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Transfer deadline day as it happened

Transfer window - closes at 1700 GMT (England) and midnight (Scotland)


To get involved use 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). (Not all contributions can be used)

By Jonathan Stevenson

1900: Thanks. Without you, today wouldn't have any meaning at all. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope your club bought more players than mine did. But above all, have fun for the rest of the season, yeah? Sam Lyon starts his live text for Sunderland v Stoke in about half an hour and he'll keep you bang up to date on any latest transfer stories, including Robbie Keane going to Celtic. See you soon.

1857: I can hear the fat lady warming her up vocal chords...

From Thanks A lot BBC7 on 606: "I am still looking for an immature, over-priced, silly last-gasp transfer - or will I have to do with Keane to Celtic?"
Looks like it, yep

1850: Gillingham have signed striker James Walker on a three-month deal after Southend agreed to release him and Michael Raynes has gone from Stockport to Scunthorpe for an undisclosed fee.

1847: Yeah you do, telboy007 - it's worked for Forest so far this season, seems to scare the life out of the opposition when you stick four of them on the bench. Anyway, Ilan to West Ham doesn't need to be tied up today because we've been told he's a free agent after being released by St Etienne. So the Brazilian could join at any time.

From telboy007, via text to 81111: "Surprised at how quiet it's gone on Ilan signing for us, but then do we need seven strikers?"

1842: News just in: McDonald Mariga has joined Inter Milan on a permanent transfer from Parma after missing out on a move to Manchester City. The Kenyan midfielder, whose planned switch to City failed to materialise due to work permit issues, has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Serie A giants.

1839: Hull City have let winger Peter Halmosi join Hungarian side Szombathelyi Haladas (usual spelling) on loan for the rest of the season.

From PaddyFeeney on Twitter: "Got to be honest I was worried by the lack of movement, but that was one crazy last half hour!"

1833: I love great stories. And a former non-league footballer, who has served a drugs ban, joining Belgian club Charleroi is certainly a decent tale, you'd have to agree?

1830: Cheeky monkey, PhilSandifer, below. Anyway, I'm gonna hang around for another half an hour, then we're going to have a little bit of peace and quiet and then the brilliant Sam Lyon is going to start a live text all of his own at about 1930 GMT. Sammy will be all over Sunderland v Stoke and all the big late deals in Scotland too - don't forget, their window doesn't close until midnight and Tottenham's Robbie Keane is about to have talks with Celtic.

From PhilSandifer on 606: "Wait, Keane is transferring to the club he supported as a boy? Did I load the summer 2008 transfer updates by mistake?"

1822: Ooh, we all like to be beside the seaside... As well as signing DJ Campbell on loan, Blackpool have signed Hearts midfielder Stephen Husband for a nominal fee, signed Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie on loan for the rest of the season and extended Barry Bannan's loan from Aston Villa for a further month.

1819: This just in from the at-times cheeky Spanish newspaper Marca: "Real Madrid and Manchester City arrived at an agreement to sign Fernando Gago for 18m Euros, but the English club needed the consent of owner Sheikh Al Mansour and that did not arrive in time for the close of the Premier League curtain at 1700 GMT."

From Kanterman, via text to 81111: "Bemused by Harry's dealings this January. Has he gone mad? Mistake prone Kaboul and has-been former Blues striker Gudjohnsen. Keane to go. We have gone from having four right-backs to one after he farmed out Hutton, Noughton and Walker on loan. The icing on the cake will be David James."

Done deal
1812: DONE DEALS: For those of you who have managed to stick around, this is your reward - it's bonus time. Stoke City have announced the signing of Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Portsmouth on a four-and-a-half year deal for a fee of £3.25m. My kingdom for a fee!

Done deal
1809: DONE DEALS: We've got so many now it's embarrassing. Middlesbrough have announced officially that Egyptian striker Mido has signed for West Ham on loan until the end of the season.

Done deal
Done deal
1807: DONE DEALS: Middlesbrough have signed strikers Scott McDonald from Celtic and Lee Miller from Aberdeen, the Riverside club have announced on their website. They just keep on coming.

1805: I've failed. Apparently Robinho was number 10 for City. Well in my defence, it was difficult to tell underneath his big coat while he sat on the bench...

1801: Two deals we keep being told have been wrapped up are Vasilis Torosidis from Olympiakos to Liverpool and Asmir Begovic from Portsmouth to Stoke City.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports news: "The chairman rang me an hour ago asking me what I thought about it. Nothing sorted yet but it probably will happen. Robbie Keane's too good a player not to be starting. I think it's a move that appeals to him. He's a big Celtic man and to play for them - he's a bit like Roy Keane, he dreams of playing for Celtic one day. And we're strong in that position up front."

1756: Manchester City's newest signing Adam Johnson will wear the number 11 shirt vacated by Robinho at Eastlands. I don't think there's any danger that the superbly-talented 22-year-old will not prove to be a better deadline day purchase than the Brazilian. Not as good a story, sure, but a much better signing nevertheless.

1748: Two more bits of business - firstly, our friends in Scotland are telling me that Celtic and Middlesbrough have agreed a deal for striker Scott McDonald. More to follow on that one. Secondly, Preston have signed Blackburn Rovers Irish U21 midfielder Keith Treacy for an undisclosed fee, on a two-and-a-half year contract, with an option for a third year.

From chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter: "Man City contemplated a loan deal for Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago earlier in the month and spoke to Real Madrid, but in the end focused on other signings."

From TheShockOfTheTorres on 606: "This deadline day hasn't been bad. It's been the whole window that has disappointed."

1738: Real Madrid's Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago is not going to join Manchester City today. Good story though, wasn't it?

Done deal
1736: DONE DEAL: So, we reckon it'll be for about £7m, but the young English winger Adam Johnson has left Boro and signed for Man City. It's the stand-out deal of the day so far, though Robbie Keane to Celtic might rival it later.

