Zamora, Cisse join QPR; Spurs add Saha, Nelsen ahead of transfer deadline

Zamora (Reuters Pictures)

The winter transfer window across Europe closed on Tuesday, and a number of teams — not the usual big-spenders — that were scrambling to fill vacancies and address needs for the second half of their respective seasons were able to add some valuable pieces to the puzzle.

Queens Park Rangers fall into that category, adding firepower in the form of former Lazio striker Djibril Cisse and Fulham forward Bobby Zamora.

Tottenham made a late charge ahead of the transfer deadline, adding Louis Saha on loan from Everton for the rest of the season and acquiring former D.C. United centerback Ryan Nelsen on a free transfer from Blackburn. 

The Toffees added a familiar face in Steven Pienaar, reacquiring the South African on loan from Tottenham for the remainder of the campaign. Everton also went out and signed Nikica Jelavic from Rangers and introduced the striker to the crowd at Goodison Park during the club's victory over Manchester City.

The only American international to make a move ahead of the deadline was U-23 midfielder Mikkel Diskerud, who moved from Stabaek to Belgian club Gent on loan for the rest of the season.

The biggest name being batted around during deadline day, Carlos Tevez, failed to secure a move and is still with Manchester City.

Here is a list of moves that have been completed and announced as of Tuesday's deadline:


Luca Toni from Juventus to Al Nasr

Freddy Guarin from FC Porto to Inter Milan

Kevin De Bruyne from Genk to Chelsea

Djibril Cisse from Lazio to Queens Park Rangers

Samba Diakate on loan from AS Nancy Lorraine to Queens Park Rangers

Thomas Eisfeld from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal

Wayne Bridge on loan from Manchester City to Sunderland

Adam Smith on loan from Tottenham to Leeds United

Nikica Jelavic from Rangers to Everton

David Pizarro on loan from Roma to Manchester City

Sulley Muntari on loan from Inter Milan to AC Milan

Vedran Corluka on loan from Tottenham to Bayer Leverkusen

Ryo Miyaichi on loan from Arsenal to Bolton

Liam Ridgewell from Birmingham City to West Brom

Pavel Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart to Fulham

Yannick Djalo from Sporting Lisbon to Benfica

Vincenzo Iaquinta on loan from Juventus to Cesena

Thiago Motta from Inter Milan to Paris-St. Germain

Sotirios Kyrgiakos on loan from Wolfsburg to Sunderland

Mikkel Diskerud on loan from Stabaek to KAA Gent

Bobby Zamora from Fulham to Queens Park Rangers

Louis Saha on loan from Everton to Tottenham

Roman Pavlyuchenko from Tottenham to Lokomotiv Moscow

Sebastien Bassong on loan from Tottenham to Wolves

Ryan Nelsen from Blackburn to Tottenham

Steven Pienaar on loan from Tottenham to Everton


What do you think of these moves? Disappointed by any of the rumored transfers that did not come to fruition? Which moves have left you scratching your head?

Share your thoughts below.

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48 Responses to Zamora, Cisse join QPR; Spurs add Saha, Nelsen ahead of transfer deadline

  1. chris says:


  2. MicahK says:

    I think Yannick Djalo is going from Sporting to Benfica.

  3. CSD says:

    I don’t think Cisse to QPR is a done deal yet. It looks like QPR is making a final day move for Zamora if they can work out personal terms. I think Cisse would be a better fit. QPR are the biggest EPL movers this window we’ll see if they can properly handle all of their new acquisitions. With Taarabt and Barton in the mix I have my doubts.

  4. Puffer says:

    Coutinho went to Espanyol on loan

  5. Air Jordanz says:

    Too bad Mo Edu isn’t on that list. Hopefully he leaves Rangers this summer. Or is his contract not up until next year?

  6. malkin says:

    Clint Dempsey from Fulham to Arsenal

  7. biff says:

    let’s don’t give up hope yet. Still 8 hours to go. who knows, maybe we will get a pleasant last-minute Edu surprise.

  8. biff says:

    how about dempsey to Everton, with donovan agreeing to stay on?

