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Transfer deadline day as it happened

DEADLINE DAY ACTION AS IT HAPPENS (all times GMT)

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By Sam Lyon

0015: The dust will still be settling on this day long after tonight, I'm sure, but for now let me bid you adieu. It's been a truly sensational day's drama to be involved in, and one that has seen the month's spending in the Premier League alone reach well over £200m. Utterly staggering. While I, along with the rest of the British public, get my head around that - and with the Transfer Deadline in Scotland now passed - it leaves me only to ask you to join me - Sam Lyon - again tomorrow for four Premier League matches and a full lower league programme. Will it rival today for drama? No. Will it rock your world anyway? Oh yes. I'll see you all from 1830, but for now... sleep...

hollyefullerton on Twitter: "Trying to sleep but head still buzzing. Maybe because I was on computer for about 11 hours today?! Thanks very much BBC Football!"

0000: What a day, huh? What. A. Day.

BBC Sport's David Dulin: "Swansea City left it late, but they have captured Burnley defender David Edgar on loan until the end of the season, subject to Football League clearance. It is his second spell at the Swans after spending time on loan last season."

Marinello, Edinburgh via text: "Can't believe Celtic have not signed a centre half! We have none fit! Joke!"

2355: PREMIER LEAGUE DEADLINE-DAY DEALS
In: Aston Villa (Bradley), Birmingham (Martins), Blackburn (Formica, Rochina), Blackpool (Beattie, Kornilenko, Punch, Reid), Bolton (Sturridge), Chelsea (Torres, Luiz), Everton (Vellios), Liverpool (Carroll, Suarez, Thomas), Newcastle (Ireland), West Ham (McCallum), Wolves (Basso)
Out: Aston Villa (Ireland, Osbourne), Chelsea (Matic, Mellis, Sturridge), Fulham (Marsh-Brown), Liverpool (Torres, Konchesky), Man City (Gonzalez, Tuttle), Man Utd (Stewart), Newcastle (Carroll), Stoke (Moult, Tuncay), Sunderland (Da Silva, Reid), Tottenham (Dos Santos), West Brom (Downing), West Ham (Nouble), Wigan (Nicholls), Wolves (Davis, Keogh)

2351: Blackpool fans, you'll want to read this. Despite the mayhem of a will-he-won't-he day for Charlie Adam, the Scottish midfielder has moved to assuage any fears he will react badly to his failed moves to Liverpool and then Tottenham, saying: "It's been a crazy day. I'm still a Blackpool player and I want the Blackpool fans to know I'm totally committed to playing the best I can for the club, and I will do my best to help us achieve the highest possible league finish."

Gav, Scotland via text: "Is it safe to go to sleep yet?"

2345: Harry Redknapp has confirmed that Tottenham did make a bid - that was accepted - for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam late in the day, but that the deal fell through because "a couple of Blackpool shareholders" just failed to get the necessary signatures on the paperwork in time. So near. So far. So Tottenham.

2342: BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson on Fernando Torres's move to Chelsea: "There is no doubt that Torres is a very, very good player and it will be interesting to see how Chelsea use him. Pairing him with Didier Drogba might work but Drogba has not exactly set the world on fire this season. I've got the feeling that the arrival of Torres might mean his time at Stamford Bridge is almost up. He is one of quite a few Chelsea players who look like they might be in their last season with the club and he is at the age now where he might be thinking about making one final big-money move himself."

FrazerNewport on Twitter: "With Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll signed, this means Liverpool have Lou and Andy up front... 'Yeah I know'."

James, delighted Chelsea fan, via text: "Just as pleased that Anelka is staying as I am that Torres and Luiz have signed! Things are looking up!"

2337: Fernando Torres, having completed his move to Chelsea, has told the club's website: "I am very happy with my transfer to Chelsea and I am looking forward very much to helping my new team-mates this season and for many years to come. Having played against Chelsea many times since coming to England, and in some very big games I will never forget, I know there are many great players here and I will work hard to win a place in the team. I hope I can score some important goals for the supporters to enjoy this season."

2335: Just to confirm, then, that the completion of Fernando Torres and David Luiz to Chelsea, plus the arrival at Liverpool of Andy Carroll, take this window's transfer spending to something like £214m. Compared to £29m this time last year. Staggering.

Done deal
2329: DONE DEAL Rangers have announced the signing of El Hadji Diouf from Blackburn after finalising a loan deal in the final stages of the transfer window.

2326: Fernando Torres, by the way, has confirmed on his website he has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Chelsea.

Done deal
2324: DONE DEAL And now Benfica have released a statement to the stock exchange confirming the sale of David Luiz to Chelsea for a fee of around £21m plus Nemanja Matic.

Done deal
2321: DONE DEAL Liverpool have confirmed that Fernando Torres is now a Chelsea player after the Merseysiders accepted a British transfer record fee for the Spanish international. That fee is thought to be £50m. Big.

MarcusLilley on Twitter: "What a mad evening!!!!!"

CrinkEFC on Twitter: "Absolutely heroic effort from Blackpool today!"

2314: Well it wouldn't be a transfer deadline day without some late drama involving Tottenham - and it appears they DID make a bid for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam, but failed in their efforts when the last-gasp offer was rejected by the Seasiders. Wow.

Done deal
2309: DONE DEAL Wigan have confirmed the signing of striker Conor Sammon on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Kilmarnock.

Done deal
2308: DONE DEAL Blackpool have confirmed the signing of Sergei Kornilenko on loan from Zenit St Petersburg until the end of the season.

2305: Andy Carroll will wear the number 9 shirt at Liverpool.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "And Stephen Warnock may yet get his move back to Liverpool from Aston Villa after all on loan."

2301: We are hearing that Fernando Torres and David Luiz both signed for Chelsea in time to beat the deadline... no official word from the club just yet, though...

2300: THE ENGLISH TRANSFER WINDOW HAS SHUT

DanSmith_x on Twitter: "I think it would make my year if Harry Redknapp swooped in and signed Charlie Adam from Blackpool at 22.59GMT!"
It's what the Sky boys are claiming... I'm keeping the salt to hand...

Done deal
2256: DONE DEAL The first of our golden trio is done, people. Liverpool have confirmed that Andy Carroll has signed for the club from Newcastle on a five-and-a-half-year deal for a club-record fee reported to be £35m.

2255: And with reports flying around that the Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll deals have been completed - I'll bring you the official word when I get it, of course - here is why you should stick with me for the foreseeable future... anyone remember the bonkers days of 1 September 2008? We waited until long into the hours (and after the deadline passed) before finding out Robinho (£32.5m), Berbatov (£30.75m) and, erm, Xisco (undisclosed) signed on a day that also saw Fellaini (£15m), Pavlyuchenko (£14m) and Corluka (£8.5m) moving. Exactly. There's still time for all manner of nonsense people!

2250: A reminder, too, that just because transfers are not officially announced before 2300 GMT does not mean they have not been completed in time. And I'll be staying with you until all the big deals are confirmed... hopefully.

2245: With the minutes ticking down, still we await official word on the three monster transfers of the day - Fernando Torres and David Luiz to Chelsea, and Andy Carroll to Liverpool. All reports suggest they all remain on track, but until the paperwork is filed to the Premier League, who knows I guess...?

Done deal
2238: DONE DEAL BBC Sport understands Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has joined Fulham on loan until the end of the season from Stoke.

2235: PREMIER LEAGUE DEADLINE DEALS SO FAR
So, as the clock ticks down to that 11pm deadline, lets have a summary of today's Premier League transfers shall we?
In: Aston Villa (Bradley), Birmingham (Martins), Blackburn (Formica, Rochina), Blackpool (Beattie, Reid), Bolton (Sturridge), Everton (Vellios), Liverpool (Suarez, Thomas), Newcastle (Ireland), West Ham (McCallum), Wolves (Basso)
Out: Aston Villa (Ireland, Osbourne), Chelsea (Mellis, Sturridge), Fulham (Marsh-Brown), Liverpool (Konchesky), Man City (Gonzalez, Tuttle), Man Utd (Stewart), Stoke (Moult, Tuncay), Sunderland (Da Silva, Reid), Tottenham (Dos Santos), West Brom (Downing), West Ham (Nouble), Wigan (Nicholls), Wolves (Davis, Keogh)

2230: HALF AN HOUR UNTIL ENGLISH TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS

2227: Shortest-lived transfer rumour of the day? Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has admitted he has turned down a bid from Newcastle - said to be around £10m - for winger Charles N'Zogbia and will resist any further bids for the Frenchman.

Man City winger Adam Johnson on Twitter: "Seen the specialist today, not having an operation thankfully !! Thanks for all your support messages."

2225: Sky Sports News are now reporting that Newcastle have made a significant, last-ditch bid to bring Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia back to St James' Park. Talk about last-ditch. If true, is there time to pull it off?

ArsenalScottie on Twitter: "Why does the the window always SLAM shut? Can't it shut quietly? What if someone is sleeping?"

2218: Ooh I'm such a tease aren't I?

Done deal
2217: DONE DEAL Tottenham forward Giovani Dos Santos has joined Spanish side Racing Santander on loan until the end of the season.

2215: Hold on... official Tottenham transfer news coming right up...

kiwiseasider2 on 606: "50 mins for Blackpool to hold on to Charlie Adam."

