Transfer deadline day LIVE: Follow every rumour, bid and done deal here as Arsenal near Mesut Ozil

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There are just hours left in this summer’s transfer window – and you can keep up to date with every single move here in our live blog

4:28 pm

David McDonnell is back with the latest on Manchester United:

Marouane Fellaini has been given extra time off by the Belgian Football Association before joining up with the squad ahead of their World Cup qualifier away to Scotland on Friday.

“Fellaini is poised for a £25m switch to United, with a deal said to be all but agreed with Everton. Fellaini is set to undergo a medical in Manchester later today ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline.”

4:25 pm

But Arsenal fans are finally seeing the bright side. One fan has even worked out that the Gunners can put out two decent sides:

(Well, apart from the fact that Bacary Sagna is in both…)

4:23 pm

Some Manchester United fans are still not convinced a big midfield signing is going to happen:

4:20 pm

Ed Malyon’s got some Real Madrid news:

“Some more Real Madrid transfer news, and no it’s not Bale.

“Nor is it Özil.

“No, Antonio Adán, the third-choice goalkeeper that became the pawn in Jose Mourinho’s game of chess with Iker Casillas (and the Madrid fanbase) has been released by the club.

“At 26, he needs some first-team football and has been allowed to go and find it.”

4:19 pm

And here’s David Maddock with more on Liverpool:

“It is the end of an era at Anfield. Every deadline day, almost without fail, the Reds announce a loan deal that removes some of Dani Pacheco‘s salary from the wage bill for a few months.

“Now though, it seems they are simply going to pay him off, with a move to Spanish second division side Alcorcon on the cards.

“The diminutive winger has been at Liverpool for about 17 years (well, six actually, but it seems longer), and made five starts, none of them in the league.

“In that time, he’s been loaned to four different clubs…but was still given a new contract.

“A historic moment.”

4:15 pm

James Nursey checks in:

West Brom boss Steve Clarke pleaded for new recruits after yesterday’s home defeat to Swansea and it appears his prayers are being answered.

“The Baggies, who prop up the Premier League and are yet to score, announced the loan capture of attacking Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano earlier today.

“Now Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon (below) is in talks with the club over  a switch from Premier League rivals Sunderland.

“And Albion, who want a more experienced keeper with Ben Foster sidelined, have also announced the signing of free agent Lee Camp on a rolling monthly contract.”

 

 

4:11 pm

Our man David Maddock suggests Liverpool might not be the only side in for a certain Chelsea playmaker:

“It seems Chelsea are completely unmoved by Liverpool’s interest in Juan Mata. The Spanish for ‘no’ is ‘no’ – and that looks to be the Blues’ answer before the Anfield club can even muster a serious offer.

“There could be a ‘oui’ on its way though, with PSG now lining up a move for Mata after missing out on Mesut Ozil. And that is where it is getting interesting, because sources in Spain are suggesting the French side could even throw Zlatan Ibrahimovic into the mix.

“That rumour seems fanciful, but if there is any truth in it we may see Jose Mourinho rise from his transfer window slumber.”

4:08 pm

Here’s David Sullivan’s son with what appears to be a Demba Ba update.

4:03 pm

Ed Malyon

Another Championship story from Ed Malyon:

“Wigan owner Dave Whelan described Crystal Palace’s bid for Callum McManaman as ‘insulting’ yesterday – despite having bid £4million for one Wilfried Zaha only last year.

“Well now he’s gone and bid £6million for Jordan Rhodes, yes, that’s the Jordan Rhodes that cost Blackburn Rovers £8.5million and signed a five-year deal last summer.

“Having scored 32 in 54 since, to estimate that the 23-year-old’s value would have declined by £2million Great British pounds might be a tad misguided.”

4:00 pm

John Cross

Here’s John Cross with another update:

Everton have agreed a £15m deal for Porto’s Brazilian midfielder Fernando – and that will open the door for Marouane Fellaini to join Manchester United.

“Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has attended a work permit hearing which holds the key to Fernando’s arrival.

“As soon as that is completed, Martinez is expected to give the green light to Fellaini.

“United boss David Moyes is poised to come back with an improved offer for Fellaini after talks with Everton left him believing a deal will be accepted this afternoon.

“Fellaini is believed to be poised and ready for a medical and talks.”

3:58 pm

Ed Malyon

Terrible punning’s Ed Malyon chips in with this:

“League Two Plymouth Argyle have made a record signing!

