Paul Merson gives his verdict on the deals and rumours on yet another busy transfer deadline day.
Last Updated: 01/09/10 4:57pm
Transfer deadline day is one of the busiest days of the year as deals are done up and down the Premier League.
And skysports.com has again secured the services of a man who has been on both sides of the transfer fence to run the rule over the day's major moves - Paul Merson.
The Soccer Saturday pundit will be here to give us his perspective on the signings, rejections and rumours doing the rounds as Premier League clubs try to reinforce their numbers before the window closes.
ASAMOAH GYAN TO SUNDERLAND
He's a decent player and he impressed me at the World Cup. He missed that big penalty against Uruguay, but then showed a lot of bottle to step up and take another one in the shoot-out. I'd have no worries about him and I reckon he could do well in the Premier League. It sounds like a lot of money, but the name of the game is putting the ball in the back of the onion bag, so that's why clubs pay top dollar for centre-forwards. You always have to pay a bit more for a striker.
ALEXANDER HLEB TO BIRMINGHAM
This rumour really surprises me. He was one of the best players at Arsenal in his last season there and at times he was a different class. He could still play for Arsenal and he'd be an absolutely brilliant buy for Birmingham. He's a proper footballer who can play on the wing, but he comes inside and he's so hard to pick up. I'd take him all day long.
PAUL KONCHESKY TO LIVERPOOL
No disrespect to the player, but this is Liverpool Football Club and the fact they're going for someone like Paul Konchesky shows how things have changed. He's steady, he does a job and he's got experience - plus they've been playing a centre-back in Daniel Agger at left-back so I can understand it. This isn't a move that will turn the fans' heads, but it's a shrewd buy.
EIDUR GUDJOHNSEN TO STOKE
I'm a big fan of Eidur Gudjohnsen, but he seems to be going everywhere on loan now and when that happens you get the feeling something's wrong. Tottenham didn't take him, and they could afford him, so I wonder if he's not that great any more. I also don't think he'd suit Stoke's style of play very well either, so I'm not convinced on that one.
JERMAINE PENNANT TO STOKE
He needs to pick career his up. When he was 15 we all thought he was going to be the best thing since sliced bread and he still has the potential to be a really good player. As long as Stoke aren't paying him silly money I think it's a good signing because Stoke need wingers; they need people like Etherington to get good balls into the box because they're not just about lumping it. The move to Spain was a badly-advised one and Pennant can count himself lucky to be back in the Premier League. But the lad can play.
PAUL SCHARNER TO WEST BROM
I like Paul Scharner, he's a decent player and he'll be good for the dressing room. West Brom aren't going to win every game this year and he's the sort of player who'll pick the other lads up and have a bit of a laugh. He's versatile too, so I think that's a really good buy.
MARCUS BENT TO WOLVES
Marcus Bent must have had more clubs than any other player! He reminds me of Marlon Harewood because he's quick, strong, good in the air and on his day he's unplayable. You wonder why these players don't perform week-in, week-out and they end up frustrating managers and going from club to club. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is full of confidence at Wolves, so I don't see Bent playing, but he'll be a good squad player to replace Chris Iwelumo.
TOM CLEVERLEY TO WIGAN
The young Manchester United player has gone on loan to Wigan after going on loan to Watford last year. All the reports said he was very impressive in the Championship (and you can only be as good as the opposition in front of you) and now he's got a loan move in the Premier League. Fair play to the lad, he needs to play football if he wants to develop and he's trying to do that. Wigan play good football, so this should be a good move all round.
MARC WILSON TO STOKE
There have been rave reviews about him following his performances for Portsmouth last season and he's the sort of player you want to see plying his trade in the Premier League. Stoke have lost all three of their games so far this season and it could be difficult to get out of that spiral if they lose a couple more. I think they'll be fine, but it's not a bad idea to go out and buy some players in this situation.
ROBINHO TO AC MILAN
He's never been good enough for the Premier League. From the day he arrived I said he wouldn't do it over here - if you can't look good playing for Real Madrid then what chance have you got looking good anywhere else? I thought he'd be a flop and that's exactly what he's been. The league is too quick for him, he's not strong enough and he's a liability away from home. Every time I watched him last year it was like the other team had 12 men! Man City need to get him off the wage bill. Get rid of him!
RAFAEL VAN DER VAART TO TOTTENHAM
I like this guy! Tottenham haven't done much in the transfer window and that surprised me, especially after losing to Wigan on Saturday, but there's no doubt that somebody like Rafael van der Vaart would improve that team. He can play in the hole as a support striker for Defoe or Crouch and Spurs haven't really got anyone like that, apart from Robbie Keane. That would be a really good buy.
Ones that got away
CARLTON COLE TO LIVERPOOL
I think this would have been a good buy for Liverpool. He's big, he's strong... and he's better than David N'Gog. Whenever you bring players in you're trying to improve on what you've got and Carlton Cole would do that. I'm a big fan of Fernando Torres when it comes to getting in the box and scoring goals but, and this might sound strange, he doesn't really give you much else. He doesn't get involved in the build-up play, but Cole does and he'd be a handful for defences. However, after seeing Liverpool against Manchester City last week they might need more than Carlton Cole to get back in the top four...
RYAN BABEL TO WEST HAM
I don't mind Ryan Babel. He's been a bit disappointing at Liverpool, but he's hardly played and that's tough for any player. I remember watching him play for the Holland Under 21's and he was outstanding, but he's never had a consistent run in the Liverpool team. He's not shown enough to pick and choose his club, but I think this would have been a good move for him. If Babel reaches his potential he could be a £10million player before long.
MARK SCHWARZER TO ARSENAL
I played with Mark Schwarzer and he's a good goalie, but I don't know if he's that much better than Manuel Almunia. He has played for Middlesbrough and Fulham, but playing for Arsenal is a different kettle of fish. For me, Arsenal should have broken the bank and got Shay Given because he would save you 10 points per season. I'm not sure of the other two would do that. If Arsenal signed Given, they would have had every chance of winning the league.
JERMAINE JENAS TO STOKE
One day somebody will get hold of this lad and you'll see a really good player. Every time I see him I get the impression he's just doing enough - and we should be seeing more. He's shown flashes of outstanding play, but the next week he'll just do enough. He's not playing at Tottenham, so he should move on and he could be a really good player if he gave a bit more.
DAVID BENTLEY TO FULHAM
He needs to move on and he really should have moved on a while ago. He's just a bit-part player at Tottenham and he needs to go and play football somewhere. He can cross a ball, in fact he's Beckham-like when he's on top of his game and I just think he needs to play football, even if it's on loan somewhere. He can do it, he just needs to go somewhere and prove it.