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Done Deal: Sturridge loaned to West Brom; Deulofeu to Watford

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Daniel Sturridge‘s eternal search for full-time first-team minutes has, at long last, come to an end, with the Liverpool and England striker heading to West Bromwich Albion on loan through the end of the season.

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Sturridge has made just nine Premier League appearances this season (five as a starter) after making 20 (seven as a starter) a year ago. With West Brom presently sitting 19th in the PL table — three points from safety — Sturridge’s ability to score 8-10 goals over the final 14 games of the season could very well be the difference between relegation and staying up.

PST’s Joe Prince-Wright offered the following analysis of how Sturridge will fit at West Brom, and the thinking behind making this move:

He needs game time if he’s going to have any chance of getting in the England squad for the 2018 World Cup this summer and although Jay Rodriguez scored twice against Liverpool in West Brom’s shock FA Cup win at Anfield at the weekend, his talents are better used out wide. West Brom certainly create better chances for their forwards than Newcastle and you can argue that the Baggies have more momentum than the struggling Magpies at a crucial part of the season.

Pardew’s other attacking options at West Brom are far from prolific with Salomon Rondon and Hal Robson-Kanu mustering just five PL goals between them this season despite their hard-working displays. Sturridge would add an extra cutting edge to the Baggies attack and if he stays fit he will give them a massive boost in their battle against relegation from the Premier League.

West Brom also announced on Monday the signing of Egyptian international defender Ali Gabr, a 29-year-old center back who’ll likely be in the Pharaoh’s 23-man squad at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


Elsewhere in the PL, 10th-place Watford (six points separate them from 7th- and 8th-place Leicester City and Burnley, respectively) have made an attacking loan signing of their own: Barcelona (and former Everton, AC Milan, Sevilla and Barcelona, again) winger Gerard Deulofeu.

Following a(nother) unsuccessful spell at his club of development, Deulofeu has again been deemed surplus to requirements and sent on loan to the PL, where he 52 league appearances across two different spells at Everton, where he scored five goals (8 goals in 75 appearances in all competitions).

Done Deals: Liverpool’s Markovic goes on loan, Llorente heads back to La Liga

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With the close of the transfer window quickly approaching, check out what deals have been completed as teams look to build up their rosters before the Sept. 1 deadline.

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Lazar Markovic, for whom Liverpool spent $30 million last summer, will spend the next eight months of his professional career in Turkey, where he’ll play for 2015-16 UEFA Europa League side Fenerbahce. The loan agreement for Markovic, who scored two league goals in 19 appearances in his first season at Anfield, does not include an option for the Turkish club to purchase the 21-year-old Serbian winger on a permanent basis, as Brendan Rodgers believes his future still lies with the Reds.

Elsewhere in Europe, Fernando Llorente, who spent the last two seasons with four-time defending Serie A champions Juventus, has opted to move to Sevilla after failing to beat a whole host of center forwards in order to lock down a regular starting spot after signing from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2013. In total, the 30-year-old striker scored 23 league goals in 65 appearances for the club.

In Major League Soccer news, the Chicago Fire announced that Designated Player, midfielder Shaun Maloney, has been transferred to Championship side Hull City. In his 14 MLS games, the Scottish international scored three goals and notched two assists.

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Joey Barton, most recently of the relegated Queens Park Rangers side last season, has been a free agent since the expiration of his contract at the beginning of the summer. On Thursday, Barton put to bed years months weeks days literally no speculation over his future when it was announced that Burnley, who were also relegated from the Premier League last season, had signed the 32-year-old midfielder to a one-year deal.

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As for players not moving anywhere anytime soon, Thursday was a pretty significant day for owning clubs to say, “No,” to potential suitors all over Europe.

Bayern Munich extended the contract of Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara by two years, thus putting to bed any possible speculation of the 24-year-old’s future with the three-time reigning Bundesliga champions. Meanwhile, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright confirmed that his club have rejected yet another offer from Chelsea for defender John Stones (this one reported to be nearly $60 million), and West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace admonished Tottenham Hotspur for the last-hour nature of their pursuit of forward Saido Berahino, saying Berahino will not be leaving the club this summer.

DONE DEAL: Arsenal, West Brom and Villarreal all got new players Wednesday

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So what went down on Wednesday, as the transfer window took another step toward slamming shut?

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Gabriel Paulista is officially a Gunner. The 24-year-old Brazilian center back is now in a stable of center backs which includes Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, and he’d love to make his move into the lineup sooner rather than later.

Here’s what he told Arsenal.com:

“I’m coming to a very big club and I know that I will play with great players. While respecting everyone, I want to play for my place in the team. I know that is not going to be easy, I must show my potential, I have to show that I can be in the group, that the manager can count on me. The same goes to all my team-mates. I will carry on the same way I have been since the beginning of my career. I have always respected everyone to get to where I am in my career, and I want even more.”

Tony Pulis has a new man at West Bromwich Albion, and he’s done some things in the Premier League. Callum McManaman has completed his move from Wigan Athletic to the Hawthorns, and should be a pretty decent boon for the Baggies’ boss.

It’s a loan move for Costa Rican star Joel Campbell, and the Arsenal man is going in the opposite direction of new Gunner defender Gabriel. The Submarines bill Campbell as, “a strong and skilled wingman whose qualities are his speed and dribbles. He can play both on the right wing and forward.” It’ll just be nice to see him on the pitch again.

Done Deal: Adam Lallana joins Rickie Lambert as ex-Saints at Liverpool

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It comes as little surprise, and it’s now official: Longtime Southampton playmaker Adam Lallana is now a member of Liverpool after a high-profile switch to Anfield was announced on Tuesday.

It’s a ‘long-term deal’ for the England midfielder, with the the BBC reporting that the transfer will cost the Reds almost $43 million. Liverpool had already acquired forward Rickie Lambert from Southampton.

And the post-Mauricio Pochettino exodus from St. Mary’s also includes Luke Shaw, the 18-year-old defender who moved to Manchester United for close to $60 million.

From LiverpoolFC.com:

Upon completing his transfer to Liverpool, the midfielder said: “I’m so excited for the next chapter of my career, coming to a special club like Liverpool. I’m quite humbled and I just can’t wait to get started.

“Hopefully I can settle in quickly, and I will give it my best throughout the whole time I’m here. I hope I can add something to the team and hopefully we can win trophies while I’m here, because that’s why I’m here – for success.”

Lallana arrives at Liverpool fresh from returning from Brazil, where he was a part of England’s World Cup squad, making three appearances at the finals.

The deal gives Liverpool tremendous depth for their UEFA Champions League run, and will certainly cement the questions regarding Southampton’s future in the Premier League. New manager Ronald Koeman will have to work wonders with the Saints’ revered academy products and new transfer buys to keep Southampton in the vicinity of the top half, or in the league at all. Will Morgan Schneiderlin, Dejan Lovren and others remain with the club once August arrives?