Transfer Latest: Premier League deals and gossip from Sport Social

Sayonara Sokratis as defender’s Arsenal contract cancelled | 20th Jan 2021 15:43 | Niall McCaughan

There has been a flurry of transfer activity at Arsenal this week, with sporting director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta looking to rearrange the Gunners squad. They haven’t pulled any punches either, with Sokratis Papastathopolous (that’s tough to type) the latest to be shown the Emirates exit door. The Greek defender has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent, meaning he is now free to find another club as and when he pleases. Sokratis’ last game was the FA Cup final win over Chelsea – not a bad way to go out. Elsewhere, Mesut Ozil is set to finalise his Fenerbahce move on Friday after a period of self-isolation in Turkey, whilst William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac have been loaned out.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been keen to move on those players surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium. Photo: PA

Mainz man Mateta heading for Crystal Palace | 20th Jan 2021 15:29 | Niall McCaughan

Bundesliga club Mainz has been the home of some top talent in the past. Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp cut his teeth there and Sadio Mane also got a Premier League switch off the back of some impressive displays. Now Crystal Palace have plundered the German side of striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, who signs a loan deal at Selhurst Park with an option to buy. Palace have had their eye on the Frenchman for some time, expressing interest in the forward in previous windows, but now look to have finally got their man. This one hasn’t been officially confirmed by either club as yet but transfer guru Fabrizio Romano says it’s a done deal – which is good enough for us!

Aston Villa closing in on Morgan Sanson deal | 20th Jan 2021 15:18 | Niall McCaughan

With just over 10 days left of the transfer window, things are finally starting to hot up. Over the past week or so Aston Villa have been strongly linked with Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, and it looks like they are close to getting their man. With Conor Hourihane’s loan departure to Swansea yesterday freeing up some room in Dean Smith’s midfield, the France international could well swap Ligue 1 for the Premeir League. Burnley have also been interested in the 26-year-old in the past, but we will be surprised if Sanson’s destination is anywhere other than Villa Park.

Sheffield United in a fight to land Jesse Lingard | 19th Jan 2021 16:27 | Niall McCaughan

Jesse Lingard has only played 3 times for Manchester United this season, so naturally the rumours surrounding his Old Trafford future are swirling. The Blades are reportedly interested in taking Lingard as they battle to stave off relegation, but as Sport Social’s Marley Anderson writes, Tottenham have now entered the race for his signature. Could Lingard be tempted to link up with former boss Jose Mourinho?

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard – is he on his way to Spurs? Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Spurs youngster Harvey White joins Pompey on loan | 19th Jan 2021 14:01 | Niall McCaughan

One of the smaller deals that took place yesterday was Tottenham’s 19-year-old midfielder Harvey White joining Portsmouth on loan. White made an impressive first start for Spurs in their recent FA Cup game with non-league Marine, and links up with the League One side to gain valuable first team experience with Pompey currently in with a shout of automatic promotion to the Championship.

Hourihane heading for Aston Villa exit door | 19th Jan 2021 12:33 | Niall McCaughan

We wrote yesterday about a number of promotion-chasing Championship sides being keen on Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane. Well now it looks like Swansea City have won the race for the Republic of Ireland international, with a loan deal until the end of the season looking most likely. Hourihane hasn’t played for Villa in the Premier League since November and AFC Bournemouth were another side interested in his services, but after the Cherries signed free agent Jack Wilshere yesterday there was no real need for them to bring in the Irishman.

West Brom keen on Turkey international | 19th Jan 2021 10:02 | Niall McCaughan

West Brom may have secured a huge three points against rivals Wolves last time out, but defensive worries continue to be of concern for the Baggies. Despite them having conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season, it is in fact a midfielder who they have been linked with over the last 24 hours rather than defensive reinforcements. Albion are said to be in talks with Celta Vigo’s Turkish international Okay Yokuşlu, according to the player’s agent. You can hear more about West Brom’s pursit of the La Liga man here.

West Ham turn to Spain for Haller replacement | 19th Jan 2021 09:30 | Jim Salveson

West Ham continue to be linked to seemingly every striker in Europe as they search for a replacement for Sebastien Haller, who signed for Ajax earlier this month. The Athletic are reporting that the latest name on the Hammers’ hitlist is Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri. Some sources are claiming however that the West Ham board have remained true to form and only offered 50% of the fee demanded by the Spanish club which means, once again for the Hammers, that transfer is unlikely to get over the line. Sport Social’s Niall McCaughan has more on this story which you can read here.

