Transfer deadline day - Part One

All the latest news from transfer deadline day - get involved on Twitter with #bbctransfernews and the latest reaction on Radio 5 live.

31 January 2013 Last updated at 17:54 GMT

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  1. 1725: 

    Time to stop hyperventilating. David Beckham has left the building. Well, he's left the room where the press conference was held. Deep breaths, everyone. Beckham's departure - apparently he's going to pose for pictures - is an ideal time for us to end this afternoon's edition of the live text commentary and start a fresh, super-duper version with Tom Rostance. You can keep up to date with all the latest with Tom - who will take you through to midnight and beyond...

  2. 1720: 

    Asked about whose idea it was to donate his salary to charity, Beckham responds: "It is something we all came talked about from the start. As I said, this all happened very quickly. I've been very fortunate throughout my career. We all thought what a great idea it would be that the salary for this six months would go to a children's charity in Paris. It is something we're all passionate about and we all think it's a good idea."

  3. 1717: 

    A cheeky chap informs Beckham he will be the oldest player in Ligue 1. He then asks, pushing his luck ever so slightly, Beckham's thoughts on being the 'grandpa of the league'.

    "It feels very good," says Beckham with a Hollywood smile. "To be in Paris and at a club like this. To be an elder statesman feels great . And if I can give any advice to any of the players in the league then great. No matter whatever my age, I still feel 21 most days. So I'm very happy. Thank you for letting me be the oldest in the league."

  4. 1717: 

    Tottenham confirm Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has joined Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on loan for the rest of the season.

  5. 1716:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former France international David Ginola, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about David Beckham's move to PSG: "It is a very nice feeling we have in France at the moment because so many French players are leaving the country to play elsewhere it is good to see David Beckham come to play France.

    "The whole package is interesting for the investors, the Qataris have a long-term project and they want to make sure PSG is one of the best clubs in the world."

  6. 1713: 

    A journalist asks PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi for his thoughts on Qatar and the 2022 World Cup... Erm.

  7. 1712: 

    More from David Beckham: "I don't know if this will be my last contract. People have been speculating about that for a number of years, but I continue to play and sign contracts. I will see how I feel but I want to play as long as possible. My passion is football. It always has been. When I play football it is not about the biggest contract."

  8. 1710: 

    Asked whether he would have signed for Paris St-Germain if they had not qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, Beckham responds: "Yes, because I believe in the project that is happening at this club. It is a bonus they are in the Champions League. I haven't played in the competition for a few years. To play for a club in the Champions League is exciting for me. I've been lucky to win it in the past and I know how important it is for clubs."

  9. 1709: 

    Where will Beckham call home? Property prices in the French capital are considerable, especially when the monthly wage is going to charity.

    "I think it'll be easier for me to stay in a hotel," he says of his initial plans. "I'm not sure I'll tell you where it is. Whatever is easiest for me and the family when they come to watch me."

  10. 1707: 

    Beckham says a "huge sum" will be donated to the children's charity.

    "Obviously, it's a very good figure," he says. "Like I said, that's one thing we're very excited about, to be able to give a huge sum to a children's charity in Paris. It's special."

  11. 1705: 

    Beckham on when he will make his PSG debut: "I don't' know. This literally all happened at 0100GMT this morning and it was only finalised at 1100GMT this morning. I've been training at Arsenal so it won't take me long to get up to speed. I definitely won't be ready next Friday but in a few weeks."

  12. 1704: 

    Beckham on his long-term future with PSG: "No, we haven't talked about it (the long-term future) in detail. We have slightly brushed over it. But a long-term partnership is what we have looked for. I'll be playing here short-term but I'm proud to be part of an organisation that will grow and be one of the biggest powerhouses in Europe."

  13. 1702: 

    A journalist wants to know whether Beckham or Zlatan Ibrahimovic will take the free-kicks for PSG.

    "He's bigger than me. Maybe him," says Beckham, smiling wryly. "If I get the chance I'm sure we'll share that thing. There's also other players in this team that can score free-kicks."


    Matt Waring on Twitter: "I feel bad for David Beckham's translator. Maybe he should give shorter answers?"

    Lee Astley on Twitter: "Respect to David Beckham for giving his salary to charity. Top man."

  15. 1659: 

    Beckham on why he has chosen to donate his salary to charity: "One of the reasons I wanted to come to Paris was we decided on something quite unique. I won't receive any salary. My salary will go to a local children's charity. That's one of the things we're excited and proud to do. It's something exciting and I'm not sure it's been done before."

  16. 1655: 

    David Beckham reveals he will donate his PSG salary to a children's charity in Paris. Wowzers.

    He is asked why he did not join the PSG last year and says: "I felt last year that I still had something to achieve in Los Angeles. I won the championship in the last year of my contract. Yes, I spoke to Leonardo a number of times, but I think we both came to the thought that it wasn't the right time. So we parked it but right now is the right time."

  17. 1653: 

    Gareth Faulkner on Twitter: "Great move for Beckham going to PSG all he will have to do is receive the ball and put it on Zlatan's head/foot every time!"

    John Kilmartin on Twitter: "Beckham only on a 5-month contract @PSG. Can't help but think he'll be retiring this summer :("

  18. 1652: 

    Beckham, who has signed a deal with PSG until the end of the season, says he wants to help the club "grow" regardless of the length of his stay.

    "Wherever I've played, whatever team I've played for, I'm always 150% committed," he says. "I don't expect to come into this team and play in every single game. I don't expect to start. I have to work for that."

  19. 1650: 

    More from David Beckham: "I am very lucky. I'm 37 years old and I got a lot of offers, more offers now than I have had in my career. I chose PSG because I can see what the club is trying to do and what players are coming in. It's an exciting city. PSG is a club that is going to have a lot of success over the next 10 or 20 years. I'm not saying I'm going to be playing in 10 or 20 years, but for now I'm very honoured I have been picked to be part of the future of PSG."

  20. 1649: 

    "I can run around," Beckham assures us. "I've not lost any of my pace because, to be honest, I've not had a lot of pace during my career. For me, Carlo [Ancelotti] is one of the best managers I have played for. It's exciting on a number of levels."

  21. 1646: 

    PSG's new signing David Beckham: "I've not spoken French for quite a few years, since I was at school. I'm definitely going to have to brush up on it. I'm excited to be here. It's something we've been talking about for quite a while. My wife and children will stay in London because the children go to school there. But we're all very excited."

  22. 1644: 

    A journalist asks Beckham to speak one word in French and he opts for: "Bonjour." She giggles. That's understandable. The midfielder confirms his wife (Mrs Victoria Beckham) and his children will remain in London while he is in Paris.

  23. 1643: 

    Beckham, hair slicked back in a side parting, squinting in the flashbulb frenzy, and looking, well, dapper in a grey suit, matching tie and crisp white shirt. Seated next to him is Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

    "David received a lot of offers from clubs around the world and that makes it very special for us," says the club president. "He's going to be with us and our project to become one of the best clubs in Europe."

  24. 1639: 

    Flashbulbs go off around the room as a certain Mr David Beckham walks in, flanked by Leonardo. "David! David! David!" should a cluster of journalists. Lots of French being spoken, and there isn't anything wrong with that - but I don't understand what's being said.


    Joe Wood on Twitter: "Just seen Marlon King in Leeds!!!!"

    Eddie Binks on Twitter: "Just seen Titus Bramble and Arsene Wenger split a four finger kitkat on a bench in Finsbury Park. done deal?"

    Twitter is having its own deadline day meltdown but keep trying - we are still hearing you loud and clear - most of the time...

  26. 1638: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Not that QPR care because they've since splurged nearly double and a lot more on wages on Chris Samba but Napoli have officially announced the loan of Portugal international defender Rolando from Porto. He's theirs at the end of the season for 7m euro. "I'm very happy to play in blue," Rolando said. "I wanted Napoli because they're a great club with many champions. They spoke to me a lot about the passion of the fans and I can't wait to feel the emotion of the San Paolo." Croatia international midfielder Josip Radosevic joins from Hajduk Split too."

  27. 1637: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Still no sign of the man of the moment. We've been told Beckham will go out on to the Parc des Princes pitch to juggle a ball and pose for some photos after the conference. They'll have to put the floodlights on though because night is falling. It certainly doesn't look like he is going to get the Zlatan Ibrahimovic treatment - the Swede was paraded in front of the Eiffel Tower when he signed back in the summer."

  28. 1634: 

    According to our colleagues on BBC Radio 5 live, David Beckham's press conference is behind schedule because the former England captain is being taught to read his opening statement in French. Sacre bleu. We could be here a while.


    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "Re 1321. Here's Jack Butland at Stoke through a lens."

    Jack Butland
  30. 1632: 

    The FA independent panel have decided not to increase Eden Hazard's three-match ban, following the incident between him and the Swansea ball boy.

    There's probably no need to remind anyone - but the Belgium midfielder was, of course, sent off in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against the Welsh club. The 22-year-old was trying to retrieve the ball from under the ball boy, who had fallen on top of it.

  31. 1631: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "There could be a real biggie on the way in Russia, with Sport-Express reporting that Willian's move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Anzhi Makhachkala is back on. The newspaper says that the Brazilian, who had been heavily linked with Chelsea and Spurs, has already said his goodbyes to Shakhtar's players and staff and left the club's Spanish training camp. Wealthy Anzhi will pay an initial fee of £30m."

  32. 1630: 

    No sign of David Beckham taking to his stage to answer questions from eager journalists. Photographers and reporters chatting to each other, patiently waiting for PSG's new signing to emerge.


    Darran, via text: "PSG signing Beckham on deadline day when the world is watching - brilliant PR for maximum exposure."

  34. 1627: 

    Aston Villa's new signing Yacouba Sylla has said he dreamed of being in a relegation fight ever since he became a professional.

    "Playing at Villa Park will be unbelievable," said the £2m midfielder. "It is a huge stadium with a great history and the crowd will be incredible. You dream about this when you become a footballer.

    "I can hopefully help the team when we're defending against our opposition and to get the ball moving forward. I know the fans are very passionate and it will be great to get started as soon as possible."

  35. 1622:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

    "Norwich City are trying to add Birmingham City defender Curtis Davies to the early signing of Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio. Norwich are understood to have offered £2m, plus Leon Barnett, for the 27-year-old but Birmingham want a £4m straight cash deal."

    Follow BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter

  36. 1620: 

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "There's news of a possible managerial move in Turkey, and it'll come as a disappointment to Diego Maradona obsessives, after the Argentine master was linked to the vacant position at Bursaspor. Erik Gerets is being lined up for the role say Lig TV and the 58-year-old Belgian would of course have Anton Ferdinand and Scott Carson at his disposal were he to agree a return to Turkey."


    BBC Sport's Richard Conway: "QPR confirm Alejandro Faurlin has joined Palermo on loan until end of season."


    Stan, Manchester, via text: "Beckham - who cares! I wish the media would stop pandering to him. He's a 38-year-old has been! Get a grip!"

  39. 1614: 

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  40. 1611: 

    BBC Sport North West's Phil Cartwright: "For all of those fans of Football League clubs worried that their teams are particularly quiet on transfer deadline day, Preston manager Graham Westley makes an excellent point - the loan window opens next week. And because of that, he says there is "no great panic" to do any business before 2300GMT this evening."

    Dan Roan, BBC Sport

    "Swansea have asked Man City to take young back-up striker John Guidetti on loan but Balotelli departure means Mancini has said no."

    Follow the BBC's Sports News Correspondent on Twitter

  42. 1610: 

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "With Fulham still working on a deal to get in Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on loan (on what surely must be known as 'Dutch Deadline Day' at the Cottage), Netherlands goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek has been telling Voetbal International that it the move could work out just as it did for the legendary Edwin van der Sar back in 2001."


    Paula Reid on Twitter: "There is an 'Arsenal Latest' on #bbctransfernews that has some actual names in it! I nearly choked on my cuppa..."

  44. 1608: 

    But QPR boss Harry Redknapp reckons Peter Crouch will not be arriving at Loftus Road. He tells Sky Sports News: "I don't think Peter Crouch will happen. Tony [Pulis] wants to keep him at Stoke. I would like to bring back here to QPR."