“No, wait [puts finger to earpiece] Plymouth Argyle have signed Jamie Reckord on a three-month loan deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“You know him, don’t you? He was on loan at Scunthorpe United last season. Yeah, him.”

3:53 pm

This just in on Ander Herrera:

3:50 pm

David Anderson

David Anderson has the latest on Stoke City‘s transfer efforts:

“Mark Hughes is giving Stephen Ireland the chance to resurrect his career at Stoke.

“Ireland is in the wilderness at Aston Villa and Hughes believes he can help the midfielder out of the doldrums.

“Ireland was Manchester City’s Player of the Year, beating Robinho and Elano, under Hughes and the Potters boss believes he can help him recapture this form.

“Ireland is believed to be joining Stoke on loan with his Villa contract due to expire in the summer.”

3:43 pm

German newspaper Bild (who probably know about this sort of thing) are reporting that Mesut Ozil to Arsenal will completed in an hour or so:

3:34 pm

Even on transfer deadline day (especially on transfer deadline day) it’s good to take a step back and think of the important things in life.

Like football look-alikes.

Here’s a Mesut Ozil cracker:

3:31 pm

David Maddock

Hold onto your hats, Liverpool fans! David Maddock might have some good news for you:

“Well maybe Juan Mata to Liverpool isn’t so fanciful. Sources close to the Anfield club’s American owners say they are prepared to pay £30m for the Spanish winger, rather than pursue a loan deal.

“That would be tempting for Chelsea, who have more attacking options than the Batmobile. Mata is keen to play in a World Cup season, and there doesn’t seem much chance of that happening under Mourinho.

“But there is no indication just yet from Stamford Bridge that they could be persuaded to sell their 2012/13 player of the year. What’s the Spanish for ‘no’?”

3:26 pm

John Cross

And it’s a hat-trick for John Cross, who has gleaned this little nugget on an in-demand Championship star:

Nottingham Forest have made a late move for Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt, also thought to be a Crystal Palace target.

“They might have their work cut out, as Premier League football appeals to 24-year-old Bridcutt.

“But Palace have had a bid of £1.75m turned down. The clock is ticking.”

That it is, John. That it is.

3:23 pm

John Cross

And another top tip from Crossy, who clearly has his ear to the ground today:

3:19 pm

John Cross

John Cross checks back in with an update on Everton:

“The Toffees have made a last minute move for Cagliari’s Italian international defender Davide Astori.

“They are up against AC Milan, who have been trying to sign the 26-year-old centre-half.

“Everton have offered £4m and Cagliari will be kicking themselves as Southampton were willing to pay double that last year.”

3:08 pm

David Maddock

Spoke too soon, it’s just started kicking off again. Big Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City love triangle thing going on right now.

David Maddock reports:

“The plot thickens with Fernando. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is reported to be in London for a work permit meeting, which will allow the Brazilian to play in the Premier League. Everton sources though, are still sniffy at the idea of the holding midfielder joining the club from Porto, for a fee thought to be in the region of £15m. They are suggesting it won’t happen.

“But the player’s club Porto are saying a fee has been agreed. So, is this an elaborate ploy to put pressure onto Manchester City to do a deal allowing Gareth Barry to join the Goodison club? Or an elaborate ploy to throw any other interested parties off the scent? Or just a case of one hand not knowing what the other is doing?

“All deals are dependent on Marouane Fellaini moving to Manchester United of course, but David Moyes is rather distracted at present by his bid for Herrera. And he will still have to pay more than the £23.5m he could have signed the Belgian for, just a month ago.

“So still plenty of distance to go. One thing seems clear at Everton, they are getting closer to putting a deal in place for James McCarthy, which is dependent on the Fellaini move. Who’d be a manager on deadline day?!”

3:04 pm

It’s all gone a little bit quiet this afternoon, we’ve gone a whole 20 minutes without hearing of another player on the way in or out of a club.

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2:41 pm

David McDonnell

GOOD NEWS for Manchester United fans, David McDonnell files this:

“As reported by Mirrorfootball on Saturday, Manchester United are understood to have bid £30.53million for Athletic Bilbao playmaker Ander Herrera, triggering the release clasuse in the 24-year-old’s contract.

“United will now move to agree personal terms with Herrera and remain confident of adding Everton’s Marouane Fellaini before tonight’s 11pm deadline, for an initial fee of £20m, with £5m in add-ons.”

2:31 pm

David Anderson

MORE from David Anderson, slow down Dave!

