Transfer deadline day afternoon session as it happened

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 19:23

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  1. 1900: 

    That clock, er, keeps on ticking doesn't it? That deadline day defining-deal is still to come too. That's it for this template but we will keep you up to date with every bit of gossip and all the latest "done deals" in our evening live text commentary, which will be running to midnight. Join us there...

  2. 1900: 

    BBC Sport reporter Richard Conway on Tottenham's transfer dealings today: "There's a domino effect at Tottenham. Rafael van der Vaart has left today and Luka Modric left earlier in the month. That money seems to be burning a hole in Spurs' pocket. The big deal of the day could be Joao Moutinho from Porto, but we understand there are problems with the payment structure and also the player's wages."

    Don't forget France keeper Hugo Lloris is also at Tottenham's training ground... no news on how those talks are going yet.

  3. 1857: 

    Talking of Liverpool, and Clint Dempsey, here's BBC Sport's Ben Smith... and this might (will) interest Tottenham fans too.

    Liverpool and Fulham are in talks to thrash out a last-ditch deal for Dempsey. The Anfield club made a straight cash offer for the 29-year-old United States forward on Friday afternoon.

    It came in below Fulham's valuation and was rejected but talks continue to reach a compromise closer to the £7m valuation.

    The situation could yet be complicated by late interest from Spurs. Having already beaten Liverpool to the signature of Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer, Spurs have now expressed an interest in Dempsey although no bid has been made.

    Mark Lawrenson, BBC Sport

    Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "Liverpool cannot sign just Clint Dempsey, who is not an out-and-out striker. They need someone else as well, otherwise their problems will be the same as last year - not enough goals. I can just see them being in the same predicament as last season."

  5. 1856: 

    BBC reporter Matt Slater outside Liverpool's training ground: "A dozen or so players have left Liverpool this summer, with three first-teamers going in the last 24 hours. Only four players have arrived. We wait and watch this evening to see if the deal-makers can get something done."

  6. 1856: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle on Southampton signing Gaston Ramirez: "Negotiations have been complicated on account of the number of parties said to be claiming a stake in the player and the reported entitlement of former club Peñarol to a percentage of the transfer fee.

    "Everything has now been resolved. It's a considerable coup for Southampton considering Liverpool and Manchester City were said to be interested at one stage, as were Juventus and Inter Milan. The 21-year-old Uruguay international is a winger capable of playing behind the strikers. He lacks consistency, sure, but there's absolutely no doubting his potential. On some days his dribbling and other creative talents are worth the ticket price alone."

  7. 1854: 

    It's been on the cards for a while - we are talking days rather than hours - but Southampton have finally reached an agreement with Italian club Bologna to sign 21-year-old Uruguay midfielder Gaston Ramirez.

  8. 1849: 

    Ryan Babel will apparently sign a one-year deal with Ajax in the next few days once he has passed a medical with the Amsterdam club. I don't think he will be using the Babel-copter tonight, more's the pity.


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith: "Was told earlier Ryan Babel was rejoining Ajax after leaving Hoffenheim as a free agent. The man himself has confirmed it."


    Jason from Poole, via text: "As a concerned Villa fan, I cant understand why we haven't opted for Michael Owen. Experienced player for such a young squad."

    Pierre in Swansea, via text: "Hernandez looks the business. Cheerio Sinclair!"

    Jon, a Spurs fan, in Eastleigh, via text: "Levy needs to get this Moutinho deal done. We've sold our two most creative players from last season and Moutinho is the difference between us challenging for top four or challenging for top spot."

  11. 1844: 

    Here's Rafael van der Vaart speaking after sealing his move from Tottenham back to former club Hamburg, where he played between 2005 and 2008: "It feels a bit like I am coming back home," he said. "Everybody knows that I still have a strong bond with Hamburg and it is a compliment when a club wants you every year. This season was the right time.

    "Of course I am no superman, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. But I do think that I can help the team. I have always followed Hamburg's progress and I think that the team is good. There are many talented players, but self-confidence is lacking.

  12. 1839: 

    A former England striker is on the move... and no, it's not Michael Owen. Or Emile Heskey. QPR striker Jay Bothroyd has joined Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on loan until 2 January 2013.


    Aston Villa's former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given tweets: "Good luck to Nigel de Jong at AC Milan. Was great to play alongside him."

    Robbie Savage, BBC Sport on Friday Focus

    "Dimitar Berbatov to Fulham is interesting and his move to Fulham has been the best of the day so far."

    Martin Keown, BBC Sport on Friday Focus

    "I'm interested by Maicon's move to Man City. What a fantastic player he is, and does that mean City will play with three at the back this season? That would give them a lot of options."

  16. 1834: 

    Hmmm, I think this lack of transfer action is what is know as the calm before the deadline day storm. Still, I've got the perfect way to fill the gap: Friday Focus has just started on the red button, the BBC News channel and this website (of course).

    Dan Walker is joined by Robbie Savage, Martin Keown and Guy Mowbray to talk about the deadline day deals that have gone through in the last few hours, and what might happen in the next few too.

  17. 1830:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Sport reporter Conor McNamara has got some news for Liverpool fans now. And no, it's not about Daniel Sturridge: "You do wonder, having let all these players go, is someone going to come in? We have to think about a certain Clint Dempsey and I am told that apparently Liverpool have made another approach to Fulham this evening to try and get that deal through."

  18. 1828: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell takes a look at the latest from La Liga: "We expected movement at Malaga following their Champions League qualification, and we're getting it. Coach Manuel Pellegrini has been looking for cover at centre-back, and Sporting Lisbon's ex-Newcastle defender Oguchi Onyewu has arrived in Andalucia for a medical. The 30-year-old US international is keen to quit Portugal for more first-team action. Meanwhile, Roque Santa Cruz has travelled with the Malaga squad for tomorrow's match at Zaragoza, though we are still waiting for official confirmation of his arrival from Manchester City.

