Transfer deadline day

Live text commentary of all the deals being struck by clubs on the final day of the transfer window, which closes at 23:00 BST.

31 August 2012 Last updated at 14:37

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  1. 1400: 

    Right, to keep this whole affair neat and tidy, we are heading into the afternoon session of deadline day in a brand new template. This will be the last entry on this page, but you can switch straight away to a new page, right here: I'll see thee in a minute.

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    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Le Parisien report that Fulham are closing in on a £7m swoop for Lyon winger Michel Bastos. The Brazil international, who has been given permission to leave the Stade de Gerland, was on the brink of a move to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates last week before that deal fell through. Employed at left-back by the Seleção at the last World Cup, the 29-year-old has been in fine form in Ligue 1 this season, scoring two brilliant goals for OL already."

  3. 1358: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is anticipating very little action today, both in and out of the club.

    He said: "I am hoping business is done. We have kept our main players. I don't think we will bring anyone in or anyone will go out. But you never know at this football club."

    Yep, you never know when a panicking club is going to throw a ludicrous amount of money at you for an overrated striker.


    Ross Heggie on Twitter: "Mandzukic cost Bayern £8m, the same as what Jordan Rhodes cost Blackburn. Euro 2012 vs League One. I know who I'd rather have"

    Richard Daniels on Twitter: "If anybody wants to buy Nani from United, we won't mind. Honestly, I'll drive him to your stadium myself."

    Tom Flint on Twitter: "Just logged on to my fantasy football team......Berbatovs vanished from there too!! #wheresBerba??"

    Seriously, I'm starting to really worry about Dimitar. Is there a massive settee at Old Trafford we can check down the back of?

  5. 1351: 

    Crystal Palace sign Republic of Ireland defender Damien Delaney on a short-term contract following his release by Ipswich on Thursday.

  6. 1351: 

    I'll be honest with you, I forgot Giovani Dos Santos was still at Tottenham/existed. I don't think there'll be any Spurs fans mourning his loss to Real Mallorca. The forward has signed a four-year deal with the Spanish club.

  7. 1349: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "A Premier League departure, as Real Mallorca release a brief statement confirming that they've agreed a deal with Tottenham to sign Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos on a four-year contract. No confirmation yet on whether the islanders have completed a deal for Birmingham's Nikola Zigic."

  8. 1348: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro on Hugo Lloris: "Lloris will prove a fantastic signing for Tottenham if, as is now expected, the transfer goes through today. Still only 25, the current France captain has already played 38 times for Les Bleus and excelled consistently for Lyon both in Ligue 1 and the Champions League over the last four seasons. I understand that Arsène Wenger seriously considered bidding for Lloris this summer, before ultimately deciding to stand by Arsenal's current no1 Woijcech Szczesny. Spurs fans should be very excited about Lloris' seemingly imminent arrival."

  9. 1347: 

    Rafael Van der Vaart is having a medical at Hamburg ahead of completing a move from Tottenham. BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "It is a great signing for them. He was a great player for them when he was there previously, he has connections with the club and it is a good fee for a player who has an awful lot still to offer. It should go through later this afternoon."


    Jonny Axcell on Twitter: "I'm convinced there is still some huge business to be done. Wait til about 8pm tonight then I predict a riot #bigspenders"

    Russell Moore on Twitter: "With Maicon moving to MCFC where does Micah Richards go? Please tell me Alan Pardew is lining him up? We want a right-back"

    Samuel Davies on Twitter: "Park Chu Young has to go down as one of the most pointless PL signings of all time."

    Two words Samuel. Ali Dia.

  11. 1337: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "Porto currently keeping schtum on reports of an impending deal for Joao Moutinho - in fact, they've named a 19-man squad for tomorrow's game at Olhanense a short while ago and the midfielder is in it, along with Hulk. Portugal defender Rolando, who the club are keen to sell, is not involved. Given Zenit St Petersburg's reported interest in Hulk (and, latterly, Moutinho), it's worth remembering that the transfer deadline in the Russian Premier League doesn't close until midnight on Thursday."

  12. 1335: 

    The theatre group are still dancing outside the office window here at Salford Quays. And they have just joyously erupted in a delirious cheer. I think I know why. Carlisle United have signed 21-year-old Bolton Wanderers forward Michael O'Halloran on a one-month loan deal, reports BBC Radio Cumbria Sport.

  13. 1331: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "Celta Vigo have confirmed that Park Chu-Young will be presented to the media at the club's stadium, Balaidos, at 16:00 BST after his loan switch from Arsenal was verified. Park is eligible for tomorrow's La Liga game against Osasuna, but coach Paco Herrera would reportedly prefer not to rush him."


    Jamie Hardesty on Twitter: "Owen clearly doesn't fancy Stoke, it's his last option. But who is he waiting for? Time to face reality unfortunately. Tragic."

    Moishe Noe on Twitter: "All Arsenal fans must have been very naughty in a previous life! This is torture! Come on someone give me a rumour or SOMETHING"

    Callum McDade on Twitter: "Arsenal do the same every transfer window deny buying anyone but always do. Arsenal aren't finished yet"

  15. 1325: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "L'Equipe are reporting on their website that a transfer fee of around £9.5m, plus a further £2m to £3m to be paid in bonuses, has been agreed between Tottenham and Lyon for Hugo Lloris. Lyon will have to give 25 percent of the fee to Lloris' first club OGC Nice."

  16. 1324: 

    Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam: "I owe a lot of respect to people who were at Liverpool, the likes of Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli, I owe them a lot. I respect Brendan Rodgers and what he does, he's a top manager and hopefully they do well, but I'm looking forward to getting a Stoke shirt on. Hopefully if the opportunity comes, I will be ready to go [against Wigan on Saturday]."

  17. 1323: 

    So, as it stands, Clint Dempsey is still having a sulk, there are milk cartons being printed with Dimitar Berbatov's picture, Tottenham's cheque writing hand is itching, Scott Sinclair and Richard Wright are diving into the Manchester City money pool like Scrooge McDuck and Etch-a-sketch owe me some serious royalties.

  18. 1320: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Remember Reto Ziegler, Tottenham fans? Well, after spending last year on loan at Fenerbahçe from Juventus the Switzerland international full-back is now mooted to be close to a move to Parma. In other Premier League alumni news, after missing out on Dimitar Berbatov in acrimonious circumstances, Fiorentina are said to be interested in former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel following his release from Hoffenheim."

  19. 1317: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Lyon and Tottenham have reached an agreement over the transfer of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, according to L'Equipe. The 25-year-old is expected to have his medical in London this afternoon."