Chelsea look to steal march on Premier League rivals to land Haaland | 19th Jan 2021 08:27 | Jim Salveson

Chelsea are trying to beat the pack of Premier League clubs chasing Norwegian star Erling Haaland by attempting to agree a deal for a summer transfer. According to Sky Sports journalist Angelo Mangiante, the Blues have two main targets for their summer spending; Declan Rice and the Dortmund striker. The players’ release clause does not activate until the summer of 2022 but Roman Abramovich is allegedly prepared to break the clubs transfer record to seal the deal.

Erlin Haaland has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs (PA)

Dele Alli awaits decision on French future | 19th Jan 2021 07:59 | Jim Salveson

Dele Alli will find out this week whether Jose Mourinho will grant his wish and let him leave Tottenham for PSG. Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants Alli as part of his new look PSG side but the London team seem reluctant to part with the player who has only had a bit-part role so far this season. The Mirror are reporting that a decision will be made this week on whether to allow Alli to move to Paris on loan for the rest of the season.

Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Brighton

Mourinho has promised big changes to his team following that loss in Belgium with up to six new faces in line to start against the Seagulls.

Toby Alderweireld and Matt Doherty are certain to return in defence with Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also pushing for a starting place.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min started on the bench against Antwerp and Spurs’ in form duo will be looking to continue their impressive recent form.

Brighton on the other hand are wildly out of form with Graham Potter’s side without a win in their last five matches.

And Potter has no new updates on the injury front with Alireza Jahanbaksh and Davy Propper still sidelined and skipper Lewis Dunk still suspended.

Kick off is a late one tomorrow night with a 7.15pm start at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs pick up hard fought win against Burnley at Turf Moor (Burnley 0-1 Tottenham)

Normal service has been resumed this weekend it was no different as Tottenham earned a hard fought win against Burnley at Turf Moor.

It wasn’t easy or pretty but Jose Mourinho will be the happier of two managers after a win which sees his team up to fifth whilst Sean Dyche will have another week of sleepless nights having failed to build on the single point his team have picked up so far this season.

It was Son Heung-min who continued his fantastic start to the season and secured the win for Tottenham just moments after Harry Kane had cleared off his own line to deny Burnley defender James Tarkowski. The England captain then contributed at the other end of the pitch providing the assist for Son who grabbed his 8th Premier League goal of the season.

Despite the prolific pairing of Kane and Son however Spurs failed to register a single shot on target in the first half with Tottenham’s possession coming to nothing in the face of a classically stoic Burnley defence.

It was the Clarets who thought they had struck first on the 38th minute when Ashley Barnes had the ball in the net but he had strayed a couple of yards offside ruling out not only the goal but the games first meaningful chance.

Ashley Westwood and Joan Berg Gudmundsson did force Hugo Lloris into low saves but in reality neither was a real test for the Frenchman and it wasn’t until the last 20 mins that the game burst into life.

Tarkowski rose highest to meet Westwood’s corner but Harry Kane headed off the line to deny Burnley a certain goal then, moments later, Son hesitated after going through, allowing Kevin Long to track back and get a last-ditch tackle in.

But the South Korean would not be denied for a second time after substitute Erik Lamela’s corner was flicked on by Kane towards the back post, where Son was waiting to direct his header expertly into the top corner.

Burnley remain in the relegation zone, Spurs get their first clean sheet of the seasons and Gareth Bale is still waiting for his first start.

Full-Time: Burnley 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League Preview: Burnley v Tottenham

The Clarets are yet to win in the Premier League this season and Sean Dyche is battling against a constant injury crisis.

Key trio Ben Mee, Jack Cork and Phil Bardsley all remain sidelined through injury but Matt Lowton and Erik Pieters could make the squad.

Spurs have been one of the Premier League’s most exciting sides in recent weeks but Mourinho will be unhappy with their defensive record.

His side surrendered a three-goal lead against West Ham last weekend and the Portuguese boss is set to make changes.