2212: Newcastle fans - are you worried how you're going to replace Andy Carroll? Well BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis says the club are "still working hard on trying to secure a late deal". Fingers crossed, Toon fans, fingers crossed.

Done deal
2207: DONE DEAL Everton have confirmed the signing of Greek teenager Apostolos Vellios. The 19-year-old striker has joined from Greek side Iraklis Thessaloniki for a nominal fee.

MatiPlant on Twitter: "Wow, I've been on this page since 7am, can't believe only 1 hour to go."

2200: ONE HOUR UNTIL THE ENGLISH TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS

2157: Not so much transfer news, but thought I'd throw it in because he's got fantastic locks... Robbie Savage has announced on his twitter tonight that he will be retiring from football at the end of the season. Rumours that he is taking over as Andy Carroll's hair stylist are - as yet - unconfirmed.

imveggieiam on Twitter: "Manchester City described as having a "settled squad"... never thought i'd see the day. It's usually musical chairs out there.

BBC Sport's David Dulin reports: "As if the blow of losing manager Dean Holdsworth to Aldershot wasn't big enough for Newport County fans, things have just got worse as top scorer Craig Reid has left for League Two side Stevenage. The deal is a "club record" for Stevenage - but undisclosed - includes strike duo Charlie Griffin and Yemi Obubade going in the opposite direction."

2150: Oh, and as expected (see 2037) Everton have officially rejected Tottenham's late bid for Phil Neville. That's the Londoners' business for this window done and dusted, barring a rabbit in the hat from Harry or Danny.

2148: The Fernando Torres-Chelsea saga looks to be drawing to a close - Blues chairman Bruce Buck has just arrived at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS: I have just moved from the sofa to my bed!!"

2145: Three other clubs very notable by their absence from any activity today? Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal. The Premier League's top three. The benefits of a settled squad maybe?

thegreatmorass on Twitter: "Lots of Portsmouth fans upset at the lack of transfer activity. We need at least one decent signing before 11pm!"

rafthegooner on 606: "Let's be honest, final hour and a half of transfer deadline day left...doesn't get much better, does it?"

2135: Ah yes, I did of course mean Andy Carroll was joining Liverpool - not Newcastle - for £35m at 2130. As exorbitant as that fee may appear to some, it's not quite as exorbitant as if Newcastle had paid it to sign their own player. Although, the way this transfer window has panned out... Anyway, a refresh would be appreciated, cheers.

2133: While we await further developments, then, let me remind you how you can get involved in this Leo Sayer (all-dayer) of a commentary. Your options are thus: Tweet me via the hashtag #BBCFootball or ask me a question direct @sampatricklyon, chat over on 606 or text in via 81111 (UK). Boomtown.

2130: So, just to remind you, we still have three monster deals to potentially go through before that 2300 transfer deadline... Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50m, Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35m and David Luiz to Chelsea for an initial £17-18m - so don't you even think about going anywhere. I fancy a late surprise too. Anyway, it's blooming cold outside. So there.

VishnuLadwa on Twitter: "What happened with the BIG hype about the so-called top four trying to sign Southampton youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? Is he going or staying?"
Good shout, that, it appears to have gone quiet on the front...

2119: And here's another one for Tangerine fans, with news emerging from Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston that - as it stands - Charlie Adam will not be leaving the club, despite the attentions of Liverpool and, previously, Aston Villa. I can imagine the Scottish midfielder - who is known to have fancied the move - will be more than a little miffed.

2115: Blackpool have been busy, busy bees today - and BBC Sport has learnt that they have now agreed a deal to sign winger/forward Jason Puncheon from Southampton.

2110: Big news for Bolton, that, though it's confused the club's website editor by the look of things - news of Daniel Sturridge's arrival is accompanied by a big picture of... Danny Welbeck. Oops.

Done deal
2108: DONE DEAL We brought you the possibility of this back around midday, and I can confirm Daniel Sturridge has now left Chelsea for Bolton on loan until the end of the season.

segmatt on Twitter: "So Chelsea get Torres, Liverpool get Carroll, while Spurs try to sign... Phil Neville."

2105: The David Luiz to Chelsea deal, by the way, looks like going through with the player completing formalities in Portugal, as opposed to London, as there was not time for the Benfica defender to fly in. Chelsea, then, on the verge of spending £70m on two players on the last day of the transfer window. Ber-limey.

2102: A reminder, too, that in Scotland it is a 2300 GMT deadline for Scottish Premier League clubs and midnight for those in the Scottish Football League. No, I don't know why either.

2100: TWO HOURS UNTIL ENGLISH TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS

Peter Mc, Birkenhead, via text: "Will someone please give Everton boss David Moyes a ring to wake him up please?"

TheClapperBored on Twitter: "Just saw a bloke on the train wearing a Charlton tracksuit. Didn't recognise him. Probably just a fan."

2055: As we approach the last two hours of the transfer window, I can tell you English clubs have already broken the £100m barrier for transfer fees spent this month - and that's before the mooted deals for Fernando Torres, Andy Carroll and David Luiz are taken into consideration. Unbelievable. By way of comparison - just £29m was spent by English clubs this time last year. I repeat what I said at 1830... English football has gone absolutely mad.

Done deal
2053: DONE DEAL Reading have confirmed the double signing of Canada's under-20s captain Ethan Gage and American youngster Erik Opsahl.

Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd on Twitter: "I'm not leaving, I'm staying for the fans!! They deserve Premier League football and I wanna help provide that. I'm happy at Cardiff."

2049: It's looking increasingly likely, too, that Eidur Gudjohnsen will join Fulham from Stoke on loan until the end of the season. More on that when I get it.

Done deal
2046: ...worry no more, Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Luis Suarez on a five-and-a-half-year deal from Ajax for a fee of £23m. The Uruguayan, 24, will wear the no.7 shirt.

2045: A few of you have been worrying about this all night, well...

2044: DONE DEAL Leicester City confirm the deadline day signing of former Portuguese international goalkeeper Ricardo on a short-term contract until the end of the season, subject to an International Transfer Certificate.

Done deal
2040: DONE DEAL Up in Scotland, we are hearing that Rangers have signed El Hadji Diouf from Blackburn and defender Kyle Bartley on loan from Arsenal. Aberdeen, meanwhile, have signed former Rangers defender Steven Smith on loan until the end of the season, the 25-year-old making the switch from Norwich, but striker Andrius Velicka and defender Jerel Ifil are to leave the Pittodrie club.

2037: To be fair, that was a pretty emphatic response from Redknapp, it doesn't look like we're getting anything dramatic from Tottenham tonight. He did say the club bid for Everton full-back Phil Neville, but we've already heard from the Toffees boss that that one isn't happening, so that's that. It just doesn't feel like Deadline Day anymore does it?

2035: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp on Sky Sports News says there is "no chance" of the club signing a striker tonight, nor any chance of Peter Crouch leaving for Newcastle as Andy Carroll's replacement. "We were never desperate," he adds. Expect three arrivals to Spurs and the sale of the big man within the hour, then. Joke. Obviously.

Done deal
2029: Blackburn have confirmed the signing of Argentinian midfielder Mauro Formica on a deal until the summer of 2014.

2026: Right then... worrying developments for Chelsea fans, if what worries you is completely speculative chat on social networking sites... word on the Tweet is that Benfica have "pulled David Luiz off the plane to London" and say they are "analysing" Chelsea's offer for the centre-half. I reiterate, that's unconfirmed as far as I know.

Done deal
2023: DONE DEAL Bristol City sign Scunthorpe's 25-year-old winger Martyn Woolford for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half year deal.

2019: Anyone else wondering what, say, Nicolas Anelka makes of Fernando Torres's impending arrival at Chelsea? Just me? Oh.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole on Twitter: "Just checked my Twitter! It's crazy on here. I've said I was chilling at home with my feet up and I still am!"

Done deal
2015: DONE DEALS A couple of lower-league transfer confirmations for you. Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has raided his old club Scunthorpe
Done deal
to sign striker Jonathan Forte for an undisclosed fee, while down in Devon, Torquay have signed Morecambe midfielder Craig Stanley on loan.

2011: I can tell you, by the way, that BBC Sport understands that the fee agreed between Chelsea and Liverpool for Fernando Torres is the full £50m. Wowzers.

Done deal
2007: DONE DEAL Well midfielder Stephen Ireland has now completed his loan move until the end of the season from Aston Villa to Newcastle.

2006: Some Newcastle fans may feel they deserve a bit of good news...

Done deal
2004: I understand I'm a bit late on this one, I can only stipulate that's because it's flown under the radar a touch, but West Ham have signed 17-year-old striker Paul McCallum from non-league Dulwich Hamlet for an undisclosed fee.

2000: THREE HOURS UNTIL ENGLISH TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS

Done deal
1959: DONE DEAL Another one for the Championship, folks, as Crystal Palace confirm they have signed Derby County defender Dean Moxey for an undisclosed fee.

1955: I was speaking to a football agent last week, and he told me that if clubs wanted to wrap up deals in time to beat the 2300 GMT deadline for transfers, they really needed to have the player undergoing a medical by 2000 GMT so as to get the assessment done and dusted in time to get the required forms off to the Premier League. Consider this your five minute warning people.

Darren on 606: "Liverpool will make sure as part of the transfer that Fernando Torres plays no part in Sunday's game! Wise up People!!!"

