It was fun and frantic in equal measure but as the dust settles on another day of pandemonium in the transfer market, it’s time to look at some of the more surprising deals that may have gone under the radar because of all the talk of Radamel Falcao and Danny Welbeck.
Featuring deals involving the likes of Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Norwich and Leeds United, here are five of the more unusual moves that caught the eye of the News.Ladbrokes team.
Lucciano Becchio – Norwich City to Rotherham
We actually forgot Becchio was still at Carrow Road, prior to completing his move to the Millers, with the Argentine featuring just eight times for the since moving to the Canaries from Leeds.
The 30-year-old must have been delighted when he heard he was heading back to Yorkshire – we can only imagine his reaction when he realised it was with Rotherham rather than Leeds. Still, with the Championship hotshot on board, Steve Evans’ side could be dark horses for the play-offs, with promotion on at 33/1 with Ladbrokes.
Kevin Doyle – Wolves to Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace may have done well to bring the likes of Wilfried Zaha to Selhurst Park over the summer but the acquisition of Doyle is something of a head-scratcher, particularly when you consider that Glenn Murray was allowed to leave for Reading.
While Murray may have struggled to hit the form that saw him score 31 goals in 45 games to help Palace earn promotion – having suffered a serious injury – Doyle failed to hit double figures for Wolves in any of his five seasons at Molineux. A loan spell at QPR last term further highlighted his fall from grace. Palace are now 8/5 for relegation.
Royston Drenthe – Reading to Sheffield Wednesday
From scoring on his Real Madrid debut to turning out for Sheffield Wednesday away at Bolton in a couple of weeks time, Drenthe’s fall from grace has been pretty spectacular and while it was surprising enough to see the Dutch under-21 European Championship star move to Reading, a Yorkshire switch is even more of a shock.
But while the move may be a surprising one, a successful stint at Hillsborough could be ideal for a winger that is still just 27-years-old. The Owls have made a good start to the season and with Drenthe on board could prove to be the new Burnley of this campaign with promotion on at 14/1.
Rio Miyaichi – Arsenal to FC Twente
Still just 21, Miyaichi made just five appearances for the Gunners last season, so it was something of a relief to see him earn a surprise move away on loan, with many Arsenal fans perhaps guilty of forgetting the promising Japanese midfielder was still at the Emirates.
A move to Twente could prove the making of him, however, with Rio previously flourishing during temporary stints at Bolton and, perhaps more notably, Feyenoord, with the midfielder scoring three goals in 12 games for the Eredivisie side. Twente are 12/1 to win the league with the Arsenal man.
Brian Montenegro – Nacional to Leeds United
A name that will be unfamiliar to everyone other than the truly die-hard West Ham fans among us, Montenegro is the latest rather odd addition to the Leeds squad, with owner Massimo Cellino opting for foreign imports over more expensive options like Kieran Agard and Becchio.
The 21-year-old Paraguayan spent the latter half of the 2011-12 season at Upton Park but failed to make a single appearance for the club. Oddly enough, he also failed to play a single game for Nacional, the team Leeds signed him from. Suddenly Leeds look tempting to go down at 9/4.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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