“Gary Bowyer is trying to offload Bradley Orr as he overhauls his Blackburn squad.

“Ideally, Bowyer would like to sell Orr, but is willing to consider a loan deal.

“Staying at Ewood Park is Jordan Rhodes, despite Wigan boss Owen Coyle targeting the Scotland striker.”

2:29 pm

Steve Nicholls sends this in:

“Cash-strapped Birmingham City were on the verge of signing Gareth Bale four years ago. Alex McLeish made an enquiry to Harry Redknapp while Bale was languishing in the Reserves.

“The plan was to take him on loan at Blues and then make a bid to keep him at the end of the season.

“While these inquiries were taking place, an injury crisis to the Spurs first team saw Bale brought into the first XI – and he scored two goals, kept his place and started building towards that £85million valuation.”

2:25 pm

David Anderson

More from David Anderson, he’s a busy man today. Hasn’t even had lunch yet:

Gareth Barry’s move to Everton from Manchester City is looking increasingly unlikely to happen.

Manuel Pellegrini is prepared to let Barry go and the midfielder accepts he needs to be playing regularly in the Premier League to have any chance of prolonging his England career.

Everton want to take him on loan with City paying a chunk of his £120,000-a-week wages before he becomes a free agent next summer.

However the Blues want a permanent deal to get Barry off their books and have had enough of paying players to play for other clubs.

2:22 pm

Reports coming in that Manchester United haven’t given up on Herrera. They’ve not been the busiest club today.

It’s thought that Manchester United will have to pay in cash, but that the deal is pretty much done. Good news for Man Utd fans.

2:19 pm

News coming in from David Anderson:

It wouldn’t be transfer deadline day without Norwich being linked with a Leeds player to add to their already large contingent at Carrow Road and they are said to be keen on Sam Byram.

The highly-rated right-back looks set for a bright future and Chris Hughton is said to be an admirer.

However before Leeds fans panic at the prospect of seeing another star of the future fly off to join the Canaries, a deal looks unlikely.

Leeds are still hoping someone makes a late move for El-Hadji Diouf, either permanently or on loan, to take over his £11,000-a-week contract.

2:13 pm

On Demba Ba, Martin Lipton says West Ham are also thought to be interested in the Chelsea striker.

And an unnamed German club, too.

So it looks like Arsenal will have a bit of competition to sign the 28-year-old on loan.

2:11 pm

David Maddock has also filed this on Borini:

It seems a deal has finally been agreed to take Fabio Borini to Sunderland on a year long loan.

He has just completed a medical and details should be announced within the next hour. Should they be minded it does clear the way for Liverpool to bring in another attacking player, with Brendan Rodgers still keen on a winger who can also play in behind a striker.

The Reds made a discreet inquiry about the position of Juan Mata a few days ago, though Jose Mourinho was rather dismissive at the time.

Any chance he could sanction another loan deal to Liverpool though, with Mata’s prospects of getting a game after the arrival of Willian looking slim to non-existent?

2:10 pm

John Cross has more information on one of today’s earlier deals:

We already know Liverpool have signed central defender Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon.

But the breakdown of the deal is £6m plus a 20 per cent of any future sell-on.

Great bit of business on a great price for a young prospect.

2:08 pm

Here’s a Martin Lipton update on Juan Mata:

Chelsea say that Liverpool have expressed an interest in Juan Mata, but no bid received so far.

There could be some movement to come, though. Not sure, however, CFC would let him go on loan (as they did with Moses).

I suspect Liverpool will struggle to find £30m-plus to buy him. And even less likely he would want to go to a club that is not even in the Europa League.

More likely that will stay until January and seek a move then. He is worried about losing his place in Spain squad for WC and if not playing Champions League that would seriously count against him.

 

1:48 pm

More from David Maddock about Everton’s transfer dealings:

Some fevered reports are suggesting Everton have agreed a deal to sign Fernando, the Brazilian midfielder who plays for Porto and is valued at around £15m.

Sources within Goodison have delivered an emphatic denial though, with a very senior source offering a very blunt “no”.

It would seem then, that the transfer of a player nicknamed ‘The Octopus” has no legs………

1:43 pm

John Cross has an odd transfer tale for us:

One of the craziest transfer stories of the last few days surrounds Peterborough striker Lee Tomlin.

Tomlin has scored six goals already despite asking for a transfer on August 14 following Posh’s relegation to League One.

