Andy Carroll’s £35m Switch Tops Transfer Deadline Day Drama
While fans of Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City will understandably be disappointed with a fortnight devoid of any transfer activity, over at Liverpool and Chelsea it was all kicking off on deadline day.
The two clubs were the key protagonists in the Premier League spending upwards of £200m during the January transfer window, with the largest proportion of that being splashed on Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll.
The hulking English forward, who is currently sidelined through injury, made the switch from Newcastle to Liverpool for a staggering £35m, with the Reds smashing their record transfer fee to bring the striker to Anfield.
The move was in part facilitated by the decision of talismanic striker Fernando Torres to hand in a written transfer request in a bid to rubber-stamp his prospective move to Chelsea – a move that was eventually completed for £50m.
Torres joins David Luiz, the tall defender snapped up from Portuguese side Benfica, at the Stamford Bridge club, taking the Blues total January spending to £71m while Liverpool’s rose to £58m with the capture of Luis Suarez from Ajax.
Other big deadline day deals included Aston Villa’s capture of American international midfielder Michael Bradley, Birmingham picking up former Premier League striker Obafemi Martins on loan and Blackpool’s capture James Beattie and Andy Reid.