Football League's deadline day winners and losers
As discussed in a previous blog, I'm not so sure that the transfer deadline is a concept that benefits clubs in the Football League but there is no doubt Monday was rich in high drama.
When news of Manchester City's audacious swoop for Dimitar Berbatov broke in mid-afternoon I could scarcely belief what I was hearing. I imagine Sir Alex Ferguson felt a similar emotion, expressed in terms that left little scope for misinterpretation.
City, of course, had to settle for Robinho in the end - hardly a tardy second option. The excitement enveloped everyone - Mark Hughes, television reporters, fans, no one could escape the buzz of a fast-emerging and truly remarkable story. Supporters were filmed during the day driving past Eastlands sporting white cloths attached their heads with black tape, doubtless in homage to their extraordinarily wealthy prospective new Arab owners. It is all a far cry from the time when their idea of ecstasy was late drama against Gillingham.
Now that the dust has settled on the transfer window and we've had time to collect our thoughts I want to know what you thought was the best piece of deadline day business was in the Football League.
Bristol City handed Ebbsfleet £140,000 for John Akinde - and this must definitely qualify as one of the most unique deals of the day.
I'm not sure Akinde, a raw 19-year-old striker, will have much immediate impact upon his new division but what caught my eye was the decision making process behind the move. Almost 7,500 members of Fleet's owners myfootballclub.co.uk took part in a vote to decide whether they should sell him, with 82.3% voting in favour. And who says the fans don't count any more.
City boss Gary Johnson is a top bloke and has done a cracking job at Ashton Gate but I couldn't help but laugh when he said of his new signing: "He's another club for our golf bag."
By all accounts Wolves beat six other clubs to the signing of highly-rated full-back George Friend from Exeter. Wolves also brought in the experienced Matt Hill from Preston and Jason Shackell from Norwich to further boost their options in defence and, having keep hold of the likes of Michael Kightly, Mick McCarthy's team look the real deal.
The Eagles also lost Tom Soares to Stoke. Boss Neil Warnock did not want him to go, but I bet his old sparring partner Kevin Blackwell wasn't so upset when the Potters paid £2m for Michael Tonge. Sometimes good business involves selling as well as buying.
Rotherham have made a cracking start to the season and boosted their squad with the signing of Spanish forward Omar Garcia after his release from Athletic Bilbao. I'll be keeping a keen eye out on how he adjusts to life in League Two.
MK Dons might have a similar scouting network as they have recruited from Spain as well, bringing in defender Miguel Angel Llera from Hercules FC on a free transfer. When his new team take on Leeds shortly before Christmas he could well be marking United's Argentine striker Luciano Becchio. Who says the lower division aren't cosmopolitan?
One name well worth adding to the list of the week's interesting transfers is that of Belgium international striker Emile Mpenza. Technically he was not a piece of deadline day business. He signed for Plymouth on 2 September as he was unattached after being released by Man City but he certainly comes with plenty of pedigree.
Pilgrims boss Paul Sturrock, who also brought in Paul Gallagher from Blackburn on loan and Nicolas Marin from French side Lorient, said of Mpenza: "He is an international striker and they don't exactly fall off trees."
On many levels there is no arguing with that statement, though whether he'll cut it in the Championship is another matter entirely.
But which deals really caught your eye - both as a great bit of business and an outright shocker?