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Transfer deadline day
Monday, 1 September 2008



TRANSFER UPDATES - confirmed deals in bold; window closes at midnight

606: DEBATE
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By Jonathan Stevenson

PREMIER LEAGUE TRANSFER TRACKER:
In: Blackburn (Bunn), Everton (Fellaini, Saha, Nash), Hull (Cousin), Liverpool (Flora, Gulacsi, Riera), Man City (Robinho), Man Utd (Berbatov), Newcastle (Gonzalez, Xisco), Portsmouth (Belhadj), Sunderland (McCartney), Stoke (Higginbotham, Soares, Tonge), Tottenham (Pavlyuchenko, Corluka, Campbell), West Brom (Donk)

Out: Bolton (Dzemaili), Fulham (Zakuani, John, Smertin), Liverpool (Finnan, Voronin), Man City (Corluka, Vidal), Man Utd (Saha, Campbell), Portsmouth (Cranie, Christophe), Sunderland (Higginbotham), Stoke (Parkin), Tottenham (Berbatov), West Ham (McCartney), Wigan (Bouaouzan, Nash, Sibierski)


And some deals you may have missed...
Everton broke their transfer record by signing Standard Liege midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 20, for £15m. And Premier League new boys Stoke added Tom Soares, 22, from Crystal Palace for £1.25m, and Michael Tonge, 25, for £2m from Sheffield United.

0100: So that's it. It only leaves me, on behalf of Fletch (who I hope was tucked up in bed many hours ago) and myself to thank you lot for a truly memorable performance. With over 16,000 texts and 15,000 comments on 606, it has been a remarkable day. I hope you got a player or two you wanted, but if you didn't, keep the faith. There's only four months to go until the January transfer window opens!! Take care, go and get some sleep. Love Stevo.

0058: "I desperately need my refreshing sleep. I beg bring this refreshing orgy to an end."
Simon, via text on 81111

0056: I've got four minutes left. I don't know what I'm going to do with myself. What a day it's been. Get the beers in Stevo.

0054: "Are all Spurs fans forgetting about Pavlyuchenko?! Between him and the pre-season wonder of Bent, with Campbell as sub striker, who more do they need?"
Jimthor, via text on 81111

0052: "I'm still thinking there will be more deals to be announced...wouldn't be surprised if these involve Jermaine Pennant and Michael Owen."
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0051: "This is a key signing. Dimitar is one of the best and most exciting strikers in world football. His style and ability will give the team a different dimension and Iżm sure he will be a popular player with the fans."
Manchester United's 'got what I wanted again, didn't I?' manager Sir Alex Ferguson

0049: "Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me. I look forward to playing my part in helping this club win more honours in the years to come."
The not-so-sulky-anymore Man Utd striker Dimitar Berbatov

0046: "I guess that still leaves Spurs a striker short... the Owen rumours were rubbish?"
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Let's face it, most of the rumours were rubbish. But they were all awesome and helped us have a blinding day, in fairness.

0042: "Stevo. You not staying up to cover Andy Murray's game tonight?"
Marc, via text on 81111

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. No, actually.

0041: Do you think anything else is going to happen? I've a funny feeling it might do - if not tonight, there's always tomorrow morning!

0036: As part of the deal, Spurs have agreed not to pursue their complaint to the Premier League over Manchester United's pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov. Great day for Fergie then, unsurprisingly.

0034: ENORMOUS BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS
The Spurs website says they have agreed to sell Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United for £30.75m, with Fraizer Campbell going to Spurs on a season-long loan. Did you get all that?

0033: "Mark Hughes, what a legend... why sign Ronaldinho for £12m at 28, when you can get the next in line at 24 for £34m - what a signing! Wright-Phillips on one wing, Robinho on the other with Elano and Michael Johnson in the middle - class!"
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Oh behave. The next in line? Robinho will never be fit to lace Ronaldinho's boots.

0030: Just a quick reminder that Robinho's first game in a Manchester City shirt (sorry, but that sounds wrong) will be against Chelsea at Eastlands on Saturday, 13 September at 1730 BST. Now that should be lively.

0027: For some of the people I love, I do hope Spurs have signed someone. And Forest fans, I've given up on a right-back. Maybe it's time to give Brendon Moloney a run. Oh, back to the window...

0023: "The quote ''Newcastle have completed the signing of Spain Under-21 striker Xisco, 22'' doesn't make sense!"
Fanta, via text on 81111

Er, yes it does. As long as you're 21 or under at the start of a qualifying tournament in the Under 21s, you can play for them until the end of that tournament. So technically, you could be 23 and play for an Under-21 side. No need to apologise, that's fine.

0020: Big chat that Everton have signed that Marouane Felliani dude from Standard Liege. The Everton website, unhelpfully, is crashing more often than my mate Pearlo in the first year after he passed his driving test, so more news as and when on that one.

0017: Any danger of a Berbatov announcement? I mean we've all got homes to go to (eventually)...

0015: "This window has really changed everything. For the first time I can remember, Abramovic has been out-bid by another club. What does this say about the league now?"
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0013: BREAKING PREMIER LEAGUE TRANSFER
Newcastle have completed the signing of Spain Under-21 striker Xisco, 22, on a five-year deal. Fashionably late, I think you call it nowadays.

0010: If you don't bring me news of a new striker soon I'm going to kill you."
Pearlo, via text on 81111

Oh do one, mate. You've still got Darren Bent...

0007: "I am absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to work with such an incredible talent like Robinho. I have said that in order to compete with the best teams in the Premier League we have to be in the market for players of this calibre, and Robinho is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world."
Man City manager Mark Hughes

0005: TRANSFER CONFIRMED AND MY GOD IT'S A CRACKER
Robinho, the 24-year-old Brazilian, has left Real Madrid and signed for Manchester City. That is officially the biggest deadline day deal in history. Probably.

0003: "I was sure Tottenham had a striker lined up. They've even loaned youth striker Pekhart to Southampton. Michael Owen? Just get on with it!"
Sue, via text on 81111

0001: "Every time I have spoken with him he was very sad, crying and asking to leave Spain," said Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon of Robinho.

Oh come on Binho, joining City isn't that bad. Is it?

0000: THE TRANSFER WINDOW HAS CLOSED.

2358: Two minutes left until the transfer window fairly slams shut on the Premier League. I'll go big in caps and bold in a sec, but don't worry, there'll be plenty of chat after middo. Dare you go anywhere...

2356: Still no word from Tottenham on anything. My sources are frantically trying to garner some information, but being largely unsuccessful. I'd get new sources, but frankly I'm not that bothered. Still exciting, isn't it though?

2354: "Tell me something. My fiancee is demanding I go to bed at 12."
Stephen, Chorlton, via text on 81111

Tell her to pipe down.

2352:Premier League out: Martin Cranie leaves Portsmouth to join Charlton on a season-long loan.

2350: TEN MINUTES LEFT ON TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

2349: "Derby turn down a £2m bid from Newcastle for Giles Barnes, but they are still in talks over a possible deal which could see Shola Ameobi head south to Pride Park."
Kiddo, Derby, via text on 81111

2348: Breaking news: Cardiff City have refused Joe Ledley permission to speak to Stoke City after the Premier League new boys bid £6m for the Welsh international midfielder. "We have informed Joe that he has no authority to speak to anybody," chairman Peter Ridsdale told BBC Sport.

2347: "Who ever thought the player regarded as the 'new Pele' would end up playing for Man City? Definitely not me."
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Yeah, but don't forget, everyone born in Brazil since 1970 has been dubbed the 'new Pele'. Never forget that.

2345: Quarter of an hour to go. I can't see or feel anymore.

2344: "Newcastle have had a bid rejected for Sheff Utd defender Matt Kilgallon. Around £2.5m."
Julian (Sheff), via text on 81111

2341: Tottenham, you have 19 minutes to replace Dimitar Berbatov - go.