But Tomlin, keen to play at a higher level, got hooked at half time during Saturday’s defeat to Crawley – and that prompted Celtic to make another bid.

But the quirk was they did it DURING the game. Astonishing. It was rejected.

Crystal Palace and Reading have been hovering but it looks as if Tomlin will be staying.

1:22 pm

Ed Malyon has filed this on a potential transfer for Liam Bridcutt:

Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt has told the South Coast club he wants to leave and he looks set for a move today.

Crystal Palace are keen on him, but they will have to be very persuasive to convince the Seagulls to sell to their archrivals – and that may entail sending Owen Garvan to the Amex on loan.

Norwich City are long-term admirers of the former Chelsea midfielder, and Chris Hugton’s men lead the chase at the moment, with QPR also interested.

1:05 pm

And Villa are about to join the party, according to James Nursey:

Aston Villa are set to sign Lazio’s Czech striker Libor Kozak in a £7million deal.

Villa sources have told the Mirror they are hopeful of tying up a permanent deal for the 6ft 3in hitman,24, who was top scorer in the Europa League last term with 10 goals.

While exiting Villa is midfielder Barry Bannan who is down in London completing a permanent switch to Crystal Palace for a fee of around £1.75million.

1:03 pm

David Maddock has some news on Liverpool. And it will raise eyebrows:

Rumours are beginning to grow more persistent about a late, late Liverpool move for Juan Mata.

Would that explain why Brendan Rodgers seems so low profile on a day when he has just signed three new players?

Unlikely, it’s true, but it would certainly explain the thinking behind letting a forward go, when the manager has complained all summer he needs more attacking options.

1:01 pm

The Birmingham Mail reports that Peter Odemwingie is on the verge of signing for Cardiff.

12:33 pm

James Pearce at the Liverpool Echo has given his view on Liverpool’s transfers.

And it’s been a busy deal for the Reds so far, who have brought in no fewer thanthreeplayers today.

So well worth a read:

 

12:29 pm

David Maddock has this update on Borini:

Fabio Borini’s medical at Sunderland prior to a loan deal comes as something of a surprise, given Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers still rates the striker highly.

It also suggests Liverpool may not be done in the market after all, because the Reds manager has said all summer he needed more attacking options – explaining the loan move for Victor Moses.

With Borini going out though, that effectively leaves him still a striker short….

12:23 pm

And what of Yohan Cabaye?

Well, this could go some way to explaining it. Here’s what James Pearce of the BBC has said on Twitter.

Interesting…

12:01 pm

DONE DEAL:

Crystal Palace have confirmed defender Jack Hunt is joining them from Huddersfield on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old came through the Terriers youth system and gained regular experience in the Championship.

Hunt is set to add much-needed cover for Ian Holloway’s side, who recorded their first Barclays Premier League win on Saturday by beating Sunderland 3-1 at Selhurst Park.

11:51 am

Darren Lewis is in Real Madrid and he’s been speaking about how the Spanish capital has woken up to news of Gareth Bale’s arrival.

He’ll be attending the world-record-transfer unveiling in the next few minutes.

 

11:39 am

More from David Maddock on Everton:

Dave Whelan says talks are continuing with Everton over James McCarthy – who has been given permission by the Republic of Ireland to join up for international duty a day late, allowing him to concentrate on his transfer negotiations today.

Whelan has indicated he wants £13m paid mostly up front. Everton want to put £7m down with the rest paid in add-ons.

How long did it take to thrash out compensation payments for Martinez, three days? Well, you’ve got less than 12 hours this time Dave…..

 

11:28 am

BREAKING NEWS

John Cross has sent us this – and it’s big news for Arsenal:

Am hearing agreement has been reached between Arsenal and Real Madrid to sign Mesut Ozil on a permanent deal worth around £42m.

Ozil is on international duty with Germany and will have medical there. He is keen to come. But the deal is done in principle.

 

11:26 am

David Maddock believes Everton could be busy this afternoon:

Hull and West Brom have both made inquiries about taking Everton striker Victor Anichebe on loan, but so far Goodison boss Roberto Martinez has ignored the calls, and will continue to do so unless he can find a forward player of his own.

Don’t rule out Callum McManaman becoming part of the deal that will bring James McCarthy to Everton from Wigan though…and that could pave the way for an Anichebe move.

11:16 am

David Anderson says Everton are edging closer to a deal:

Wigan claim the only offer they have received for James McCarthy is a £10million bid from Everton.