    "Having missed out on Santa Cruz, Betis are looking for a centre-forward and have been in discussions with Getafe over a number of players - notably the unwanted Dani Guiza. The bustling striker made an important contribution to Spain's Euro 2008 win, scoring in the semi-final against Russia and replacing Fernando Torres in the final against Germany."

  19. 1826: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro reports: "Chelsea forward Gael Kakuta has sealed a season-long loan to Vitesse Arnhem. The France Under-21 international had been in talks with Marseille but failed to reach an agreement with the Mediterranean side.

    "Meanwhile, Gregory van der Wiel's £4.5m move to Paris Saint-Germain looks to be drawing nearer, despite earlier reports that Arsenal and Newcastle were hoping to hijack the move.

    "Both L'Equipe newspaper and RMC radio are claiming the Dutch international right-back has agreed terms the Ligue 1 side and will undergo a medical on Saturday. There is no hurry for PSG as the French window does not close until Tuesday.

  20. 1824:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    News from the blue half of Merseyside now, from BBC Sport reporter Conor McNamara: "Everton have not only agreed a fee for the Costa Rican left-sided player Bryan Oviedo, they have also had a work permit approved for him in London this afternoon. But there's still some crossing of Ts and dotting of Is to finish that one off."

  21. 1822: 

    Lots of Liverpool fans have been in touch, asking for news on Clint Dempsey and Daniel Sturridge. To be honest, if the Reds don't sign a striker soon they will be in touch asking if there is any news about signing Dean Sturridge.

    Anyway, don't despair Reds fans. Brendan Rodgers has been seen leaving the club's Melwood training ground but that does not mean he is going home to watch Ice Road Truckers.

    Before he left, Rodgers said: "The business people at the football club are looking to put deals in place. As a manager and a coach the earlier you can get it done the better. But I've always said if we can get the players we want in by the end of the window then I can be happy. There's still a bit of time left and a bit of work to do, and hopefully we can get things done."

  22. 1818: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Deadline day in Italy has been a bit like watching 'Back to the Future'. Luca Toni is wearing the purple of Fiorentina once again while Marco Borriello will be pulling on his old No.22 shirt at Genoa.

    "Alberto Gilardino has gone where veteran strikers go to score, that's Bologna to follow in the footsteps of Beppe Signori and Marco Di Vaio. But it wasn't all about goal-getters, even if Juventus brought in Nicklas Bendtner on loan and there's a tinge of regret that Inter couldn't find a back-up for Diego Milito. There were some notable comings and goings at San Siro. Nigel De Jong joined AC Milan from Manchester City. Douglas Maicon went the other way from Inter. Now the only thing left to wonder is whether Gaston Ramirez will join him in England at Southampton."


    Paul from Verwood via text: "I hope the Arsenal commercial and legal staff are enjoying their holidays....cos they're obviously not at work!"

    Phil in south Wales via text: "Liverpool are going to end up paying £35m for Sturridge at this rate! Hurry up and sign someone!"

    Ally, constantly hitting refresh in Sheffield, via text: "Best transfer of the day will be Hernandez to Swansea. Great addition."

  24. 1810: 

    So, what do you make of this deadline day so far? Are you a Liverpool fan desperate for Clint Dempsey, or a Manchester City fan who thinks selling Nigel de Jong was right and buying Richard Wright was wrong (or vice versa)? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text in on 81111 (UK). Make sure you put your name on those texts though.

  25. 1808: 

    German football expert Raphael Honigstein: "That sound you didn't hear just now was the German window slamming shut at 1700 BST. There can be no more comings and goings within the Bundesliga, but Ryan Babel's helicopter is free to find a landing place at home or abroad - before the fuel's running low. The former Liverpool midfielder, who's a free agent after his Hoffenheim contract was rescinded, is being linked with a return to Ajax; Dutch media are expecting him to sign a one-year-deal following a successful medical this evening.

    "There's still no confirmation of Ashkan Dejagah's expected move to Fulham and Chelsea's improved offer for Andre Schürrle (Bayer Leverkusen) has either come in a few millions too low or a few weeks too late. Or both."

  26. 1806: 

    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin: "Discussions ongoing as Celtic look to sign Nigerian defender Efe Ambrose. But forget rumours of Michael Owen to Celtic. It won't happen."

  27. 1805: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "The gong has sounded in Italy, as the transfer window here comes to a close. Clubs can no longer buy players but they are still able to sell to those based in countries, such as England, where the deadline has not yet passed, so Southampton fans fear not, there is still time to sign Gaston Ramirez from Bologna. In fact, there have been unconfirmed reports from Sky Italia that the deal has been done."

  28. 1800: 

    Don't get me wrong, the last few hours have been pretty entertaining and all that, but is anyone else still waiting for that truly-defining deadline day deal? I thought so. Worry not because Joao Moutinho, Javi Garcia and Clint Dempsey could yet oblige. They had better get a move on, mind...

  29. 1753: 

    Hmmm, I wonder if Spurs could arrange for that Porto plane to take a small detour... to Stansted?

  30. 1751: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "With Tottenham fans on tenterhooks waiting for further news of the Joao Moutinho deal, it seems like business as usual for the midfielder. He departed on a flight to the Algarve with the rest of the Porto squad ahead of tomorrow's game at Olhanense about 25 minutes ago. I'm sure the captain will allow him to keep his mobile on just this once, right?"

  31. 1751: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan: "Southampton striker Billy Sharp is attracting the interest of Nottingham Forest."

  32. 1750: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan: "Aston Villa are still in discussions with Genk's Belgian striker Christian Benteke and Crewe midfielder Ashley Westwood. Could be more news later."

