February 3rd, 2012
Tardy Transfer Round-Up: In, Out, Shake It All About
YOU try keeping them apart. Image: AFP PHOTO/ IAN KINGTON.
Don’t feel bad that you missed all the transfer news because you’re such important people. We, too, were engaged in frantic busy work (sleeping, shopping, drinking or a horrifying and painful combination of all three) when the window slammed shut at 23.00(GMT) on 31st January, and subsequently missed debuts, goals and probably the elevation of one or two people to ‘club legend’ status.
Here’s a quickie round-up of the most notable moves. There weren’t many.
Image: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe.
QPR fans are already receiving the benefit of Djibril Cisse’s goalscoring prowess, previously enjoyed by Lazio, Liverpool, Sunderland and innumerable other clubs. Cisse scored twelve minutes into his debut vs. Aston Villa, having signed for the London club for a reported £4million on Tuesday. The side also secured the services of Bobby Zamora from Fulham, although he’s never been out in public in a skirt and doesn’t look *quite* as interesting when he takes his shirt off.
Breath easy once more, Kickettes. Steven Pienaar has reunited with former love Leighton Baines at Everton, on a rest-of-the-season loan deal from Spurs. The Toffees also strengthened upfront, signing Glasgow Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic for an undisclosed fee. It’s pretty cold up there in Scotland, so episodes of nudity have been hard to track down, but hopefully the atmosphere and comparatively clement weather at Goodison will change this.
Bolton Wanderers have filled the Gary Cahill shaped hole in their defence with New York Red Bulls’ Tim Ream. The USMNT player had just got married when the call came through from Owen Coyle, and Ream will inevitably have to spend the next few months making up to his new wife. The honeymoon, which was a bought- and-paid-for trip to the South Pacific, is now taking place in Bolton.
That’s some serious shoe shopping right there.
Alan Smith at MK Dons. Surprised? Image: Pete Norton/Getty Images.
Finally, Alan Smith’s career on the bench at Newcastle has been put on temporary hold, with the former Manchester United and England striker signing the rest of his season away to League One side MK Dons. The Blonde Bombshell (and occasional Kickette favourite) reportedly had offers from “clubs at a higher level” but rejected them as he was impressed with new manager Karl Robinson ”footballing philosophy.”
What’s your view, Kickettes? Do you wish there had been some more last minute dramz like last year? Or do you consider summer to be more of a ‘window’ of opportunity? Tell us.