  45. 1608: 

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp speaking to Sky Sports News about further transfer activity at Loftus Road today: "We're looking. I don't know if anything will happen. There are one or two bits and pieces."

    We have heard that one before from 'Arry...

  46. 1607: 

    There is no doubting what the biggest story of the day is. Well, maybe it's been pushed to second now that Rory Delap has secured a loan move to Barnsley. Anyway... Everyone is primed to hear what David Beckham has to say. If you were wondering what France boss Didier Deschamps had to say then I can tell you he believes Beckham's arrival at Paris St Germain will provide a welcome boost for the profile of Ligue 1.

    David Beckham
  47. 1603: 

    Aston Villa's new signing Yacouba Sylla: "I can't wait to fight for the club and help the club climb the table. My first task will be to integrate myself with my new team-mates and to help those around me grow and to build with them a strong team. I'm thrilled to be part of this."

  48. 1600: 
  49. 1559: 

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp speaking to Sky Sports News about the signing of defender Chris Samba: "He's right up there with the best and was at the top of my list. The chairman said 'I've got you a centre half'. I couldn't believe it when he said it was Chris Samba. The chairman takes all the credit for that deal."

  50. 1558: 
    DONE DEAL- Yacouba Sylla - Clermont Foot to Aston Villa

    Experienced or not, Yacouba Sylla is now a Premier League player with Aston Villa. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal and says he is thrilled to be part of the "dynamic and exciting young team" being built by Paul Lambert.

  51. 1555: 

    Just under five minutes until David Beckham is revealed to the world's media as a PSG player. FIVE MINUTES! Deep breaths... This is nearly as tense and exciting as the chase scene at the end of the Sound of Music.

  52. 1553: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "It's a grey, wet afternoon in Paris but there's buzz of excitement outside the Parc des Princes where a large group of young Parisiennes have gathered to try to get a glimpse of their heart-throb. David Beckham should be arriving any minute now."

  53. 1551: 

    If Mario Balotelli feels Italian football expert James Horncastle has been watching his every move then that's because he has.

    "Balotelli scored one and set up another for Stephan El Shaarawy in the second half of AC Milan's friendly with Darfo Boario," says Horncastle."The match finished 10-0. The question on everybody's lips now is: will Balotelli make his first competitive start for the Rossoneri on Sunday when they meet Udinese at San Siro in Serie A?"

  54. 1549: 

    Here it is... the Potters allow Rory Delap to join Championship club Barnsley on loan until the end of the season.

    Anyone feeling a little underwhelmed?


    Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar on Twitter: "Deadline day is crazy hope we get some players in."

  56. 1547: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein reports that Arsenal are hopeful of signing a left-back before the transfer window closes to cover for Kieran Gibbs, who is out for three weeks with a thigh injury.

    Arsenal retain their interest in Barcelona striker David Villa but the ball is firmly in the Spanish club's court. Ornstein, who has come into work wearing a suit such is the magnitude of the day, says that Arsenal have also been linked with Cameroon international Gaetan Bong of Valenciennes.

  57. 1545: 

    Stoke City have tweeted breaking transfer news is "imminent". I repeat imminent. Oh, the excitement. What on earth could it be? Hold on to your hats, folks...

  58. 1543: 

    BBC Sport East's Chris Osborne: "Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford is returning to MK Dons on loan until the end of the season. The 19-year-old joined the Dons in December but returned to Stamford Bridge with a hamstring injury."

  59. 1541: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Well that didn't take long, did it? Mario Balotelli has scored his first goal for new club AC Milan in a friendly with Darfo Boario. The Rossoneri will be hoping its the first of many."

  60. 1540: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway at Loftus Road: "Peter Odemwingie is certainly in the sights of Queens Park Rangers. Another name in the frame is Jermaine Jenas, who Harry Redknapp knows very well from their time at Tottenham.

    "QPR are looking to spend the money they have to keep them in the Premier League and we can maybe see one, maybe two, more come in today."


    Nathan, London, via text: "I bet when Harry Redknapp plays football manager, he just does deadline day then starts a new game!"

  62. 1536: 

    David Beckham has passed his medical with Paris St Germain, the player's representatives have confirmed. There will be a Beckham press conference at 1600GMT so don't leave your screens.

  63. 1534: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell has been keeping a watchful eye on Alvaro Negredo: "You might hear the sound of a door creaking open, as Negredo just might still get a Premier League move. His cash-strapped club Sevilla were hoping to sell Fazio to Zenit St Petersburg, but the Russian champions' move for the defender broke down over personal terms after the two clubs agreed a €7m fee, according to Estadio Deportivo. Portugal under-21 centre-back Luis Neto looks like being the alternative for Zenit following reports they've struck a deal with his club, Siena."

  64. 1532: 

    BBC Sport North West's Phil Cartwright: "Bolton Wanderers are closing in on the signing of midfielder Medo Kamara from Partizan Belgrade for an undisclosed fee, while Stoke City have made an enquiry for full-back Marcos Alonso. Wanderers rejected a bid from Fiorentina for the Spaniard last week."

  65. 1530: 
    Question of Sport deadline day teaser

    The time has come to reveal the answer to today's @QofS_Official deadline day #QSTeaser (see 1345).

    The 10 players that big-spending Man City have signed for over £20m are Emmanuel Adebayor, Sergio Aguero, Mario Ballotelli, Edin Dzeko, Joleon Lescott, Samir Nasri, Robinho, David Silva, Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure. James Milner is the 11th man on the list if you include the player swap of Stephen Ireland.


    Swansea fan, via text: "Danny Welbeck on route Wales to finalise a deal to the Swans. Are the rumours actually true?"

    Bails, via text: "Just seen Danny Welbeck outside the Britannia. Bye bye Crouch to QPR - Welbeck's here."

    Ah, you've got to love the transfer deadline rumour mill. Perhaps the Manchester United striker stopped outside the Britannia on his way to the Liberty...

  67. 1528: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell: "Done deal in Turkey - it's confirmed that former Newcastle midfielder Emre has returned to Fenerbahçe after being released by Atletico Madrid. He's signed a two-and-a-half year deal. "It's hard to find players of Emre's quality," Fener assistant manager Ismail Kartal told the club's website. "His leadership qualities make him a valuable player. He'll give the team a soul."

  68. 1526: 

    Aldershot Town sign Shrewsbury midfielder Asa Hall on loan until the end of the season. It will be the 26-year-old's second spell at the club. Those of you with elephantine memories will remember he first signed on loan in 2008. What a year that was.

    "I've grown up a lot since then. I've had a lot of experience in the league and it's made me a better player," Hall told BBC Radio Shropshire.

  69. 1520: 

    BBC Midlands Today understands Birmingham City have accepted an offer from Stoke City for goalkeeper Jack Butland, who will return to St. Andrews on loan for the rest of the season. Birmingham are still hoping to get another couple of Stoke players on loan as part of the deal as well.

  70. 1518: 

    Mario Balotelli has thanked Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini for his support after completing his move to AC Milan.

    "I love Roberto, he has been very important for my career, and I will always thank him for having trust and faith in me," the Italy striker told Manchester City's official website,

    "Being at City was an important part of my life and career. I needed to grow up like a player and as a person and it has been a very good experience for me."

  71. 1512: 

    BBC Sport's Giles Goford at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa: "I was with Benni McCarthy, the former Blackburn and West Ham striker, at a secondary school in Soweto today.

    "I asked Benni if Real Madrid or Manchester United had been in touch regarding a last minute move back to Europe. Now 35, Benni laughed and said 'I'm way out of reach for them, I'm on another continent.'"


    Joel Brooks on Twitter: "Somebody needs to kick this deadline day into life! Harry? Roman? Levy? Anybody!"

    Harry? Roman? Levy? Are you listening to Joel?

  73. 1508: 

    Championship side Millwall announce they have extended the loan spell of England Under-21 right-back Adam Smith from Tottenham until the end of the season.

  74. 1505: 

    As expected Loftus Road seems to be the epicentre of the transfer deadline day storm - but BBC Sport's Ben Smith says the chances of Peter Crouch linking up with Harry Redknapp for a third time are shrinking.

    "I am told that as it stands Peter Crouch will now not be joining QPR today," he says. "Obviously QPR may come back with a higher bid this afternoon but for now Crouch stays at Stoke, it seems."


    Drew, London, via text: "Words cant explain how frustrating it is to be an Arsenal fan right now. Throw us a bone Arsene!"

    Rebecca, via text: "I think a manager transfer day would be exciting! Just imagine what could happen..."

  76. 1501: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway: "QPR are still looking to bring in one or possibly two players today. Understand that West Brom's Peter Odemwingie is their central target and they are looking to resurrect the deal.

    "Harry Redknapp, CEO Phil Beard and shareholder Ruben Gnanalingam (representing the board) are working inside Loftus Road this afternoon."

    Peter Odemwingie
  77. 1459: 

    With the clock ticking ever nearer the hour mark, it's the perfect opportunity to recap on what has happened on a busy opening half to the transfer deadline day.

    Done deals: Mario Balotelli [Man City-AC Milan] £19m; Chris Samba [Anzhi Makhachkala-QPR] £12.5m; Kieron Dyer [Middlesbrough] unattached; Urby Emanuelson [AC Milan-Fulham] loan; Luciano Becchio [Leeds-Norwich] undisclosed plus Steve Morison; Paul Scharner [Hamburg-Wigan] loan; Danny Graham [Swansea-Sunderland] £5m

    In the pipeline: David Beckham to PSG; Heurelho Gomes [Tottenham-Hoffenheim]; Jack Butland [Birmingham-Stoke]; Peter Crouch [Stoke-QPR]


    Colin Pilcher on Twitter: "Although pleased with Newcastle's signings this window, I do feel left out on transfer deadline day. One more please."

    Dan Grosvenor on Twitter: "I wish Liverpool would put a cheeky bid on Xabi Alonso. Just to test the water. If not now, there's always the summer."

    Forrest Johnson on Twitter: "Why aren't Arsenal linked with Leighton Baines? They need a left back. He's a quality player and could mentor Gibbs too."

  79. 1454: 

    Fleetwood have been one of the busiest clubs in January, bringing in five new players, but manager Graham Alexander does not envisage any more new arrivals on deadline day.

    Two players have left Highbury today, though - goalkeeper Chris Maxwell returns to Wrexham, on loan for the rest of the season, and defender Steve McNulty signs for non-league Luton Town.

  80. 1452: 

    There are many things we will remember about Mario Balotelli. Many, many things. But what will the former Manchester City striker remember about his time in the Premier League?

    "I will remember my brilliant team-mates, the manager and all the supporters. They are the best," said the Italian after completing his move to AC Milan.

    The striker then goes all Vera Lynn by adding: "Maybe one day we will see each other again."

  81. 1449: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Mario Balotelli is about to come on for AC Milan in a training match against Darfo Boario. The Rossoneri were 4-0 up at half-time after a brace from M'Baye Niang and goals from former Premier League players Kevin-Prince Boateng and Robinho."


    BBC Sport's Dan Walker on Twitter: "Rumours that QPR might be buying HMV today:) Sorry, couldn't help myself."


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on Twitter: "Alexander Doni will join Brazilian club Botafogo. Liverpool are now done. Nothing pending on Tom Ince."

  84. 1443: 

    A cluster of Sunderland fans vented their anger towards Danny Graham when the striker visited the Stadium of Light earlier this week as a Swansea player. They can now rest at ease.

    "Of course, I totally understand that some fans might need convincing about my commitment to Sunderland because of my roots, but I've always given 100% no matter what team I play for and no matter who I play against," says the Gateshead-born forward.

    "It's up to me to show people I deserve to wear the Sunderland shirt, and I'm excited about playing for a club as big as this."

    Danny Graham
  85. 1439: 

    Gillingham striker Ben Strevens looks like he's leaving the club. He's tweeted goodbye to his team-mates. We don't know where to yet but Dagenham and Redbridge have been mentioned this week.

