Premier League Jan 2008 Transfer Window - Week 1 Round-up

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07/01/2008 07:30:00.
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The transfer window opened without, in this case only, a metaphorical mention of an actual glass thing. There were no major moves in the first week as the FA Cup dominated thoughts. Although one of the biggest likely moves was given some impetus when Nic Anelka was 'rested', and will therefore not be cup-tied for any potential employer *coughChelseacough*. But the prospect of some huge deals remains, with Dimitar Berbatov's agent touting his man - even if Spurs want £35m and Real Madrid using some subtle media tips to make it obvious that they would like Cristiano Ronaldo - even if United want £75m. Neither will happen at those prices.

Arsenal;
Arsene Wenger is one of the shrewdest managers in the game and is in a fantastic position at Arsenal. The Gunners are currently top of the Premiership and are still involved in all three cup competitions, he has some of the best young ...

Aston Villa;
Aston Villa could still be said to have a smaller squad then many of their Premiership rivals so their supporters are hoping for several new arrivals in the January window. However, keeping what they have has been the focus of the first...

Birmingham City;
As Birmingham City entered the transfer window period, Alex McLeish made his views clear. The new boss doesnít feel he has the numbers and needs to be able to add to his squad across the board so that some of his key men can be rested. He will ...

Blackburn Rovers;
Mark Hughes has an eye for talent and will be keen to turn things around at Ewood Park to keep their European dreams for next season alive. The Rovers have won just once in their past 12 outings and are out of all cup competitions and Hughes ...

Bolton Wanderers;
Boltonís biggest task this January will be that of trying to hold on to Nicolas Anelka. The much travelled striker is being lined up by Chelsea according to just about everyone, with Tuesdayís Independent (January 1) suggesting itíll be ...

Chelsea;
The transfer window opens with a deafening clang on New YearĎs Day, and The Sun newspaper springs into action to report that Chelsea could be about to Ďhijackí Manchester Unitedís attempts to sign Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov with a ...

Derby County;
Despite occupying the Private Fraser position at the foot of the Premiership, there's plenty of optimism around at Derby County going into the transfer window. A highly-rated new manager, an ambitious new chairman and the promise of new ...

Everton;
The opening of the transfer window gives Everton manager David Moyes something of a dilemma. If he doesnít have enough trouble deciding which ludicrous woolly hat to don each Saturday afternoon, he must also decide whether to stick or twist ...

Fulham;
It must be a difficult time to take over a football club in the situation that Fulham find themselves in? Roy Hodgson replaced Lawrie Sanchez as Fulham boss a week before the transfer window opened. In that short space of time Hodgson has...

Liverpool;

Manchester City;
With the hangovers still raw the January transfer window opened with Manchester City probably looking for a striker and a full-back if the late December transfer speculation is any pointer. Big money moves were the order of the day as Sven ...

Manchester United;
With the pre-window business of signing Manucho from Petro Athletico out of the way; United were dealing with rumours of two of the biggest transfers that English football has ever seen. With Cristiano Ronaldo being linked to Real Madrid for ...

Middlesbrough;
A host of players were linked with moves to Middlesbrough during December but the first week of the transfer window has been a very quiet one on Teesside. Strikers Afonso Alves, Milan Baros, Daniel Cousin, James Beattie and Nicolae Dica were ...

Newcastle United;
Newcastle United havenít been linked with too many players so far this January transfer window. Itís not surprising considering the intense media pressure regarding Sam Allardyceís future at St Jamesí Park. Itís been reported that Big Sam ...

Portsmouth;
Harry Redknapp must love this time of year. The transfer window in January is like a second Christmas for the Portsmouth boss. Itís another opportunity for Harry to peruse the shop windows looking for bargain deals as he prepares for the next five months ...

Reading;
Steve Coppell is not Harry Redknapp. Not a stunning revelation - but the two seem to represent the opposite ends of transfer market; Coppell seemingly would rather his players played football...

Sunderland;
Sunderland are one team that certainly needed a boost from the January Transfer Window and Roy Keane delivered immediately by tying up another loan deal for Manchester Unitedís Jonny Evans...

Tottenham Hotspur;

West ham United;
With an injury-plagued squad it is sure to be a busy month for Alan Curbishley as he hopes to improve on West Hamís erratic season so far. Sitting comfortably in mid-table, the Hammers will probably not be as active as they were this time...

Wigan Athletic;


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