Suraj Shah on text: "Everyone is waiting for Harry and Tottenham but I think Arsene Wenger should be using this window to challenge on all four fronts..."

Daily Telegraph reporter Rory Smith on Twitter: "James Beattie and Andy Reid? Get on Blackpool to do brilliantly in Championship Manager 2003."

1948: Talking of Tottenham, manager Harry Redknapp - despite vowing this morning to leave the Club Lodge in Chigwell as soon as training was over at around 1600 GMT - remains in situ in the grounds with all the lights blazing. You just know he and Daniel Levy are working on something - anything - don't you? I was in this very seat back in August chatting you through the close of the summer transfer window when news of Rafael van der Vaart's arrival broke. Would it be too greedy to wish for something equally barn-storming tonight?

BBC Sport's Dan Walker on Twitter: "Tottenham came close to nicking Andy Carroll off Liverpool, but the striker wanted to join Liverpool as soon as it became clear that Newcastle would sell him."

1941: A reminder, by the way, that Chelsea host Liverpool in the Premier League this Sunday. A stonker of a match for Fernando Torres to maybe make his debut in for the Blues and no mistake.

BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "Reliably informed that talks on image rights and salary (approx 175k/week) are all that remains forTorres deal to be completed."

1939: Sky Sports News has just shown footage of Avram Grant chatting outside the West Ham training ground - and the Hammers boss says the east Londoners could still add "maybe one" more player to the squad before the close of the transfer window. Carlton Cole, however, is staying put, he says, despite links to Newcastle.

1937: Liverpool confirm they have agreed a fee with Chelsea for Fernando Torres, who has been given permission to speak to the London club.

Done deal
1936: DONE DEAL James Beattie has passed a medical, agreed personal terms and therefore completed his loan move from Rangers to Blackpool until the end of the season.

blackeyedangel1 on Twitter: "Say what you like about the irresponsible figures, a front three of Drogba, Anelka and Torres could win Chelsea everything this season.

1933: And here's Mark Lawrenson on Andy Carroll's move to Liverpool to boot: "I think £30-35m is a lot to pay for Andy Carroll seeing as he is a young and relatively unproven striker. He has been out injured for a while too so they will need to get clarification that has cleared up. But he is clearly going to be some player and is a real handful. He fits the criteria for signings by Liverpool's owners which is that players must be young and able to improve, and his potential partnership with Luis Suarez, who is on the brink of joining the Reds, is one that should offer a lot now and in the future too."

1931: Alan Shearer on Andy Carroll on BBC Five Live: "Off the field he has been in trouble once or twice before - that would be the major area of concern for me. I spoke to Kenny months ago before he even came to Liverpool about the potential of Carroll. Kenny got myself and Chris Sutton and myself and Mike Newell together at Blackburn and he probably sees Carroll and Suarez as a similar partnership - both can score goals. Andy Carroll is unplayable on his day. We might see Charlie Adam there and with Steven Gerrard and his tremendous right foot - if you get balls into box for those guys it will be a hell of a partnership."

1927: Right - my quick straw poll of how much you would pay for Andy Carroll suggests an average (that I have pretty much guesstimated because I don't have time to calculate an accurate mean from hundreds of texts) of around... £12m. Sounds fair to me. But this, it would appear, is very much a seller's market, people. I wonder what Newcastle legend Alan Shearer makes of it? Funnily enough...

Mr Cleaner on 606: "I'm sick of people saying Carroll isn't worth £35m. To Liverpool: No. To Newcastle: He's priceless."

Done deal
1922: DONE DEAL Aston Villa confirm that Michael Bradley has joined on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach to the end of the season.

1920: News for Aston Villa fans coming up...

Done deal
1916: DONE DEAL Hamilton have signed striker 20-year-old Tom Elliott on a free transfer from Leeds United until the end of the season.

BBC Radio 5 live's Mike Sewell: "Despite the David Luiz deal being back on, it doesn't look like Chelsea's Jeffrey Bruma will be going out on loan to West Brom. Bruma's agent earlier said it was a possibility if Chelsea got Luiz. However, regardless of that I understand Bruma to the Baggies won't happen."

1911: Mandeep Sanghera reports: "With all the late transfer action, how much leeway is there on the 2300 GMT deadline for transfers? Basically, NONE. I've been informed that if the relevant paperwork isn't in by the designated time a deal is not going to happen. Some deals can take a while to be confirmed as the relevant information needs to be processed and a delay can sometimes be caused by details missing. International transfers need to be ratified by midnight with Fifa but the Premier League need to know about them by 2300 GMT."

1907: While we understand Fernando Torres and David Luiz are both on their way to London for medicals at Chelsea, Andy Carroll has already arrived at Melwood for his assessment ahead of his move to Liverpool from Newcastle. Quick straw poll - how much do YOU think the Geordie frontman is worth?

TeleKemis on 606: "Let's not forget some big deals can always become apparently after 11PM, and have before. Get ready for a long night."

Done deal
1902: DONE DEAL Blackburn have announced the signing of forward Ruben Rochina from Barcelona on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

1900: ENGLISH TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS IN FOUR HOURS

1859: BBC Sport's David Dulin reports: "Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers says there is "nothing imminent" ahead of the transfer deadline. Ipswich striker Jason Scotland has been linked with a return to the promotion hopefuls and Rodgers admits there would be an "interest" if he became available, but says there has been no contact with Ipswich manager Paul Jewell."

jotini on Twitter: "Today I created a new gene to help treat a rare disease, but actually more excited to see if Torres will become a Blue today!"

Done deal
1856: DONE DEAL Aldershot Town have announced that Anthony Straker has joined Wycombe Wanderers on a month's loan.

Done deal
1854: DONE DEAL Sheffiield United have signed Neill Collins from Leeds for two-and-a-half years for an undisclosed fee.

1850: I can tell you now that David Luiz-Chelsea deal is definitely ON, we can confirm, for £21m - £17-£18m up front. The Blues's search for a centre-half looks to be over...

1848: You lot get how big this is - your Twitters, SMS and 606 messages have gone off the chart completely today. A reminder just in case, though, that you can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or ask me a question direct @sampatricklyon, chat over on 606 or text in via 81111 (UK).

Zain_Patel on Twitter: "I think Man City are planning a big money move and are planning to bust onto the scene any minute now!"

1845: So what else might we have in store for the next few hours? Basically, it's all about Liverpool. The Reds have yet to officially confirm their £23m signing of Luis Suarez - though that is about as done and dusted as it gets, we understand - and they could be about to spend £35m more on Newcastle's Andy Carroll and a further few million on Blackpool's Charlie Adam. Blowing all those deals out of the water is Chelsea's proposed £50m deal to sign Fernando Torres - and, let's be honest, very few among us don't expect something from Tottenham later tonight, right? If you thought the last 12 hours or so were interesting... you aint seen nothing yet, people.

1843: By the way, could you all give this page a refresh please so as to sort out all the byline action and that jazz? Jubbly.

1840: How about that for hitting the ground running huh? A reminder that the transfer deadline shuts in FOUR HOURS AND 20 MINUTES. By golly it's going to be a fascinating next few hours isn't it?

1838: While speculation in Spain - and it is just speculation as far as I understand at present - is that Tottenham are closing in on a £30m deal for Villarreal striker Guiseppe Rossi.

1837: Reports in Portugal, meanwhile, suggest Chelsea have agreed a deal of around £25m for Benfica centre-back David Luiz.

1835: Chelsea and Liverpool have agreed a fee for Fernando Torres and the player is now awaiting a medical, BBC understands.

1834: And how about this to kick my stint off...

1833: Anyway, the fact is that I'm lucky enough to be joining you just as it is getting seriously, seriously interesting. Right now, the total spent on transfer fees in this January window 2011 stands at around £82m. In the next four-and-a-half hours, that figure could - and almost certainly will - be at least doubled, if not more. Incredible.

1832: Yep, we might well be in the grips of the country's worst recession for nigh on 30 years, but football continues to resemble an updated remake of Brewster's Millions - instead, this time, the task is to spend around 10 times more than the $30m in 30 days Monty Brewster was tasked to offload in George Barr McCutcheon's 1902 novel. I know - you all thought it was just a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor didn't you? Ah, the wonders of the internet...

1830: Mad. The world of English football has gone absolutely mad.

By Chris Bevan

1827: This is where I sign off folks, just before the meaty deals of the day get sorted out by the sounds of things. Talk about bad timing. Anyway, worry not - Sam Lyon is here to take you through to the end of the transfer window, in about four-and-a-half hours time. Enjoy... and I hope all your transfer dreams come true.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "Andy Carroll will be a great player for Liverpool and England. Fact."

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden on Twitter: "Some major happenings today in the transfer market! Surely one of the most expensive days in football history? Recession over!?!"

rsjhayes on Twitter: "Good English players have their price 'inflated' because there are scarce and chances to sign them don't come around very often."

Done deal
1816: DONE DEAL: BBC Radio Solent report Bournemouth have signed striker Ben Williamson, another graduate of the Glenn Hoddle Academy, who had recently been training with the Cherries. And here's a snippet from BBC Radio Sheffield too. Sheffield Wednesday are set to sign 28-year-old midfielder Lee Cook from QPR.

