Something worth shouting about
Crystal Palace’s signing of midfielder Adam Wharton from Blackburn looks to be the biggest move in the Premier League on deadline day as the transfer window closes with a flurry of late loan deals.
The Eagles – fighting to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle – are said to have paid an initial fee of £18m, with the potential for a further £4m in add-ons for the talented 19-year-old.
Wharton, who has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract, feels Crystal Palace is the right place for him to develop his ambitions.
“The way they take players from the Championship and develop them into world-class players in the Premier League is what impresses me,” Wharton told the club’s website. “That’s the main reason I wanted to come here.”
All was silent there
Premier League clubs spent just £100m in one of the quietest transfer windows in recent history.
That figure, according to estimates by leading financial firm Deloitte, is down from a staggering £815m last January and has averaged just over £319m since the 2016-17 season, when prices Domestic television rights value surpassed £5 billion for the first time in three years. -annual cycle.
Relatively stable broadcasting revenue and the threat of sanctions under the league’s profits and sustainability rules – with Everton having won by 10 points this season – have been cited as potential reasons. hidden leading to a lack of activity this month.
Tim Bridge, principal partner in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, said: “After record spending over the past three transfer windows, spending by Premier League clubs this January has fallen down.
“The more cautious approach may be driven by the high levels of spending invested in the summer transfer window, but may also be influenced by increased awareness of the Premier League’s financial regulations and potential consequences of non-compliance.
“Securing the highest quality player talent remains a key issue for Premier League clubs, but we recognize that in these times, retention is a priority over attraction.”
Fulham confirmed the signing of Armando Broja on loan from Chelsea late last night.
The Blues initially wanted a permanent deal worth £50m for their 22-year-old striker but settled on a straight loan.
talkSPORT understands that Chelsea have lowered their loan fee requirement from £5m to a nominal amount and now have an option to buy rather than an obligation.
Fulham will owe the Blues more money if appearance-related terms are not met – and the total contract value could be up to £4 million.
Broja said: “It feels amazing. I’m really happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started, meet the players, coaches and play for the fans.
“The fans always play an important part and I can’t wait to get to Craven Cottage and meet them all. I will work hard for the team and create a real bond.
“I’m really honored and excited to be here.”
Lyon beat West Ham because of Benrahma
Lyon have criticized West Ham over the failed transfer of Said Benrahma – and claim their pursuit of the winger is not over yet.
A statement read: “Olympique Lyonnais is delighted to welcome Saïd Benrahma to Lyon this Thursday to complete his transfer from West Ham.
“The two clubs have signed a provisional transfer agreement and Olympique Lyonnais has received approval from DNCG to allow the transfer to proceed smoothly and transparently.
“However, earlier in the evening, while Olympique Lyonnais had entered all the administrative data on the dedicated FIFA platform (FIFA TMS), West Ham had never introduced the slightest technical process from the side. myself, despite constant reminders from my CV and constant phone contact.
“In the absence of this reciprocal action on the part of the English club and in light of this incomprehensible behavior, which raises the question, an international transfer certificate cannot be requested before the closing period.
“Olympique Lyonnais deeply regrets this situation and this decision, which demonstrates a deep lack of respect on West Ham’s part for the organization and the player.
“The club reserves the right to initiate all appropriate proceedings necessary to validate the transaction going forward and hold West Ham accountable if necessary.”
Talk and done
Incredible late news – Says Benrahma’s move from West Ham to Lyon will end in the 11th hour, says talkSPORT.
Benrahma has put pen to paper on a £15m move to Lyon after traveling to France today to complete the move.
The deal is an initial loan for the remainder of the season, with an obligation to buy for a fee above, as the Ligue 1 side beat off late competition from Fulham.
However, due to “administrator error”, all related documents were not approved in time.
Lyon are prepared to appeal the decision but given the current situation, the 28-year-old is expected to return to the London Stadium.
Wolves boss O’Neil failed to move Broja
Gary O’Neil has revealed Wolves’ failed attempt to buy Armando Broja as he completed his loan deal from Chelsea to Fulham.
“We couldn’t afford to do that,” he admitted after his team’s 4-3 defeat to Manchester United.
“That’s where we are as a football club. But we haven’t had 10 points deducted yet.”