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Posted on 1 September 2007  - 12:00

The curtain has come down on another busy summer transfer window with six arrivals all determined to make their mark at the Lane.

The curtain has come down on another busy summer transfer window with six arrivals all determined to make their mark at the Lane.

It is an indication of the stability of the squad that wholesale changes were not required this time around and players were pinpointed and landed early on in the summer to allow for a settled set of players before the season started.

Deals were struck shortly after the transfer window opened to capture hot prospect Gareth Bale from Southampton and England international striker Darren Bent from Charlton.

Highly-rated French Under-21 international captain Younes Kaboul arrived from Auxerre in July and was soon joined by German Under-21 international midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, the former German Young Player of the Year signing from Hertha Berlin.

All four of these signings were snapped up despite interest from a number of other clubs in the Premier League and across Europe, while we also continued our policy of strengthening at all levels with the arrivals of Spanish youth international left-back Yuri Berchiche from Athletic Bilbao and England Under-17 left-sided midfielder Danny Rose from Leeds United, both players aged 17.

Prodigious young French forward Adel Taarabt, also just 18, made his loan deal from RC Lens permanent.

Martin Jol believes the additions to the squad will bode the Club well not just in the immediate future but also in the long-term.

“The signings we have made offer us a big improvement in terms of the quality of our squad, but they also have great potential and we believe their best years are firmly ahead of them.

“Darren Bent has scored goals wherever he has been and he is still only 23. All our forwards offer something different and Darren has a great ability to exploit the space behind defenders with his pace and this will prove a real asset for us particularly on our travels.

“We have also added a naturally left-footed player to our ranks in Gareth Bale who can play at left-back but also showed his ability on the left side of midfield at Old Trafford last Sunday. He has exceptional physical attributes for an 18-year-old and has already shown us his quality from set-pieces.

“Younes Kaboul has demonstrated this season the importance of having quality in all positions after we lost Michael Dawson and Ledley King before the season had even started. He possesses great pace and strength, while also being a big personality around the squad.

“Kevin-Prince Boateng is an exciting prospect and is considered one of the best upcoming talents in Germany. He is strong and attack-minded and is versatile across the midfield.

"It is good to see how quickly they all have settled and their additions have only added to the great spirit we already have amongst the players here."

Damien Comolli believes we will, in the future, have a further group of established internationals in our ranks following our summer transfer window activity.

Gareth and Darren are already capped and in the early stages of their full international careers with Wales and England respectively, while Younes is captain of the France Under-21 side having previously been a member of the Under-19 team that won the European Championships, staged in Northern Ireland in 2005.

Kevin, winner of the prestigious Fritz Walter Gold Medal Award after being voted Best Young Player in Germany in July, 2006, has represented his country at Under-21 level.

Our younger arrivals Yuri and Danny, both 17, are youth internationals for Spain and England and are regarded as the biggest talents in their positions for their age-group. Adel Taarabt, 18, is capped by France at Under-16, U-17 and U-18 level.

"All of the players are internationals for their age-group or at full senior level," said the Sporting Director. "They are big talents and we are confident they will fulfil their potential at this club and go on to have successful international careers.

"This would be good for them, but also good for us as international football can only broaden their experience, which can only be of benefit to our squad.

"Our club is an environment where young players can realise these ambitions as demonstrated by young players like Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon breaking into the England set-up over the last couple of seasons," added Damien, who went on to explain the importance of completing our transfer business early this summer.

"It is an extremely competitive marketplace for quality players and we acted quickly to land our targets.

"We always set out to emerge from a transfer window in a stronger position than when we entered it and I fully believe this is the case once again."

Danny Murphy was the most recent of the departures from the Club this summer when he secured a permanent move to Fulham in the final hour on deadline day, while Mido was sold earlier in the month to Middlesbrough. Emil Hallfredsson, Reto Ziegler, Mark Yeates, Charlie Lee and Robert Burch also left us and we wish them all the best in the future.

Meanwhile, Lee Barnard has joined Crewe Alexandra on loan until January, Charlie Daniels has hooked up with Leyton Orient for the season and Jamie O’Hara went to Millwall for a month’s loan in August.