1733: Manchester City have signed Adam Johnson from Middlesbrough

1731: Ooh, did I tell you that Northern Ireland striker David Healy has completed his loan move from Sunderland to Ipswich Town? If I didn't, I apologise.

1729: Plymouth have signed Birmingham midfielder Damien Johnson on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis: "Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is going to sign for Stoke City for £3m."

From loubobs, via text to 81111: "I think I speak for every Celtic fan when I say if Robbie Keane signs then Christmas will be demoted to the second best day of the year."

1722: Robbie Keane is definitely heading up to Celtic Park as we speak to have talks about a loan deal from Tottenham. Perhaps Roman Pavlyuchenko staying at White Hart Lane today was a part of that decision.

1719: Breaking news: The Football Association has confirmed that Fabio Capello alone will be responsible for any decision about John Terry's position within the England squad.

1717: Derby County have been busy today (unlike their erstwhile east midlands neighbours...) and they have just completed the signing of midfielder Michael Tonge on loan from Stoke until the end of the season. Good deal that for the Rams, always liked Tonge.

From M.I.T. on 606: "If he is player that so many seem keen to have on their squad, why is it that Robbie Keane is unable stay at a club for more than a season or two?"

1713: Aberdeen have secured the signature of striker Steven Maclean from Plymouth Argyle. He will join up at Pittodrie on loan until the end of the season. Also, Darlington have signed full-back Richie Byrne, who has been without a club since being released by Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the summer.

Done deal
1711: DONE DEAL: Tottenham defender Alan Hutton has completed his move to Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season.

1708: Sky Sports reckon Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is heading up to Scotland to talk to Celtic about a possible loan move to the Scottish giants. Told you today wouldn't be boring.

1704: I'm going nowhere, by the way. Our biggest story of the day probably hasn't even broken yet, so stay tuned. Stockport have signed former Newcastle defender Paul Huntington, 22, after Leeds agreed to terminate his deal.

1702: We are hearing that the website of the Spanish newspaper Marca has got a story about Real Madrid's Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago signing for Manchester City for 16m euros...


From chrissmack on Twitter: "Apparently Martin Petrov is off to Everton on loan for the season if the Adam Johnson deal goes through."
Love it.

1656: Buzzing: Watford striker Marvin Sordell has joined Tranmere on a month-long loan deal.

1655: Have some of this, lovers of last-gasp deals: BBC Newcastle understands that Stoke City striker James Beattie is having a medical at Sunderland. South Africa here we come.

1653: Lower league update: Derby's 19-year-old Serbian striker Aleksander Prijovic has left to join Swiss League side FC Sion; while Cambridge United have completed the signing of former Histon Antonio Murray.

1651: What happened to the Portsmouth goalkeepers David James and Asmir Begovic? Both linked with Stoke, both linked with Tottenham - and now both fighting for one place in a doomed Premier League side? Hmm.

From chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter: "Man City very close to completing deal for Middlesbrough's Adam Johnson. Cutting it fine but should be done and dusted by 1700 GMT deadline."

Done deal
1646: DONE DEAL: Shakhtar Donetsk's Bolivian international forward Marcelo Moreno Martins has signed for Wigan on loan until the end of the season. Leon, Stoke, at 1506 - you are a legend.

1642: St Mirren have signed Celtic midfielder Graham Carey on loan until the summer and have released striker Paul Quinn.

From McGuireDavid on Twitter: "Can't fathom this Hutton rumour. Naughton's gone, so unless Harry already has a replacement we'd be down to one right-back."
Er, I see you, and I'll raise you that we've got no left-backs

1636: Sheffield United have confirmed they have completed the loan signing of Fulham's Toni Kallio on loan until the end of the season.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis: "Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson is having a medical as we speak and Man City are trying to push through a £7m transfer before the deadline."

1631: Less than half an hour to go until the transfer window closes for English clubs. Remember, Scottish sides have until midnight, with our European brothers somewhere inbetween.

1629: Not sure where we stand with a few will they, won't they deals today. Man City are rumoured to be trying to speed through the signing of Boro's Adam Johnson and West Ham have not yet announced the arrivals of either Ilan or Mido. Doesn't look like Michael Owen's going anywhere, though.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis: "Sunderland are close to securing the services of Spurs defender Alan Hutton. And a Benjani loan deal is also a possibility at Stadium of Light."

From Matt, via text to 81111: "Yawn Stevo, yawn?! I'll have you know that Wayne Brown was the Finnish Premier League player of the season last year!"

Done deal
1620: DONE DEAL: Fulham have rounded off a busy day in the transfer market with the capture of German youngster Christopher Buchtmann from Liverpool. I know, you don't have a clue who he is. Me neither. He's 17, plays at left-back or in midfield and joined Liverpool in 2008 from Borussia Dortmund.

1617: From the Ipswich website: Ipswich Town have signed Daryl Murphy on loan from Sunderland until the end of the season. The 26-year-old played under Roy Keane at Sunderland and was in the side that won promotion with the Black Cats in 2007.

From yorker_129-7 on 606: "I wish I could start every job I do by getting out of a helicopter with Pele."

1611: Bristol Rovers have signed Fulham midfielder Wayne Brown on a one-month loan deal, Carlisle have picked up Darryl Duffy from Rovers on a three-month loan and Brentford have extended Tommy Smith's loan from Ipswich and taken John Akinde on loan from Bristol City. Yawn.

Robinho arrives at Vila Belmiro stadium during his official presentation as a Santos player
1607: Ah Robinho - one of the major players in the greatest transfer deadline day of them all. British football's record signing has, of course, gone back to Brazil and today he was officially presented as a Santos player for the second time after joining on loan from Manchester City. Um, he did it in some style, too - stepping out of a helicopter with Pele to be greeted by thousands of fans at the Vila Belmiro stadium in Sao Paolo.

From KevBaz on Twitter: "I have it on good authority that Sean St Ledger (will go) from PNE to Celtic for £3m."


1559: ... Er, Brazilian winger Mancini signs for AC Milan on loan from rivals Inter. Who did you think I meant?