  86. 1437: 

    Hoops midfielder Adel Taarabt on Sky Sports News: "I think two or three more players might be coming in. I think the club has made an offer for Crouchie but I don't know if his club has accepted or not.

    "He can keep the ball for us but can play football as well. He would be good up front for us."

  87. 1434: 

    BBC Three Counties Radio sports editor Geoff Doyle has spoken to Stevenage boss Gary Smith, who confirms Southend's wantaway defender Bilel Mohsni is training with them. But no deal is done as yet.

    Mohsni is a curious fellow. He can play almost anywhere on the pitch and loves to score a goal. But he has been known to throw the odd strop here and there and has twice walked away from games to get a train home. But, then, to be fair to Mohsni, the trains wait for no man and when you've got to go home, you've got to go home.


    GeorgeBowman1 on Twitter: "Why is everyone questioning Danny Graham, he wasn't first choice at Swansea and wants to return home to fight, let him be."

  89. 1429: 

    Our man in Spain Andy West brings some bad news for Everton fans: "Can we rule out the possibility of Alvaro Negredo joining Everton? In Spain, El Desmarque are reporting that Sevilla have rejected a €14m bid - they don't have a replacement lined up and are focussed on preparing for their cup semi-final against Atletico Madrid tonight.

    "And on Merseyside, the Liverpool Echo are quoting Negredo's agent Juanma Lopez, who says that the deal is "impossible." Looks like Everton have left it too late."

  90. 1426: 

    BBC Sport Online East's Chris Osborne has news of another potential Norwich arrival: "I understand Norwich have offered £1.5m, plus £500,000 in add-ons and a player, for Birmingham's Curtis Davies. Blues have yet to make a decision on the offer.

    "The Norwich player used as part of the deal is likely to be Leon Barnett."

  91. 1424: 

    Watford's club kitty has received a nice boost thanks to Danny Graham's move from Swansea. It is understood the club should receive a sell-on from the deal (roughly 15% of any profit) for a player they sold to the Welsh club for about £3.5m. And quick tap on the calculator reveals that's around a £200,000 bonus for the championship club.

  92. 1420: 

    There is no chance of BBC East Midlands Sport's Owen Phillips skulking off for a sandwich as Nottingham Forest are keeping him glued to his desk: "It's still busy at the City Ground and it seems as though that will be the case for the rest of the day.

    "We know Peterborough midfielder George Boyd is having a medical and looks certain to sign later today, but a deal for Wolves defender Stephen Ward is now looking unlikely because a complicated transfer chain involving several clubs appears to have broken down.

    "However there is still hope that Birmingham winger Chris Burke will re-join his former manager Alex McLeish. That deal is still on the table and may go down to the wire. And there are also rumblings that there could be other incoming news developing."


    Dwyer86 on Twitter: "Danny Graham, what a mistake you have made!"

  94. 1417: 

    Sunderland's new £5m signing Danny Graham has been explaining why he opted to ditch the Gower coast to return home to the north east.

    "As soon as I heard about the interest from Sunderland I didn't even have to consider any of the other options that were on the table," the 27-year-old told the club's official website,

    "I was born and brought up in the north east so I know first-hand the intense passion that people have for their football in this part of the world - it's special and there's nowhere else like it."

    There's nowhere quite like home...

  95. 1413: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle: "Mario Balotelli has been training with his new team-mates at Milanello. He found time to pose with his new strike partners, M'Baye Niang and Stephan El Shaarawy. All have 'la cresta', the mohican haircut, so popular in Italy. It's a crest of a new wave, so the speak.

    "In the meantime, Balotelli's, shall we say, outspoken agent, Mino Raiola has had a few things to say about his client's transfer from Manchester City to AC Milan. Speaking to Sky Italia, he said: "With Balotelli the value of Serie A grows by 50%, that of the Premier League diminishes by 50%."

    "He also claimed English journalists will now be worried about their jobs because they won't know what to write about anymore. The man's a charmer."

  96. 1411: 

    A very good afternoon to you! Chris Bevan has walked away from his desk muttering something or other. Sources close to the live texter have revealed he is heading to the canteen where he will make a bid to buy a tuna baguette. Although, BBC Sport understands the Welshman's head is being turned by the 'transfer deadline day special' meal deal of a cheese sarnie (white bread), can of fizzy pop and crisps for £2.50, available at the shop across the road. We have reporters in every sandwich outlet in Salford, plus one in a helicopter, ensuring we bring you the latest as it breaks. [Punches the keyboard in an attempt to add a dramatic swoosh.]

  97. 1409: 

    Right, time for me to give my fingers a rest and hand you over to Aimee Lewis, who will take you through the next hour or two of what is turning into a deadline day of non-stop deals. Thanks for keeping me company - and I hope you get what you want at your club.


    Byrony_Turner on Twitter: "Reading are looking good, maybe another central midfielder or centre back would shore things up nicely."

    Tom_Wall87 on Twitter: "There's nothing better than transfer deadline day, hoping for some big transfers to happen like Emile Heskey joining Bristol City."

    Nathan Lightman on Twitter: "What is Danny Graham doing going to Sunderland? Step down, and leaves Swansea dangerously thin up front."

  99. 1404: 
    DONE DEAL- Danny Graham - Swansea to Sunderland (£5m)

    Gateshead-born striker Danny Graham has got his dream move back to the north-east. Sunderland have completed the signing of the striker from Swansea for £5m. He's a Newcastle fan and was reportedly booed by some Black Cats fans when he came on as a substitute for the Swans at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday, a reflection of his Geordie roots and his comments about their club in a fanzine interview.

    After that game his new manager at Sunderland Martin O'Neill said with a smile: "I think he is himself reportedly a Newcastle fan, so I think the reaction to that was probably quite a natural reaction. But Bob Stokoe was looking down at him."

  100. 1400: 

    And I have got news of a Premier League signing for you too. It's all happening...

  101. 1359: 

    On deadline day three Januarys ago, West Ham signed Egypt striker Mido on loan from Middlesbrough at the same time they brought in Benni McCarthy from Blackburn. Talk about a heavyweight strike force.

    Mido, now 29, rocked up at Oakwell in June, via Zamalek in his homeland, but other than a surge in sales of pies in the South Yorkshire town, he did not make much of an impact and in fact made only one appearance for the Tykes. In fact, Barnsley have just announced he has been released, which is Pharaoh enough. Any takers?


    Dr_Reckless1 on Twitter: "Getting bantered by one of my six-year-old pupils about Arsenal's lack of spending."

    Coombesy10 on Twitter: " I bet Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still in bed, didn't even think about putting his alarm on."

    LeeWayland on Twitter: "Surely Spurs chief executive Daniel Levy has something up his sleeve?"

  103. 1353: 

    From Parc des Princes to... Plainmoor.

    Torquay United managing director Bill Phillips has told BBC South West's Brent Pilnick that it's "very unlikely" that there will be any transfer activity involving the Gulls today. Could be just a smokescreen, though.

  104. 1351: 

    David Beckham is currently having a fitness test in the Pitie-Salptriere Hospital in Paris. A reminder that you will be able to watch the media conference to announce his move to Paris St Germain live on this website at 16:00 GMT.

    David Beckham
  105. 1348: 

    Reading owner Anton Zingarevich says the Royals are still hopeful of adding to their squad ahead of the 23:00 GMT transfer deadline.

    "We've made some bids, so we'll see what comes out of it," he told the club's official website. "It's a difficult one - if you're a buying club, there's always a selling club. Nothing is really confirmed yet. In January everybody is a tough negotiator."

  106. 1345: 

    One manager who won't be signing anyone today is former England international winger Andy Sinton, who has left Blue Square Bet Premier club AFC Telford after a 16-game run without a league win which left them 21st in the table.

    Telford chairman Lee Carter, speaking exclusively to BBC Radio Shropshire, said a managerial change had to be made. "Andy did a great job for this club, but we have just 16 games to safe our Conference status and we're running out of room."

    Sinton, 46, led Telford to promotion in his first season in charge in 2010-11.

  107. 1345: 
    Question of Sport deadline day teaser

    Deadline day #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official Who are the 10 players that big-spending Man City have signed for over £20m?

  108. 1344: 
    DONE DEAL- Jordan Obita - Reading to Oldham (loan)

    Busiest club today? Not QPR... it's Oldham. Chris Iwelumo has already moved to Boundary Park today and Reading's teenage midfielder Jordan Obita has just followed in the Scottish striker's footsteps. The 19-year-old arrives at Boundary Park on a month's loan.

  109. 1339: 

    They missed out on Didier Drogba and Fernando Llorente won't arrive until the summer, so Serie A champions Juventus have been scouring the transfer market for a striker to join them in January.

    It looks like they might have found their man according to Italian football expert James Horncastle: "It's Fabio Quagliarella's 30th birthday and he can cry if he wants to do. Why? Because even though he's Juventus' top scorer this season [with seven goals], there are reports that the club are prepared to use him as a makeweight in an attempt to convince Parma to let go of their highly regarded 21-year-old striker Ishak Belfodil, a player often likened to Karim Benzema because of his Algerian heritage and Lyon past."

  110. 1339: 

    Here is some good news for Burnley fans from BBC Sport Online North West's Phil Cartwright: "One man who is not expected to move today is Burnley striker Charlie Austin. He was rumoured to be a target for a number of Premier League clubs during the transfer window, while Scottish champions Celtic said Austin would fit the bill for them if they lost Gary Hooper. But Clarets manager Sean Dyche has told BBC Radio Lancashire that Austin, who has scored 23 goals this season, will not leave Turf Moor unless the Championship club receive a "ridiculous" offer."

    Charlie Austin
  111. 1338: 
    Question of Sport teaser

    The answers to today's @QofS_Official #QSTeaser (see 1109) is as follows: The eight players that have scored over 50 Premier League goals whose surnames start with the letter D are: Kevin Davies, Brian Deane, Jermaine Defoe, Clint Dempsey, Paolo Di Canio, Didier Drogba, Dion Dublin and Damian Duff.

    Stand by for a bonus deadline day teaser coming up shortly...

  112. 1334:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis: "QPR are going to be busy. They have signed Christopher Samba and they have given themselves a chance now of staying in the league. Portuguese defender Rolando was a target but he has gone to Napoli on loan. I still think there will be more activity at Loftus Road today."

  113. 1329: 

    Yes, Harry's back. Leaving QPR training this time. He revealed that things are "very quiet with Peter Crouch". Then he drove off.

  114. 1328: 
    DONE DEAL- Kieron Dyer - unattached to Middlesbrough

    What is the treatment room like at the Riverside? The only reason I am asking is that Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has just confirmed to BBC Tees Sport that Kieron Dyer has joined the club on a short-term deal. QPR released the 34-year-old former England international midfielder this week. A good signing, IF he stays fit...

  115. 1326: 

    I know Arsene Wenger and David Moyes are reading this so I've got a message for them from our Spanish football expert Andy West.

    "If Everton want to sign Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla, or if Arsenal decide to renew their supposed interest in Atletico Madrid's Adrian, they need to get on with it.

    "The two teams are in action tonight in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, so there's not much chance of any deals being done once we get past the 21:00 GMT kick off."

  116. 1322: 

    I never thought I would write this sentence, but the race for former Middlesbrough midfielder Barry Robson seems to be hotting up.

    Hartlepool United first-team coach John Hughes says he considered making a move for Robson, but a switch would be unlikely.

    However the former Hibs boss told BBC Tees he believes Nottingham Forest are interested in the Scotland international, while Sheffield United have also been linked with his services.

    Robson, 34, left Boro to join Vancouver Whitecaps at the end of last season but has returned to the United Kingdom after his stint in the MLS and was training with Boro.

  117. 1321: 

    A few nuts and bolts to go with Stoke City's bid for Birmingham's young England keeper Jack Butland that we told you about earlier.

    "Stoke's bid is for £4m," says BBC Sport's Ben Smith, "and the 19-year-old would be loaned back to the Championship club for the remainder of the season if the deal does go ahead."

