Well guys, here it is as promised. A full low-down on all the 2011 January transfer deadline day news – we reckon it’s probably the craziest window of all time! British record fees, strikers leaving for rival clubs and 11th hour bids rejected – it had it all. Below are all the major deals that definitely went through as well as a great interview with new Liverpool signing and star of the World Cup – Luis Suarez. Remember, Young Academic is the best place for all of your student news and current affairs so make sure you bookmark this page and get following our Facebook and Twitter pages!
Fernando Torres has become a Chelsea player after sealing a £50 million move to arch-rivals Chelses, with the two teams facing eachother this Sunday i think we can expect fireworks in this one. Torres is famous for his goals against the blues, can Carroll and Suarez step up to the challenge? Ancelotti’s men also snapped up Brazilian starlet defender David Luiz after protracted negotiations with Portugese oufit Benfica resulted in a £21 million deal.
Liverpool were equally as busy yesterday, bringing in Luis Suarez from Ajax for £22.7 million and Andy Carroll for £35 million. With talismanic striker Fernando Torres gone, can Steven Gerrard and Co forge a creative understanding with one of the World Cup’s top performers and England’s brightest young prospect?
Blackpool underlined their desire to remain in the Premier League with several audacious signings and the retention of the services of Charlie Adam. Despite late bids from Liverpool and Spurs, the combative Scot has stayed with Ian Holloway’s men and vowed to keep the ‘seasiders’ in the top flight. He will be joined by Belarusian striker Sergei Kornilenko, experienced winger Andy Reid and James Beattie.
There were a series of interesting loan moves as well. Former Newcastle favourite Obafemi Martins has joined Birmingham City, Daniel Sturridge has teamed up with Bolton and Steven Ireland will help fill the void left by Andy Carroll with Alan Pardew’s Toon. In the latest loan deal of the night, ex-Barcelona playmaker Eidur Gudjohnsen has decided to join Fulham for the remainder of the season.
So, that’s pretty much all the big Premier League transfer news, be sure to check your club’s website for further details and keep up to date every Sunday night with the Young Academic sports round-up.
As promised, check out a Liverpool Football Club interview with Uruguayan capture, Luis Suarez. Suarez hit the headlines at the FIFA World Cup for the right and the wrong reasons and is sure to add some extra spice to the Merseyside team’s attack this year.
Luis Suarez today told Liverpoolfc.tv that he has joined ‘the most important club in world football’.
The Uruguay international completed a medical at Melwood on Saturday before signing a five and a half year deal.
In his first interview since swapping Ajax for Anfield, our new No.7 revealed his desire to become a ‘champion’ in England.
How do you feel having completed your move to Liverpool?
I am very happy to be here. For me this is the most important club not just in England but the whole world. That’s why I am very happy.
Was it difficult to leave Ajax?
Ajax knew I wanted to come and play here and they knew I wanted to play for such a big club. The only thing we had to do was reach an agreement. There was no problem. I am very grateful to the Ajax fans for how they treated me. I had a wonderful time in Ajax and I will miss them, but that’s football. You have to keep changing and moving forward to get better. Who knows – maybe one day I will go back.
What can Liverpool fans expect from you?
My aim is to work, to show the fans how hard I am ready to work. I want to put in lots of effort, to show people my capabilities. First of all I want to try and play as many games as possible and help move us up the table.
How much do you know about Liverpool FC?
Liverpool is a very famous club. It is the most famous club in England. I watched Liverpool as a boy, I watched English football as a boy. Liverpool have great fans – the greatest in England I think. Once again, it’s a dream to be able to come and play here.
What are your aims now having arrived at Anfield?
My ambitions for the future are to do my very best for Liverpool, to try and learn more about English football and to become a champion.
Report by Charles Whitworth