1557: Massive breaking Mancini transfer story...

Pigs might fly
From Anon, via text to 81111: "My best mate's brother is a taxi driver and he has just called me to say he has just dropped Michael Owen off at Anfield for a medical, no flying pigs please."

1552: Dag & Red have signed Plymouth midfielder Damien McCrory, Wycombe have parted company with Michael Duberry and Danny North is the fourth player to leave Grimsby today.

1549: Now this is why I came to work at ridiculous o'clock this morning: there's a rumour that Liverpool are making a very, very, very late bid to sign Galatasaray's prodigiously-talented Turkish winger Arda Turan, who was brilliant during Euro 2008. True? Who cares?

BBC Sport's Simon Austin: "I've just been to interview a sports consultant at Deloitte. They estimate only £21m has been spent in the January transfer window so far, compared to £170m last year and £150m in January 2008. There haven't been any £10m signings this year and only one for £5m, which Spurs paid Portsmouth for Younes Kaboul. There were seven £10m signings last January - three were made by Manchester City (Nigel de Jong, Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bridge), three by Spurs (Wilson Palacios, Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane) and one by Arsenal (Andrey Arshavin).

From No.7 on 606: "Michael Owen (who I'm sure reads 606): If you're stuck behind your PC today give us a call and let us know what's happening please pal."

1538: Our radio colleagues in Belfast reckon Northern Ireland's record-breaking striker David Healy is about to move on loan from Sunderland to Ipswich. Keep you posted on that one.

1536: The Adam Johnson to Manchester City rumour is building nicely, but no-one's seen Michael Owen for a while. I don't mean Plymouth winger Craig Noone, I mean no-one. Clear?

From desperate for a left-back Forest fan, via text to 81111: "So far Forest linked to Tom Cruise and Robbie Williams. Any other super celebrities?"

1529: Heard anything? Well don't keep it to yourself - what's the point of knowing?! Text us at 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide); tweet @Stevo_football; and get involved on 606. You'll only wish you had later.

1525: Sheffield United are also thought to be on the brink of signing Fulham's Finnish defender Toni Kallio on loan until the end of the season.

From jmjp72 on Twitter: "I live in the States and hearing rumors of Keane to West Ham, Pavlyuchenko to Spartak Moscow and Owen to Spurs on loan."
Sorry mate, I stopped caring at 'rumors'...

1520: My mate Pearlo's got involved in the day. He reckons it's the "worst deadline day ever". And yet I'm the one who gets accused of over-reactions? "It should be called 'weird loans that no-one understands or cares about day'," he adds, clearly not realising that that simply would not fit on our website.

1516: Lower league news: Chesterfield have signed Danny Boshell and Adam Rundle, who have been released by Grimsby and Rochdale respectively. Meanwhile, QPR defender Ed Harris joins Hayes & Yeading, while Gateshead bring in Scunthorpe winger Peter Winn - both on loan until the end of the season.

1514: Rumours abound that Sheffield United are about to sign unit defender Nyron Nosworthy from Sunderland on loan. In Spain, Real Valladolid have taken Valencia's former Chelsea left-back Asier del Horno on loan until the end of the season

From boothy_fears_satan on 606: "Rumours coming out of Huddersfield are that Forest have had a bid accepted for our left-back Robbie Williams."
If that happens, I will love you forever

1508: So, in the (very) old Division Two, Ipswich Town defender Alex Bruce has completed his loan move to Leicester City. The 25-year-old joins the East Midlands side until the end of the season.

1506: Remember, Manchester City were denied a work permit for Parma's Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga earlier today, but speculation is growing that they are about to sign Middlesbrough's talented young English winger Adam Johnson.

From Leon in Stoke, via text to 81111: "Strong rumour coming out of Wigan... Shakhtar Donetsk forward Marcelo Moreno Martins going to the club on loan with a view to a permanent deal."


Done deal
1458: DONE DEAL: Busy day in the north-west - Burnley have completed the signing of Chelsea's 20-year-old midfielder Jack Cork on loan until the end of the season.

1455: I love you lot. Never, ever forget that.

Pigs might fly
From tomvictor on Twitter: "Also heard from a fairly reputable source that Rivaldo was seen arriving at Cardiff Airport this morning."

1449: Another good line from the second rung of English football: QPR have signed Hungary striker Tamas Priskin on loan from Ipswich until the end of the season. Meanwhile, the hottest rumour of the moment involves Boro's Adam Johnson. But where is he going?

1447: This from our Welsh cousins: Swansea City's out-of-favour striker Stephen Dobbie is expected to make a transfer deadline day loan switch. The Scotsman has been linked with a loan move to the end of the season to Championship play-off rivals Blackpool."

Dear Santa (see 0833),
If you bring Forest a new left-back, I will forgo numbers two, three and four without making a fuss. Consider this a revised plea.
Love (and with a hint of desperation), Stevo

Done deal
1440: DONE DEAL: Hull City have confirmed that Daniel Cousin has joined Greek side Larissa on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move.

From simsini on 606: "I work for Rushcliffe Borough Council, next to the City Ground. I have just seen someone jump out of a cab who one of my colleagues identifies as Jonathan Bornstein - apparently an American international left-back."

1434: Coming up, my favourite rumour of the day so far. But you have to know that one of my colleagues is called David Ornstein and that I'm a Forest fan. Can you remember those things for two minutes?

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis: "Newcastle have confirmed the signing of Leon Best from Coventry City on a three-and-a-half year deal for undisclosed fee."

From Tom, Chelmo, via text to 81111: "Stevo, I think you're right, from what I've heard Sunderland made a very fair-oh offer for the Egyptian."

1422: Cracking lower league chat, this: Exeter City have paid a transfer fee for a player for the first time in seven years. Stunningly-named Spurs defender Troy Archibald-Henville arrives for an undisclosed fee after two successful loan spells.