    James from York, via text: "Can someone explain the whole etch a sketch thing please? Every other message mentions players getting them and I have no clue what the story is!!!"

    Like any joke James, it sounds rubbish when you try to explain it. Look back to around 1045 and it might make more sense.


    Chris in Crawley, via text: "Why are mufc not out there snapping up a cm? Dembele went for £15m, now moutinho looks like he's off for £20m! Come on fergie, get on it!"

    Dave Morris, via text: "I have just seen John Utaka busking outside Boundary Park. Is a move from Montpellier to Oldham on the cards?"

    Martin, Belfast, via text: "Strong rumours that Liverpool MD Ian Ayres in talks with representatives of Leandro Damiao. Watch this space..."

  22. 1311: 

    Like a man running for a bus and missing it, Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is doing a good impression of pretending he never wanted Clint Dempsey in the first place. Lambert insists he has faith in hungry and young players from lower divisions to revive the club's fortunes. Lambert said: "It is my decision. Football decisions are mine and I will take responsibility on everything. I know from experience if you don't have the hunger as a footballer, then there is no point in playing the game. With people from the lower leagues, you are giving people opportunities. I have total confidence in them to go and do the business. You trust them to go and do it and they are hungry to do it.

  23. 1302: 

    Sunderland have completed the signing of Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose on a season-long loan deal.

  24. 1302: 

    Following on from the reported interest of Manchester City in Yann M'Vila... Rennes recently received an offer of £12.7m for M'Vila from Tottenham and interest from one other Premier League club (not Arsenal) and indicated they were willing to open face-to-face negotiations, but neither were followed up.

  25. 1300: 

    FC Twente confirm on their website (in Dutch) that Fulham have signed their 19-year-old Dutch youth international Chris David. You can't keep the Cottagers quiet today. They are on fire in the transfer market.

  26. 1300: 

    T minus 10 hours until the close of the transfer window. Players now have 10 hours to reach minimum safe contract agreements.

  27. 1257: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Reports are gathering pace in France that Manchester City have opened talks with the France and Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila. The Brittany club recently told Tottenham they would not allow the highly-rated 22-year-old to leave for less than £12m."


    Sam Richards on Twitter: "Reliable source informs me that Nigel Reo-Coker is having a medical at #nffc"

    Leigh Myers on Twitter: "Adam to Stoke, great buy for the potters, great player who this time last year was coverted by host of top clubs"

    Ben Allward on Twitter: "Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing have both left Liverpool, which may mean Brendan Rodgers is looking for a CM?"

    Two plus two equals, er, Clint Dempsey?

  29. 1252: 

    We're hearing very strong rumours linking Tottenham with a move for Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho. It is said to be a deal worth around £20m. Moutinho played under Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas during his time at successful time at Porto.

  30. 1251: 

    More Europa League draw news. Tottenham have been drawn in Group J of the Europa League and will play Panathinaikos of Greece, 1998 finalists Lazio and Maribor of Slovenia.

  31. 1251: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Stephane Mbia has told French journalists that his transfer to Queens Park Rangers has been completed. Before leaving the Marseille training ground this lunch time, the Cameroon defender told reporters: 'It's done. I'm on my way to London.'"

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    Stoke boss Tony Pulis on Charlie Adam: "It's no secret that we've been looking to bring more goals to the squad and Charlie is a fantastic signing in that respect," commented City's manager.

    "Not only will his creativity and his eye for delivering a pass be a great asset to us, he scored twelve goals for Blackpool in the Premier League two seasons ago."

    Adam on joining Stoke: "I'm delighted to be here and to be given the opportunity to work with the Club, the manager and the players."

    "This Club's on the up and it's great to be a part of it. I hope I can help them to improve upon the success which has been achieved over the past few years.

  33. 1248: 

    Charlie Adam has completed his move from Liverpool to Stoke. The midfielder has joined for an undisclosed fee and has signed a four-year-deal.

  34. 1248: 

    Rochdale sign striker Bobby Grant from Scunthorpe on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

  35. 1246: 

    I'm going to break away from the transfer chat for a second to bring you some Europa League news. Newcastle will play in Group D of the Europa League with France's Bordeaux, Club Brugge of Belgium and Maritimo of Portugal.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool have been drawn in Group A of the group stage, along with Udinese, Young Boys and Russian side Anzhi.

  36. 1242: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein reports: "Liverpool called Chelsea to enquire about Benayoun but have since dropped their interest because they are confident Dempsey will join from Fulham before the deadline."

  37. 1241: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "It would seem Paris Saint-Germain have some competition for the signature of Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel. According to French radio station RMC, both Arsenal and Newcastle are keen to sign the 24-year-old Dutch international too. The French club remain confident, however, having reportedly already agreed personal terms with Van der Wiel."

  38. 1240: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "One player from Portugal who will be hoping to avoid any late drama this year is Benfica forward Yannick Djalo. He is reportedly set to seal a loan deal with Toulouse, but could be forgiven for a touch of deja vu. Djalo left Benfica's city rivals Sporting to sign with Nice last year - but the correct documentation was received by the French FA four minutes after the deadline. FIFA refused to verify the transfer, and Djalo was unable to play for six months. I hope he's brought his own fax machine and pen this year..."

  39. 1239: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "News of two big names now set to stay put - Marca says that QPR new boy Esteban Granero will be the last departure from Real Madrid for now - meaning that both Ricardo Carvalho and Kaka are to stay. The former Chelsea defender had also been lined up for a move to Loftus Road, but isn't keen to uproot his family, who are very happy in the Spanish capital. Meanwhile both Kaka's wages and Madrid's fee demands - thought to be around the £20m mark - are still major stumbling blocks to an exit, even if Milan's interest is not completely dead."

  40. 1238: 

    It looks like Jordan Bowery has finally finished his signature on the Aston Villa contract. The 21-year-old striker has completed his move from Chesterfield to Villa on a three-year contract for a fee of about £500,000.


    Phil Rile in Manchester, via text: "Scott Sinclair's promising career put in hold as he graduates to the bench warmer position at City."

    Ben from York, via text: "While at uni in 2000 I used champ mgr to sign Ronaldinho on loan for Cowdenbeath for our Champions League winning season of 2012/13! it seemed so far away!"

    Robert Melcer, London, via text: "Just passed David bentley in toys 'r' us, he was asking a member of staff where he could find an etch a sketch....possible transfer on the cards?"

  42. 1234: 

    We've been told that Bolton will not be making any more signings today following the capture of Jay Spearing from Liverpool. So Wanderers fans can relax for the rest of this deadline day. Owen Coyle's work here is done.