1815: A little bit more info has emerged on the ongoing Andy Carroll to Liverpool saga... Carroll submitted a transfer request this afternoon which Newcastle "reluctantly accepted" according to a statement on their website. Liverpool, as we knew, have since agreed a fee with the Magpies for Carroll, who is still en-route to Merseyside where he will discuss personal terms and take a medical.

1812: Here's something worth bearing in mind if and when Liverpool and Blackpool agree a fee for Charlie Adam tonight. Rangers receive 10% of any fee and Seasiders boss Ian Holloway also gets a cut too. That still leaves the club with most of the money but takes a bit of the edge off any potential windfall for Blackpool fans, although they would undoubtedly prefer Adam to stay anyway.

BBC Radio 5 live's Mike Sewell: "Following on from what Chris McLaughlin was saying (below) about Kelvin Wilson. Forest have told me he'll definitely be staying. They expect him to see out the remainder of his contract before moving to Celtic in the summer."

roryburling on Twitter: "What has happened to the Spurs transfer deadline day push? Harry is renowned for pulling off unexpected deals."


Don't worry. There's still plenty of time for Harry to swoop and catch us all unawares.

Done deal
1759: DONE DEAL: Doncaster have signed 23-year-old midfielder Ryan Burge on a short-term deal. He had been playing for Jerez Industrial in Spain's fourth tier, the team that has links to the Glenn Hoddle Academy.

1758: More good news for Liverpool fans? Looks that way, but Blackpool supporters might not be so happy. BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan has just tweeted: "Charlie Adam on way to Liverpool too." More details on that when I get them...

1755: Just over five hours to go until the transfer window slams shut and it's not just the big guns who are trying to wrap up deals. Huddersfield Town are interested in 24-year-old Yeovil striker Dean Bowditch and trying to do some business this evening.

WhyIHateTheFA on Twitter: "Imagine how much Messi would be worth to an English club if he was English? Why does being English inflate the price tenfold?"

BBC Sport's Chris McLaughlin: "Celtic have made another bid to Nottingham Forest to take Kelvin Wilson to Glasgow now. But the Championship club have rejected the latest offer. The bid was 'several hundred thousand pounds'. The central defender has already signed a pre-contract agreement and will make the switch to Celtic in the summer."

More from Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "David Villa cost £34m... an integral member of successful Spain team and played regular Champions League... UK market is crazy right now!"

Done deal
1743: DONE DEAL: And strikers just keep on leaving Newcastle too. Well, Newcastle Benfield (no, me neither) this time actually. The Northern League side have sold John Campbell to Darlington for an undisclosed fee and the 22-year-old has signed an 18-month deal with the Blue Square Bet Premier side.

1739: Lots of Liverpool news for you at the moment. Derby have revealed they will not be signing Reds defender Daniel Ayala on loan today because of a hamstring injury, but they hope to bring the 20-year-old in on loan next month.

1737: About 10m people went rushing to check the official Liverpool website after that announcement at 1726... and have crashed it completely by the looks of things. We await confirmation of the fee, but Liverpool say it is a club record.

From BBC Sport's David Ornstein: "Just spoke to Gerard Houllier: Stephen Ireland move to Newcastle still ON despite rumours of a failed medical, Aston Villa and Newcastle in talks as we speak. Michael Bradley is a "done deal" and Ashley Young is "100% staying".

1728: Andy Carroll is now on his way to Liverpool's Melwood training ground for a medical and to discuss personal terms.

1726: BREAKING NEWS: LIVERPOOL ANNOUNCE THEY HAVE AGREED A FEE FOR NEWCASTLE STRIKER ANDY CARROLL

From Rio Ferdinand, who for now is the most expensive British player having cost Man Utd £30m when he signed from Leeds in 2002, on Twitter: "Carroll has huge potential no doubt, is £35m still not a hefty sum of money in this recession we are meant to be in!? He will be top player."

Done deal
1721: DONE DEAL: We knew about this one earlier, and now it is confirmed. Stoke striker Tuncay has joined Wolfsburg on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

1720: More news of a player not going anywhere, for now anyway. Sunderland boss Steve Bruce admits Black Cats midfielder Jordan Henderson could be on his way...but not for a few seasons yet. "All of the big managers all around the country have asked to be kept informed if we ever decide to sell," said Bruce. "There will come a time undoubtedly when he'll want to go and play in the Champions League and want to win Champions League trophies and further his England career. But I think, for the next couple of years at least, this is the place for him to learn his trade."

Zain_Patel on Twitter: "What's holding up the Luis Suarez deal? When will he actually put pen to paper for Liverpool?"


A fee has been agreed with Liverpool, Suarez has passed a medical and agreed personal terms, so your guess is as good as mine. Surely not reliant on the Fernando Torres deal going through either...

1712: Fair play to you if you have stuck with this page since Fletch kicked it off shortly before 7am this morning. More than 10 hours later, we are still going strong - I'm just sorry we haven't been able to bring you a massive move yet. Anyway, here is one deal that won't be happening at at all. Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has told BBC Scotland that the proposed switch of 32-year-old defender/midfielder Abdoulaye Faye to Celtic is off.

1708: A striker HAS left Newcastle today. But not THAT one, yet. According to BBC Newcastle, 24-year-old Spanish striker Xisco has re-signed for Deportivo La Coruna on loan.

1704: Yep, the BBC has just had confirmation that Newcastle did reject Liverpool's second bid of £35m for Andy Carroll. BUT we understand that will not be the end of the matter... If and when a third bid is made, we will let you know. Carroll is apparently keen on the move, remember.

JDuffman86 on Twitter: "I'm a Newcastle fan, please tell me Andy Carroll is at home in bed not answering the phone or door to anyone!! Please please!!"

cerifowler on Twitter: "Waited for ages for Everton to buy someone, when they do it's some random Greek teenage striker"

Done deal
Done deal
1655: DONE DEALS: A couple of Championship signings to fill you in on: Leeds have signed Manchester City reserve keeper David Gonzalez on loan until the end of the season, while Leicester say they are bringing in Nigerian Daniel Uchechi, also on loan, subject to Football League approval.

1652: Wow. A twist in the Andy Carroll saga - and it's a biggie - despite reports earlier that Newcastle had accepted a Liverpool bid for the 22-year-old striker (see 1513), it seems they actually rejected the Reds' second offer too. Just SIX HOURS of the transfer window left for the two clubs to work that one out - and how much does it rely on Fernando Torres completing his move to Chelsea too. We will find out, soon enough...

Done deal
1644 DONE DEAL: It's a Liverpool signing, but not the one we are all waiting for. The Reds have signed 17-year-old midfielder Conor Thomas from Coventry on loan until the end of the season. He made his Sky Blues debut in Saturday's defeat by Birmingham City.

1643: Right, lots going on at the moment. According to BBC Radio Sheffield, Rotherham have rejected a bid for Adam Le Fondre from Huddersfield. And BBC Radio Humberside say Hull City chasing Fulham's Jonathan Greening and Crystal Palace's Neil Danns.

1642: At long last, I can give you an update on Fernando Torres' switch to Chelsea. Well, an explanation on why it hasn't progressed for the last few hours. BBC Sport understands that the delay with the deal is down to a hitch in negotiations about the mechanics of his Stamford Bridge contract, concerning image rights etc.

1638: Ah. I'm told there is no truth in the 'Charlie Adam to Man Utd' rumours. Apparently, Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is refusing to answer calls from Liverpool about the Scotland midfielder... maybe that United story started when Kenny Dalglish phoned up pretending to be Sir Alex Ferguson instead?

1632: BBC Radio Sheffield are reporting that 19-year-old West Ham striker Frank Nouble has joined Barnsley until the end of the season.

Done deal
1630: DONE DEAL: Hull City have signed 19-year-old Manchester United striker Cameron Stewart for an undisclosed fee following a successful loan spell.

1626: BBC Bristol tell me that Scunthorpe midfielder Martyn Woolford is currently en route (by helicopter?) to Ashton Gate to complete a move to Bristol City. The clubs have agreed a deal for the 25-year-old and he is due to have a medical this evening.

1624: While we wait for more developments on the two strikers apparently leaving and arriving at Anfield for £50m and £35m respectively, let's compare Reds (and possibly soon to be Chelsea) frontman Fernando Torres and his apparent replacement, Newcastle's Andy Carroll. According to Opta, in the Premier League this season, Carroll has more goals than Torres (11 to nine), more assists (three to two) and the time lapse between goals is less (148 mins per goal compared to 211 mins per goal). The Newcastle striker's shooting accuracy is worse than Torres however, with 43% of his shots hitting the target compared to the Spaniard's 52%.

1619: Interesting, very interesting. Apparently the odds on Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam joining Manchester United have plummeted in the last few minutes. He is now 1/4 to go there and only 5/2 to join long-term suitors Liverpool. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said last week of course that Adam is "worth £10m for his corners alone". Watch this space.

Done deal
1615: DONE DEAL: Birmingham have confirmed the signing of 26-year-old Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins on a six-month loan from Rubin Kazan.

Done deal
Done deal
1614: DONE DEALS Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of US international striker Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of US international striker Robbie Findley, 25, on a free transfer from Real Salt Lake after securing his visa. And Blue Square Bet Premier side Grimsby Town have signed former Birmingham midfielder Bryan Hughes, 34, until the end of the season.

1613: There appears to be some confusion about what time the transfer window shuts in Scotland. Just to clarify: it is 2300 GMT for Scottish Premier League clubs and midnight for those in the Scottish Football League. I have absolutely no idea why.