2337: Still having computer problems - I cannot apologise enough. Wolves have signed George Friend from Exeter, as we exclusively revealed earlier. And no, Arsenal and Everton and Newcastle and Spurs still haven't signed anyone. But don't worry - midnight isn't the cut off point for announcements, you know.

2334: Great time for my computer to go into meltdown, with 26 minutes of the window left. For crying out loud.

2333: Apologies to everyone, especially Fraizer Campbell for misspelling his name. Can you ever forgive me?

2329: "Can confirm that the lights are definitely on at Liverpool offices, and Michael Owen deal to be announced shortly."
Tiger Roops, via text on 81111

Still going with the chat, you legends.

2327: Just a reminder for those of you who have forgotten, or just stared at a screen pressing F5 for so long you've lost the will to live: I'm here until 0100 BST tomorrow, 606 is here until 0100 BST tomorrow and you can text in on 81111 until 0100 BST tomorrow too. Lovely stuff.

2325: So, 35 minutes left. Think much'll happen?

2323: "City may have agreed a fee with Robinho but surely he couldn't possibly have decided to go there? No offence to City but he can't be that unhappy at Madrid."
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2318: "Where have all the updates gone? Have you fallen asleep? Am I the only one left? Am I the only person who thinks Berbatov isn't worth anywhere near £37m?"
From Gareth Barry's broken dreams, via text on 81111

OH MY GOD - DOES IT LOOK LIKE I'VE FALLEN ASLEEP YOU CLOWN???

2317: Breaking news which I told you at 2236: Hull City Chairman Paul Duffen tells BBC Radio Humberside that he expects Manchester United striker Frazier Campbell to join Spurs as part of Dimitar Berbatov deal. 'I told you so' is such a cheap phrase, don't you think?

2315: "That's me on the phone in the morning trying to get a refund on my Everton season ticket. Moyes will leave soon. Worst transfer day ever."
Totally depressed Evertonian via text on 81111

2312:George McCartney has told the West Ham website he handed in a transfer request because his wife Elaine didn't settle in the south-east. And I thought it was Sunderland boss Roy Keane who hammered players for deciding to go where their wives wanted?

2309: TRANSFER COMPLETED
Sunderland wrap up the signing of their former left-back George McCartney from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.

2308: Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon on Spanish television station VEO: "We have agreed to sell the player for human reasons, for footballing reasons and for an important quantity of money." So, Robinho seems certain to be on his way to Manchester City. Crikey.

2306: "54 minutes to go before I can talk to the wife again!"
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2303: Some more breaking Championship news for you, with striker Stephen Elliott leaving Wolves to join Preston for an undisclosed fee.

2302: I'm not the only one nervous, right? Fergie must be too. And Ramos. And Hughes. Moyes, Wenger, Keegan...

2300: OH MY GOD ONE HOUR TO GO OF TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

2258: In the next hour, Dimitar Berbatov will join Man Utd and Robino will join Man City. Probably. You still there? Hello?

2256: BBC Radio Scotland have got a 'Through the Window' show going on right now, as I even type these words. I'd suggest if the SPL is your thing, you might want to get involved with a bit of that chat.

2255: "Don't worry Stevo, you'll get a right-back at Forest - right back to League One!"
Ben, Derby (of course), via text on 81111

Haha. See you there sunshine.

2254: "I'm off to bed now, nothing's gonna happen except Berbs going to United and Robinho will come to England. They're the only important ones anyway. Goodnight!"
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Very poor effort that.

2251: Joey Barton is staying at Newcastle. Fact.

2248: Blackpool have confirmed the loan signing of Rangers midfielder Alan Gow, for those Championship fans out there. Still no right-back at the City Ground, though...

2247: Just wondered how many beers I'm going to need tonight to recover from this - any ideas?

2245: TRANSFER CONFIRMED
Hull have signed Rangers striker Daniel Cousin for an undisclosed fee. I didn't say it was interesting, did I?

2242: Not heard much of the Andrei Arshavin story for a while. He'll be gutted not to be going anywhere, the little Euro 2008 genius. Or won't he?

2239: "Eidur Gudjohnsen is going from Barcelona to the Baggies watch this space."
Baggie Boy, West Midlands, via text on 81111

2236: Breaking news which might not be true but is still awesome:Dimitar Berbatov is on his way to Manchester United. Apparently, I've heard from a source (oh come on), United have now matched Man City's bid, throwing in Frazier Campbell as part of the deal. Now that, true or not, is breaking news.

2232: "Anyone else feel Man City are funding Real Madrid's offer for Ronaldo in Jan or next summer? Hopefully reports are true that Madrid are after Villa and so will be spending Robinho's money straight off."
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2229: There's a Manchester City fan in the office getting ludicrously excited about the supposed signing of Robinho. To be fair, he's usually a bit lively - he probably celebrated when they signed Darius Vassell a few years back.

2227:Everton are still hoping to clinch a late deal for Standard Liege midfielder Marouane Fellaini, for you Toffees fans who had given up. Repeat: Do not go to bed.

2222: Let's not forget that Hull City are hoping Manchester United sign Berbatov, increasing the likelihood of United accepting their bid of £7m for striker Frazier Campbell.

2218: I heard a story about Dimitar Berbatov once, that not long after he'd signed for Tottenham he told a journalist he hoped he would do really well so that he could quickly move on to a bigger club. Maybe that's why I'm not on his side for this one. Come on Spurs!

2115: "My girlfriend works as an executive PA at White Hart Lane, and she tells me a press conference has been called to unveil Michael Owen."
Oli, via text on 81111

2213: "Spurs should keep Berbatov, even if it's just out of spite. Ronaldo wasn't allowed to move to Madrid, why do Utd feel Berbatov should be allowed to move to them?"
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2210: So the ball is in Spurs' court now. Dimitar Berbatov and Manchester United have made their views very clear tonight, but the move cannot proceed without the go-ahead from Tottenham. If you were chairman Daniel Levy, what would you do? For the record, I'd keep him. Just for a laugh.

2208: "I am seriously dead. And have to get up at 0700 BST for work. Tell Berbatov to shift his backside."
Owyn, via text on 81111

2205: Spanish newspaper AS are saying Manchester City have agreed a fee with Real Madrid for Brazilian forward Robinho - for about £34m. Are they about to steal the step-over king from under the noses of Chelsea? Er, maybe, yeah.

2203: RIGHT THEN - DON'T ANYBODY EVEN THINK OF GOING TO BED FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO HOURS. THAT IS AN ORDER.

2202: "Stevo... will Arsenal sign anybody tonight?? I want to go to bed, but I won't sleep thinking I have missed something..."
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2200:TWO HOURS TO GO OF TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

2158: "All right Stevo, I'm on holiday in Spain and can only get the BBC Sport website on my mobile. My phone bill is going to be huge, but it will be worth it if Arsenal get Xabi Alonso!"
Tom in Spain, via text

Don't wait up for that one, amigo.

2154:ANOTHER REAL-LIFE PREMIER LEAGUE SIGNING
Carlo Nash has left Wigan Athletic to sign for Everton. Now I don't mean to be rude, but I'm guessing he's not the signing Toffees fans were hoping for?

2152: Reports flying in from left, right and centre thatDiego Armando Maradona has been sighted er, everywhere. That's probably because the great man does get around quite a lot. Watch out for a brand new feature on the BBC Sport website coming soon focusing on the legend that is El Diego.

2149: Could Emile Heskey and Michael Owen really be about to resume their partnership at Tottenham? You'll hear it here first(ish) if they do...

2145: "Stevo, I've got Sky Sports News on and I keep refreshing this page and still no transfers! Do you know any good sources?"
Sian, via text on 81111

I can't - it's too obvious isn't it? Also, forgive me for any bias for/against anyone, but am I forgiven for really hoping Berbatov doesn't get to join United tonight? It's nothing against the club, I just don't think he deserves it.