    Kieran Conway on Twitter: "Babel released by Hoffenheim. Would bringing him back for free really be worse than having Downing on the wing?"

    Jamie Mayes on Twitter: "Why is nobody mentioning Guiseppe Rossi from Villarreal?? They've been relegated and he is world class! Spurs/Liverpool wake up"

    Aidan Boyle on Twitter: "My cousin in London swears he saw Dejan Stankovic outside Loftus Road, another Inter player to Rangers maybe?"

  44. 1227: 

    Wigan defender Roman Golobart, 20, joins Tranmere on loan for a month.

  45. 1224: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Raising an eyebrow or two in Italy are reports that Bologna are seeking to take the 2006 World Cup and 2007 Champions League winning striker Alberto Gilardino on loan from Genoa for €1.5m with an option to make the deal permanent for a further €5m once the window opens again in January.

    "Only two players currently still active in Italy have scored more goals than the 30-year-old throughout his career in Serie A, so providing he recovers his form, Bologna might well have got themselves a bargain. To compensate for his anticipated exit, Genoa are looking at bringing Marco Borriello back to the club from Roma. It bears remembering that the mercurial centre-forward enjoyed his best ever campaign at Marassi in the 2007-08 season, scoring 19 goals."

  46. 1224: 

    So, Man City have their first signing of deadline day in the bag. Who will the others be that Roberto Mancini is still hoping to bring in? Space. Watch. This.

  47. 1219: 

    Scott Sinclair has completed his move from Swansea to Manchester City for a fee believed to be around £6.2m. "I'm just glad everything is settled and that I'm now a City player," Sinclair told the Man City website. "There were times when I thought it might not happen so I'm relieved that I'm here and I can't wait to get started. Playing alongside some of the best players in the world is exciting for me and when you see two Champions League fixtures against Real Madrid on the horizon, it brings it all home."

  48. 1215: 

    Doncaster have signed Canada international forward Iain Hume from League One rivals Preston until January.


    Norman Romsdale on Twitter: "Tonton Zola Moukoko and Sharbel Touma...class signings in Champs 01-02"

    Jamie King on Twitter: "Kennedy Bakircioglü used to always be first name on the teamsheet on fm what a player.....wonder whatever happened to him"

    Mohammed Danyal on Twitter: "My striking partnership for Bradford city in football manager in 2007 were pato and bojan. Arab owners needed at Bradford!"

  50. 1211: 

    German football expert Raphael Honigstein: "With uncharacteristic tardiness, the DFL has just published the deadline day transfer list, comprising all players that can still be signed by Bundesliga clubs before close of business. Hamburg-bound Rafael van der Vaart is the only big name on it, so there won't be any more star-studded additions today.

    "Fulham-target Ashkan Dejagah is still on the list along with five other "Wolves" players (including former Middlesbrough and Stoke midfielder Tuncay and Japanese national team skipper Makoto Hasebe) as manager Felix Magath's stays true to his hire & fire policy of rapid player turnover.

    "Also for sale, among others: Moenchengladbach's Japanese attacking midfielder (and UK tabloid sub editor's dream) Yuki Otsu and Lorenzo Davids of Augsburg. He's the cousin of Edgar Davids, but not quite as good."

  51. 1209: 

    There is a calm befoe the storm feel about this little lunch time period of deadline day. There are irons in fires, fingers in pies, things in pipelines and all manner of other useful metaphors. Meanwhile, just outside the window of our office at Salford Quays a group of theatre students are doing a mass dance performance in their pyjamas. Looks like fun. Pointless, job-Kryptonite fun. Anyway, back to the transfers...


    David, via text: "My first signing in Champ Manager always used to be Izzy Iriekpen... obviously he believed the hype. No idea where he plays now!"

    Liam in Sheffield, via text: "Speaking of Football Manager, my current Arsenal midfield on the game is: M'Vila, Wilshere, Hazard, Lucas Moura, Mario Gotze and Neymar up top. Is it a little ambitious of me to hope for something similar in real life by the end of the day?"

    As some of you have rightly pointed out, it wasn't really a rebranding for CM to FM but a split within the company responsible for the former. Because facts matter.


    C MacNeachtáin "Celtic winger Paddy McCourt was spotted outside Molineaux this morning! A quick replacement for Matt Jarvis?!"

    Mark Sibson on Twitter: "Hoping Beckford leaves Leicester today so we can bring Emile Heskey home!"

    Jon Szeto on Twitter: "Harrods has pulled etch-a-sketches from shelves in attempt to keep Dempsey at Fulham. New Texan themed wing in bid to persuade"

    With these being the BBC, I should point out that other mechanical drawing toys are available. I think.

  54. 1155: 

    Fulham manager Martin Jol on new signing Kieran Richardson: "Kieran is a proven top-level player, who has the versatility to play a number of positions. He will bring all-round quality which will add strength to our squad and I'm confident that he will adapt well to our style of football, and make an impact for us."

  55. 1153: 

    New Blackburn Rovers signing Jordan Rhodes believes he has joined the right club for the next stage of his development. The 22-year-old, who scored 40 goals for Huddersfield last season, completed an £8m move to Rovers yesterday.

    "This is a Premier League club in everything but the status in the league," he said. "You only have to look at the players you sit next to in changing room. I see it as the next stage of my development. I am not the completed player by any means. I have come here to learn off the many internationals here, pick up a few tips from them and develop as player."

    Blackburn boss Steve Kean adds: "He has lots and lots of qualities and one that stands out his goal scoring ability. He has cost a lot of money but it is an investment. We don't see it as a big fee because we feel he can go on to massive things."

  56. 1151: 

    The deals keep on coming. Tranmere Rovers have signed Wigan Athletic defender Roman Golobart on a one-month loan deal.


    Ned in Manchester, via text: "I work at Toys R Us in Manchester, in the last hour we've shifted more etch a sketches than in the previous month. Scott Sinclair just popped by to pick his up on his way to the Etihad. #twitterisoldschool"

    Josh Banks in Leeds, via text: "So Arsene Wenger has lost a Dutch 29 year old in a rich vein of form, why doesnt he replace him with an American 29 year old in a rich vein of form! Aston Villa?! Pah..."

    Pete, London, via text: "Surely you mean you tried to sign Pawel Brozek on Football Manager, Phil? Did you know that Everton use the scouting system in the game to find new talent?"

    No Pete, this was a happy time before Championship Manager was rebranded as FM. I feel Everton's pain. I once signed Ibrahima Bakayoko as well.

  58. 1145: 

    BBC WM reports: "Defender Paul Caddis has left Swindon Town for Birmingham City, with striker Adam Rooney going the other way. Caddis, 24, was stripped of the Town captaincy earlier this month following a disagreement with manager Paolo Di Canio and has not played since."

