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By Sam Lyon
2045: Right, folks, I am going to love you and leave you. Whether or not Rafael van der Vaart's move to Tottenham has gone through in time, I'm afraid, remains a mystery, and with no-one at the club available for comment for the past few hours we've decided to call this commentary done. Stay across the website and
to see if the Dutchman's arrival is confirmed later this evening - and indeed if Lars Jacobsen's arrival at West Ham from Blackburn is announced. It's hardly been a barnstormer of a deadline day, but a handful of top-drawer signings, a vatful of rumours, a BBC evacuation and all your first-class chat made it so much more interesting than we could realistically have hoped for. Ish. Legends. I'm back Friday for the England v Bulgaria Euro 2010 qualifier, so see you then.
2040: DEADLINE DAY'S BIGGEST DONE DEALS: Jean Beausejour [Club America - Birmingham] Undisclosed Marcus Bent [Birmingham - Wolves] Loan DJ Campbell [Leicester - Blackpool] Undisclosed Tom Cleverley [Manchester United - Wigan] Loan Franco Di Santo [Chelsea - Wigan] Undisclosed Eidur Gudjohnsen [Monaco - Stoke] Loan Asamoah Gyan [Rennes - Sunderland] £13m Alexander Hleb [Barcelona - Birmingham] Loan Emiliano Insua [Liverpool - Galatasaray] Loan Paul Konchesky [Fulham - Liverpool] Player exchange Robinho [Manchester City - AC Milan] Undisclosed Gylfi Sigurdsson [Reading - Hoffenheim] £6m Joseph Yobo [Everton - Fenerbahce] Loan
Sports journalist Mike McGrath on Twitter:
"Spurs love late deadline-day deals. Van Der Vaart up there with Arsenal's Arshavin as last-ditch. He'll be good and has inside track on Champions League opponents Inter Milan."
2026: DONE DEAL: Liverpool have completed the transfer of Damien Plessis to Greek outfit Panathinaikos for an undisclosed fee.
2019: By the way, word coming out of Upton Park is that the club are "fairly confident" a deal for Blackburn full-back Lars Jacobsen was done in time. Again - like Rafael van der Vaart - there is no official confirmation forthcoming as yet, though.
2015: I can exclusively reveal... the Tottenham media staff are still not answering their phones. Given we had planned to wrap this commentary bad boy up at around 1900 BST, I'm starting to wonder how long I should continue. It might be worth sticking around just in case Rafael van der Vaart is presented this evening, though especially if his missus is in tow. Even if VdV is rubbish, she'll brighten up White Hart Lane on a matchday and no mistake.
Guardian football writer Daniel Taylor on Twitter:
"Strange that Arsene Wenger never thought Shay Given could solve goalkeeping problem. Told he would 'have walked to Arsenal'. Whether Man City would have loaned Given to a rival, I don't know... but it's hypothetical as Arsenal never posed the question."
Mark Saxton via text: "How dare you mention another club and player whilst we're still waiting for confirmation on Van der Vaart!!"
I am not the best Paul Scholes is on 606:
"Rafael van der Vaart is a TOP, TOP player! I wish Man Utd bought him. I would love to see him in the Premier League and I think Spurs' style would suit him. And for £8 million he'd be the bargain of the decade!!"
2003: DONE DEALS: QPR have confirmed the double signing of Rob Hulse from Derby County and Tommy Smith from Portsmouth. Is this the Londoners' year for promotion?
1959: What's all this Grafite to Everton chat about? Saw the link earlier, but no firm news at all. Looks very much like a non-starter that to me.
hugrrr on 606:
"Eight million pounds??!? Couldn't we have just bought one third of Milner for that price?!? Levy=Legend."
1953: Those Harry Redknapp quotes for you, then: "It (The Rafael van der Vaart deal) is still dragging on. We have been trying to do something but we are waiting to see if it has all gone through and we are hoping it has. It's something to do with clearance. I think he was going to Bayern Munich yesterday for £18m and suddenly he became much cheaper. They let me know around 1600 BST that he was available for £8m and for that money he is a top player who will definitely improve us. The fee has come crashing down because the deadline is so close. He's a great passer of the ball, he's a top footballer, he will join in here and be a big plus for us. We were also interested in Ryan Babel, he was a player we made an enquiry about but it never came close."
1947: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says the club are waiting for confirmation that their signing of Rafael van der Vaart, for around £8m, has been ratified by the Premier League.
1942: Now then - Spanish publication
who tend to have their finger firmly on the pulse of all things Real Madrid, are reporting that Tottenham have indeed signed Rafael Van der Vaart. And STILL the Spurs media team are unreachable. Have Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy really pulled a rabbit out of the hat at the death?
Rachel Tyrrell, Lincoln via text: "I love Harry Redknapp, he is truly the Elvis of Transfer Deadline Day. It ain't over until Harry has left the building."
1935: DEADLINE DAY'S BIGGEST DONE DEALS: Jean Beausejour [Club America - Birmingham] Undisclosed Marcus Bent [Birmingham - Wolves] Loan DJ Campbell [Leicester - Blackpool] Undisclosed Tom Cleverley [Manchester United - Wigan] Loan Franco Di Santo [Chelsea - Wigan] Undisclosed Eidur Gudjohnsen [Monaco - Stoke] Loan Asamoah Gyan [Rennes - Sunderland] £13m Alexander Hleb [Barcelona - Birmingham] Loan Emiliano Insua [Liverpool - Galatasaray] Loan Paul Konchesky [Fulham - Liverpool] Player exchange Robinho [Manchester City - AC Milan] Undisclosed Gylfi Sigurdsson [Reading - Hoffenheim] £6m Joseph Yobo [Everton - Fenerbahce] Loan
1926: DONE DEALS: Stoke fans - get the party started. Jermaine Pennant has joined on loan from Real Zaragoza until January, Eidur Gudjohnsen on loan from Monaco, and Marc Wilson has arrived from Portsmouth, with Liam Lawrence and David Kitson going in the opposite direction. Revolving doors-tastic.
AndySzpuk on Twitter:
"Well, at least the Elvis impersonations kept us entertained..." *Adopts Elvis lip and voice... Uh huh huh*
1915: West Ham manager Avram Grant has just been on Sky Sports News and confirmed that Carlton Cole did attract interest from Liverpool and that Ryan Babel going in the opposite direction to Upton Park was mooted, but neither came off. He added that the club "worked very hard to try to do a few things, but they did not come off".
Jez on 606:
"Rumour (from a good source) is that Van der Vaart has signed a season long loan with Spurs. The loan agreement apparently includes a purchase agreement for an, obviously, undisclosed amount..."
Mike, Dublin, via text: "This Van der Vaart story is wrecking my head! Is it on or not?"