    Butland turned down an opportunity to speak with Chelsea on Wednesday, because he wanted to play regular football. Fulham are understood to have expressed an interest but have yet to make a formal offer.

  118. 1319: 

    Norwich have already signed one striker, but they have also sold one too and BBC East's Chris Osborne reckons Luciano Becchio might not be the only fresh face at Carrow Road come the end of transfer deadline day:

    "That's two strikers in and one out for the Canaries - with Luciano Becchio coming in from Leeds and Steve Morison going the other way, while Kei Kamara has arrived from Kansas City on loan (on Wednesday). But they haven't given up on Celtic's Gary Hooper and are lining up a fourth offer after having their first three rebuffed.

    "Chris Hughton is also keen on raiding his former club Birmingham City for defender Curtis Davies, but a fee has yet to be agreed.

  119. 1314: 

    There's always one. Normally more. But Sporting Lisbon have made deadline day's first big administrative clanger. The bad news is it could affect Ricky van Wolfswinkel too.

    European football expert Andy Brassell says: "It looks like Sporting might not be able to re-sign Marius Niculae (see 1034) after all. Niculae has already played for two clubs this season, having turned out for Dinamo Bucharest in the Romanian Super Cup before joining Vaslui. The maximum number of clubs FIFA allows a player to be registered with in one July to June period is two. Typical of Sporting's season, I'm afraid - and it could compromise a move for Ricky van Wolfswinkel."

  120. 1312: 

    We knew Heurelho Gomes is on the list of today's prospective Bundesliga signings, but what is happening with his move from Spurs to Hoffenheim?Here is BBC Sport's Ben Smith to tell us more...

    "Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is undergoing a medical at Hoffenheim ahead loan move to the German club. The 31-year-old Brazilian has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane and the deal has an option for a permanent move in the summer."

  121. 1307: 

    Now, I suspect you Villa fans out there are hoping your soon-to-be new signing Yacouba Sylla is a battle-hardened Patrick Vieria clone ready to add some authority to the their club's midfield, as well as possessing the goal-scoring touch of Frank Lampard and the silky skills of David Silva.

    Sorry but French football expert Matt Spiro has some bad news: "Yacouba Sylla is an intriguing signing for Aston Villa. He's a big, strong tackler who will certainly add physical presence in the middle of the park, but if Paul Lambert expects him to make an immediate impact in the Premier League he may be disappointed.

    "He's only 22 and has never before played in the top flight, making 65 appearances for second-division Clermont. Although he played one game for the France Under-21s, Sylla remains relatively unknown this side of the Channel."

    Not ready to make an immediate impact in the Premier League? Sounds to me like he will fit in nicely with the rest of the Aston Villa squad...


    Fred Great in Moscow on text via 81111: "I think all these signings could have a negative impact at QPR and disrupt their positive start under Redknapp. The old guard of Clint Hill and Shaun Derry won't be earning anywhere near £110k a week and they have been enjoying a good run of form!"

  123. 1302: 

    Hmmmm, I was just thinking that it had all gone a bit quiet on the Danny Graham front. Not anymore it isn't...

    It looks like Sunderland, not Middlesbrough are in pole position to sign the Swansea striker, because he is on Wearside (not Teesside) as Sunderland attempt to thrash out a deal with the Welsh club.

    Press Association Sport understands the 27-year-old was due to undergo a medical with the two clubs still finalising the terms of the prospective transfer.


    AdamPrior on Twitter: "Bottom of the league, 18,000 capacity stadium, £12.5m and £100,000 a week on Samba, QPR deserve to go down for stupidity."

    KevHeenan on Twitter: "Transfer deadline day just isn't the same without a Robbie Keane rumour..."

    JonOConnell on Twitter: "I wonder if Beckham will attempt a French accent in his press conference like Joey Barton?"

  125. 1300: 

    No sign of a lull in transfer activity anytime soon. It's only going to get busier too (probably). At this rate, I will be close to exploding at around 22:30 GMT. Watch out for that...

  126. 1258: 

    Over to Anfield now. Or, to be precise, heading out of Anfield around about now is Liverpool striker Dani Pacheco, who is set to join Spanish Second Division outfit SD Huesca on loan for the rest of the season.

    The 22-year-old has made just three first-team appearances for the Anfield club so far this season and hasn't played for the team since the Europa League defeat away to Anzhi back in November.


    Dave in Shrewsbury on text via 81111: "I thought Harry Redknapp said wages were too high at QPR? The way the squad have played, should be £110k a week combined not for one player."

  128. 1256: 

    Owen Phillips of BBC East Midlands Sport is back, this time with some info on Nottingham Forest: "Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish has also confirmed that a bid has been made for Wolves full-back Stephen Ward and has not ruled out further business. Told you it was going to be busy at the City Ground."


    Dan in Stoke on text via 81111: "People saying the Samba deal is bad business need to remember he was touted as one of the top centre-backs in the Premier League while at Blackburn and linked with a move to Arsenal. He's an monster presence from set plays too, good signing IMO."


    BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "QPR considered same deal for Samba in summer (£12.5m, £100k, lunched with ex-boss Mark Hughes in London) but said no to protect finances."

  131. 1252: 

    A quick update from BBC East Midlands Sport's Owen Phillips: "Peterborough United midfielder George Boyd is having a medical at Nottingham Forest."

    The 27-year-old had been linked with Crystal Palace, but it now looks like he is East Midlands bound...

  132. 1249: 
    DONE DEAL- Urby Emanuelson - AC Milan to Fulham (loan)

    Fulham's first signing of the day is Urby Emanuelson, who joins from AC Milan until the end of the season. The 26-year-old can play anywhere down the left flank or across the midfield. Did you know he is Luis Suarez's best mate from their time together at Ajax? I found that out when I spoke to Urby in November.

  133. 1249: 

    "Je prends les coups francs?" I'm not sure how good Becks' French is (hopefully better than mine!), but will it matter? No, according to Matt Spiro in Paris.

    "David Beckham shouldn't have any communication trouble in the dressing room. PSG's English speakers include the manager Carlo Ancelotti, his two assistants Claude Makelele and Englishman Paul Clement, as well as Maxwell, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Christophe Jallet, Gregory van der Wiel, Zoumana Camara (once of Leeds) and ex-Chelsea defender Alex. He could also practice his Spanish with the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore."

    The media conference to unveil David Beckham as a PSG player will be shown live on this website from 16:00 GMT.

  134. 1244: 

    Interesting, very interesting. The German transfer window has now closed, and there are a few, er, interesting names on the DFL's list of players that can be signed (see 10:50 GMT), says Raphael Honigstein.

    "Heurelho Gomes' name is on it - so the 32-year-old's move from Spurs to TSG Hoffenheim 1899 seems on. This is bad news for current keeper Tim Wiese. The former Werder no.1 was talking about playing in the Champions League before signing for TSG in the summer. Now there's a good chance he won't be playing at all.

    "Also on the list: Julian De Guzman, brother of Swansea City midfielder Jonathan De Guzman. Julian is a free agent after he was released by MLS club FC Dallas in December. It was thought that he'd sign for Mallorca, where's been training the past weeks but his appearance on the DFL list suggests that a Bundesliga club is close to signing him. No indication of his possible destination as of yet, however."

  135. 1241: 
    DONE DEAL- Steve Collis - unattached to Rochdale

    League Two Rochdale have signed former Yeovil and Crewe goalkeeper Steve Collis, 31, on non-contract terms.

  136. 1239: 

    No, I'm not making this up. Aston Villa say Yacouba Sylla's signing from French club Clermont Foot will be completed this afternoon. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder, who has just tweeted a picture of himself with a Villa shirt, will join for about £2m. Is that the experienced player they need, though? Or does experience not matter, as long as he's good... ?


    JimFosterFish on Twitter: "£12.5m and £100k per week for Samba at QPR? Has the football world finally gone totally bonkers? Desperation from 'Arry?"

  138. 1237: 

    So, it's a big welcome back to the Premier League for Chris Samba, who left Blackburn for Russia in February 2012 for £12m and has now seen QPR splash out £12.5m to meet the release clause in his contract from Anzhi. He has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road, on a reported £100,000 a week. Scary stuff.

    Frightening times are ahead for visiting strikers to Loftus Road too, according to QPR boss Harry Redknapp, as he hails the signing of what he describes as a "monster" centre-back.

    "This is an unbelievable signing," Redknapp told the QPR website. "[QPR owner]Tony Fernandes deserves a lot of credit for this one - he has worked so hard on bringing him in.

    "I was speaking with him a month ago and he asked me who I would want to sign if Ryan Nelsen left, he asked me to give him a couple of names.

    "I said to him, 'Well, these aren't possible to get but if you're asking me who I'd have, I'll give you a couple of players.' One of them was Chris Samba. The next thing I know he's telling me that he's working on bringing him in! It's amazing.

    "Chris is just what we need. He's a monster. Great in the air, quick, a leader, strong, fantastic in both boxes, hard as nails. He's a proper centre-half."

  139. 1231: 
    DONE DEAL- Khaled Al-Rashidi - Al Arabi to Nott'm Forest (free)

    And bringing us news of a plethora of Nottingham Forest transfer news is BBC East Midlands Sport's Owen Phillips, starting with a done deal too.

    "Nottingham Forest supporters are likely to face a busy few hours following their team's transfer dealings.

    "Not the ground-breaking signing fans were after to kick things off, but the Reds have completed the signing of Kuwait international goalkeeper Khaled Al-Rashidi. The 25-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year contract after joining on a free transfer from Al Arabi.

    "Meanwhile Forest are emerging as the likely destination for Peterborough midfielder George Boyd. The 27-year has been in talks with Crystal Palace, but is expected to join the Reds, who he played for on loan in the 2009/2010 season."

  140. 1229: 

    A bit of Hammer time from BBC Sport's Ben Smith now. "As reported yesterday, West Ham are hopeful Mohammed Diame will sign a new deal at the club possibly as early as tomorrow to end speculation over his future.

    "However, the club's move for Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson has stalled as the former England international negotiates his departure and pay-off at Ewood Park."

  141. 1227: 
    DONE DEAL- Christopher Samba - Anzhi Makhachkala to QPR (£12.5m)

    It WAS Samba. He's passed his medical so can start banking his 100k wages pronto. What else has Harry got up his sleeve though? Is Peter Crouch hiding up there?

  142. 1224: 

    Hmmm, this is turning into a theme of the day... a trend, even:


    A lot more difficult to guess this one as QPR seem to be trying to sign anyone who has ever kicked a football, but I am going for Christopher Samba. What do you lot think?

  143. 1222: 

    Speaking of the great man, here is Italian football expert James Horncastle with more on Mario: "AC Milan will unveil Mario Balotelli to the media at San Siro tomorrow night, 18:00 GMT."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

    "Barnsley are hoping to add some experience - and long throws- to their fight against relegation from the Championship by signing Stoke City's Rory Delap."


    Mario Corile on text via 81111: "Here's a quote from The Shawshank Redemption which I think sums up Balotelli's move to AC Milan today: "Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure."

  146. 1219: 

    Beckham-mania has hit Paris, but not all reaction to his move to PSG has been positive, according to French football expert Matt Spiro, who will be at the media conference to unveil the 37-year-old at 16:00 GMT.

    "The excitement is growing here in Paris as the news of Beckham's imminent arrival spreads. TV station Canal Plus ran the piece as their main story on the 13:00 news. However, the channel's football expert Pierre Menes isn't thrilled about the idea of having the Englishman in Ligue 1. "Beckham to PSG? He turns 38 in May," Menes noted. "Next we'll have Henry and Trezeguet joining Monaco, Vieira going to Cannes, and Lizarazu and Dugarry to Bordeaux."

    "Meanwhile, L'Equipe have announced via their website that the 16:00 press conference will be screened live on their TV station. Beckham is expected to be accompanied by PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti, sporting director Leonardo and club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

    "I've been told Everton "remain active on a number of fronts" as the 11pm deadline approaches. As we reported last night Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo remains their top target but hearing they are in the market for another, as yet, unnamed La Liga player."

