Transfer deadline day: Latest deals and rumours

Live updates on all the top moves and deals on transfer deadline day, with BBC reporters covering the big stories at home and abroad.

2 September 2013 Last updated at 17:00

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  1. 1633: 

    That's is it from me but there are still six hours plus left before the transfer window closes. You can follow my colleague Tom Rostance for all the late drama as the clock continues to tick down here.

  2. 1629: 

    France football writer Matt Spiro: "The French television station Infosport Plus is confirming that Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is presently holding talks with PSG.

    "Signing the Spaniard would, in my eyes, make perfect sense for Laurent Blanc's team. The French champions may be getting consistent results in Ligue 1, yet they continue to appear disjointed with no obvious link between midfield and attack.

    "Their current playmaker Javier Pastore has been operating as part of a midfield three of late, with Ibrahimovic, Cavani and Lavezzi in attack, but the Argentinian - who certainly hasn't set the capital alight following his £35m move from Palermo in 2011 - is struggling badly this season and has been jeered at the Parc des Princes in the last two home games.

    "Mata's ability to supply PSG's big-name forwards could be just what Blanc needs."

  3. 1628: 

    Liverpool announce that 22-year-old attacking midfielder Daniel Pacheco returns to Spain to join Alcorcon, who play in the second-tier.

  4. 1623:  
    Former Wales international Robbie Savage on Transfer Deadline Day LiveMESUT OZIL REACTION

    "I think Mesut Ozil will be a terrific signing for Arsenal, but they need a centre-forward. I am surprised Manchester United have not gone for him, he would have been the perfect fit for them.

    "I am not convinced Chelsea will loan Demba Ba to a Premier League rival, like Arsenal."

    Watch Transfer Deadline Day Live on the BBC Sport website and Red Button now.

  5. 1621:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportCHELSEA LATEST

    "Chelsea are looking to let Josh McEachran and Nathaniel Chalobah leave on loan to Premier League clubs."

  6. 1618: 

    Derby County defender James O'Connor is set to complete a loan move to Bristol City until January, BBC Radio Derby's Owen Bradley reports.

    Derby also say they have not spoken to Cardiff City about defender John Brayford. Brayford only left Pride Park for Wales in July, but is reportedly already available.

  7. 1617: 

    John Hughes: Transfer deadline day always leaves me waiting for something absolutely bonkers to happen.

    Jamie Holmes: Seriously, I'm getting no work done.

    Nico Lennon: In the beautiful Cornish village of Trevone with friends all admiring scenery, while I furiously check for transfer updates.

  8. 1615: 

    Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer on the future of striker Jordan Rhodes, who has been linked with Wigan Athletic: "It is getting tiring all this speculation. No bids have been made and there is no point anyway because he isn't for sale. How many more times do we have to say it."

  9. 1613: 
    Goalkeeper Lee Camp

    West Bromwich Albion announce the signing of 29-year-old former QPR and Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp.

    Camp, who was a free agent, has made 349 league appearances during spells at Derby, Burton, QPR, Nottingham Forest and Norwich and also has nine caps for his country.

    He joins on a rolling monthly contract until January after Ben Foster was ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot.

  10. 1611: 

    Pete in London via 81111: Can somebody please tell me why Everton are not looking at a 20 goal a season striker when we clearly have nothing up front?

    Wayne in Bradford via 81111: After Newcastle manager Alan Pardew's weekend of madness in the last window, I'm hoping we can move on some of the dross before we strengthen.

    Tony Spain in Kent via 81111: Mesut Ozil is a world class player - probably the best player to move to the Premier League this summer. As a Manchester United fan I am very worried as we have been left way behind as all close competition have strengthened with quality from the continent. Will Marouane Fellaini redress the gap? Not a hope.

  11. 1607: 

    Blackpool announce the signing of 30-year-old right-back Bradley Orr from Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers on loan until 2 January.

  12. 1606: 
    Hull winger Sone Aluko

    "Transfer deadline day is so boring... Said no football fan, ever!!!"

  13. 1603: 

    Need a reminder of what is going on?

    Arsenal are close to confirming the £42.4m arrival of Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil.

    Manchester United have yet to announce a new signing although reports suggest they are chasing Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.

    Chelsea's Juan Mata is wanted by Paris StGermain and Liverpool sign three players, including Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses on loan until the end of the season.

  14. 1600: 

    Tick. Tock.

  15. 1557: 
    Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury: "I just bumped into former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves in Manchester. I asked him whether he had been following the latest developments on transfer deadline day, to which he responded, "not a chance".

    "I then informed the former Bayern Munich player that Arsenal had agreed a £42.4m deal with Real Madrid for Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil. His response to that? "Really? They don't even need him."

  16. 1554: 

    Swansea are closing in on the signing of Alvaro Vazquez from Spanish side Getafe. The Welsh side have agreed a deal to sign the 22-year-old on a season long loan with the option to buy.

    Personal terms still have to be agreed with the player and he is expected to undergo a medical later. Vazquez, who started his career with Espanyol, was part of Spain's European Under-21 Championship winning squad this summer.

  17. 1552:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportJUAN MATA LATEST

    "Liverpool are not, despite the rumours, in for Juan Mata."

    L'Equipe is reporting on their website that Paris St-Germain are hoping to open talks with the 25-year-old Chelsea midfielder.

  18. 1548: 
    Mesut Ozil

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein: "Arsenal are preparing to confirm the signing of Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. The Gunners are set to make an announcement in the coming hours. The documentation is being signed and completed as we speak."

  19. 1540: 

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "More from Russia - and Sport-Express confirm Portuguese reports that Djibril Cisse's club Kuban Krasnodar are set to beat Rubin Kazan to the signing of former Liverpool target Lorenzo Melgarejo.

    "The winger-cum-left-back would have moved to Anfield on loan, but Benfica will accept a 6m euro fee to do the deal permanently."

  20. 1537: 

    Northampton Town sign former Leicester, Leeds and Colchester defender Matt Heath on a contract until January. The 31-year-old was already playing for the Cobblers on non-contract terms.

  21. 1534: 

    Over on our Facebook page we're asking you who is the best player in the world? Gareth Bale said on Monday that is was Cristiano Ronaldo. Do you agree with him?

    Or is Lionel Messi more deserving of the accolade? Get involved in the discussion. Akin Oyawale posted: "How dare you mention Bale in that list? He's far behind them. Even Suarez is ahead of him" which garnered the most likes so far. Have your say here.

  22. 1533: 

    France football writer Matt Spiro: "PSG are hoping to open talks with Juan Mata with a view to a move to the French capital, report L'Equipe on their website. They also suggest the French champions have not yet given hope of signing Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil, although Arsenal are favourites to sign the German.

    "The French daily reported this morning that PSG would rather sign an attacking midfielder capable of playing wide, a role the versatile Mata is of course familiar with.

    "If a high-profile player arrives at the Parc des Princes today, it may spark some frenzied late activity, with Argentinian midfielder Javier Pastore - jeered by his own fans on Saturday - among those liable to be sold."


    Mike in Reading, via text on 81111: Newcastle fans, be careful what you wish for! Look at the last transfer window when you went French transfer crazy! That little lot didn't do you much good so maybe it's best to save your pennies rather than panic buy.

    Jonny in Durham, via text on 81111: It's going to be a long old season again for Newcastle unless we add a bit of creativity and pace to the squad. I fear for us if we don't.

    Dazza in Durham, via text on 81111: Message for Joe Kinnear from all Newcastle fans. Wake up Joe and sign someone.

  24. 1524: 
    Chelsea's Juan Mata

    Paris St-Germain hope to open talks with Chelsea's 25-year-old midfielder Juan Mata tonight with a view to a move to the French capital, report L'Equipe on their website.

  25. 1523: 

    Manchester City's 20-year-old striker Harry Bunn joins Sheffield United on a month's loan, according to the Premier League club's Twitter feed. In addition, 21-year-old midfielder Mohammed Abu joins Denmark's Aarhus until the end of December.


    Double Olympic gold medal winner, and Arsenal fan, Mo Farah is pleased with the possible arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. Farah said on Twitter: "Mesut Ozil having a medical with @Arsenal!!! Kiss kiss bang bang! Come on Arsenal!"

  27. 1517:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNultyEVERTON WAIT ON FERNANDO WORK PERMIT

    "Everton manager Roberto Martinez is at a work permit hearing for midfielder Fernando of Porto. They are very interested in pursuing the deal for him when Marouane Fellaini's move to Manchester United goes through. This might make Wigan's James McCarthy a little anxious."

  28. 1517: 

    Italy football writer James Hardcastle: On his arrival at Linate, Kaka has been speaking at greater length about his second coming at Milan.

    He revealed: "I have been thinking about my return for 15 days. I spoke with Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti and understood that the ideal thing for me was to return to Milan. I have dreamt over the last few days of hearing my chant at San Siro again."

    Kaka also hopes "Milan can get me back into [Brazil's] national team" ahead of the World Cup next summer.

  29. 1513: 
    Etienne Capoue

    Away from the transfer market for a moment, Tottenham say midfielder Etienne Capoue will be out for a month after spraining his ankle in the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal on Sunday.

    A Tottenham statement says: "Early indications suggest the France international will be unavailable for a period of four weeks."

  30. 1508: 

    Rumours that Bristol City striker Sam Baldock has been a subject of a bid from Blackpool have been dismissed by City head coach Sean O'Driscoll

    He told BBC Radio Bristol: "Nobody has contacted me, I'm not sure where that came from. We're not looking to shift people out as I don't think we can - our squad is that lightweight. It would have to be an offer we can't refuse."

  31. 1504: 

    BBC Sport's John Acres: Steven Ireland has arrived at Stoke City to finalise a loan move from Aston Villa.

  32. 1502: 

    League Two Bury sign veteran goalkeeper Brian Jensen, 38, on a short-term deal. He was released by Burnley in May after 10 years at Turf Moor and more than 300 appearances for the Clarets.

  33. 1500: 

    The clock is ticking. Can Manchester United push through a signing? Will Arsenal sign Mesut Ozil? Stay right here to find out.

  34. 1458: 
    Adrian Lopez

    France football writer Matt Spiro: "After a brief lull, things are warming up again in France. No surprise to learn that big spending AS Monaco are threatening to burst back in to life by signing Radamel Falcao's old sparring partner Adrian Lopez from Atletico Madrid.

    "Various sources are claiming the Ligue 1 club have agreed terms for a loan deal, but suggest Atletico will not sanction Spain international forward's switch before they have signed a replacement.

    "Elsewhere, Bordeaux's Czech international Jaroslav Plasil has been loaned to Catania and Southampton's Emmanuel Mayuka has joined Sochaux, also on loan.

    "The Zambian international has failed to score in 12 Premier League appearances for the Saints but is likely to get more opportunities to show off his ability at Sochaux, who recently sold their top-scorer from last season, Sloan Privat, to Gent."