1418: From BBC Radio Sheffield: "It is yet to be confirmed, but Barnsley will be signing Filipe Teixera from West Brom and Jay Rodriguez from Burnley on loan."

1416: I'm getting a severe sense of deja vu from September now: Egyptian club ENPPI have turned down another offer from Sunderland for winger Ahmed Al-Muhammadi, according to the player's agent. Maybe they're in de-nile...

From chrislepkowski on Twitter: "Sky interview with Steve Bull, talking about 90-year-old Bert Williams. Bull: 'If I get to half that age I'll be happy.' Bull is 45 in March."

1409: This in from our colleagues at Radio Sheffield - Dutch defender Shelton Martis has moved from West Brom to Doncaster for an undisclosed fee. Martis spent time at Donny on loan in 2008.

Done deal
1406: DONE DEAL: Striker David Nugent has completed his protracted loan move back to Burnley from Portsmouth. I think in August I banged on about him needing football in a World Cup year, but you won't find me regurgitating gags today. Oh no.

Pigs might fly
From TERRIFYING_WOLF on 606: "Stevo, any truth in the rumours Chelsea have tabled a £22m bid for Dirk Kuyt?"
I'll let the graphic speak for me on this occasion


1358: We're getting closer and closer to the business end of proceedings now. You must keep the faith. If you're still here, that very much suggests you are doing so. Well done.

1355: There is still talk that Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko will leave White Hart Lane today, with Birmingham being continually linked with the Russian. Meanwhile, Jamie Clarke, Danny Boshell and Matt Heywood all leave League Two strugglers Grimsby by mutual consent and Wycombe sign Brighton midfielder Kevin McLeod on a three-month contract.

From Colin, Peterborough, via text to 81111: "Any news on Michael Owen? Killing me that my son Owen is now named after a Man Utd player! Villa I could live with. Fingers crossed."
You might have to wait until the summer, mate

1348: ... But it isn't Barcelona or Real Madrid-related. A multi-million pound court hearing involving the England striker and his wife Coleen will not begin until Tuesday, officials said on Monday. As you were.

1347: Hang on, there's some breaking Wayne Rooney news...

1345: News coming in from League One that Norwich City midfielder Simon Whaley has left the club by mutual consent.

From chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter: "Man City appealed over Mariga work permit at hearing at Wembley this morning. Attended by reps from club, FA, Prem Lge, PFA & ex-pros. Mariga had played enough games for Kenya to get permit but scuppered by Kenya's world ranking of 98. They needed to be ranked 70 or above. Man City can launch another appeal in a future transfer window but will not be able to register McDonald Mariga as a player in this one."

Done deal
1340: DONE DEAL: Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees (pretend you're at the darts). West Ham confirm the signing of South African striker Benni McCarthy for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half year deal. With the World Cup in his home country in the summer, can he make get back into the Bafana Bafana squad now?

1337: We are hearing from St Etienne that they have officially released Brazilian striker Ilan, who has been heavily linked with a move to West Ham all day. Egypt's nutbag striker Mido is being tipped to sign for the Hammers too. Action.

From carolinecheese on Twitter: "I just walked past the Emirates Stadium and saw a man walking not one dog, but three. Hmmmm."

1333: Bet that graphic livened up your lunchtime, didn't it?

Pigs might fly
From Andrei Arshavin on 606: "I hear via the Interweb that Arsenal have bid £8m for Loic Remy, almost certainly not true but it's something at least."

1327: DEAL DEAD: Manchester City's bid to sign McDonald Mariga from Parma has fallen through because the Kenyan has not been given a work permit.

Late Kick Off
1324: More from our friends at the BBC regional Monday night football show Late Kick Off (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire): "Sheffield Wednesday striker Akpo Sodje has signed for Charlton Athletic on a half-season loan - that will take the 29-year-old to the end of his current contract at Hillsborough." Don't forget to tune in tonight at 2320 GMT.

1322: Rumour from Italy is that AC Milan are about to sign winger Mancini from rivals Inter.

From Simon, exile in Glasgow, via text to 81111: "Alan Hutton's wiki page claims he is now a Sunderland player, also giving an obscure family connection to Sunderland."

1315: It's not too late to get involved, you know. As a matter of fact, I'm only just over halfway through this live text. Please keep whacking over your chat, because at the very least it gives us a laugh: texts go to 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide); I'm around on Twitter @Stevo_football too; and there's a fair few people having their say on 606 as well.

1312: More chat from the lower leagues, as Wycombe sign veteran midfielder Gareth Ainsworth following his release by QPR and Carlisle sign Stoke winger Ben Marshall on loan for a month.

Done deal
1310: DONE DEAL: See 1208 & 1152. Fulham have now completed the signing of one-time England left-back Nicky Shorey on loan from Aston Villa for the rest of the season. Message for the Forest board: get a left-back.

From ChrisWathan on Twitter: "Keep going mate. Nothing happening here. Any ideas of how to fill a 900-word page lead on non-transfer deadline day?"
Mate, why don't you write about the death of transfer deadline day?

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis: "I understand striker Daniel Cousin will be leaving Hull City with Greek side Larissa his likely destination."

1302: Here's a deal that involves a Premier League club: Middlesbrough have signed Spurs full-back Kyle Naughton on loan until the end of the season. In League One, Oldham have signed Millwall striker Jason Price on loan for a month.

The build-up isn't really working at the moment, is it?

1257: Even the good rumours have dried up. But remember: we only need one to start the domino effect; it's classic deadline day fayre. In Spain, Real Zaragoza have signed Brazilian international Edmilson from Palmeiras.

From mzaLFC on 606: "Olympiakos right-back Vasilis Torosidis is on his way to Liverpool for a medical according to reports from Greece, with Rafa wanting a replacement for the injured Glen Johnson. He is a great friend of Liverpool and Greek centre-back Soitrios Kyrgiakos."