  33. 1745: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "There's a sigh of relief in one half of Seville with the Bundesliga transfer deadline having passed - meaning Wolfsburg will not be signing Real Betis' star midfielder Benat. The 25-year-old, who was called up by Vicente del Bosque today for Spain's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, was the subject of serious interest from Felix Magath, but with Betis looking for at least €15m (£12m), that has come to nothing. Athletic Bilbao and Premier League Swansea have already been credited with an interest, but the potential fee appears to be a little rich for both."

  34. 1744: 

    Marseille defender Stephane Mbia speaking en route to QPR: "I'm very happy to come to England. It is my dream. I want to do my best. I'm just so happy to come, and I want to impress in the Premier League. I just want to play football, which was my dream when I was young. I've come to sign for QPR and everyone is happy."


    Swansea defender Ashley Williams tweets: "Welcome to the club, Pablo Hernandez!"

  36. 1737: 

    Swindon have confirmed BBC Wiltshire's earlier story: Giles Coke signs on loan from Sheffield Wednesday until January.


    Charles Rigby on Twitter: "Where's this striker for Chelsea then? Torres and Sturridge can't last a season alone..."

    Shukers on Twitter: "Arsenal fans conned. Most expensive team to watch in the world, key players always sold, no ambition to win the title."

    Tom Spock on Twitter: "Wenger leaving it late again - but last year he did as well, and still ended up with Mertesacker, Arteta, and Benayoun."

  38. 1735: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Juventus have completed the signing of Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner on a season-long loan after he passed a medical at Turin's Clinica Fornaca. His signing hasn't generated all that much enthusiasm among supporters of the Italian champions after they were promised a 'Top Player' thought to be either Robin van Persie or Fernando Llorente by general manager Beppe Marotta. Of course, Bendtner will feel that he more than meets that expectation. "If you ask me if I am one of the best strikers in the world, I say yes because I believe it," he said two years ago."

  39. 1732: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro with the latest from Ligue 1: "Lyon have turned down Fulham's request to sign Michel Bastos on loan, according to several reports in France. The Ligue 1 club are only prepared to let the Brazilian winger go in a permanent deal and are understood to want at least £7m for him."


    Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner tweets: "I can now finally say I am a Juventus player. Very proud and can't wait to wear the stripes! I hope we will have great times together.

    "I want to fulfil my potential here and show the fans my absolute best as that is yet to come. I am sure I will.

    "Thanks for all the support from the Arsenal fans and the Sunderland fans, means the world. We always believe and that gets us far!"

    So, no mention of how his pink boots match the Juventus away kit, but we all know that's what he's really thinking...

  41. 1730: 

    Watford have signed Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah on loan until 2 January. Chalobah, 17, who can play in defence or midfield, captained the Blues' youth side to victory in the FA Youth Cup last season.


    Manchester United and England midfielder Tom Cleverley tweets: "Tuned into deadline day! This is entertainment."

  43. 1727: 

    Nicklas Bendtner's pink boots are a perfect match for the Juventus away kit. The reason I'm telling you this? The 24-year-old Danish striker has joined the Italian giants on a season-long loan from Arsenal.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Sport reporter Conor McNamara with the latest news on Spurs' prospective deadline-day deals: "Tottenham fans are being kept waiting - they're hoping Joao Moutinho's transfer from Porto will go through before the deadline. The French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is at the training ground at the moment, but neither of those deals have gone through yet."

  45. 1725: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "A done deal in Portugal - as expected, Lokomotiv Moscow's former West Ham defender Manuel da Costa has signed a one-season loan deal with Nacional. Meanwhile Romanian defender Cristian Sapunaru is leaving champions Porto - and it's reported he'll turn down a return to his home country with Manchester United's Champions League opponents Cluj and will join Real Zaragoza instead.

    "On a relatively quiet day in Spain, there was always half a suspicion that Athletic Bilbao might be active, having sold Spain's Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich for €40m (£31.75m) this week. Yet the club which knocked United out of Europe last season are faced with a particular problem - their policy is to only sign Basque players. To that end, Athletic are reportedly still in discussions with Malaga over left-back Nacho Monreal and with Atletico Madrid concerning midfielder Raul Garcia, though there are serious doubts over whether than can get either deal done."

  46. 1716: 

    Pablo Hernandez's dream has come true. He is a Premier League player. Swansea have smashed their club record to sign the 27-year-old Spanish winger from Valencia for £5.55m.

    Hernandez has signed a three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium after passing his medical and finalising personal terms.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Manchester City's transfer business looks sorted. A fee of £16m has been agreed for Benfica's Javi Garcia as manager Roberto Mancini gets the midfield man he has been seeking all summer. Fiorentina's Matija Nastasic will also be confirmed as a City player later tonight - and that's for £13m plus Stefan Savic."


    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "All the best at Fulham, Berba! Scored some great goals for us and hope you do so for your new club!"

  49. 1710: 

    Southampton boss Nigel Adkins on the possibility of signing Uruguayan winger Gaston Ramirez from Bologna: "The deadline is 11 o'clock tonight so we are very optimistic and hopeful. A lot of work has gone into this deal, and we're very, very close."


    Joseph Rutter on Twitter: "Don't think Man City have improved their squad at all. Maicon no better than De Jong, Sinclair no better than Adam Johnson."

    James Bell on Twitter: "Unless a proverbial goalscoring rabbit's pulled out of a Liverpool hat in the next six hours, no chance of the top four."

    Doug Russell on Twitter: "Swansea are starting to look frightening..."

    We've already had the Anfield Cat but a goalscoring rabbit would be one of the best deadline day signings of all time...