  35. 1454: 

    Northern Echo chief sports writer Scott Wilson: Stephane Sessegnon at WBA training ground, so deal as good as done. Big call from Paolo Di Canio, whose judgement has been backed to the hilt.

  36. 1451:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNultyFERNANDO LATEST

    "Some suggesting Everton's move for Fernando is a late long shot - cynics might suggest it won't be the first time that has happened."

  37. 1449: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Harlow: "Plymouth have clinched their second signing of the day with the arrival of 21-year-old left-back Jamie Reckord on a three-month loan from Wolves."


    David Ljunggren: It's dispiriting to see Newcastle so quiet. We could do with a solid midfielder and a central defender.

    Mike Lee: I think the best case scenario for Newcastle is simply not letting Yohan Cabaye go.

    Chris Ward: I imagine Newcastle's transfer war cabinet are in lockdown working hard on their excuses.

  39. 1446: 

    BBC Essex Sport journalist Ben Fryer reports: "Long-serving Colchester United club captain Kem Izzet leaves the club by mutual consent.

    "Izzet is fifth in the list of the U's all-time appearance makers, playing over 400 times in 12 years at the League One club. The 32-year-old had struggled for starts in recent months, but leaves as one of Colchester's most fondly remembered players."

  40. 1443: 

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "If there's anything that might convince Zenit St Petersburg to let Hulk go to Tottenham, it would be the arrival of a top-quality replacement.

    "Respected journalist Artur Petrosyan says on his Twitter account that a delegation from Russia's richest club have arrived in Kiev in an attempt to broker a move for Dynamo winger Andriy Yarmolenko, who has also sparked the interest of Liverpool.

    "Hulk would be keen to work with Andre Villas-Boas again, but the tricky part in any deal has always been the Brazilian's wages.

    "He is reported to earn £8.5m per season gross, which works around £7.4m take home with Russia's low level of top-rate tax. Spurs would need to pay Hulk £13.5m just to match that."

  41. 1440:  

    "Southampton have allowed Zambia forward Emmanuel Mayuka to join Sochaux on a season-long loan. The Saints are also trying to get a few more out."

  42. 1438:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNultyFERNANDO LATEST

    "Everton have turned to Porto's Brazilian midfield man Fernando as the potential replacement for Marouane Fellaini as he waits to complete his move to Manchester United.

    "Goodison Park officials have registered their interest and now face the traditional race against time to finalise a deal that could be worth around £15m.

    "Whether this cools their interest in Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy remains to be seen."

  43. 1437: 

    News from League One where Swindon Town confirm the signing of former Leicester City and Millwall striker Dany N'Guessan, 26.

  44. 1434: 

    Need a reminder of what is going on?

    Arsenal have agreed a £42.4m (50m euros) deal with Real Madrid to sign midfielder Mesut Ozil, which would break their club record by £27.4m.

    Liverpool have signed three players - central defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori, who have joined Liverpool for a combined fee of about £25m, and midfielder Victor Moses from Chelsea on loan for the rest of the season.

    Manchester United are chasing Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, according to Spain football writer Andy West.

  45. 1429: 
    Ander Herrera

    Spain football writer Andy West: "There could well be movement in Manchester United's bid for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.

    "The player is believed to be very keen on the move and has lowered his wage demands in an attempt to make it happen.

    "Athletic will not budge from their stance of insisting that the full €36m of Herrera's buy-out clause is paid, so it's just a question of whether United are prepared to stretch that far - with a little bit of help from Herrera.

    "And there could also be yet another Spanish signing for Swansea. They are being linked with a move for Getafe striker Alvaro Vazquez, who featured for Spain's Under 21s in their European Championships triumph this summer."

  46. 1427:  

    BBC Sport's Pat Murphy: "Midfielder Stephen Ireland may be reunited with his former Man City manager Mark Hughes if a proposed loan deal with Aston Villa goes through. It would be for rest of this season. I understand it is no more than a possibility at this stage."

  47. 1424: 
    Peter Odemwingie

    BBC World Service's Nick Cavell: "West Brom's Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie is having a medical at Cardiff after two other Premier League sides expressed interest in him in the last 24 hours."

  48. 1421: 

    Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who said on Twitter: "United have offered 36m euros for Herrera. He will have to pass medical and United pay it all in cash but deal practically done."

  49. 1417: 
    Juan Iturbe

    Italy football writer James Horncastle: "Back in Serie A after 11 years, Hellas Verona continue to add to their squad in the hope that they stay up. They have just added Juan Iturbe on loan from Porto.

    "Once hyped as 'the new Lionel Messi', the 20-year-old has yet to live up to expectation but there's still time to fulfil his promise. He joins fellow Argentine youngster Ezequiel Cirigliano at the Bentegodi.

    "Hellas have a nice blend of young and old. Fellow new signing Luca Toni scored twice in their opening day win over Milan."

  50. 1414: 

    Manchester City's official Twitter feed says 20-year-old midfielder Abdul Razak is joining Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala on loan for the rest of the season.


    Shohidur Rahman: I don't understand why people keep saying Manchester United need a creative midfielder when we have Shinji Kagawa. David Moyes just won't play him.

    Martin Watchorn: Can only think that David Moyes wants a physical midfield player and not a creative one by his desire to sign Marouane Fellaini over Mesut Ozil.

    Ziyad Ghali: Come on United, make a cheeky bid for Juan Mata, he is very much out of favour at Chelsea and just what we need.

  52. 1414: 
    Davide Astori

    Everton may be in discussions about selling Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United but they also have plans in place to bring in new arrivals to Goodison Park.

    The Toffees have made an offer for Cagliari centre-back Davide Astori and the Italian club are "evaluating" the bid, according to Corriere dello Sport.

  53. 1412: 
    A Real Madrid fan

    Gareth Bale has said that he thinks Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world. Do you agree? Have your say on whether Bale, Ronaldo or Messi is the world's best player on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  54. 1412: 

    BBC Sport's Will Walder: "Swindon Town have accepted from Birmingham a bid for former captain Paul Caddis. Caddis is one of Swindon's highest paid players and has found himself out of favour at the County Ground.

    "The Wiltshire club have also confirmed the signing of former Millwall striker Dany N'Guessan."


    Ken in Wirral, via text on 81111: David Moyes does not seem to have an idea how to improve Manchester United. Cesc Fabregas was the original target and now Marouane Fellaini is seen as saviour. To bid this this late in day shows desperation not forethought.

    Tom in Dorset, via text on 81111: At a loss to understand why David Moyes isn't going for Mesut Ozil. He needs to understand he isn't at Everton anymore and that Manchester United should be bringing in world class players. Marouane Fellaini doesn't fall in to that category, Ozil does! Could be some very unhappy United fans by the end of today.

    Yaz in Bedfordshire, via text on 81111: Manchester United fan here growing increasingly frustrated with the incompetence we seem to have under the new management. Why we haven't moved for Mesut Ozil is beyond me seeing that the squad is crying out for some creativity.

  56. 1408:  

    "Wigan's James McCarthy has been given permission to join up late with the Republic of Ireland squad but at this stage Everton have not come back with an improved offer for the midfielder.

    "There are, however, now suggestions that Everton are looking at other targets. A contact in Italy, tells me they are now interested in signing David Astori from Cagliari.

    "That is unconfirmed but if they do want him, they don't have an awful lot of time to pull it off. My colleague, Ian Dennis has already reported interested in Fernando, another midfielder."

  57. 1406: 

    Will Arsenal confirm the £42.4m arrival of Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil? Is Everton's Marouane Fellaini Manchester United bound? Will Everton sign Wigan midfielder James McCarthy? These questions and more will be answered before 2300 BST

  58. 1400: 

    Right then, with the sands of time slipping through the hourglass, it comes for me to depart.

    To talk through the next couple of hours, here's Neil Johnston.

  59. 1357: 

    Brazil midfielder Kaka has been pictured on AC Milan's Twitter feed as he prepares to complete his move from Real Madrid. Kaka said: "Four years have passed and now I'm back. It's been two weeks that I thought if I could come back, a return to Milan would be ideal for me.

    "I've been dreaming of hearing the fans sing my name in San Siro again. I was very sad to leave this team and now it's great to be back. I'm very happy."

  60. 1354: 

    As the clock ticks down on the summer transfer window, there's still so much to come across the BBC.

    Dan Walker is now presenting a rolling video stream on the red button and online, while BBC Radio 5 live will have special editions of the Sports Panel from 1215 and the Monday Night Club from 1900.

    There will also be a Football Focus special on the BBC News Channel at 1830 and again on BBC One at 2235.

  61. 1351: 

    France football writer Matt Spiro: "Florian Thauvin's expected £12.7m switch to Marseille is 'just hours away' according to L'Equipe's website. Everyone, I think, will be relieved when that long-running and rather ugly saga reaches its conclusion (Lille have accused Marseille of brainwashing the youngster, Thauvin has gone on strike etc).

    "It still looks unlikely Thauvin's arrival would prompt any departures. Newcastle remain keen on Marseille's £10m-rated midfielder Andre Ayew, and Bastia have been eyeing his younger brother Jordan. However, local newspaper La Provence insists both are staying. Andre Ayew certainly didn't look like a man who wants out during a lung-bursting performance against Monaco last night."

  62. 1349: 

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer: "Blackburn Rovers right-back Bradley Orr will be leaving the club on loan today. An unnamed club are close to finalising a move for the former QPR man now he has fallen out of favour at Ewood Park."

  63. 1347: 

    Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno at Gareth Bale news conference: "Welcome to your new home.

    "This is a very emotional day for us. As our president said, the demands here are enormous but you are going to be a fundamental player and help us win lots of titles.

    "We will do everything you can so that you and your family can be happy here in Madrid. Here is to a long and fruitful future at our club."

  64. 1345: 

    Swindon Town have confirmed on Twitter that they accepted a bid from Birmingham City for defender Paul Caddis

  65. 1343: 
    Fernando (right) in action for Porto

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "Further to Ian Dennis's tweet (1305) on Everton looking at Porto's defensive midfielder Fernando, the Brazilian would be quite a signing. It's a mystery to many that the selecao have never capped the 25-year-old - and as to why Arsenal reputedly rejected the chance to take him for £10m earlier this summer, with his contract up next year.

    "Whether Porto would let him go for that money at this late stage is another question - the club have previously indicated they would only do business for the €30m release clause in his contract.

    "One who is on the way out at the Dragao is Juan Manuel Iturbe, with the diminutive playmaker set for a loan move to Serie A side Verona. Iturbe's move would carry an option to make the move permanent for €8m, says newspaper O Jogo."

  66. 1339: 

    Norwich City defender Javier Garrido on Twitter: "Exciting day today with transfer window finishing. Let's see how many surprises we got."

  67. 1332: 

    Have you been keeping up? Need a reminder of what's happened?

    Arsenal have agreed a £42.4m (50m euros) deal with Real Madrid to sign midfielder Mesut Ozil, which would break their club record by £27.4m.

    Liverpool have signed central defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori for a combined fee of about £25m, as well as signing Chelsea' Victor Moses on loan.