The offer was made up of £7million down with another £3million instalments and it was immediately rejected by the Latics.

Wigan have also rejected speculation that they have agreed a £12.5million fee with Everton.

Expect this deal to be done today, but there are still some negotiations to do.

11:14 am

And more on Liverpool here from David Maddock:

Ian Ayre has been talking about Liverpool’s new signings…which in itself lends a certain mystery to today’s transfer activity at Anfield, because manager Brendan Rodgers is nowhere to be seen. Traditionally, it is the manager who poses for the pictures with the new players, but there is the MD looking rather sheepish as he stands between Mamadou Sakho and Thiago Ilori. So is Rodgers busy conducting business and can’t make the photo op…or are these two players not his signings?

According to Ayre, Sakho is exactly what his manager has been looking for, even if Rodgers hasn’t yet said so himself. Here is the Liverpool chief, talking about the signing from PSG: “One of the things that Brendan said was that he wanted to add real depth and strength and Sakho is a Champions League player of great pedigree and experience.

“(He will) bring huge strength and experience to the squad. I think importantly, when you see him on the pitch, you see that he’s a leader and he’s very strong.

“He’s very much a character and I think that’s something that Brendan made clear in his selection and what he was looking for. As well as bringing in youth, he wanted to bring in experience and talent.

“The manager wanted to bring leaders and people who could dig in when needed. I think when our fans get to see Sakho in action, they’ll see he’s definitely got all of those characteristics.”

11:11 am

DONE DEAL!

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Victor Moses on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.

Moses told Liverpoolfc.com: “First and foremost, I’m delighted to have made the loan from Chelsea to a big club like Liverpool.

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

“The target is to get into the top four and for the club to compete in the Champions League – and I’m delighted to be here.”

11:09 am

Here’s David Anderson with more on another big transfer target:

Tom Inceis attracting much deadline day interest, although Blackpool are proving to be as tough as ever when it comes to negotiating deals.

Everton were put off when they enquired last week and were told Ince would cost in excess of £8million.

Newcastle have also contacted the Seasiders and have not been back after being quoted the same figure.

Tottenham are believed to be willing to offer £10million for Ince and let him remain on loan at his dad’s club for the remainder of the season.

However Blackpool sources say they have yet to hear from Tottenham.

10:57 am

And here’s some more from David on Manchester City in the transfer market:

The £3.8million arrival of Martin Demichelis, from Atletico Madrid,has taken Manchester City’s summer spending to £100m, but he is likely to be the last player coming in to the club in this transfer window.

In terms of outgoings, City are happy for Gareth Barry to go to Everton, although they would prefer to sell him, rather than allow him to go on loan for the season and run down the final 12 months of his contract, enabling him to leave for nothing at the end of this campaign.

A loan deal would also mean City subsidising half of Barry’s £100,000-a-week wages, something the former Premier League champions are not keen to do.

 

 

10:50 am

Manchester update from David McDonnell – and on Mesut Ozil:

Contrary to reports,Manchester Unitedhave no interest inMesut Ozil. United were offered him this summer but said they were not interested, leaving theway clear for Arsenal to sign him.

United are convinced they will reach agreement withEvertonforMarouane Fellaini, for a fee of around £20m, plus £5m in add-ons.

The deal forLeighton Bainesis less certain, with Everton reluctant to lose both Fellaini and Baines with such little time to find replacements for both. United are also confident of securing Athletic Bilbao midfielderAnder Herrera, having gone in with a second bid of £31m that will meet the release clause figure in his contract.

It is understood, once a fee has been agreed between United and Bilbao, that personal terms will be a formality.

 

10:42 am

Spur of the moment deals

John Cross has sent this through:

Harry Redknapp is trying to do deals aplenty out of his former club Tottenham.

QPR boss Redknapp is in for Benoit Assou-Ekotto and young midfielder Tom Carroll is set to move to join to Loftus Road.

Redknapp also wants Emmanuel Adebayor or Jermain Defoe but both strikers will take some persuading to move to the Championship.

10:34 am

Here’s David Maddock on Everton’s dealings:

It seems Everton are inching closer to a deal for James McCarthy, with the fee now edging towards £12m with add-ons.

As always though, negotiating with Dave Whelan is proving a nightmare for the Blues, who thought they’d seen the back of the Latics chairman after finally prising Roberto Martinez away from him. Not a bit of it.