  148. 1215: 

    This won't make Leeds fans too happy but it seems Luciano Becchio asked some of his old Leeds team-mates what Norfolk was like before flying to Carrow Road.

    "I cannot wait to play my first game for Norwich," said Becchio, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Canaries.

    "I am happy about having the chance to play in the Premier League, it is great for me personally and for my career."

    "I spoke to Robert Snodgrass and Jonny Howson [former Leeds team-mates] about Norwich and they both had really good things to say about the club and the city."


    ChrisJones28 on Twitter: "Norwich trying to recreate the Leeds team of 2010/11?"

    Yes, Leeds fans are getting used to seeing their players wearing yellow and green... Becchio joins Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson and Robert Snodgrass at Carrow Road.

  150. 1212: 

    Mario Balotelli [Man City - AC Milan] £19m

    Luciano Becchio [Leeds - Norwich] Undisclosed plus Steve Morison

    Jason Banton [Crystal Palace - Plymouth] Loan

    Shaun Batt [Millwall - Leyton Orient] Loan

    Lee Evans [Newport - Wolves] Undisclosed

    Chris Iwelumo [Watford - Oldham] Loan

    Paul Scharner [Hamburg - Wigan] Loan


    AzzaThePirate on Twitter: "Liverpool should go in for Jack Butland. Reina is losing it and Jones isn't quite good enough."

    IAmTheSpecial 1 on Twitter: "Christopher Samba signing for double the price Vincent Kompany cost, and drawing a similar salary. Something isn't right..."

    AdamDarcy87 on Twitter: "If Stoke are bidding for Butland, Begovic is on his way to United."

  152. 1208: 
    DONE DEAL- Steve Morison - Norwich to Leeds (swap)

    It is 29-year-old Wales striker Steve Morison who is heading in the opposite direction to Becchio. Not a bad deal from Leeds' point of view, because Morison has scored a lot of goals in the Championship before now.

  153. 1206: 
    DONE DEAL- Luciano Becchio - Leeds to Norwich (undisc & swap)

    Here's that Norwich news they promised us... and it is about the capture of Leeds' 29-year-old Argentine striker for cash and part-exchange...

    Luciano Becchio
  154. 1206: 

    There's more: From 1300 GMT on the Red Button Dan Walker will have all the latest news, analysis and reaction from guests, along with interviews with managers. Dan will also be presenting a Football Focus: Deadline Day special at 1830 GMT on the BBC News Channel with former Arsenal defender Martin Keown and ex-Blackburn man Robbie Savage.

    Savage then moves across to BBC Radio 5 live at 1900 GMT, where he joins Mark Chapman, former Tottenham boss David Pleat and ex-Bolton manager Owen Coyle for a special deadline day programme.

    Finally, the Football Focus: Deadline Day special returns on BBC Two at 2320 GMT as Walker, Keown, Savage and Coyle review all the events on what is certain to be one of the busiest days on the sporting calendar.

    Got all that? Good.

  155. 1205: 

    The BBC, as usual, is the best place to keep up-to-date with all the transfer deadline day action this afternoon and evening. Here's what's happening, and when:

    This live text commentary will be running until midnight and you can join in the debate NOW by using the hashtag #bbctransfernews on Twitter or by texting in on 81111 (UK only). You can also download the new BBC Sport App.

    Elsewhere, the BBC News Channel has sports bulletins throughout the day, and BBC Radio 5 live will be updating listeners with all the breaking transfer deadline day activity.

    Full details of BBC Sport's coverage can be found here.

  156. 1203: 

    It seems that Norwich City are toying with us on their Twitter account, tweeting: "BREAKING - Transfer news imminent!"

    Is it the arrival of Leeds striker Luciano Becchio? Is Gary Hooper moving back down south from Celtic, or are they kidding us all on and a reserve winger is making a non-league loan switch? Only time will tell...

  157. 1200: 

    It's been a busy morning folks. A lot busier than people expected, mainly thanks to our friend David Beckham and his decision to take a last tango in Paris. Mario Balotelli is officially an AC Milan player now too and QPR have struck a deal for Chris Samba. A LOT more from where those came from too...


    Burton Albion have agreed a deal to extend Manchester City winger Adam Drury's youth loan deal until the end of the season.

    Once the paperwork is completed, the 19-year-old will stay at the Pirelli Stadium for the remaining 16 games of the campaign.


    BBC Essex's Ben Fryer takes a look at the possible movement at Colchester and Southend: "Southend United manager Paul Sturrock has made it clear he is not ready to sell leading scorer Gavin Tomlin. He's been linked with a move to Gillingham this week.

    "Having signed eight players already this month, BBC Essex are expecting more outs than ins at Colchester United. Joe Dunne has said he might sign another young player on loan, and that a couple of players could leave."


    BBC Radio Sheffield sport editor Paul Walker on Twitter: "Barnsley agree a deal with Sheffield Wednesday to sign Chris O'Grady for the rest of the season. Reds now waiting for paperwork to come through."

  161. 1158: 

    It appears Fulham are set for a busy old day. No update yet on Urby Emanuelson's loan move from AC Milan but European football expert Andy Brassell says the Cottagers could be set to sign a much-needed defensive midfielder.

    "Ajax's Eyong Enoh is set to be reunited with his former boss Martin Jol on a six-month loan deal, according to Elf Voetbal. The 26-year-old Cameroonian has played over 130 first-team games since arriving Amsterdam in 2008.

    "Jol's spending in his home country is unlikely to end there, with a number of sources reporting that PSV right-back/midfielder Stanislav Manolev is undergoing a medical with the Cottagers ahead of inking a six-month loan deal. It is believed that Fulham have the option to sign the 27-year-old Bulgarian on for a further three years if the move works out."

  162. 1152: 

    He turned down the chance to talk to Chelsea yesterday but he might still end up in the Premier League. BBC Midlands Today understands that Stoke City have become the first club to make a formal bid for 19-year-old Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland today. No word on the fee as yet.

    Jack Butland
  163. 1150: 

    Here's James Horncastle again, on what what the other half of Milan have been up to while AC Milan have been busy buying Balotelli...

    "Stirred into action perhaps by rivals Milan signing their former player Mario Balotelli, Inter were the busiest club in Serie A yesterday bringing in no fewer than four new players. The one everybody's excited about is Mateo Kovacic, an 18-year-old central midfielder signed from Dinamo Zagreb for 11m euro who had reportedly attracted interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

    "He has the potential to become better than me," insisted former Milan player and legend of Croatian football Zvonimir Boban. Another youngster, the 19-year-old Uruguayan trickster, Diego Laxalt was brought in from Defensor, with Inter apparently beating Benfica to his signature. Laxalt has been proclaimed, if rather predictably and prematurely, the next Alvaro Recoba."


    BBC Sport's Richard Conway on Twitter: "Quick reminder on Premier League loan rules - max of four per season; no more than two at one time; no more than one from same transfer or club."


    Jamie_Bray1 on Twitter: "Spotted, Villa boss Paul Lambert counting his pocket money in his piggy bank. Current Villa transfer funds stand at £7.23."

  166. 1148: 
    DONE DEAL- Jason Banton - Crystal Palace to Plymouth Argyle (loan)

    It's only four years or so since Jason Banton was one of the brightest stars to come out of the Arsenal academy, with Blackburn beating off Manchester City when he decided to leave the Emirates. He ended up at Liverpool but has since had spells at Leicester, Burton and in US soccer before joining Crystal Palace in October. He has now joined Plymouth on loan until 2 March.


    Bristol Rovers boss John Ward speaking to BBC Radio Bristol: "I've done pretty much all my work. I've never really been a fan of deadline-day signings."


    Will in Clapham on text via 81111: "Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, where are you? Get down to the cash point and start spending - No excuses not to do some business in the next 11 hours."

  169. 1138: 

    David Beckham is on his way to Parc des Princes but will he be joined by Daniele De Rossi, who was a summer target of Manchester City? Italian football expert James Horncastle takes up the story.

    "Italy international Daniele De Rossi signed a long-term contract with Roma almost a year ago. Significantly, it didn't include a buy-out clause. And yet every time the window opens he is linked with a move away from the club.

    Daniele De Rossi

    "There have been reports of Paris Saint-Germain general manager Leonardo offering to loan De Rossi in exchange for fellow Italy international [and Zeman's former protege at Pescara] Marco Verratti.

    "But did talks take place? Not according to Roma director of sport Walter Sabatini who has been on RMC this morning to say 'there's absolutely nothing between PSG and Roma'."

  170. 1136: 

    More from Matt Spiro in Paris, who is heading to PSG's press conference about their signing of David Beckham later today.

    "Some interesting words from Toulouse president Olivier Sadran in L'Equipe about the future of France midfielder Etienne Capoue. Sadran says he has turned down a £10.3m bid from QPR because, "the club has no pressing need for money and I didn't think it was a good move for him. He felt a move to QPR could be a springboard (to a bigger club) in England. I told him if they're relegated, it could be an abyss." Sadran, meanwhile, confirmed the 24-year-old, who has also been linked with Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton and PSG, will be allowed to leave Toulouse in June."

  171. 1133: 
    DONE DEAL- Leon Legge - Brentford to Gillingham

    Gilingham have completed the permanent signing of defender Leon Legge from Brentford on a two-year contract. The 27-year-old joined the Gills on loan on New Year's Day.

  172. 1132: 

    It seems John Stones is not the only highly-rated teenage defender attracting a lot of admiring glances today. Wycombe Wanderers are fighting to keep hold of defender Charles Dunne today, with a number of clubs keen to buy the youngster. The 19-year-old has played 25 times this season for Gareth Ainsworth's Chairboys.


    StevenFiori on Twitter: "Beckham to return to European footie and Champions League to boot! Would prefer him with us at Arsenal but this is great."

    SimonKimbrell on Twitter: "Oh No! It seems Becks and PSG may have stolen Harry's thunder!"

    Stevo2694 on Twitter: "What are the odds of PSG Vs Man Utd in the final of the Champions League and Becks to score the winner?"

  174. 1131: 

    Oooh. It looks like Everton might have missed out on John Stones. BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis says Barnsley have accepted a bid in the region of £3m for the Barnsley right-back from Wigan Athletic. Over to you, David Moyes...

    John Stones
  175. 1129:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

    "Everton's Yorkshire-based search for a talented emerging right-back has not just homed in on Barnsley and teenager John Stones. It has also been looking at Leeds and their young defender Sam Byram. May yet be movement on either if those today but Everton prioritising their move for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo - which will still be a tough one to pull off."


    QPR midfielder and Marseille loanee Joey Barton on Twitter: "Looking forward to eating loads of food and watching the transfer deadline madness commence. I really don't believe in January transfer window.

    "It is difficult to move clubs and settle quickly in January. For me, top players only move at end of the season.

    "I'd prefer clubs to do their business in the summer and then have to stick with it all season. Would create a balanced market, although the agents would hate it."

  177. 1128: 

    It's a bit quieter in the east Midlands, though, as BBC Radio Derby's Owen Bradley reports.

    "It's as you were at Pride Park. Derby County manager Nigel Clough says there's been no interest or offers in any of his players, despite paper talk linking defender John Brayford with Cardiff City and England Under-21 midfielder Will Hughes with the Premier League big boys.

    "As for new faces, Clough says he's more likely to use next week's emergency window with a view to next season."

  178. 1127: 

    What else is happening? Lots. And that's just in Wiltshire. BBC Wiltshire understands Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio is lining up loan moves for Charlton winger Danny Green and Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine as well as extending Chris Martin's deal from Norwich. Also, Swindon winger Luke Rooney is joining Cheltenham on loan with Marlon Pack coming the other way.

  179. 1124: 
    DONE DEAL- Alejandro Faurlin - QPR to Palermo (loan)

    This one was reported yesterday, but can now be confirmed. QPR's 26-year-old Argentine midfielder Alejandro Faurlin has joined Italian side Palermo on loan until the end of the season.