1251: My word it's quiet, transfer-wise. It never is in the news, though. Apparently, England boss Fabio Capello is in no rush to decide on John Terry's future as England captain. Capello's in Switzerland right now recovering from knee surgery - which means he probably won't be influenced by the newspapers calling for Terry to be axed as skipper.

From Bean in Kent, via text to 81111: "This is the truth, you must publish. Arsene Wenger, despite ruling himself out of transfer deadline day, may swoop for Thomas Sorensen should Stoke sign Asmir Begovic."

1243: This one's gonna run and run today: Hull have confirmed they have rejected a £5m bid from Wolves for midfielder Stephen Hunt.

1240: Let's pretend I'm neutral, just for a second, and agree this is a brilliant story from the Championship: Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies has accused Derby manager Nigel Clough of hitting him during Saturday's 1-0 victory to the Rams. Davies claims he was kneed in the back of the leg by Clough in a melee on the pitch in the dying moments of Derby's 1-0 win at Pride Park.

1237: Lincoln City have signed former Scotland Under-21 striker Steven Lennon, 22, on loan from Rangers until the end of the season.

From druros on Twitter: "Brazilian striker Ilan has arrived at West Ham and has been pictured shaking hands with Gianfranco Zola. Done deal?"

1232: So, any club-less footballers want to join Peterborough today? What a shambolic mess at London Road.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis: "Newcastle have confirmed that they are in discussions with Coventry's Republic of Ireland international striker Leon Best over a move."

Late Kick Off
1227: More from our friends at the BBC regional Monday night football show Late Kick Off (North West): "Rochdale have signed Bolton striker Temitope Obadeyi and Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Frank Fielding on loan until the end of the season and extended the loan of midfielder Will Atkinson from Hull. All three could play in tonight's derby against fellow promotion chasers Bury - fans in the North West can watch the goals on Late Kick Off."

1224: Very big breaking story from the Championship, but it's not transfer related. Peterborough and their manager Mark Cooper have parted company - a paltry 79 days after he took over as Posh boss.

From jeremy_fitch on 606: "I have a feeling that the Nicky Shorey added to the Fulham player profiles before confirmation of his transfer/loan is going to go down in deadline day folklore. 'Don't count your chickens before they have hatched' can be switched with a more modern 'Don't add a new signing to your player profiles unless then have been confirmed'."

1217: League One outfit Colchester have made the deal of on-loan midfielder David Prutton permanent after Leeds agreed to cancel his contract. And in the Championship, Leicester have released veteran striker Paul Dickov.

1215: Breaking news from Spain: Real Valladolid have parted company with coach Jose Luis Mendilibar.

From Anon, via text on 81111: "I heard from a very reputable source that Sir Alex is allowing his son Darren take a short loan of Owen Hargreaves to Preston to get match practice before going back United to push for a World Cup place."

1211: Now then. The transfer window slams shut at different times around Europe. Here's a rough guide:
1700 GMT: England
1800 GMT: Italy
2300 GMT: France & Spain
0000 GMT: Scotland

1208: Nicky Shorey has disappeared from the Fulham player profiles! Maybe Santa's going to do the business for me after all!

1206: Championship outfit QPR have swooped to sign much-travelled striker Marcus Bent on loan from Birmingham for the rest of the season.

From chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter: "Oh, and Man City striker Benjani in talks with Blackburn now. Hope he stays awake on deadline day this year..."

Done deal
1202: DONE DEAL: Yet more from our friends north of the border: Dutch international defender Edson Braafheid has joined Celtic on loan from Bayern Munich until the end of this season.


From philmcnulty on Twitter: "McDonald Mariga. Magnificent name. Let's also have two of my favourites Ronaldo Naldo & Rodrigues Jadson in the PL."

1155: News just in from our Scottish cousins: "On the final day of the transfer window, Scott McDonald's proposed move to Middlesbrough appears in doubt. Boro manager Gordon Strachan would like to sign the Australian striker, who is keen to join his former boss, but the clubs are unable to agree on a fee."

From chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter: "Man City very close to wrapping up signing of McDonald Mariga from Parma. Less hopeful of getting Middlesbrough's Adam Johnson. Kenyan international midfielder Mariga, 22, still in Italy but going to fly into Manchester or London this afternoon."

1152: My first heartbreak of the day. Santa (see 0833 GMT), you've got a lot of making up to do. Fulham have reportedly swooped to sign Aston Villa left-back Nicky Shorey on loan for the rest of the season, meaning he won't be going back to Nottingham Forest where he had such a good loan spell. He's in the player profiles list on the Fulham website and everything. Darn it.

From U9227849 on 606: "Riquelme to Everton. You heard it here first."
Indeed I did. About three years ago. Nice one.

Late Kick Off
1145: Another reminder about the BBC's new regional Monday night football show Late Kick Off. Why not watch it tonight as you relax from the Transfer Deadline Day drama? Speaking of drama, over to our friends at Late Kick Off (East): ''Norwich's midfield maestro Wes Hoolahan is being linked to a £2.5m move to Hull City IF the Tigers decide to offload Stephen Hunt to Wolves for £5m."

From Jamma, Newport, via text to 81111: "I work at a scrap heap and I just saw Michael Owen getting dropped off."

1139: Right, so it's a bit quiet then, isn't it? In case you missed Man Utd chief exec David Gill's interview on BBC Radio 5 live's Sportweek on Sunday, he reckons Sir Alex Ferguson has got plenty of money to spend if he needs it. He also says in-the-form-of-his-life striker Wayne Rooney is not for sale at any price.

1136: "It is getting even harder to believe that we can win first place after such defeats," said Russian forward Andrey Arshavin on his personal website after Arsenal's crushing 3-1 home defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.

From HonestFrank on Twitter: "West Ham sources say no truth in Beattie. I understand McCarthy will complete today. Ilan remains v.possible. Mido possible."

1127: Someone on text earlier said they wished Arsene Wenger would 'Ade-buy-more'. It made me chuckle, but I forgot to put it up. Ah well.

1124: Even our Spurs correspondent has nothing to say. I feared these moments, but we will pull through. You have to believe.

