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Slow Start To Transfer Window For All Clubs
Thursday, 6th Aug 2020 08:50

Saints fans have been a quick to jump on the fact that the club have yet to confirm any signings in the transfer window, but as always it is a case of slow start and hectic finish to any transfer period, here we look at what is happening elsewhere.

Saints have yet to make a signing in the summer transfer window which has now been open for Premier League clubs for 10 days, but they are far from alone, of the 20 Premier League clubs 10 including Saints have yet to make a signing of any sort.

But of the 10 clubs who have made signings, 7 of those have made only a single incoming deal so far and of those only Arsenal with the £27 million capture of Saliba have spent anything over a million pound, the other 6 are free transfers or low price speculative deals for youngsters from lower league clubs.

So what of the other 3 clubs, well of those Manchester United have not made a signing but they have extended the loan signing of Odion Ighalo who joined them back in January and that has now been extended for another 6 months.

That leaves only 3 clubs who have been active, Manchester City lead the way with 4 signings and big money spent, £41 million on Nathan, Ake, Ferran Torres (Valencia) £21million and then two 18 year olds Yan Couto and Pablo Moreno for low fees.

Chelsea have also spent big, Timo Werner from RB Leipzig for £47.1 million, and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax for £36million.

The third club is a Brighton who have made 4 signings, Adam Lallana on a free transfer is a coup, bt it will cost them in wages, Joel Veltman at £900 k could be a bargain, his career has been halted due to an ACL injury in 2018 and at 28 he could be a good signing, the other two Jensen Weir and Zak Emerson are youngsters.

So Saints are far from alone in not making any major signings, indeed only Manchester City, Chelsea and Brighton done made any serious business so far.

The market is also slow because many players are on holiday, they have basically been in training of some sort for 13 months, so the moment the season finished they were off on holiday for some rest and relaxation, but that makes it very difficult to do transfer deals, as medicals have to be passed and forms signed etc and that requires a physical prescence from the player, therefore this is the lull before the storm, the players will return in the next week or so to their clubs and then the silly season can begin in earnest.

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underweststand added 09:48 - Aug 6
There are a few more issues now regarding transfers.
After BREXIT, the issue of work permits may not be quite so straightforward for foreign players and in addition to the delays because of COVID quarantine, clubs maybe a bit cautious about announcing deals without having good media coverage for new signings.

In Saints case ..it seems that the Hojbjerg / KWP deals are far from settled, despite Spurs TV 's big enthusiastic splash about the deals, Adam Blackmore (perhaps our most reliable media contact) has implied that the transfers are not yet agreed.
The plot thickens........

IanRC added 10:03 - Aug 6
Not sure we can be accused of being slow we appear to have sown up Salisu transfer with just the announcement pending. The fact that we are being jerked around by Levy and Holjberg is hardly the clubs fault.

highfield49 added 11:40 - Aug 6
Maybe part of the deal for Harry Reed signing a contract at Fulham includes them dropping media hints about interest in KWP? Pure speculation of course, but anything that makes Levy sweat as he sees his bargaining strategy go out of the window has my vote.

underweststand added 17:28 - Aug 6
highfield49.. so I wasn't the only one with that thought ....

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