Eric Dier will come into the side if he passes a late fitness test and Gareth Bale looks certain to make his first Spurs start since 2013.

And it’s set for a late night in Lancashire with an 8pm kick off at Turf Moor.

West Ham secured dramatic late 3-3 Premier League draw at Tottenham

Kane and Son looked to have this game wrapped up with three goals inside the first 15 minutes but an incredible late comeback from the Hammers secured a dramatic draw.

Spurs have been quick starters recent weeks but Son’s 45 second opener flew past Lukasz Fabianksi before Jose Mourinho had even taken his seat.

And there was no letting up from the hosts as West Ham simply froze in the opening stages.

The Son and Kane dream team linked up again on four minutes as Kane rolled away from Fabien Balbuena and powered home.

And with the Hammers still rocking from Kane’s first goal, he added his second on 15 minutes.

Son freed Sergio Reguilon in behind and the Spaniard’s cross into the box was bulleted home by Kane.

With Spurs in danger of running riot after the break, Moyes was forced to change his approach after the break and Pablo Fornals missed a massive opportunity after the restart.

Mourinho threw on Gareth Bale for his second Spurs debut and the Welshman almost made an immediate impact as Kane hammered his pass against the post.

West Ham sensed their chance following that miss as Balbuena powered home Aaron Cresswell’s corner.

That threw the cat amongst the pigeons for Spurs in the final minutes as Davinson Sanchez sliced Vladimir Coufal’s cross past Hugo Lloris.

And just as Spurs looked primed to hang on in the final seconds Manuel Lanzini nailed in an absolute thunderbolt.


Leicester City and Tottenham to do battle over Swansea City’s Joe Rodon

Spurs have been heavily linked with the Welsh international during the extended EFL transfer window as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his defensive options.

However, with chairman Daniel levy looking to drive Swansea’s asking price down from £20m to around £15m, the Foxes could now move in with a last minute bid.

Brendan Rodgers has already secured a deal for St. Etienne centre back Wesley Fofana but Rodon is viewed as a long term partner for the Frenchman.

Ranking Every Premier League Club’s Summer Transfer Business

The transfer window has slammed shut for another summer (it never closes gently, does it?), and squads have started to take shape even though we’re already four games into the new Premier League season.

As the 11pm deadline passed on Monday night, clubs were scrambling to get late business completed before locking their 25-man squads in, and it was a busy day.

But who were the ‘winners’ of the transfer window? And who must do better? We’ve ranked all 20 Premier League clubs’ deals, and we’ll start with the top of the pile.

1. Aston Villa

Signings: Emiliano Martinez, Matty Cash, Ross Barkley (loan), Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore.

Let’s be honest, Villa needed a strong transfer window this summer. They barely scraped survival last season thanks to someone forgetting to turn on goal line technology against Sheffield United, and they’ve done just that.

They needed a goalkeeper, so spent £20m bringing in Martinez from Arsenal, which almost instantly proved good business as he saved a penalty on his debut. They also needed goals, so have brought in Ollie Watkins, who helped himself to a perfect first-half hat-trick against the reigning Premier League champions. Not a bad way to start paying off a transfer fee (£28m) that many baulked at.

Ross Barkley also brings added creativity to a side that was far too reliant on Jack Grealish last season, and Bertrand Traore and Matty Cash also bring depth to positions Villa were struggling in last season. Traore has looked bright in League Cup action, while Cash has instantly made the right-back place his own.

Their start to the season has reflected their transfer business, and it could be a great season for the Villans. They’ve ‘won the transfer window’ for us.

2. Everton

Signings: James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, Robin Olsen (loan), Niels Nkounkou, Ben Godfrey.

Usually, Everton are perennial winners of the transfer window before flattering to deceive when the season starts. Every year they seem like they’ve done great business, only to be struggling to crack the top seven halfway through the season.

Maybe the problem was the manager? This season, under Carlo Ancelotti, the Toffees have been able to attract a calibre of player fans could only dream of in recent years, with James Rodriguez on a FREE transfer the pick of the bunch.

Rodriguez’s creativity and threat, combined with Allan’s destructive nature in holding midfield and Doucoure’s energy has transformed Everton into a good-looking side, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagging goals for fun up front. The loan signing of Robin Olsen should put enough pressure on Jordan Pickford to make him start catching crosses and loose balls in the box, while Niels Nkounkou has looked excellent at left-back in the League Cup, and a handy backup to Lucas Digne.

