The summer transfer window’s Deadline Day proved to be a pretty dramatic affair yesterday, with all sorts of twists and turns seeing a whole host of players hop, skip and jump to a new club.
Where would Jack Wilshere end up? We all wondered yesterday. What about Moussa Sissoko? As Tottenham swung from heavy favourites to long-shot outsiders.
All told, there was plenty of drama throughout the day, but as 11pm struck, the window was closed until 2017.
So, who ended up with the best buys? We’ve run the rule over our five best signings of the day…
Jack Wilshere – Arsenal to Bournemouth – Season-long loan
With all the attention on Wilshere himself and Arsenal, few stopped to think what a great deal this could be for Bournemouth.
Under Eddie Howe, the Cherries have a great man-manager who plays a style that should suit the England international to a tee. If fit, and on form, Wilshere could thrive at Dean Court.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake – Chesterfield to Shrewsbury – Loan until January
One which came through late in the day, Ebanks-Blake could be the answer to Shrewsbury’s goal-scoring struggles.
The centre-forward is on-loan from Chesterfield until January, and still only 30, still has bags of talent to offer the west Midlands outfit.
James Weir – Manchester United to Hull – Undisclosed
Hull made five signings in the last two days of the window, including two from Mike Phelan’s old club, Man United.
James Weir made a Deadline Day move to join Will Keane, and he could prove a steal. Highly-rated within Old Trafford, Weir was the inspirational skipper as United’s youth side claimed the U21 Premier League title.
Wilfried Bony – Manchester City to Stoke – Season-long loan
The writing was on the wall for Wilfried Bony as soon as Pep Guardiola was announced way back in the Spring, but at Stoke, the Ivory Coast striker could be a regular goalscorer once again.
With a string of creative midfielders ready to supply him, don’t be surprised to see Bony rediscover his Swansea form and hit double figures this season.
Islam Slimani – Sporting Lisbon to Leicester – £29m
Leicester boast one devilishly rapid attack force, having smashed their club-record transfer for the second time this summer.
Islam Slimani hammered in a whopping 27 goals for Sporting Lisbon last season, and he, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and £16m man Ahmed Musa now represent one of the strongest attacking quartets in the Premier League.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.