Transfer Deadline Day at It Happened
A summer of dizzying speculation culminated in a frantic 24 hours today, as Transfer Deadline Day arrived for Europe's major leagues.
Here's the live running blog I ran from the early hours through to 11pm UK time. Feel free to add your gossip and stories to the thread below or tweet me @willtidey.
There will no doubt be additional deals to come in as paperwork is filed!
Let me leave you with the news that Arsenal have signed Mikel Arteta from Everton—according to Sky Sports News.
The fee is rumored to be around £10 million.
THE WINDOW IS SHUT! Thanks for joining me throughout the day, they'll no doubt still be deals to come in over the next couple of hours as paperwork is filed. Keep an eye on the B/R world football homepage for news on Mikel Arteta to Arsenal, Anton Ferdinand to QPR and more.
DONE DEAL! Raul Meireles has joined Chelsea on a four-year deal from Liverpool!
DONE DEAL! Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has signed a one-year loan deal at Sunderland.
DONE DEALS! Tottenham's Alan Hutton and Jermaine Jenas have both gone out on loan to ASTON VILLA!
DONE DEAL! Peter Crouch has completed his move from Tottenham to Stoke, with the fee said to be in the region of £12 million.
Liverpool's Raul Meireles has told the club he wants to leave. He's got four minutes to sort out a deal.
"Liverpool Football Club have tonight confirmed that Raul Meireles has submitted a written transfer request." - Liverpool's official website.
DONE DEAL! Fulham have signed FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz. Find out everything you need to know right here...
DONE DEAL! They're flying in now. Craig Bellamy has signed a two-year deal at Liverpool.
DONE DEAL! It looks like Arsenal have wrapped up a loan deal for Yossi Benayoun of Chelsea.
"I sign with Arsenal, very happy and excited about it, but now my head is only in the game against Greece on Friday, thanks for the support." - @YossiBenayoun15
We knew it already, but here's confirmation Wesley Sneijder will be staying at Inter Milan
"Thanks for all the support, from all over the world!! I will stay with Inter next season. Have a good night everyone." - @Sneijder101010
Ok, 45 minutes and counting now. Here are the deals we're holding out for...
- Peter Crouch, Tottenham to Stoke
- Craig Bellamy, Manchester City to Liverpool
- Mikel Arteta, Everton to Arsenal
- Yossi Benayoun, Chelsea to Arsenal
DONE DEAL! Wilson Palacios has joined Stoke from Tottenham. The midfielder has completed his medical at the club and the deal is done.
The Mikel Arteta to Arsenal deal appears to have risen from the dead. I'll leave it to Arsenal's Jack Wilshere to convey the excitement every Gunners fan will feel reading this.
"ARTETA back on! Come on you Gooners!" - @jackwilshere
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has just talked to Sky Sports...
He said the Gary Cahill deal is NOT going to happen. He also wrote off the Kaka rumors and said it was unlikely Spurs would bring in anybody else now before the window shuts. Peter Crouch is currently working on a deal at Stoke, while Alan Hutton is talking to Aston Villa.
"The deal was just a bit difficult to do," - Redknapp on Spurs' failed bid for Gary Cahill.
OUTRAGEOUS RUMOR ALERT! Suddenly Twitter is boiling over with speculation that Kaka could be joining Tottenham before the transfer window shuts.
"Few punters betting on Kaka to join Tottenham amid rumours Spurs are poised to land a shock signing on deadline day" - @skybet
File that one in the highly unlikely folder. That said, bear in mind Rafael van der Vaart was a shocking deal when that one happened.
DONE DEAL! David Ngog has completed his move from Liverpool to Bolton.
"Bolton Wanderers have signed striker David Ngog from Liverpool on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee." - @OfficialBWFC
Craig Bellamy is edging closer and closer to a return to Liverpool.
Most sources seem to agree he's undergoing a medical at the club with a view to a permanent move from Manchester City.
Is it a good move for Kenny Dalglish? Over to Louis Hamwey...
Still much to happen on Transfer Deadline Day, but here's B/R's Allan Jiang with a rundown of the best deals so far.
BREAKING NEWS! Arteta quest called off by Arsenal according to sources at Sky Sports.
It's looking like Mertesacker, Santos and Chu-Young in for the Gunners—plus possibly Chelsea's Benayoun.
Everton reportedly turned down an initial Arsenal bid for Mikel Arteta that included Nicklas Bendtner as a makeweight.
Arsenal could be preparing a cash-only offer, but there's also talk they're now concentrating on securing a loan deal for Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun.
Rumors all day that Asamoah Gyan may be looking for a move away from Sunderland. This from French football expert @tomwfootball, who writes for AFP.
"L'Equipe reporting rumour that Asamoah Gyan could end up at Marseille, who are looking to bring in a striker on loan."
B/R's Dave Hendrick has been lightning fast on the trigger with this one. Here's a guide to Fulham target Bryan Ruiz.
The Twente striker has looked destined for Craven Cottage all day—but there's now talk Newcastle are trying to hijack the deal.
Sky Sports again responsible for news that Royston Drenthe is en route to a medical at Everton.
The Dutch international is seemingly surplus to requirements at Real Madrid and could be available on a loan deal.
Five hours and counting until the Premier League transfer window shuts. Here's B/R's James Dudko with a look at the deals that could yet unfold at Arsenal.
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