    Brazilian Kaka has left Real Madrid and rejoined former club AC Milan.

    West Bromwich Albion have signed midfielder Morgan Amalfitano on a season-long loan from Marseille.

    Stoke City have signed Austria winger Marko Arnautovic for an undisclosed fee from German club Werder Bremen.


    Alan in Dorset, via text 81111: I'm not a Manchester United fan but think Marouane Fellaini would be a poor signing for them. He has wonderful ability but is a thug.

    Jason in Colchester, via text 81111: As Manchester United I find it unbelievable that we are in desperate need of a creative midfielder and we are just watching as Arsenal sign Mesut Ozil. Big mistake.

    Ian in Birmingham, via text 81111: Would United fans prefer Marouane Fellaini or Mesut Ozil? No brainer for me, Ozil.

  69. 1325: 
    Andrea Dossena

    Having signed 11 players this summer, you would not expect Sunderland to allow the final day of the summer transfer window to pass quietly, would you?

    Indeed, the Black Cats are poised to sign Napoli's former Liverpool player Andrea Dossena if he passes a medical, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports. The 31-year-old, who can play on the left side of midfield or defence, had been on the verge of a move to Torino, but the deal collapsed after he failed the Italian side's medical due to a muscle problem.

  70. 1320: 

    So, Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for £85m. Mesut Ozil to Arsenal for £42m. Who's doing better out of those deals? Real? Arsenal? Spurs?

    How might Everton look by the end of the day? Are Blues fans worried about Fellaini to Manchester United? Is he the man the champions need?

    How's this deadline day shaping up? Drama and excitement or all a little predictable?

    Get involved using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text using 81111.

  71. 1319: 

    Sheffield United have confirmed on their Twitter account a signing is imminent. No names given but Stoke City midfielder Florent Cuvelier is the likely arrival.

  72. 1317: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Harlow: "Plymouth Argyle have confirmed the signing of former Notts County midfielder Hamza Bencherif on a short-term deal."

  73. 1315: 
    Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "An update from Turkey, as it looks as if the mooted departure of Burak Yilmaz from Galatasaray to Lazio (see 1018) could have run aground with the Romans' reported offer of €15m (£12.75m) judged insufficient.

    "Granted, Burak only cost €5m (£4.25m) from Trabzonspor, but Lig TV reports that his old club would be due a third of the profit and that the striker himself would be entitled to a cut of any transfer fee.

    "Meanwhile, a few clubs will attempt to dump foreign players, as they aim to meet strict limits on the amount of foreign players in their squads. To this end, Milliyet claims that Galatasaray have agreed a €3m fee with Villarreal for former Liverpool and Manchester City winger Albert Riera. Finally, widespread reports have Galatasaray's Colin Kazim-Richards joining Bursaspor on loan for the season."

  74. 1313: 

    BBC Radio Humberside's David Burns on Twitter: "Just checked with Hull City and nothing happening in or out at moment. Get impression they're still keen on Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner but he may be too pricey."

  75. 1312: 

    Any sign of Manchester United moving today? Looking quiet around Newcastle too. Anything happening?

  76. 1308: 
    Stephan El Shaarawy in action for AC Milan

    Italy football writer James Horncastle: "The future of Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy has been the subject of speculation at various stages during the summer. Certainly, his place in the team is in doubt.

    "After a sensational first half of last season, he disappointed after Christmas and was left on the bench for Milan's match against Cagliari on Sunday night. A system change and the arrival of Alessandro Matri means he is no longer guaranteed a start. El Shaarawy, however, has reiterated his intention not to leave. It would make no sense. 'I am staying at Milan,' he said. 'My choice is clear and whatever offer arrives I want to stay.'"

  77. 1306:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNultyFELLAINI TO MANCHESTER UNITED?
    Marouane Fellaini

    "All the signs are that Manchester United's pursuit of Marouane Fellaini is moving towards a successful conclusion before the window closes - which will leave Everton manager Roberto Martinez with money to spend. The Dutch media reports that Feyenoord's highly-rated defender Bruno Martins Indi is waiting to fly in to England to complete a move to Goodison Park once the Fellaini deal is done."

  78. 1305: 

    BBC Radio 5 Live senior football reporter Ian Dennis on Twitter: "One to watch. Interesting call from Portugal. Everton want midfielder Fernando from Porto."

  79. 1303: 

    Spain football writer Andy West: "Arsenal fans will have a lot to thank Tottenham for if the Mesut Ozil deal goes through: it's only been made possible by Gareth Bale's arrival in Madrid.

    "With Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria and the outstanding Isco already on the books, the arrival of Bale means that Carlo Ancelotti simply has too many wingers/attacking midfielders to choose from and Ozil has suddenly become dispensable - an almost unthinkable situation just a few weeks ago.

    "The big question now is whether Madrid will use the Ozil money to launch a late bid for Luis Suarez. Don't rule it out."

  80. 1300: 

    With the Gareth Bale unveiling done, transfer deadline day rolls on. Only 10 hours to go...


    Lee in Manchester, via text 81111: As Gareth Bale is unveiled, I can't help dreaming that Cristiano Ronaldo is on a plane to Manchester.

    Roger in York, via text 81111: I wonder if Spurs were offered Mesut Ozil in part exchange? He's a good buy for Arsenal, but Spurs' overall spend must be next to nothing.

    Matt in Devon, via text 81111: Arsenal's attacking quartet of Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil is rather frightening. Just need defensive cover now.

  82. 1255: 

    Spain football writer Andy West: "Interesting to hear Real Madrid fans at the Bale presentation breaking away from their lauding of the Welshman to launch into a chorus of 'Don´t sell Ozil'.

    "Might be a bit late for that now, but it shows how highly Madrid fans regard the German playmaker. Big boots for Bale to fill."

  83. 1253: 

    Italy football writer James Horncastle: "No one will be more pleased to see Liverpool striker Fabio Borini nearing a loan move to Sunderland than Italy coach Cesare Prandelli. It's hard to understate how highly regarded the 22-year-old is back home.

    "A member of the Azzurri's Euro 2012 squad after scoring nine goals in his only season at Roma, Borini's first one at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers, his former mentor during his time at Chelsea's academy, was desperately unlucky. Injuries meant he never really got to show his worth.

    "Should Borini get a run of games under his compatriot Paolo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light, then he will score goals. He has an instinct for them, which in the past has led to comparisons with Pippo Inzaghi."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNultyFELLAINI TO MAN UTD?

    "I'm told talks between Everton and Manchester United are progressing and this deal should now be concluded successfully before the deadline, as most of us have expected.

    "It is understood Fellaini has been given permission to delay linking up with the Belgium squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia to enable him to complete the transfer - once it's all been agreed of course."

  85. 1251: 

    BBC Wales understands Cardiff City have been given permission to speak to West Bromwich striker Peter Odemwingie. The Bluebirds' Denmark international striker Andreas Cornelius limped off during their 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley in the League Cup on 28 August.

  86. 1250: 

    BBC Sport's Pat Murphy reports: "Aston Villa hope to complete the signing of Czech international forward Libor Kosak later today. He plays for Lazio and is 6ft 3ins. Kosak has four caps, the last of which came against Hungary in August. I understand he's a versatile player who is more than an out-and-out striker. The fee is about £7m and if the deal goes through he would become Villa's seventh signing of the summer.

    "Meanwhile, it looks as if Barry Bannan will be signing for Crystal Palace, linking up again with Ian Holloway for whom he had a successful loan spell at Blackpool."

    Barry Bannan

    Steven Hedley: As Gareth Bale is unveiled, I can't help but think somewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo is having a strop.

    Doug Amos: As Spurs fan until 24 hours ago, I wasn't worried about Bale's departure. Since our new players struggled against Arsenal yesterday; hmmm...

    Jack Parkes: Find it amazing that Real Madrid have signed the second best left winger in the world and will probably play him on the right wing.

  88. 1245: 

    Deciding that keepy-uppys can only end badly, Bale does a bit of posing then heads off on a lap of the pitch. The odd bounce of a ball, a few thrown into the crowd. These are not the skills of an £85m man.

  89. 1243: 

    Bale is back out on the pitch, strip on, under severe keepy-uppy pressure. Three and down! Even I can do that many. Epic fail.

  90. 1240: 

    More from Perez: "We are the most demanding club in the world but we will always be by your side. Our followers and fans are our strength and our driving force. They expect your best football and expect you to know what the shirt means.

    "Many of the best players in the best world have graced this pitch and you are now following in their footsteps.

    "This is your stadium, this is your shirt, these are your supporters. From today on, this is your home and that of your entire family. Welcome to your team, welcome to Real Madrid."

  91. 1239: 

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez: "Bale is exceptional. He was named best player in Premier League last season.

    "He is a young player, but with great qualities, who has now realised one of his greatest dreams, which was to be a Real Madrid player.

    "The negotiations have been intense, complicated and prolonged, but finally we have achieved our aim and we are delighted to welcome Gareth Bale as part of our team.

    "I want to make clear that the determination and conviction of Bale have been decisive. As a child he wore the Real Madrid shirt and now it has become a reality."

    Gareth Bale (left) and Real president Florentino Perez

    Spain football writer Andy West: "Watching the Gareth Bale presentation, the big question is where will he play? Not on the left wing, presumably, where Cristiano Ronaldo is rather well established.

    "And maybe not as an attacking central midfielder, either - Isco has been brilliant in that position in the opening weeks of the season, scoring three goals in the first three games.

    "Instead, Bale's best chance of establishing a regular starting spot for his new club could well come as a modern-style 'inverted winger' on the right flank, giving him the freedom to cut inside an unleash those long-range left-footed missiles.

    "Discussion on Spanish television covering his presentation has been along those lines, and it will be fascinating to hear Carlo Ancelotti's thoughts on the subject at his next press conference - he has refused to address the issue until now."

  93. 1236: 

    Bale has momentarily disappeared, presumably to get his boots on. Some fellas with huge bags have placed some footballs on the pitch.


    Areef Hossain: Gareth Bale looks so overwhelmed and humbled by the reaction at the Bernabeu. Great scenes.

    Andrew Campbell: Why do we never make this fuss about unveiling a player in England?

    Colin Houlson: How excited will Real Madrid fans get if they actually win something? One La Liga in five years, no Champions league since 2002.


    Wales and Swansea defender Ashley Williams on Twitter: "All this fuss about Gareth Bale reminds me of my transfer from Hednesford Town to Stockport County."

  96. 1232: 

    Now Bale is joined by his family, including baby daughter Alba Violet. After more photographs, he heads down the stairs and out into the stadium.

  97. 1230: 

    More from Gareth Bale: "I just want to try a few words in Spanish. 'Hello. It is a dream to be here in Madrid.' Thank you for this welcome.'"

  98. 1229: 

    Now it's time to pose with the famous white shirt, printed with "Bale 11" on the back. Holding the shirt with Perez, Bale is joined on stage by all the suits from the front row.

