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Tottenham Hotspur Acquire Louis Saha From Everton

Tottenham Hotspur have addressed their concern at striker - ish. Spurs have confirmed the signing of former Manchester United forward Louis Saha from Everton for an undisclosed (although presumably very low) fee. Saha, made completely redundant by the Toffees' purchase of Nikica Jelavic, is out of contract at the end of the season and there's no news on him signing a new deal, so the hope for his new team would be that he's not any worse than Roman Pavlyuchenko, who's expected to leave for Russia fairly shortly.

Whether Saha is still a Premier League player is an open question, but this looks like the acquisition of a warm body more than an impact buy. Emmanuel Adebayor is their number one guy, and if they have to play Saha as a centre forward for an extended period of time, Tottenham are only a little bit less screwed than they would have been if they'd gone on an extended run of Pavlyuchenko. I supposed there's the off chance that he miraculously improves at White Hart Lane, but don't count on it.

For more on Spurs and Everton check out Cartliage Free Captain and Royal Blue Mersey.


Bobby Zamora Joins Queens Park Rangers

The semi-protracted Bobby Zamora transfer saga was finally concluded minutes before the end of Tuesday's transfer deadline, with the striker making the short move from Fulham to Queens Park Rangers, joining Mark Hughes's revolution at Loftus Road. Zamora, who had apparently been reluctant to sign with QPR without receiving a significant increase in his weekly wages, finally managed to work out a deal with his new club and has been introduced as a member of the Hoops.

With Fulham having signed striker Pavel Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart, they were willing to give up the England international, who had spent much of the season feuding with new manager Martin Jol. Zamora has had flashes of brilliance over recent years, but he's been something of a disappointment this season. Hughes will be hoping he and new striker partner Djibril Cisse can form a potent enough attack to see QPR clear of any threat of relegation.


Manchester City Nab David Pizarro On Loan

Manchester City have completed the signing of Roma midfield David Pizarro on loan until the end of the season, adding the potential of deploying some creative flair to the centre of the pitch. With the Premier League leaders sometimes overly reliant on David Silva's trickery out wide and Yaya Toure's driving runs in the centre of the pitch, they could use someone like Pizarro, and they got him with minimal effort.

Bizarrely, City's own website seems to think the little Chilean is a holding midfielder rather than a deep creator:

Holding midfielder Pizzaro has made only seven appearances for Roma this season but clearly falls into the Patrick Vieira category for the Blues boss' title push.

Viera's only a foot taller than Pizarro, but they also spelled their own player's name wrong in that release, so I guess I shouldn't have been expecting too much. Anyway, it's a good pickup for City, who despite a loss to Everton today still look like favourites to lift the title this season.


Sotirios Kyrgiakos Joins Sunderland On Loan

Sunderland continue their talent raid - they've now acquired towering Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos from Wolfsburg on loan until the end of the season. Kyrgiakos, who's had spells with Glasgow Rangers and Liverpool, hasn't featured much for the Bundesliga side this campaign, but with Sunderland in need of some defensive help Martin O'Neill was more than happy to bring him in for the rest of the year:

Sotirios offers a real physical presence, coupled with a wealth of experience, which will be an undoubted benefit to us in the next few months. I'm delighted to welcome him to the club and I'm sure he is looking forward to the challenge of returning to the Premier League.

This is something of a desperation move for the Black Cats, but when most of your defence is down injured for extended periods of time, it makes perfect sense to bring in the likes of Wayne Bridge and Kyrgiakos on loan. There's hardly any risk, and they'll do a reasonable job.

For more on Sunderland, check out Roker Report.


Fulham Complete Pogrebnyak Signing, Bobby Zamora Still Up In The Air

The London striker carousel is still in motion. Queens Park Rangers may have confirmed the Djibril Cisse signing, but they're still int he hunt for Bobby Zamora, and their quest to land the Fulham striker has just been made easier by the Cottagers' signing of Pavel Pogrebnyak from Bundesliga side Stuttgart. Pogrebnyak, who's passed a medical and have been granted a work permit, is set to be officially unveiled before the end of the window, and the acquisition of the Russia international frees up Fulham to ditch the out-of-favour Zamora, who's apparently keen to link up with former boss Mark Hughes.

At this point, the main barrier to the Zamora deal's completion is the former Tottenham Hotspur player's wages - his demands have been reported at between £60,000 and £90,000, each a significant raise over the £45,000 per week he's receiving at Fulham. However, considering the friction between him and Martin Jol, it'd be a surprise if he and QPR couldn't come to an arrangement.

For more on Fulham, check out Cottagers Confidential.


QPR Attempt to Pry Bobby Zamora Off Fulham

Wantaway Fulham striker Bobby Zamora has been given an opportunity to leave the club but stay in the neighbourhood. With Zamora reportedly at odds with Fulham manager Martin Jol, Queens Park Rangers have scented blood, and are apparently very keen on luring the former Tottenham Hotspur man to Loftus Road. At this point, the major stumbling block appears to be the 31-year-old's wage demands - he's asking £90,000 per week to move to the Premier League stragglers.