  59. 1145: 

    BBC Wiltshire reports: "Argentine left-back Federico Bessone deal to Swindon confirmed. Six-month loan from Swansea."

  60. 1145: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara: "Could be a busy day for Fulham. They have just signed Kieran Richardson from Sunderland and it looks like Clint Dempsey is on his way out. With regards to Dempsey I am told Aston Villa and Fulham came to an agreement over a transfer fee but the player himself was not happy with the transfer option."

  61. 1142: 

    BBC Monitoring reports: "Iran's state news agency IRNA reports that Iranian international winger Ashkan Dejagah's proposed transfer to Fulham from German club Wolfsburg could still go ahead despite the player injuring a hamstring in training. 'Dejagah's upper right thigh injury which he suffered in training on Wednesday, is not expected to be a major obstacle in the deal', IRNA said."


    Jon Bryan on Twitter: "Clint Dempsey spotted outside anfield with an etch-a-sketch that reads 'please put me out of my misery'"

    Matthew Smalley on Twitter: "With regards to David's tweet about Jordan Henderson overtaking on the M25.. first time all season he's gone past anyone!"

    Luke J on Twitter: "Everyone in the office discussing latest signings and transfer rumours. I'm the only one able to do work since I'm a Leeds fan."

    You could always start some TOMA chat Luke. On second thoughts, best keep that can of worms closed.

  63. 1138: 

    David Ornstein reports: "We've been given word that, as things stand, it is unlikely there will be any major arrivals at Arsenal before the transfer deadline.

    "Reports linking them with a move for Newcastle midfielder Chieck Tiote are wide of the mark, while there have been informal conversations with Chelsea about midfielder Michael Essien - the Blues are open to him leaving on loan - but this move will not happen unless Arsene Wenger changes his mind on a player he has not been tracking."

  64. 1137: 

    Midfielder Kieran Richardson has completed his move from Sunderland to Fulham for an undisclosed fee. With Berbatov and Dempsey chat still hanging in the air you imagine that won't be the last bit of business the Cottagers do today.

  65. 1135: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "A few imminent loans to tell you about in Portugal; former West Ham and now Lokomotiv Moscow centre-back Manuel da Costa is currently on the lovely island of Madeira, where he underwent a medical yesterday and is expected to sign a one-year deal with Nacional today.

    "On what might be a busy day for the red half of Lisbon, Benfica are closing one deal, which would take Portuguese international right-back Silvio for the season from Atletico Madrid. The idea is that he will fill the team's problem position at left-back, though he can also cover on the opposite flank for first choice Maxi Pereira. The 24-year-old has had a miserable old year in the Spanish capital, and will be glad to get away."


    Joe Penrose on Twitter: "Just seen Ronaldinho go through customs at the John Lennon airport."

    Dietrich Jeffreys on Twitter: "My mates a lorry driver and he's just seen Messi at m62 Liverpool bound service station. Big Mac in hand."

    James Cuthbert on Twitter: "My friend's Dad's Brother's Girlfriend who has a Daughter knows someone's Auntie that works at MUFC just seen Kaka. Loan Perhaps?"

    Spotted anyone? Want to make something up and get it on a major football wesbite? Get involved at #bbcfootball

  67. 1132: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "A deal to take Arsenal Park Chu-Young to Celta Vigo on loan is close. The South Korea international met his new teammates at the club's Balaidos stadium this morning and is currently undergoing a medical, ahead of a planned presentation this afternoon. The Gunners will continue to pay a significant chunk of his £2.5m annual wage. Meanwhile Poland forward Pawel Brozek, who had a disappointing loan spell at Celtic last season, is to join Spanish second-tier side Recreativo Huelva subject to a medical."

    Ah, Pawel Brozek. So many times I tried to sign him on Champ Manager only to be foiled by work permit problems. Turns out, the home office were saving me from a major managerial error.

  68. 1129: 

    BBC Radio Leeds reports: "Ex-Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford is one of the players being targeted by Huddersfield Town to replace Jordan Rhodes. But the terms of Beckford's current deal at Leicester City mean that negotiations are likely to continue for most of today - we understand a loan deal for Beckford could be on the cards, instead of a permanent signing.

    "A move for fellow Foxes forward Paul Gallagher now looks to be off."

  69. 1128: 

    BBC Monitoring reports: "Dimitar Berbatov will give a news conference in Bulgaria's capital Sofia at 10:00 BST on Monday, the country's sports web portal reports. 'Berbatov and his agent Emil Dantchev are expected to give details about his transfer to Fulham,' the website said, recalling that the two gave a similar press briefing four years ago when the striker joined Man Utd from Spurs."

  70. 1128: 

    German football expert Raphael Honigstein: Bayer Leverkusen have just announced that they have an option to buy 18-year-old German forward Samed Yesil back from Liverpool "if certain conditions are met".


    Ashley Unwin on Twitter: "Get Jess Ennis signed up for her pace down the wing instead of naming a stand after her"

    Christian Smith on Twitter: "No Jordan Henderson, that's not an etch a sketch, that's a word search , yes I know goal and assist are hard to find, just try"

    Reshad Sergeant on Twitter: "In Bangladesh. No Premier League players disembarking planes here. But am expecting a late flurry. Will keep you posted."

  72. 1125: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow has confirmed the signing of Alessandro Del Piero to the Sydney Morning Herald: 'This is huge for Sydney FC, huge for the A-League and huge for Australian football. We feel honoured that Alessandro has decided to play for Sydney FC and we share his excitement that a move to Sydney FC will create a lasting legacy for football in this country.'"

  73. 1124: 

    Have you been mis-sold PPI... Oh, sorry, I thought we were Sky Sports News then for a second. Anyway, back to the transfer stuff. According to our colleagues in the north east, there's talk of Jermaine Jenas joining Sunderland - something which the Telegraph reporter up there wrote about two weeks ago and the Shields Gazette are now running today as well.

  74. 1121: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Joey Barton has been doing some light jogging at Marseille's 'La Commanderie' training ground this morning. The England international was put through his paces by the club's physical trainer Christophe Manouvrier and gave a 'thumbs up' to the OM supporters present. Nothing, however, has been signed yet so Barton remains a Queens Park Rangers player… for now."

  75. 1120: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "AC Milan have announced the signing of Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong on their official website. Earlier today, La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed a deal had been agreed to pay €3.5m plus performance related add-ons for the Netherlands international midfielder, who replaces his international team-mate Mark van Bommel at San Siro.