1904: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is still at Spurs Lodge. He wouldn't normally be, believe me. Tottenham media staff still not answering their phones. Are they photographing Rafael van der Vaart in his new Tottenham shirt? Or begging with the Premier League to ratify the deal? Drama drama drama.
1900: THE ENGLISH TRANSFER WINDOW SHUT ONE HOUR AGO
1856: A few of you asking after the Liverpool-Carlton Cole rumours - as far as we know, Cole remains a West Ham player. That, along with keeping Scott Parker out of the grips of Tottenham, appears the Hammers' best business on this Deadline Day. That is unless reports linking Blackburn right-back Lars Jacobsen with a move to Upton Park prove correct. I'll keep you posted.
1851: I can also tell you that Everton defender Joseph Yobo is poised to join Turkish side Fenerbahce after the clubs agreed a loan deal for the Nigerian.
1847: DONE DEAL: Plenty of you have been asking after this one, so let me tell you - Leictester City have confirmed the signing of Martyn Waghorn from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee. Another top drawer lower division signing.
1842: Trust me, I am pounding my sources for Spurs info amid all of these Rafael van der Vaart rumours - but, so far, the silence is deafening. I don't want to get your hopes up, but I wonder if that isn't a sign something is happening/has happened. Maybe?
1837: DONE DEAL: It's the one that one of our team has been waiting for all day, so can I have a drum-roll please... Oxford United have signed Luton Town striker Tom Craddock for an undisclosed fee.
possessednomad on Twitter:
"Rumour is that if Rafael van der Vaart's move to Spurs has gone through Fulham are getting David Bentley on loan." Bentley has also been 'spotted' at... Blackburn.
1832: Stoke look like making it a quartet of Deadline-Day signings, with the news that deals for Eidur Gudjohnsen (from Monaco), Jermaine Pennant (from Real Zaragoza) and Marc Wilson (from Portsmouth) were all pushed through before the 1800 BST deadline. Official confirmation on those expected soon.
1830: And on a mixed day for Sunderland fans, Steve Bruce has confirmed that striker Fraizer Campbell has ruptured his cruciate ligaments and will be out of action for six months. On the club's signing of Asamoah Gyan, however, he added: "It's a fantastic signing for us. It's a hell of a lot of money in today's climate but the owner understood the necessity and we've managed to bring in another top class striker. We're making huge strides. I tried to sign him last summer but it wasn't possible."
1828: DONE DEAL: The Irish Football Association has confirmed 19-year-old Cliftonville and Northern Ireland under-21 striker Liam Boyce has completed a move to Werder Bremen - Tottenham's opponents in the Champions League group stages, of course, for an undisclosed fee. From the Irish Premiership to the Bundesliga... it's a funny old game!
1827: Hull defender Anthony Gardner could be joining Crystal Palace on loan, BBC Radio Humberside understands.
1825: Each and every one of you is a hero for putting up with all these switcheroos this afternoon. I've been in and out of this commentary more often than the Hokey Cokey National Champion. Muchos apologias about that. Anyway, if you could - hopefully, one last time - do the necessary refresh I -
- will catch you up on a couple of bits and pieces.
By Paul Fletcher
1822: Sam Lyon is doing a reverse Elvis - he has now entered the building. That means, I'll hand back over to him. Take care now - and I hope the last-minute deals you are hoping for come through.
1818: Reports are coming through that Stoke have signed Jermaine Pennant. Unconfirmed but, as with Van der Vaart, we'll keep you up with the news.
Bryan in Inverkip via text: "Due to the fire alarm I think its only fair that the window be extended by an extra hour."
1810: The word is that Rafael van der Vaart is at Spurs Lodge. Remarkable. We'll let you know more about that as soon as we have it.
1807: DONE DEAL: Wigan have confirmed the signing of Franco Di Santo on a three-year contract from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.
1804: Wowzers - I'm briefly back in the live text mix while Sam changes building (not desk, but building, as the fire alarm alert is now over).
By Sam Lyon
1802: Of course, though, there are bound to be deals that were completed before the transfer window shut but haven't been announced yet - so don't you dare go anywhere.
1800: THE TRANSFER WINDOW IS NOW SHUT
1758: DONE DEAL: So much for MelbourneAndy's tip - Ian Harte has, in fact, signed for... Reading. There are pictures of him holding up a shirt on the official site and everything.
1755: You've got to love Tottenham on days like this, you just have to. They have five minutes to wrap it up, but get a load of this. Sky Sports News are claiming a deal could - COULD - be done for the Londoners to sign Netherlands international Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid. Unbelievable.
1754: DONE DEAL: Birmingham have completed the signing of Chile winger Jean Beausejour on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Club America.
MelbourneAndy on 606:
"Confirmed on Carlisle SMS... Ian Harte has signed for Bristol City on a one-year deal subject to medical."
1748: DONE DEAL: Blackpool have completed the of striker DJ Campbell for an undisclosed fee from Leicester. Campbell, of course, scored a hat-trick in earning the Tangerines a place in last summer's Championship play-off final. The hero returns.
1745: DONE DEAL: Sunderland have - with a full 15 minutes to spare - signed Asamoah Gyan for a fee in excess of £13m. The Ghanaian striker has put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal, apparently. Sighs of relief all round the Stadium of Light.
1744: It really is all about Stoke today isn't it? According to the boys over at Sky Sports News, Potters boss Tony Pulis has made a last-ditch audacious approach to sign former Arsenal, Birmingham and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant from Real Zaragoza. Crikey.
castarion on Twitter:
"Why do all these clubs wait until the last moment to sign these players? Are they lazy or what?"
twilo73 on Twitter:
"Well there you go - Royston Drenthe leaves Real Madrid on loan to go to Hercules. OK scenario for Real. He had no sale value. If he does well he could be sold next year." Drenthe was linked with Liverpool this summer, lest we forget.
1739: Sunderland's signing of Rennes' Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan is... almost done. When that goes through - assuming it goes through before the 1800 BST deadline - it will surpass the club record fee paid for Darren Bent, apparently.
1735: DONE DEAL: Charlton have re-signed their former defender Jonathan Fortune. The centre-half, who made 195 appearances in eight years for the Addicks, was a free agent after leaving Sheffield United in the summer and has put pen to paper on a deal until Christmas.
1729: DONE DEAL: And in other full-backs-leaving-these-shores news, Juventus have signed Arsenal's Armand Traore on loan for a season. He had been linked strongly to Birmingham before opting for Turin instead.
1728: DONE DEAL: Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua has joined Turkish giants Galatsarray on a season-long loan.
1726: With just over half an hour to go until the window shuts, I've just seen DJ Campbell in Blackpool ahead of completing his move to the Premier League new-boys from Leicester. In the mean time, can you refresh this page so the bylines are all present and correct? Thank you kindly.
1723: Right - I'm back! Huzzah! What have I missed?
