Transfer window dealing in Premier League

ALEX BELL
Last updated 16:24 06/09/2012

Well the transfer window has finally closed. Some high-profile names have moved around, while some guys you'd never heard of are already lighting up the Premier League.

So here is a round-up of the major movers and shakers over the past few months - how do you feel about your club's wheeler-dealing?

ARSENAL

In Arsene we trust is the flag you always see at the Emirates. The club's longest-serving manager, Monsieur Wenger has 16 years in North London under his belt - but their last major trophy was the FA Cup in 2005 so this transfer window was of paramount importance. Shame he had to sell their best player, really. Fourteen players went out, although half on loan, and only three came in. Olivier Giroud has looked nervous early on, while Santi Cazorla is already a fans' favourite, but Robin Van Persie and Alex Song are not the calibre of players you want to be letting go. Wenger seriously needs a trophy this year or it could well be bon voyage. He probably wouldn't be pushed, but why stay on?

INS
Santi Cazorla (Malaga)
Olivier Giroud (Montpellier)
Lukas Podolski (Cologne)

OUTS
Manuel Almunia (Watford) Free
Nicklas Bendtner (Juventus) Loan
Denilson (Sao Paulo) Loan
Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed
Ryo Miyaichi (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Robin van Persie (Man Utd) Full story
Alex Song (Barcelona) Undisclosed
Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad) Undisclosed

ASTON VILLA

When ex-player, now ballroom dancer and bleach blond-haired pundit Robbie Savage speaks, I just watch his white teeth and generally smile rather than listen to anything he has to say. However, he has predicted the drop for Villa - and if their early form is anything to go by, he might not be far off. No significant losses in the window, but then none of Paul Lambert's squad were particularly significant anyway. Arrivals El Ahmadi, Holman, Lowton and Vlaar have all gone straight into the first team - but it's seven million pound man, Christian Benteke, Lambert appears to be hoping will strike up a lethal partnership with Darren Bent. I think Savage is wrong and Villa will survive, but how quickly the new boys bed in will define whether it's mid-table comfort or a tricky little scrap.

INS
Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord)
Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar)
Matt Lowton (Sheff United)
Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord)
Christian Benteke (Genk)

OUTS
James Collins (West Ham)
Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland)
Emile Heskey (Released)

CHELSEA

Always fun to watch during the transfer window, a total of 16 players have left Stamford Bridge and plenty of quality. Bosingwa, Benayoun, Drogba, Essien, Kalou, Meireles... only one Premier League squad could realistically cope with that. Of course, Oscar, Victor Moses and Eden Hazard will soften the blow slightly. Defensively is where their problems lie, so expect to see Cesar Azpilicueta pretty soon. The 23-year-old right-sided defender cost seven million pounds and has represented Spain all the way through their youth system. However, I am surprised to see Raul Meireles as surplus to requirements. Despite his often dodgy barnet, I considered him one of the most complete midfielders in the EPL. Also, Championship side Middlesbrough have got a bargain loan of Josh McEachran. Expect them to at least make the play-offs if Josh plays his part.

INS
Cesar Azpilicueta (Marseille)
Eden Hazard (Lille)
Victor Moses (Wigan)
Oscar (Ineternacional)

OUTS
Yossi Benayoun (West Ham, loan)
Jose Bosingwa (QPR)
Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua)
Michael Essien (Real Madrid, loan)
Gael Kakuta (Vitesse Arnhem, loan)
Salomon Kalou (Little)
Romelu Lukaku (WBA, loan)
Josh McEachran (Middlesborough, loan)

EVERTON

Business as usual for David Moyes. Nothing scene-stealingly spectacular, living within his means, providing a solid three-course meal for the Everton faithful. But Moyes appears to be seeking a bit more Vienetta than apple pie, with a surfeit of attacking options now on his plate. Kevin Mirallas looked very sharp with two goals on his debut, although Leyton Orient were served up at Goodison Park, and Stephen Naismith has been acquired from Rangers. Throw in Jelavic, Fellaini, Piennar and Osman and you have goals aplenty. But I'm sure most Toffeemen will lament the departure of Tim Cahill. Eight years and 56 goals from 200-plus appearances are impressive stats - and like Robbie Keane's forward roll shot-gun celebrations, you could always rely on Tim to run to the corner flag and throw a couple of jabs. Farewell, you cheeky little Aussie.