    "With the arrival of Bojan and De Jong, [coach] Massimiliano Allegri shouldn't have to worry now," said chief executive Adriano Galliani, "because the objective is no longer third place. Now he has to fight to win like we have done in the last two years. With our recent signings, Milan have closed the gap."


    Andy Kind on Twitter: "Hearing a rumour that Wenger is trying to buy Robin van Persie from 2004 and tie him into a 20-year contract."

    Ed Holland on Twitter: "Leicester have enquired about Le Fondre and have been told he is not for sale but could be loaned out later in the season"

    David Benaim on Twitter: "Just saw Jordan Henderson ovetake us down the M25... dont think he's moving anywhere as there is no sign of an etch a sketch"

  77. 1113: 

    It remains to be seen if Sheffield United will be printing any new names on the back of shirts today, but the Blades will be gettingthe paint out for one of their stands. United is to rename one of its stands in honour of the city's Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis. Club owner Kevin McCabe said: "Jessica and her family are Unitedites and after discussions with them we all agreed that renaming the Bramall Lane stand after her would provide an additional sporting legacy from the London Games." Unitedites? OK Kev, you're the boss.

  78. 1111: 

    Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City are in the thick of the action on this transfer deadline day this morning. Arsenal have been suspiciously quiet thus far. Is Arsene Wenger biding his time and staying out of the unseemly scrambling before a late swoop or are rumours of moves for the likes of Michael Essien just wishful Gunners thinking?

  79. 1108: 

    BBC Monitoring reports: "There's excitement in the Bulgarian press over striker Dimitar Berbatov's expected switch to Fulham. "Berbatov to become the highest-paid player in Fulham's history," boasts The Bulgarian sports web portal says the striker's annual salary at Cottagers will be £5m - twice that of Costa Rican midfielder Bryan Ruiz."

  80. 1107: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Queens Park Rangers target Stephane Mbia has dismissed reports his transfer from Marseille is stalling because he is asking for too much money. The problem, according to the powerful Cameroon defender, is that the clubs have not yet managed to agree on a fee. "My heart is with Marseille, but my future depends on the bosses of the two clubs," Mbia just tweeted somewhat cryptically. Joey Barton will be keeping his fingers crossed there are no late hitches as the Englishman's loan to the Stade Velodrome is closely linked to Mbia's transfer."

  81. 1107: 

    In Scotland, Hearts have turned down bids from Rangers for David Templeton and Ryan McGowan with the combined amount offered understood to be less than £1m. Hearts, though, are busy brining Ryan Stevenson back to the club with the midfielder having a medical with a view to returning a mere eight months after leaving Tynecastle. Motherwell had hoped to sign Stevenson themselves but Hearts appear to be in pole position.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon yesterday played down the possibility of signing Alessandro Del Piero but he indicated the Scottish Premier League champions were keen to bring in up to three players.

    Elsewhere, Dundee United forward Johnny Russell and Kilmarnock midfielder Matthew Kennedy have attracted interest from England but, so far, no bids have been accepted.

  82. 1102: 

    BBC Sport's Jeremy Butler: "Championship club Charlton are in talks with Premier League side Southampton over signing 29-year-old midfielder Dean Hammond."

  83. 1101: 

    Italian football writer James Horncastle: There's a buzz about a story in The Australian claiming: "Sydney FC has beaten some of the biggest and richest clubs in Europe, the Middle East and China to sign Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero." There's no official word yet either from the club or the player but the report adds that, "Sydney FC chief executive Tony Pignata and leading player agent and promoter Lou Sticca clinched a deal with the former Juventus star following hours of negotiations over three nights." Should the move be confirmed, it would be quite a coup for Sydney FC and Australian football in general to attract the 37-year-old World Cup and Champions League winner to the A-League in the twilight of his career.


    Andy from West Sussex, via text: "Hearing rumours that Wilfred Zaha has just arrived in Southampton, his pace would be a great addition to the Saints!"

    Andrew from Fleetwood, via text: "Am at Barcelona airport queuing on Easyjet flight to Blackpool. 3 people ahead of me Just overheard Messi say 'to hell with Barca, I wanna play for the Cod Army'"

    It doesn't count unless he writes it on an etch-a-sketch.

  85. 1056: 

    The biggest done deal of today so far. Midfielder Nigel De Jong has completed his move from Manchester to AC Milan. "Nigel De Jong, much to the satisfaction of the Milan faithful, is now one of our players," declares a jubilant official Milan website.

  86. 1055: 

    Recession. What recession? Premier League clubs remain on course to buck the current financial downturn and spend close to £500m during this summer's transfer window.

    England's top-flight clubs have spent £380m this summer so far, but with a number of big deals still on the cards the prospect of surpassing last year's mark of £476m remains on the cards. Dan Jones, from Deloitte's Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: "As the final day of the transfer window gets underway, we expect to see Premier League clubs being very active again. While there has been significant spending already this summer, totalling around £380m, there are still a number of clubs likely to be concluding deals right up to the deadline.

  87. 1054: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says he wants to sign three players before the transfer window closes. The Premier League champions have been linked with moves for Maicon, Javi Garcia and Matija Nastasic recently. When asked to confirm if he wants to sign three players, Mancini confirmed: "Yes, if it is possible. We are very close. We need more time but I am confident."

  88. 1053: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "No surprise here: big-spending Paris Saint-Germain are set to clinch today's first major signing in France after agreeing terms with Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel. According to AFP, the Dutch international is on his way to the French capital to sign a four-year deal. The 24-year-old - who would have to compete with captain Christophe Jallet for a first-team place - will cost around £4.5m, thus taking PSG's summer haul to a mammoth £114.5m."


    BBC Scotland's Brian Mclauchlin on Twitter: "Hearts have turned down offers from Rangers for Templeton and McGowan. The offer made combined was less than £1 million."


    Andrew Griffiths on Twitter: "I don't believe it, just spotted Harry Redknapp leaning out of his car window......Oh wait he's paying the Severn bridge toll."

    Ash41 on Twitter: "Suprised that Arsenal didnt go for Nigel De Jong considering their ties with Man City. Great player, surprised City let him go"

    Christian Smith on Twitter: "Just seen Andy Carroll trudging towards upton park. He paused, drew a sad face on an etch-a-sketch, and promptly began to weep"

    I would like to advocate that from now on footballers are only allowed to communicate through the medium of etch-a-sketch. I want to see Gareth Bale's drawn rendition of "every game is like a cup final now".

  91. 1045: 

    Portsmouth have signed former Sheffield United midfielder Johnny Ertl on a one-month contract.