  51. 1707: 

    It's been quite a while since our last confirmed done deal but Coventry have stepped into the breach to snap up striker David McGoldrick from Nottingham Forest on loan until 2 January. The 24-year-old, who played in Forest's 4-1 defeat against Wigan on Tuesday, has scored nine times in 75 appearances for the Championship club.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Today is one of those days that is great but horrible at the same time. Something will happen late that nobody expected, and it will be hectic right up to the end."

  53. 1700: 

    Clint Dempsey must be looking anxiously at his watch, because time is fast running out for him to secure a move to Liverpool. Plenty more potential moves still to go through, too, including Tottenham's attempts to sign Joao Moutinho from Porto.

  54. 1659: 

    New Swansea signing Pablo Hernandez, speaking outside the Liberty Stadium: "I am very happy. It's my dream, to play in the Premier League."

  55. 1658: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Not long now until the deadline for Italy's clubs to buy comes to an end. Fiorentina, still embittered by Juventus's failed hijack of their bid to sign Dimitar Berbatov, have been running their finger through the phone book of strikers beginning with 'B'.

    "After missing out on Nicklas Bendtner, Marco Borriello and another attacker of sorts, Ryan Babel, they switched their attention to Torino talisman and former Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi. Sky Sport Italia claim an offer was rebuffed and Fiorentina are now being linked with Sampdoria's injury prone forward Nicola Pozzi. One of the Viola's former No.9s, Luca Toni, is said to be close to signing for Tuscan rivals Siena."


    Celtic manager Neil Lennon has just tweeted, although I wouldn't take him too seriously here: "Just bumped into two lads outside the door. One was called Lionel, the other Yaya. Seemed nice enough... lol!"

  57. 1653: 

    BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera: "Chelsea have been linked with Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle but the Bundesliga club insist the German international is staying with them and no negotiations are taking place."

  58. 1648: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro with the latest from Ligue 1: "Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo must be one of the busiest men in football today. Although Anigo said this morning he had not received any offer for Loic Remy, RMC are reporting that Marseille are close to striking a deal with Chelsea for the France striker. The French radio station claim the Blues are ready to meet OM's £15.8m asking price.

    "Joey Barton, meanwhile, is allegedly on his third cafe au lait, still awaiting confirmation of Stephane Mbia's transfer to Queens Park Rangers so that his loan switch to Marseille can go through. The French club are also closing in on the signing of Sedan right-back Kassim Abdallah, who will replace Chelsea signing Cesar Azpilicueta. Another quiet day in Marseille, then."

  59. 1643: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, speaking about his capture of Andy Carroll on Sky Sports News: "The co-owners worked particularly hard with me over a very short period of time to get this deal through. I'm very appreciative of that and hopefully Andy can pay back the faith we've shown in him."


    Mason on Twitter: "Absolutely nothing about Manchester United signing anyone in this deadline day! Fergie to pull out a major shock?"

    Steven Richards on Twitter: "Cheers Charlie Adam. You were cola rather than champagne but your honest effort was appreciated at Liverpool. Good luck at Stoke."

    Gindy Mathoon on Twitter: "Berbatov for £4m is steal of a century... It's like buying a Vivienne Westwood tee shirt from Poundland."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Stoke City still looking like the only serious route back into the Premier League for Michael Owen - but odds on any deal being done today are lengthening.

    "No need for Owen to join anyone before the deadline because he is a free agent but a possibility of a move to The Britannia is still there a little further down the line."


    BBC Sport reporter Juliette Ferrington tweets: "Interesting to see the number 10 shirt at Stoke remains vacant. I wonder who they could be holding out for?"

  63. 1637: 

    Speaking of spotting players, I was hugely disappointed not to see any at all during my own deadline day dash from Brighton (where I was this morning) to Salford (where I cam currently sitting). If there was a coach-load of free agents doing keepy-uppies on the hard shoulder of the M40, or an unwanted former England striker queuing for a burger in the services of the M6, I missed them. Maybe I should have borrowed Ryan Babel's chopper instead?

  64. 1635: 

    I have two requests for you before we continue. Firstly, manually refresh this page so you can see who is talking to you now Phil has been led off for a well-earned lie-down in a darkened room. Then, get involved. Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text in on 81111 (UK). Make sure you put your name on those texts though. If you do spot a Brazilian international midfielder in your local chippy then you really should get some credit for it.

  65. 1633: 

    Afternoon all. As I am sure you have noticed, deadline day is bubbling under quite nicely so far but this is where things start getting interesting. The clock is ticking, managers are sweating and there are plenty of twists, turns, surprise moves and helicopter dashes to come. Whatever you do, don't fall asleep (I'm talking to you, Benjani).

  66. 1630: 

    Right, that is it from me. It has been a pleasure guiding you through this last day of the transfer window. I hand over to a man who is no stranger to a deadline day, Mr Chris Bevan. I'm off to play with my etch-a-sketch. I'll see thee.

  67. 1627:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Sport

    "Roberto Mancini has got Richard Wright - a massive signing! He's got Scott Sinclair, who will be an impact player and will not have a regular start. Nigel de Jong needs to be replaced. He's bringing in Maicon, 31 years of age and over 60 caps for Brazil. I think he will be a good addition."

  68. 1627:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Sport

    "QPR, when Mark Hughes came to the club, the majority of the players there were Championship standard. Now he's released 15 or 16 player, an overhaul. The money they would have been on would have been a massive amount. Now he's going for experience, he's got the funds and why not? He's made some good signings."

  69. 1627: 

    So, with just over six and half hours to go until the window closes, there are a couple of big deals in the offing - Joao Mountinho from Porto to Tottenham and Javi Garcia from Athletic Bilbao to Man City - and still time for others to develop. We're building nicely to one hell of a climax.


    Paolo Bandini, Italy football expert, tweets: "Maicon was a brilliant player two years ago, but patchy over last couple of seasons for me. Fascinated to see how he pans out at Man City..."


