So it’s been a relatively busy day with the transfer market. This morning West Ham announced the signing of Ecuadorian Enner Valencia before the evening announcements of Debuchy to Arsenal and Janmaat to Newcastle United.
First off the signing of Enner Valencia for West Ham. They have taken him off the hands of Mexican Premier Division side Pachuca for a fee believed to be around the £12 million mark. He managed to bag 18 goals in 23 appearances for his previous club where he had been for just for the one season. Valencia enjoyed a fruitful world cup this summer when he scored 3 goals for his country, Ecuador – including a brace against Honduras. West Ham claim they fought off a host of European clubs to bring him to Upton Park and with his impressive performances in Brazil, you can see why.
Today Arsenal finally announced the signing of Magpies full back Mathieu Debuchy on a ‘long term contract’ for a currently undisclosed fee. This one was all but completed last week and most Gunners fans will have been well aware of the incoming player, but like any football fan you don’t count your chickens until the deal is done. Wenger is happy to get his man and is looking forward to working with the French born player, in a interview he was quoted saying:
He is a quality defender who has good Premier League experience and I’m confident he will fit in very well with us,
He has shown he can perform at the highest level with his club sides and also for France.
It seems Debuchy is equally excited to Don the Arsenal shirt and to play under Arsene Wenger, in his first interview with the club he said:
I’m looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger and to helping the team build on last season’s FA Cup success.
Playing again in the Champions League is a big excitement for me and I will do my best to help Arsenal compete for trophies.
Finally, Newcastle wasted no time in announcing their direct replacement for Debuchy. They have brought in Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee. Janmaat enjoyed an impressive World Cup campaign with Holland where he featured in 5 matches, and is undoubtedly an excellent addition to Pardew’s squad. Pardew is certainly pleased to land the promising 24 year old:
Daryl had an excellent World Cup and we’re looking forward to him continuing that form for Newcastle,
He is someone who is good defensively but offers a real threat going forward as well.