INS
Kevin Mirallas (Olympiacos)
Steven Naismith (Rangers)
Bryan Oviedo (FC Copenhagen)
Steven Pienaar (Spurs)

OUTS
Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls)
James McFadden (released)
Jack Rodwell (Manchester City)
Joseph Yobo (Fenerbache)

FULHAM

They started the season with a 5-0 win but I just get the feeling this is going to be a tough year for Martin Jol's boys. You simply cannot sell the heartbeat of your team and expect Dimitar Berbatov to fill the void! Dembele, Dempsey, Murphy, Johnson... all key players. He's virtually sold the midfield. Much will rest on Mladen Petric. The experienced Croatian nabbed two in the opener against Norwich and looked class. However, he was a halftime casualty of the West Ham defeat, which could have been a lot worse than 3-0. Perhaps Murphy will be passing Fulham on the way down, when Blackburn come straight back up.

INS
Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)
Mladen Petric (Hamburg)
Kieran Richardson (Sunderland)
Hugo Rodallega (Wigan)

OUTS
Mousa Dembele (Spurs)
Clint Dempsey (Spurs)
Dickson Etuhu (Blackburn)
Andy Johnson (QPR)
Danny Murphy (Blackburn)

LIVERPOOL

UK newspapers have been running hot with the story that Brendan Rodgers was misled by the club's owners Fenway Sports Group over the money he had available for striking reinforcements. Daniel Sturridge and Clint Dempsey were targets that were not hit, leaving the reds looking woefully short of goals. Whatever the story, their next two games - Sunderland away, Man United home - could define their season, but surely Rodgers will get time. He has had a right old clearout - Adam, Aquilani, Bellamy, Carroll, Kuyt and Rodriguez all gone. Joe Allen is a lovely player but Fabio Borini is a massive risk. He scored nine goals for Roma last season and cost over ten million pounds. The kid has made just over 40 career appearances - that's a joke. The jewel in the crown appears to be Turkish midfielder Sahin, but he's got a big job ahead of him.

INS
Joe Allen (Swansea)
Fabio Borini (Roma)
Nuri Sahin (Real Madrid, loan)

OUTS
Charlie Adam (Stoke)
Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina)
Fabio Aurelio (Gremio)
Craig Bellamy (Cardiff)
Andy Carroll (West Ham)
Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbarche)
Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys)
Jay Spearing (Bolton, loan)

MANCHESTER CITY

Roberto Mancini turned a bit moody, claiming he wasn't being given enough investment to maintain their champion status - but still parted with nearly 40 million pounds in the window! I'm sure Jack Rodwell was delighted when the deal for Spain midfielder Javi Garcia went through - you don't spend 16 million notes on a substitute. Matija Nastasic provides more defensive cover, but you wonder if Scott Sinclair has made the right call. Perhaps his Coronation Street-actress girlfriend was tired of South Wales, but you may end up with splinters mate from all the bench warming. Roque Santa Cruz (remember him) has said goodbye to our shores, but the addition of Maicon is an exciting one. Josimar and Roberto Carlos are just two examples of the modern Brazilian full-back - let's hope Maicon can continue that illustrious tradition.

INS
Javi Garcia (Benfica)
Maicon (Inter Milan)
Jack Rodwell (Everton)
Scott Sinclair (Swansea)
Matija Nastasic (Fiorentina)

OUTS
Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs)
Wayne Bridge (Brighton)
Owen Hargreaves (Released)
Adam Johnson (Sunderland)
Stefan Savic (Fiorentina)
Nigel de Jong (AC Milan)
Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga)

MANCHESTER UNITED

Of course the biggest transfer of the window was the arrival of Robin Van Persie at Old Trafford. With one hat-trick already to his name, the Dutch maestro immediately paid back some of the 24 million pound transfer fee - but at 200 grand a week he will be expected to deliver plenty more. Sir Alex Ferguson will be desperate to get the title back - but his pride must also have been dented by last season's shocking Champions League exit at the hands of Basel. Although relatively unheralded, Kagawa already looks an astute purchase and United have the goods going forward. But will they keep enough clean sheets?