Talks continue over the add-ons, plus the method of payment, but the deal seems likely to now be done…which will mean the inevitable departure of Marouane Fellaini.

10:23 am

“This guy, he’s as fit as a fiddle.”

Probably what Real Madrid’s club doctor Carlos Diez is saying here.

We thought Bale had been injured over the last few months?

 

10:20 am

And here’s more from David Anderson, this time on the Tigers:

After managing just one goal in their first three Premier League games, it’s little wonder that Steve Bruce is desperate to sign a striker today.

Egyptian Gedo, who scored five goals on loan for the Tigers last season, has claimed on twitter that Bruce has agreed another loan deal with his club Al-Ahly to bring him back to the KC Stadium.

Bruce is also interested in Fulham’s Hugo Rodallega and he knows the Colombian well, having signed him for Wigan in 2009.

He also likes Victor Anichebe and has a long-standing interest in Nicklas Bendtner, but knows both of those deals are real long shots.

Bruce wants to overhaul his misfiring strikeforce and he will let Matty Fryatt go out on loan if he can get a new forward in.

Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest are interested in Fryatt and Bruce feels he would be better playing in the Championship rather than sitting on the sidelines at the KC.

10:18 am

Here’s David Anderson reporting on Stoke:

Tony Pulisused to love wheeling and dealing right up to the 11th hour on transfer deadline day – andMark Hughescould be busy, but in a more understated way.

Hughes has landed the striker he has been after in Austrian internationalMarko Arnautovicfrom Werder Bremen.

Arnaoutovic, 24, is costing Stoke an initial £2.55million, rising to £3.4million with add-ons.

His arrival could clear the way for eitherCameron JeromeorKenwyne Jonesto leave to help balance the books.

Reading want Jerome, while Stoke would be open to offers for record signing and top earnerPeter Crouch.

 

Hughes still retains hope of being reunited withJunior Hoilettat Stoke, but negotiations with QPR have proved fruitless so far.

The Potters have also run into problems in their attempts to bring forwardJuan Sebastian Agudelo’sarrival from the US.

Agudelo has signed a pre-contract agreement to sign from New England Revolution in January and Stoke are trying to bring forward that deal.

Another possible departure could beMichael Kightlywith Nottingham Forest and Wolves in the frame andJack Butland, now thatAsmir Begovicis staying.

West Brom and Sporting Lisbon are interested in signing him on loan for the season.

10:11 am

Ozil watch:

Arsenal may not have it all their own way when it comes to Mesut Ozil.

The Gunners are trying to bring the Germany international to The Emirates, but we are now hearing they may face competition from Manchester United.

One of our sources has even gone so far as to suggest the Real Madrid player is “definitely” going to Old Trafford.

More as we get it.

10:08 am

John Cross has been giving his views on Arsenal’s potential deadline day deals, and you can see his views below.

Will Arsene Wenger be raising a big smile come 11pm?

We’ll find out over the next few hours.

 

9:59 am

And here’s more on Palace – and this time from Ed Malyon:

Crystal Palace expect to make Australian midfielder Mark Milligan their first signing of a hectic transfer deadline day.

The Eagles are also confident that Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will sign after agreeing a severance package with the Gunners, and that he will be joined by at least two more players.

Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt has told the Seagulls he wants to join Palace in an initial £1.75million deal but the South Coast club are reluctant to sell to their archrivals. Owen Garvan could be used as a makeweight.

9:55 am

And here’s another update from John Cross – this time on another London side:

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway is hoping to pull off a double raid on arch rivals Brighton today.

Liam Bridcutt wants a move to the Premier League but Brighton have already knocked back one bid and Palace will have to go higher than their opening gambit of £1.75m.

Palace are also in for Brighton striker Leonardo Ulloa and have made a £5m bid.

But will Brighton push the button on two deals which could keep Palace up?

Nicklas Bendtner would be a last resort for Palace – but the Arsenal reject won’t accept a penny less than £52,000-a-week, having already turned down a big move to Eintracht Frankfurt as they wouldn’t even go near £40,000-a-week.

9:53 am

As David Anderson points out, today could be a busy one for Wigan – and it may affect the Premier League’s big clubs:

Wigan will be centre of much activity today with the Latics haggling hard with Everton and former bossRoberto Martinezover star playerJames McCarthy.

Martinez wants McCarthy to replaceMarouane Fellaini, who is expected to join Manchester United, but is finding his old club are tough negotiators.