Ben Godfrey is also one of England’s most promising defenders and provides top quality backup and competition for the likes of Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Mason Holgate.

3. Tottenham Hotspur

Signings: Giovanni Lo Celso, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart, Gareth Bale (loan), Carlos Vinicius.

As we move into Jose Mourinho’s first full season at Spurs, he’s starting to assemble a squad with his hallmarks all over it.

Lo Celso’s permanent transfer looks good business, while Hojbjerg is showing signs of giving Spurs’ midfield some muscle as well as guile. His pass for Serge Aurier’s goal against Man United was proof of his underrated playmaking ability.

Doherty is a clear upgrade at right-back, despite his issues with giving away penalties for handball, and Sergio Reguilon on the other flank should be a long-term solution to their left-back issues, with Danny Rose heading for the exit.

Gareth Bale has something of a point to prove when he gets fit, and if he can produce the kind of form he last showed in the Premier League, Spurs could easily challenge at the top end of the table.

Carlos Vinicius scored goals for fun in Portugal last season and comes in as a backup to Harry Kane, which is much needed as Kane can’t play every game in three competitions and be expected to score the majority of the goals.

4. Chelsea

Signings: Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr

It’s safe to say Frank Lampard has made up for lost time after Chelsea’s transfer ban. £222m spent and more arrivals than Heathrow has brought huge expectations at Stamford Bridge.

If Lampard can get them to gel, the sky’s the limit for Chelsea, with Havertz, Werner and Ziyech potentially forming a potent trident for the Blues.

Last season there was weaknesses at left-back and goalkeeper, so Lampard has brought in Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy, who have both looked good so far.

Thiago Silva brings experience to defence, while Malang Sarr will head out on loan after arriving on a free.

5. Arsenal

Signings: Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Willian, Runar Alex Runarsson, Cedric Soares, Thomas Partey

Since Mikel Arteta took over at the Emirates, things have started to look positive for Arsenal.

They’ve won an FA Cup, beating Chelsea and Manchester City en route, and they’ve done some fine looking business in the transfer window this summer to back the Spaniard.

It’s no secret their defence needed sorting out, so Gabriel signing from Lille was a good start to the window, and with William Saliba returning from a loan spell and Pablo Mari signing permanently, Arteta now has options at the back.

Reports about Runarsson haven’t been glowing, but the backup Icelandic goalkeeper won’t play much and is there to provide cover for Bernd Leno.

The deadline day signing of Thomas Partey is a fantastic piece of business though, and should give the Gunners the energy and bite in midfield they’ve lacked for some years.

6. Leeds United

Signings: Robin Koch, Rodrigo, Raphinha, Diego Llorente, Helder Costa, Illan Meslier, Jack Harrison (loan), Joe Gelhardt

Despite their style and tactics under Marcelo Bielsa, it was always going to be the case that Leeds needed to add quality to their squad this season, and that’s what they’ve done in the transfer market.

Splashing £30m on Rodrigo was a signal of intent, with another raid on Spain for Diego Llorente also likely to add further quality at the back. Robin Koch has had a mixed start to life in England but looks capable, while the loan extension of Jack Harrison from Manchester City for a third year looks like great business.

Illan Meslier, despite looking like a 12-year-old that’s lost his mother in a supermarket, has impressed so far since making his move from Lorient permanent, and Helder Costa has started brightly, scoring twice already.

Raphinha must adapt quickly to pay off his £20m fee, but with Bielsa-ball in full swing, that’s entirely possible as Leeds continue their bright start.

7. Manchester City

Signings: Ferran Torres, Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias

After finishing way off the pace last season, City needed a summer of investment to bridge the gap.

Defensive reinforcements were paramount, and Ake and Dias signing for a combined fee of just over £100m should do the trick. Ake can also cover left-back as Pep Guardiola continues to search for a long-term solution for that position.

Despite possibly needing one, a striker never arrived at the Etihad and an injury to Gabriel Jesus is a problem with Sergio Aguero still sidelined. However, signing a striker isn’t easy when those two are lurking in the background, hence Guardiola’s decision to stick with what he’s got and promote Liam Delap to the first team squad.