2142: "I have heard a report from a big source at Tottenham Hotspur that Michael Owen has rejected a new contract offer from Newcastle United and is set to sign for Spurs before the deadline."
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2140: Didier Drogba... played 58 minutes on his comeback from injury for Chelsea's reserves in a 3-2 win at Arsenal tonight. Had you going again though, didn't I?

2136: "Stevo - why is no-one taking a punt on Mickey Owen? The boy is class, his goals-to-game ratio betters any of today's multi-million pound targets."
EDSKI, via text on 81111

Mate, I'd buy him like a shot if I had the money. Though I would be a bit worried about his injury record. Can't help but think by not including him and Jonathan Woodgate, Capello has made a monumental mistake.

2133: News has filtered through to us at BBC headquarters that nothing has happened for ages. Congrats to the 606 users for bashing that 10,000-mark though. At least some good has come of the last few minutes.

2132: "I've heard a rumour that Jomec FC, the former IMG champions, are close to tempting mercurial defender Tim Dykes out of retirement. Huge."
Billy, via text on 81111

Doesn't mercurial mean rubbish?

2126: "Stevo - if you were Mark Hughes who would you buy?"
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SOMEONE. ANYONE. I DON'T CARE ANYMORE, JUST SPEND YOUR OIL MONEY NOW PLEASE!!

2124: Meanwhile, the race is hotting up over on 606 to post the 10,000th message on our deadline day thread. That in itself must be some sort of record. Text-wise on 81111 we're ahead of even that, on a ridiculous 10,900. Isn't today awesome?
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2122: I wonder if my legs still work...

2120: Could it really happen that Tottenham won't sign anyone, Manchester City won't sign anyone, and the only transfer left is Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United after all? Would you bet against it? Would you?

2117: "I really hope that Daniel Levy is strong enough to tell Berbatov 'It's Man City or nothing'. Then Spurs should follow up their complaints to the Premier League. Who do United think they are?"
Skizz, via text on 81111

2115: "I'm sure if the Berbatov saga isn't wrapped up by midnight, Fergie can always point to his watch for a few extra minutes of added time."
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2112: More from our boys north of the border: "Hull City have agreed to sign Rangers striker Daniel Cousin on a three-year deal for a £1.5m fee. And Ibrox winger Alan Gow has gone on loan to Blackpool."

2108: ACUTAL PROPER TRANSFER I'M NOT KIDDING
Former Stoke centre-back Danny Higginbotham has rejoined his old club for an undisclosed fee from Sunderland. Told you it'd get mental.

2106: "I would love to have seen Mark Hughes face when he was told: 'You have £100m in transfer funds but only 12 hours to spend it. Right. Ready. Go.'"
Brendan, Northants, via text on 81111

Well he didn't panic enough to postpone his round of golf, did he?

2104: This won't surprise you in the least, but I'm getting wind of an enormous bust-up over the signing of Tottenham's Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov. It probably revolves around Manchester United taking him though a medical, even though Spurs haven't allowed United to speak to him yet. This one is about to get brutal.

2100:THREE HOURS TO GO OF TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

2059: And Everton have apparently had a bid of about £3.5m rejected by Reading for their lively midfielder Stephen Hunt.

2057: "It has been leaked from Darren Dein that Arsenal failed in a £25.7m bid for Berbatov... Incredible... Stevo this is just amazing!"
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Oh for the love of God.

2053: I've heard from two separate sources in the last 10 minutes that Joey Barton is about to sign for Portsmouth, allowing Spurs to swoop for Pompey midfielder Lassana Diarra.

2051: "Hearing through the grapevine that Colchester RIGHT-BACK Phil Ifil is in advanced talks with Forest - thoughts Stevo?"
Simon, via text on 81111

I hate it when you guys mess with me. Gutted.

2050: "AC Milan wonderkid Alexandre Pato spotted outside Celtic Park. Thought to be signing a loan deal. This is what Celtic fans need to get over the unlucky Old Firm result this weekend."
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2048: News from The Championship, as Plymouth Argyle swoop for French midfielder Nicolas Marin on a season-long loan.

2046: "Stevo who would be your ideal signing for Forest?"
Dazzla, via text on 81111

Moriz Volz. Though I know he's just gone to Ipswich, so someone like Moriz Volz. Not gonna happen though. Despite losing 5-1 on Saturday, apparently we're good.

2043: So. Berbatov, Arshavin, Owen, Villa, Milito, Xisco, Robinho, Barton - is anyone going anywhere?

2039: "The Owen front has gone rather quiet. The papers were full of rumours linking him with a move away from St. James', is this going to happen tonight?"
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It has gone quiet, hasn't it? That makes me think that one's not going to happen tonight, no. I wish I knew. I really do. I'm just waiting like the rest of you...

2035: "Our goal is to make this football club one of the best not just in England but also in the world. To reach that goal there is no limit. We are happy with him (Mark Hughes). He has the right to ask for the players that he wants and it is our right to see how he performs. It is not about breaking records. It is about the players we need. I will sign players if we need them."
Abu Dhabi United Group frontman Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim
Arab group agrees Man City deal

2032: "The only thing that could make this day more absurd is if Man City somehow stole Gareth Barry!"
Scott, Nottingham, via text on 81111

Stole? Blimey, that's a bit extreme. Surely they can just afford to buy him now?

2027: "I bet Michel Platini is fuming now that even more money has come into the Premier League. For that alone I'm grateful to the new owners of Man City."
Tony, Wimbledon, via text on 81111

Harsh.

2025: I'd really like a proper transfer now. A good one, too. Come on Spurs/Man City/Newcastle, let's pick it up.

2023: "There are deals we're chasing and bids we've put in, I don't know how many will come to a successful resolution. It's always difficult on the last day of the window. As for Berbatov, I'd like the chance to speak to him, but I haven't been afforded that opportunity yet. We're in there trying, though."
Man City manager Mark Hughes on BBC Radio 5 Live

2020: "This is a groundbreaking moment. I'm relieved as I've been concerned as to the direction of the club over the last 12 months. There is a real chance for the club to move forward as these are major players with a huge amount of money. Many boards have fallen foul in the chase of Man Utd. This is mega finance, maybe in a year we could be top five and chasing Champions League places."
Former Man City chairman David Bernstein on BBC Radio 5 Live

2017: "The rumour on the Man Utd official forums is that Sergio 'Kun' Aguero has landed in Manchester. Debate is as to whether he going red or blue. Hoping red!"
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2014: Italian newspapers are now claiming Real Zaragoza's Argentinian forward Diego Milito is set to join Serie A outfit Genoa, which would be yet another hammer blow to Tottenham. Are Spurs gonna sign anyone tonight? Of course they are.

2012: "Arsenal about to swoop for Miguel Veloso at the last minute!"
moonrat, via text on 81111

That would be a blow for Spurs, who have been heavily linked with the defensive midfielder from Sporting Lisbon.

2009: "There's a big sub-plot going on here. I mean they had a disagreement a couple of weeks ago, Spurs and Man Utd over Berbatov, so if the Bulgarian really is having a medical at United now without Spurs giving United permission to speak to him, how are they going to react to this?"
BBC Sport's John Motson on Radio 5 Live

2006: "I have a lady in tears on the phone! Can anyone confirm or deny whether the 'pretty' Alonso has signed for Arsenal?"
Sarah, via text on 81111

Who is this lady in tears, Sarah? And so far, no news on Xabi. No news is definitely not good news today, is it?

2003: "Berbatov is worth £6m more than Robinho? What on Earth has happened to the world?"
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2001: More news from Scotland: Hibernian have announced the signing of Celtic forward Derek Riordan on a three-year contract.

2000:FOUR HOURS TO GO OF TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

1957: Spanish newspapers AS and Marca are both suggesting that Manchester City have made a bid of £28.4m for Real Madrid's Chelsea target Robinho. The day gets ever more ridiculous.

1955: "Feel a bit sorry for SWP. He's just moved from the old Chelsea to the new one. Be on the bench again next season."
Danny, via text on 81111

1953: Oh, and for those of you who remember my torment in January when my boys failed to sign anyone on deadline day, no, Forest haven't signed anyone yet. Not even a right-back...

