English Premier League Football: Top 10 Transfers at the Deadline

Jonathan Woo@woo_jonathanwooCorrespondent ISeptember 2, 2010

English Premier League Football: Top 10 Transfers at the Deadline

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    Like any trading deadline, the closing of the first European transfer window puts clubs into frenzies, securing last-minute deals to bring in the best talent available.

    England, Spain, Italy, Germany, and France—among others—share the same closing date in their respective transfer windows, leading to a circus of activity leading up to the final seconds of the deadline.

    Looking closely at the English Premier League, a number of teams finalized several new transfers in hopes of lasting impacts this year.

    Here are the top 10 deals on deadline day.

Marc Wilson (Portsmouth to Stoke City)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Marc Wilson of Portsmouth in action during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth at Wembley Stadium on April 11, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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    Stoke City landed a standout midfielder and defender in Marc Wilson before the deadline, a diverse tactician on a relatively weak side.

    The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland isn't the flashiest of transfers, but a solid one nonetheless.

    The Potters will need every advantage it can get if they plan to rise above the bottom of the league and into the mid-tables.

Franco Di Santo (Chelsea to Wigan)

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    SEATTLE - JULY 18:  Franco Di Santo #9 of Chelsea FC runs during the game against Seattle Sounders FC on July 18, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Wigan Athletic landed another budding youngster in Franco di Santo to go along with Victor Moses.

    The 21-year-old's true worth may take some time to be counted, but since he won't be seeing time for Chelsea, the Blues felt no shame in loaning the Argentine even within the Premiership.

    Di Santo's finishing ability could pair well with Moses, but Wigan will need a lot more veteran leadership and performance instead of packing in the talented youth.

Alexander Kacaniklic (Liverpool to Fulham)

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    Alexander Kacaniklic (right)
    Alexander Kacaniklic (right)Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    Alexander Kacaniklic (say that five times fast) to Fulham was part of a deal that saw Paul Konchesky to Liverpool.

    The 19-year-old Swedish midfielder could turn into a great anchor at Craven Cottage. He has the pace to get around defenders, and his control lets him play all over the pitch.

    But at just 5'11", his true position may be more as a winger. At any rate, Kacaniklic is a huge pickup for the future at Fulham.

Lauri Dalla Valle (Liverpool to Fulham)

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    Lauri Dalla Valle (left)
    Lauri Dalla Valle (left)Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    Another player involved in the Paul Konchesky switch to Liverpool was Lauri Dalla Valle, an 18-year-old striker from Finland.

    Dalla Valle's smart and crisp finishing will only get better as he progresses through the ranks at Fulham, and with a couple of young players who've demonstrated the capacity for top-flight consideration in Kacaniklic and Dalla Valle, the Cottagers may have some mainstays for years.

    Look for the Fin to begin making his mark in only a few seasons.

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United to Wigan on Loan)

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    HOUSTON - JULY 28:  Tom Cleverley #35 of Manchester United celebrates a goal in the second half of the MLS All Star Game at Reliant Stadium on July 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Another young forward is headed to Wigan.

    The 21-year-old Englishman Tom Cleverley comes to the DW Stadium, where the final third looks to be full of youth stars in Cleverley, Franco di Santo (on loan from Chelsea) and Victor Moses.

    It is unlikely that all three will see the pitch at the same time, but manager Roberto Martinez needs to find the right combinations if he wishes to see his club into the mid-tables.

    The deal for Cleverley may not have been the best fit for Wigan, but he seeps with talent.

Eidur Gudjohnsen (AS Monaco to Stoke City)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 24:  Eidur Gudjohnsen of Spurs in action during the FA Cup Quarter Final Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham at White Hart Lane on March 24, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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    Most known for his fabulous stint for Chelsea, Eidur Gudjohnsen is back in the Premier League for the second time in as many seasons.

    Last year, he came to Tottenham on loan from AS Monaco, but this year the Icelander was dealt to Stoke City on full ownership.

    The 31-year-old attacking midfielder and forward may be on the heels of his career, but his experience all over Europe can never be discounted. 

    If maintaining a spot in the Premier League is what the Potters wish to accomplish, Gudjohnsen is a good addition for that. He can bring a sort of stability to the front if he can find his form.

Paul Konchesky (Fulham to Liverpool)

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    BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Paul Konchesky of Fulham in action during the pre season friendly match between AFC Bournemouth and Fulham at the Fitness First Stadium on July 17, 2010 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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    Former Fulham manager and now Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson snatched a former player of his at Craven Cottage in a deal just before the deadline.

    In exchange for Paul Konchesky, the Reds sent youngsters Alexander Kacaniklic and Lauri Dalla Valle to the Cottagers.

    The deal appears to shore up any holes on defense. The acquisitions of the 29-year-old Konchesky and Christian Poulsen bring a great deal of aggression and strength to Anfield.

    This could be the combo that helps bring Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League.

Alexander Hleb (Barcelona to Birmingham on Loan)

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 17:  Aleksandr Hleb of Stuttgart reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg match between FC Barcelona and VfB Stuttgart at the Camp Nou stadium on March 17, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won the mat
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    Birmingham landed attacking midfielder Alexander Hleb on loan from Barcelona, adding yet another potential middle man to the roster to play with Lee Bowyer and Sebastian Larsson.

    At 29, Hleb hasn't played for Barcelona since 2008, taking on a loan spell with Stuttgart, a club in which he previously called home for 137 fixtures.

    Hleb brings experience to a Birmingham side looking to inch just a couple of spots up in the tables to claim European competitions.

    The addition of the Belorussian surely won't hurt, but Birmingham will need plenty of help.

Asamoah Gyan (Stade Rennes to Sunderland)

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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 02:  Asamoah Gyan of Ghana runs with the ball during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Soccer City stadium on July 2, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by
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    Sunderland landed the World Cup star out of Ghana, a deal that looks to be a replacement for the departed Kenwyne Jones.

    At 24 years old, Gyan can be an anchor for the Black Cats for some years to come. His speed and finishing abilities may take the bitterness out of Sunderland fans when Jones left for Stoke City.

    While the club isn't in a position to make serious noise in the Premiership, a couple of added pieces later could tumble into a squad that is very formidable and competitive in the top flight.

Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid to Tottenham)

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    PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 07:  Rafael van der Vaart #23 of Real Madrid during the pre-season friendly soccer match against Los Angeles Galaxy on August 7, 2010 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Real Madrid will travel back to Spain after the soccer ma
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    In the closing minutes of the transfer window, the front offices of Real Madrid and Tottenham scrambled to finalize a deal sending Rafael van der Vaart to North London on an £8 million agreement.

    Van der Vaart's arrival to Tottenham fills a need for a controlling midfielder with good distribution skills. Ideally, Spurs would have enjoyed a striker like Klass-Jan Huntelaar, but his move to Schalke forced manager Harry Redknapp to look elsewhere.

    The timing works well, with Champions League group play just a couple of weeks away, the Dutchman's experience will be invaluable.


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