Zamora would cap a huge rebuilding effort at QPR and become the fifth major new acquisition after Taye Taiwo, Nedum Onuoha, Samba Diakite and Djibril Cisse, although Cisse is yet to be confirmed, and that sort of talent should be enough to steer them away from what would otherwise be a very worrying relegation battle. It remains to be seen if the two sides can come together, although Fulham's interest in Stuttgart's Pavel Pogrebnyak indicates that the Cottagers are getting ready to move on.

For more on Fulham, check out Cottagers Confidential.


Spurs Add Louis Saha To Striking Stable

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly sealed a deal to bring Louis Saha to White Hart Lane. Spurs have been looking for a striker for something like the last ten seasons, and despite the presence of Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City it was clear that they needed reinforcements up front this window as well. Enter former Manchester United man Louis Saha, who's been with Everton since 2008.

Saha is indeed a striker - and once upon a time he was quite a good one, routinely ending up in double figures for goals scored. Unfortunately for Tottenham, he's also injury prone, 33 years old and on a terrible run of form, making this deal somewhat baffling from their perspective. Spurs should have been in the market for an elite attacker - while the crew of Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko may not have been good enough, it's difficult to see how Saha makes them any better. None of that's stopping Tottenham, who've already finalised a loan deal for an undisclosed sum. Right then.

For more on Spurs and Everton, visit Cartilage Free Captain and Royal Blue Mersey respectively.


Sunderland Hopeful Of Kevin Davies Swoop

Sunderland remain in the hunt for Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies, despite having been rebuffed by the Trotters after opening the bidding with a £1M initial offer. With Nicklas Bendtner unavailable due to facial injury and Asamoah Gyan on loan at the UAE, Sunderland find themselves rather low on established Premier League forwards and would be willing to pick up the 34-year-old on a relatively short term deal.

Bolton, meanwhile, are battling against relegation and would be in even deeper trouble should they sell Davies, who despite a relatively poor showing in terms of goals scored this season remains one of Owen Coyle's more reliable performers. The two sides were described as being a ways apart by Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill, who wants Davies to act as a mentor to 18-year-old centre forward Connor Wickham, but he remains confident that there's a good chance that Davies ends up at the Stadium of Light before the transfer window closes.

For more on Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers, visit Roker Report and Lion of Vienna Suite respectively.


Everton Agree Nikica Jelavic Deal

Reports are filtering in that Everton and Rangers have come to an agreement over the transfer of 26-year-old Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic to Goodison Park. Although personal terms between the Toffees and Jelavic are yet to be agreed, it looks as though the former Rapid Vienna man will be an Everton player before the close of the transfer window on Tuesday.

Jelavic has played very well in Glasgow, but it's unclear how well he'll fare in the far stronger Premier League. On paper, he's exactly the sort of striker Everton need - he's capable of scoring goals but also creating them, with good technique and the ability to use his physique to hold up the ball. David Moyes's side have been needing a link between midfield and attack, and Jelavic could well provide that. Of course, history's against him - players moving between Scotland and England haven't really fared so well lately.


QPR Close To Djibril Cisse Signing

Former Liverpool and Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse is apparently set to sign with Queens Park Rangers from Lazio before the close of the transfer window on Tuesday, according to several reports. The 30-year-old, who's started 20 games with the Serie A club after two years at Panithanikos, has already agreed personal terms with Rangers, who will pay Lazio £4M to take him to Loftus Road.

Cisse will join QPR's three other new signings - Milan fullback Taye Taiwo, Mali international midfielder Samba Diakite and Manchester City's Nedum Onuoha - at the forefront of Mark Hughes's attempt to guide last season's Championship winners away from the relegation zone and to the safety of mid-table. The injection of quality into the squad should be enough to see Rangers clear of any danger, but if it doesn't Hughes will have plenty of explaining to do. It's not like his new quartet came particularly cheap.


QPR Seal Samba Diakite Deal

Queens Park Rangers have acquired Mali international Samba Diakite from Nancy.


Alex Completes Move From Chelsea To PSG

The Brazilian central defender is the latest high-profile addition to an increasingly impressive collection of talent at Parc des Princes.


QPR Complete Nedum Onuoha Transfer

Queens Park Rangers have completed the capture of Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha as Mark Hughes continues his quest to upgrade his back line.


QPR Linked To Samba Diakate Transfer

Queens Park Rangers continue their attempt to restock the squad in order to avoid relegation. They've already added Taye Taiwo, have been connected with virtually every centre half around, and now they've apparently sealed a deal with Ligue 1 side Nancy to take midfielder Samba Diakite to Loftus Road.