    Celtic manager Neil Lennon tweets, seeking to calm things: "There is a lot of panic on here today... deep breaths."

  72. 1620: 

    Chelsea have loaned 17-year-old defender Nathaniel Chalobah to Watford until 2 January. Gianfranco Zola cannily exploiting his Blues links.

    The Blues have also sent out summer-signing Thorgan Hazard - younger brother of Eden - on loan to Belgian club SV Zulte Waregem for the season.


    Peter Williams on Twitter: "Swindon making the best signings today, it's about quality not quantity, well done Paolo"

    Kevin Jamieson on Twitter: "As another transfer window heats up, we only have a few hours to completely replace our starting 11. Come on you R's! #QPR"

    Dave Adams on Twitter: "Looking forward to someone at Arsenal issuing Wilshere 'like a new signing' statement"

  74. 1608: 

    Edgar Davids and Bournemouth! Not quite. The Cherries have actually completed the signing of midfielder Lorenzo Davids, cousin of Champions League winner Edgar. The 25-year-old, a free agent after his release by German side Augsburg, has agreed a two-year deal.

  75. 1605: 

    BBC Sport's Dave Ornstein: "France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is now at Tottenham's Spurs Lodge training ground undergoing a medical ahead of a proposed move from Lyon. Reports suggest the agreed fee is around £10m."

    Heurelho Gomes must be feeling particularly glum right now.


    Judging by the tweets we're getting, there is no doubt which club has the most disillusioned fans this deadline day. Step forward Gooners...

    Chris Leonard on Twitter: "Arsenal's lack of transfer activity bordering on negligence...."

    Guy Remon on Twitter: "Mr Wenger still in bed? Please buy a defensive midfield/defender and a striker with Premier League experience. Or just buy anyone please!"

    James Ash on Twitter: "Come Arsenal! Sell or loan another player, I dare you! #transferblues"

  77. 1600: 

    An Exclusive from BBC Wiltshire's Chris Wise: "Swindon are set to sign Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Giles Coke on loan. They were waiting until they'd shifted fellow midfielder Oliver Risser who is now heading to Stevenage until January."

  78. 1558: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "For all the happy, smiling faces you get posing behind hastily-printed replica shirts on the deadline, there are always a few to lose out...the latest with the lament of the jilted is Real Betis sporting director Vlada Stosic, who's been talking about his disappointment that Roque Santa Cruz won't be returning to the club, but joining local rivals Malaga instead. "We had a verbal agreement," Stosic told a press conference today. "Then he called me and told me Malaga were in the Champions League, that Malaga and City had come to an agreement, and that he had to go to Malaga." Stosic also said that Betis struck an agreement with the Paraguayan "three months ago." Awkward...

    "Meanwhile, Marca have published a photo of Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes (his client list is stuffed with players in Spain and Portugal, including Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo) at the Atletico Madrid official lunch in Monaco this afternoon, where his mobile is "billowing out smoke", they say. So a few more to come, then."


    RashyBa$hee on Twitter: "This transfer window looks more like 'revive my career' window"

    Bob Dunn on Twitter: "Howay Pardew. It won't be a proper transfer window until we sign another Demba #NUFC"

    Greg Love on Twitter: "Glad I'll get to see Berbatov playing football again, even if its not in a red shirt, too good a player to rot on the bench"


    Spanish football reporter Guillem Balague tweets about new QPR signing Esteban Granero: "Great quality on the ball, good passing range, not the fastest but great football brain. Needs a coach that backs him to blossom."

  81. 1550:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Rafael van der Vaart is a cult figure at Hamburg and they will be delighted to have him back. He's returned to Germany for family reasons and he's a big loss for Spurs because he is talented.

    "But Tottenham will be very active before the deadline. There's talk of a £22m transfer for Joao Moutinho, which if it comes off is a big deal for Spurs and for Andre Villas-Boas, who is a big admirer of this player."

  82. 1550:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Manchester City have been relatively quiet up to now but today they have really swung into action. Maicon is an interesting signing - he's 31 and that does not fit the City template. Some say he is past his best but boss Roberto Mancini does know him well."

  83. 1550: 

    Following the departure of Andy Carroll and Charlie Adam from Anfield, it has all gone suspiciously quiet at Liverpool. Apart from Clint Dempsey stood outside the gates wailing. At this stage Liverpool have still to make an offer for the Fulham forward. The 29-year-old and his representatives are exploring other options but it is still too early to rule out a late bid from Brendan Rodgers. Time is running out …


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on Twitter: "Doesn't now look as though Ricardo Carvalho will be joining #QPR this summer. Still working hard on incomings though..."


    Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam tweets: "Delighted to have signed for Stoke City. Looking forward to a successful four years and beyond. See your great support at Wigan tomorrow."

  86. 1542: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "The exact terms of Maicon's transfer have yet to be made public. This morning's La Gazzetta dello Sport speculated that it would be worth between €6m and €8m. The deal reunites Maicon with City manager Roberto Mancini under whom he worked for two seasons at Inter between 2006 and 2008. The 31-year-old Brazil international was a member of Inter's treble-winning side in 2010. He has struggled with injury in recent seasons and there's a suspicion that his best days are behind him but when fit he remains one of the top right-backs in the world. 'Buona fortuna, Maicon,' wrote Inter. 'Good luck.'"

  87. 1539: 

    Having used by Italian etch-a-sketch I can confirm that the Inter statement on Maicon says: "Internazionale confirms that the documentation has been completed and submitted for the transfer and registration of defender Douglas Maicon Sisenando to Manchester City." In fairness, I could have had a decent guess that's what it said.

  88. 1536: 

    Midfielder Stephen Quinn has joined Hull City from Sheffield United on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.