Ferran Torres replaces the outgoing Leroy Sane and should be a valuable addition once he properly settles. Overall, it’s a decent window for the former back-to-back Premier League winners.

8. Liverpool

Signings: Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara

It looked for a long time like Liverpool were at an impasse in their summer spending, with Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards struggling to find players to join a successful squad without paying huge sums.

Then all of a sudden their window exploded, with Diogo Jota and Thiago signing within the space of a weekend. Negotiations with Thiago dragged on forever, before the Premier League champions finally agreed a price and signed the midfielder from Bayern, which looks like fine business.

His signature could go down as the moment they became clear favourites for the title once again, and even though Jota seems overpriced at £40m, there is now more quality to Liverpool’s attacking depth. Tsimikas is little more than a squad player, but still provides cover at left-back for Andy Robertson.

9. Leicester City

Signings: Timothy Castagne, Wesley Fofana, Cengiz Under (loan)

It hasn’t been a busy transfer window for the Foxes, but they’ve brought in quality. Castagne already looks like a top signing after scoring and assisting in his first four games, and with the sale of Ben Chilwell, Leicester’s transfer business comes in at under £10m net spend.

That includes the £30m signing of Fofana from St. Etienne, as the highly rated teenager comes with a big reputation. He could be part of a Leicester back three going forward, or a replacement for Caglar Soyuncu if he is sold in the next 12 months.

Cengiz Under is a smart signing on a temporary basis, bringing more firepower to an attack that features an evergreen Jamie Vardy and new England international Harvey Barnes.

10. Newcastle United

Signings: Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick, Jamal Lewis, Mark Gillespie

Newcastle are never the most logical in the transfer market, but this summer it seems like they’ve made some sensible signings.

Callum Wilson guarantees goals, and even though he doesn’t fit the usual Newcastle policy of being under 26 with sell-on value, he’s well worth the £20m outlay, as four goals in four games has proven.

Fraser and Hendrick on free transfers is typical bargain hunting by Mike Ashley and his board, but Jamal Lewis is a smart investment at left-back. The Northern Ireland international was Liverpool’s first choice defensive target before a move broke down over doubts about game time. He’s already looking promising linking with Allan Saint-Maximin on Steve Bruce’s left wing.

11. Wolves

Signings: Fabio Silva, Nelson Semedo, Marcal, Vitinha (loan), Rayan Ait-Nouri (loan), Ki-Jana Hoever, Matija Serkic.

It’s been a busy window from Nuno Santo and co, with half of Portugal arriving at Molineux.

Selling Matt Doherty and signing Barcelona’s right-back sounds like great business, even though many believe Semedo was never good enough to make it at the Camp Nou.

Fabio Silva arrives with a huge price tag and lots of hype to live up to, while the rest of Wolves’ arrivals are all unproven in the Premier League, hence why they’re in mid-table on this list. Vitinha, Ait-Nouri and Hoever could all go on to be top players, but right now there’s no guarantees. Losing Jota could also affect them if no one steps up, but Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto look more than capable.

12. Manchester United

Signings: Donny Van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles

If we’d wrote this list yesterday before 5pm, Man United would have been in the bottom three. At the last minute, they finally completed a deal for Alex Telles that has been sat on the table for a month, and then announced Edinson Cavani who they could have signed six weeks ago.

It all screams panic for United, but the players they have signed this summer are undoubtedly quality players, hence their position on this list. They needed more for sure, but the ones they’ve got should be good enough to plug some of the gaps in their squad.

Telles should easily displace Luke Shaw, while Cavani’s experience could be a valuable asset for a young attack, if they can get him fit after seven months without a game.

Van de Beek should be fuming after not making the starting XI for a league game since his arrival, especially as we’re seeing the worst of Paul Pogba, rather than his best.

Some of the deadwood at Old Trafford has been cleared as Andreas Pereira and Chris Smalling left for opposite halves of Rome with Lazio and Roma, but there’s more to be done if United are to move forwards properly.

Sergio Romero wanted a move and didn’t get one, while Phil Jones and Brandon Williams may get temporary domestic moves before the England-only window shuts.

Overall, it could and should have been a lot better for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Ed Woodward and the board are the ones to blame.