1610: Remember Freddy Adu? Of course you do. There was a time that he was a teen sensation thought likely to be fetching a fee of £30m one deadline day. It didn't quite work out like that, though, did it? Now 21, he has just been loaned out by Benfica to Turkish club Rizespor until the end of the season, following a series of spectacularly unsuccessful similar moves.

1604: Everton fans, are you feeling left out while all this transfer business (or transfer madness) is going on? Don't be. David Moyes is set to seal the signing of 19-year-old striker Apostolos Vellios from Iraklis today. The Greek club confirmed on their website late last week that they had reached agreement with Everton and Moyes added: "We are hoping we can bring in a young player from Greece."

1559: Seb Larsson has got a bit of competition for his place at Birmingham following the arrival of David Bentley on loan from Spurs, but the Swede would be almost guaranteed a starting place in the Carling Cup final at the end of February if he stays put. That's because Bentley is cup-tied.

1558: Hmmmm. Following Tottenham's non-bid for Diego Forlan earlier, here's another move that might not be happening. Apparently Birmingham City have received NO offer from Manchester City for winger Seb Larsson (see 1320). The St Andrew's side says the only concrete bids for the Sweden international have come from Aston Villa and Newcastle. Those deals broke down because of a failure to agree personal terms.

Done deal
1554: DONE DEAL: Er, safe to say this is not the big one you are waiting for Chelsea fans. Blues reserve team midfielder Jacob Mellis, 20, has left Stamford Bridge to join Barnsley on loan.

Done deal
1552: DONE DEAL: Yep, as reported below, Bristol City have completed the loan signing of Wolves striker Andy Keogh. He moves to Ashton Gate for three months.

1549: Grrrr. I'm getting a tad impatient here. Just over seven hours of the transfer window remaining and we are still waiting for the BIG deals of the day to take place. Fernando Torres, Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam... and no doubt a surprise or two too (Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, I'm looking at you here).

1545: Bristol's Evening Post is reporting Bristol City have completed the signing of Wolves striker Andy Keogh. The 24-year-old joins the Robins on a 93-day loan with a view to a permanent deal if he impresses in the season's last remaining games.

1544: Hmmm. Still no word on how Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland's medical at Newcastle is going/has gone. Perhaps a broken wing has held things up? (If you can't click on that link then I recommend you try to check out Ireland's extraordinary tattoo elsewhere as soon as you can).

Done deal
1536: Some deals in League One and the Blue Square Premier to tell you about: Firstly, Carlisle have signed Patrick Madden from Bohemians for an undisclosed fee. The 20-year-old has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal at Brunton Park. And Bath City have signed former Cardiff and Wales Under-21 international Jonathan Brown on a free transfer.

From BBC Sport's David Ornstein: "Spoken to a couple of French Ligue 1 sporting directors - they expect some very late deals involving Premier League clubs but Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, linked with Liverpool, and Lille forward Eden Hazard, admired by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, are NOT moving"

1534: Right then. Another development in the Andy Carroll saga. BBC Sport understands that the Newcastle striker is keen on his proposed move to Anfield. That follows Liverpool meeting the Magpies' valuation for the big frontman.

1529: A few reports came in earlier from Spain about Spurs boss Harry Redknapp being in for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan (at 1320 and 1435 for starters)... but BBC Sport understands this is NOT the case. No bid has been made, so Harry's search for a striker is obviously going on elsewhere.

JohnnieB73 on Twitter: "£35m for Andy Carroll? More than David Villa, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Wayne Rooney? Mad."

markymurray on Twitter: "Andy Reid to Blackpool!? At least sales of pies in Blackpool will not be impacted by Charlie Adam's probable departure!"

1517: While we all wait for further news on those two biggies, here's BBC Sport's David Dulin with news from Wales: Preston have turned down an approach by Cardiff City for goalkeeper Andy Lonergan. PNE Chairman Maurice Lindsay said: "Andy Lonergan was coveted by Cardiff but they didn't value him very highly. Even so, we probably wouldn't have sold him."

1515: No more news on Fernando Torres, though. He is in London, or Liverpool, depending on who you believe...

1513: The Guardian and Telegraph are both reporting that Liverpool have met Newcastle's valuation for striker Andy Carroll.

1511: Yep, Andy Reid is off to Bloomfield Road, ending an up-and-down three-year spell at the Stadium of Light (he joined from Charlton on transfer deadline day in January 2008). That doesn't mean the Black Cats will be in for anyone else, though, because their boss Steve Bruce has just said: "I don't think we'll be bringing anyone else in."

Done deal
1505: DONE DEAL: Sunderland midfielder Andy Reid has joined Blackpool for an undisclosed fee. A replacement for Charlie Adam then?

Done deal
1501: DONE DEAL Forget Stamford Bridge, it's all happening at Sincil Bank at the monment. Following their extension of Gavin Hoyte's loan deal earlier, BBC Lincolnshire reports that the Imps have signed striker Scott Spencer on a free transfer until the end of the season following his departure from Southend last week, and they have also snapped up ex-Millwall man Ali Fuseini, who has signed until 2012. Fuseini had recently been playing for Lewes in the Blue Square South.

Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Wigan say no bids for Charles N'Zogbia, Hugo Rodallega or any of their players. There may be one arrival for the Latics, while Daniel de Ridder could be leaving them."

Alistair Magowan reports: "Looks like Gareth Bale will have to square up to Phil Neville again next season. Stories of the Everton defender moving to Spurs are wide of the mark. David Moyes says they have received no bids for him. Still a few hours left though."

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Barcelona's young striker Ruben Rochina expected to complete his a move to Blackburn later today."

From BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher: "Preston boss Phil Brown has bolstered his squad with the signing of veteran Ian Ashbee from Hull on an 18-month contract. Brown managed Ashbee at the Tigers and obviously reckons the 34-year-old has what it takes to help lift PNE up the table."

1452: BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis has heard that Liverpool HAVE made a second offer for Newcastle striker Andy Carroll. £35m per chance?

1447: If I were Liverpool's multi-millionaire American owners, I would want confirmation that Andy Carroll's thigh is ship-shape before I parted with my £35m. Surely they are not going to rush through a medical today, then? Surely? Especially seeing as Carroll is currently injured...

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Scenario unfolding is once Torres signs for Chelsea, Liverpool will close in on Carroll asking price. £35m will be gamble by Liverpool owners."

Done deal
1441: DONE DEAL: Marouane Zemmama has joined Middlesbrough from Hibernian on a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee. The 27-year-old Moroccan midfielder had been at Easter Road since his arrival at Raja Casablanca in 2006 and would have been a free agent in the summer.


1435: Reports in Spain suggest that Harry Redknapp has made a renewed bid for Sergio Aguero's Atletico Madrid strike partner, Diego Forlan, whom the Tottenham manager watched two weeks ago in the Madrid derby. Looks like Harry is determined to snap up a striker today, then?

Spanish journalist Guillem Balague on Twitter: "Torres is not flying to London. Still in Liverpool. Still negotiating... no deal yet."

1430: More interesting developments at Newcastle. If you remember (at 1151), they delayed Alan Pardew's pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's trip to Fulham and switched it from the club's training headquarters to St James' Park. Now they have cancelled it all together. Unless you have had your head buried in sand for the last few hours, you will know that Liverpool had a £30m offer for Magpies striker Andy Carroll rejected earlier on today... and it would appear Mr Pardew doesn't want to talk publically about it, yet...

From BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Unless big late offer for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he's staying at Southampton. He trained today & senior source tells me club NOT in any talks."

1419: To all you Arsenal fans who thought you wouldn't get a mention on transfer deadline day, you were wrong. Are you ready for this? BBC Lincolnshire report that 20-year-old Gunners defender Gavin Hoyte has extended his loan deal at Lincoln until the end of the season. You can pick yourselves up off the floor now...

1414: More on that Andy Drury signing by Ipswich, courtesy of BBC Radio Suffolk. The Tractor Boys activated a £150,000 release clause in the 27-year-old's contract to take him to Portman Road.

Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd on Twitter: "I'm happy at Cardiff. Just finished training and I'm ready for the game tomorrow!!!"

Done deal
1406: DONE DEAL: Ipswich have signed Luton winger Andy Drury. More details on that one in a tick.

1404: Here's some news of a player that Brighton fans will be desperate stays put. Highly-rated Seagulls midfielder Elliott Bennett was at training today and Albion say they hope to keep their squad status quo. Bennett, 22, has been the subject of bids from Norwich City and he put in transfer request last Thursday.

DonJigga on Twitter: "Re 1353. just seen Fernando Torres coming in on the Thames on a speedboat..."

1359: Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted his interest in Abdoulaye Faye but denied the Stoke defender was preparing to sign. Celtic are short at the back following a series of injuries, but Lennon said: "I don't think [Faye] is in Glasgow. He is a name that we have been linked with along with a lot of other names. He is one that does interest us but I have nothing to say on it. We are looking to add to the strikers roster as well but it is difficult and it is very late in the month."

1358: This is more like it. Some actual news of some actual transfers. Well, one deal and one soon-to-be-completed deal. BBC Bristol report that Andy Keogh is joining Bristol City from Wolves on loan for three months, as soon as his loan agreement at Cardiff is cancelled. The Robins have also agreed a deal with Scunthorpe for Martin Woolford.