1121: A real dearth of Marouane Chamakh missives today, which is quite surprising given the amount of times the striker has been on the brink of leaving Bordeaux for the Premier League in the last year or so. Meanwhile, Greek club Kavala say they have signed Brazilian forward Denilson - the original king of the pedalada - on an 18-month contract.

From Scott Loach's best mate Lee, via text to 81111: "Scott Loach's best mate Lee here, sitting next to Scott and his agent on the way to London for talks. Spurs have offered £2m, Watford want nearer to £3m. However they not the only London club interested..."

1114: Robbie Keane has been spotted... at Spurs' training ground. Remember it's a marathon, not a sprint.

From Craigybaby1971 on Twitter: "Would Rafa become a hero again by bringing Owen back today?"

1107: News just in: Leicester are set to sign Ipswich's Republic of Ireland international defender Alex Bruce on loan until the end of the season. And the trickle became a flood.

1105: West Brom have officially completed the signing of Dutch attacking midfielder Andwele 'Andy' Slory on a free transfer from Feyenoord.

Done deal
1102: DONE DEAL: Wigan have confirmed the signing of Victor Moses from Crystal Palace on a three-and-a-half-year deal. The 18-year-old - previously linked with Barca, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs - joins for about £2.5m.


1058: Now Manchester City striker Benjani is being linked with a move to Blackburn. It was Sunderland earlier and West Ham last week - surely he's going to end up signing for someone today, the Zimbabwean?

1055: Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has joined his AC Milan team-mate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in ruling out a last-gasp move to the Premier League, by the way. How the Gunners could have done with him on Sunday.

1053: Rumour mill: Tottenham are now being linked with a move for Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach. And Wolves might be going back with another bid for Hull's £5m-rated midfielder Stephen Hunt.

1049: According to Dutch club Feyenoord, West Brom have agreed a deal with them to sign winger Andwele Slory for an undisclosed fee. He's 27, he's a Dutch international and he's got a brilliant name. That's all we (need to) know.

1045: If anyone gets a visual on Michael Owen today, please text to 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide), Tweet me @Stevo_football; and get in the mixer on 606 as well.

From matthewturland on 606: "With Forest in desperate need of a left-back, word around the City Ground is that Arsenal's Tom Cruise may be farmed out on loan to gain more first-team experience. Arsene Wenger has always been a fan of sending his players to teams who play good football and this one has got all the makings."

From Suaz in Oxford, via text to 81111: "Shouldn't Transfer Deadline Day be a Bank Holiday by now?"

1035: News from the Championship and Derby County have swooped to sign 20-year-old right-back Javan Vidal on loan from Manchester City.

1033: More rumours - Aston Villa's Steve Sidwell reportedly going to Stoke City and Burnley's Tyrone Mears linked with Sunderland. Meanwhile, the 'Michael Owen to Aston Villa' chat is spreading like the proverbial wildfire...

From benbarrett10 on Twitter: "The best bit about Transfer Deadline Day is I'm studying the way it's reported for my dissertation. Best. Project. Ever."

1027: Clarification alert: the transfer window slams shut at 1700 GMT for English clubs and midnight for Scottish teams. Around Europe they are at various times inbetween.

1024: Now we're getting a whiff that Coventry striker Leon Best - linked with a move to hometown team Nottingham Forest for the last 144,345 deadline days - is on the brink of a move to Newcastle United. The plot begins to thicken...

1022: Football League Fletch: "Derby are close to signing winger David Martin from Millwall. A fee of £200,000 has been agreed with the London club and the Rams are now trying to sort out personal terms. I'm told it is 70% likely to happen."

From devilish7 on 606: "Dear SAF, please sign a 'decent' striker so that if, heaven forbid, Rooney gets injured, we still have a chance. My faith in Owen and Berbatov disappeared quite some time ago!!"
Oh God. Some people are just never happy, are they?

Done deal
1016: DONE DEAL: Fulham have let a striker go and have now taken one in too. Welcome to the Premier League Stefano Okaka, who leaves Italian giants Roma having netted the winner in their 2-1 home win over Siena and joins the Cottagers on loan until the end of the season.

1014: Football League Fletch: "I'm told that Preston could be in for an unusually busy transfer deadline day as new boss Darren Ferguson looks to tweak his squad. Ferguson, of course, has already tapped up his old man and signed Danny Welbeck on loan from Man United."

From Gordon from Kent, via text on 81111: "This is a dead cert - Carlos Eduardo, the 22-year-old Hoffenhiem magician is on his way to Birmingham in a £14m deal."

Get involved on 606
Text in your views on 81111
1008: Decent start from you lot, I must say. Though do you remember that deadline day when we had 17,000 606 comments and 17,000-odd texts (to 81111 and +44 7786200666)? Halcyon days. Consider your target set.

From henrywinter on Twitter: "Why isn't Wenger in for Begovic? He has '£30m' to spend on one player. One-tenth would get him Pompey's excellent keeper - better than Almunia."

From Jordan, Nottingham, via text to 81111: "Celestine Babayaro to Forest. Promise. Heard it here first."
Promise? Big word. I'm officially holding you to that.


Late Kick Off
0958: Don't forget the BBC's new regional Monday night football show Late Kick Off, which is a great way to keep across all the action and news from your area. They are all over Transfer Deadline Day too, and here's our first missive from them: "Late Kick Off (North West): 'Preston have been linked with Blackburn's 21-year-old winger Keith Treacy. Boss Darren Ferguson admitted after the 2-0 win over Ipswich at the weekend he wants to do business before the window shuts.'"

Done deal
0954: DONE DEAL: We are officially cooking - and so are Celtic. They've added to the signing of Diomansy Kamara by snapping up teenager Paul Slane from Motherwell. The 18-year-old joins the club on a four-year deal.

Done deal
0952: DONE DEAL: First deal of the day involving a Premier League club done and dusted and it's Fulham striker Diomansy Kamara, 29, who has joined Scottish giants Celtic on loan until the end of the season, with the Bhoys having an option to buy.

