Managers turn to former clubs
A day before the transfer window closes, the managers of Crystal Palace and Sunderland turned to former clubs to refresh their relegation-threatened squads yesterday.
And Leonardo Ulloa got tough in his fight to leave Leicester, accusing the English Premier League champions of reneging on a pledge to allow him to leave.
Premier League clubs have until 6 p.m today to sign players for the final time this season.
Palace signed defender Patrick van Aanholt, a 26-year-old Netherlands international, from Sunderland on a deal through June 2021.
"He will add pace and energy to our team, has strong defensive qualities and has the added ability to score and create goals," Palace manager Sam Allardyce said.
Palace is two points from safety and a point above last-place Sunderland, which Allardyce managed last season.
Sunderland sold Van Aanholt in a deal that could be worth US$17 million to fund manager David Moyes' recruitment drive.
"It was my decision to sell Patrick, so if anybody thinks it was because (owner) Ellis (Short) was wanting money, it was far from that," Moyes said. "Because of the level of the wages, the sale meant that I had opened up the ceiling, which allowed me to maybe get some players in."
Like Allardyce, Moyes has turned to an old club Everton to bolster the squad. Defender Bryan Oviedo and midfielder Darron Gibson signed up on Monday to join former Everton teammates Joleon Lescott, Victor Anichebe and Steven Pienaar at Sunderland.