1950: To confirm - keep those texts coming in on 81111, and don't forget that 606 will be open until 0100 BST tomorrow morning. I'll be here until 0100 BST too, so stay with me and let the breaking news begin in earnest...

1947: "Transfer day there's nothing better - apart from your text commentary of course Mr Stevenson! Superb way to spend the evening alone whilst the hubby's in work and with the gorgeous Rafa on court as well it's a total result, I'm in girlie heaven! Is this wrong?"
Anonymous, via text

I get a Mr Stevenson and Nadal gets a Rafa? Very formal indeed. But here's a plea - can you texters please please please send us your name - otherwise no-one will ever know it was you.

1944:POSSIBLE DEAL
West Ham and Sunderland are set to announce that left-backGeorge McCartney has left Upton Park to rejoin his former club. The fee, I'm being told, is about £6m, which frankly sounds utterly ridiculous.

1942: "My dad's a limo driver and he's just texted me saying he had to drop off Gigi Buffon, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas, Steven Gerrard, Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the City of Manchester Stadium."
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Decent team, that. No left-back, though.

1939: "I've heard Man City and Manyoo have settled on sharing Berbatov, he will play in home games only... bloke down the pub told me."
Dave, Southampton, via text

1935: News in from our Scotland desk: "SPL newcomers Hamilton Accies have signed defender Martin Canning, following his surprise release from Hibernian. Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell have also been busy arranging a five-month loan deal with Danish club FC Midtjylland for Slovakian international defender Maros Klimpl.

1934: That's better. I'll try and hold on until tomorrow now.

1931: I'm going to the loo. Tell me if something happens, won't you?

1930: Oh, and an awful lot of chat linking England striker Emile Heskey with a move to Tottenham. Spurs need two strikers still with Dimitar Berbatov on his way somewhere, so will Heskey be on his way to The Lane?

1928: Lots and lots of texts coming in on 81111 that Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has been seen at Arsenal. He'd be a lovely signing for them, don't you think?

1926: "I don't understand what's going on. Berbatov is having a medical at Man United but Tottenham haven't given Man United permission to speak to Berbatov and have accepted a bid from Man City. So what's going on? It doesn't make sense."
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Mate, since when did transfer deadline day ever make sense?

1923: God bless Manchester City and Tottenham. Imagine how disappointing today would have been without them? There is still so much still to happen, too. Please don't go anywhere.

1919: "Got a call at work from the IT department asking why I had visited the BBC football website 124 times. Is there something wrong with me?"
Anonymous, via text on 81111

Yeah - why only 124 times?

1917: Some good rage from Evertonians too, despite the move for Louis Saha. A lack of any other signings today, especially Joao Moutinho, has left some bluenoses apoplectic.

1913: Lots of rumours linking West Ham striker Dean Ashton with a move to Aston Villa, with fees from £10m-15m touted. Can't see it myself, but keep 'em coming.

1911: I'd quite like a transfer to happen now. Although I can see Manchester City's website updating at half past tomorrow with news of about £150m worth of new signings. Can you wait until then?

1909: "Chelsea are set to give us all a shock and sign Amr Zaki, who's on loan at Wigan. I just saw him entering Stamford Bridge!"
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That boy can hit a football, for sure. One of the more ridiculous rumours today though, in fairness.

1907: "Admit it, that what ever you think about Man City and money in football, they have made it a fascinating last day. And isn't it nice to see Chelsea and Man U under so much pressure rather than exerting it?"
Steve, Manchester, via text on 81111

1902: Ooh, just heard a good rumour (twice) that Spurs want Middlesbrough defender David Wheater. Some dude just texted in on 81111 to say Spurs have offered £7m plus Michael Dawson, which seems a bit steep to me.

1900: FIVE HOURS TO GO OF TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

1858: Some Championship chat too - Burnley have signed striker Steven Thompson from rivals Cardiff City.

1857: Blow for Arsenal fans, with the news Switzerland international Gokhan Inler - a rumoured target for the Gunners - has signed a contract extension at Italian side Udinese.

1855: "What is it with Man City trying to hijack everyone else's transfers? Have they not got imaginations over there? I just hope the Berb doesn't get sucked into it and completes his dream move to the only real team in Manchester!"
Vic, London, via text

1848: "City bid officially for Robinho according to Marca? What next? Michael Jordan? Tiger Woods? Superman?"
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1846: Didier Drogba... is set to play for Chelsea's reserves tonight. Had you going there, didn't I?

1844: There is some chat now that Manchester City have made a last-gasp bid for Real Madrid's Robinho. So that's Robinho, Berbatov, Villa and Gomez. And Mark Hughes still had time for a round of golf. I say.

1841: "My girlfriend's brother's best mate's sister's uncle just picked up Zinedine Zidane in a taxi, he said he is coming out of retirement to join the City revolution."
Anonymous, via text on 81111

You clown.

1839: "Stevo, I know there have been a lot of shocks in the transfer market today, particularly with the whole Man City/Berbatov saga. But surely, without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest shock is that Sicknote Saha actually passed a medical to move to Everton?!"
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1836: They're getting involved in Scotland too, with Aberdeen completing the signing of winger Sone Aluko from Championship side Birmingham City.

1832: "Just got back from a long day out, six different airports and 13 masks I've used including Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Dimitar Berbatov."
Anonymous, via text on 81111

1829: I have to say, I'm very disappointed Manchester City haven't put in an offer for me yet so far today. I must be about the only person they've not been linked with. To be fair, I'd probably fail the medical anyway.

1827: "Real are waiting for Drogba to agree terms with them before releasing Robinho. Apparently, it's a straight swap."
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1823: "Just seen Sergio Aguero arrive at Manchester airport as I was leaving to go to sunny Madrid."
Rich, Chester, via text

1820: Tell you what - Michael Owen's been around today, if our rumour-mongerers are to be believed. He's been seen at Aston Villa, Tottenham, Sunderland and Everton. Oh, and Manchester City, of course. Keep those texts flying in on 81111 - you're breaking all sorts of records today.

1818: Normally I hate protracted transfers. But this Dimitar Berbatov one has really set the cat amongst the pigeons. Is he really going to sign for Man City, or will he just wait, and wait, and wait for Man Utd to agree a fee with Spurs? Dimi, take your time son. We're not going anywhere.

1815: "Why do Spurs even want Arshavin that much? He's not worth £20m at all. Maybe £10m but certainly not £20m. He played well against a mediocre Sweden team and then was outstanding against Holland. But then for the Spain game he went missing. Playing well in the Uefa Cup and Russian league hardly makes a player worth £20m+."
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1814: "Just seen Ryan Giggs and Mark Hughes eating lunch at the Living Room Manchester. Is anything possible?"
Gary, Manchester, via text

1812: Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma has completed his switch from FC Porto to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan for a fee of £15m.

1810: Bit more chat from Spurs - don't hold your breath if you're waiting for Andrei Arshavin to sign tonight.

1804: My Championship Mole tells me that Wolves are about to seal the signing of Exeter left-back George Friend, 20, who has been attracting attention from Premier League clubs like West Ham.

1800: My favourite rumour of the day so far is that Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is on his way to Manchester City. Let's be honest - City are capable of anything now. Six hours to go, time to step it up a notch.

1757: "Joey Barton is talks with a move to the south coast - to team up with Harry Redknapp at Pompey."
Brian, Portland, via text

1752: "Joey Barton in talks with Everton."
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There are no words I can add to that.

1748: Plenty of rumours that Alan Smith has been seen at Everton. Still no news on Newcastle's supposed swoop for Xisco from Deportivo. Nothing new on Robinho either.

1746: "I'm trying to bash out my dissertation, but the only thing my sweaty digits are doing is refreshing your words every three mins. You is driving me bonkers. Can you tell Berbs just to sign for anybody? I've gone beyond caring. I need to get on with my life."
Ash, via text on 81111

1744:BIG TRANSFER COMPLETED
Liverpool's official website tells the world the news it was massively expecting - Espanyol winger Albert Riera, formerly of Manchester City, has joined on a four-year deal for a fee believed to be about £8m.

