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Dozens of players complete loan deals

Many seek fresh start at a fresh location

By | 1st September 2011

On a day when many managers strive to negotiate the ideal transfer fee for their ideal targets, there is often a realization that the ideal deal might not be struck after all.

Fortunately for these managers, not all is lost when they fail to agree a fee for someone they really want to bring to their clubs. Their immediate back-up is to loan the player instead.

Some would go as far as arguing that a loan deal, in fact, is the optimal deal in many ways as it allows all three parties – the parent club, the player, and of course, the club taking the player on loan – to test drive the experience before returning to the discussion table the following year.

Therefore, it came as no surprise that on the deadline day before the closing of the summer transfer window, many of the Premier League’s renowned names swapped their parent clubs for temporary new destinations in a bid to improve the status quo.

The Local Movers

Tottenham Hotspur apparently decided that unless a midfielder is named Luka Modric, they would be happy to listen to offers. On the deadline day, manager Harry Redknapp sent Jermaine Jenas on loan to Aston Villa while also sending David Bentley out on loan to West Ham United.

The Spurs’ London rivals Chelsea were also active in sending players out on loan as youngsters Gael Kakuta and Patrick Van Aanholt were sent to acquire more experience at Bolton and Wigan Athletic, respectively.

Arsenal also maintained their tradition of sending developing young players out on loan as Arsene Wenger’s summer signing Joel Campbell was loaned to French Ligue 1 outfit Lorient. Midfielder Henri Lansbury, meanwhile, will remain in London for a loan spell with West Ham.

Unsettled Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner left for Wearside to fulfill Steve Bruce’s need for another striker at Sunderland.

Wenger was also on the receiving end of a loan deal as he managed to capture want-away Israeli Yossi Benayoun from Chelsea for the duration of this season.

Although Everton felt a significant loss when Mikel Arteta and Jermaine Beckford were shipped out to the Gunners and Leicester City, respectively, David Moyes provided some relief by completing a loan deal for Dutchman Royston Drenthe, who has been surplus to requirements at Real Madrid.

The most high-profile loan deal of the day, however, belongs to Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool, who allowed out-of-favor midfielder Joe Cole to go on loan to reigning French Champions Lille.

The transition could be very smooth for Cole as the player’s new team values his skill-set very highly and can allow him to even commute from England.

The Reds, on the other hand, are also likely to benefit from the deal as they have reportedly received the first option in the future to sign highly rated playmaker Eden Hazard, who has been a long-term Arsenal target.

The Outside Business

Some major loan deals were also finalized beyond the boundaries of the Barclays Premier League.

Celtic, for example, swooped for Dynamo Kiev’s Badr El Kaddouri while allowing defender Jos Hooiveld to join Southampton on a season-long loan.

The Bhoys’ Glasgow rivals Rangers sent Northern Ireland forward Andrew Little to Port Vale.

In Italy, A.S. Roma continued a massive rebuilding project by unveiling Real Madrid’s Fernando Gago as their biggest loan signing.

Former Birmingham City winger Mauro Zarate also departed his Serie A club Lazio to begin a loan spell at Internazionale, who managed to hold on to talisman Wesley Sneijder despite speculation linking the Dutchman to Manchester United and Manchester City throughout the summer.

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