By Emlyn Begley
El Dio Baz on 606:
"Have just been outside Portman Road, where I think I saw Andy Reid talking to a guard. He'd be a great signing for us Tractor Boys - continuing Keano's love affair with combative Irish midfielders" That would be an amazing signing for Ipswich. Although I wonder if Keane would struggle if he could not sign players from his former clubs
1717: Unconfirmed reports that Ghana star Asamoah Gyan has completed his move from Rennes to Sunderland. Wikipedia is a trusted source, yeah?
1715: FORTY FIVE MINUTES UNTIL THE TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS
bluemonkey1878 on 606:
"Grafite seen at Finch Farm after receiving his work permit, set to complete a one-year loan deal from Wolfsburg to Everton" Thanks guys, keep them coming
liver-brilliant-pool on 606:
"Emlyn, you're that much closer to Liverpool than your London colleagues. Could you pull out the binoculars and look over to see if there's any sign of a bloke with TURAN stitched on his back lurking around the Anfield gates" Unless he's stood next to the Tesco Express in the Mailbox, there's not much likelihood of me seeing him
1700: When it rains, it pours - another big name leaving Manchester City. Midfielder Adam Clayton has completed his move to Leeds.
1656: AC Milan have clinched the permanent signing of Manchester City forward Robinho, who was of course involved in one of the great deadline day deals when he joined City in 2008
kopking88 on 606:
"Gus Poyet Aston Villa bound? My mate works for his agents and Villa have made enquiries" The Uruguayan has been a busy boy chasing players for Brighton on transfer deadline day... but stranger things have happened (Joe Kinnear at Newcastle for one)
1650: Reports reaching us that Joseph Yobo is leaving Everton to join Fenerbahce on loan although the Merseyside club have not confirmed the deal yet.
1641: Not a signing as such but Bristol Rovers have extended the loan deal of Reading's Danish goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen for another four months.
By Sam Lyon
1639: Right, I've got to hand over to Emlyn Begley - see you shortly.
1636: Apparently Suso and Adam Hajdu to Liverpool were confirmed a while ago... but I can only confirm the news as it lands on my desk, folks. Fortunately,
reassures me Suso "is a class act".
tdogwade on Twitter:
"I would happily sell my house to see Arsenal buy a keeper right now - come on Arsene you're testing my belief!"
1635: DONE DEAL: Kilmarnock have announced the signing of Finland international Alexei Eremenko on a season-long loan deal from Ukrainian side FC Metalist Kharkiv.
1632: DONE DEALS: Subject to international clearance, Liverpool have signed of 16-year-old Suso from FC Cadiz on a scholarship agreement and MTK Budapest's Hungary Under-17 international Adam Hajdu on a temporary transfer until next June.
1630: Are you ready for a 'done deal' Liverpool fans...?
QuoteMeQuoteYou on Twitter:
"'Leadership has been defined as the ability to hide your panic from others.' Show yourselves leaders, the clock is ticking."
N Miller via text: "I've just spotted Kris Commons leaving Forest's City Ground. Is he on his way back?"
1625: While we're soaking up all the anticipation and excitement of deadline day, meanwhile, spare a thought for the players who don't enjoy it so much. Former Arsenal and Tottenham midfielder
, for one, has provided a fascinating insight into
the life of a pro footballer on deadline day.
"I know there will be many players sitting at home wondering if they will be sold against their wishes or will they be forced to stay at a club. The worst part is that its out of your control. In some ways you can say you are a slave to industry."
1620: DONE DEAL: Brighton have signed Kazenga Lua Lua on loan from Newcastle until 3 January.
1616: DONE DEAL: Watford have signed Middlesbrough defender Andrew Taylor on loan until 5 January.
Pierre van Gild via text: "Hello, I am good friends with Ryan Babel and he wants to reassure the Anfield faithful that he is not on a helicopter and definitely isn't going to sign for anyone."
1613: Now then, BBC Radio Solent understands that Portsmouth striker David Nugent is close to returning to Burnley, with Pompey team-mate Tommy Smith currently undergoing a medical at QPR.
1610: Chilean international striker Jean Beausejour has just been shown arriving at St Andrews on his way to sign his contract confirming his arrival from Club America.
Che_Guevara on 606:
"This has got to be the first transfer deadline day in ages without Yakubu, Benjani or Micah Richards being mentioned!" Erm... until now.
BenMcAleer1 on Twitter:
"(Tottenham chairman Daniel) Levy apparently in Italy sorting out a deal for Sulley Muntari."
1607: By the way, as I'm chatting to you here the fastest man on two legs ever to have graced this planet
is a few floors below me chatting to a few people, signing some autographs, and showing off his keepy-uppy skills (I'm told he's not bad). Do you know what, though? Would I swap staying on top of all things Transfer Deadline Day to go and meet the sprint legend? Would I 'eck.
1605: DONE DEAL: Wigan have signed Tom Cleverley on a season-long loan from Manchester United.
1603: DEADLINE DAY'S BIGGEST DONE DEALS SO FAR: Marcus Bent [Birmingham - Wolves] Loan Salif Diao [unattached - Stoke] Alexander Hleb [Barcelona - Birmingham] Loan Martin Jiranek [Spartak Moscow - Birmingham] Undisclosed Paul Konchesky [Fulham - Liverpool] Player exchange Zurab Khizanishvili [Blackburn - Reading] Loan Rodrigo Moreno [Benfica - Bolton] Loan Matt Phillips [Wycombe - Blackpool] £325,000 Stipe Pletikosa [Spartak Moscow - Tottenham] Loan Gylfi Sigurdsson [Reading - Hoffenheim] £6m Anthony Stokes [Hibernian - Celtic] Undisclosed
1600: TWO HOURS UNTIL THE TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS
LFCfan128 on 606:
"It's all Birmigham and Stoke so far today but Liverpool will end up with three signings today - Konchesky, Turan and Carlton Cole (if he passes medical)!!"
artillery_john-TW14 on 606:
"Martin O'Neill is being brought in to replace the outbound David Moyes at Everton. Moyes will make Mikel Arteta his first signing as the new Aston Villa boss."
1553: And some news away from the transfer scene for Newcastle fans - defender Sol Campbell will make his debut at the home of arch-rivals Sunderland tonight in a reserve match. Peter Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Xisco, Nile Ranger and Tim Krul are all also in the running to play.
1550: A bit more on that Aleksander Hleb signing by Birmingham, according to
the Belarusian turned down offers from Liverpool, Tottenham and Benfica because the Blues "wanted to do the deal more". Blimey.
Kamroks on 606:
"Just spoke to (Tottenham striker) Robbie Keane's brother here in Dublin. He's going nowhere."
1545: DONE DEAL: And we've got confirmed transfer action north of the border too - Celtic have announced the signing of striker Anthony Stokes from Hibernian on a four-year deal.
1543: DONE DEAL: Birmingham are on fire. The Blues have just confirmed to BBC Sport the signing of Alexander Hleb on a one-year international loan deal from Barcelona. Top signing.