1742: "I'm outside Derby's training ground and I've not seen anything - talent, skill, committment, nothing. I've been here for almost a year."
Damian, via text on 81111

1740: I know you lot aren't going anywhere tonight - why would you? But just so you know, you'll be able to get involved on 606 until 0100 BST as well - special opening hours for a very, very special day.

1737: TRANSFER WRAPPED UP
West Brom have completed the signing on a season-long loan of AZ Alkmaar defender Ryan Donk, with a view to a permanent deal.

1735:Breaking news: BBC Sport can confirm that Real Madrid have not put in an offer for Dimitar Berbatov.

1731: Six-and-a-half hours to go until the window slams shut. But just to let you know that I'll be here until 0100 BST, just in case any late drama develops. And also because I don't ever want this day to end. You with me?

1728: "(See 1718) I can't even get Channel Five, so how Al can tune in to Bulgarian television is beyond me."
Owen, Hackney, via text on 81111

1725: Massive news. Apparently Nottingham Forest are being linked with Jonathan Spector from West Ham. My kingdom for a right-back...

1723: "Just seen Rik Waller en route to Anfield - apparently he's the only wide player we can get for 50p."
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1721: It's time I re-introduced you lot to Pearlo, who has very good contacts at Spurs - I only ever talk to him on deadline days, but you'll see why over the course of the evening. He's just texted in to say: "I've heard a decent rumour that Andrei Arshavin to Spurs will still happen." So there.

1718: "Berbatov's missus (who is well fit) has just told Bulgarian TV he wants to win the Champions League this season. This would seem to rule out City."
Al, Stockport, via text

And United then - do you know how hard that trophy is to retain?

1716: "Stevo - any word on Newcastle signing someone? Even a ridiculous rumour would help their squad."
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OK then, Newcastle are re-signing Jean-Alain Boumsong and Titus Bramble. Does that help?

1713:Fact time: Manchester United have been speaking to Dimitar Berbatov. Classic United, this. They'll agree terms, get him to sign a medical and then force Spurs to accept a lower bid for him as the clock ticks towards midnight. Allegedly.

1710: Ridiculous. Manchester City's prospective new owner Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim has revealed he has made bids for Valencia's David Villa and Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez. Can someone remind City they are not Real Madrid? Meanwhile, Madrid have not given up on Villa and appear to have entered the race for Berbatov. Best deadline day ever?

1707:PREMIER LEAGUE DEAL
Blackburn complete the signing of hugely promising young goalkeeper Mark Bunn from League One side Northampton Town.

1704:JJR Callows has just texted in to say Spurs are set to complete a deal for Giovani dos Santos's younger brother Jonathan dos Santos, who is currently at the Barcelona academy. His nickname is Joni, obviously.

1701: "Any news on Arsenal??"
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Nope, not a thing. You worried?

1700: "Why are so many of your readers at training grounds?"
Neil from Brighton, via text

Because it's deadline day - where else are they going to be? Get yourself down to one mate.

1657:TRANSFER OUT
Fulham striker Collins John has joined Dutch side NEC Nijmegen on a free transfer.

1654: Oh for crying out loud. Now all the chat is that Real Madrid are hoping to hijack City and United with a £36.5m bid for Berbatov.

1652: "I know this sounds unlikely but I swear I just saw Jimmy Bullard at Arsenal's training ground..."
Joe from Herts, via text

If I was given a penny for every time I see the words 'I know this sounds unlikely' tonight...

1650: "What people underestimate is the fact that Berba is best mates with Martin Petrov. They swore an oath when younger that they would at some stage in their careers play in the same club team together. Berba would also be joining the Bulgarian contingent which also includes Bojinov as well. We would have a trio of bright attacking Bulgarians. Don't worry Yoonited fans, there is always Stiliyan Petrov, a Bulgarian in your price range."
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1647: By the way, we can confirm Tottenham have accepted Man City's bid for Dimitar Berbatov. Well why wouldn't they? Spurs have been desperate to sell him to someone else ever since they accused Man Utd of tapping him up. Extraordinary.
Tottenham accept bid for Berbatov

1644: "I hope the Berbatov to City rumours are not true. I support Spurs, my wife and all her family support City. In all our 15 years of marriage I have held the upper hand, mostly (4-3 FA Cup defeat apart) - could this be the ultimate revenge?"
Andrew, Stanmore, Middx, via text on 81111

1642: Lots of texts flying in that Berbatov is at Manchester UNITED'S Carrington training ground. Told you he wouldn't go to City (probably).

1640: It seems to me that the two general rules of a transfer deadline day are not being adhered to today. Firstly, there aren't supposed to be any massive moves - it's always such a let down in the end, isn't it? I've a feeling today will be different. And secondly, Spurs are always the club mostly in the news. Manchester City haven't read any sort of script, have they?

1637: "My mate's just rung to say he's seen Wigan's Antonio Valencia spotted getting out of a rather large mercedes at Old Trafford."
Mikey G, Manchester, via text on 81111

Funny, that a couple of days after Nemanja Vidic was misquoted as saying all people in England ever do is work, we have a day like today when surely no-one is working. Especially in Manchester - what on earth is going on there?

1636: What a day so far. Absolutely unbelievable. Berbatov to Man City? I wonder what odds you could have got on that this time yesterday? Frankly, I can't see it happening still. Man Utd will either up their bid or he'll go back to Spurs will his Bulgarian tail between his £30m legs.

1632: BREAKING NEWS
Well let me settle in, won't you? Liverpool's Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin has swapped Merseyside for the Bundesliga with a season-long loan to Hertha Berlin. This is going to be electric isn't it?

1630: Fletch, you've been immense. Now go and have a long bath and a few glasses of red wine. You've earned it son. As for me, have a look at 0934. All you need to know about Stevo for the next few hours is that I'd take transfer deadline day over Christmas Day every single time. Let the carnage continue...

By Paul Fletcher

1629: That is me done. I feel like I am quitting something before I should, failing to see something through to the finish line. However, having just cracked the 5,000 word barrier for the shift I have to admit my fingers are feeling a little on the sore side and very much in need of some rest.

A massive contribution from you lot so far on what has been a pretty entertaining day. Judging by the 606s and texts, a fair percentage of the country must work in airports, hotels and call centres.

I'm handing over to Stevo - make sure you keep up the good work for him.

1623: No further word on Berbatov. The rumour is that he is talking to Mark Hughes. He - and City in general - very much the story of the day so far.

1615: Sleep easy kids, Reading have been whipped out of the 'OUT' section of the transfer tracker. My mind is so shaken by today's truly seismic events that I was temporarily catapulted back to late April or something.

1612: HOLA ESPANYOL
Liverpool full-back Steve Finnan has signed for Spanish side Espanyol on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee. We have yet to hear that Albert Riera has completed his move.

1611: Some transfer news to keep you ticking over. Blue Square Premier side Eastbourne Borough have signed Reading's 18-year-old Icelandic striker Viktor Unnar Illugason on an initial one-month loan deal.

1600: "I have just seen Klass-Jan Huntelaar at Manchester airport! City or United?"
Glover via text on 81111

There have been lots of references to the Ajax forward so far today on the text and 606 so I thought he was finally worth a mention. The way this crazy day is panning out, I have no idea whatsoever where he is headed. That is, of course, in the unlikely event you are telling the truth.

1559: "I have just seen Fergie in a supermarket in Cheadle taking back cases of Bulgarian wine. He didn't look happy."
Adam, Cheadle, via text on 81111

Sure?

1556: "I have just seen Mark Viduka outside the Hull stadium. I doubt he is in Hull for a holiday."
Anonymous via text on 81111

There is no arguing with the second half of your point.

1551: Jon Stead has left Sheffield United, joining Championship rivals Ipswich Town.