The FA Cup winners rejected an offer believed to be worth £10million – £7million down with a further £3million in add-ons – and chairmanDave Whelanwants £14million.

Latics bossOwen Coyleclaims Martinez can think again if he believes he will sign the Republic of Ireland midfielder on the cheap.

“Roberto has worked with him very closely and waxed lyrical about him for three years, so my hope is that if an offer comes in, it reflects James McCarthy’s value,” said Coyle.

Wigan are also fending off Crystal Palace’s interest inCallum McManamanand the Eagles offer of £2.5million was immediately dismissed by them.

Cardiff are also believed to be keen on the exciting winger, but Wigan insist they are under no pressure to sell.

Coyle hopes to do some business of his own and wants United’sNick Powellin on loan after losing Grant Holt to injury.

9:50 am

John Cross has delivered his initial thoughts on today’s transfer deadline day – and here’s a snippet.

Stand by your beds. Deadline day madness is up and running.

It will be a frantic day for Arsenal, Manchester United, Harry Redknapp and of course Peter Odemwingie.

In fact, wantaway West Brom striker Odemwingie was last seen driving his Range Rover round and round the M25 so he’s ready to go if someone gives him a call.            

Arsenal are hoping to be the busiest club of all. The one closest of all is Italian keeper Emiliano Viviano who is set to join from Palermo. I hear he’s in London, the medical will take place this morning and a deal is agreed.           

9:23 am

Here’s an update from our man Neil McLeman on who is heading where:

After already signing 11 players this summer, Paolo Di Canio is continuing to strengthen the Sunderland squad by striking a deal for former Liverpool left-back Andreas Dossena.

Sky Italia reports the Napoli defender is on his way to England to sign the contract.

It will be a busy day for Rafa Benitez’s side with the ex-Reds boss still bidding to sign Martin Skrtel from the Anfield club.

9:15 am

SHOCKAROONIE!

Our man Ed Malyon spoke to the king of transfer deadline day, Jim White, ahead of another busy few hours.

And as you would expect, he was good value.

 

9:03 am

DONE DEAL!

As was widely expected, Mamadou Sakho has signed for Liverpool.

Here is how the club announced it:

8:52 am

DONE DEAL!

As widely expected, Kaka has rejoined AC Milan.

A statement published on Milan’s official website on Monday morning confirmed a two-year contract was in place for Kaka, who was preparing to fly to Italy at midday after Madrid sanctioned his departure.

And it’s a free transfer – despite the tens of millions of quid the Spanish giants parted with for the star in 2009.

 

8:42 am

Here’s James Nursey with his first update from the day:

West Ham are closing in on a loan swoop for Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is desperate to bring in a new striker.

He has seen proposed moves for Duvan Zapata and Roger Rojas collapse.

But Upton Park sources are now hopeful of getting Quagliarella,30, to boost their side.

His arrival will see Ricardo Vaz Te leave with Swansea, Cardiff and Palace chasing him.

Vaz Te wants to stay in the Premier League despite interest from Wigan and Leeds.

8:41 am

Today is, of course, the day of mad rumours as well.

People hearing things while having their hair cut.

Mesut Ozil spotted buying a paper in an Islington newsagents.

And here’s another example:

Yes, I know Cesc is playing for FCB right now, but that doesn’t change the fact he agreed to, and signed, a contract. We’ll see if he comes.

8:18 am

DONE DEAL!

Morgan Amalfitano has also signed for West Brom on loan from Marseille on a season-long loan.

Which is good news for Steve Clarke, who said last week: “If we can get business done before then it would be much better for my state of mind and certainly my health.

“I am concerned that we have left it too late and maybe we don’t get the right players in.”

8:13 am

DONE DEAL!

Tiago Ilori has signed for Liverpool from Sporting Lisbon, the club have confirmed.

Ilori told Liverpoolfc.com: “It feels great being a Liverpool player – coming to the Premier League has always been a dream for me.

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

7:56 am

Here’s a snippet from Ed Malyon, who reports that Roberto Martinez is keen on taking Wilfried Zaha on loan – IF Manchester United want to sign Marouane Fellaini.

The Everton boss has already tried to sign the winger in the past.

But it appears as though David Moyes is reluctant to send him out temporarily –and has an alternative instead.

 

7:13 am

And here’s something else to feast your eyes on as you head into work. It’s the transfer deadline day gossip round-up, featuring all the best stories and gossip from today’s newspapers and beyond.

No surprises that Arsenal are dominating the headlines (if you look away from Gareth Bale).

