Come in number 20 your time has come
With Yohan Cabaye making it 53 Premier League signings in the bag, one club stands alone.
Newcastle United rarely go with the flow under Mike Ashley and for the last 46 days since the season ended, United have looked up the Tyne without a paddle, with only endless speculation keeping us afloat as other clubs banked their new signings.
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However, now it hopefully looks more of a case of come in number 20 – your time has come.
Crystal Palace had been the last club left standing alongside Newcastle without any Premier League signings but the former NUFC playmaker moving from Palace has changed that.
Thankfully, this transfer has been closely followed by news of Georginio Wiljandum arriving on Tyneside today with a fee agreed and only personal terms to finalise, whilst elsewhere Aleksandar Mitrovic’ agent says he expects the striker to also complete with United today.
Hopefully reality has bitten Mike Ashley and he now accepts that only players of a certain quality can protect his asset (that’s a football club to the rest of us), with the likes of Wijnaldum and potentially Mitrovic only the start.
The Premier League summer transfer window officially opened on 1 July but clubs could sign players from the start of June, then have their registration transferred once July arrived.
Similarly, out of contract players generally move on 1 July, although deals could be confirmed before then.
The 53 Premier League signings so far:
Arsenal – Petr Cech (Chelsea)
Aston Villa – Micah Richards (Manchester City), Scott Sinclair (Manchester City), Mark Bunn (Norwich)
Bournemouth – Tyrone Mings (Ipswich), Sylvain Distin (Everton), Christian Atsu (Chelsea), Artur Boruc (Southampton), Joshua King (Blackburn), Adam Federici (Reading)
Chelsea – Nathan (Atletico PR), Radamel Falcao (Monaco)
Crystal Palace – Yohan Cabaye (PSG)
Everton – Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)
Leicester – Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Robert Huth (Stoke), Christian Fuchs (Schalke)
Liverpool – Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim), Joe Gomez (Charlton), Adam Bogdan (Bolton), Danny Ings (Burnley), James Milner (Manchester City), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
Manchester City – Enes Unal (Bursaspor)
Manchester United – Memphis Depay (PSV)
Newcastle United –
Norwich – Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom), Graham Dorrans (West Brom)
Southampton – Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham), Cedric Soares (Sporting Lisbon), Juanmi (Malaga), Cuco Martina (FC Twente)
Stoke – Joselu (Hannover), Jakob Haugaard (Midtylland), Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen)
Sunderland – Sebastian Coates (Liverpool), Adam Matthews (Celtic)
Swansea – Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen), Franck Tabanou (St Etienne), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Eder (Sporting Braga)
Tottenham – Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Kevin Wimmer (FC Koln), Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid)
Watford – Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen), Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua), Matej Vydra (Udinese), Etienne Capoue (Tottenham), Jose Hoebas (AS Roma)
West Brom – James McLean (Wigan)
West Ham – Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria), Darren Randolph (Birmingham)
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