  99. 1228: 

    Gareth Bale: "I just want to say that it is amazing to be here. I hope I can help bring success to the club and that we can win the club's 10th European Cup this season."

  100. 1227: 

    He's even giving it some Spanish!

  101. 1226: 

    "Baaaalllleeee, Baaaalllleee," is the chant around the Bernabeu as the man himself takes to the podium, smile wider than the River Taff.


    Andrew Priestley: Gareth Bale cost Real Madrid the same amount of money as the purchase of PSG by Qatar Investment Authority. Madness.

    Chris Kinnear: Gareth Bale is very skilful but, very overpriced and very prone to diving. He'll fit right in, in La Liga!

    Bill Overmire: Can't believe Gareth Bale's got his headphones on while Perez is speaking! So disrespectful....

  103. 1222: 
    Gareth Bale

    Now then, here comes my translator. Perez has called Bale an "exceptional player" and referred to the fact that he was the player of the year in England last season.

    Every so often, the camera pans to give beautiful shots of the Bernabeu, which looks a picture in the Spanish sunshine.

    Forget the cash, who wouldn't want to play in Madrid?

  104. 1220: 

    Whatever Perez has just said, it's got a big round of applause from the crowd.

  105. 1219: 

    With Perez speaking in Spanish, Bale dons some headphones that presumably give the English translation.

    I could do with some of those.


    Shaun via text on 81111: How will real Madrid get round the financial fair play rules? How do you balance out this amount of money?

    John via text on 81111: As a Real Madrid fan, I don't think Gareth Bale is not worth the money. He's a great player, but not as good as Cristiano Ronaldo was when he joined.

    Jay via text on 81111: Don't Real Madrid fans work?! Can't imagine my boss giving me the day off to see a player unveiled!

  107. 1217: 

    Here he comes, dressed in a black suit with a skinny black tie. No Real strip yet, perhaps the kick-ups will have to wait.

    Bale sits amongst the officials, not looking entirely comfortable.

    Real president Florentino Perez rises to speak, cheered by the supporters.

  108. 1215: 

    There is a white platform, presumably from which Bale will speak. Behind that is a picture of the Bernabeu, the sort that Premier League managers give their interviews in front of.

    The suits, the club's top brass, are being shown to their seats.

    In front of the platform is a throng of photographers. From the shots we've seen so far, it's not clear if the entire stadium can see that platform.

  109. 1214: 

    Italy football writer James Horncastle: "For Arsenal fans right now, it's all about Mesut Ozil and rightly so, but let's briefly turn our attention to Emiliano Viviano, goalkeeper of Serie B side Palermo who they're expected to sign on loan.

    "The 27-year-old was once one of the most promising shot stoppers in Italy and, along with the now Paris Saint-Germain number one Salvatore Sirigu, stood in for the injured Gigi Buffon during the Azzurri's initial qualifiers for Euro 2012.

    "After shining at Brescia and then Bologna, he joined Inter where the plan was to groom him as Julio Cesar's successor. Unfortunately it never worked out that way. Viviano tore a ligament and since then has struggled to recover his best form, even at hometown club Fiorentina, where he spent last season on loan."

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport in Madrid
    Real Madrid fans at the Bernabeu

    "The lower part of the Bernabeu is absolutely packed. They've been chanting Bale's name and they will go even more crazy when they see him for the first time."

  111. 1212: 

    Fans still streaming into the Bernabeu. The entire bottom tier of the stadium looks to be full, with supporters now filling the second tier.

    How often are player 'unveiled' like this in England? Remember Alan Shearer conducting the Newcastle fans in song after his move from Blackburn?

  112. 1210: 

    We await the arrival of the world's most expensive footballer, Gareth Bale's first engagement as a Real Madrid player.

    Is he worth £85m? Will he be a success? Can he cope with the pressure of that pricetag?

    Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  113. 1209: 

    BBC Three Counties Radio sports editor Geoff Doyle: "Watford hope to complete the signing of a defensive midfielder today. The Championship side no longer have Nathaniel Chalobah (who has returned to Chelsea after his loan spell last season) and Jonathan Hogg (who joined Huddersfield in the summer)."

  114. 1207: 

    Beautiful bright sunshine will greet Bale at the Bernabeu. A platform has been erected on the lush, green turf. There are thousands of people inside the stadium, lots holding signs, flags and extending hands holding cameras in order to get the best shot.

  115. 1205: 

    Right then, Gareth Bale is about to be presented to the Real Madrid fans. You can watch on this website and via the Red Button - a word of warning though, it is all in Spanish.

  116. 1204: 

    Some Premier League teams may wish to consider buying a striker on transfer deadline day given that only 58 goals have been scored in the 30 games to be played so far this season. That is an average of 1.93 goals per game - the lowest average number of goals during the course of a whole season is 2.45 goals per match. The highest number of goals per game came during the 2011-12 season, when 2.81 goals per game were scored, while last season averaged 2.80 per match (joint second highest in Premier League history, alongside 2010-11).

  117. 1202: 

    Italy football writer James Horncastle: "Milan might not be done yet either. After bringing Kaka back, they've supposedly sounded out Napoli with regard to exchanging centre-back Cristian Zaccardo for their captain Paolo Cannavaro.

    "Napoli through-and-through, it seems unlikely that Fabio's brother would want to leave after coming through the ranks at the club. On his return to Napoli from Parma seven years ago, he led the team to promotion from Serie B then to victory in the Coppa Italia and qualification for the Champions League in two of the last three seasons. But Cannavaro seems out of favour under new coach Rafa Benitez and was on the bench at the weekend."


    Matthew Harrison: Mesut Ozil is a very good signing, it's just he isn't the signing that Arsenal need. Defenders and defensive midfielders needed.

    James Lynch: I think Ozil will be a brilliant signing. One of the best attacking midfielders in world.

    Pasa Mustafa: Sounds like Ozil is on the brink of signing - very excited! Too early to get his name printed on my shirt?

  119. 1201: 

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "The Bundesliga's transfer list (see 1120) includes 46 players who could have moves to German clubs ratified by 1700 BST.

    "Notable names on it include Dynamo Kiev's former Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar, ex-Wolves man-mountain Stefan Maierhofer (now at FC Koln) and Hannover's Karim Haggui, would is expected to help ease the defensive crisis at Stuttgart.

    "Another on the list is Patrick Helmes, who is joining Koln - as Maierhofer's replacement - from Wolfsburg. While Steve McClaren was at the Lower Saxony club, Helmes was about to take the late penalty in a match at Hannover which might have saved the former England manager's job. Instead, Diego snatched the ball from a bemused-looking Helmes, and hit the crossbar much to McClaren's ire - the boss was sacked two days later."

    Fabio Borini

    "Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is undergoing a medical at Sunderland ahead of a loan move to the Stadium of Light. The Italy striker has struggled with form and fitness since his move to Anfield last summer and the arrival of Victor Moses this morning has pushed him further down the pecking order at Liverpool."

  121. 1200: 

    And very nearly time for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive footballer, to face the media.

  122. 1158: 

    Lots of debate going on about transfer deadline day - and plenty of it on our Facebook page.

    With transfer rumours rife today, we want to you to tell us on our Facebook page if you've spotted any famous players in your local area. It could be Leighton Baines in the petrol station, Peter Odemwingie in a car park or Mesut Ozil in the garden centre. The funniest and most imaginative could be included in our transfer deadline day live text.


    Mark Jankowski: Arsenal could do a lot worse than Demba Ba, one of the top strikers in the Premier League over the past two years.

    Simon Wilkin: Demba Ba is exactly what Arsenal need! 10 times better finisher than Gonzalo Higuain and a lot cheaper. Would score goals in that team.

    Tom Holmes: Demba Ba might not be Karim Benzema, Luis Suarez or Gonzalo Higuain but he is a very useful signing for Arsene Wenger. Gunners could do worse.

  124. 1155: 

    Wowzers. Mesut Ozil to Arsenal is the blockbuster deadline-day deal we've been waiting for.

    Not completed yet, mind, but its looking good for the Gunners.

    That 50m euros would equate to £42.4m, smashing the Arsenal transfer record by about £30m.

  125. 1153:  
    David Ornstein, BBC SportOZIL TO ARSENAL
    Mesut Ozil

    "Arsenal have agreed a 50m euros deal with Real Madrid to sign Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil.

    "The 24-year-old has agreed personal terms and will now undergo a medical.

    "The medical will take place in Germany, where Ozil is on international duty."

  126. 1151: 

    Italy football writer James Horncastle: "Abel Hernandez, the 23-year-old Palermo forward nicknamed La Joya, is very close to completing a move to Genoa, according the La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    "The Uruguay international had been linked with Arsenal over the weekend. 'I want to play in Serie A again to get back into the national team,' he said. 'Genoa would be perfect. I've already spoken with [coach Fabio] Liverani.' Richly talented, Hernandez's development was curtailed by a serious knee injury last season. His passion for the Sicilian nightlife might also explain why he hasn't pushed on as expected. Palermo's combustible president Maurizio Zamparini felt he needed 'a kick up the backside.'"

  127. 1147: 

    Arsenal chasing Demba Ba? Really? Thoughts on that Gunners fans? He's not exactly Gonzalo Higuain or Luis Suarez is he?

    Where would that rank amongst shock deadline-day moves? Up there with Yossi Benayoun to Arsenal?

  128. 1145: 
    Demba Ba

    France football writer Matt Spiro reports: "Arsenal have opened talks with Chelsea over the possibility of signing Demba Ba on loan, France Football magazine are reporting on their website. They say Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has tabled a bid to secure the loan of the Senegal striker, who recently held talks with Jose Mourinho over his future."

    Ben Smith, BBC Sport

    "West Brom have made an inquiry for QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar with a view to taking the Brazil international on a short-term loan deal.

    "At this stage, talks between the clubs are at an early stage and any deal is likely to be complicated by Cesar's departure for Brazil on international duty."

  130. 1143: 

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman: "Swindon made a head-start on transfers over the weekend, bringing in Nicky Ajose on loan from Peterborough on Friday and capturing Tottenham's Massimo Luongo and Egyptian Mohammed El Gabas on permanent deals on Saturday.

    "But the League One club are expected to bring in one more before Monday's deadline - Millwall forward Dany N'Guessan being the most likely target.

    "In terms of outgoings, the future of out-of-favour former captain Paul Caddis has still not been decided. But following the exit of 11 first-team players over the summer months, it's unlikely any more will be shown the door at the County Ground during this window."

  131. 1142: 

    League One side Oldham Athletic have signed former Basel defender Genseric Kusunga on a free transfer.

  132. 1140: 

    Here is today's teaser from A Question of Sport: Only four of the 92 teams in the Football League contain none of the letters in WINDOW, who are they?


    Steve in Southport, via text on 81111: You can understand why they use fax machines, they're harder to ignore with all the noise they make. With email you can imagine Liverpool marking anything from Real Madrid as spam and claim there's been no contact.

    Danny in Sheffield, via text on 81111: Sheffield United blamed a broken fax machine for the loan deals of John Fleck and Kyle Hutton falling through at midnight a couple of years ago.