  92. 1045: 

    Villa boss Paul Lambert has confirmed that a deal for Chesterfield striker Jordan Bowery is "nearly done", with the 21-year-old set to complete a £500,000 move plus add-ons. Lambert said: "He has signed, just about." I'm assuming that means he's written his first name and is just taking a coffee break before adding his second.

    Lambert seems pretty chuffed with the player, though. "It (the signing) might have surprised a few people but it is a great opportunity for him. He is one for the future, but if he steps up to the plate I have no fear about playing him."


    The Real Papa Nichol on Twitter: "Just been into Fulham FC shop on Fulham road and they have got Joe Cole shirts being printed"

    William Usher on Twitter: "Don't honestly see why Dempsey would move to Aston villa to me that's a backwards step in his career"

    Joe Boulton on Twitter: "Just seen Colonel Mustard in the library, with a candlestick. More soon...."

    Michael Owen misses out again.

  94. 1038: 

    Bolton Wanderers have completed the signing of Jay Spearing from Liverpool on a season-long loan.

  95. 1035: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell on Twitter: "More on the possibility of Benfica's defensive midfielder Javi Garcia joining Manchester City - A Bola claim that the Premier League champions have offered the Spain international a whopping €5m (£4m) basic salary per year to join up. There is still some negotiating to do for the 25-year-old (who scored against Chelsea in last season's Champions League), with his buyout clause standing at €30m (£23.8m)

    "While we're on buyout clauses (especially with reference to Portugal), a quick clarification. Just because a player has a buyout clause of a certain figure, that doesn't necessarily mean the club value him at that price. It's leverage; security for the club, giving them freedom to barter a good deal - or, in the case of the Javi Martinez move to Bayern this week, taking it out of the club's hands when the full clause is paid."

  96. 1035: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: Nicklas Bendtner has arrived at Turin's Clinica Fornaca for his Juventus medical. Wearing a suit and a polo neck, the Denmark international was all smiles ahead of the completion of his loan from Arsenal. Meanwhile, Siena have revealed they almost had a deal for him.

    Director of sport Stefano Antonelli told Sky Sport Italia: "It seemed like a dream but at one point it seemed done. Then, after having chosen Juventus he called our president out of respect." Maybe Siena can come back for him next summer. Bendtner is said to be a stop-gap for Juventus, who are expected to resume their interest in Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente either in January or June 2013."

  97. 1034: 

    BBC Wiltshire reports: "Federico Bessone will be joining Swindon on loan from Swansea. Deal completed shortly. The club are also finalising a move for Birmingham striker Adam Rooney. Defender Paul Caddis tells us he is leaving on a season-long loan deal to Birmingham."

  98. 1031: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell on Twitter: "One departure from Spain, where Netherlands midfielder Ibrahim Afellay's loan move from Barcelona to Schalke has been confirmed by the German club. He'll be loaned for the season, and will be working again with Huub Stevens, who was his coach at PSV Eindhoven.

    "Meanwhile Roque Santa Cruz has been talking about why he's chosen to join Malaga ahead of Betis, who he spent last season on loan with. "My idea was to go back to Betis, but at the last minute the Malaga option came up and I liked the sporting project," he said on arrival at the airport last night. "I've not signed the contract yet, but it's basically all done."The Paraguay striker, who has a medical today, will be taking a big cut in the estimated £3.5m annual wages he receives in Manchester, with local media in Andalucia last week claiming he'd join Betis for as little as £600,000-per-year basic."

  99. 1030: 

    It looks like Sunderland are still in the market for signings, despite splashing out on Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson. Tottenham winger Danny Rose looks set for a season-long loan switch to the Stadium of Light.


    Dan in Kent, via text: "I work in the Spurs club shop. My boss has just told me to print 350 number 9 shirts. All I can say is it's a massive signing of a Spanish international."

    Rosie, via text: "Harry Redknapp can't resist getting in on the action with a deadline day swoop for Joe Cole. He sees Joe as a utility player at this stage in his career and his he can do a job in the garden and kitchen."

    Ian, Villa fan, via text: "It's early so I'm not sure if I've read this right, "Fulham accept bid from Villa for Dempsey"? If this actually goes through Then I will eat my hat, socks, shoes and (clean) underwear."

  101. 1023: 

    Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Swansea midfielder Andrea Orlandi for an undisclosed fee.

  102. 1018: 

    Everton have confirmed they have agreed a fee with FC Copenhagen for Bryan Oviedo. The player is now en route to Merseyside to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.

  103. 1017: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "La Gazzetta dello Sport claim the prospective transfer of 21-year-old Uruguay international winger Gaston Ramirez from Bologna to Southampton is in its final stages. The pink paper reports that only a few details need ironing out before a move said to be worth €14m is made official. This deal has been long and complicated so, with that in mind, treat this with caution as more bureaucratic problems certainly aren't beyond the realm of possibility."


    Greg Cochrane on Twitter: "Be happy if Pardew locks all our players in the training ground and takes their phones off them. Until 2moro. No deals please."

    Joe Robinson on Twitter: "Just spotted Luca Toni meeting Clark Carlisle outside Bootham Crescent... Could do wonders for York City"

    Adam Price on Twitter: "Any sightings of Ryan Babel's helicopter yet this year?"

    I believe it is flying forwards, before slowly tracking back with a vague look of disinterest, on the edge of the action.

  105. 1010: 

    This is warming up very nicely. Lots of clubs with fingers in pies. It is looking pretty certain now that Rafael van der Vaart is bound for Hamburg. BBC monitoring have flagged up that German newspaper Bild report the fee to be around 13m euros and that the Dutch player will go straight into the squad for HSV's match against Dortmund on Saturday.

    In addition, the player's agent, Robert Geerlings, has confirmed the move: "I can confirm that Rafael is on his way to Hamburg now for a medical." I'd class this as being nailed on.


    Kevin Marsh "My mates just seen David Bentley getting off a train at Blackpool, good deal if it works by Holloway"

    Charlie Fee on Twitter: "My mate working at Madrid airport just saw Kaka getting on a flight to Newcastle....Cabaye replacement?"

    Tim Anderson on Twitter: "Just seen Michael Owen & Alex Del Piero sharing a bag of chips on Norwich market."

    Using their tears as salty vinegar I imagine.

  107. 1000: 

    German football expert Raphel Honigstein: "Hamburg have confirmed a deal for Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutchman is on his way to Hamburg and could feature against Bremen on Saturday."

    German newspaper Bild are also reporting this news. In German. Although they say he is currently "on a flight", which is clearly wrong as Sky have shown him just leaving the Spurs training ground.