Phil Reptile via text: "Just heard from a reliable source that Steve Bruce is to make a late effort to lure Ronaldinho to the Stadium of Light from AC Milan if the signing of Asamoah Gyan falls through, which appears to be likely with agreeing personal terms the problem. Watch this space."
1540: As it stands, by the way, we're looking at a four-year low total spend among Premier League clubs in a transfer window. Right now, transfers this summer have totalled around £320m - thanks in the main to Manchester City's £126m outlay - compared to £450m last year and the staggering £500m that was splashed out in 2008. We're going to need a spending spree of mammoth proportions to come near that, obviously... any clubs fancy a Lear Jet or two?
1533: Eidur Gudjohnsen looks like he's landed at Stoke City - the Monaco striker on the brink of signing a one-year loan deal. Busy ol' day at the Britannia Stadium isn't it?
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson:
"Besiktas refused to tell me if they'd even made an offer for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, though the Turkish giants' fans forums are going doolally over a potential swoop for the deadline day legend. As for Ian Harte - Reading just confirmed to me they are expecting one in late doors and though they wouldn't mention Harte by name, he's where the safe money is."
Sheikh_Mahand on 606:
"Wigan have completed the signing of Tom Cleverley on loan from Man Utd until the end of the season, Di Santo and Jason Roberts will follow him to the DW once Charles N'Zogbia's move to Stoke is confirmed - Stoke are waiting on Gudjohnsen signing the dotted line before sanctioning the transfer as it includes Tuncay going in the opposite direction up the M6."
NBCSportsDev on Twitter:
"Nothing too exciting but the Town (Northampton) have signed ex-Trinidad and Tobago international Gavin Lewis on a one-year deal!"
1529: DONE DEAL: Birmingham City have completed the signing of Spartak Moscow captain
on a one-year permanent transfer deal.
1526: Oh yes. Less than three hours now until the close of the 2010 summer transfer window and it is our understanding that there are still a shedload of deals being brokered behind the scenes across the country. The time, if it hasn't come already, is nearing when chairmen the land over will have to reveal their hands and show us all what they're boasting - and you might want to prepare yourselves for a shock or two. So... just where is Ryan Babel heading in his chopper?
Anon via text: "The Wikipedia page on 'brinkmanship' is priceless. Right after using nuclear weapons as an example it says 'Also used by Daniel Levy in negotiating deals to buy or loan players for Tottenham Hotspur FC. He inevitably fails and in desperation buys a "Frazier Campbell" type player in the last minutes of the transfer window'."
1521: So hello people, it's me -
- to take you all through to today's close of business so if you could this page a manual refresh all will be well in the world byline-wise. And once you've done that, crank up the missives in my direction would you? Nice.
1518: brinkmanship\n. The policy or practice of pushing a dangerous situation to the brink of disaster, in order to achieve the most advantageous outcome. Pretty fitting that definition at the moment, wouldn't you say?
By Paul Fletcher
1515: And that, as they say, is that from me. Been a lot of fun waiting for the big one (story of my life).
will be taking you through the remainder of this day of extraordinary drama (hopefully). Thanks.
1511: DONE DEAL: Reading have signed Blackburn defender Zurab Khizanishvili on a season-long loan deal. You'd better get saving up if you're going to have his name printed on the back of your shirt.
1509: Very soon I'll be handing over to Sam Lyon, who will talk you through the closing of the window (cue mental image of an actual window shutting). A few tweets have come in suggesting Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has been spotted at Turf Moor.
1507: DONE DEAL: Paul Konchesky has completed his move to Liverpool, signing a four-year deal with the Premier League club. Lauri Dalla Valle and Alex Kacaniklic have moved in the other direction, joining Fulham.
1506: Done deals are now flooding in..... Wait for it.
1506: BBC Radio Stoke understands that the Potters have made a bid for Wigan midfielder Charles N'Zogbia and have enquired about Liverpool's Lucas Leiva. That's on top of their interest in Eidur Gudjohnsen and Marc Wilson.
1502: Brighton boss Gus Poyet has told BBC Sussex that he is hoping to sign three players, including a striker. And that is on top of the imminent arrival of Newcastle winger Kazanga LuaLua on loan until January.
1500: DONE DEAL: Bolton have signed forward Rodrigo Moreno from Benfica on a season-long loan, subject to international clearance.
From oliverhj84 on Twitter:
"Serial tweeter Ryan Babel hasn't tweeted for 24 hours. Either something horrible has happened or he's sorting a transfer!"
1500: THREE HOURS UNTIL THE TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS
From Stan, Swindon, via text: "My brother writes articles for the Swindon Town FC matchday programme, and has just been told to prepare to interview loan signing from Blackburn Rovers, Josh Morris tomorrow morning." If true, you might just have busted your source wide open.
1451: Apparently Ian Harte stalled on a new contract at Carlisle last week, which might explain a move out of Brunton Park.
1447: Gilardino at Liverpool, Llorente, Iaquinta and Carlton Cole too (at least according to rumours). Wouldn't it be great if they were all having an X-factor style audition, with the normally erudite Roy sat behind a desk barking at them like that Cowell character.
BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Rennes have yet to hear from their Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan, who has been in talks with Sunderland. They said that if he does not join Sunderland then he will stay at the French club."
1442: Time for a brief recap on all the big deals that have gone through so far today. Schalke have completed the £10.5m signing of Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from AC Milan, while French striker David Trezeguet has ended a 10-year association with Juventus to join newly-promoted Spanish side Hercules. Gylfi Sigurdsson, 20, has left Reading for German side Hoffenheim for a tasty (reportedly) £6m. Leeds have signed Honduras forward Ramon Nunez on a permanent deal, Croatian keeper Stipe Pletikosa has joined Spurs from Spartak Moscow on a season-long loan, while midfielder Salif Diao has returned to Stoke after signing a new two-year contract.
1436: Plenty of chat flying about web world that Carlisle veteran defender Ian Harte is on his way to Reading. That would be hartebreaking for the Cumbrians. That - and any other prospective deal - will have to get a wriggle on as the window shuts in just over three hours.
1432: Rumours becoming a little silly now. Retired Dutch veteran Edgar Davids is apparently on his way to Championship side Crystal Palace........oh, hold on a minute.
BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Alexander Hleb's agent is "very optimistic" that the midfielder will join Birmingham from Barcelona on a one-year loan deal. An announcement is set to be made within the next two hours."
1425: Now come on, the tweet I have just received telling me that someone's uncle has just moored Wesley Sneijder's boat in Grimsby dock is, frankly, ludicrous. Bit of chat in the office about a mate who has gone on another cruise holiday. Wanted to say something funny but couldn't think of a good one-liner.