13. Sheffield United

Signings: Rhian Brewster, Aaron Ramsdale, Max Lowe, Jaden Bogle, Oli Burke, Ethan Ampadu (loan), Wes Foderingham, Ismaila Coulibaly

The problem Sheffield United had last season was scoring goals, and they’ve addressed that by signing Liverpool’s highly-rated Rhian Brewster for over £20m. It’s a gamble that needs to pay off for Chris Wilder after four straight defeats at the start of the season.

The rest of his signings are as you’d expect – young, British and relatively cheap (with the exception of Aaron Ramsdale, who was almost £20m). The problem is none are really first team starters except Ramsdale, who is decent enough but nowhere near Dean Henderson’s level.

Lowe and Bogle will mostly be backups for Sam Baldock and Enda Stevens, while Ethan Ampadu sits on the bench unless Chris Basham, John Egan or Jack O’Connell get injured or suspended. Coulibaly simply won’t play many league minutes, while Foderingham is a backup goalkeeper. Burke has started quite brightly, but has never shown Premier League quality during his career yet.

Wilder needs to capture the spirit and quality of last season if the Blades are to consolidate this year.

14. Fulham

Signings: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (loan), Ola Aina (loan), Alphonse Areola (loan), Joachim Andersen (loan), Ademola Lookman (loan), Mario Lemina (loan), Tosin Adarabioyo, Harrison Reed, Anthony Knockaert, Kenny Tete, Antonee Robinson

Christ, more loans than Blockbuster. And Fulham could be out of business soon, too.

It’s clear from the first four games that Fulham desperately needed quality quickly, so transfer deadline day was busy for them. They finally confirmed Loftus-Cheek past midnight, and they need him to produce for them ASAP.

Despite all their business, none of them are guaranteed quality that you need to stay in the Premier League. Last time they came up from the Championship, they spent £100m and went back down, this time they’ve spent barely a third of that, but the same fate will likely await.

The problem with too many loans is do they care enough to roll up their sleeves and fight for you? Andersen might well go back to Lyon and forget he ever played for Fulham, Loftus-Cheek’s long-term future is still at Chelsea, Lookman will use Craven Cottage as a platform to get a permanent move back to England, and Areola is at the club purely to ensure he goes to Euro 2021 with France.

The players they’ve brought in aren’t bad at all, but you still worry about creating enough for Aleksandar Mitrovic up front and building a brand new defence that can gel and keep the goals out.

15. Crystal Palace

Signings: Eberechi Eze, Nathan Ferguson, Michy Batshuayi (loan)

Palace’s problem is that despite their business being shrewd, there’s just not that much of it.

Eze looks bright but you don’t get the feeling Roy Hodgson is enough of an attacking coach to start them both regularly.

Ferguson is promising but injured, while Batshuayi hasn’t yet started a game since joining on loan for the season from Chelsea.

The biggest own goal was letting Alexander Sorloth go though, as the Eagles allowed him to join Trabzonspor last summer on a two-year loan with no recall option, before watching him smack 30+ goals and move to RB Leipzig this summer.

The £18m they got for the Norwegian had already been spent on Eze, meaning Palace ended the window with a profit from their business. That essentially means they’ve spent nothing this summer, which isn’t cause for high hopes despite their decent start to the season.

16. Brighton

Signings: Adam Lallana, Joel Veltman, Jan Paul van Hecke, Michal Karbownik, Andi Zeqiri, Jakub Moder

Don’t worry if you’ve not heard of four of those signings, because we haven’t either.

Moder, Karbownik and van Hecke have all gone back on loan to their previous clubs and are seen as future prospects, which doesn’t help the Seagulls this season.

Brighton’s summer business started well with Adam Lallana joining for free, but then you remember he gets injured a lot and the fact he hasn’t made it through 90 minutes in the league yet backs that up.

Veltman for under £1m is also good business but he’s not a first-choice defender, with the trio of Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk and Ben White picking themselves when fit.

Still, Brighton should have more than enough to enjoy a comfortable season, but their summer business can’t be regarded as a massive success.

17. Southampton

Signings: Mohamed Salisu, Kyle Walker-Peters, Ibrahima Diallo, Theo Walcott (loan)

Quite a quiet one for Saints this summer, but still over £30m spent. They’ve ranked low on this list purely because Salisu and Diallo are completely unproven and haven’t came from massive clubs (Real Valladolid and Stade Brest), so their quality is hard to measure.

