A relatively unexciting transfer window closed with the big clubs unable or unwilling to make significant reinforcements. One of the biggest Premier League deals involved Fulham striker Bobby Zamora shifting a few miles across West London to Queens Park Rangers.
The Zamora deal cost QPR an initial £6 million. Zamora has attracted the interest of the England manager Fabio Capello in recent seasons, but it came as some surprise that QPR were prepared to invest in the 31 year-old, although manager Mark Hughes worked with Zamora at Fulham and is impressed by the striker’s professionalism.
"Bobby is a guy that makes things happen on the pitch," Hughes said, "be it scoring goals or creating chances for others. He's a great foil for any team. We needed a player of his ilk at the club and I couldn't be more delighted." QPR also signed the ex-Liverpool forward Djibril Cisse for £4 million.
Elsewhere, one of the most interesting deals saw the talented but troubled teenager Ravel Morrison move from Manchester United to West Ham for an initial £650,000. Morrison’s disciplinary problems had blighted his career at Old Trafford, and his contract was due to expire in the summer. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce hopes that the player will settle down at Upton Park.
"Perhaps a change of environment will be beneficial to him," Allardyce said, "and help him make that step up to first-team football quicker than perhaps would have been the case at Manchester United. There is no doubt he has exceptional talent."