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Transfer Thread - Winter 2014

Since the window is quickly winding down with only a few days left, I thought it would be a good idea to start a dedicated transfer thread.

It isn't specifically dedicated to Arsenal transfers, so any move you find interesting, do share it with us. I will be updating this thread periodically.

Anyways, let's get right to it:

Yohan Cabaye seems to have made his switch to PSG after speculation had mounted over the past several days. The ever reliable BBC is reporting that Cabaye's fee is in the region of 20m and could go higher.

SSN is also reporting the deal:


This is definitely a blow for Newcastle, as Cabaye has been their most reliable performer this season. He's scored some stunning goals, too. On that note, Newcastle have also been linked to former Arsenal target Clement Grenier to replace Cabaye.

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As we've all surely heard by now, in this window's biggest move, Manchester United were able to secure Juan Mata from Chelsea, as the footballing world looked on and expressed their outrage on the internet.

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Leighton Baines, who has also been linked strongly to United for the past couple of seasons, signed a new contract with Everton earlier today.


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Sunderland are apparently close to securing the services of Argentine striker Ignacio Scocco, who has been plying his trade at club Internacional in Brazil. SSN reporting that a fee has been agreed. I don't know how to feel about this one, though his last name gave me pause for a few seconds, mostly because I'm slowly freezing to death in my room, and his last name oddly looks like cocoa, as in hot.

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David Moyes has confirmed that Wilfried Zaha and Fabio Da Silva have both completed their move to Cardiff City. Zaha will be joining the Bluebirds (Red Dragons?) on loan, while Fabio has made a permanent switch after it was rumored he'd be on loan also.

Zaha was a rather more promising wide player not too long ago, and Arsenal did have some interest in him. However, he has failed to kick on since then, and the question must be asked about his work ethic and ability if he hasn't been able to get playing time ahead of the likes of Nani and Antonio Valencia. Nano hasn't feature much either for United this season, while Valencia's 2 year slump continues.

Fabio, though not sure if he is the evil one, was the other half of the da Silva twins, and was the more promising prospects. However, in a reversal of fortune, Rafael has made the most of his opportunities, and now is a United regular at right back. I must say, I've always been intrigued by the idea of both brothers occupying each of the fullback positions, just to see if some weird telepathic energies present themselves on the field.

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SSN is reporting that Luuk de Jong is set to join Newcastle United, and is set for a medical soon.

de Jong's time at Monchengladbach has been a bit of a disaster. Coming out of FC Twente in the Dutch Eredivise, de Jong was wanted by several clubs, Newcastle included. Borussia Monchengladbach picked him up after losing Marco Reus to the other Borussia. However, de Jong hasn't been able to find the back of the net consistently, and has been in the doghouse since last season, rarely featuring on the pitch. He has been widely labeled a flop during his stay in Germany.

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BBC is reporting that Cardiff City and Stoke City have swapped forwards; Kenwyne Jones will be headed to Cardiff, while Peter Odemwingie heads the other way to Stoke. Both forwards haven't seen much playing time, and have been frozen out by their respective managers.

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Michael Essien has secured a 17 month long move to AC Milan, per BBC. Once upon a time, Essien was one of the best DMs in the game. Injuries have derailed what was once a very promising career.

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Mohamed Salah completed his switch from FC Basel to Chelsea a few days ago, per BBC. His acquisition was in response to Juan Mata leaving. Salah becomes Chelsea's 43rd wide man, and is sure to feature loads of times, especially even more considering he's Mata's replacement. Mata featured prominently for Chelsea this season. Also, this continues Roman Abramovich's trend of buying players that torch Chelsea at one point or another in their career. Nicklas Bendtner, you are up.

Salah is pacey, a decent dribbler, and has a very good work rate. However, his finishing in front of goal is downright atrocious, his goals against Chelsea aside. He is the prototypical Mourinho player, and should fit in decently at Chelsea.

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West Ham have secured the services of Maro Borriello and Antonio Nocerino from Italy, per BBC. Borriello will be on loan from Roma for the rest of the season.

Borriello is a product of Italy's loan system, having featured for at least 10 different teams in Serie A, mostly on loan. His career has been OK, but nothing to write home about, and he is on the wrong side of 30 at 31. His current club is Roma, and with Mattia Destro returning from injury, he has become surplus to requirements. As we all know, West Ham have been severely lacking in the striker department this season, and Borriello's record isn't all that bad. With glass cannon Andy Carroll, and Carton "lol" Cole, it's never a bad thing to have another option.

Nocerino comes in from AC Milan, on a loan until the end of the season. Nocerino is a player whose form has fallen drastically since the departure of Ibrahimovic. Always had a good engine about him, and looked decent in a team that put emphasis on getting men behind the ball under Max Allegri. However, with Milan's switch to a more attacking style of football this season, Nocerino has been underwhelming. He has been pretty bad in possession, his passing stats are mediocre at times for someone who plays in a midfield role, and his engine seems to have died out also. A greater emphasis on quicker transitions has not been good for his game. Perhaps he will find some form in a more defensive team in West Ham.

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Cardiff City have also acquired Jo Inge Berget, a striker from Norwegian club Molde, according to BBC. I don't know much about him, but after taking a quick look at his stats, his goalscoring record seems mediocre, in all honesty. Cardiff are a bit thin in the striker department after Frazier Campbell, so a move for a forward does make sense. Seems like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quick in making his Scandinavian roots felt.

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In a move that may interest Team USA fans, New England Revolution's Juan Agudelo's move to Stoke City became a bit murkier with the club being forced to loan him out to Dutch Eredivisie club FC Utrecht. Agudelo was unable to secure a work permit, and so has not been able to feature for Stoke. He is an interest prospect for sure, and one some here will probably be keeping an eye on.

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Manchester United's Anderson completed a loan move to Fiorentina until the end of the season. Once a very promising prospect, Anderson's career at United has been blighted by various fitness issues, a car crash, and several spats with SAF himself. His falling out with the club seems to have continued with the appointment of David Moyes, and he has seen even less playing time this season. Perhaps a more permanent move might have been better for him than a loan.

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Chelsea's Kevin de Bruyne completed his move to Bundesliga outfit VFL Wolfsburg several days ago. A very talented young attacking midfielder, de Bruyne quickly fell out favor with Jose Mourinho, with the midfielder's apparent inability to conform with Jose Mourinho's hard working tactics. Chelsea's re-acquisition of Nemanja Matic was pretty much the death knell for de Bruyne's career at Chelsea.

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Any other transfer news, let it be known folks.

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