Walker-Peters looks a solid enough signing, but you feel Southampton could have done more to build on a good end to last season. Theo Walcott is a risk-free loan that could provide some valuable experience.

Overall, losing Hojbjerg could be massive, and it’s down to Saints to prove they can thrive without him.

18. West Bromwich Albion

Signings: Branislav Ivanovic, Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira, Cedric Kipre, David Button, Callum Robinson, Conor Gallagher (loan), Filip Krovinovic (loan)

Other than making last season’s loans permanent, the Baggies have been pretty quiet in the market. Signing a 36-year-old Ivanovic doesn’t send out the message that you’re not worrying about shipping goals either.

Diangana and Pereira are good players no doubt, but their consistency at Premier League level is unproven, despite some signs of promise early on.

Their defence still looks weak and a lack of goals up front is a concern, and it could be a long season for Slaven Bilic and co.

19. West Ham United

Signings: Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal

It’s been a disaster this summer for the Hammers, as they made more money from sales than they spent on arrivals.

Grady Diangana joining West Brom annoyed everyone, and prompted an angry tweet from Mark Noble, and no one was brought in to replace him.

Other than making Soucek a permanent singing at the end of last season, only Coufal arrived late in the window from Slavia Prague.

David Gold reportedly paid for the right-back out of his own money, coughing up £5.5m for a player Soucek undoubtedly told them about.

They’ve also took a hit by letting Jack Wilshere leave by mutual consent, while Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Sanchez were also released for free. Promising youngster Josh Cullen was allowed to go to Anderlecht, while not so promising Albian Ajeti joined Celtic.

Considering West Ham barely survived last season, it seems like they needed to spend more this summer to make this season more comfortable.

20. Burnley

Signings: Dale Stephens, Will Norris

Poor old Burnley. It’s almost like their style of football doesn’t attract many players.

Sean Dyche has welcomed barely anyone to Turf Moor this summer, and considering Burnley have lost all of their first three games this season, it seems like new arrivals are desperately needed.

I highly doubt many Clarets fans erupted with excitement when Dale Stephens signed from Brighton, and the fact Dyche described him as a “good, solid pro” kind of tells you everything about the midfielder. Third choice goalkeeper Will Norris didn’t provide much fanfare either.

James Tarkowski decided to stay, which could be massive, and Burnley don’t seem to have many youth prospects coming through to bridge the gap left by a lack of spending.

It feels like Dyche has ran his course at the club, and it would be no surprise to see them part ways during or after this season. Burnley’s owner Mike Garlick needed to back a manager that once got his club playing European football (for about two weeks, but still), but instead he’s given him pocket change, spending just £990k.

Agree with the list? Or should another team have topped the pile? Let us know in the comments!

Tottenham thrash Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford

Tottenham were helped by some dreadful United defending, as goals from Son-Heung Min, Harry Kane, Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier secured a dominant Old Trafford win.

Both teams were quick out of the blocks, with three goals inside the first 10 minutes.

Bruno Fernandes’ penalty handed United a second minute lead but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side found themselves 2-1 behind in the blink of an eye.

Harry Maguire’s error gifted Ndombele an equaliser before Kane released Son from a quick free kick two minutes later.

With United unable to react, the visitors kept on coming in waves as David De Gea denied Kane and Aurier.

However, United’s problems went from bad to worse on the half hour mark as Anthony Marital was sent off for clashing with Erik Lamela and Kane pounced on another defensive error to make it 3-1.

But despite United looking dead buried before the break, Spurs showed them no mercy, as Son’s clipped home Aurier’s cross.

United tried to reshuffle during the break, but there was no stopping Spurs, as Aurier raced in behind Luke Shaw to make it 5-1.

As the hosts looked to batten hatches down the hatches it could have been a cricket score in the closing stages.

But in the end, Spurs had to settle for six as Kane fired home from the penalty spot.


Inter’s Skriniar on Spurs radar

The highly-rated Slovakian international has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, but in recent days has received a ‘very tempting’ offer from Spurs.