    BBC Sport reporter Juliette Ferrington tweets: "Steven Nzonzi won't be going anywhere unless Blackburn agree a fee for him and no bids so far."

  90. 1531: 

    As expected, Manchester City have wrapped up the signing of Inter Milan right-back Maicon. It's all there, in Italian words on the Inter website. I'm sure the Brazilian will be looking forward to settling a score with a certain Gareth Bale when City play Tottenham. I wonder where this leaves Micah Richards, though?

  91. 1530: 

    West Ham co-owner David Gold tells Sky Sports News about the signing of Andy Carroll: "It was Sam Allardyce who convinced him. He's joining with people that he knows, like Kevin Nolan with whom he's been pals for a long time. It's just important that he feels he's not going to a club when he's a complete stranger. That's a key issue. The player feels comfortable coming to this club."

  92. 1527: 

    BBC Monitoring reports: "Brazilian winger Michel Bastos could be on his way to Fulham, according to the website of French sports newspaper France Football. Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted there is "a small chance he could go to England" in a deal worth around 9m euros (£7.1m), the paper reported."


    Michael Thomas on Twitter: "Micah Richards on his way to Newcastle! Excellent signing if true."

    David Toon on Twitter: "It's fair to say AVB is demolishing Redknapp's Spurs team..."

    Andy Mole on Twitter: "Rejected by Dempsey, who can Villa get a snog from at the deadline day disco?"

  94. 1526: 

    We've found him! Dimitar Berbatov is alive and well and has signed for Fulham! Apparently, he was stood outside the ground wearing one white glove and a trilby and people assumed he was a statue. The Bulgarian striker has signed a two-year deal with the Cottagers and moves for an undisclosed fee.

  95. 1523: 

    QPR manager Mark Hughes on possible defensive signing Stephane Mbia: "Hopefully we'll get him a medical quite quickly. A lot of contract discussions have already taken place and that's pretty much been concluded. Once we get through the medical that's a deal that could be concluded very quickly. He's a player who can player in a number of positions and I like that flexibility. He's a good age and it's a good price."


    QPR midfielder Joey Barton on possible life in Marseille: "Hopefully, once the ink is dry, I can immerse myself in the culture, learn the language and just play football. That is my dream..."

  97. 1522: 

    Here's what Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas had to say about Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy regarding Spurs's move for Hugo Lloris. It is not particularly complimentary: "We have had people speaking all night with Daniel Levy. He talks a lot and goes back on what we've agreed in writing.

    "The things as they were at 5am were not the same at 10am. I think we have to make sure we get a certain amount of value because it's important that Hugo can go to a quality club that allows him to do himself justice from a value point of view, so that he can feel right about it.

    "At the moment we're talking about whether he can come back to say his goodbyes to the supporters, to his team-mates, so we can honour him, this truly great player and brilliant man. I would put it at 50-50 that Hugo goes to Tottenham. Although from the outset we've submitted to agreements I would now put it at 50-50 that he'll be going there.

    "Agreements have not at all been respected. We've done what we can. Hugo has been troubled by the difficulty in these negotiations."


    Former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong tweets: "It's official!

    "Thanks to Manchester City for giving me the opportunity to be part of their history four years ago. All the best to my former teammates and all the people."

  99. 1518: 

    New Stoke signing Charlie Adam outside Britannia Stadium: "When a new manager comes in he wants to change things, that's the way it goes, that's football. I owe a lot to Liverpool. Hopefully in the future they'll do well, and I'm looking forward to getting a Stoke shirt on. If the opportunity comes I'll be ready to go against Wigan tomorrow. I'm looking forward to the future."

  100. 1517: 

    Right, I'm going to go put some missing posters up about Berbatov, with those little strips with a phone number on you can tear off the bottom. Seriously, though, no word yet on Dimitar's whereabouts, or if he is currently speaking to a club about a move.


    Chris in Cardiff, via text: "Villa agree a £10.6m fee for Benteke (Gent striker). He went on strike yesterday to force it through."

    Tom from London, via text: "Don't worry, Al Fayed just wants them finish the statue of Berbatov before there's a grand unveiling. Rumours that the statue shows Berba moonwalking are unconfirmed. Cha'mon!"

    Randall in London, via text: "Hearing growing whispers that Demba Ba could be on his way to Arsenal. Ba-rilliant news for us Gooners if true!"


    QPR midfielder Joey Barton tweets from Marseille: "Excuse moi, café au lait s'il vous plaît?"

    Joey Barton there, using a French etch-a-sketch.

  103. 1506: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Those reports claiming Manchester City had come in for Yann M'Vila appear to be wide of the mark. Rennes chairman Frederic de Saint Sernin has just said the France midfielder will definitely not be moving to an English club today, and added that there is now a very strong chance of him staying in Brittany. 'He's not going to England,' De Saint Sernin declared. 'Tottenham gave up on the player at 19:30 last night. It's 95 percent sure he will stay at Rennes, unless a Russian or Ukrainian club makes an offer.'"


    Southampton FC tweet: "Nigel Adkins on transfer target Gaston Ramirez: "We are very, very close. All being well, he will become our player"."

  105. 1506: 

    Southampton news! We have Southampton news! Are you ready for it? Here it comes...

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Ah, Manchester City have finally made a significant move. Good player too, Javi Garcia."

  107. 1500: 

    The Neville brothers there slamming the transfer window and certain clubs. Take that deadline day! And some clubs. You'll think twice now before using the entire alloted window to make your signings, won't ya.


    England coach Gary Neville tweets: "What the transfer deadline gives you is a clear indication of which are the badly run football clubs!"


    Everton captain Phil Neville tweets: "Watching all the transfers come in. In my opinion the window should be closed the day before the season starts!"