  108. 0958: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Chelsea forward Gael Kakuta is being tipped by L'Equipe to join Vitesse Arnhem on loan and Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko looks set to join Wolfsburg or Fenerbahce. Sissoko would rather move to the Premier League but the 23-year-old France international has not received any English offers. Paris Saint-Germain may add to the £110m already spent this summer by acquiring a right-back. Carlo Ancelotti has said he would like to buy a French player, yet with Lille keen to hold on to Mathieu Debuchy, attentions could turn to Ajax's Gregory van der Wiel."

  109. 0956: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Lyon's financial predicament means they have little choice but to sell today. If Tottenham do not meet the asking price for Hugo Lloris, club chairman Jean-Michel Aulas may encourage striker Bafetimbi Gomis to open talks with Fulham, who have already registered an interest, while exciting Brazilian winger Michel Bastos also has permission to leave the Stade de Gerland."

  110. 0955: 

    German football expert Raphael Honigstein: "Schalke 04 have signed Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay on a one-year-loan from Barcelona."

  111. 0955: 

    Apparently, Stewart Downing is happy at Liverpool and willing to fight for a place in the team at left-back, having played there during the Europa League second-leg against Hearts. "I have said to him [manager Brendan Rodgers] if he wants me to play at left-back or on the wing I am not bothered," said Downing. "As long as I play and do well, and the team do well, that is the main thing. It is a squad game. You are going to use everyone and if I am needed at left-back I am happy to do that."

  112. 0952: 

    Scott Sinclair may be on his way from Swansea, but manager Michael Laudrup isn't upset. He's too busy waxing lyrical about the winger's potential replacement, Pablo Hernandez, who looks set to join from Valencia for £5.5m. "Here is a player from the third biggest club in Spain and he wants to come here. It is great for us," said Laudrup. Or, in other words, Scott who?


    Nic in Leeds, via text: "Huge day in Huddersfield Town's season - need to replace our talisman and strengthen attacking options all round. Faith in the club to go for the right players."

    From Stuart in Poole, via text: "Just saw Klass-Jan Huntelaar getting into a taxi outside a Weatherspoons in Stoke. Am I doing this right?"

    Reece, via text: "Hearing things from "People In The Know" at Brighton that David Villa is coming in on loan today. Eyes and ears peeled. You heard it here first."

  114. 0945: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has raised the possibility of striker Dimitar Berbatov returning to Tottenham. It was thought the Bulgarian was destined for Fulham, but Ferguson said: "He has not gone yet. I do not know anything about it. There's not been any contact from him. He could be anywhere. I really mean that. I wouldn't be surprised if he was at Tottenham. There are rumours going around. I do not think it is settled at Fulham."

    I wonder if Fergie has checked the Old Trafford bench? If you've seen a man fitting Berbatov's description (tall, slow moving) please contact us via twitter or text.

  115. 0943: 

    Liverpool have since launched a bid take Daniel Sturridge on loan from Chelsea. Negotiations began between the clubs began late on Thursday night, just hours after Liverpool allowed Andy Carroll to join West Ham on loan.

  116. 0943: 

    Aston Villa have had a bid accepted for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey. The United States international, who is valued at about £7m, remains a target for Liverpool although swap-deals involving Charlie Adam and then Jordan Henderson collapsed yesterday leaving a proposed move to Anfield on hold.


    Riley Harrison on Twitter: "Heard Juan Roman Riquelme is at Everton today after his deadline day moves from the past 5 years didn't come to fruition"

    Jonathan Bloor on Twitter: "Just got off my flight back from Buenos - was sat by the one and only Batigol! He said he is off to Villa Parks for talks!"

    Ben Jamin on Twitter: "My mate Barry just told me he's spotted Harry Kewell in the Wigan Poundland looking at DVD's"

  118. 0937: 

    This was tucked away on the AC Milan website late last night. "Nigel De Jong arrived in Milan this evening and was seen at "Giannino's" having dinner with [chief executive] Adriano Galliani and [manager] Massimiliano Allegri."

  119. 0936: 
  120. 0934: 

    Ipswich have signed striker Paul Taylor from Peterborough for an undisclosed fee and agreed a season-long loan for Celtic's Daryl Murphy.

  121. 0934: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce talking about Andy Carroll on Sky Sports News: "Andy was pleased to choose us ahead of a number of other clubs and I'm glad to say we've got a top quality player for West Ham. I first tried a long time ago and it didn't look like happening but I'm glad it has.

    "It is a massive bonus in our favour and a huge player in this division who scores goals and contributes to build up play. He can help us be a force in this league. We've added goals to the squad with Andy. This is a £35m player and he wants to get some football in and be successful. He wants to be ambitious and we can give him the chance to keep his England place.

    "It took a lot of convincing for him to leave Liverpool. That was until it was made clear he would struggle to make the starting line-up. He will be in the squad for the game tomorrow."


    Fenton the dog on Twitter: "OFFICIAL STATEMENT: There is no truth in the rumours linking me with a move to Wimbledon Common"

  123. 0926: 

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "The Saviola deal could have a knock-on too, with Benfica light on numbers up front. Radio reports and this morning's newspapers have suggested a €5m (£4m) move for Braga striker Lima is close, but Braga president Antonio Salvador told Lusa that the club "want to avoid him leaving at all costs and will do everything to keep him".

    "Still basking in their dramatic Champions League play-off win over Udinese, the Arsenalistas (as Braga are known in Portugal) might even celebrate with a signing or two of their own. Free agent Alessandro Del Piero was linked yesterday by some Italian media…but if it happens, I'll eat my hat."

  124. 0925: 

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "If there's movement in Portugal today, it is most likely to involve those two wily hustlers of the transfer market - the country's two biggest clubs, Benfica and Porto. Benfica have a midfield logjam (nine senior pros who play in midfield) and tongues are still wagging on Manchester City's interest in Spain's Javi Garcia. Porto's Hulk and Joao Moutinho are also widely coveted, but astronomical asking prices have held up a Chelsea deal for the former and Tottenham's keenness on the latter."

  125. 0923: 

    German football expert Raphael Honigstein: "Renewed attempts by Chelsea to sign German international André Schürrle have also met resistance in Leverkusen. On Tuesday night, sporting director Rudi Völler was briefing journalists that the 21-year-old forward/winger would definitely not be sold in this window; it now remains to be seen if the latest, improved offer can affect a change of mind. It's no secret that the player himself is very keen on the move. The good news for the Blues is that they'll have until midnight to convince Bayer that €25m is a fee that's too good to turn down. Bundesliga players who transferred out of the league do not have to adhere to German deadlines, but to those of their destination league."