1548: Liverpool sign their second 18-year-old of the day - Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. He spent last season on-loan in the reserves at Anfield and joins from MTK Hungaria.

1544: Some news from that finest of counties, Lancashire. BBC Radio Lancashire report that Preston defender Matt Hill is at Wolves having a medical as part of a swap deal for striker Stephen Elliot.

Blackburn are being linked with a possible swap deal involving defender Andre Ooijer, who may be on his way to Dutch side AZ Alkmaar with 24-year-old Australian winger Brett Holman joining Rovers.

Burnley are believed to be bringing in Steve Thompson from Cardiff.

1542: "My 10-year-old has just come home with a football tattoo on his face and I am struggling to remove it before school tomorrow. That's my transfer news."
Darrell via text on 81111

Very droll. What is the tattoo - Berbatov's head?

1540: Absolutely nothing to report about Arsenal, assuming we are discounting all those alleged sightings of a certain Patrick Vieira.

1538: Just under an hour to go. No, not until the window closes but until I step to one side and let Jonathan Stevenson take over.

1535: Just heard from Gareth Johnson in Newcastle. He works very close to Newcastle's ground and is adamant that he has seen Michael Owen today - that would make it difficult for the striker to be at all the other myriad number of places where people claim to have seen him.

1533: A lot of texts and 606 comments are suggesting that goalkeeper Carlo Nash will be joining Everton. Not quite a £30m move but still...

1530: Speeding up. Wigan have loaned Dutch winger Rachid Bouaouzan to Eredivisie outfit NEC Nijmegen for a year. Bouaouzan joined Wigan from Sparta Rotterdam last summer but made only one appearance for the Latics.

1528: Peterborough United have completed the signing of Fulham defender Gabriel Zakuani on a one month loan.

The 22-year-old centre-back is currently away on international duty with DR Congo and will link-up with his new team-mates when he returns.

1526: WINN3RS on 606 reports that Karim Benzema has been spotted boarding an easyjet plane at Lyon airport heading for Manchester. Any obvious flaws with this story?

1523: Jon Parkin signs for Preston from Stoke on a permanent basis. He had initially joined on an emergency loan.

1521: Some news from the lower divisions. Bristol City have bought John Akinde from Ebbsfleet.

If you recall almost 7,500 members of Fleet's owners myfootballclub.co.uk took part in a vote to decide whether they should sell him, with 82.3% voting in favour.

1520: "I have given up on anything interesting happening today and will wait till the January window when things are normally better."
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Get real. I get the feeling day there will be some major twists and turns over the final eight hours and 40 minutes.

1513: "This is my last 10p - great value I must admit but I can't top up my mobile at work."
Tristan via text on 81111

Not sure you have thought this through - maybe in all this craziness you are losing your mind as well.

1512: Forget about Berbatov, Man City's England under 19 international Javan Vidal has joined League Two Grimsby on loan for a month.

1509: No, I'm still staggered by all this Man City business. I can only imagine how Sir Alex Ferguson feels.

1502: I'm struggling to cope on a mental level with all this Berbatov-Man City chat. I mean, did anyone see that coming? No chance. Just think about it for a second - Berbatov to Man City?

1458: Apparently the Man City bid for Berbatov is more than £30m.

And Cardiff's Joe Ledley will not be signing for Stoke.

1457: Another strange transfer to tell you about. Tyrone Mears has left Championship side Derby and moved to French outfit Marseille.

1452: Less than 10 hours to go.

"Sorry to burst the bubble of Man City fans but they're not going to get David Villa, he just signed a contract extension at Valencia when he had the chance to go to Real Madrid."
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I think they would settle for Berbatov.

1450: The latest Man City chat - boss Mark Hughes will discuss personal terms with Dimitar Berbatov when he has finished his round of golf. Has the world gone mad?

1445: Stoke have had a £5m bid accepted for Cardiff's Joe Ledley, while Sunderland's Danny Higginbotham is at the Premier League new boys. Is it me or are things hotting up a bit?

1443: A little bit more Everton news - their work permit application for Nigerian winger Obinna has been rejected so he will not be signing on loan.

1440: REASONABLY GOOD TRANSFER NEWS
Louis Saha has completed his move from Man Utd to Everton after passing his medical. The striker has signed a two-year deal.

1437: NOT HAPPENING
Henrik Larsson has been linked with numerous clubs today - including Everton and West Ham. But the former Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United striker has said he has no intention of leaving Helsingborg.

1433: Oh, and Mark Hughes is out playing golf. What on earth is going on?

1430: The latest from Man City - and I have to say that they are fast becoming the club of the day. BBC Sport understands that a £30m bid has indeed been made for Dimitar Berbatov, while the club are in talks with Valencia's David Villa and Stuttgart's Mario Gomez.

1423: Rumours abound that West Ham defender George McCartney is having a medical at Sunderland.

1416: Noticed an increase in quality over the last 20 or so minutes? That is because I cheekily disappeared off for a sandwich. A big shout to Russell Barder, who stepped in.

Meanwhile, the latest from BBC Radio Humberside is this:

Hull City Chairman Paul Duffen has confirmed that they are trying to sign Rangers striker Daniel Cousin on loan. Meanwhile, the Tigers are still talking to Man Utd about striker Fraizer Campbell.

"As ever we're beholden to the twists and turns at other clubs," said Duffen.

"He's not our player but there's a dialogue between us and Manchester United and I still have a hope that something will be able to be done today."

He's also told the radio station that they're not going ahead with a move for Fulham striker Seol Ki-Hyeon at this stage because of various complexities such as work permits.

And there's even more. Duffen reckons Hull won't be signing West Brom defender Neil Clement as they feel they have enough defensive options with new signing Kamil Zayatte and youngster Liam Cooper.

1413: My mum works as a receptionist at the chauffer company used by Man Utd and she has just had to book a car to pick up a Mr Benzema from Manchester Airport at 3pm to go to Old Trafford.
Steve, via text on 81111

Where would we all be without our mums?

1408: There is a lot of chat floating around about the future of Michael Owen, with several of you saying he could be on his way back to Liverpool.

1400: It's all gone pretty quiet. I think agents, managers and chairman are all enjoying a spot of lunch before the mad rush later this afternoon.

1348: "My uncle works at a well known restaurant in Birmingham and has just served Wolves striker Sylvain Ebanks-Blake with Martin O'Neill and a guy I don't recognise. He ordered scampi."
Crumpy, via text on 81111

The question is who ordered the scampi? Ebanks-Blake, O'Neill or this mystery man?

1341: "Transfer windows are fantastic. Best day of the season. Long live the window."
Chris, Leeds, via text on 81111

Long live the window? Not so sure about that. And it is surely only through the process of closing that the excitement is generated.

1337: A couple of transfer lines from round and about. In the Championship - Norwich's Jason Shackell will sign for Wolves subject to medical.

And from north of the border - Hibernian have signed Souleymane Bamba on a three-year contract from Dunfermline for an undisclosed fee. Meanwhile, the former Celtic, Rangers and Hearts defender Steven Pressley has joined the Danish side Randers. The 34-year-old was released by Celtic in the summer and failed to win a contract with Championship side Doncaster after a trial with the club.

1324: "Very quiet in Scotland. I thought there would be a few taxi driver rumours from Celtic Park."
David, Glenochil, via text on 81111

Can't help you there David but two names to conjure with. Lots of chat about Henrik Larsson. He has been spotted at Fulham, Everton and various other clubs. Michael Owen has also been linked with various Premier League outfits. Don't forget, he is out of contract at the end of the season.

1321: ANOTHER TRANSFER ACTUALLY HAPPENS
Bolton midfielder Blerim Dzemaili has signed for Torino on a one-year loan deal.

1318: "I live and work in Chiang Mai, Thailand and my live-in maid says her ex-boss's cousin's brother, who owns Chiang Mai United is presently in talks with Thaksin Shinawatra about a possible takeover, since he's DEFINITELY selling Man City. However, since I don't speak very good Thai, she may also be telling me she's not coming into work on Wednesday."
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This is my favourite 606 so far today. Thanks for making me laugh out loud, which I rarely do.