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson:
"I just spoke to Charles N'Zogbia's agent - the French winger is now being strongly linked with Sunderland. His agent told me I wasn't allowed to ask him about N'Zogbia; as I didn't really want to ask him anything else, I put the phone down. Meanwhile, my source in Russia claims West Ham and Stoke are interested in a deadline day loan move for Zenit St Petersburg's Hungarian left-winger Szabolcs Huszti."
From Anonymous, via text: "I have it on good grounds that ageing striker Sam Tattersall (Greyfriars FC - Thames Valley Church League) has offered a 'come and get me' plea to Roy Hodgson. Wages around £1200 a week should do it..... " Do you want his mobile?
1419: Sky Sports report that Liverpool striker Ryan Babel is in a helicopter heading to Tottenham as we speak (or write, or tweet or whatever).
1418: Tranmere have gone loan mad. Coventry defender Jermaine Grandison and Derby County midfielder Arnaud Mendy, both 19, arrive on the Wirral for a month.
1414: DONE DEAL: Japan midfielder Yuki Abe has joined Leicester City from Urawa Red Diamonds. The 28-year-old has been capped 49 times by Japan and his switch came after he was granted a work permit.
BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham reports: "The Owen Coyle revolution continues apace at Bolton. I understand that the club are hopeful of tying up the signing of Spanish striker Rodrigo Moreno from Benfica this afternoon. The 19-year-old joined the Portuguese club from Real Madrid and has played for Spain at under-19 level."
1409: Plymouth have signed Stephane Zubar on a monthly rolling contract while they await international clearance.
1405: On the subject of rumours - and that is what we are dealing at the top level at the moment - what about Liverpool signing Fernando Llorente? A member of Spain's World Cup squad and, at 6 ft 5 in, surely up to the job of getting involved in the Premier League.
1403: A few of you are claiming to have spotted Dutch forward Wesley Sneijder in Manchester, either at the airport or heading to Old Trafford. I heard he was just checking out that new red box-like stand at the cricket ground.
1400: FOUR HOURS UNTIL THE TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS
1357: Here it is - the one we wanted, the big one. Oh, perhaps not. I've got a little ahead of myself. Pele has left MK Dons. The 32-year-old Cape Verdean defender had been at Stadium MK on non-contract terms this season but is now free to find a new club after the deadline.
1357: We understand that Blackburn are looking to offload striker Jason Roberts, with Bulgarian attacking midfielder Ivelin Popov lined up as his replacement.
1354: Can anyone think of a player (in addition to Robbie Keane) who really does favour a TDD move?
1352: What this TDD needs is a BIG ONE - and I'm not talking about Jason Roberts. A transfer that comes out of the blue and takes the breath away, the one we will all be talking about through the evening and at work in the morning. It is not going to happen though, is it?
1350: With regard to DaMarcus Beasley (1345) - I'm told it has happened, though of course he had already left Rangers.
1349: Liverpool are "dotting the i's and crossing the t's" on the Paul Konchesky deal, but are keeping their lips sealed on Roy Hodgson's pursuit of a striker to support Fernando Torres.
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson:
"Lots of chat about the South African defender Bongani Khumalo, who was on trial at Spurs last week. My sources reckon he could be set for a permanent switch to White Hart Lane, but he might stay with SuperSport United until January. Don't expect anything to be announced today."
1347: It seems that Gylfi Sigurdsson's move to Hoffenheim could be worth more then the £6m originally thought. Reading say it is the club's record transfer fee received, which was previously the £6.5m that Wolves paid them for Kevin Doyle. I've seen him play a couple of times and rate him very highly. Nice return for Reading on their investment in their youth system.
1345: Lots of reports flying about that USA international DaMarcus Beasley has left Rangers for German side Hannover.
1342: DONE DEAL: Carlisle have signed Slovakia international defender Lubomir Michalik on loan from Leeds until 3 January.
1340: DONE DEAL: Kilmarnock have signed Alexei Eremenko on loan until the end of the year from Ukraine club Metalist Kharkiv. The 27-year-old Finnish international is an attacking midfielder who can play a number of roles. The Rugby Park manager Mixu Paatelainen has used his contacts in his homeland to land Eremenko, who has scored 13 goals in 44 appearances for Finland.
1330: I'll tell you what, lets have a little recap on all the big deals that have gone through so far today. Schalke have completed the £10.5m signing of Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from AC Milan, while French striker David Trezeguet has ended a 10-year association with Juventus to join newly-promoted Spanish side Hercules. Gylfi Sigurdsson, 20, has left Reading for German side Hoffenheim for a tasty (reportedly) £6m. Leeds have signed Honduras forward Ramon Nunez on a permanent deal, Croatian keeper Stipe Pletikosa has joined Spurs from Spartak Moscow on a season-long loan, while midfielder Salif Diao has returned to Stoke after signing a new two-year contract.
1324: DONE DEAL: Blackpool have signed Wycombe winger Matt Phillips for an initial fee of £325,000, according to the League Two club. No word on whether they will be signing David 'working my way around Lancashire' Nugent from Portsmouth.
1321: All quiet on the Robbie Keane front. Back at Tottenham but a peripheral figure. Time for another TDD move, surely? He has cost in the region of £70m so far in his much-travelled career.
1320:BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera on Twitter:
"The transfer of Brazilian forward Robinho from Manchester City to AC Milan appears to be getting close. A deal between the two clubs has yet to be agreed but a source at the San Siro says: 'Robinho is in Gallarate for a medical and he will then come to Milanello (AC Milan's training ground)'."
1315: Plymouth are set to sign Guadeloupe-born defender Stephane Zubar by the end of the day. The 23-year-old, whose brother Ronald plays for Wolves, has played in France, Belgium and Romania.
1312: No further word on Roque Santa Cruz. The Paraguayan striker does seem to be surplus to requirements at Man City and it would not be a big surprise if he does move.
1307: DEAL DONE Midfielder Salif Diao has returned to Stoke after signing a new two-year contract. No further word on Eidur Gudjohnsen.
From jamiejmore on Twitter:
"Alan Hutton hasn't flown out to Lithuania with the Scotland squad as he is due to sign back for Rangers on loan from Spurs." Not heard too much from Scotland yet - reckon a few big ones will break later. Possibly.
1303: We understand that Birmingham are closing in on the signings of former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb, Chile international Jean Beausejour and Spartak Moscow defender Martin Jiranek. But the Blues have missed out on another target, Armand Traore, who is on his way to Juventus on a one-year loan.
1301: Reports coming in that Rotherham have turned down a bid from Plymouth Argyle for lower league hotshot Adam Le Fondre, while Lincoln have released transfer-listed duo Shane Clarke and Chris Fagan, meaning they can find other clubs after the transfer window shuts.
James, Twickenham, via text: "Whilst Robinho's impact on the field has been mixed, you always rely on him to provide entertainment on deadline day."
