No big name transfers today, but still, a few moves and more rumors building a circulating around certain players –
Birmingham City signed veteran and at times controversial midfielder Lee Bowyer, arriving from West Ham, after spending half a season with Birmingham on loan last season, aiding them in reaching the Premier League. Birmingham have now made seven signings but none of them have been high profile ones. Joe Hart (loan), the England U-21 goalkeeper is probably the biggest name added to Birmingham. Ecuadorian International, Christian Benitez, signed for 6 million pounds, a lot of money for a club like City will have a lot of pressure on him to perform and score early was signed two days earlier.
Manchester United completed the signing of France’s U-21 player Gabriel Obertan from Bordeaux for 3 million pounds. Obertan is dragging an injury and won’t play with United in their Far East tour. Ferguson hopes Obertan can fulfil the potential he sees in him in becoming an efficient versatile winger that can also play as forward and in midfield. Last season’s tally of only one goal for Lorient (on loan) will be disappointing, although it’s obvious Ferguson isn’t look for Obertan to produce goal immediately. He joins Antonio Valencia and Michael Owen as United’s third signing this summer.
Sevilla have signed Didier Zokora from Tottenham who spent three seasons with Spurs, capping 74 appearances for the team in the Premier League without scoring a goal. Zokora, a defensive midfielder joining his fellow countrymen Romaric and Arouna Kone, was purchased for around 10 million Euros.
Rumors – AC Milan, under pressure from the fans to start spending the money received from the Kaka deal continue to look at Strikers, and now Luis Fabiano has been added to the strikers Milan have been linked with this summer, including Edin Dzeko, Adebayor and Huntelaar who’s also been linked with Manchester United.
Manchester City have bid for Villareal’s striker Giueseppe Rossi according to some media sources, with the striker being linked to quite a few clubs since the summer began. Rossi’s agent and Rossi himself have declared that he is happy at Villareal and would like to extend his contract there. These things, as you all know, aren’t always true.