    Les in Basildon, via text on 81111: Why are fax machines so important? What have they got that an email hasn't?

  134. 1136: 

    Further to the Gareth Bale sell-on question, some of you are suggesting that Saints get about £2m for developing the player.

    Not much compared to 25% of £85m, though, is it?

  135. 1134: 
    Shinji Kagawa

    German football writer Mark Lovell: "Quadruple-winners Bayern Munich have closed their books and won't be playing in this window.

    "Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund would have heard the whispers surrounding Shinji Kagawa at Manchester United. If the English champions do decide to let him go - expect Dortmund to battle PSG for his signature. The Japanese star has consistently mentioned that he would love to return to the Bundesliga."

    Real Madrid fans

    "Real Madrid fans have already learned Gareth Bale's trademark 'heart' goal celebration gesture. Not long until he's brought out to see them now."

  137. 1126: 

    We've been asked how much money Southampton will make from the Gareth Bale transfer.

    The answer is absolutely nothing (almost).

    Saints did have a 25% sell-on clause in the deal to sell Bale to Tottenham, but is was renegotiated when the south-coast club were in deep financial trouble.

    As part of the new deal, Saints got Spurs goalkeeper Tommy Forecast.

    Daniel Levy is some sort of arch-negotiator.

  138. 1123: 
    France midfielder Josuha Guilavogui

    France football writer: "Newly-capped France midfielder Josuha Guilavogui has left Saint-Etienne to join Atletico Madrid in an £8.5m move. The sale of the talented 22-year-old - who, like most Frenchmen, had been linked with Arsenal - paves the way for Saint-Etienne to sign Nancy winger Yohan Mollo and Rennes striker Mevlut Erding."

  139. 1121: 

    Tottenham winger Andros Townsend just caused minor panic among Spurs fans on Twitter when he said: "Transfer deadline day: exciting to watch, stressful to be involved in!" but quickly confirmed he's not leaving White Hart Lane: "Was referring to being involved in it last January! Definitely only going to be watching it on TV this time round."

  140. 1120: 

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "To quote Schalke's official Twitter feed, "Die Transferliste ist geschlossen!" - the transfer list is closed.

    "As we said first thing today, noon in Germany is the cut-off point for any potential movers to Bundesliga clubs.

    "Although the window itself doesn't close until 1700 BST, if you're not on the list, the only chance of a transfer is out of Germany to a club in a country whose window is still open.

    "We await the full list, but as for as Schalke goes, only Swiss midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta is on it - he's expected to complete a loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt."

    Juliette Ferrington, BBC Sport

    "At a very quiet Everton training ground, there is no update on their bid for James McCarthy, but they are trying to push through a season-long loan deal for Manchester City's Garth Barry.

    "There's a chance that Victor Anichebe could move to West Brom, but the club stress only a chance."

    Everton training ground
  142. 1113: 

    Simon (below), I love the idea of managers wrestling with technology in order to get transfers through.

    You raise a good point. Are football clubs the only place where fax machines remain so important?

    Have any transfers ever failed because of a broken fax machine?


    Simon in London, via text on 81111: No one has mentioned deadline day's vital protagonist - the fax machine. Never has such an archaic piece of technology been so vital to millions of pounds. Arsene Wenger wrestling with a piece of chewed-up A4, David Moyes getting entangled in a telephone line, Sam Allardyce fuming because everything is printing in pink ink - the fax machine is where the real action happens.

    Bob in London, via text on 81111: The first transfer deadline day I can remember where Spurs are expected to do little to no business. It feels odd, its like I've had all my Christmas presents early and got nothing to open on Christmas day.

    Michael in Northants, via text on 81111: Is Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert having a duvet day?

  144. 1110: 

    Less than one hour to go until Gareth Bale is presented to Real Madrid fans and you will be able to watch live video from the Bernabeu on this page and on the BBC News Channel.

    There's plenty more coverage across the BBC this afternoon, with a special edition of the Sports Team on Radio 5 live from 12:15-13:00 BST, with guests Mike Phelan, Peter Reid and Danny Higginbotham.

    Elsewhere, Dan Walker will present a rolling video stream from 1300 on the red button and online, while BBC Radio 5 live with have special editions of the Sports Panel from 1215 and the Monday Night Club from 1900.

    Finally, there will be Football Focus special on the BBC News Channel at 1830 and again on BBC One at 2235.

    Real Madrid podium Real Madrid podium

    "Thousands of Real Madrid fans are already inside the Bernabeu ahead of the unveiling of Gareth Bale. Here's the podium from which the Welshman will be expected to make a speech to the masses in around an hour's time."

  146. 1108: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Harlow in Plymouth: "Transfer deadline day fever hasn't quite reached Devon, at least as far as the county's three League Two clubs are concerned. Torquay United and Exeter City are both expecting very quiet days today - in terms of both ins and outs. Plymouth Argyle are a little bit more tight-lipped on their plans but for all three clubs, the reopening of the loan window could well be more relevant."

  147. 1106: 
    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale gives a big thumbs up after Real Madrid confirm on their Twitter account that he has come through his medical.

  148. 1104: 
    Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer: "West Brom are in talks to sign Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon. It is understood he would cost between £4m and £5m.

  149. 1102: 

    The 22-year-old told the Liverpool website: "I'm delighted to have made the loan from Chelsea to a big club like Liverpool.

    "The most important thing is for me to be professional about it and I'm here to do a job for the club.

    "The target is to get into the top four and for the club to compete in the Champions League - and I'm delighted to be here."

  150. 1100: 

    I sense that activity may be about to pick up.

  151. 1058: 
    Done deal

    Liverpool have completed the signing of Chelsea forward Victor Moses on a season-long loan.

  152. 1057: 

    Italian side Juventus apparently want to close the transfer window by signing Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan, possibly on loan with a right of release. But newspaper Corriere dello Sport reports that Cagliari want to sell the Belgian international outright, although a solution could be found in a co-ownership deal.

  153. 1055: 

    France football writer Matt Spiro: "Karim Benzema's agent Karim Djaziri has dismissed suggestions the Frenchman may leave Real Madrid today. 'Nothing has changed,' Djaziri told BBC Sport. 'Karim isn't joining Arsenal or anybody else. He's staying at Real Madrid. In any case, he's joined up with the France team today, and I doubt they'd even allow him to leave to discuss a move.'"

  154. 1053: 
    Daniele De Rossi

    Italy football writer James Horncastle: "Reportedly subject of a bid from Manchester United last week, Roma's talismanic midfielder Daniele De Rossi is going nowhere, according to general manager Mauro Baldissoni.

    "'The club doesn't intend to accept offers for Daniele and he has no intention of leaving us,' said Franco Baldini's successor. 'Daniele is an integral part of Roma's history.'"

  155. 1050: 

    A transfer from the Football League to tell you about. League Two side Rochdale have signed Preston North End striker Graham Cummins on loan until 2 January.

  156. 1048: 

    So where are we up to?

    Mamadou Sakho

    Liverpool have signed central defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori for a combined fee of around £25m.

    Brazilian Kaka has left Real Madrid and rejoined former club AC Milan.

    The Premier League £510m gross spend in this summer's transfer window has broken all records.

    Gareth Bale will be presented to the media at 1200 BST.


    BBC Radio 5 Live senior football reporter Ian Dennis on Twitter: "QPR want Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tom Carroll on loan from Tottenham. Crystal Palace also want Carroll."


    Abi Goulding: Stephen Hunt's a free agent? Get him back to Reading! The squad list looks too empty without the name 'Hunt' on it.

    Max Kiddle: If Stoke sell Peter Crouch and bring in a creative midfielder I will be very very happy.

    Chris Jones: Roma, Lazio or...West Brom? Bit of a dilemma for Fabio Quagliarella.

  159. 1039: 

    Hmmm, after a flurry of early deals, it's gone a little bit quiet hasn't it?

  160. 1036: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan: Cameron Jerome free to leave Stoke according to reports. Reading face competition from Wigan for his signature.

  161. 1035: 

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer: "Sheffield Wednesday are interested in taking Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland on loan but fear finances will stop any potential move. The Owls are expecting a very quiet deadline day."

    Gareth Bale ticket Gareth Bale ticket

    "A full two hours before he's unveiled, Real Madrid fans have already formed a 500 yard-long queue for free tickets to get a glimpse of Gareth Bale following his world record transfer from Tottenham."

    Karim Benzema

    Spain football writer Andy West: "The rumours linking Karim Benzema with a move away from Real Madrid are a little far-fetched - unless Los Blancos have an immediate replacement lined up (i.e. Luis Suarez).

    "Benzema is Madrid's only established centre forward following the summer departure of Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli, and it's unthinkable that they'd leave themselves with inexperienced youngsters Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez as their only strikers.

    "However, Benzema certainly isn't universally popular at the Bernabeu - he was whistled by some fans during Sunday's game with Bilbao - so if they can put together a late deal for Suarez they would probably be happy to let him leave.

    "One minor Madrid departure has been confirmed: young full back Denis Cheryshev is joining Sevilla on a season-loan following confirmation that Fabio Coentrao is staying at the Bernabeu."

  164. 1024: 

    Financial experts Deloitte are reporting that in the last hour the Premier League gross spend in this summer's transfer window has broken all records.

    It now stands at around £510m, with net spending at £325m. This time last year we had a gross spend in the region of £380m-£390m.

    "We expect significant further spending as the deadline approaches," said Deloitte's Alex Thorpe.

    "Last year saw £100m spent on the final day of the window and with a number of clubs still to do business, we will watch with interest over the next 12 hours to see just how big the new record will be."

    Ben Smith, BBC Sport
    German midfielder Mesut Ozil

    "Manchester United are definitely not in for Mesut Ozil. The Premier League champions are, however, working hard to sign Everton's Marouane Fellaini and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera."

  166. 1020: 

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer: "Blackburn Rovers are hoping for a quiet transfer deadline day, although manager Gary Bowyer is still keen on adding a target-man type striker to his squad. Crystal Palace's Aaron Wilbraham, 33, is of interest although, after days of looking into the possibility, they may be forced to look elsewhere.

    "Meanwhile, Rovers have yet to receive an offers for any of their players and are adamant striker Jordan Rhodes will be staying."

  167. 1019: 

    BBC Radio 5 Live senior football reporter Ian Dennis on Twitter: "One to watch. Blackpool are VERY keen on free agent Stephen Hunt."

  168. 1018: 

    Italy football writer James Horncastle: "In many respects this has been the summer of the striker in Serie A.

    "Juventus have signed Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, Napoli have taken Gonzalo Higuain, Fiorentina Mario Gomez, Milan Alessandro Matri and Roma Gervinho.

    "So it's no surprise, particularly after this weekend's games in Serie A featured 43 goals, the most among Europe's top five leagues, that teams are still looking to reinforce up front on transfer deadline day.