  180. 1121: 

    Here's Andy West with some big news from Spain... Kaka is reported to be on the brink of joining Deportivo La Coruna on loan! Sadly, it's a different Kaka. This one is a 31-year-old defender currently with Videoton in Hungary. Depor are also borrowing Turkish international striker Batuhan Karadeniz from Besiktas.

    Valencia's Argentine international Fernando Gago could be heading home. The midfielder hasn't played since being substituted at half-time in Valencia's humiliating 5-0 home defeat against his former club Real Madrid, and is being linked with a loan move to Velez Sarsfield.


    BBC Sport's David Ornstein: "Tom Huddlestone's proposed move to Fulham is off. He will be staying at Tottenham."


    BBC Radio Sheffield's Rob Staton on Twitter: "Sheffield United on the verge of completing the signing of Barry Robson we believe until the end of the season."


    IAmGibson on Twitter: "QPR can sign who they want today but it won't be any better than Wigan's loan signing of Scharner. What a player!"

  184. 1118: 

    Championship title challengers Watford are 'unlikely' to make any deadline-day signings according to BBC Three Counties Sports Editor Geoff Doyle:

    "Watford fans were hoping that one or two of the many loan signings - the majority from their owners' other clubs Udinese and Granada - might sign permanently. But I understand that's unlikely to be the case.

    "Striker Fernando Forestieri was the first of the Pozzo family loan players to agree a permanent deal. But that could be it. I think Watford won't be too upset with that as financially it makes sense to have them as loan players and only pay a percentage of their wage with the Pozzo family effectively still owning the players in any case."

  185. 1117: 

    Not quite a done deal, this... but it's getting very close. Leeds striker Luciano Becchio has passed a medical at Norwich and is expected to sign for the Premier League club later today.


    Marseille loanee Joey Barton on Twitter: "Really hope Beckham goes to PSG. Double header against them in French Cup and league back end of Feb at their place."

  187. 1109: 
    Question of Sport teaser

    Here is our daily #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official

    Name the 8 players that have scored over 50 Premier League goals whose surnames start with the letter D? Answer to be revealed at 13:30 GMT.


    Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker on Twitter: "Always a great day on transfer deadline day! Comings and goings, will there be any excitement?"

  189. 1113: 

    Here's some reaction to that David Beckham news now, from French football expert Matt Spiro.

    "I'm very surprised to learn that David Beckham is on his way to the French capital to sign a deal with Paris St-Germain. The Ligue 1 club were very keen to sign him last January, but manager Carlo Ancelotti dismissed rumours they might renew their interest in the current window.

    "PSG have spent more than £200m in the last 18 months and have an extremely strong, competitive squad. It won't be easy for the former England skipper to command a regular first-team place.

    "Nevertheless, we know that sporting director Leonardo is a big fan of Beckham having already worked with him at AC Milan, and the Englishman's experience could certainly help the club in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League."

  190. 1109: 

    David Beckham is on his way to Paris to complete the formalities of a move to Paris St-Germain, reports BBC Sport's Ben Smith.

    The 37-year-old is expected to be unveiled at a press conference on Thursday and will begin training with the club in the next fortnight.

    David Beckham
  191. 1102: 

    So far, only one top-flight signing - Wigan's Paul Scharner - but Harry Redknapp is going to change that, right? Chris Samba is having his medical this morning ahead of a £12.5m, 100k-per-week move and everyone from Andros Townsend to Peter Crouch is being linked with a move to Loftus Road.

    What do you make of QPR's spending spree, though? Will it pay off, for a start, by keeping them in the Premier League - and is it a risky strategy bearing in mind they could be a Championship club in five months time? Tweet me the answers now using the hashtag #bbctransfernews or text us on 81111.

  192. 1057: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith can reveal that Newcastle are set to make another signing. And no, he's not French.

    "Newcastle expect to complete the signing of Swiss teenager Kevin Mbabu later today - the club's sixth signing of the January transfer window.

    "The 17-year-old, who plays for Servette, will go straight into Newcastle's development team until the end of the season.

    "That is likely to be the only incoming business for Newcastle on deadline day."


    Elisha... on Twitter: "How epic would it be if Barcelona signed Emile Heskey... I honestly think they need him."

    Bradley Hopson on Twitter: "With 12 and half hours left to go, Spurs chief executive Daniel Levy still has 12 hours of doing nothing before his work day starts."

    FatKev on Twitter: "Samba is just what QPR need! A very good defender. We are definitely being taken advantage of though..."

  194. 1050: 

    News from the Bundesliga now, courtesy of German football expert Raphael Honigstein, where time for any deadline day deals is fast running out. Very fast as it happens...

    "Trust us Germans to spoil (most) of the deadline day fun: Bundesliga regulations don't allow for any late night drama, and even the potential for working hours surprises is severely curtailed. All incoming players, regardless of origin, need to be listed on the Transferliste by 12:00 CET today (THAT's 11:00 GMT), otherwise they cannot be signed. Last season, Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath transfer listed a handful of players for no apparent reason on deadline day - no one was sold - but since Germany's most enthusiastic buyer and seller of players was relieved of his duties in the autumn, we can't expect similar antics when the last list of the window will be published on the DFL website.

    "Players can still be sold to other leagues until 18:00 CET (17:00 GMT), however. Maybe Fulham will make a second, late push for defender Alexander Madlung. Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs turned down a bid for the 30-year-old on Wednesday, Kicker reports.

    "VfB Stuttgart have bought Rumanian international Alexandru Iulian Maxim from Pandurii Targu Jiu for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old has signed a contract until 2017.

    "1. FC Nürnberg have confirmed the signing of Mu Kanazaki from J-League club Nagoya Grampus. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder joins Hiroshi Kiyotake as the second Japanese international at the Frankenstadion.

    "According to Bild, bottom-of-the-table Greuther Fürth are in talks to bring in defensive midfielder Jozsef Varga, 24, from Debreceni VSC. The Hungarian international would initially sign a loan deal until at the end of the season, after which Fürth could excercise an option to buy."

  195. 1044: 

    Forget paraphrasing Ronan Keating when you can actually sign Robbie Williams! Well, sort of...

    BBC South West's Brent Pilnick reports Plymouth Argyle have released Robbie Williams - the former Barnsley, Huddersfield, Stockport and Rochdale defender (NOT the singer/dancer from Take That) in case you were wondering.

    The 29-year-old has been allowed to leave Home Park so he can find first-team opportunities elsewhere. Surely Port Vale must be interested?


    Andrew on text via 81111: "Today, to paraphrase Ronan Keating, is a roller coaster and we've just got to ride it. As a Newcastle fan, I need a striker so, if you're listening Mike Ashley, please get buying."

    Peter in Warwickshire on text via 81111: "Why are QPR buying average players and paying them so much in wages? Should learn from Spurs's chief executive Daniel Levy, even Gareth Bale's only on £70 - 80k per week and he is far better than the whole QPR squad."

    Jacob on text via 81111: "Harry Redknapp's the Santa Claus of transfer deadline day - you can count on him to bring us some presents."


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on Twitter: "Likely to be quiet at Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle. Outside of that, anything goes..."


    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis on Twitter: "Not expecting any outgoings at Newcastle despite talk of Danny Simpson exit. Club expecting a quiet day."

  199. 1038: 
    DONE DEAL- Chris Iwelumo - Watford to Oldham (loan)

    News now of a Scottish striker who will always be famous for THAT miss. BBC Radio Manchester's Nathan Middleton reports that Watford striker Chris Iwelumo, who won't want to be reminded of how he managed to miss the target from a yard out while playing for Scotland against Norway in 2008 (sorry Chris, I guess I did just remind you), has joined Oldham on loan until the end of the season.

    Latics manager Paul Dickov had hoped to bring back Matt Derbyshire, but he chose to move to Blackpool, so instead has brought in the 34-year-old, who spent time in League One this season at Notts County.

  200. 1034: 

    Our continental cousins have been busy according to European football expert Andy Brassell, who brings some bad news for Arsenal fans, as well as the first mention of the day for Ricky van Wolfswinkel. It might not be the last...

    "Lig TV claims that Fenerbahce have reached an agreement with Reto Ziegler for the former Tottenham player to return to the club for the rest of the season. Arsenal's Andre Santos had been the other left-back linked with a return to the Sukru Saracoglu in recent days, though obviously that won't be happening now. A shame, as from reading down this page, I reckon a few Gunners posting on here would have been happy to drive him back to Istanbul…

    Ricky van Wolfswinkel

    "Meanwhile, Sporting Lisbon have confirmed the surprise return of 31-year-old striker Marius Niculae. The Romanian's return is likely to stoke the rumours that Ricky van Wolfswinkel could make a last-minute exit, with suitors including Norwich and Fiorentina hovering. Sporting would do business for the Dutchman at around the £10m mark.

    "Voetbal International suggests that Norwich have van Wolfswinkel's former Utrecht team-mate Jacob Mulenga lined up as an alternative should Sporting not play ball. 28-year-old forward Mulenga's Zambia side exited the African Cup of Nations on Tuesday."

  201. 1030: 
    DONE DEAL- Lee Evans - Newport to Wolves (undisc)

    Here's the beauty of deadline day. One minute I am writing about a £19m deal for the world's maddest striker, the next it is a non-league midfielder who shares his name with a sweaty comedian.

    Anyway, Blue Square Bet Premier club Newport County say they have agreed to sell 18-year-old midfielder Lee Evans to Wolves for an undisclosed fee. Evans is captain of the Welsh Under-18 team and has already played for his country's U23 team too. One for the future, definitely.

  202. 1027: 

    Mario is not finished yet either. By the sounds of it, The Italian striker and his chicken hat could be back at the Etihad Stadium soon, cheering on his old team-mates. Or, at the very least, he might decide to gate-crash a Roberto Mancini press conference. Either way, he is going to miss Manchester...

    "Being at City was an important part of my life and career. I needed to grow up like a player and as a person and it has been a very good experience for me," Balotelli continues.

    "I will always be interested in Manchester City and their fortunes. I really hope that City can win the league again this year and beat United.

    "I think there are great players at the club and a great manager too. The club will be very successful in the future and that makes me happy."


    Tashtailor on Twitter: "Glad Balotelli has gone, sick of hearing about him."

    _HenryG on Twitter: "Goodbye Mario, the Premier League will miss you."

    BenjaminEdmonds on Twitter: "All press events to observe a one-minute silence this weekend to mourn the loss of Super Mario."

  204. 1023: 

    More on Super Mario's big farewell, this time from Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who briefly turns into Harry Redknapp as he pays tribute to the madcap striker who he brought to Manchester but has now sent back to Milan.

    "With Mario we won the FA Cup, we won the Premier League and the Community Shield," said Mancini. "We are very sorry for him because he leaves the club but we hope Mario can continue to improve and continues to work hard because he is a top, top player."

  205. 1018: 

    He is now an AC Milan player but lots of people will miss Mario Balotelli following his departure from Manchester City, and it seems the feeling is mutual.

    "For sure I will remember my brilliant team-mates, the manager and all the supporters," he told City's website. "They are the best, they were great with me and I will always have a very special place in my heart for City, it's a great club with a great future.

    "I thank them for all of their support of me. Maybe one day we will see each other again.

    "I think to win the Premier League was a very special moment, and I am proud to have been a part of that."

    Mario Balotelli
  206. 1014: 
    DONE DEAL- Mario Balotelli - Man City to AC Milan (£19m)

    It's official. Mario Balotelli is an AC Milan player. The statement on the Rossoneri's website is short, but sweet: "AC Milan announces that it has acquired Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, who has signed a contract until 30 June 2017."

    The 22-year-old Italian striker will wear the number 45 shirt.

  207. 1011: 

    What's this? Yet more Wigan news? Yes. But not such good news for Latics fans this time, courtesy of BBC Radio 5 live's Juliette Ferrington.

    "Roberto Martinez has revealed it's unlikely Wigan will sign Aiden McGeady, despite being heavily linked with the Republic of Ireland international.

    It was reported Wigan had agreed a fee with Spartak Moscow for the midfielder, but Martinez said: "Aiden is a phenomenal footballer, but is a footballer that is playing his football in Russia. I don't think that's going to change."

