two successful loan spells for Championship teams. Now, he'll be trying to do the same with Welsh side Swansea City. 

    He was one of the top defenders in the Championship last season, and he'll be very important this year if Swansea want to stay in the EPL.

    And you thought Tottenham didn't do any good business this summer...  

Ritchie De Laet

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    Belgian defender Ritchie De Laet's season-long loan with Norwich City got off to a rocky start, as the Manchester United man gave up a penalty in the first game at Wigan. 

    He made up it for it, though, with several blocks to salvage a precious point for his side's first match in the Premier League. 

    Even on his loan spells, the 22-year-old has not seen a lot of playing time. But that could be different this year, and he could prove vital to Norwich's survival. 

Ben Foster to West Brom

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    The best loan deal of the summer, so far, is Ben Foster spending the year at West Brom. 

    After impressing in his sporadic appearances for Manchester United from 2007 to 2010, Foster had another good season with Birmingham City last year but was unable to keep them in the Premier League.

    Foster will be a key piece in West Brom's season. If the second half of last season is any indication, they could be fighting for European places, not languishing in the drop zone.  

Joe Cole to Anywhere, Hopefully

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    Someone take him. Seriously, just take him. 

    Joe Cole was brought to Liverpool on a free transfer last summer, and he was still a massive bust. The Englishman has been linked with several loan moves this summer. 

    Queen's Park Rangers and West Ham have both reportedly been interested, and even Arsenal has been mentioned (there's really no need to get hasty, Arsene Wenger). 

    Cole will not see much playing time with Liverpool this season, so a loan move to anywhere would be beneficial to all involved—except Cole's bank account, of course.