Craziest Transfer Deadline-Day Rumours That Never Happened
Radamel Falcao and Danny Welbeck may have ended up making the headlines on deadline day—or rather the day after deadline day—but there were plenty of other stories doing the rounds as the transfer window slammed shut.
Whilst some deals such as Tom Cleverley to Everton and Fabio Borini to QPR fell apart late on due to varying factors, others never really got off the ground despite several rumours that they were set to be completed.
We're not talking about the stories that "Player X has been spotted at Airport Y" but rather legitimate transfer links that just never really got going.
Here are 10 of them.
Roberto Soldado to Monaco
With Radamel Falcao determined to depart Monaco you'd have thought that the Ligue 1 side would have had a replacement lined up for a while, but they ended up scrambling around on deadline day as they sought a new partner for Dimitar Berbatov.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to Arsenal
Whilst the Danny Welbeck story was still gathering pace and even potentially on the rocks, The Daily Express' Jamie Anderson linked the Gunners with a £12 million move for long-time transfer window favourite Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke.
Now 31, the Dutchman has been in Germany for four years now, but that hasn't stopped him being consistently linked with moves away.
Petr Cech to QPR
With Thibaut Courtois having been installed as Chelsea's No. 1 goalkeeper by Jose Mourinho, Petr Cech was always going to be a man to watch on deadline day, and the Daily Mail's David Kent suggested that he'd been offered to Queens Park Rangers by his club.
Even if he had, Cech was happy to stay on the Chelsea bench until January at least, when he'll doubtless be looking for some first-team football elsewhere.
Ryan Shawcross to Everton
One of the earlier rumours on deadline day saw Everton linked with a move for the Stoke City captain and institution Ryan Shawcross by the Daily Mail, with the paper's Simon Jones claiming that the Blues were willing to offer £8 million for the once-capped England defender.
That apparently wasn't enough for the 26-year-old though, and the possibility of a deal quickly faded away.
Jermain Defoe to QPR or Leicester City
Despite spending just five months in the MLS with Toronto FC, a potential and pretty much predictable return to the Premier League for Jermain Defoe was believed to be in the offing after his Canadian club dismissed manager Ryan Nelsen.
The Toronto Star claimed that QPR were looking to do "a record deal" for the former England forward, whilst Sky Sports claimed that Leicester City were looking to snap him up. A return to his native country in January now looks likely though.
Anderson to Burnley
On a day when a South American on the way in to Manchester United was making all the headlines, it was the news of one who was leaving which briefly caught the imagination of many.
"Anderson to Burnley" trended on Twitter on one point in the afternoon, and that was apparently enough for the Daily Star's Rhys Turrell to write a story on a potential move to the Clarets for the Brazilian who has barely sparkled at United and went on loan to Fiorentina last season. Despite all belief to the contrary, he remains a United player.
Sergio Canales to Aston Villa
On Sunday night Real Sociedad's Sergio Canales played in his club's 4-2 win over Real Madrid, but by Monday afternoon he was being linked with a move to Aston Villa by the Daily Mail's Laurie Whitwell.
The ambitious attempt to sign the former Madrid midfielder never paid off though, with our own Guillem Balague shooting down the move later in the day.
No way whatsover that Canales leaves Real Sociedad to sign for Aston Villa— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) September 1, 2014
Diego Capel to Southampton
Once highly rated during his time at Sevilla, and a staple in many a transfer window, winger Diego Capel appeared in the headlines next to Southampton's name this time around, with the Daily Mirror's John Cross linking him with a season-long loan move from Sporting Lisbon.
A move never materialised though, and Capel stayed in the Portuguese capital.
Rolando to Everton
When the earlier move for Shawcross failed to go through, The Daily Express' Jamie Anderson claimed that Everton boss Roberto Martinez took his search for a centre-back to Portugal, and lined up a deal for Porto's Rolando.
The 19-times capped Portugal international has enjoyed loan spells at Napoli and Inter Milan recently, and the report even went as far to claim that his agent was at Everton's Finch Farm training ground to discuss the deal.
Presumably he must have got locked out.
Wilfried Bony and Winston Reid to Arsenal
Always a good club for the rumour-mongers, Arsenal were linked with moves for both Wilfried Bony and Winston Reid by the Daily Express' Ben Jefferson.
Neither Swansea's Bony nor West Ham's Reid made the switch though, leaving the Gunners with just Danny Welbeck following what was yet another frenzied deadline day of activity.