Fraser Forster – Celtic to Southampton
Forster was the only player from ‘abroad’ (if Scotland really counts..) to feature in England’s World Cup squad this summer, but the England national team’s horizon has now been brought even closer.
Southampton have plenty of money to spend and appear to be spending it well, by bringing in a number of reasonably priced talents.
Forster has experience at the very top level – playing against the likes of Lionel Messi in the Champions League – and could keep Southampton up single-handedly, even if they fail to replace the rest of their squad.
Christian Atsu – Chelsea to Everton
Atsu has joined Everton on a season-long loan. Maybe Chelsea are hoping that the Toffees will break their transfer record next summer to sign him permanently?
The 22-year-old left winger could prove to be a Deulofeu-esque breakthrough act this season, but its hard to see him taking Eden Hazard’s place in the Chelsea team.
Aly Cissokho – Valencia to Aston Villa
The left-back spent last season in the Premier League with Liverpool, making just 15 appearances for the club throughout the season.
Despite hardly featuring, Cissokho was obviously convinced that his future lay in England, rather than Spain, and opted to move to Newcastle.
Newcastle will be his third club in three seasons, having played the 2012/13 season for Valencia, 2013/14 with Liverpool and now 2014/15 with Newcastle. I wonder where he will be heading next year.
Jack Rodwell – Manchester City to Sunderland
Rodwell joined Sunderland on Tuesday, before launching an attack on his former club, warning young players not to sign for City.
It’s hard to believe that he didn’t know that his playing time would have been next to none at the Etihad.
Rodwell reckons he can now prove himself at Sunderland and fill Gerrard’s place in the England set-up, but everyone knows that Sunderland players don’t get to play for England.. Just ask Adam Johnson.
Diafra Sakho – Metz to West Ham
Another attacking player in at West Ham. Sam Allardyce will surely lose his job if he fails to provide something good up front this season, but surely one of the forwards brought in will deliver.
Voted the best player of the season last term.. in France’s second division.. Big Sam will be hoping he can step up, otherwise Sakho might find himself back in the second tier.