  110. 1459: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports: "Steven Nzonzi's move from Blackburn to Stoke is very much dependent on players leaving the Potters and there are few signs of that happening. There is nothing in the frame regarding Valter Birsa's potential move from Genoa."


    Jack Edwards on Twitter: "Off out to the shops. If Spurs haven't sold and replaced their entire squad by the time I get back, I won't be happy."

    Neil Gibbons on Twitter: "On holiday in Brighton - just seen Dwight Yorke enjoying a ice cream!"

    Stuart Edwards on Twitter: "Wenger and Berbatov nowhere to be seen... Wonder what they're up to?"

  112. 1452:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC reporter Conor McNamara has the latest: "Dimitar Berbatov? We are still waiting for confirmation about Fulham. And Clint Dempsey has gone very, very quiet. We're awaiting some movement on that too."

  113. 1452: 

    QPR manager Mark Hughes on new signing Esteban Granero from Real Madrid: "We're delighted Esteban has joined us. He's a great player who I've admired for some time. We tried to get him in January, actually, but that wasn't possible. But now it's been concluded, and I'm really impressed with him."

  114. 1452: 

    Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu indicates he has moved to Stoke City: "I'm very excited. I've always been a big fan of the Premier League, and I can't wait to get started. It's all done now and I'm excited about getting ready to play. I know Charlie Adam well too - I know him from Rangers. I'm sure he'll come in and add to this squad."


    Kaz Ahuja on Twitter: "Just seen Babel in his helicopter overhead with smoke coming out the back. He is using the sky as a giant etch a sketch!"

    Luke Morris on Twitter: "Totally gutted that Van der Vaart has left Spurs. He's been my favourite player since his late teens at Ajax"

    Sam Woods on Twitter: "RDM really needs to get Schurrle in, no back up for Torres if Sturridge goes to Liverpool, squad is looking paper thin"

  116. 1447:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC reporter Conor McNamara has the latest: "Manchester City were slow to get off the mark this morning but they have certainly picked up pace. Scott Sinclair has signed from Swansea and Nigel de Jong has moved to Milan.

    "Many media outlets are reporting now that a deal to bring Maicon to Manchester from Inter Milan has been completed, but we have not had official confirmation yet from either club. It should be said that Inter have signed a right-sided wing-back in the form of Uruguayan Alvaro Pereira, and he would appear a natural replacement for Maicon, so that appears to me to look likely."

  117. 1447: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Arguably the biggest piece of news expected today in Italy is an announcement from Napoli confirming reports that Edinson Cavani has signed a lucrative contract extension until 2017. It's said that a buy-out clause worth close to €60m has been included in the terms of the agreement to keep the player at the San Paolo for the foreseeable future and protect his value amid interest from Europe's biggest clubs.

    "In the meantime, a deal mentioned earlier today, which foresaw Genoa striker Alberto Gilardino moving on loan to Bologna in the event that his parent club brought in Marco Borriello as his replacement from Roma has now gone through, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport."

  118. 1446: 

    Rafael van der Vaart's Premier League career is over. The midfielder has left to join Hamburg.

  119. 1446: 

    If some of the deals that have been suggested today come to fruition we are in for a hell of a climax to this deadline day. I'd like to think it will all end with Dimitar Berbatov swooping in from nowhere with a big glorious move like Han Solo at the end of Star Wars. Yeeee-hoooo. You're all clear Berba, now let's sign this thing and go home!


    BBC Sport reporter Matt Slater tweets: "At Liverpool playing 20 questions with Rodgers... oh, we've stopped. Poker-faced on Walcott, Sturridge and Dempsey. No to Huntelaar."


    The Premier League tweet from their official account: "How do Premier League transfers get done? Read our Q&A on deal sheets and fax machines as we explain the process of players moving:"

  122. 1437: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "This would be a big one....A Bola claiming that Benfica and Manchester City have agreed a deal for Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia. There's no word on the exact fee but it's "close" to the €30m (£23.8m) buyout clause in his contract. What's clear is Garcia would be a great signing for City; a strong, robust holder who's good on the ball - and a step up from de Jong - who can also play at centre-back. Let's see..."

  123. 1435: 

    Our football finance expert from Deloitte Alan Switzer answers questions on the transfer deadline day.

    Which clubs have spent the most this summer? PSG must be amongst them.

    "Spot on with PSG as they are currently the highest spenders at €140m, and counting. We estimate the top five gross spenders are: PSG - €140m, Chelsea - €99m, Bayern Munich - €70m, Manchester United - €65m Juventus - €50m."


    Everton FC tweet: "Update on Bryan Oviedo - en route to his medical. We will keep everybody posted and update as soon as the transfer is completed."

  125. 1434: 

    Arsenal's South Korea striker Park Chu-young has joined Spanish side Celta Vigo on a season-long loan deal. The 27-year-old made six appearances for Arsenal last season, scoring once, after joining from Monaco.

  126. 1432: 

    Still no further word at the moment on the various moves being made by Tottenham, who are reportedly in for Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris and Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho - two deals that could relieve them of the Luka Modric fee and more. Meanwhile, I've been dared by a tweeter to mention Southampton just once. There you go. Your move @Roy_ChubbyBeatZ... Seriously, though, when we get a sniff of a Saints-related transfer we'll bring it to you. Happy?


    Ash Winter on Twitter: "Real shame to see Van der Vaart on his way. Lights up the Premier League at times with his style and swagger."

    Timmy Gillespie on Twitter: "Is Arsene Wenger out of bed yet? Let's do some business!"

    Mike Flynn on Twitter: "Don't look now, but a suspiciously Bulgarian-looking pizza delivery man just turned up with AVB's double pepperoni at Chigwell..."

  128. 1428: 

    Our football finance expert from Deloitte Alan Switzer answers questions on the transfer deadline day.