INS
Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)
Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund)
Nick Powell (Crewe)
Angelo Henriquez (Club Universidad de Chile)
Alexander Buttner (Vitesse Arnehm)

OUTS
Fabio da Silva (QPR, loan)
Tomasz Kuszcak (Brighton)
Michael Owen (released)
Park Ji-Sung (QPR)
Paul Pogba (Juventus)

NEWCASTLE

Without a doubt, Alan Pardew's men were one of the major surprises of last season - challenging for a top-four spot before eventually finishing fifth. But a repeat of that looks unlikely, especially considering the paucity of new signings. I defy anyone reading this blog to have known of the skills of Burundi-born Gael Bigirimana, until he came on as an early sub against Aston Villa last weekend. Admittedly he played a blinder and Vurnon Anita has stepped straight into the first team and impressed with his versatility. But Pardew must know that with a gruelling UEFA Cup campaign on the schedule as well, his squad needs bulking up.

INS
Romain Amalfitano (Reims)
Vurnon Anita (Ajax)
Gael Bigirimana (Coventry)
Curtis Good (Melbourne Heart)

OUTS
Leon Best (Blackburn)
Peter Lovenkrands (released)
Danny Guthrie (Reading)

NORWICH CITY

Tough job for Chris Hughton, stepping into Paul Lambert's shoes, so he's looked to bring in some quality. Sebastien Bassong is a proven EPL performer, with 19-year-old striker Harry Kane also coming from Spurs, on a loan deal. Young and desperate to impress, he is just the sort of player clubs like Norwich have to develop. Javier Garrido will offer class at the back and Robert Snodgrass has already made an impact, scoring a late equaliser at Spurs - a game the Canaries should have won. But City are still to win a game this campaign - they need three points quickly.

INS
Sebastien Bassong (Spurs)
Harry Kane (Spurs)
Robert Snodgrass (Leeds)
Michael Turner (Sunderland)
Steven Whittaker (Rangers)
Javier Garrido (Lazio)

OUTS
Daniel Ayala (Notts Forest, loan)
Andrew Crofts (Brighton)
Zak Whitbread (released)
Aaron Wilbraham (released)

QPR

There's so much money swishing about at Loftus Road, Mark Hughes must know that it's now or never. If they're in the bottom three at Xmas, he will surely be out - and he's gone player crazy in the transfer window to make sure they're not. Junior Hoilett was outstanding for Blackburn last year and you know exactly what you're gonna get with Kiwi Ryan Nelsen. Fabio appears to be a bargain, much like Jose Bosingwa. And how do United fans feel about losing Park Ji-Sung? Robert Green arrived from West Ham, dropped a couple of clangers and has now been told he can go out on loan - now that is funny. New keeper Julio Cesar said he took a pay cut to come to QPR and not many players would do that. Ahhh isn't he a wonderful guy! Anyone think that Hughes just buys players but doesn't really have a clue how to put a team together? Oh well, we shall see.

INS
Samba Diakite (Nancy, loan)
Fabio da Silva (Man United, loan)
Robert Green (West Ham)
Junior Hoilett (Unattached)
Andy Johnson (Fulham)
Ryan Nelsen (Spurs)
Park Ji-Sung (Man United)
Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea)
Julio Cesar (Inter)
Esteban Granero (Real Madrid)

OUTS
Jay Bothroyd (Sheff Wed, loan)
Joey Barton (Marseille)
Akos Buzsaky (Free)
Daniel Gabbidon (released)
Paddy Kenny (Leeds)
Heidar Helguson (Cardiff)

READING

Third-favourites to go down, Brian McDermott will be looking at the Swansea/Norwich models as blueprints for success and survival. He is also banking on some reliable old pros, if the purchase of Nicky Shorey is anything to go by. Chris Gunter will provide Welsh bite at the back, but Pavel Pogrebnyak will be the key man. He has to weigh in with at least 15 goals this season for Reading to stay up. Their new owner, Anton Zingarevich, has vowed to be prudent with the cash - but that isn't going to keep you in the Premier League.