1353: Hmmm. It's all gone a bit quiet out there. No 'done deals' for what seems like an age and no-one has even claimed to have spotted Fernando Torres in a helicopter/hot air balloon for a while either. The calm before the storm?

shemmell on Twitter: "I'm tempted to offer Fernando Torres a lift to Stamford Bridge myself. Get a move on man!"

1345: A few of you are asking about a possible Sven-Goran Eriksson swoop for Manchester City's second-choice keeper Shay Given but my understanding is there is no chance of the Republic of Ireland international joining Leicester, or anyone else today. City got left short between the sticks by an injury to Given last season when they had loaned Joe Hart out to Birmingham, and they are not going to run the risk of the same happening again this campaign. Given to stay, until the summer anyway.

PaulBalcombe on Twitter: "The joys of being an Evertonian. The biggest news of today will be the retention of Phil Neville. Exciting indeed."

1340: A reminder that the transfer window slams shut (it always slams, doesn't it?) at 2300 GMT in England but midnight in Scotland. Still plenty of time left then...

1337: Give this page a manual refresh and you will know who you are speaking to. And I'm after a lot of chat too. TDD 31/01/11 has been simmering for the past six or seven hours but I reckon it is about to hit boiling point (hopefully). So get involved, by Tweeting the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or ask me a question direct @chrisbevan_bbc, talk to me on 606 or text me via 81111 (UK).

1333: Hello. Personally, one of my favourite transfer deadline day moments came a couple of years ago when Kasper Schmeichel's agent asked me to help the current Leeds keeper get a move from Manchester City. I did my best but it didn't work out. But worth someone else giving it a try, surely? So, if you are a professional footballer looking for a new start, just drop me a line and I will do my best to make it happen... Fernando? Andy? Ashley? I'm talking to you...

By Paul Fletcher

1328: Dark room time has arrived. Possibly with a cold flannel over the face. I would like to express my sincere thanks for the huge contribution you have all played on 606, the tweets and the text today. But with such a gripping afternoon in prospect, don't for a single split second think that Chris Bevan does not need your love. He does.

BBC Scotland's Dougie Vipond: Kilmarnock have signed Scott Evans from Welsh Premier side Llanelli on a two-and-a-half-year deal, subject to international clearance.

BBC Radio 5 live's Mike Sewell: "Rangers striker James Beattie is on the verge of joining Blackpool on loan until the end of the season. The Lancaster-born striker is currently at Blackpool having a medical."

1323: One man who will not be on the move today is Sergio Aguero. He has signed a contract extension at Atletico Madrid. "I'm staying here because I want to," said Aguero in one of the great quotes of the morning sporting age.

1320: Sources in Spain are reporting that Tottenham have made a bid for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan. Redknapp recently watched him at at the Vicente Calderon. He was mugged on the trip.

Alistair Magowan reports: "Sources say there is interest from Blackpool in signing Sunderland's Andy Reid, but any move for the 28-year-old would hinge on whether Charlie Adam moves to Liverpool. The Black Cats captured Sulley Muntari and Stephane Sessegnon over the weekend."

danroan on Twitter: "Unlikely one for you - hearing that Man City are about to take Seb Larsson on loan from Birmingham until end of the season."

BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin: Hibs have signed 24-year-old Czech keeper Jakub Divis on loan until the end of the season. Divis arrives from Slovakian First Division side FC Tatran and has been on trial at Hibs as well as Doncaster Rovers.

1311: Stoke striker Tuncay has confirmed that he is in talk with Steve McClaren's Wolfsburg over a move to the German club.

calamlynch on Twitter: "Not quite Fernando Torres but I've just been offered a trial at local club QPR-best deadline day ever!"

1306: An anti-transfer, of sorts. Oxford United's deal for winger Jennison Myrie-Williams has collapsed because of Fifa regulations. The U's signed the 22-year-old last week but because he has already played for two clubs this season (St Johnstone and Dundee United), the deal has been prohibited.

1304: Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has revealed US midfielder Michael Bradley is undergoing a medical ahead of a proposed loan deal from Borussia Monchengladbach, with a view to a permanent move. Houllier has also confirmed midfielder Stephen Ireland is likely to join Newcastle on loan. But one player who will not he leaving is Ashley Young, who has been linked with a switch to Liverpool. Houllier said: "I can confirm that Ashley is a highly-rated player and highly liked by everyone at Aston Villa. No way is he going to leave."

1300: THE HOURS ARE TICKING DOWN - 10 left in England and 11 in Scotland. There is a blockage in the transfer system at the moment - and it is at Anfield. Torres, Carroll, Adam and loads and loads of others - one big move and the cascade effect will surely start.

1257: Don't think that TDD has not hit the radar of BBC Comedy. That would be foolish in the extreme. One of their blogs looks at the prospect of Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona for Blackburn, another muses on Darren Bent signing for Lincoln. Check them out.

1255: In other news, former England international Gareth Southgate has been confirmed as the FA's new Head of Elite Development. He will start right away.

Chris McLaughlin on Twitter: "Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has confirmed that Senegalese defender Abdoulaye Faye is in Glasgow for talks over a move to Celtic. Coates has said that Stoke have defensive cover and is happy to see the move go through."

1252: One name worth mentioning is Dmitri Payet. The St Etienne midfielder is being very strongly linked with Chelsea, although Paris St Germain are also thought to want to sign him. He is a 23-year-old France international who has been at his current club since 2007.

1248: Sifting through the mountain of texts, 606s and tweets that have flooded in through the day it is amazing how much love there is out there for transfer deadline day. Of course, some fans won't be feeling so chipper in a few hours.

From West Ham fan Will, Exeter via text: "Anyone else concerned about Suarez not actually signing yet? He could be waiting to see if Torres leaves first- so Liverpool could end up without both of them. Oh the joy of transfer window deadline day!"

1243: The latest on the Charlie Adam Blackpool to Liverpool situation. A source very close to any deal said: "Nothing yet - it's still warm though, but will go the wire if it's going to be done."

1240: Picking up again. Birmingham have confirmed that Obafemi Martins has been granted a work permit. Full steam ahead for the Nigerian striker's return to the Premier League.

supporterarena on Twitter: "Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury is going continental - 23-year-old centre back Matthie Baudry signing today from Troyes."

Mirror Football on Twitter: "Not saying he needs to be somewhere in a hurry, but Torres has left Melwood by helicopter."

1234: Various reports suggesting that Liverpool have also failed in a bid for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez. All quiet on the Charlie Adam front.

1233: The Northern Echo newspaper is reporting that Middlesbrough striker Leroy Lita could be on his way to Championship leaders QPR. The paper suggests Rangers value the 26-year-old - scorer of six goals this season - at £2m but Boro are holding out for £3m.

1231: Just a quick thought on domestic transfers. If a player is signed or sold from/to a foreign club then it does not count as a domestic transfer.

thefallenreds on 606: "The whole speculation thing is driving me mad, as a Liverpool fan I don't want to see Torres go, but for £50 million it would only be good business sense..... good footballing sense? I not so sure. I don't think he's worth it and as for £30 million for Carroll...... it's barking! Can anyone confirm whether the Chelsea story of going back to Benfica for Luiz has any substance?"

1223: The flurry of activity seems to have calmed a little. I reckon this must be the time when agents, managers, players and other assorted key figures are busy eating their lunch.

1221: Stand corrected, by quite a few people. The record domestic transfer is the £30.75m Manchester United paid for Dimitar Berbatov. Still reckon we'll have a new record by the close of play.

jockeylanc on Twitter: "Liverpool have offered Newcastle more for Carroll than Barcelona paid Valencia for David Villa this summer. World gone mad!"

From West Ham fan Matt, Norfolk via text: "If Liverpool are so in the mood to panic buy a striker, surely we can persuade them that Carlton Cole is worth 20 million? If David Gold picks up the phone to Anfield, I'll pick up Carlton and take him there."

1213: BBC Radio Humberside understand Hull City are waiting on two bids for Manchester United's Cameron Stuart and Corey Evans.

Done deal
1212: DONE DEAL: Wolves have signed former Bristol City goalkeeper Adriano Basso on a short-term contract until the end of the season. Basso, who has been a free agent since leaving Bristol City last March, will provide cover for Wayne Hennessey, Marcus Hahnemann and Aaron McCarey after Carl Ikeme was sidelined with a shoulder injury.


1210: Hibernian are attempting to sign Sheffield United striker Daniel Bogdanovic on loan until the end of the season. The Maltese international has scored three goals in 18 appearances this season. The 31-year-old has only been a United player since last June when he joined them on a free transfer from Barnsley.

1205: No doubt about the biggest drama so far today, Liverpool's failed £30m bid for Andy Carroll. The domestic transfer record is the £30m that Manchester United paid Leeds for Rio Feridnand in 2002. Will that record stand at the end of today?

From bbcsport_david on Twitter: "West Ham want Shane Long but Reading director of football Nick Hammond tells me 'no deals of any consequence today, just a few kids coming in'."

Done deal
1204: DONE DEAL: Aston Villa midfielder Isaiah Osbourne has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season.

1203: Obafemi Martins' German agent Nicola Walter tells the BBC's Oluwashina Okeleji that the Nigerian striker has passed his medical at Birmingham City and been granted a work permit.