Diakite, who's currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Mali, had previously been linked to a move to Lyon, but they wanted him immediately rather than having him go to Gabon. Diakite, who's a defensive midfielder, won't be available to Mark Hughes and company until the end of the month, but he should be able to step in and shore up a team that desperately needs help. The €4M transfer is supposedly going to be complete very soon.

With Diakate, Taiwo and possibly Nedum Onouha coming in, QPR are going to have a radical makeover at the back. Whether that's enough to stave off the threat of dropping back into the Championship is an open question.


QPR And Manchester City Agree Fee For Nedum Onuoha

Queens Park Rangers may have acquired AC Milan fullback Taye Taiwo on loan, but they're not done shoring up their defence quite yet. After failing to agree personal terms with Chelsea centre half Alex, they've turned their attention to Manchester City spare Nedum Onuoha, whom the Premier League leaders are more than happy to see leave, and according to ESPN Soccernet the two clubs have reached an agreement for around £3M.

There is, of course, a catch - Onuoha, like all Manchester City players, earns quite a lot of money. He's reportedly on 60,000 a week with the Qatari-powered giants, which is probably more than QPR can reasonably afford. In fact, that exactly the same wages as Alex was making at Chelsea, meaning that unless Onuoha's demands are less than Alex's, this deal could fall apart in exactly the same way the Brazilian's did. Whether or not that happens appears, at this point, to be entirely up to the player.


Tim Ream Reportedly Granted Work Permit, Can Join Bolton

The waiting appears to be over: Tim Ream has reportedly received his United Kingdom work permit and will be able to join Bolton (via @landennisbbc). Assuming the reports are true, Ream would leave the New York Red Bulls on a transfer worth somewhere between $2.5-$3.5 million, which would be a record price for a MLS defender. The only MLS players to fetch a higher price were offensive standouts Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore.

Bolton apparently sees Ream as a direct replacement for Gary Cahill, who recently joined Chelsea. Ream will compete for minutes with the likes of David Wheater and Zat Knight, as Bolton is currently in fight to stave off relegation. Bolton currently sits 17th in the Premiership table, just one point clear of Nos. 18 and 19 Blackburn and Wolverhampton. Wigan, which is currently 20th, is just four points behind Bolton with each team having 16 matches left to play.

For the Red Bulls, this move does not come as a huge shock, but it does highlight a rather significant hole on their backline. If the season were to start today, the starter centerbacks would likely be Stephen Keel and Markus Holgersson. Keel has just 20 starts during his five-year MLS career and Holgersson will be making his MLS debut this year after a successful run in Sweden's top division. The good news is that Ream's transfer should give the Red Bulls enough money to find some more capable talent.

For more on Ream's move, be sure to check out Bolton blog Lion of Vienna Suite and Red Bulls blog Once a Metro.


Fulham Transfer Rumors: Cottagers Want Maxi Lopez On Loan From Catania

Oh, poor Catania. First their first-choice goalkeeper, Mariano Andujar, hightails back to Argentina due to a rift with the club's sporting director. And now this, the moment the supporters have been dreading: it seems that striker Maxi Lopez is off to the Premier League, joining Fulham on loan for the rest of the season, with the option to buy at the end of the loan.

Fans of the rossazzurri knew the Argentine was bound to move, but thought, perhaps, they'd manage to keep him until the end of the season. After all, he'd had tears in his eyes when applauding the fans after Catania's final game before the winter break. But then he reappeared, giving hope that he wasn't leaving.

Alas, it appears that Maxi Lopez thinks he's better than the Sicilian club, and Martin Jol believes having twelve forwards at Fulham just isn't enough. It's a match made in heaven, really.


Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Didier Drogba To Stay Until The Summer

Despite rumors that Didier Drogba would leave in January to join former teammate Nicolas Anelka at Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, it seems the forward is committed to staying with Chelsea -- until June, that is. Drogba's contract with the Blues is up in the summer, leaving him free to pursue whichever rich clubs wave the right amount of money in his face, which, oddly enough, no longer means Roman Abramovich. Remember the good ol' days, when Chelsea were the only ones throwing money around?

The news makes one wonder -- what was the reaction of Fernando Torres? With the Spaniard finally getting starts in the Premier League, he may have been pumped about Drogba leaving, thinking he may start racking up goals now. But, really, it's not Drogba that keeps Torres from getting the ball in the back of the net, but rather pure unluckiness. Hanging on to Drogs for the rest of the season won't hurt Torres, and it's certainly not going to hurt Chelsea.


QPR Transfer Rumors: AC Milan To Sell Taye Taiwo To Queens Park Rangers

It seems QPR and AC Milan have worked out a deal for defender Taye Taiwo, but it's unclear whether the Italian club are selling or loaning.


Chris Samba Hands In Transfer Request

Blackburn Rovers captain Chris Samba has requested he be allowed to leave Ewood Park this January.

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