But have the Gunners left it a little too late?

6:47 am

Meanwhile, after all their spending this summer so far, Spurs could be about to offload a couple of players.

According to our man in Madrid, Darren Lewis, Harry Redknapp has launched a double loan swoop for stars Emmanuel Adebayor and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Or should that be Ade-bye-or?

6:35 am

All the talk this morning (despite Gareth Bale’s move) is who Arsenal are targeting on this final day.

Our man John Cross reports that Mesut Ozil is being eyed up by the Gunners for a permanent OR loan move.

Is that why Arsene Wenger had a twinkle in his eye after yesterday’s North London Derby.

6:15 am

No hanging around at Stoke City. They have made the first signing on transfer deadline day, bringing in Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic on a four-year contract from Werder Bremen.

Here’s what was said on the club’s official Facebook page: “Stoke City are delighted to sign Austria international winger Marko Arnautovic from German side Werder Bremen.

“He joins on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.”

 

6:05 am

Over at Liverpool, boss Brendan Rodgers was able to do most of his business before deadline day, with three new signings Thiago Ilori, Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses all watching the game against Manchester United from the Anfield director’s box.

Moses joins on a year long loan deal for a fee of around £1.5m, while the combined fees for the two centre halves, from Sporting Lisbon and Paris St Germain, will add up to more than £20m, with all three deals set to be announced in the morning when the Portugal stock exchange opens.

But while the Reds are happy to have done another £22m worth of business before the window closes, Rodgers will be less happy at the news that Real Madrid are preparing one final attempt to prise Luis Suarez away from Anfield.

The Spanish giants, fresh from their record-breaking capture of Gareth Bale, will sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal for a fee of around £40m, as talks reached an advanced stage, and they are hoping that will be enough to finance a move for Suarez.

Rodgers though, will attempt to remain firm in insisting the striker is going nowhere, particularly given he has no chance of finding at direct replacement at this late stage…though he is bracing himself for a fresh plea from the South American to be allowed to leave, given the identity of the interested club.

It all offers a fascinating scenario as the deadline looms, with Suarez desperate to go to Madrid, while Rodgers will argue he should wait one more season before making the switch.

 

 

6:04 am

And here’s a very early couple of updates from our man David Maddock:

Interesting times at Everton. A £10m bid for Wigan’s James McCarthy – which was rejected by owner Dave Whelan – rather suggests the Blues are bracing themselves for the departure of Marouane Fellaini…especially given their loan deal which will see Gareth Barry arrive at Goodison for the next 12 months.

There are conflicting reports coming out of Everton. The first suggests Fellaini will submit a transfer request on deadline day, after resisting the temptation all summer, to force the issue with Manchester United prepared to make an improved bid.

The second, and probably more accurate, scenario is that Everton have told United they are prepared to do business, but only if they receive MORE than the £23.5m buy-out clause that was in Fellaini’s contract until the start of the season, and will kick in again on January 1.

Blues owner Bill Kenwright won’t countenance the prospect of losing both Fellaini and Leighton Baines, but he is savvy enough to realise he may as well get more for the Belgian now, rather than lose him for a lesser figure in the New Year.

United seem to have accepted they won’t get Baines, and so are likely to make an offer before the window shuts offering a basic £20m fee, but with several add-ons which will take the final figure beyond £25m.

That could do the trick, and Everton’s renewed pursuit of McCarthy suggests it is close. Wigan owner Whelan confirmed the talks, when he said of the £10m bid from his former manager Roberto Martinez:

“We rejected the bid because it’s still not near the value we’d expect. I hope James stays with us, but I’ve said I won’t stand in his way.

“We are waiting to see what happens at Everton, which is a difficult position to be in.

“If we have to sell James then we will have to bring someone in and that’s not easy. I really hope he stays with us. Everyone seems to leave the business until the last minute.”

The most likely scenario is Everton WILL sell Fellaini and then try to land McCarthy, for a fee of around £12m, with the strong suggestion the Belgian agreed to play a final game for the club at the weekend on the understanding negotiations would be opened with United afterwards.

6:02 am

Good morning and welcome to one of football’s most/least exciting days of the year.

As the sun rises over the country, the sun sets over this summer’s transfer window with only 17 hours to go.

But will Arsenal finally spend some money?

Have Tottenham got another couple of signings up their sleeves?

Can David Moyes bring in a new recruit or two?

Keep up to date ALL day with every move right here.

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