1201: Leicester City are still eager to bring in a centre-half and have joined Celtic in the race to sign Stoke City's Abdoulaye Faye, BBC Radio Leicester understands. The Foxes missed out on Curtis Davies last week but it is thought that Celtic remain favourites to land Faye.

1200: Boom, there are 11 hours until the window shuts in England, make that 12 in Scotland. What earth-shattering, season-shaping, career-defining drama will unfold over the next few hours?

1153: The latest on Arsenal? There isn't any. Manager Arsene Wenger said this morning that the suspension to Sebastien Squillaci will not force him to enter the transfer market.

1151: Intriguing developments at Newcastle. Manager Alan Pardew was due to hold his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's trip to Fulham at the club's training headquarters at 1400 GMT. This has now been put back to 1530 GMT and will take place at St James' Park. Make of that what you will.

Done deal
1148: DONE DEAL: Nottingham Forest striker Joe Garner has joined Championship strugglers Scunthorpe on loan for the rest of the season. He was on loan at Huddersfield for the first half of the campaign.

1147:BBC Radio 5 live's Mike Sewell reports: Shaun Wright-Phillips is expected to stay at Manchester City unless a permanent deal can be done. The injury to Adam Johnson wouldn't stop SWP from being sold. City are understood to only be interested in doing a deal which ends in a permanent transfer. West Ham, Fulham and Bolton have all enquired about loans until the end of the season. On the subject of Johnson's injury, I'm told City could bring in extra cover but no big name expected.

Sawds on Twitter: "Why on Transfer deadline day do they insist on leaving everything till the last minute? There's more than one day in January!"
Where's the panic buying fun in that?

1141: The gentleman to my left is eating a bacon sandwich. Cruel, so cruel.

Mandeep Sanghera reports: Obafemi Martins having medical at Birmingham and they hope to sign him on loan from Rubin Kazan after sorting work permit & personal terms.

From Harry, London, via text: "Just seen ex-Everton starlet Danny Cadamarteri outside the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London with Crawley manager Steve Evans."
If this is not true, why would you make it up?

From Tom, London, via text: "If an alien happened to land here on transfer deadline day, I wonder what they would make of our world?"
Strange and confusing thoughts would cloud their thinking process.

Mandeep Sanghera reports: Just spoke to Manchester United source and it's "all quiet" from Old Trafford as they watch the action from the sidelines.

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis on Twitter: "Newcastle reject Carroll bid of 30m from Liverpool. Ireland to complete loan from Villa this afternoon."

1124: HOLD THE FRONT PAGE - a cup of tea has arrived on my desk. Soon I will be able to speak normally again.

Done deal
1123: DONE DEAL: Charlton have signed Federico Bessone on loan for the remainder of the season with the option to buy the player permanently in the summer.

GavWilson on Twitter: "£30 million for Andy Carroll? God I love transfer deadline day and I support York City!"

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Chelsea making more room for Fernando Torres. Bolton hoping to tie up a loan deal for Daniel Sturridge."

1116: Rolling, rolling, rolling. The Press Association is reporting that Newcastle have rejected a £30m bid from Liverpool for Andy Carroll.

1115: Wipe my brow. The last entry was 1113, as it now states, not 0957. Less than 12 hours until the shutters come down in England and a world of possibility is intriguingly unfolding in front of us. Torres, Carroll, whoever Tottenham bring in at the last..............

Done deal
1113: DONE DEAL: Exeter goalkeeper Paul Jones has joined Peterborough on loan until the end of the season. This would increase the possibility of Joe Lewis leaving, but Darren Ferguson says he will provide competition for Joe.

1104: Confusing this, isn't it. The landscape changes so fast. BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis has just tweeted that Liverpool have made a £30m offer for Newcastle striker Andy Carroll. Bosh.

Chris McLaughlin on Twitter: "BBC Scotland has learned that two English clubs are looking to take Aberdeen striker Chris Maguire on loan until the end of the season. And, despite the rumours, Derek Riordan will not be joining Rangers."

1101: A few musings from Kenny Dalglish on this most frantic of days. He said at a news conference on Monday morning: "We've not brought anyone in as a replacement for anyone else. Movement is part and parcel of football but the most important people at Liverpool Football Club are the ones who want to be here."

1059: Reports that Daniel Ayala has signed for Derby on loan from Liverpool are slightly premature. I've just been told that Ayala is at Derby and, having been injured, will be checked over by the club before all the paperwork is completed. The club do not expect him to play on Tuesday as he has not yet trained with them but could make his debut on Saturday.

1055: West Brom striker Roman Bednar will not be joining Bristol City. The 27-year-old was rumoured to be joining the Robins on loan for the rest of the season but boss Keith Millen said: "Roman Bednar will not be joining us before the transfer window closes."

Chocolate Box Kid on 606: "Southampton Gossip: James Beattie on loan from Rangers (Beattie was left out of the Rangers squad yesterday and his wife is from Southampton and they still have a house here)."

1048: Preston chairman Maurice Lindsay claims to have turned down offers for Billy Jones, Sean St Ledger and Andy Lonergan. Meanwhile, I'm hearing that the Ian Ashbee move from Hull to Deepdale is not yet done. I'll keep you posted.

1042: One player who is not leaving Spurs is, apparently, defender Jonathan Woodgate. Nope, he is required to solve the club's defensive crisis after Michael Dawson's red card at Fulham will see him miss the next three games. Younes Kaboul, William Gallas and Ledley King are struggling with injury and Redknapp said: "Jonathan Woodgate is going to be pushed into action quicker than expected. There is no chance of Jonathan going out on loan now. He is staying."

1036: Whatever happens with regard to Fernando Torres, Football Focus presenter Dan Walker is reporting that he has been told by a good source that Newcastle striker Andy Carroll will not be moving to Anfield.

Chris Bevan: reports: "Lots of rumours surrounding possible Man City bids for wingers (Hulk, Matt Jarvis and Santi Cazorla to name but three) today following Adam Johnson's injury, but I'm told the chances of Roberto Mancini making a late splash in the transfer market are "hugely slim". In terms of players leaving Eastlands, Shaun Wright-Phillips was linked with Bolton and Fulham before Johnson was sidelined but City have not received any bids for him yet anyway.

1033: Is it me or is the pace of this deadline day starting to ever so slightly pick up?

1032: I'm hearing that Watford have made an offer to Championship rivals Middlesbrough for left-back Andrew Taylor, but Boro have offered him a new deal. If he rejects it, Boro will most likely accept the offer, but they're keen to keep him.


BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin on Twitter: "Celtic are continuing discussions with Stoke City with a view to bringing their defender Abdoulaye Faye to Parkhead on loan. The 32-year-old central defender is wanted by Neil Lennon until the end of the season."

BBC Scotland's John Barnes on Twitter: "Kilmarnock have released goalkeeper Alan Combe and striker Danny Invincibile."

1024: Daily Mirror journalist Darren Lewis is reporting that Liverpool have accepted a bid for Fernando Torres.

Done deal
1014: DONE DEAL: Middlesbrough have signed defender Maximilian Haas from Bayern Munich II on a one-and-a-half year deal.

Alistair Magowan reports: "A well-placed source tells BBC Sport that Aston Villa have not received a bid from Liverpool for winger Ashley Young and the England winger is not for sale anyway. Young has been tipped for a move to Liverpool if Fernando Torres heads to Chelsea."

Done deal
0959: DONE DEAL: Nottingham Forest's quest for a full-back is over. They have signed Paul Konchesky on loan from Liverpool.

From Anonymous, via text: "Hoffenheim could have their own low budget effort with Saving Private Ryan Babel."

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp on BBC Radio 5 live after Sunday's FA Cup tie: "I'd like to see us try and do something if we can, but it's not going to be easy. Good players want big wages and it's difficult to compete all the time - they're asking mega money, some of them, and it's crazy - you can't pay it."

0954: Plenty of transfer activity threatened at Pride Park today. Derby are still keen on Kilmarnock striker Conor Sammon although the hopes seem to be fading as the clubs cannot agree a fee. Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala should complete his move to the Rams and boss Nigel Clough has also still not given up hope of signing Leicester's Martyn Waghorn. Oh, and Dean Moxey looks likely to join Championship rivals Crystal Palace for around £400,000.

From Gavin, gutted Torquay fan, via text: "Mary Poppins because Superplayersarefantasticbutthefeesarejustatrocious!"

0950: A Few Good Men, Raging Bull (think about it).......

0945: I am loving this film title stuff. The Longest Day, Usual Suspects, The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Keep them coming.

0941: More film titles suggestions - Much Ado About Nothing, Gone in Sixty minutes, Trading Places, Great Expectations, The Departed, Star Wars, Secrets and Lies. Keep them coming.

0934: Perhaps, as BBC Radio 5 live's Mike Sewell has just suggested, All The Right Moves, starring Tom Cruise.

0931: If transfer deadline day was a film what would be its title?

From Jorge, Porto Alegre via text: "Daily newspapers in Brazil are reporting the signing of Roberto Carlos to West Ham."

From ned1984 on Twitter: "Emile Heskey has been spotted at Newcastle. Though, to be fair, he was probably aiming for Middlesbrough."

0924: BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington is at Liverpool's training ground Melwood today and reports that Fernando Torres is there at the moment.

From Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Going for a record transfer fee does have its pressures like expectations etc but my biggest pressure was showing my team-mates I was worth it in training. I was more nervous for my 1st training session than for my 1st game!"