INS
Chris Gunter (Notts Forest)
Danny Guthrie (Newcastle)
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Stuttgart)
Nicky Shorey (WBA)
Stuart Taylor (Man City)

OUTS
Michail Antonio (Sheff Wed)
Mikkel Anderson (Portsmouth)

SOUTHAMPTON

Stone-cold relegation favourites, Saints fans can't have been too excited when the transfer window closed - especially after losing their first three EPL games, despite a spirited performance against a lacklustre Manchester United. Marquee purchase is 21-year-old Uruguayan winger Gaston Ramirez from Bologna. While Japan Olympic captain Maya Yoshida will shore up things at the back. I was surprised to see Billy Sharp go out on loan, as he has impressed many in the lower leagues - but it would be more of a shock if Southampton manage to stay up.

INS
Maya Yoshida (VVV Venlo)
Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace)
Steven Davis (Rangers)
Paulo Gazzaniga (Gillingham)
Jay Rodriguez (Burnley)
Gaston Ramirez (Bologna)

OUTS
Dan Harding (Notts Forest)
Billy Sharp (Notts Forest, loan)

STOKE

I've never particularly liked Tony Pulis and have a feeling of antipathy towards Stoke in general, but you just can't knock their remarkable achievements. And who is to say they won't shake up the big boys this season. It didn't really work for Charlie Adam at Liverpool, but I think he has a touch of quality. His set-piece delivery and work-rate should serve the Potters well. Maurice Edu will offer power in the midfield and Steven N'Zonzi is a match-winner on his day. But of course the big arrival is Michael Owen. The UK media have been going ga-ga over this one-year deal. Can he still do it? From the wonderful strike against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, to his 118 goals in 216 games for Liverpool, I've always loved watching 'Young Michael', as he was perennially called in the early days. Not quite sure if the long-throw tactic will still work, but I hope it does.

INS
Michael Owen (Man United)
Charlie Adam (Liverpool)
Maurice Edu (Rangers)
Michael Kightly (Wolves)
Steven N'Zonzi (Blackburn)

OUTS
Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough)
Danny Collins (Notts Forest)
Salif Diao (released)
Ricardo Fuller (released)
Thomas Soares (released)

SWANSEA

My goodness, it must be lush to be a Swan right now. Not only are you boys flying high, but Cardiff can't get out of the Championship either. New gaffer Michael Laudrup didn't go mad in the transfer market - but Chico Flores has already made his mark... on Louis Saha's head. He got sent off for a ridiculous challenge. Michu has shaken up the fantasy league with four goals already - and the departures of Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair don't seem to have affected the squad. The loss of Neil Taylor through injury for the rest of the season is terrible news, but you just get the feeling Swansea will take it all in their stride.

INS
Jose Manuel 'Chico' Flores (Genoa)
Pablo Hernandez (Valencia)
Jonathan De Guzman (Villareal)
Michu (Rayo Vallecano)

OUTS
Joe Allen (Liverpool)
Scott Sinclair (Manchester City)
Stephen Dobbie (Brighton)

SUNDERLAND

This season is a true litmus test for gaffer Martin O'Neill. First full season in charge, I think he's effectively auditioning for Old Trafford. He went all guns blazing for Steven Fletcher, who bagged two on his debut, and Adam Johnson fits the bill perfectly. Throughout his managerial career, O'Neill has loved playing with wingers who can whip in dangerous balls and turn defenders - with James McLean on the other flank, the picture appears to be complete. One big gamble is the injury-prone 34-year-old Louis Saha. The Mackems did not find the net enough last season but if Saha and Fletcher begin to click, perhaps a top-eight finish is not beyond Sunderland. And a quick mention for the nine-million-pound keeper Craig Gordon - he is currently without a club.