    "Lazio are in the market for one to share the goalscoring burden with Miroslav Klose and have tried, unsuccessfully so far, to lure Burak Yilmaz away from Galatasaray. Fabio Quagliarella also remains an option for them.

    "Roma, meanwhile, are attempting to offload Marco Borriello, who earlier in the summer had been linked with Fulham, although his wages remain a stumbling block for any interested party. Genoa's Alberto Gilardino also might be on the move too."

  169. 1014: 

    France football writer Matt Spiro: "Mamadou Sakho's Liverpool switch has upset a lot of PSG supporters. Paris born and bred, the centre-back is a PSG fan and was the last survivor of a promising generation that graduated from the academy six years ago.

    "Having first captained the club aged 17, many hoped he'd develop the kind of relationship with PSG that Paolo Maldini enjoyed with AC Milan.

    "His status changed, though, when Carlo Ancelotti arrived and expressed concerns over his weight. Thiago Silva replaced Sakho as captain, and when the Brazilian said he'd rather partner his compatriot Alex, a lengthy spell on the bench ensued. The 23-year-old cut his losses when another Brazilian centre-back, Marquinhos, was signed from AS Roma.

    "With the World Cup approaching, Sakho, who was first-choice for his country for much of last season, will be desperate to play regularly at Anfield.

    "My feeling is he will be a big hit. While he has been more error-prone than usual in the last two seasons, he has speed, power, aggression and tremendous aerial presence, often intimidating his opponents. If Brendan Rodgers can keep him in good shape, Sakho has the potential to become one of the best defenders in England."


    "Newcastle will not be signing Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon today. They have tried twice to sign the striker this summer, but without luck.

    "Having also attempted to sign Darren Bent, who chose Fulham, it has been a frustrating transfer window for all those at St James' Park. There have been no further bids for Yohan Cabaye but that may change if Arsenal miss out on Mesut Ozil."

  171. 1011: 

    BBC Sport's Neil Johnston: "Former Tottenham and Wigan full-back Pascal Chimbonda, who was a substitute for France at the 2006 World Cup final, tells me from Paris that he is still looking for a new club.

    "The 34-year-old played pre-season games for non-League Market Drayton and Colwyn Bay but is now keeping fit with twice daily gym sessions. He says there have been talks with a club abroad 'but nothing concrete'.

    "Chimbonda, who helped Tottenham win the 2008 League Cup, says he is prepared to return to England and would sign for a League Two club 'challenging for promotion'. He says he is not asking for 'huge money'. He is available on a free transfer so he can sign after the 23:00 BST deadline."

  172. 1009: 

    ...but it's nothing to do with Baines, Fellaini or McCarthy.

    Everton midfielder Francisco Junior has joined Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan deal.


    Mark via text on 81111: Rumours abound in Leicester that David Nugent is Nottingham Forest bound, but only if former striker Matty Fryatt returns to the Foxes.

    Andy via text on 81111: Not surprised there is little Football League news at the moment. For clubs like mine (Tranmere) the big deadline is the close of the loan window. No money here for buying.

    Tom via text on 81111: Hoping Posh can keep hold of Lee Tomlin and bring in another striker.

  174. 1003: 

    Italian side Lazio are not giving up in their efforts to sign Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz, according to newspaper Corriere dello Sport. However, it is far from straightforward because there is serious competition from Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

  175. 1000: 

    ...or one more hour than half a day, if you will.

  176. 0957: 

    Need a little break from TDD?

    Our top men have been looking at all the weekend's action in the Premier League, with Phil McNulty reflecting on Liverpool's win over Manchester United, Robbie Savage analysing Arsenal's derby success over Spurs and Garth Crooks selecting his team of the week.


    Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson on Twitter: "Who will go what club today? Always interesting on the last day of the window!! Deadline day should be a national holiday."

  178. 0954: 

    Spain football writer Andy West: "Amidst all the talk of the comings and goings at Real Madrid, what about reigning champions Barcelona?

    "It's been a relatively quiet summer in the transfer market at the Nou Camp, with Brazilian wonderkid Neymar the only arrival.

    "The Catalan club were widely expected to sign a central defender as well - indeed, president Sandro Rosell said so publicly - but new boss Tata Martino appears to have made the surprising decision to stick with his current squad.

    "That places a great deal of trust in Carles Puyol's ability to recover from two summer operations - quite a gamble on a 35-year-old with dodgy knees. Javier Mascherano is currently partnering Gerard Pique at the back, with young Marc Bartra providing cover.

    "Barca's lack of defensive height was exposed again in last night's 3-2 victory at Valencia when they conceded a goal from a corner after Andres Iniesta was left to mark opposing striker Helder Postiga."

  179. 0951: 

    According to the Real Madrid website, Gareth Bale has become the first "Welch" player to move to the Bernabeu.

    Former Rochdale and Bristol City goalkeeper Keith Welch never managed a move to Spain.

  180. 0948: 
    Bruma celebrates scoring for the Portugal Under-20 team

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "A big one that we mentioned earlier is getting closer - Galatasaray have just announced 'formal negotiations' with Sporting Lisbon for 18-year-old winger Bruma. The Guinea-Bissau-born player is expected in Istanbul today for a medical and to ink a long-term contract.

    "One of the sensations of the Under-20 World Cup for Portugal, Bruma is - of course - the latest in a long line of stellar wingers to come through the Sporting academy, following Luis Figo, Ricardo Quaresma, Simao, Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo. Like the latter, Bruma is very direct - he's powerful, fast and scores goals. His elder brother Mesca is on the books at Fulham, incidentally."

  181. 0945: 

    Hull City are weighing up a move for Egypt international striker Gedo, who played for them on-loan last season, report BBC Look North, Hull.


    Ian in St Anne's, via text 81111: Lots of gossip flying around Bolton but nothing to do with transfers in. Dougie Freedman apparently upset by the attitude of a number of players and I'm expecting a few first teamers to leave today.

    Craig in West Yorkshire, via text 81111: Rumours that Watford are interested in Nahki Wells of Bradford but that a bid of at least £4m will be required.

    Steve in Leeds, via text 81111: Really hoping Sean Dyche has one or two in the bag by the end of the day to strengthen the Burnley squad. We're exceeding expectations at the moment but we don't have strength in depth.


    We've got a Facebook album 'Transfer Deadline Day' - it's of all the players that have been signed so far today. It's updated in real time and well worth a look.

  184. 0941: 

    Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre: "Sakho is a top, top centre-half and that adds to the great centre-back pairings that we have already and it will give that depth.

    "He's an important marquee signing for us. It was a difficult one to do and it was a difficult one for us to get, but I'm very pleased that we've been able to attract him to the football club.

    On Ilori: "He's a young player, who has some experience, but he'll obviously need more," said Ayre.

    "But he adds to that group of central defenders and he gives us something for the future as well as being someone who is able to contribute now."

  185. 0936: 

    Italy football writer James Horncastle: "More on Kaka. Milan claim the deal was done in the early hours of this morning between 2:30 and 3:30am.

    "The 31-year-old has just given an interview to Sky Italia. 'I'm coming home,' he said. 'I'm very happy. And now I get to live lots of new joyous moments with Milan.'

    Kaka also revealed he will wear his old number 22 jersey again. Milan have issued a statement too. 'Today everything comes back on itself. It may not be exactly as it was back in 2003 when the young Brazilian stepped off the plane in Milan with a fresh and innocent look on his face. This is another story completely but what matters is Ricardo is back.'"

  186. 0933: 

    I'm not hearing of much activity in the Football League.

    Transfer deadline isn't just for the big boys, so are you a fan of one of the 72? What business might your club be doing?


    Tim Eastwood: Forget the big name transfers, I am looking forward to seeing the bargain players like Michu arriving.

    Tom Thornton: What club will Peter Odemwingie surprise today? I've heard rumours of a West Ham bid.

    Antony Walker: Any chance of an English club signing an English player today?

  188. 0927: 
    Ander Herrera in action for Athletic Bilbao

    Spain football writer Andy West: "Manchester United appear to have spent their entire summer unsuccessfully bidding for midfielders from La Liga, but they could finally strike lucky today with Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera.

    "United have already seen a bid of €30m rejected, but Herrera's release clause is €36m so the Red Devils only need to increase their offer to that amount and Athletic would be powerless to prevent him from leaving.

    "Herrera was left out of Sunday's game at Real Madrid and after the game Athletic manager Ernesto Valverde could only offer tentative reassurance to his team's fans, saying: "I do not know what will happen but I want Ander to stay with us, and that is what I expect."

  189. 0925: 

    France football writer Andy West: "The market in France has been driven by two superpowers this summer: PSG and Monaco.

    "The former have splashed £98m on three players, including £54m on Edinson Cavani, while Monaco have spent more than £140m, £46m of which was splashed on Radamel Falcao.

    "The principality club have probably finished their business after sealing a 13th buy this week, luring France midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia from Sevilla for £17m.

    "The situation at PSG is less clear. Reports suggest they were considering a swoop for Arsenal-target Mesut Ozil but have dropped interest in the Real Madrid playmaker after deciding the capture of a wide midfielder should be their priority.

    "Such reasoning would also rule them out of a late bid for Newcastle's unsettled Frenchman Yohan Cabaye. A move for Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa remains a possibility."


    Robin in Staffordshire, via text on 81111: Pleased to see Mamadou Sakho deal done for Liverpool. Hoping for at least one extra big signing today from the Reds.

    Mike in Southampton, via text on 81111: Happy birthday to Bill Shankly. Would have been 100 today. What would he make of deadline day?

    Muhammad in Birmingham, via text on 81111: A quality winger is what Liverpool require in order to make a sustained challenge for the top four . Without this, I can only see fifth place as being a realistic finishing position.

  191. 0920: 

    Italian rivals Roma and Lazio are ready to battle it out for the signature of Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella according to Corriere dello Sport, who say he is available for 8m euros. The Italy striker also has been linked with Norwich and West Ham recently.

  192. 0918:  
    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport

    "0930 in Madrid. Very quiet around the Bernabeu apart from the drone of heavy rush hour traffic. The club shop remains resolutely closed, in a very "we don't do much before midday" kind of way, but some traders are assembling their unofficial stands outside the ground, ready to do heavy business with their "Galactico Gareth" scarves.

    "A few fans are trying to get a sneak peak of the pitch through the gaps in the gates. One I spoke to reckons 15,000 will turn up for today's "unveiling", which would be substantially down on the crowds which greeted both Kaka and Ronaldo. Many locals are back at work today after a couple of weeks holiday so that's not unexpected."

  193. 0915: 
    Martin Demichelis in action for Malaga

    Spain football writer Andy West: "One deal that slipped through relatively quietly last night was confirmation of central defender Martin Demichelis joining Manchester City from Atletico Madrid for a fee in the region of £4m.

    "The move allows the experienced Argentine to hook up again with City boss Manuel Pellegrini, with whom he enjoyed a great deal of success at Malaga last season, and it represents a great piece of business for Atletico after Demichelis joined them on a free transfer less than two months ago and never made it past the bench.

