Queens Park Rangers bolstered its bid to stay in the English Premier League by signing forwards Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora on the final day of soccer’s transfer period, while striker Louis Saha joined Tottenham.
Everton, Manchester City and Fulham also made moves before yesterday’s 11 p.m. London time deadline as analysts predicted four times less spending than a year ago by Premier League clubs.
Zamora, 31, moves to QPR from Fulham, while Cisse, 30, joins from Lazio. Both signed 2 1/2-year contracts, QPR said on its website, without disclosing the transfer fees.
“QPR are certainly a club that are looking to go forward,” Zamora said. “The sky’s the limit. I want to be a part of that.”
QPR is 16th in the Premier League, two points above the three relegation places at the bottom of the 20-team league.
Premier League transfer spending was expected to be between between 50 million and 70 million pounds ($80 million and $110 million) as teams seek to comply with so-called financial fair-play rules, Mark Roberts, a senior consultant at Deloitte LLP’s sports business group, told Bloomberg Television yesterday.
Clubs face penalties from European soccer’s ruling body, UEFA, if they have losses of more than 45 million euros ($59 million) for a three-year stretch starting last July. Chelsea and Liverpool pushed last year’s spending to a record 225 million pounds by signing Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll, respectively.
Tottenham Strengthens Attack
Tottenham, which is third in the Premier League, strengthened its attack by adding the 33-year-old Saha, who’s scored 149 goals for Fulham, Manchester United and Everton.
Tottenham agreed to sell striker Roman Pavlyuchenko to Lokomotiv Moscow. Spurs also sent defender Sebastien Bassong to Wolverhampton Wanderers and defender Vedran Corluka to Bayer Leverkusen, both on loan for the rest of the season.
Everton signed Glasgow Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic and re-signed midfielder Steven Pienaar from Tottenham on loan until season’s end.
Jelavic, who has 36 goals in 55 matches for Rangers, signed a 4 1/2-year contract, Everton said, without disclosing a fee. Pienaar left Everton for Tottenham during the January 2011 transfer window.
Manchester City added David Pizarro from Roma until the end of the season and sent defender Wayne Bridge on loan to Sunderland.
“Pizarro is a good player,” said City coach Roberto Mancini, who managed the midfielder at Inter Milan. “I think he can help us in the next three months. He has good quality.”
Two players joined the Premier League on loans from German teams as Sunderland added former Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos from Wolfsburg and Fulham signed striker Pavel Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart.
West Brom and Birmingham agreed on an undisclosed fee for defender Liam Ridgewell, who signed a 2 1/2-year contract with the Baggies, with a club option for another year.