Done deal
0949: Football League Fletch: "DONE DEAL: One exit to tell you about at Newcastle, with veteran midfielder Geremi signing for Turkish side Ankaragucu. The 31-year-old had not played for the Magpies since 20 October."

0947: Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has been linked with about 15 Premier League teams over the past few weeks, has committed his short-term future to AC Milan, even though he is struggling to get a game at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. "For the time being, I am happy here," said the 26-year-old.

0944: Hotting up. Now Chelsea have been linked with a move for Boro's Man City target Adam Johnson, while Birmingham have been linked with a move for Red Bull Salzburg's Austrian striker Marc Janko. How many people really want to see a naked Carlo Ancelotti, I'm wondering?

From cuddlybunnycuddles on 606: "Heard from a solid contact within White Hart Lane (at Spurs Lodge) that Tottenham have agreed a deal for Ben Foster from Man Utd. Fee said to be £5.5m."

BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis: "Stoke have made a £3m bid for Portsmouth keeper Asmir Begovic."

0935: QPR's Italian striker Alessandro Pellicori has joined Italy's Serie B outfit AC Mantova on loan. He joined Rangers on a three-year deal in the summer, but has scored just one goal in 10 appearances.

0933: Football League Fletch: "Swindon striker Charlie Austin has made quite an impression since joining the Robins from Wessex League side Poole Town, scoring 10 goals in 14 appearances. His exploits have seen him linked with several other clubs but expect him to sign a new, extended contract either today or tomorrow."

0930: Not a single deal done so far. Yet somehow, I'm having a cracking day. Is everyone else?

From Jonny in Sandhurst, via text on 81111: "There is a bloke in the club shop at Anfield with 'Owen' on the back of his replica shirt."
Is it a 2001 shirt? Or maybe he's too cheap to pay for Hargreaves?

0925: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is apparently willing to let Roman Pavlyuchenko leave the club today, but not to another English club. Harry reckons he might go back to Russia.

BBC Radio 5 live
From BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis: "Man City are poised to complete a deal for Parma's Kenyan international McDonald Mariga. Valeri Bojinov, currently at the Italian side on loan from City, could make his move there permanent as part of the deal."

0918: To steal one of one of the great Jeff Stelling's best lines, I wonder how many teams will be wasting their money on an Ade Panic-biyi today?

From McSnIfferson on Twitter: "Just seen Ade Akinbiyi heading to McDiarmid Park for St Johnstone. Not headline news I know, but share & share alike."

0913: Other players linked with moves today: Middlesbrough's Adam Johnson, who is interesting Manchester City among others; Portsmouth keepers Asmir Begovic and David James, who have both been linked with Spurs and Stoke; Stephen Hunt, continually mooted as a potential Wolves player; and Kenwyne Jones, the Sunderland striker linked with Liverpool.

0909: Now you're getting there. 'Thierry Henry to Arsenal' has got it all: fantasy; realism; it pulls on the heart strings; it made me laugh. Super stuff. In other news, Birmingham are allegedly in talks with the brilliantly-named Guinea winger Fode Mansare. Magical.

From Peterbaey on 606: "Henry to Arsenal."

0903: Coming up: the best rumour of the day so far...

From Andrew, east London, via text to 81111: "Currently working on the West Ham website, been asked to format the headline 'Beattie Ful'. James is on his way."


0856: We're just moments away now from the 606 messageboards opening for business. I can sense your excitement.

0853: Burnley have been linked with two strikers so far today: firstly with a move to bring Pompey striker David Nugent back to Turf Moor; and also with a loan bid for Derby County striker Rob Hulse. Not my favourite footballer in the world, but clearly quite effective. Ouch.

0849: OK, have it your way. If it does turn out to be quiet (and Santa ignores my final, heartfelt plea), you're going to have to crank up the inventiveness to keep us entertained. Great, great lines have a cracking chance of getting on to this page. Think outside the box - but at the same time, it's got to be within the realms of realism. I love you in advance.

From AFCBPETER on Twitter: "Firesale continues at Pompey. Fan with big hat spotted outside White Hart Lane."

0842: I'd be close to telling the truth if I said fans of every single club in the world have got in touch to say they'd like to sign Michael Owen on loan until the end of the season. My favourite? Arsenal.

0839: Best I can do so far, from the Fiorentina website: "Fiorentina announce they have reached an agreement with Barcelona for the temporary acquisition of Keirrison for the next two seasons." He's 21, Brazilian, cost Barca 14m euros and has been on loan at Benfica this season.

From Fred, London, via text to 81111: "I would drive Michael Owen to Villa Park myself - will need to arrange pick up for kids first though."

0833: Hey, drop us a line. Look, you don't have to have seen anyone at an airport/get out of a cab/at a training ground, you could just be voicing your opinion. But whatever you feel like - it is your special day, after all. Texts go to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); you can Tweet me @Stevo_football; and at 0900 GMT, 606 will open for business too.

Dear Santa,
For transfer deadline day this year, I would like the following:
1. My team Nottingham Forest to sign a left-back.
2. Maybe another midfielder too, as you can never be too sure.
3. The permanent signing of our on-loan star Radoslaw Majewski, my newest favourite footballer in all the world.
4. Absolute carnage in the world of football, with crazy money being exchanged all over the place.
If you make my dreams come true, I promise to be good (until the end of August, at least).
Love Stevo.

0825: I decided not to do Stevo's Predos today, for obvious reasons, but I do have a wishlist. Want to see it?

From TonyCassidy123 on Twitter: "It's all happening at Celtic today (at last!). Fulham's Diomansy Kamara has been linked with a six-month loan move."

0820: What does the future hold for Michael Owen? Surely too proud a player to move on deadline day - but unless he leaves Manchester United today, the perennially bench-bound Owen can kiss his last chance of playing at another World Cup goodbye. Could a short-term loan deal do the job? And where?