1300: FIVE HOURS UNTIL THE TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS
1256: Just breaking away from transfer news for a brief moment or two. According to Sky Sports, Southampton are looking to appoint Paul Hart as their new manager. Remember, Saints, who won 4-0 on Saturday, sacked Alan Pardew on Monday.
From A Small Victory on 606:
"I don't really mind who he plays for, but I would like to see Keisuke Honda in the Premier League - that guy is talented, no doubt about that."
From kickjames on Twitter:
"Hi Paul, news on Swindon's Charlie Austin - Millwall already had one bid rejected...QPR and Fulham are circling..." Reckon he might be better staying put. He is still learning his trade.From holdendeforge on Twitter:
"Leeds sign Adam Clayton?? What next, The Edge signs for Norwich?" Very good. Bono spotted at [insert training ground here].
1244: Just watched images on television of the aforementioned Robinho arriving in Milan. Fans milling around in the sunshine, waiting for an autograph. Probably is a good thing that it seems to be a pleasant sunny day given the number of journalists that appear to be stood outside training grounds.
1241:BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera on Twitter:
"Talks are on-going between Man City and AC Milan over the transfer of Brazilian Robinho. They are trying to sort out a price and, while reports of a medical might be a little premature, the expectations are that a deal seeing the Brazilian forward move to the San Siro will be done."
1232: Just browsing through the
and other rumours flying in and one name jumps out of the page. Honestly, just how many clubs and training grounds is it possible for Emile Heskey to visit in one day?
1229: Busy, busy at Leeds United, who are understood to have agreed a fee with Manchester City to sign midfielder Adam Clayton on a permanent basis after his initial month's loan spell at Elland Road, during which the 21-year-old made two substitute appearances.
1227: DEAL DONE: And Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp said all would be quiet on the Spurs front today... Croatian keeper Stipe Pletikosa's arrival from Spartak Moscow on a season-long loan has only gone and been confirmed hasn't it. We're rocking and rolling now.
1225: Is it me or is the day slowly picking up speed? QPR say they expect one or two deals to go through today. They would not confirm whether Derby striker Rob Hulse was one of the players they are pursuing. QPR boss Neil Warnock said on Saturday he has got seven players on a list of targets, including four wingers and two strikers and he hopes to bring in one of each.
1219: Meanwhile, Swansea have turned an offer from Leicester for Ashley Williams. Call me crazy, but it is all happening in the Championship. Leicester, of course, are managed by former Swans boss Paulo Sousa.
From Al3xjandro on Twitter:
"Asamoah Gyan will be an amazing signing for Sunderland. Bringing in the African style of football, love it!" Probably keep him away from last-minute penalty kicks though?
1210: Italian news agency Ansa has reported that Juve have paid Arsenal 500,000 euros to take 20-year-old left-back Armand Traore on loan from the English side. The Turin club will have an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
1206: A couple of rumours to let you know about. Blackpool have been linked with Wycombe winger Matt Phillips, Robbie Keane has been linked with Turkish side Besiktas and according to a poster on a QPR messageboard, the Championship leaders have signed Tommy Smith from Portsmouth.
1157: DEAL DONE: Wait for it - news of an actual signing. Championship side Leeds have signed Honduras forward Ramon Nunez on a permanent deal after the 24-year-old impressed on loan.
Ollie via text: "Scott Parker's at Spurs Lodge. Not my eyes but from a good source. And any takers on Oscar Cardozo? Daniel levy is sorting that one out as we speak. Oh - Jermaine Jenas has turned down a move to Stoke."
From happyfritz789 on 606:
"How does everyone know what all these footballers look like? I've heard of these names on football manager and seen them in the odd game but if Chris Cohen, Hugo Lloris, Hatem Trabelsi, Juan Beausejours and Jean-Alain Boumsong conga'd passed me in the airport I wouldn't have a clue who they were."
1153: Psychic scampi, hot spots at train stations, airports, motorway services, inside big cars and busy on the phone. My mum works with and my brother knows and my dog has just seen... I could not ask for more spurious information to be flooding in. I love them all - but please, please let something really big happen in the world of football transfers.
1151: Sky Sports News are reporting that Eidur Gudjohnsen is flying from Monaco to Stoke for talks. Apparently the Potters have agreed a deal to cover the Icelandic striker's wages on a season-long loan deal. They're also reporting that Portsmouth's Marc Wilson is at the Britannia Stadium discussing terms on a deal.
From David in Croydon, via text: "I'm spending my summer hols camped outside Selhurst Park looking for Palace signings. Few others here saying they've seen Bodo Zenden coming out of the Stadium." You should work on your holiday strategy.
1142: One rumour flying about is that young Man City defender Dedryck Boyata is being tracked by Norwich City, with Newcastle and Leeds keeping a very close eye on developments.
From BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter:
Chelsea may loan out a few youngsters but insist NO players will be joining the club today, which would rule out Begovic. Senior Chelsea official tells me they are in talks with Wigan over transfer of Franco di Santo. "If we all agree, it will be permanent".
1132: I spoke to QPR boss Neil Warnock recently - he was banging on about the need to sign some strikers. Cutting it fine. By the way, what are the chances of a move for Jason Roberts today?
1131:Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"AC Milan told me earlier that they are in negotiations to sign Robinho from Manchester City. Reports say he is now to sign after completing a medical but the Serie A side have yet to confirm."
1130: Apologies for the slightly tardy speed of updates so far but I had a few computer issues that appear to have been resolved by the miracle of moving desk. I feel like I'm now in charge of some light speed device.
BBC 5 live's Mike Sewell reports: "I understand Alex Hleb's move to Birmingham is likely to be a season-long loan, not a permanent £5m signing as some reports are saying. The Blues are also hoping to get deals done for Spartak Moscow skipper Martin Jiranek and Club America's Chilean international Jean Beausejour."
1120: A couple of deals that have actually happened, though not exactly multi-million pound jobs. Midfielder Marlon Pack, 19, has joined Cheltenham from Pompey on a season-long loan, while Oxford have signed Doncaster midfielder Josh Payne on a month-long deal.
1114: Remember Spain striker Fernando Morientes? Liverpool fans might. He has announced that he is retiring from football become a consultant for Spanish television station Telecinco.
From LukeMBritton on Twitter:
"Disappointed at the lack of signings here at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Ha, just messing.)" Very droll. I imagine everyone is quite chipper down your way at the moment.
From Joe in London, via text: "What Arsene Wenger does today could be the difference between winning the league or fighting for fourth. Manuel Almunia won't pick up a league medal..."
1103: A big shout out to Jonathan 'Stevo' Stevenson, who has gone to sit in a dark room for a while and muse about the transfer policy at his beloved Forest. I think you'll need to refresh to see the change of byline at the top and other such amazing developments.