    It was hoped the 26-year-old would arrive in the UK and complete the move before tonight's deadline but Martinez said: "It's not going to happen."


    Stoke striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Never known there to be such a buzz around deadline day. Everyone talking about it in the dressing room."

    Tell your team-mates to visit the BBC Sport live text commentary Michael. If it happens, we will let you know about it right away.

  209. 1007: 

    I used to regularly report on Celtic striker Gary Hooper when he was scoring dozens of goals a game in junior football in Essex at the end of the 1990s. If he does end up in the Premier League - and potentially also the England squad to face Brazil - today then it will be a remarkable journey for a bloke who decided to leave Tottenham aged 14 because he wasn't getting enough games for their youth teams and started his career in non-league instead.

    Gary Hooper
  210. 1006: 

    I know you lot are up to your ears with transfer news already but BBC Sport Scotland are also running their own live text commentary, which is the best way to keep up-to-dates with all the deals going down north of the border.

    Already on there is news of Aberdeen signing a new goalkeeper from the continent and the latest on Celtic striker Gary Hooper's future...

  211. 1003: 

    As discussed, Wigan's capture of Paul Scharner is the day's sole mover so far, so let's give him some time in the limelight.

    The 32-year-old Austrian said: "It really is fantastic to be back. Wigan will always have a big place in my heart, so to be asked to come back and help the team now is something really special for me."

    Latics boss Roberto Martinez added: "We know his strength, we know that he knows the team and the football club. He comes here with a clear determination to help the team."

    For those of you wondering, Scharner's shirt number will be 33. The Wigan club shop is probably running low on '3's already...

    Paul Scharner
  212. 1000: 

    Yes, we're still waiting for things to really start happening (apart from Wigan confirming a loan deal for Paul Scharner of course), but here's a little round-up of the news that has dropped so far. QPR boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed he has struck a deal for Chris Samba (with medical pending), and Middlesbrough have opened talks with Swansea over Danny Graham. We are still waiting for Mario Balotelli to complete his move to AC Milan or for any developments concerning Gary Hooper, Peter Crouch or even Tom Huddlestone.


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on Twitter: "May be a few players leaving Liverpool on loan and possibly one on a permanent deal if the right offer comes in. We'll see."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter:

    "Hearing Barnsley making inquiries about right-backs. Could this mean talented teenager John Stones out? Everton/Wigan linked in last two days."

  215. 0956: 
    DONE DEAL- Paul Scharner - Hamburg to Wigan (loan)

    Yes, you guessed it. The Latics have signed their former utility man Paul Scharner on loan from Hamburg. The 32-year-old will be at the DW Stadium until the end of the season. Scharner previously played for the Latics between 2006 and 2010.

  216. 0954: 

    Wait for it, I've got our FIRST DONE DEAL of deadline day January 2013 coming right up. You want a clue? It involves a slightly eccentric Austrian defender, returning to his former club...


    JMeeson on Twitter: "Everton should go for Scott Sinclair. Instead of him sat on the bench at Manchester City for another two years."

    CWDeane on Twitter: "If Everton don't lose any players and maybe sign a couple I'll be as happy as Samba on his £100,000 wages."

    ChrisDHarvey86 on Twitter: "If Celtic's Gary Hooper moves to the Premier League today, the sell-on clause might just keep my club Scunthorpe in business."

  218. 0945: 

    BBC Sport West's Caroline Chapman: "Albert Adomah's agent has told BBC Radio Bristol that he does not expect the winger to leave Bristol City during the window.

    "The Ghana international has been the subject of two unsuccessful bids from Crystal Palace and also attracted interest from Bolton while he has been playing in the Africa Cup of Nations.

    "Agent Tony Finnigan said: "I don't think he'll be gone, that's my opinion. If you're in South Africa how, realistically, can he sign for any club?

    "What could happen is that when the loan window is open he could agree a deal with a purchase price at the end of it. But Albert isn't seeking to leave Bristol City."


    MattyStrawn on Twitter: "Just not transfer deadline day without seeing Redknapp through a car window!"

    ABoughan on Twitter: "Thomas Ince to Liverpool would be a good signing, not a necessity but would definitely add more of a threat than Stewart Downing."

    North_Charlie on Twitter: "Samba on £100,000 a week!? QPR are overpaying so many of their players."


    Tom in Swansea on text via 81111: "Just seen Scott Sinclair picking up a few things in a Swansea supermarket. Loaned back to the club he loves?"

  221. 0942: 

    Staying this side of the English Channel, BBC Sport's Ben Smith has an update on which north-east club wants Swansea striker Danny Graham, and confirms that Middlesbrough HAVE joined the party.

    Danny Graham

    "Swansea insist there is not yet an agreement in place with Middlesbrough for striker Danny Graham but talks between the clubs are underway.

    "Sunderland are also monitoring the situation but have yet to make a bid that is viewed as acceptable by Swansea, despite Graham expressing a preference to move to the Stadium of Light.

    "Should a deal go ahead with Middlesbrough it is likely to involve Marvin Emnes going the other way but the ball is now in Sunderland's court."

  222. 0939: 

    More news from France now, and an interesting transfer tit-bit for Fulham fans. Matt Spiro is the man in the know:

    "Valenciennes officials reportedly travelled to London last night to speak to Fulham about the transfer of their 21-year-old defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin. One of the most promising centre-backs in Ligue 1, he would be an exciting signing for the Cottagers - especially at a cut-price fee of just over £2m.

    "Another outstanding youngster, Adrien Rabiot, has now sealed his loan move to Toulouse. The 17-year-old PSG midfielder - who spent time at Manchester City as a kid - had been attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including West Brom."

  223. 0935: 

    It's not ALL about Mario Balotelli in Italy today. Here's European football expert James Horncastle with news of a player interesting a LOT of English clubs, if not today then definitely in the summer...

    "If you can pull yourself away from Balotelli for just a second, there's a revealing interview with the understandably in-demand Napoli striker Edinson Cavani in La Gazzetta dello Sport today.

    Edinson Cavani

    "When asked about his future and in particular whether the 63m euro buy-out clause included in the new deal he signed last summer might deter interested parties, which poses a rather significant hurdle as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger alluded to earlier this month, this is what Cavani had to say: "If a club has a clear project and they want to focus on me, they can't be frightened in front of this figure. For now, I'm not thinking about [my future]. Then it will be up to the club to take into consideration what should be done."

    Pressed on the matter further and told that ultimately he'll have the final say on it, Cavani replied: "Yes, but a lot will depend on the offer that the [Napoli] president will make me at the end of the season. I am happy here. Napoli have given me a lot and I am trying to repay them. We'll talk about it."

  224. 0932: 

    Unless many of you out there have just started a job that pays £100k a week, then I doubt that many people will have quite as good as day as Mr Samba...


    Imminent QPR signing Christopher Samba on Twitter: "Good morning to every one, hope you are all OK, may you have a good day, from London."


    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez on his club's Twitter account: "I expect a busy deadline day and we've been working on a few possibilities. It is important we are as strong as we can be.

    And on the return of Paul Scharner: "We know Paul very well, he knows the club and he knows what we want to do, it is a romantic return to Wigan."

  227. 0930: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein: "Fulham have contacted Bolton to enquire about signing striker David Ngog. They were knocked back and have not made a formal bid - but that does not mean the Cottagers will not return with one as the day develops. Fulham are drawing up their plans for the day over breakfast as we speak.

    "With a lot of football being played over the last two nights, this is the first day that clubs are all properly back in training and so I'm told the thinking of many managers will be determined by what they see on the training field today.

    "A lot of loans are expected as clubs look to plug gaps for until the summer without taking on long-term risk, and loans can also be done a lot quicker in terms of contracts and medicals."

  228. 0928: 

    Harry just told us that it has happened. It hasn't, quite, but BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports that Christopher Samba has passed his medical at QPR and is expected to finalise a £12.5m move from Anzhi Makhachkala any time soon.

    It is understood the 28-year-old centre-back has agreed terms on a deal that will see him receive £100,000-a-week, including bonuses and add-ons.

  229. 0925: 

    Did I read that right? QPR boss Harry Redknapp says he does not know why he is associated with transfer deadline day? And he tells us this while being interviewed through a car window? Brilliant.

  230. 0924: 

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp on Sky Sports: "I do not think we will be saying goodbye to Jamie Mackie. [Potential loan signing] Jermaine Jenas is an excellent player when he is fit.

    "The rest of the day involves training for me, and chief executive Philip Beard will getting on with the transfers.

    "I do not know why I am associated with deadline day, I did not do that much business with Spurs. I wish I was sitting in a situation where we did not need any players.

    "But, we are not in that situation, and we have lost centre-back Ryan Nelsen so I need a replacement for him and we have got Chris Samba. He is a massive signing for us."

  231. 0920: 

    According to financial analysts Deloitte, Premier League clubs have spent around £85m on acquiring new players so far in this window - almost three times the amount at the same time last year. Harry Redknapp will no doubt have a big say in what the final figure is but it is interesting to compare it to previous windows.

    In January 2012, the figure at the start of the final day was £30m and, on a quiet-ish day, only reached £60m by the time the window shut.

    2011, the year of Torres and Carroll, was rather different. £90m at the start of the day exploded to £225m by the end of play. We will need something rather special to happen in the next few hours to reach that figure today. Over to you Harry...

  232. 0916: 

    Deadline day has definitely started now. Yes, the QPR manager has just been interviewed as he arrives for training. He appears to have confirmed the signing of defender Chris Samba, saying "it is good we have brought him in to replace Ryan Nelsen," but that is not a definite done deal yet.

    Chris Samba

    Paul Oliver on Twitter: "Seen Carlton Cole discussing Quantum Chromodynamics in a Cardiff coffee shop. The final piece of Cardiff's promotion jigsaw?"

    Akude Emeka O on Twitter: "Hoping for one shocker of a deal, one that will rock the whole of Europe. Wenger, SAF, Mancini, Redknapp, don't let me down."

    Mike Spence on Twitter: "Would love to see Chelsea get a centre-back. Someone for the future, Johnny Evans or similar. Get along side & learn off JT, Cole & Lamps."

  234. 0908: 

    Let's hop over the Channel to France now, for an early-morning update from Matt Spiro. I thought Newcastle had signed every Ligue 1 player going, but apparently not...

    "Chairmen and managers around France will be trying hard to ignore their phones today as the alarming talent drain from Ligue 1 looks set to continue. It seemed as though Lisandro Lopez was one player certain to stay after Lyon turned down Juventus' latest approach to sign their former skipper, but L'Equipe now suggest Tottenham have entered the race for his signature.

    Lisandro Lopez

    "The sports daily claim Spurs contacted Lyon on Monday to ask if they could take the Argentine international on loan. However, OL insist they will only accept a permanent transfer for the ex-Porto striker, who has scored 54 goals in 104 league games in France. Lisandro is currently sidelined with a calf injury.

    "There are also widespread reports that West Ham midfielder Alou Diarra has agreed a six-month loan with Rennes, who are looking to replace Yann M'Vila after selling him to Rubin Kazan. The former France captain has started just one Premier League game under Sam Allardyce and is desperate to play regular football again. According to L'Equipe, West Ham will continue to pay part of Diarra's salary during the loan.

    "Modibo Maiga's move back to France looks more problematic after the Hammers told Bordeaux they would not contribute to the Malian attacker's salary should he join them on loan, prompting Les Girondins to pull out of the deal."


    Lisa in London on text via 81111: "Re 0835. QPR keen to pay big salaries to underperforming players... Perhaps they would like to sign Torres?"

  236. 0904: 

    Yes, that man again. Here's European football expert James Horncastle with some details of what the next few hours have in store for Mario...

    "Today Balotelli will sign his four and a half year contract at Milan's offices in via Turati. Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has given the Italy international striker a special red pen with which to ink the deal worth 4m euro a year net.

    "Balotelli will then present himself at Milanello for a series of fitness tests. After that, it will be decided whether to involve him in a friendly later today against Serie D side Darfo Boario, a club from near Brescia, where Balotelli grew up.