0920: Can we honestly expect the transfer deadline to come and go without Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson bolstering his squad? I doubt it. Whether he signs Shay Given from Man City is another question entirely.

0917: One to get the pulses racing. Blackpool youngster Louis Almond has extended his loan spell with Barrow until April. Doesn't really shed any light on the Charlie Adam situation.

Chip it like Vela on 606: "Not perhaps the signing that will light up Anfield or have us wanting more during the rest of the day, but Liverpool will announce the signing of exciting 21-year-old Korean midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol from Jeju United on a 3.5 yr contract. The transfer fee is believed to be £2.4m rising up to £4m. Jeju might also get a friendly when Liverpool travel to Asia for their pre-season tour this summer or the next."

0908: Still waiting for new developments on the Fernando Torres front. I reckon this could be one that drags its heels across the entire day.

0907: To confirm - and I know this can become confusing - Konchesky is a Liverpool player but has been linked with Forest. Briefly suggesting he was a Spurs player at 0906 was a fabrication entirely of my own making. The product of tea deprivation.

0906: One player who could well be on the move is Liverpool defender Paul Konchesky, who has been strongly linked with Championship promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest.

0903: I've been rolling for more than two hours now and have been able to enlighten you with the rather underwhelming total of one confirmed transfer. Please, transfers, move towards completion.

From Paddy, via text: "Ibrahimovic to Liverpool is deffo happening. My mate works at Melwood. He's just arrived for his medical."
Why is your mate having a medical at his place of work?

From ScottWeymouth on Twitter: "Update from The Ricoh Arena is that Kieren Westwood has agreed to stay with Coventry City for the rest of the season."

0851: Feel free to check out Monday's gossip column for all the latest speculation from the newspapers and various other media. Lots in there today, as I'm sure you can well imagine.

0847: Another name that has been bandied around a lot recently is Newcastle striker Andy Carroll. Rumours of a big bid from Tottenham, denied by Harry Redknapp, while Liverpool have also been mentioned. I would be very surprised if he left Newcastle. Then again, this is a day for surprises.

0845: Must just put out an early shout out to all the tweeters and texters who have been keeping a very vigilant eye on the movements of many well known players who could be on the move today. I'm starting to wonder if there is not a taxi in Liverpool that is not occupied at this very moment by a Premier League footballer.

From bbcsport_david on Twitter: "Senior West Brom source tells me #wba plan 1 signing + a few exits. "Don't expect too much but you never know. Vela the one we wanted""

0838: Just heard from a contact at Preston, who tells me that he expects a lot of activity at the Championship club. They are bottom of the league and scrapping for survival so boss Phil Brown probably feels a few new faces are required.

0830: Don't forget, the window shuts at 2300 GMT in England but midnight in Scotland. I'm not exactly sure about the reasons behind the time difference.

From Anonymous, via text: "I'll be very surprised if a cheeky bid for Rotherham striker Adam Le Fondre doesn't come in from a Championship side today. He's been on fire the last couple of seasons."

0824: Any thoughts on Robbie Keane's loan move to West Ham? He has joined on loan, but I wonder if he can make the difference as the Hammers battle for their Premier League survival.

From AndyHa on Twitter: "Being an Arsenal fan on deadline day is like being in detention at school and watching other kids play outside!"

From Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Wow, Spurs bid £38.5m for Sergio Aguero....top player...huge price that! This transfer window is going nuts as it comes to a close!"

From tribal74 on Twitter: "Just seen Billy Sharp at Watford, maybe a dream partnership with Danny Graham?"
Mad keen to hear any hot news from the Football League. It is very much a case of everything to play for in the Championship and the right signing here or there might tip the balance.

From bbcsport_david on Twitter: "Just spoke to Stoke boss Tony Pulis - deals for Fuller & Tuncay still 'totally up in the air'. Expects a bit of activity in and out."

0810: Former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia has been on Radio 5 live this morning explaining why Fernando Torres wants to leave Liverpool.

"Torres left Atletico looking for trophies and titles and he has not achieved any of them and maybe it is time to think about it," he said.
"Liverpool are in a position where they are struggling in the league and maybe with all the changes they have done it is a good moment to leave."

From jamesappleyard on Twitter: "My dad is a taxi driver and just took Charlie Adam to Anfield before Torres asked to be taken to Bloomfield road. Possible swap?"
Perhaps Fernando fancied a bracing walk down the front to clear his head.

Done deal
0757: DONE DEAL: Wowzers. First of the day - and they do not come more exciting than this. Paulo da Silva has left Sunderland for Real Zaragoza for an undisclosed fee. It just did not work out for the 30-year-old defender at the Black Cats.

From Lilrobbo on Twitter: "Waiting for fans to start spotting players at crazy destinations. I think I saw Torres as I was driving through Crawley this morning."
Sergio? More than possible.

0750: Another name that we might hear quite a lot about today is Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente. Known as the Lion King, he has been linked with all sorts, including, you got it, Tottenham.

From Anonymous via text: "Just did a search on your web page for 'EVERTON', but no matches found. Not even a rumour of a sniff... Very disappointing."

0744: Another couple of names worth keeping an eye on today - Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Blackpool's Charlie Adam.

From Callmebobrocks on Twitter: "I'm keeping a close eye on Sergio Aguero. Plenty of interest in him from English clubs."
Take note, all you airport/train/coach station spotters.

0737: Who will be today's Rafael van der Vaart - the sudden, surprising last-minute move that catches us all out , including the relevant club's manager?

From Teddy, St Albans, via text: "Whatever happened to the Spurs bid for Diego Forlan? We must have been keen or Harry wouldn't have gone over and gotten himself pick-pocketed! On other Spurs news, we need to sign Parker as on Sunday we lacked a dogged player in the middle. Can you let me and fellow Spurs fans know what's going on. Cheers."

0730: Obviously with such a busy day in store I was in bed last night as soon as I'd had my fix of Bruce Parry. I'm fast asleep when my phone bleeps to let me know a text has arrived. It is from US midfielder Michael Bradley, who is close to a move to Aston Villa (don't worry, I'm not pretending I have a mate who is a football player - he is polite and replies to texts). The message - I cannot really tell you anything at the moment. I don't want to jeopardise any possible move.

From Steve_J_Taylor on Twitter: "Harry Redknapp to bid for everyone in the league today and only sign Gary Neville. Gutted."
An early contender for funniest tweet of the day?

From avarvany on Twitter: "If we can get £50m, Anelka, Adam and probably Young in today, the question every Liverpool fan will ask is 'Torres who?"
Are you sure?

0720: A couple of snippets to bring you straight up to date about. An ankle injury to Manchester City's Adam Johnson could scupper Shaun Wright-Phillips' hopes of leaving the club. Wright-Phillips put in a transfer request over the weekend. And BBC Stoke's Phil Cartwright tells us that Cameron Jerome could still leave Birmingham for Stoke. That deal hinges on whether Blues sign Obafemi Martins on loan from Rubin Kazan. Ricardo Fuller could be used in a makeweight in the Jerome deal. Potters boss Tony Pulis confirmed after Sunday's win at Wolves that he has had bids from Sunderland for Fuller and from German side Wolfsburg for Tuncay.

0712: Is the transfer window actually a good idea? This debate spans numerous levels but League Managers' Association chief Richard Bevan has constructed a very strong argument that it actually leads to managers losing their jobs. He also argues that the Premier League, Football League, Football Association and the Professional Footballers' Association all support the LMA's view that it should be scrapped.

Transfer deadline day is nothing, absolutely nothing, nada, without you good people. In a sense you make it happen. So get involved, by Tweeting the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or ask me a question direct @paul__fletcher, chat over on 606 or text me via 81111 (UK).

0707: Hmm, on reflection I've probably made the Torres move seem a little too life and death. Here is the latest on the Torres move.

0700: I wonder what Fernando Torres is doing right now? Sleeping probably. The Liverpool striker has handed in a transfer request after his club rejected an offer from Chelsea. This will he/won't he transfer is definitely going to be one of the themes of the day. Makes me think of an Abba song.
"They were closer now Fernando,
Every hour, every minute seemed to last eternally,
I was so afraid Fernando,
We were young and full of life and none of us prepared to die."

0656: Not that anything remotely interesting will happen on the transfer front over the next few hours. That is not what brinksmanship is all about. No, we might just have to entertain ourselves for a while.

0655: Strap yourselves in.



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see also
Chelsea pay record fee for Torres
31 Jan 11 |  Chelsea
Carroll seals switch to Liverpool
31 Jan 11 |  Liverpool
Chelsea complete signing of Luiz
01 Feb 11 |  Chelsea
Bolton seal Sturridge loan deal
31 Jan 11 |  Bolton
Forest land Liverpool's Konchesky
31 Jan 11 |  Nottm Forest
Boro sign Zemmama from Hibernian
31 Jan 11 |  Middlesbrough
Stoke's Tuncay moves to Wolfsburg
31 Jan 11 |  Stoke
Blackpool land trio but keep Adam
31 Jan 11 |  Blackpool
Sunderland sell defender Da Silva
31 Jan 11 |  Sunderland
Boro snap up Bayern defender Haas
31 Jan 11 |  Middlesbrough
Monday's gossip column
31 Jan 11 |  Gossip
Transfers - January 2011
31 Jan 11 |  Football
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football


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