Modest names on the move include Scott Sinclair’s protracted move to Manchester City nearing a conclusion – Sky Sports:
It was thought City’s previous £6.2million offer was not enough to tempt Swansea to part ways with their star man, who has a year remaining on his contract in South Wales. However, that obstacle appears to have been cleared to pave the way for the 23-year-old winger to link up with the big-spending club.
Sinclair may be replacing Adam Johnson - transferred to Sunderland earlier in the window – in the squad and take up his mantle of frustrating Fantasy Premier League winger who does not receive enough playing time to justify the investment. We loved Sinclair last year, but can not own him in Mancini’s start-studded side.
Replacing Sinclair will be winger Pablo Hernandez, late of Valencia – Beeb:
Swansea City have a agreed a fee in the region of £5.5m with Spanish side Valencia for winger Pablo Hernandez. The 27-year-old, who has won four caps for Spain, is set to fill the gap left by Scott Sinclair’s imminent departure to Manchester City.
Even a substantial gash to Wayne Rooney won’t keep Berbatov at United. Following the lovely outburst from Fiorentina it has been confirmed that Berba is not headed to Italy, but rather the sunny south that is London – some additional Beeb:
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is having a medical at Fulham, manager Martin Jol has confirmed. Fiorentina blamed “the reckless and arrogant actions of other clubs” and said they were “happy” that Berbatov would not be signing for the club.
Defender Joe Bennett is in from Middlesborough, joining Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa – via AVFC Official:
Bennett’s capture from Middlesbrough has increased the number of signings made by the club in this transfer window to six, following on from fellow defenders Ron Vlaar and Matt Lowton, midfield general Karim El Ahmadi and wide man Brett Holman, along with goalkeeper Brad Guzan who re-signed following four years previously at Villa Park.
Brazilian international goalkeeper Julio Cesar has been signed by QPR:
QPR HAVE pulled off another stunning transfer coup with the arrival of Julio Cesar from Inter Milan. The 32 year-old, who has won 64 caps to date for footballing giants Brazil, has had a hugely successful career so far.
QUEENS Park Rangers have reached agreement with Real Madrid for the permanent transfer of midfielder Esteban Granero.
Meanwhile, Stephane Sessegnon will not be leaving Sunderland, having just agreed a new contract. Via Official:
The Beninese star is now under contract at the Stadium of Light until 2015. Sessegnon is the club’s reigning Player of the Season and has been a huge hit since moving to Wearside from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2011. The 28-year-old has made 58 appearances for the Black Cats, scoring 11 goals.
A year on, the £8.0m Fantasy Premier League rated midfielder is owned in only 1.9% of squads despite an influx of new attacking teammates.
Seamus Coleman is looking forward to fighting for his place in David Moyes’ suddenly talent laden squad:
[The 23-year-old] has…looked extremely sharp throughout pre-season and was many people’s man-of-the-match as Leyton Orient were swept aside in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, Buttner’s U-21 debut for Manchester United drew rave reviews on the Official site, but this language leaves us wanting more:
The recent acquisition from Vitesse Arnhem acquitted himself well during the 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur and is likely to provide cover and, ultimately, competition for Patrice Evra at left-back.
The thought that he will only “ultimately” provide competition for Evra relegates the young defender to the “Scout” list until injuries or form dictate that SAF use the defender in EPL action.
Pavel Pogrebnyak is the most popular name on fan’s jerseys at Reading, unsurprisingly he is also the most owned in Fantasy Premier League. His 14.3% selection is more than Guthrie (5.9%), Federici (3.4%) and Ian Harte (2.8%) combined:
Pogrebnyak’s number 7 shirt has very much captured our fans’ attention, and he’s been the most popular so far. And two goals in his first three games won’t have hurt his cause!
Biggest injury news comes out of Tottenham:
Younes Kaboul has undergone knee surgery in France today (Thursday). The France defender is expected to be sidelined for four months.
More as it develops on our Twitter, available @FantasyGaffer.