Inter Milan website FCInterNews – as picked up by Sport Witness – claim that Tottenham have offered Skriniar a 5-year deal in North London, which will see him collect around £90,000 a week in wages.

The 25-year-old is said to be happy in Serie A, and keen to remain in Milan.

However, discussions continue over a fee for the player, with Spurs initially earmarking around €35m for the defender’s signature, but the Nerazzurri holding out for an offer closer to €50m.

It’s likely Tottenham will return with an official €45m-plus-bonuses bid in the coming days, which should be enough to convince Inter to sell Skriniar.

With Spurs defender Juan Foyth on the radar of Fulham, and Tottenham prepared to sell him for €10m, it’s claimed the revenue from Foyth’s sale will go towards the Skriniar deal.

Last-Gasp Newcastle Snatch 1-1 Premier League Draw at Tottenham

The Magpies failed to register a shot on target until the 97th minute, against an absolutely dominant Spurs.

But with referee Peter Bankes seconds away from blowing the final whistle, he controversially awarded a spot kick, allowing Callum Wilson to smash home.

Spurs were on top right from the word go in this one, as Karl Darlow produced two brilliant saves form Harry Kane inside the first ten minutes.

And with all the pressure on Darlow’s goal in the opening stages, it was only a matter of time before Spurs found a breakthrough.

Kane was at the heart of it again for Jose Mourinho’s side, as he skipped past Issac Hayden and laid it on a plate for Lucas Moura to tap home.

There was no slowing down from Tottenham before the break, as Son Heung-min crashed two efforts against the woodwork and England international Eric Dier headed a corner just wide.

Spurs picked up where they left off after the break, as Darlow provided a one-man barrier denying Moura, Kane and Giovani Lo Celso.

Steve Bruce threw on Jacob Murphy and Andy Carroll to try and haul his side into it late on, but with the Magpies unable to break Spurs’ stranglehold, they were given a huge helping hand in added time.

Carroll’s knock down caught Dier on the arm and after a long VAR check Bankes enraged the hosts by giving the penalty.

With Spurs players incensed by the call, Wilson kept his cool to fire past Hugo Lloris as a livid Kane was given his marching orders by Bankes after the final whistle.


Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane Power Tottenham to a 5-2 Win at Southampton

With Bale now confirmed as a Tottenham player, Kane and Son offered a reminder of what they can do, as Kane laid on an outrageous four goals for the South Korean.

Southampton were impressive in patches in their first home game of the campaign, and despite Danny Ings’ brilliant opener, they, like the rest of us could only watch on as Kane and Son turned on style.

Despite being brushed aside after the break, the Saints were the better team in the first half, as Ings’ instinctive finish put them in front on the half hour.

But, despite being second best for much first 45 minutes, Son stole in front of his man to level things up just before the break.

That goal proved to a turning point in the game, as the pair ran riot after the restart.

Son made it 2-0 on 48 minutes, as Kane slipped him in behind the Saints defence, before completing his hat trick on the hour from yep…….you guessed it, another Kane pass.

With the tie now over as a contest, Mourinho’s side refused to slow down, and Son grabbed his fourth of the match on 74 minutes.

But with neither side in the mood to stop the final stages, Kane finally got himself on the scoresheet with ten minutes to play.

His old mate Son freed Erik Lamela inside the box, and after his strike came back off the post, Kane finally grabbed his deserved goal.

Ings buried a second goal from the penalty spot in added time, but incredibly, despite scoring twice at home, nothing could distract from Spurs’ deadly duo.


New look Everton edge out Tottenham in 1-0 Premier League win

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s second half header was the difference between the two sides in a tight game in North London, with James Rodriguez impressing on his Blues debut.

Spurs carved out the better chances in the first half, with Jordan Pickford saving from Dele Alli and Matt
Doherty, with Richarlison wasting a brilliant chance at the other end.

Everton locked to turn the screw after the break, with Richarlison heading a Rodriguez cross just wide.

With the visitors beginning to take the initiative over Jose Mourinho’s side, it was Calvert-Lewin that found the vital breakthrough.

The England U21 international has been tipped for a big season under Ancelotti, and he did brilliantly to power home Lucas Digne’s free kick.

Both sides had chances in a frantic final ten minutes, with England international Pickford producing a vital late stop to deny Harry Kane.