    "As a replacement, Atletico are set to sign Belgian international Toby Alderweireld from Ajax and we're expecting confirmation on that deal soon.

    "Atletico fans are desperately hoping that is the only piece of business involving their team today. With the exception of Radamel Falcao's departure to Monaco, manager Diego Simeone has done brilliantly to keep together his team that finished third and won the Copa del Rey last season."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

    "This morning's Dutch media are going heavy on Everton trying to tie up a deal for Feyenoord's promising defender Bruno Martins Indi. It is shaping up to be a busy day for manager Roberto Martinez - but so much will be shaped by Marouane Fellaini's proposed move to Manchester United."

  195. 0911: 

    Spanish football writer Andy West: "This ends a largely disappointing stint at Real Madrid. He wasn't getting anywhere near the first team and his departure takes a welcome load off the wage bill."

  196. 0910: 

    Football agent Barry Silkman on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I've got three mobiles and I'm taking calls. I'm trying to make two deals happen today. One of the players involved was supposed to arrive from Italy last night. I can't say who the player is - but hopefully the deal will get done."

  197. 0909: 

    BBC Radio Derby sports reporter Owen Bradley: "Derby County insist there has still been no contact from anyone over talented midfielder Will Hughes. The Rams are expecting a quiet day on all fronts, but could dip into the loan market when the window re-opens next week - they need a midfielder to cover for the injured Jeff Hendrick."

  198. 0908: 

    Mamadou Sakho, a 23-year-old France international, has signed a "long-term contract" at Anfield.

    He told the club's website: "I'm delighted to be here. I'd like to thank everyone for the welcome.

    "I came here because the project that is in place at Liverpool interests me. I'm really looking forward to playing my first game."

    The move for Sakho, together with the earlier deal for Tiago Ilori, has cost Liverpool £25m.

  199. 0905: 

    Liverpool have made their second signing of the day, completing a deal for Paris St-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.

  200. 0904: 

    French football writer Matt Spiro: "The Baggies have secured the services of a good player in Morgan Amalfitano, who has signed a one-year deal with a view to a permament move.

    "He's an industrious right-sided midfielder and a good passer. The 28-year-old, who's younger brother Romain plays for Newcastle, had a very good first season at Marseille in 2011/12, even breaking in to the France squad, but he has been out of favour since Elie Baup took charge in 2012."

  201. 0902: 

    Spanish football writer Andy West: "Mesut Ozil's potential departure from Real Madrid is possibly the most interesting storyline to follow. Last season he was one of Los Blancos' key players and widely regarded as an indispensible member of the team - never mind the squad - but the arrival of Isco and Bale means something will have to give...and so far it's been Ozil.

    "The Germany international reacted angrily to being substituted at Granada last weekend, and he didn't feature at all in yesterday's victory over Athletic Bilbao. However, latest rumours suggest he's set to rebuff Arsenal's interest and fight for his place in Madrid. We'll keep a keen eye on that one."

  202. 0900: 

    Tick tock...

  203. 0858: 

    French football writer Matt Spiro: "Marseille are often wheeling and dealing, and they're likely to be busy today.

    "At one stage, it looked as though they would need to sell Andre Ayew in order to finance a £12.7m deal for Lille's Florian Thauvin - and Newcastle have expressed a strong interest in the Ghanaian. That, however, is no longer the case. They received an unexpected injection of £4m after Lyon failed to make the Champions League group stage, meaning the domestic television revenues for that competition are being split between two rather than three clubs."

  204. 0854: 

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "Tiago Ilori's move to Liverpool is an interesting one. The Hammersmith-born centre-back is presumably thought of as one for the future; while Mamadou Sakho will immediately assume the status of first-team touchstone, Ilori is likely to be eased in. Strong and composed, he only played a dozen Liga games for Sporting and is a work in progress.

    "Ilori's lack of inclination to sign a new contract - with the one he had at the Alvalade set to expire in 2014 - has forced the sale. There's always a tinge of regret when a promising youth product goes but Sporting fans in general don't appear to be as upset about this as they might be if England under-20 defender (and erstwhile Everton loanee) Eric Dier was the one on his way."

  205. 0853: 

    Arnautovic once got injured playing with his dog?

    That's nothing new to Stoke fans - Liam Lawrence was once put out of action by falling over his pooch.

  206. 0852: 

    Italian football writer James Horncastle: "To add to Andy Brassell's lowdown on Stoke signing Marko Arnautovic (0812), when he joined Inter on loan in their treble-winning 2009-10 season, the Austria international was erroneously dubbed the young successor to the departing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    "Unfortunately, things didn't quite work out for him. Famous in Milan for once borrowing Chelsea new boy Samuel Eto'o's Bentley only for it to be stolen while in his possession, the talented 24-year-old made his coach at the time, Jose Mourinho, laugh on account of being late for training one day and three hours early the next.

    "Arnautovic, incidentally, also tore a knee ligament while playing with his dog at Werder Bremen too. But that shouldn't get in the way of the fact, he's a good player and an interesting signing by Stoke."


    Edward O'Brien: If Sir Alex was still the Manchester United boss, the Mesut Ozil to Arsenal deal would be hijacked today for sure.

    Andy Walters: It's my birthday today so could David Moyes please sign a creative midfielder and a full back. Would be appreciated.

    Kareem Sadek: As a United fan, I'd be ecstatic if we make a move for Mesut Ozil, and finalise the Ander Herrera deal. That would be enough.

  208. 0850: 
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    He may have been subject to lots of transfer rumours earlier in the summer, but it looks like Cristiano Ronaldo was feeling quite relaxed yesterday about the arrival of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, after he posted this picture on his Facebook page.

  209. 0848: 

    Gareth Bale on Twitter: "Thanks to both @SouthamptonFC and @SpursOfficial for helping me to reach this point in my career. Two very special clubs. To all the Spurs fans, your support the last six years has been incredible and I'll never forget it, thank you."

    Gareth Bale (right) with Real Madrid supporters
  210. 0842: 

    What does it feel like to be a player moving on deadline day?

    One day you have a job at one place, the next you're moving to a different part of the country. New club, new colleagues, new boss.

    Former Everton, Sunderland and Wigan player Kevin Kilbane moved on deadline three times during his career, including one move that he first learned of when reading a newspaper.

    Read his BBC Sport column here.

  211. 0836: 

    Amalfitano, 28, has one international cap for France and has also played for Lorient and Sedan.

    A statement on the Marseille website said: "Olympique de Marseille announce the loan with a purchase option for a permanent transfer for Morgan Amalfitano to English club West Bromwich Albion."

  212. 0833: 

    West Bromwich Albion sign Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

  213. 0831: 

    Italian football writer James Horncastle: "Four years after saying an emotional farewell to Milan, Ricky Kaka returns to San Siro. Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani flew to Madrid yesterday for talks with Real and reached an agreement to sign the player who won the Scudetto, Champions League and Ballon d'Or during his first spell with the Rossoneri.

    "Personal terms have also been sorted out. La Gazzetta dello Sport understand Kaka will put pen to paper on a two-year deal worth £3.4m a season, a significant cut on his £8.5m-a-year deal at the Bernabeu. It's unrealistic to expect to Kaka to return to the level he showed between 2003 and 2009 but the hope is his second spell won't be as underwhelming as that of another former favourite Andriy Shevchenko in 2008."

  214. 0828: 

    AC Milan have signed Kaka from Real Madrid, the Brazilian forward returning to his former club.

  215. 0827: 

    What are your memories of deadline days of yore?

    Will anything ever top Robinho's move to Manchester City? Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano signing for West Ham was a bit of a shock too.

    Have a gander at this video - it will jog your memory to some famous deadline-day deals.


    Martin in High Wycombe, via text on 81111: I'm an Arsenal fan and primary school teacher and had a knee reconstruction on Thursday to make sure I had the best seat for transfer day. We need four players: Mesut Ozil, Angel di Maria, Ashley Williams and Bastian Schweinsteiger would do me!

    Dr Kelvin Somner in Neath, via text on 81111: Fortunately the students aren't back at uni yet so a day free to keep an eye on any potential late deals for Cardiff rather than marking re-sit papers.

    Lara, via text on 81111: I'm a school pupil but we're not back yet. However, l still have so much work to do when I should be keeping up with the transfers instead!


    French football writer Matt Spiro: "The summer's longest running saga in France appears to be nearing a conclusion as Florian Thauvin - a target for Liverpool, Newcastle and Arsenal - prepares to quit Lille in a £12.7m switch to Marseille. France's Young Player of the Year is desperate to leave Lille, the club he joined in January, and has been refusing to train.

    "According to today's L'Equipe newspaper, Lille have received an £8.5m bid from Liverpool and offers of £10m from Arsenal and Newcastle. However, Thauvin has his heart set on joining Marseille and looks set to get his way after the Mediterranean club reportedly agreed a fee with their northern rivals on Sunday."

  218. 0820: 

    Ever wondered how a transfer actually comes to be? Have a read of this insight into the anatomy of a modern-day deal.

    From scouting to dealing with agents, it fascinating stuff.

    David Ornstein, BBC SportBUSY DAY AT ARSENAL

    "After watching their near neighbours Tottenham spend almost £105m on new players, Arsenal look set to finally get in on the act on the final day of the summer transfer window.

    "The headline act is Mesut Ozil, Real Madrid's 24-year-old attacking midfielder. Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign the Germany international for a reported fee of 45m euros (£38.2m).

    "The Gunners are also working on a number of other deals - they have registered an interest in signing 19-year-old Germany attacking midfielder Julian Draxler from Schalke and have not called off the pursuit of Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

    "Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria and striker Karim Benzema are both players Arsenal would like to sign, while Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano is likely to join and his team-mate Abel Hernandez, the Uruguay striker, has also been linked.

    "Expect a busy day at Emirates Stadium."

  220. 0818: 

    Go to the BBC Sport Facebook page to tell us who you support and who you think your club will sign today.

    Ben Smith, BBC Sport

    "West Ham believe they have missed out on the loan signing of Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella, who could now be set to join West Brom.

    "The 30 year-old Italy striker was also targeted by Norwich City this summer but West Ham had agreed a £300,000 loan fee only to be told the player is now expected to move elsewhere.

    "Quagliarella arrived in England on Sunday for talks but now looks set to take the experience of Serie A, where he has played for the likes of Sampdoria, Udinese, Napoli and Torino to The Hawthorns."


    European football writer Andy Brassell: "One done deal from Germany was ratified just after midnight when Stoke confirmed the arrival of Werder Bremen forward Marko Arnautovic. Put your seatbelts on, Potters fans - this one's a livewire.

    "The Austrian has huge talent; he's strong, imaginative and can score goals, but has ruffled some feathers. Arnautovic played under Steve McClaren at Twente and (less successfully) for Jose Mourinho at Inter before going to the Bundesliga.

    "Having hardly ingratiated himself to senior players on arrival at Werder - he sported boots embroidered with '2010 Champions League winner' on his first day despite not even being on the bench for the Madrid final with Inter - and a series of disciplinary issues saw the Bundesliga side eventually lose patience. Can Mark Hughes get the best of him? If he can, Stoke, will have a player on their hands."