By Jonathan Stevenson
1100: SEVEN HOURS UNTIL THE TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS
1059: And that's where I leave you for today: after five hours, a £6m Icelander moving to the Bundesliga and a much-travelled striker moving across the Midlands. I'll leave you in the capable hands of
so be good, OK? Great deadline day banter, thoroughly enjoyed it.
From JDowning on 606:
"Regarding my earlier comment (9.30ish) about the future of Jason Roberts; Blackpool have failed to agree a deal for him. That leaves Wigan as the most likely destination for him, but apparently Leeds have now also shown an interest, they are looking for a loan deal."
1051: Another Forest fan just walked into the office, think I got a bit distracted there for a moment. Must focus on transfers and not on my shambles of a football club. I hope my nephew's not reading this, though that's probably unlikely as he can't read yet. Anyway, is anyone else furious about a lack of signings out there? (Non-Forest fans, please)
From Luke, via text: "I'm not sure I'm too pleased with us spending £12m on Asamoah Gyan, his club record is average at best and although he had a decent World Cup, does anybody remember El Hadji Diouf? It's a huge risk and quite frankly I'd rather see us giving players like Campbell and Waghorn a game alongside Bent. Oh well, in Stevie I trust (ish)."
1041: Gylfi Sigurdsson's last act for Reading was to score in their away win at Leicester on Saturday and you can
watch highlights from that game if you are in the UK.
In other news, in case you hadn't heard, two strikers Spurs were rumoured to be chasing have committed themselves elsewhere - Luis Fabiano has signed a new deal at Sevilla and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has joined Schalke for £10.5m.
1033:Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"If you are an Arsenal fan hoping Monsieur Wenger might have been plotting a late move for highly-rated France and Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris then you are going to be disappointed. A Lyon spokesman was quite categorical when told of Arsenal being linked with Lloris. 'It is a big mistake,' he said. 'I can be sure Hugo Lloris will stay with Lyon for a long time.'"
From Zinedine_Bergkamp on 606:
"No way... coming back this morning from my holiday in Guyana, I see Brazilian Ronaldo at Heathrow Airport. I have a feeling that he might be on his way to West Ham or Tottenham."
1027: Positions that need to be filled today include Arsenal's goalkeeper spot. They have been linked with a move for Fulham's Mark Schwarzer all summer long and they may go again for the Australian today. If not, they are rumoured to be interested in Man City's Shay Given and Lyon's Hugo Lloris, too. More on the Frenchman in a minute.
From P Gill, via text: "Roque Santa Cruz has failed to agree terms at Lazio and will sign a five-month loan deal at Blackburn."
1013: There's an awful lot of Aston Villa chat out there. Caretaker-boss Kevin MacDonald is believed to have told Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner that he wants to be considered for the post on a permanent basis. There's some horror to the links with Alex McLeish and Steve Bruce earlier (see 0805), but better reaction for David Moyes (apart from the Everton fans, clearly). Texters have just added the names of Steve Coppell and Dennis Wise to those boys.
From TheLeighRoy on Twitter:
"An expectant Spurs fan waiting for it to kick-off. A Young to arrive today with R Keane going the other way. Heard here first."
1003: Having fun so far? Yep, me too. Anyway, feel free to drop us a line, I know a fair few of you have already so thanks a mill for that, very entertaining. Keep the
tweets coming in @Stevo_football
and get thumbing those texts to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide) to boot.
1000: EIGHT HOURS UNTIL THE TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS
0957: Sky Sports are reporting that goalkeeper Shay Given and striker Emmanuel Adebayor are both going to stay at Manchester City. They are also suggesting that Asamoah Gyan has arrived at Sunderland ahead of his £12m move and Portsmouth's Marc Wilson is at Stoke to finalise his transfer.
From Tim, via text: "Darius Vassell to sign for Notts County! I thought their crazy signings left with Sven."
From GloucesterGas on 606:
"Pienaar is going to be an absolute world superstar when he moves to a bigger club. I firmly believe Bristol Rovers can open doors for him and his career."
0947: I didn't actually mean to put the flying pig graphic on that last tweet, but it sure looks good, doesn't it? Think I've missed that little dude in the last few months. Incidentally, it's sunny where I am. Cue another graphic. It's all happening now.
From DGoodier on Twitter:
"If Everton do sell Pienaar or Rodwell, I hope we do it early so Moyes can buy a replacement... before he goes to Villa. Sob."
0940: BBC Radio Leicester understands the Foxes are going to sign Martyn Waghorn for about £2m from Sunderland today, though it might depend on whether the Black Cats can sign Asamoah Gyan or anyone else.
0937: Foreign news just in: Senegalese international centre-back Pape Diakhate, 26, has joined Lyon on a season-long loan from Dynamo Kiev.
0935: Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is hoping to wrap up at least two deadline day deals today, with Arsenal defender Armand Traore, 20, set to join on loan and Spartak Moscow defender Martin Jiranek, 31, for a cut-price fee. They've also been linked with another move for Charles N'Zogbia and Barcelona's Alex Hleb too.
From Ben in Everton, via text: "What about all the speculation surrounding Jack Rodwell to Old Trafford? A last-minute swoop for the young Everton player? Possibly!"
0930:Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"AC Milan have confirmed they are trying to get Manchester City forward Robinho to the San Siro. A spokesman for the Rossoneri told BBC Sport: 'Mr (Adriano) Galliani (AC Milan vice-president) is working in this direction but we will have to wait and see.'"
From JDowning on 606:
"I've heard on good authority that Jason Roberts will be leaving Blackburn today with Blackpool and Wigan both interested."
From helipad1019 on Twitter:
"Robbie Keane set to join Bellamy, Davids and James in crazy transfer to Championship. Just seen him pull up at City Ground."
0922:Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"PSV Eindhoven say striker Ola Toivonen missed Sunday's draw at Den Haag because he was in bed with flu and that there was nothing more sinister - like negotiating a move elsewhere - over his absence. Liverpool enquired about the Swedish international a couple of weeks ago but have not been back since. 'They (Liverpool) came once, we said we didn't want to sell and they have not been back,' said a PSV spokesman. He added that he didn't expect Toivonen, who is on international duty, to be going anywhere but, with it being transfer deadline day, could not rule it out categorically. He added: 'It will be nice when today is over and we don't have to deal with these rumours until December.'"
Charlotte from Denmark, via text: "Fifa should bring in some sort of rule where only five transfers are allowed in the last hour of a window per league. That would force the clubs to make more of the day exciting."
0853: I trust you will keep sending us stuff, won't you? Cos until anything happens, it's going to be very much a speculation-based commentary. I'm always available on
and you can send texts to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide) as well. Happy days.
From kakazed on Twitter:
"My sister flew into London from Johannesburg last night. Siphiwe Tshabalala was on the flight as well. Fulham maybe?"