    Why do some clubs refuse to disclose how much they have paid for a player?

    "I would turn the question round and say in a way it is surprising so many values are disclosed. There is no legal requirement for the English clubs to disclose the values and in many other less high profile industries companies would very rarely disclose values of commercial transactions unless forced.

    "For transfers that do go undisclosed the clubs will typically have agreed to keep confidential to protect their separate commercial interests. Why do some clubs refuse to disclose how much they have paid for a player?"

  129. 1427: 

    Our football finance expert from Deloitte Alan Switzer answers questions on the transfer deadline day.

    Why do clubs leave it to the last minute to do deals? Is there a financial reason?

    "I think it is partly a question of player availability. With the advent of the transfer window, clubs are mindful not to lose players without being able to find a replacement before the close of the window, which is why we often see a domino effect on deadline day. Equally, the approach of the deadline, coming a couple of weeks into the new season also focuses the minds of clubs to what more they might need in their squad over the four months until January and could prompt them to enter into the market at the last minute.

    "There is also definitely a financial aspect to this, with selling clubs looking to leverage the deadline to maximise the sale value of their players. Some of the deadline day transfers have often been rumours for a long time but it takes the close of the window to get the deals done."

  130. 1427: 

    Our football finance expert from Deloitte Alan Switzer answers questions on the transfer deadline day.

    How are most deals structured? Is it cash up front?

    "Each deal is unique with the payment structure depending on the nature and financial situation at each club - if a club is cash rich then they will seek to make up front payments when making purchases, especially when purchasing from abroad so as to minimise the risk of the exchange rate changing. If a club is less cash rich, then they will seek to spread the payments across a longer time period and try and negotiate a higher performance dependant element."


    Jamo, Aberdeen, via text: "Is Wenger the only person who thinks are team is strong enough? He's said that for 7 years, thought he'd want to push the boat out before it pushes him out! No excitement yet again on deadline day for the Gooners."

    From Jonathan Appleby, via text: "Says a lot about Newcastle that they appear to be holding on to all their top players.. Well done Pardew"

    Mark in Liverpool, via text: "Jealous of the signings fulham seem to be making, they will have a really good squad, just wish liverpool would get active as they seem to be letting everyone leave without bringing anyone in!"

  132. 1423: 

    Our football finance expert from Deloitte Alan Switzer answers questions on the transfer deadline day.

    What's the most money spent on transfer deadline day? By a single club and overall?

    The most spent on deadline day in the summer transfer window is £130m in 2008. On that day, Manchester City were the biggest spenders with a £32.5m outlay on Robinho. The biggest January transfer window deadline day spend was in January 2011 when £135m of transfer fees were concluded on the final day, fuelled by Chelsea's £71m outlay on Fernando Torres and David Luiz.

  133. 1422: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo claims the French club have "other options" should they fail to land Joey Barton on loan. "At least Barton will have had the chance to see the city and the climate here," Anigo said. Probably not the kind of statement that Barton or Queens Park Rangers were hoping for."

  134. 1419: 

    Football agent Rob Shield gives an agent's view on transfer deadline day: "Leaving an attempt to sign anyone until this late will only do one thing: push the price up. An agent will be pushing both sides of any deal by suggesting options such as whether the fee is a lump sum or in instalments. And he may be tempted to take a cut on his fee which is usually 5-7% for a domestic deal. International fees are usually closer to 10%."

  135. 1419: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Inter have spent this afternoon unveiling their eighth signing of the summer, Alvaro Pereira, who joins the club from Porto for €10m plus a further €5m in performance-related bonuses. The Uruguay international wing-back has been welcomed by the press in Italy as a replacement for Douglas Maicon, a member of Inter's treble-winning side in 2010, who is said to be edging ever closer to a move to Manchester City. "Maicon has been an excellent player for Inter and has done a lot for the team," he said. "But I am Alvaro Pereira, another player altogether and I don't like comparisons with Maicon."


    Nick Forrester on Twitter: "So where have Fulham got all this money from? Just seen rumours linking them with Michel Bastos aswell as their other signings!"

    Frank Fitzjohn on Twitter: "Think I have an RSI to my right thumb from constant twitter refreshing. The tension is unbearable"

    Matt Waring on Twitter: "Hmm. @themichaelowen hasn't said anything on here in a while. Has he finally found someone to take him?"

    Either that or he's riding Shergar into the Bermuda Triangle pulling a cart with Glenn Miller and Dimitar Berbatov in it.

  137. 1414: 

    Mark Hughes on Stephane Mbia: "I believe he is en route as we speak. Hopefully we will get him into a medical situation quite quickly. A lot of discussions have taken place so that is pretty much concluded. He is a good player who can play in a few positions. He has been playing quite regularly at centre-back so all in all it is a good additions for us."

  138. 1413: 

    Our first done deal of the afternoon session. If only the theatre group were still performing. Stevenage have signed strikers Dani Lopez and Pat Agyemang on one-year contracts. Lopez, 26, came through Atletico Madrid's academy, where he was once understudy to Fernando Torres.

  139. 1413: 

    Apologies for switch there. For a second there you were all lost in the same empty vortex Berbatov has seemingly fallen into. If you're reading this you've found your way here, though, so all is now right with the world. Well, almost, there's still an elusive Bulgarian striker out there. Somewhere.

  140. 1408: 

    Our sources tell us that Marseille defender Stephane Mbia will fly into London in the next couple of hours to complete a medical at QPR. Contract details all but sorted now down to the medical. The Rangers transfer marathon keeps plodding on.

  141. 1404: 

    Hello again. Right, where were we? Oh yeah, transfers and that. If you want to look back over what has been and gone you can right here: But I've got no time to stop and dawdle, it's full steam ahead to that 23:00 BST deadline.

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