  223. 0812: 

    Ilori told Liverpool's official website: "It feels great being a Liverpool player - coming to the Premier League has always been a dream for me.

    "I'm going to try and achieve everything I can. I want to play as much as possible and we'll see what the future holds. I will give my all and try my best to help the team."

  224. 0810: 

    Ilori, 20, was born in London but has represented Portugal at youth level. The fee and the length of contract signed are so far undisclosed.

  225. 0808: 

    Liverpool confirm the signing of Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori.


    Gordon in Glasgow, via text on 81111: Liverpool on the verge of signing potentially three players, Arsenal looking to smash their transfer record? This is the worst day to be a Manchester United fan.

    Amarjit in Gillingham, via text on 81111: Just A few more hours left for Liverpool to keep hold of Luis Suarez.

    Paul in Croydon, via text on 81111: How old does Juan Riquelme have to be before someone seeing him at a British airport stops making it onto the deadline day feed? I've seen him at Croydon Airport, so I can confirm he's signing for Palace!

  227. 0803: 

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirms that Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao will be staying at the Spanish club this summer, amid speculation of a possible move to Manchester United by the 25-year-old, reports talkSport.

  228. 0800: 

    Yep, 15 hours to go until until the transfer window slams shut.

    It always "slams" shut doesn't? Try not to break the glass.

  229. 0757: 

    According to the Sun, Blackpool winger Tom Ince, 21, is set for a £10m move to Tottenham Hotspur but will remain on loan with the Seasiders until the end of the season.


    Jonny Singer: In Sydney, about to go through deadline day from the other side of the world. Any tips on how to do it. When do I sleep.

    Sean O'Hara: One of my Thai students wore a Manchester Utd tracksuit to school today. Does that mean he is being signed by them later?

    Andrew Priestley: The last day of the transfer window reminds me of Christmas Eve. Exciting, frenetic and all that last minute shopping!

  231. 0753: 

    By the way, whose bright idea was it to make deadline day the first day back at school?

    Plenty of mobile phones sneakily being glanced at in the classroom I fancy, and that's just the teachers.

    Teacher, pupil, or none of the above, I'm interested to know of the lengths you will go to to keep up with deadline day.

    Tweet using #bbcfootball, text on 81111 - and don't forget to put your name on it.


    Niall in Co. Down via text on 81111: I've got a friend who works in Surrey and his wife's sister's husband's brother owns an elite cab firm in Manchester and he's a booking a taxi from airport to Old Trafford at 10am for a Mr Ronaldo.

    Ian in Smethwick, via text on 81111: Think I just saw Karim Benzema on the metro heading towards The Hawthorns. Could be wrong - Wolves is on the same line.

    Ben in Sandhurst, via text on 81111: Right, lets start as we mean to go on. I just saw Pele arrive by time machine at Arsenal's training ground.

  233. 0748: 

    The Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal will complete the signing of Real Madrid's 24-year-old midfielder Mesut Ozil either as a permanent or loan deal, and are also chasing his team-mate, 25-year-old winger Angel di Maria, as well as Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, 19, and Chelsea's out-of-favour striker Demba Ba, 28.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport
    James McCarthy in action for Wigan

    "Everton - as well as having offers rejected for Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy - have also registered their interest in taking Manchester City's Gareth Barry on a season-long loan.

    "Negotiations may well resume today, with the major stumbling block being Barry's wages at City. City are willing to do a deal for Barry but are unlikely to offer too much of a subsidy on wages to Everton."


    Former Wales international John Hartson talking to BBC Breakfast about Gareth Bale's record-breaking £85m move to Real Madrid said: "It's a very proud time for Wales to have the world's most expensive player. It's a great opportunity for Gareth Bale and one I think he simply couldn't turn down. I think he's a player who will get better and better. Learning the language and settling himself into his life in the Spanish capital will be his priority now."

  236. 0743: 

    Andy Brassell's comments below have got me to wondering why deadline day is such a last-minute battle royale in England?

    Why is so much business done so late? Do clubs get better value from a last-minute deal? Are some merely panic-buying?

    Are there some managers on the golf course today, smugly thinking that their business is done?

    Tweet using #bbcfootball, text on 81111 - and don't forget to put your name on it.

  237. 0739: 

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "Transfer deadline day isn't always quite the scramble in continental Europe that we have come to love in England - the Bundesliga's very civilised model is that all possible signings to German clubs must be on a 'possibles' list by high noon (1100 BST) with the deals needing to be completed by 5pm.

    Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori

    "We do expect some action though. Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon will bank a few euros, with Tiago Ilori set to complete his £6.7m move to Liverpool, and teenage wing sensation Bruma likely to join Turkish club Galatasaray for a fee in the region of £10.2m. As for outsiders, Porto's Colombian striker Jackson Martinez is very close to agreeing a new contract but it's not signed yet...meaning any club meeting his existing €40m (£34m) buyout clause could potentially prise him away at the last minute."


    Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville on Twitter: Manager: "Doc , has he got a pulse?" Doc: "Yes boss". Manager to chairman: "He's fit". Chairman to agent: "We're on".

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

    "Expect a series of announcements about new signings from Liverpool during the course of the day - in and out.

    "The new faces were on parade, albeit in the background, during yesterday's 1-0 win against Manchester United at Anfield. Chelsea's Victor Moses was in the directors' box ahead of a season-long loan move, as were PSG defender Mamadou Sakho and Sporting Lisbon's Tiago llori, who are making permanent switches to Liverpool.

    "Those deals were all on course for completion last night and once Moses has signed that is expected to allow Sunderland to sign out-of-favour Liverpool striker Fabio Borini on loan."


    Damien Davis: My uncle's brother's boss's cleaner's son's girlfriend has just seen Christiano Ronaldo outside Tottenham's training ground.

    Andrew Jones: I just saw Mesut Ozil leaving Manchester airport and getting picked up by David Moyes.

    Ben Thomas: Pretty sure I just saw Aleksandr Hleb and Yann M'vila getting into a taxi at Brighton Station.

  241. 0733: 

    But it's not just about the Premier League today.

    We have reporters and across England (deadline in Scotland was on Saturday) covering every club in the Football League.

    And, throughout Europe we have experts keeping us bang up to date with the biggest moves on the continent.

  242. 0729: 
    Marko Arnautovic

    The first Premier League club off the mark on deadline day were Stoke City, the Potters signing Austria winger Marko Arnautovic just after midnight last night.

    An undisclosed fee has been paid to German club Werder Bremen, with Arnautovic singing a four-year deal at the Britannia Stadium.


    Michael Gates: A lot of money for Gareth Bale but his ability make him worth it in current market. Sad to see him leave Spurs though.

    Nate Willett: Gareth Bale is worth the transfer fee but £300,000 is a lot to fork out every week in wages. He'd better perform!

    Phil Durrant: I don't know how this partnership between Spurs and Real exists. They badger us for our best player, then sell some of theirs to our rivals?!

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport

    "Marouane Fellaini's move from Everton to Manchester United is one of the big deals expected to go through today. Talks are still ongoing and reliable sources in Belgium are suggesting the giant midfield man will start pushing very hard for this deal to go through if negotiations get a little too close to deadline for his liking.

    "The other half of United's proposed move on Everton is England defender Leighton Baines. The word on Merseyside last night was that the chances of this deal also being completed are receding. Everton simply do not want to countenance selling Baines."

  245. 0726: 

    ...yes, we must talk about the red, United half.

    David Moyes' search for a creative midfielder has gone from Plan A, through Plan F and is now heading for page eight - even Usain Bolt had his say after yesterday's defeat by Liverpool.

    Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera looks to be the latest man in United's crosshairs, while Moyes looks set for mixed success in his raid of former club Everton. I'll allow chief football writer Phil McNulty to fill you in.

  246. 0719: 

    And what about the rest of the Premier League?

    Victor Moses' impending move from Chelsea to Liverpool looks set to allow Fabio Borini to join Sunderland. Could Demba Ba also be heading out of Stamford Bridge?

    Everton are sniffing around Wigan's James McCarthy and Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand, while Manchester City have signed Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis.

    Speaking of Manchester...

    Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "Arsenal are stepping up their efforts to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil. Arsene Wenger said yesterday he only wants "super quality" and had one or two surprises up his sleeve. The Germany international is certainly one player who would fit Arsenal's style of football."

  248. 0715: 

    And could the completion of the most protracted transfer deal of the summer create a domino effect of transfers across Europe?

    Does Bale's arrival leave Real free to sell Angel di Maria, Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil to Arsenal?

    Di Maria and Benzema were both involved in Real's win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, but Ozil didn't get off the bench and is now close to a move to the Emirates.

    Dan Roan, BBC Sport in Madrid

    "Gareth Bale's face is on the front of many of the Spanish newspapers this morning. It might not be until he turns up at the presentation at lunchtime, when the fans will turn up in their thousands, will it start to sink in how big this move is."

  250. 0713: 

    Well, if you need a reminder of the Welshman's talents, have a look at this compilation of some of his best Premier League goals.

    BBC Sport has also profiled the 100m euro man and taken a look back at the history of the world transfer record.

    Bale will be presented to the media at 1200 BST. Remember Cristiano Ronaldo doing kick-ups on the stage at the Bernabeu?

  251. 0711: 

    Which brings us to Gareth Bale and the completion of his move from Tottenham to Real Madrid. In terms of big deals, it is the biggest of this transfer window, any other transfer window, or any time when transfer windows didn't exist. A world-record £85.3m, a whopping £300,000 a week.

    Worth the money?

  252. 0709: 

    So, now we're up to speed with what's going on, I'm left to tell you how to get involved. Two simple ways - tweet using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text 81111. Put your names on the texts please, or they will be as useful as a Tottenham shirt with "Bale 11" on the back.

    In addition to all of that, we want you to send us your deadline day pictures. How are you keeping up to date? Have you spotted a player arriving at your club?

    Personally, I'd like to see snap of Lionel Messi arriving at the Britannia Stadium, munching an oatcake.

  253. 0706: 

    And the place to follow it all is right here on the BBC, where the live text will be rolling through to midnight and beyond to capture all the late drama.

    Elsewhere, Dan Walker will present a rolling video stream from 1300 BST on the red button and online, while BBC Radio 5 live with have special editions of the Sports Panel from 1215 and the Monday Night Club from 1900.

    Finally, there will be Football Focus special on the BBC News Channel at 1830 and again on BBC One at 2235.

    Got all that?

  254. 0704: 

    Yep, it's football's day of rumours, gossip, big-money moves, near-misses, anticipation and disappointment. All that without a ball even kicked.

  255. 0702: 

    You queue up for ages for the player you want, only to see someone else get there first. In the end you pay an inflated price for something you're not sure you wanted in the first place.

  256. 0700: 

    Ah, transfer deadline day. Football's equivalent of the Boxing Day sales, only in reverse. Sort of.

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