1308: "As an Evertonian, you'll have to excuse my pessimism, but I've got a feeling this Louis Saha transfer won't get tied up in time and that there'll be no more signings. Both the previous new arrivals and Saha, if he comes, will have cost us nothing, so what's the issue with £18m for Moutinho?"
Anonymous via text on 81111

It is worrying times for Everton supporters. They could well do with Saha signing. As for the issue with Moutinho - you can only spend cash if you have it. And does David Moyes have it to spend?

1304: "I'm trying to keep tabs on the transfers at work. My boss keeps giving me dirty looks for having the BBC window open. But seeing if we sign Reira is more important than updating the company website."
Mike via text on 81111

I could not possibly condone your behaviour for a second but obviously we will have the news for you as soon as it happens.

1301: I have to be honest, I'm still trying to get my head around the Berbatov to Man City rumours. I mean, can a club in the midst of a takeover still buy a player? And really, Berbatov to Man City? Would that be the most amazing deadline day deal ever?

1255: "Arsenal trio Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayour and Johan Djourou were all spotted at the Arsenal training ground no less than 15 minutes ago. It seems they were training, I will try and find out more..."
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1249: "Is it sad that instead of going out with my girlfriend, looking for a job or going out drinking with my mates, I am on the internet and watching sports news to hear about the latest transfers?"
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Lee, I think that you are doing the right thing. Given the lack of actual business so far today I would be seriously stuck without people like you. What I'm trying to say is that you are appreciated here.

1246: Lots of talk flying around that Man City have entered the race to sign Dimitar Berbatov. The Manchester Evening News website is even running the story.

1238: "Karleigh Osbourne has signed a month's loan to Oxford United from Brentford. Much more exciting that the 'will he, wont he' Berbatov saga, I'm sure you'll agree!"
Pete, Banbury, via text on 81111

What I love about this is that it is actually true.

Now, two points.

Firstly, the transfer deadline has been extended until today because the 31 August was a Sunday.

Secondly, the transfer of Jonas Olsson to WBA from NEC Nijmegen happened yesterday - so there won't be any great mention of it on here.
West Brom wrap up Olsson signing

1235: "Liverpool have signed Flora? I don't remember anyone spreading that rumour."
Karl, Brighton, via text on 81111

Listen for the collective groans.

1232: To confirm - Nacho Gonzalez has joined Newcastle on loan. The Uruguayan only recently signed for the Spanish club.
Newcastle sign Gonzalez on loan

1229: Alan Smith to Everton? Looking unlikely as he has been spotted at Newcastle's training ground today.

1219: "Paulo Ferreira is in talks with West Ham over a proposed move, so I understand."
Fleece via text on 81111

This is very much a rumour doing the rounds. The Hammers, of course, sold Anton Ferdinand to Sunderland the other day.
Ferdinand makes Sunderland switch

1214: A rumour doing the rounds is that Newcastle are taking Valencia's Uruguayan midfielder Nacho Gonzalez on a one-year loan deal. Gonzalez has only just signed for the Spanish club.

1210: No more to tell you yet on some of the days more persistent rumours - such as Alan Smith to Everton, Robinho to Chelsea and Dimitar Berbatov to Man Utd. Keep reading.

1206: "Arshavin will join in the next few hours. Paperwork being done and deal agreed with Zenit. Mark my words."
Wazza via text on 81111

Wazza has a bit of work to do before he becomes a stalwart of the rumour mill. I always find it handy to mention both the selling AND buying club. However, I assume you mean Spurs - and there has certainly been a lot of rumours to that affect.

1202: That Man City takeover - it seems to be the real deal.
Arab group plans Man City buy-out

1200: Just 12 hours left. Surely business is really going to start kicking off all over the place soon. Millions will be flying all over the place as desperate managers bolster their squads.

1157: Just to clarify, you might see reports of transfer deals kicking about elsewhere, with the suggestion being that they have been completed. You might not see them on here, however, until they are deffo done and dusted.

1155: LIVERPOOL SIGNING
The Premier League club have signed Brazilian Vito Flora on a free transfer from Botafogo. The 18-year-old holds an Italian passport and the necessary international clearance has been received.
Liverpool swoop for striker Flora

1151: In case you didn't hear about it on Sunday, Hull snapped up defender Kamil Zayatte on a season-long loan from Young Boys.

1142: ACTUAL TRANSFER NEWS
Portsmouth have signed Algerian left-back Nadir Belhadj from French club Lens on a season-long loan with an option to make the deal permanent. No one spotted that one coming on text or 606.
Belhadj makes Pompey loan switch

1138: We are still waiting for further news on Dimitar Berbatov and his proposed move to Old Trafford.

And it seems that Ricard is unavailable to sign for anyone owing to his current predicament in a Colombian jail.

1131: "I have just seen Hamilton Ricard arrive at the KC Stadium. Looks like we won't be getting Frazier Campbell but at least Ricard has plenty of experience."
Anonymous via text on 81111

Hamilton Ricard - now there is a blast from the past. Of what exactly does he have experience?

1129: Kevin Doyle is still a Reading player but he has, apparently, been spotted everywhere from Newcastle to Villa so far today.

1125: The Xisco transfer to Newcastle from Deportivo seems to be just a matter of time. You'll hear about it as soon as it has gone through.

1117: "My cousin works in the booking centre for British Airways - she just processed a seat from Madrid on a 4pm flight for one Robson de Souza aka Robinho."
Richard via text on 81111

Great rumourage. Nice booking desk twist. Eight out of 10.

1107: "My mate works at Newcastle airport and has just seen Leroy Lita pass through baggage reclaim. I'm a worried Royals fan!"
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I have to say that of all the rumours flying around I do have a particular soft spot for those involving airports and hotels. I think that on some level they accurately portray the jet set and luxury aspect of the modern football world.

As for Lita, I heard that he has a soft spot for the Angel of the North and is just paying a visit to one of his favourite pieces by Antony Gormley.

By the way, for those expressing an interest, I will be doing the live text until some point late-to-mid afternoon. Then I will be leaving in the expertly capable hands of one Jonathan Stevenson. Stevo, in short.

1102: Robinho has been spotted everywhere within a one mile radius of Stamford Bridge if you believe all the texts and 606s flooding in. However, in terms of official word it is all very quite so far. Rest assured, we are keeping across this one.

1059: "I'm sitting at work in deepest darkest Buckinghamshire and haven't seen anyone doing anything - including any work!"
Kos via text on 81111

1047: Corluka has signed a six-year deal at Tottenham, who have paid £8.5m for his services.
Spurs sign Corluka from Man City

1045: "My mate owns a burger van outside Old Trafford and he's just had to remind Dean Windass and his agent that he's not open till 11. You heard it here first!"
Shaun via text on 81111

Cheeky. Very, very cheeky. Funny though.

1040: Rumours continue to fly around that Spurs could still sign Argentine striker Daniel Milito from Real Zaragoza. If I hear anything more, I'll let you know.

1037: Glad you spotted the, ahem, deliberate transfer widow mistake. I imagine that there are plenty of women out there who do feel like transfer widows on this particular day. I cannot imagine too many managers are out and about with the wife today.

1033: Expect Paul Gallagher's emergency loan move from Blackburn to Plymouth to be made a season-long loan at some point today.

1030: (See 1017) "If Robinho is wearing eight at Chelsea, what happens to Frank Lampard? SWP used to wear 24 not eight. At least make up things properly!"
Tom, Billericay, via text on 81111

Excellent point. You lot need to be well researched and diligent in your fabrications if you are to successfully pull the wool over the eyes of your fellow readers.

1024: An update from the Humber as Hull City look to boost their squad before the window shuts.

Apparently the Tigers are still waiting on Frazier Campbell. A deal has been agreed with Man Utd but it all hinges on Berbatov moving to Old Trafford. But that may well happen given that Tottenham have signed Pavlyuchenko. It gets complicated doesn't it.

