The loan signing has always been a good way of signing while paying slightly less on wages, or avoiding a singing fee to a player. It also looks like there is less of an instant expenditure, as a large transfer fee is waived. The player arrives at the new club for a pre-determined period of time and is then sent packing, back to his team of origin.
It is a nice way of gaining international clearance for players, too. Big teams form partnerships with teams in countries where the international clearance laws are lax, but who are able to allow citizens into other European Union states in order to work. Belgium, for example, has become somewhat of a sanctuary for on-loan African players who cannot gain clearance to some top leagues yet.
There are some perennial loan signings out there. For the last four years Freddy Adu, now of Philadelphia Union, was loaned out by Benfica of Portugal. He briefly stopped at Monaco in France, Belenses in Portugal, Aris in Greece, and Rizespor of Turkey, before heading back to the US.
Another much-loaned player is Tottenham’s Giovanni Dos Santos. The Mexican youth, who was signed from Barcelona’s academy, has been loaned to Ipswich Town, Galatasaray in Turkey and Racing Santander of Spain.
Like this pair, some players decide enough is enough. Loan signings can be used to kick-start ailing careers or to gain experience. Sometimes players just need the fire back, but they can also end up getting fed up of always moving.
Now, with season 2012/13 approaching, some English Premier League sides are looking to send out players to find their fire, or to benefit from loaning out players from other sides.
The soccer rumors concerning loans have been interesting. Despite impressing at the end of the season and scoring for England in EURO 2012, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is said to be approaching clubs about loaning out Andy Carroll. Newly promoted West Ham have already made their interest public.
Swansea City have taken Villareal’s Jonathan de Guzman on loan for a season, but former Swans loanee Fabio Borini is looking likely to sign for former Swansea boss Rodgers at Liverpool.
West Ham are also said to be in the market for a loan signing of 22-year-old striker Joselu, of Real Madrid, while Norwich City are said to be exploring several loan targets. They are looking at lower league striker Jordan Rhodes, of Huddersfield, but with Aston Villa also said to be looking at him, they may be priced out of the market.
Meanwhile, there have been a number of returnees. Striker Mauro Boselli returns to Wigan Athletic after a year and a half away; Israel’s Yossi Benayoun returns to Chelsea from Arsenal; Federico Macheda returns to Manchester United after leaving QPR.
Can they use their time away to push them on?
*On top of this there have been some interesting free agent developments. Nicky Shorey has re-joined former side Reading, while Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega (released by Wigan) still, somehow, has no club. Fulham are said to be chasing him.
Also, following a player exodus from Rangers FC, goalkeeper Allan MacGregor is being linked with Besiktas or Turkey. Steven Naismith has signed for Everton; Steven Whittaker has signed for Norwich; Steve Davis has signed for Southampton; Jamie Ness has joined Stoke; Kyle Lafferty has moved to Swiss outfit Sion (all of these are pending official clearance due to the legal mess at The Rangers FC).