  9. solles says:

    Cisse is a done deal and Zamora is terrible, QPR already have a number of forwards who dont score, they hardly need another. Not sure what you’re referring to with “we’ll see if they can properly handle all the new acquisitions” and how that relates to Tarrabt and Barton? There are some big personalities of course, but probably no more so than any other Prem club.

  10. solles says:

    the American soccer nerd’s wet dream.

  11. isaf says:

    Dempsey to Arsenal or Liverpool? either today or this summer

  12. isaf says:

    Dempsey at the moment is rated at costing 15-20 million pounds. Highest costing Yank ever,

  13. isaf says:

    pretty sure he’s out come summer. Hopefully to France

  14. RK says:

    That Adam Smith move was very economical.

  15. Paul says:

    Does he use the invisible foot?

  16. malkin says:


  17. Tony in Quakeland says:

    While as a Gonner, I’d love to see him at Arsenal, I think Dempsey’s style would make him an ideal fit for Seire A.

    I’ll duck now while people throw things

  18. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Oh, very good, very good!

  19. PurpleGold says:

    ne truth 2 da rumor of ronaldo 2 barca, rooney 2 madrid and iniesta 2 united n a 3 playr trade? dis kyd keeps sayin its on but i aint belee him

  20. DC Josh says:

    No Dempsey news? I suppose he is staying in West London for now.

  21. TomG says:

    You’re a Gonner? You’re going to die? I’ve heard Gooners and Gunners, but never Gonners. Perhaps that is a Freudian slip re: your hopes for Arsenal’s Champions League hopes.

  22. john.q says:


  23. Texian1836 says:

    Fulham picks up a striker making way for Zamora to QPR. Dempsey? We will see.

  24. biff says:

    Where did you see this figure? That seems high. I just checked a transfer Web site that puts him at 10m pounds.

  25. PurpleGold says:

    some guy on twitter said he saw deuce on the train to newcastle, he asked him what he was doing and dempsey wouldnt tell him haha. It was on BBC’s live updates.

  26. Rory says:

    Also on that webpage is proof that Texas is cool.

  27. fifawitz1313 says:

    God bless you!

  28. Yusef says:

    I wonder what happened to that kid with the Adam Smith haircut who was crying when Leeds got sent down. I’m sure the media in Leeds will reunite them.

  29. bryan says:

    MLS better sign Raul…

    if he ends up in Qatar i’m going to lose it.

  30. David St. Hubbins says:

    makes sense for newcastle b/c obertan hasn’t locked down the RM position but does not make sense for Dempsey b/c he wouldn’t get champions league football there

  31. chris says:

    Please we dont need more has beens

  32. Luke says:

    Not unless he was English? You can divide that figure by half. He only has 18 months left on his contract.

  33. MattfromMemphis says:

    QPR picked up Cisse for 2.5 years. 1 goal in 18 games. Lazio just took somebody with Fifa 2000 for a ride.

  34. camjam says:

    Did you watch him play in Germany last year?

  35. chris says:

    That was LAST year

  36. PurpleGold says:

    i think he was lying

  37. Yoreau Snaub says:

    looks like Bobby took the Fulham “Go, Bobby Zamora!” chant literally.

  38. camjam says:

    Yeah i’d forgotten how players lose all their talent and skills in 6 months. My bad.

  39. chaslymunroe says:

    Man I went looking for that and all I could find was

  40. ld says:

    hahaha…greatest post ever!…..well done sir

  41. marco says:

    Spurs got the short end on both defender and striker. This is not a move to challenge for the the EPL title. What are they doing, paying Harry’s back taxes instead.

  42. Joamiq says:

    what is this I don’t even

  43. Joamiq says:

    Totally baffling. Seems like they’re still in the mindset of trying to consolidate a Europa position.

  44. D Bo says:

    I wonder which MLS team he is coming to….Philly has a big hole.

  45. D Bo says:

    Zamora is terrible? What are you smoking…This guy can score.

    It would have been great for an American team to bring him stateside.

  46. ld says:

    this is the greatest post I have ever seen on SBI!