INS
Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa)
Steven Fletcher (Wolves)
Adam Johnson (Man City)
Danny Rose (Spurs, loan)
Louis Saha (Spurs)

OUTS
Craig Gordon (released)
Asamoah Gyan (Al-Ain)
George McCartney (West Ham)
Michael Turner (Norwich)
Kieran Richardson (Fulham)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

OK, I predicted Spurs to actually push on this year - despite the loss of their best player - and currently I look like a bit of a mug. However, a couple of surprising transfer window purchases have given the kiss of life to my blind faith. Clint Dempsey was brilliant last season, banging in over 20 goals in all competitions from midfield for Fulham, and Mousa Dembele offers power and pace to an already talented group. The loss of Modric was inevitable, while Kranjcar is way too good to be on the bench. Andre Villas Boas is rebuilding but there are signs of discord coming from the White Hart Lane camp, not least Jermain Defoe who said he was not sure which of his team-mates would be in work the next morning. But if AVB can get them playing, Spurs still possess a top-four outfit. If I say it often enough, even I have to believe it!

INS
Emmanuel Adebayor (Man City)
Mousa Dembele (Fulham)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
Hugo Lloris (Lyon)
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Hoffenheim)
Jan Vertonghen (Ajax)

OUTS
Sebastien Bassong (Norwich)
Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Harry Kane (Norwich, loan)
Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev)
Ryan Nelsen (QPR)
Steven Pienaar (Everton)
Danny Rose (Sunderland)
Louis Saha (Sunderland)
Giovani Dos Santos (Real Mallorca)
Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg)

WBA

Nothing too spectacular for West Brom in the transfer market, as Steve Clarke looks to get his feet under the table in his first role as full-time manager. Two wins and a draw are a cracking start, and with Fulham, Reading, Villa and QPR up next, the Baggies have a real opportunity to kick on. Romelu Lukaku was compared to Didier Drogba at Chelsea and has opened his account already, but has only been coming on as a substitute. Perhaps the most significant signature is that of Ben Foster. The shot-stopper was only on loan from Birmingham last season but has now completed the deal. Despite the odd howler, he is now establishing himself as one of the top keepers in the league. And as Swansea can testify with Vorm, that can take you a long way.

INS
Ben Foster (Birmingham)
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen)
Claudio Yacob (Racing Club de Avellandea)
Goran Popov (Dynamo Kiev, loan)

OUTS
Keith Andrews (Bolton)
Simon Cox (Notts Forest)
Paul Scharner (Hamburg SV)
Nicky Shorey (Reading)

WEST HAM UNITED

Having had previous experience at Bolton of getting a club promoted to the EPL, Sam Allardyce is in a perfect position to make sure the Hammers stay up. Never afraid of a transfer deal, Sam has brought in a host of players. I thought the most impressive was Andy Carroll, who then buggers his hamstring and is out for six weeks. However, Matt Jarvis is an under-rated gem of a midfielder, with James Collins offering a wise head at the back. Jussi Jaaskelainen worked with Big Sam at Bolton, and Mohamed Diame has walked straight into the first team. Despite two wins already, the club will be under no illusions of how tough it will be to stay up - and Allardyce now has some quality depth in his squad, giving them a strong chance.

INS
James Collins (Aston Villa)
Mohamed Diame (Wigan)
Alou Diarra (Marseille)
Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth)
Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton)
George McCartney (Sunderland)
Matt Jarvis (Wolves)
Andy Carroll (Liverpool, loan)

OUTS
Robert Green (QPR)
Ravel Morrison (Birmingham)|
Freddie Sears (Colchester)
Sam Baldock (Bristol City)
Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City)

WIGAN ATHLETIC

You have to feel for Roberto Martinez. He has worked miracles keeping Wigan in the top-flight, then he has to sell his best players. However, relatively unknown new signing Arouna Kone has already registered on the goalscoring charts, while Miyachi and Ramis have gone straight into the first team and appear to be acclimatising well. The Moses transfer to Chelsea was a protracted affair and often these big-money moves can unite a squad - and you do get the feeling there are three teams worse than Wigan in the EPL this season. But it would be nice to see Martinez at a bigger club.