  126. 0923: 

    German football expert Raphael Honigstein: "The most exciting stories of the day could well revolve around non-movements. Wolfsburg forward's Ashkan Dejagah's reported €2.5m transfer to Fulham is in danger after the 26-year-old hurt his hamstring in training. There are conflicting reports coming out Germany whether a deal can still be struck. Hamburg, despite agreeing terms with Rafael van der Vaart, still consider a revised demand of €16m from Tottenham Hotspur an "utopian" amount. Daniel Levy needs to make his mind up soon: the Dutchman hast to be on that list by lunch time if he is to move today."

  127. 0921: 

    German football expert Raphael Honigstein: "It's probably best to treat updates from the German deadline with a degree of caution today: do not expect the unexpected. Most of the serious, expensive business has already been concluded, like Javi Martinez's €40m move from Bilbao to Bayern, or the capture of Dutch strikers Luuk de Jong (€15m, Twente to Borussia Mönchengladbach) and Bas Dost (€6.5m, Heerenveen to Wolfsburg). With the window shutting at 19:00 BST and the league's pesky insistence that all in-bound signings have to feature on the final DFL (German Football League) transferlist published at noon, clubs have too little room to manoeuvre. They can't really sell important players for lack of timely replacements."


    From Richard, Guildford, via text: "Transfer deadline day and as an Everton fan I'm always sitting here wishing for a striker. Not this year, all I ask for is none of our players or Moyes to leave! Not too much to ask is it?!"

    Tom, Spurs fan in York, via text: "RE 0907: Unbelievable - I brought Lloris to Tottenham on FIFA 12 last season. He helped us win the FA Cup and finish 3rd in the League. I should be AVB's virtual scout."

    Marc, Essex, via text: "Chelsea are 100% signing a German today as my mate's wife has been specially called into Cobham to complete the medical....and she is fluent in German."


    Pete Sadler on Twitter: "On the way to work this morning I spotted Marouane Chamakh at a petrol station with a driver on the A45. Off to Villa on loan?"

    Rob Walter on Twitter: "Won't be the same without Harry doing an interview from a car window 'we tried for Tevez and Cahill but got Saha and Nelsen'"

    Russ on Twitter: "Just seen a young looking Kenny Dalglish rock up at melwood in the Delorian, Good bit of business there get our goals ;-)"

    Great Scot!

  130. 0910: 

    So, Liverpool look set for another exit with Charlie Adam at Stoke for a medical. Brendan Rodgers is slowly stripping away the signing of the previous regime. But who will he be looking to bring in to sculpt the squad to his liking?


    Free agent Michael Owen on Twitter: "I had two big European teams show an interest yesterday but my priority still remains to play in the Prem. We will see how the day pans out."

  132. 0908: 

    More from France-based football writer Matt Spiro: "Meanwhile, Joey Barton was at the Stade Velodrome last night to watch OM progress in the Europa League. The Queens Park Rangers midfielder is hoping to be loaned to the Mediterranean club, although the move appears to hinge on defender Stephane Mbia going the other way in a £4m deal. Marseille might also lose the £16m-rated France striker Loic Remy after Chelsea and Manchester City registered late interest in the long-time Tottenham target."

  133. 0907: 

    France-based football writer Matt Spiro: "Today's activity in France is likely to centre around Lyon and Marseille. OL goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has reportedly agreed terms with Tottenham but the two clubs are yet to concur on a fee. In a statement released last night, the Ligue 1 outfit claimed Spurs had submitted a bid "considerably lower" than the £13m supposedly agreed last Sunday. Despite the stand-off, Le Parisien says there is "a strong chance" the 25-year-old France captain will be London-bound today."

  134. 0906: 

    Italian football writer James Horncastle: "Deadline day promises surprises aplenty in Italy. Nicklas Bendtner is expected to undergo a medical and complete a season-long loan from Arsenal to champions Juventus with an option to buy reportedly set at €5m. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Bendtner has had the cheek to ask for the No.10 shirt left by departed legend Alessandro Del Piero. They will apparently refuse. While on the subject of Del Piero, the same paper claims he has offers from Sion, Sydney FC and Braga, but "concrete signals" indicating Southampton are preparing a bid too. Elsewhere, Milan appear to have found a replacement for Mark van Bommel in international teammate Nigel De Jong for a reported fee of €3.5m plus add-ons from Manchester City."


    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "Charlie Adam has arrived at Stoke's training ground for talks and a medical."

  136. 0904: 

    You can contact us either via that fancy Twitter thing or by good old text message. Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text in on 81111 (UK). Be sure to put your name on your text, though, or it will be left to gather dust in our reserves. Like Michael Owen.

  137. 0903: 

    I can assure you if there is a deal to tell you about, a related quote to bring you or an outlandish rumour to debunk we will be doing just that, through the medium of words. But as always, this day would not be the same without contributions from you. Think of yourselves as honorary BBC journalists for the day, telling us which player you've just spotted at your local train station. I ask only one thing - no lying now. As if you would. Especially, not on the internet.

  138. 0902: 

    As well as this live text commentary, which will be running throughout the day, you have a number of options over how you follow deadline day with the BBC.

    From 15:00 BST on the Red Button , Football Focus presenter Dan Walker will give hourly updates with football experts and journalists as they react to the latest transfer news.

    You can tune into the BBC News Channel throughout the day for the latest sports news bulletins. And Radio 5 live will be updating listeners with all the breaking transfer deadline day activity from right now onwards.

  139. 0900: 

    You bring a left back in, send a right winger out, in, out, in, out and shake your squad about. Yes folks, that is what transfer deadline day is all about.

    Hello and welcome to our coverage of the final day of the English transfer window, during which clubs will be buying, they will selling, they will be loaning and more nonsense will be spoken than the whole Matrix trilogy put together.

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As It Stands Table

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Arsenal 0 0 0
No movement 2 Aston Villa 0 0 0
No movement 3 Burnley 0 0 0
No movement 4 Chelsea 0 0 0
No movement 5 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
No movement 6 Everton 0 0 0
No movement 7 Hull 0 0 0
No movement 8 Leicester 0 0 0
No movement 9 Liverpool 0 0 0
No movement 10 Man City 0 0 0
No movement 11 Man Utd 0 0 0
No movement 12 Newcastle 0 0 0
No movement 13 QPR 0 0 0
No movement 14 Southampton 0 0 0
No movement 15 Stoke 0 0 0
No movement 16 Sunderland 0 0 0
No movement 17 Swansea 0 0 0
No movement 18 Tottenham 0 0 0
No movement 19 West Brom 0 0 0
No movement 20 West Ham 0 0 0