The club also has a bid in for Fulham striker Seol Ki-Hyeon - this has been confirmed by Hull Chairman Paul Duffen.

BBC Radio Humberside also understand the club are interested in Rangers striker Daniel Cousin but there has been no official confirmation.

1021: Not strictly related to the transfer of players, but there are strong reports suggesting that there has been a takeover at Man City, with the Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment splashing the cash. No more Shinawatra, it seems.

1017: "I work in the shirt sales at Stamford Bridge. I was told this morning to prepare Robinho shirts with number eight. Shaun Wright-Phillips had the old one."
Steve, via text on 81111

1011: Transfer deadline day - lots of excitement, rumour and speculation. But what impact does the transfer window have on the lower divisions, where money is tight and squads are small? In a shameless piece of self promotion, feel free to read the blog I wrote about it.

Transfer window not working

1009: "My mate Phil is a Cabbie in Liverpool City Centre and a season ticket holder at Anfield. He has it on very strong word that Rafa Benitez will sign a cut price Michael Owen as cover for the injured Fernando Torres. Welcome back to the prodigal Son."
Gavin, Ellesmere Port, via text on 81111

I was wondering when a cabbie would crop up. Transfer deadline day literally would not work without them. Literally.

1002: Less than 14 hours to go. You can almost reach out and feel the excitement. Xisco to Newcastle. Texts and 606s reporting that he shares his name with some kind of singer. News to me.

0957: It has been confirmed - Vedran Corluka is a Tottenham player. I reckon Spurs are going to be the club of the transfer deadline - and well done to the man who texted in before informing us that Corluka had thrown his City shirt into the crowd after their win at Sunderland. Always a key sign that one.

0953: BREAKING NEWS
Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign Croatia defender Vedran Corluka from Man City.

0950: I have just been scanning through the various texts and 606s that have been flooding in. Lots of cracking airport chat, I have just finished my post round and seen Michael Owen, my mate has just seen Berbatov in Manchester etc However, I have to say there are an incredible amount of people claiming to have spotted Alan Smith in Liverpool, the train of thought being that he is on his way to Everton.

0941: Here is one move that is likely to happen - the amazingly named Ryan Donk will be joining West Brom on loan from AZ Alkmaar.

Donk is a central defender and can I just reiterate that he has an amazing name.

0934: "I love deadline day, it's almost like Christmas, though if I get Albert Riera for Christmas I'd better get a receipt as well so I can take him back in January."
Aggerrophobia on 606
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Love it. Liverpool are set to complete their deal for the Espanyol wide man today. I guess all you Reds out there had just better trust that Rafa the Gaffer knows what he is doing. Like bringing on Ngog and not Babel when Torres limps off injured at Villa Park.

0931: One potential move that has caught my eye is full-back Tyrone Mears moving from Derby to Marseille. I have seen Mears play time and again. Lots of ability yet lacking a certain something, perhaps positional sense. Would love to see how he goes on in France.

0926: "Hi Paul, I am currently working in Madrid. Guess who I just saw?! Yes, that's right. Ronaldo! Walking past with a couple of young others, please explain! A s a die hard Man Utd fan my love for him is turning!"
Ed, in the sun, via text on 81111

Lovely touch. A key element of the fabricated transfer deadline day story is to establish credibility. Ed, I feel, has done this quite effectively by pointing that he works in Madrid and thus has genuine reason to be in the Spanish capital. As for the rest of his tale...

0925: "I predict that journalists and fans across the country will be getting bored and edgy abut the lack of action by about 13:00, really quite concerned by 16:30, and then it'll start getting interesting after the majority of us have gone home at about 18:30."
Mr Vic A. Rageroad Esq on 606
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Hmm. This qualifies as an interesting variation on the so and so spotted at such and such a place theme. Talking of which...

"Just seen Kaka on the number 52 bus in Salford, which goes to Old Trafford. Is it more than just a coincidence?"
Anonymous via text on 81111

I have never previously heard mistaken identity, or simply good old fabrication, described as coincidence.

0919: News from Europe - Inter Milan have agreed a deal with Porto for Ricardo Quaresma. Inter boss Jose Mourinho has been a fan of his for some time.

0917: An interesting one from the lower divisions. Rotherham United have signed former Athletic Bilbao forward Omar Garcia on a one-year contract.

The 24-year-old Spaniard has joined the Millers as a free agent, after he impressed during a trial period. Wonder what he'll make of south Yorkshire. Rotherham is south Yorkshire isn't it?

0915: No word yet from Stamford Bridge but one of the potential moves we will be keeping an eye on is whether or not Chelsea manage to sign Robinho from Real Madrid. Today, after all, is the day when all the months of rumour and speculation must come to an end one way or the other.

0910: If you want an early and easily digestible round-up of some of the rumours kicking about in the papers today then check out the gossip column.
Monday's gossip column

0905: "All I'm looking for today is some big money moves and a shock or two. If Tranmere could sign a player or two I'd be delighted."
Josh, Brighton (a Tranmere fan), via text on 81111

I think we would all love it if the men from Prenton Park could boost their squad. And a transfer shock, a move totally out of the blue - we all love those, don't we?

0903: One man not on the move is Rangers striker Alan Gow. He has rejected a £250,000 move to Blackpool. No illuminations for him then.

0902: Some rumours hot off the press, or more appropriately fresh out of the mill. Deportivo La Coruna, who beat Real Madrid on Sunday, apparently reckon Newcastle have agreed a £5.7m deal for striker Xisco. Know anything about it?

0900: News from our colleagues in Wales. They have it on good authority that Alexei Smertin will be leaving Fulham for Cardiff on a season-long loan subject to securing a work permit. Happy with that?

0858: Now then. I'm expecting a busy old day - though whether most of the deals will start to fall in place later in the day I'm not sure.

The aim is to keep you bang up to date with all the Premier League transfer news but don't think for even a split second that I'll be covering every single transfer from the Football League. My fingers just don't move that fast. However, rest assured that I'll be mentioning as many as possible, while a full list can be found on the BBC website.

0845: One deal that has been done - no question about this one - is Roman Pavlyuchenko's transfer to Tottenham from Spartak Moscow, at a cost of £14m. I wonder whether this will free up Dimitar Berbatov for his move to Manchester United?
Spurs seal £14m Pavlyuchenko deal

0830 BST: So here we are once again. Transfer deadline day. One of the most exciting days of the year or one of the most unnecessary? Maybe that is a debate for another time.

The focus today is firmly on who is on the move. Doubtless plenty of top-draw footballers - and plenty of modest ones as well - will be spotted at various airports, hotels, training grounds and other assorted places of business as the rumour mill goes into overdrive. If you do see anyone, be sure to tell us.

see also
Man City beat Chelsea to Robinho
01 Sep 08 |  Man City
Man Utd complete Berbatov switch
01 Sep 08 |  Man Utd
Aberdeen complete Aluko transfer
01 Sep 08 |  Aberdeen
Liverpool bring in winger Riera
01 Sep 08 |  Liverpool
Blackburn capture goalkeeper Bunn
01 Sep 08 |  Blackburn
Voronin signs for Hertha Berlin
01 Sep 08 |  Liverpool
Liverpool sell Finnan to Espanyol
01 Sep 08 |  Liverpool
Spurs seal £14m Pavlyuchenko deal
01 Sep 08 |  Tottenham
Spurs sign Corluka from Man City
01 Sep 08 |  Tottenham
Belhadj makes Pompey loan switch
01 Sep 08 |  Portsmouth
Newcastle sign Gonzalez on loan
01 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Liverpool swoop for striker Flora
01 Sep 08 |  Liverpool
Hibs sign Bamba from Dunfermline
01 Sep 08 |  Hibernian
Stead signs for Ipswich on loan
01 Sep 08 |  Ipswich
Monday's gossip column
01 Sep 08 |  Gossip


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