INS
Arouna Kone (Levante)
Ryo Miyachi (Arsenal, loan)
Ivan Ramis (Real Mallorca)

OUTS
Mohamed Diame (West Ham)
Victor Moses (Chelsea)
Hugo Rodallega (released)

- © Fairfax NZ News

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D   #1   04:40 pm Sep 06 2012

I truly hope Fenerbarche knows what they've just got in Dirk Kuyt. My personal favorite 'energizer bunny' of football, I was gutted when I found out my club had let him go. :(

ScottishSwan   #2   04:41 pm Sep 06 2012

Maybe it's because I'm a football tragic...but I knew all about Gael Bigirimana. Was outstanding for a terrible Coventry side last year.

Swans will be top 10 this year, Brendan who??...In Laudrup we trust!

paul   #3   05:01 pm Sep 06 2012

Long timr liverpool fan although much more prefer Rugby. But in Rugby you pick you goal kicker first. In Van Persie Manchester United who have always followed that rule had a guy when needed plonked the ball in the back of the net. You do that more than the opposition and you win. Liverpool have picked a 5'4" hobbit who looks skilled but whats the point if you do not have a guy who will score 25 goals plus up front. I would have before all others picked a proven goal scorer no matter the cost. You lose every other game and you wont generate money.

Dan   #4   06:52 pm Sep 06 2012

Ye of short memory. Sparky put together one of the greatest Blackburn Rovers teams of all times prior to his Man City mistake.

luke   #5   08:02 pm Sep 06 2012

As an Arsenal fan I'll miss van Persie but he said he wanted to go and as soon as a player has made up their mind like that you get as much $ as you can from them before they leave. I they'll do ok, probably won't win the title but as long as they beat Spurs and stay in the top four I'll be happy.

Alex   #6   08:06 pm Sep 06 2012

'Anyone think that Hughes just buys players but doesn't really have a clue how to put a team together?' No. Are you basing this on one year at Man City where he didn't have much control of selection? I'd prefer to look at the several years of shrewd signings for Rovers, but each to their own.

Robbin Red Robin   #7   via mobile 08:58 pm Sep 06 2012

Robin van Persie. Rockin Robin. Bird that tweets. Must be the morning. Mourning Gunner fans. Great air conditioning. Endorse a shampoo. Clean as a whistle. Blow some hard-earned wedge. Choose a 9-iron instead. Stick it in the old onion bag. Climb in the team van. Robin van Persie.

alex   #8   09:19 pm Sep 06 2012

Chelsea also signed Marko Marin. There are not too many defensive worries at Chelsea. No other club in the world boasts four CBs of Cahill, Luiz, Ivans and JT's quality. Not to mention the worlds best left back and a great understudy in Ryan Bertrand. On the right Ivan may not be a natural right back but he has been one of, if not the most consistent player in that position for the last 2-3 seasons and even made the team of the year there a season or two back. Lastly goalkeeper big petr is top class and has many years left in him yet.

Chelsea's biggest weakness is the two centre midfield players. Robbie plays a 4231 with mikel as a anchor and usually lamps in the other role and it is not a very dynamic pairing. Expect Oscar to get a lot of game time in Lamps role and Romeu in Mikels, a very talented prospect who showed some glimpses of a huge talent last season

Scott   #9   10:49 pm Sep 06 2012

Fulham wont go down. Dempsey wanted to leave so getting rid of him will be good for the team after his antics at the start of the season. Murphy hardly ever finished a game last season, we will miss his organisation tho, but Hangeland is a great replacement as captain. Will def miss Dembele tho. Give Berbatov time to bed in Im sure he will do fine. As for Blackburn coming up, Im not so sure of that, they were rubbish last year and buying everyones cast offs and an overpriced League 1 striker, coupled with a rubbish manager who somehow stayed in charge even though the fans hate him, surely they are going to self implode sometime soon! And there are much better clubs in the Championship I think than Blackburn

SWM   #10   11:30 pm Sep 06 2012

Chelsea also signed Kevin de Bruyne


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