0841: Looks like
Reading midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is on his way to the Bundesliga,
then, in a surprising move. Hoffenheim are rumoured to have had a £6m bid for the 20-year-old Icelander accepted and he is reported to have completed a medical and agreed personal terms on Monday. Not quite a done deal, but not far off by the sounds of it.
0837: It's worth remembering that on Wednesday, Premier League teams must name a 25-man squad containing at least eight 'home-grown' players. It's true -
Sam Lyon even wrote a feature about it.
Means a fair few on the brink of not being included might be looking at a little move today.
From Neil Atkin, via text: "Don't know if this is good or bad for the Toon but I've just drove past their training ground only to see Emile Heskey chatting to Chris Hughton!" You're the third person who has said that. Just saying...
0831: I wonder if I'll get an actual transfer involving a British club before I hand over to
in a little while...
0827: So, rumour latest: Spurs want Emmanuel Adebayor on loan; AC Milan are closing in on Robinho; Birmingham and Juventus want Arsenal's Armand Traore; Blues are also keen on Barca's Alex Hleb; Eidur Gudjohnsen could sign for Fulham; West Ham are trying to hold on to Scott Parker (Spurs) and Carlton Cole (Liverpool); Sunderland are set to snap up Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan; and Celtic have been linked with defender Curtis Davies of Villa and Forest's Kelvin Wilson.
From Rupert Clarkson, via text: "Bad news for Leeds fans, I've just seen Luciano Becchio's long flowing locks driving in to Blackburn's training ground. Top player."
0819: Schalke have gone transfer crazy, it turns out. Not content with having a frontline of Raul and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, they have now gone and agreed a fee with Atletico Madrid for 24-year-old Spanish playmaker Jose Manuel Jurado as well. The fee? £10.6m.
From James, London, via text: "My sister, who works at Watford gap service station, said she saw Kevin Davies with a West Ham representative on their way to London, maybe a move to replace Carlton Cole?"
0809: As a veteran of a few of these, I've a fair idea of how today will work. There are unlikely to be many early deals, but let's face it, anything can happen in football, can't it? I mean, you can
win 4-0 away from home
and then two days later
It's not supposed to make any sense, is it?
From Anon, via text: "I work for Arsenal in an unnamed capacity and while transfers in seem unlikely, one that seems certain to go through is Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to Sunderland on loan until Christmas."
0746: I wonder whether the members of
Nottingham Forest's Transfer Acquisition Panel
are enjoying their breakfast this morning? You see, my club's manager, even though he's quite good, isn't allowed to sign players himself - he has to go to a panel and request the signings and then wait and see what they can get him. Which, judging by the past year, isn't very much. After our start to the season, we need three players today, or it's game over. How many does your club need, realistically?
0740: I mean, these days can either be ludicrously entertaining or heartbreakingly dull. Two years ago, we had
the deadline day to end all deadline days,
as Man City got taken over and bought Robinho in a British record deal, while Manchester United left it until just before midnight to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Spurs. In February of this year,
just about nothing interesting happened all day long.
The beauty of it is that none of us knows what we're in for today. Should be fun finding out, though. Hopefully.
From DarkDude98 on Twitter:
"If I was a footballer I'd spend deadline day just flying between UK airports and letting the rumours go crazy."
From Ben, Liverpool, via text: "Everton close to signing Brazilian striker Grafite from Wolfsburg on loan, dependant on work permit." Writing's on the wall for your season, then...
0731: You want some sort of plan for today's mayhem? Then I'll give you some sort of plan. I,
will be here for a few more hours, before handing over to
a bit later. As if that wasn't good enough, completing our deadline day hat-trick will be
rocking up a bit later to see it through. Remember, there's no midnight finish for us this time - the window slams shut at 1800 BST.
0727: That link didn't quite work, did it? Refresh your page and let's pretend it never happened.
0726: Don't forget to get in touch, will you? I mean, it's not like I'm too busy to read your missives or anything. Whack us a text to 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) or
crunch us a Tweet @Stevo_football.
Ones that make me either laugh out loud or wonder if the deal might happen are, as always, gratefully received.
0722: Lots of Liverpool fans out there desperate to sign a striker today, aren't there? Names mentioned so far include West Ham's Carlton Cole, Athletic Bilbao hitman Fernando Llorente and misfiring Bayern Munich finisher Mario Gomez. And now Anon via text reckons Darren Bent will move to Anfield just as soon as Asamoah Gyan puts pen to paper for the Black Cats...
From mikelinny on Twitter:
"Wonder where Riquelme is today. He always turns up at some UK airport. He's the Where's Wally? of deadline day."
From Storts PD, via text: "Ronaldinho... that forgotten Brazilian chap... well, heard from a few 'friends' close to the club that he's on his way to Spurs in loan deal!"
0647: It's very early for some of you to be fuming, but as a Forest fan who is fully expecting to see his season die out during the remainder of today I feel your pain. Anyway, as I type these very words
there is a man plugging away at our daily Gossip Column,
so hopefully you will gain some cheer from that when it's done.
From Lee in Billericay, via text: "For once am happy to be up with the kids at 5am... but not happy to see the Adebayor link, please make it go away."
From shaunpenhaligon on Twitter:
"I've just seen Diego Maradona getting in taxi at Nottingham Airport and asking to be taken to Forest ground." Haha, good one. Surely he'd fly into East Mids Airport, no?
From Dubaispur, via text: "My thoughts on ex-Arsenal star Emmanuel joining Spurs? Adebayorful!! But we do need a striker please 'Arry."
0630: Back to Tottenham, and Harry Redknapp's boys have been linked with moves for West Ham's Scott Parker and Everton's Steven Pienaar as well as Emmanuel Adebayor this morning. I wonder what today holds in store down at White Hart Lane. And will deadline day specialist Robbie Keane still be at the club come 1800 BST?
0625: Another deal that jumps out is the proposed move of Alexander Hleb to Birmingham from Barcelona for between £4m-5m. He's not exactly had a great time of it since leaving Arsenal, but the Belarussian would be a stellar signing for the Blues.
0618: Things I expect to happen today: Paul Konchesky to move to Liverpool, Robinho to join AC Milan, Sunderland to seal a deal for Asamoah Gyan, goalkeepers Shay Given and Mark Schwarzer to be continually linked with moves and Robbie Keane to be seen at about 14 different training complexes.
0611: If you're interested in shedding your blood with me, you can do so via the usual avenues, though be aware that 606 will not open for business until 0900 BST. That means for three hours or so, you've got to hit me like you've never hit me before
on Twitter @Stevo_football
and get the ludicrous 'I've seen Gerd Muller in Barnsley' texts in to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide).
0605: It's that time of the year again. Most sensible people aren't even awake yet, but we few, we happy few, we band of brothers are alive and kicking as another transfer deadline day dawns. "For he to-day that sheds his blood with me/Shall be my brother... And gentlemen in England now a-bed/Shall think themselves accursed they were not here." Indeed they will.
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