0816: I'm almost sure the gossip column has been updated since I last pointed you in its direction, so either have a look at take two or peruse for the first time today. A £2m bid for Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley, eh...? Interesting.

From Mikey D in Shropshire, via text to 81111: "Just helped Stephen Hunt load his bags into a waiting car at Wolverhampton Business Airport. Can't believe it, - I didn't know Wolverhampton had an airport either!"

0809: A couple of shouts early on are getting quite a bit of attention on the texts and tweets - Tottenham's Alan Hutton going to Sunderland, and Aston Villa's Nicky Shorey heading to Fulham. Will Shorey be the first World Cup wannabe mover today?

From HonestFrank on Twitter: "Deadline day news to warm your heart - the half-time Hammerettes are being linked with a return to West Ham. An actual fact."

0803: Sam Lyon will be doing a live text for the Sunderland v Stoke Premier League game tonight and he'll kick that off at about 1900 GMT, when I wrap this bad boy up. So if there is any late drama - in Scotland, Spain, Italy etc, Sammy'll cover it there.


From Paul, Leicester, via text to 81111: "Do you think there is any chance Carlo Ancelotti will be naked around the Chelsea training ground come seven o'clock? If I was Roman Abramovich I would sign someone just for a laugh."

0753: So we're expecting Wigan to announce the signing of teenager Victor Moses from Crystal Palace any time soon, while West Ham's move for Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy is all-but a done deal too. But just to clarify: nothing's happened so far, today.

0750: A lot of newspapers are suggesting John Terry might be on the brink of giving up the England captaincy in the wake of the revelations about his private life over the past couple of days. It's a shame for English football to be embroiled in this in a World Cup year, but imagine how much worse it might have been had Terry signed for Manchester City last summer. Phew.

From JamieCutteridge on Twitter: "Hey Stevo, probably shouldn't tell you this but I'm a taxi driver and I'm currently off to pick up Mr Aguero from Manc airport."

0734: I just cannot watch Manchester United's third goal against Arsenal without screaming at my telly for Gael Clichy to go and get a tackle in. Can someone please find out today what he was doing? As for the best moments of the weekend - look no further than two magical pieces of skill; one from Guti for Real Madrid, one from United's Nani. The four-lettered man is king.

From Donnie, Pompey, via text to 81111: "I'm out in the cold queuing for Southampton tickets, all our players are about to be sold and yet deadline day is still the best day of the year."

From GMMJohnson on Twitter: "I am off to St James' Park to look out for all the new signings who do not actually go to the ground!"

0725: Worth an early mention that although the deadline for English clubs is 1700 GMT, for Scottish ones it's midnight. So, for example, Birmingham cannot buy Kris Boyd from Rangers after 1700 GMT, but Rangers could re-sign Barry Ferguson from Birmingham up until midnight. Clear as mud? Good. The times are different around Europe and it's the buying club that is important time-wise.

0722: Roman Pavlyuchenko to Arsenal... hmm... You know what Luke - I love it. Shall we run with it for a bit and see what happens? Maybe after yesterday Arsene Wenger will realise there's no point having four stunningly gifted midfielders if they haven't got a striker to play around. Andrey Arshavin v Wes Brown in the air = shambles.

From Luke, Wales, via text on 81111: "I think yesterday showed it is paramount that Arsenal add a striker in some form. I'll get slated, but Roman Pavlychenko on loan would be an improvement."

0716: Actually, hold the phone already. Spanish newspaper AS is reporting that Man City's Fernando Gago chase is over after Real Madrid rejected a 15m euro bid from the Eastlands club. Spoilsports.

0708: Oh yeah - the 606 messageboard isn't ready for business until 0900 GMT, so texts and tweets will have to do for now.

0705: The day is almost totally dependant on your involvement. Please, please, bring your A-game and get in the deadline day mixer:
Text me on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide);
Tweet me to your latest chat right here;
Get involved in the debate on 606.
I need you today perhaps more than ever. Especially if it's dull.

0700: I know, I know - the last one was rubbish. But where there's life, there's hope. And if there's even a 1% chance we will get a repeat of Monday 1 September, 2008, then the next 12 hours will be worth every second. A very warm - not to mention early - welcome to transfer deadline day. For the next half a day, I'm not moving.

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see also
Transfers - February 2010
02 Feb 10 |  Football
Transfers - January 2010
27 Jan 10 |  Football
Monday's gossip column
01 Feb 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
01 Feb 10 |  Gossip
Man City complete Johnson swoop
01 Feb 10 |  Man City
Celtic secure Spurs striker Keane
01 Feb 10 |  Celtic
Mido & Ilan join West Ham on loan
01 Feb 10 |  West Ham
Blades complete double loan swoop
01 Feb 10 |  Sheff Utd
Teenager Moses seals Wigan move
01 Feb 10 |  Wigan
Sunderland land Hutton loan deal
01 Feb 10 |  Sunderland
Fulham sign trio on deadline day
01 Feb 10 |  Fulham
Man City denied permit for Mariga
01 Feb 10 |  Man City
Hull reject Wolves offer for Hunt
01 Feb 10 |  Hull
Burnley make double loan signing
01 Feb 10 |  Burnley
West Brom complete Slory signing
01 Feb 10 |  West Brom
Geremi completes Newcastle exit
01 Feb 10 |  Newcastle
Doncaster capture defender Martis
01 Feb 10 |  Doncaster
Boro complete Naughton loan deal
01 Feb 10 |  Middlesbrough
Birmingham's Bent loaned to QPR
01 Feb 10 |  QPR
Transfer trio boost Celtic squad
01 Feb 10 |  Celtic
Derby sign Tonge & Vidal on loan
01 Feb 10 |  Derby
Stoke sign Pompey keeper Begovic
01 Feb 10 |  Stoke
McCarthy completes West Ham move
01 Feb 10 |  West Ham
No Celtic deal for defender Ramis
01 Feb 10 |  Celtic

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