    Mario Balotelli

    Stuart in Tamworth on text via 81111: "Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones would be excellent for Villa, but it's defenders we need. Would love to see Joleon Lescott there on loan to partner Ron Vlaar."

    Andy in London on text via 81111: "Brighton need a central defender, and maybe a left back as cover! Glad we got Ulloa in as a striker before deadline day!! In Gus We Trust!!!"

  238. 0902: 

    So, what does deadline day have in store in Spain? Spanish football expert Andy West is probably the best man to tell us...

    "The main stories will revolve around various clubs trying to prevent their best players from heading overseas - or, at least, trying to get a fair price for them.

    "Sevilla, for example, are willing to sell powerful striker Alvaro Negredo to ease their financial worries, but it would take a higher offer than the £8.6m that Everton had agreed to pay for Leroy Fer before that move collapsed. The Andalusian club would be looking for double figures at least. Sevilla defender Fazio is close to joining Zenit St Petersburg.


    "Another financially vulnerable club, Atletico Madrid, will be hoping the day passes by quickly and quietly. Star players Radamel Falcao, Adrian and Koke have all been linked with English clubs during the transfer window, but none of them have gone...yet. Atleti are prepared to wave goodbye to Emre, though - he is in talks over a return to Fenerbahce.

    "One big story is whether Real Madrid will find a new home for Kaka. The Brazilian has become an expensive burden but his wage packet is proving prohibitive to a move. Anzhi appear to have ruled themselves out and AC Milan's need - and their budget - has been lessened by the signing of Super Mario.

    "And there's still time for a few more David Villa rumours. The Barcelona striker may well be open to a move and Arsenal or Manchester City may well want to sign him, but Barcelona simply don't want to sell - and they are one of the few Spanish clubs that don't need the money. It would be a big shock if he can be prised away before the summer."

  239. 0900: 

    Clearly there is no need to panic just yet, but if you are a Premier League manager and you need a new player or two, then you might want to put in a couple of phone calls.


    Neil Brazier on Twitter: "If Arsenal boss Wenger thinks the Jan transfer window is unfair... Start playing the game! Stack the odds in your favour!"

    ADMunro on Twitter: "Come on Arsene. Repay the faith I've shown in you over the last eight years and get us the players we need."

    Rohan Lobo on Twitter: "Someone in London please wake up Mr. Wenger... The fans mean business today!"

  241. 0850: 

    I spoke earlier about QPR boss Harry Redknapp being in for a busy old day. At the opposite end of the scale is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who probably won't even bother buying a newspaper, let alone a new striker.

    I will "look to the last minute and will try to be active" said Wenger of his planned transfer activity after last night's draw with Liverpool. That surely should involve a search for a new left-back after Andre Santos's latest horror-show against the Reds, but it almost certainly won't.

    Wenger is adamant nothing is happening with Barcelona striker David Villa, though. I know it's easy to take what managers say with a pinch of salt on days like these but, as far as Villa goes, you believe him. don't you?

    David Villa
  242. 0845: 

    I'm not sure I need the question mark above, because this is one deal that isn't happening. Here's European football expert Andy Brassell with reaction from Twente's Leroy Fer, speaking after his move to Everton broke down on Wednesday. because of a problem with the 23-year-old's knee.

    The midfielder is "deeply disappointed", he told the website of his representatives Sport Promotion, but is hopeful a deal to take him to Goodison Park can be resurrected in the summer.

    "Everyone has done everything to make this transfer happen,'' lamented Fer. "I was even prepared to financially brainstorm to get around the problem, but nothing helped.'' The 23-year-old, who is now preparing for Twente's Eredivisie match against Utrecht on Sunday instead of the Toffees' game with Aston Villa, said he understood Everton's position.

    "I was approved by the doctors in England," he said. "The meniscus is firmly back in order, but the wound is still fresh, although I can play back smoothly. Everton then decided to change the method of payment - slightly more for their security than directly because of the medical results. I can understand that, especially when you're talking about this kind of money.''

  243. 0840: 

    Balotelli for president? Not quite (not yet anyway)... but AC Milan's move for the Manchester City striker is not just about football, or selling shirts, according to European football expert James Horncastle.

    "When Inter president Massimo Moratti said yesterday that Silvio Berlusconi would have many uses for Mario Balotelli he was absolutely right. The 20m euro signing from Manchester City wasn't brought in just to win football matches at AC Milan. He may also give Berlusconi a chance of winning next month's Italian general election, which incidentally also falls on the date of the Derby della Madonnina.

    "Corriere della Sera claims that by signing Balotelli for Milan, Berlusconi could have also secured an extra one or two per cent at the polls for his The People of Freedom party [the PDL] of which they predict there'll be as many as 100,000 additional votes in Lombardy [the region of Milan] which is typically decisive in securing a majority in the Italian Senate. Cynical, isn't it? But seeing how many people came out to welcome Balotelli last night, even clashing with police outside a restaurant where he was dining, the hope, for Berlusconi at least, is that he'll persuade the undecided to get to the polling stations and vote for the PDL come election day."


    Philpete on Twitter: "I love QPR boss Harry Redknapp so much and if he takes Bentley and Jenas off Spurs's hands today I'll love him even more!"

    Gra_Fra on Twitter: "If I were a famous footballer it would be so funny to visit random parts of the country on deadline day."

    Dan_J_Farrell on Twitter: "I'd rather see Arsenal sell Andre Santos than buy any players!"

  245. 0835: 

    There are bound to be a couple of buys that come out of nowhere too. In terms of dramatic last-minute deals, it is hard to beat the events of deadline day 2011, when Chelsea signed Fernando Torres for £50m and Liverpool splashed out £35m on Andy Carroll. Former Wigan and Derby manager Paul Jewell never broke the bank in quite the same way, but he has been in a similar position where he has spent too much to try to get a deal to go through.

    Jewell told BBC Radio 5 live: "The Premier League boys put everything into their January basket, if you buy at this stage it shows you are desperate, we have all done it, myself included.

    "The agents and the players are looking for clubs in a higher position. When they can't find anywhere else, they come to you, but they come for the wrong reasons at inflated prices. It is a scenario I found myself in at Wigan and Derby."

  246. 0830: 

    I will bring you the latest Balotelli bulletins when I get them but, across Europe, there are plenty of other deals to keep an eye on. Some look nailed on, others less so... here is European football expert Andy Brassell with more details.

    "Things are up and running in Portugal, where several outlets are claiming that Rolando's loan move to Napoli is now official. The Portugal centre-back had also received an offer from QPR. Another interesting line out of Porto is the club's announcement that Joao Moutinho is now 100% their property, after they bought back 15% of his registration previously sold to an investment fund for £2.8m. That means the Portuguese champions would receive the whole fee if the midfielder - who narrowly missed out on a move to Spurs in August - was sold.

    Joao Moutinho

    "The giants of Russia and Ukraine will not be so frantic, with a month to run in their leagues' respective transfer deadline, but one saga is brewing. Reports are coming in that Shakhtar Donetsk have rejected a £30m bid for Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala. It puts Chelsea and Tottenham's own designs on the player - at a mooted £20m - into perspective...

    "Turkey could be in for a busy deadline day, despite Fenerbahce's announcement late yesterday afternoon that they have pulled out of negotiations for Montpellier playmaker Younes Belhanda. A former Fener favourite, Senegal striker Mamadou Niang, is in advanced talks over a return to Istanbul with city rivals Besiktas."

  247. 0826: 

    So, will we miss Mario Balotelli when he's gone? I think so, but Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini may not agree. And BBC pundits Alan Shearer and Alan Hansen sounded unconvinced by his talents when they discussed the maverick Italian striker on Match of the Day on Wednesday night.

    Alan Shearer: "We saw him tear that back four to shreds for Italy against Germany at Euro 2012. We didn't see that enough for Man City. Hope he gets to 30 and thinks 'I didn't waste my career' because at the moment he's going down that path."

    Alan Hansen: "Will we miss him? 'Characters are for mid-table sides. He was a good player and not a world class player."


    Mr_Grizzler on Twitter: "It's transfer deadline evening here in New Zealand, and I'll be up all night, waiting for news of a new Spurs striker."

    Dan M Murphy on Twitter: "Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wrong to say no quality available in January; Holtby, M'Vila, Sneijder, Yanga-Mbiwa, Ba, Llorente, Drogba, Zaha, all moved."

    Joe Murton on Twitter: "We won't sign anyone, but boy oh boy do Arsenal need a left back now Kieran Gibbs is injured. Andre Santos looks like a pub player."


    MattAshby27 on Twitter: "Just seen Tom Ince drive past me in Blackpool, so at least for now he is sill here."

  250. 0822: 

    Lots to look forward to then, and we are also still waiting for AC Milan and Manchester City to wrap up the transfer of a certain Mario Barwuah Balotelli. The Italian club, seven-time European champions, have agreed a £19m deal for the 22-year-old, who just has to complete a medical before sealing his move to the San Siro. You might have heard that Rossoneri fans clashed with Italian police on Wednesday night as they celebrated the transfer - the police used tear gas as the fans let off flares and threw bottles outside a restaurant in Milan where the Italy striker was having a dinner. I'm just surprised there were no fireworks involved, courtesy of you know who...

  251. 0818: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott says there is the possibility of one more transfer on deadline day - although it is NOT likely to be Blackpool's Thomas Ince. Swansea and Liverpool have also been strongly linked with the 21-year-old forward of course, but McDermott thinks he will still be a Seasider come Friday morning.

    "We've got one player we're trying to do, it's 50/50, maybe a little bit against, I really don't know," McDermott told the club's official website.

    "On top of that we tried to get Thomas, we made a good offer but Blackpool are very strong in wanting to keep him and I don't think he'll be leaving there in this window"


    David Richardson on Twitter: "My best friend's cousin's sister's boyfriend knows someone who said they saw Messi arriving at Tottenham 10 minutes ago..."

    Joel_Preston on Twitter: "Wolves clearing out three defenders in 48 hours, plus Roger Johnson starting a three match ban, surely paves the way to swoop for Barcelona's Carles Puyol?"

    OzSpurs76 on Twitter: "Doris the tea lady at Spurs has messaged me saying Spurs will sign Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo."

  253. 0815: 

    There's another part of deadline day too - you lot. Yes, you are our eyes and ears on the ground - and in the air too - over the next 14 hours and 45 minutes. If you spot Cristiano Ronaldo parked outside Oakwell, Radamel Falcao in Southend's club shop, or Danny Graham flying over your house (in a helicopter, hopefully), then be sure to let us know.

  254. 0811: 

    BBC Tees' James Mountford: Middlesbrough are expected to complete the signing of free agent Kieron Dyer today after his release by QPR. The 34-year-old is likely to join on a 'pay as you play' deal. He could be in the Boro squad to play his former side Ipswich Town on Saturday at Portman Road.

  255. 0810: 

    There's more: From 1300 GMT on the Red Button Dan Walker will have all the latest news, analysis and reaction from guests, along with interviews with managers. Dan will also be presenting a Football Focus: Deadline Day special at 1830 GMT on the BBC News Channel with former Arsenal defender Martin Keown and ex-Blackburn man Robbie Savage.

    Savage then moves across to BBC Radio 5 live at 1900 GMT, where he joins Mark Chapman, former Tottenham boss David Pleat and ex-Bolton manager Owen Coyle for a special deadline day programme.

    Finally, the Football Focus: Deadline Day special returns on BBC Two at 2320 GMT as Walker, Keown, Savage and Coyle review all the events on what is certain to be one of the busiest days on the sporting calendar.

    Got all that? Good.

  256. 0808: 

    Yes, the BBC, as usual, is the best place to keep up-to-date with all the transfer deadline day action from start to finish. Here's what's happening, and when:

    This live text commentary will be running until midnight and you can join in the debate NOW by using the hashtag #bbctransfernews on Twitter or by texting in on 81111 (UK only). You can also download the new BBC Sport App.

    Elsewhere, the BBC News Channel has sports bulletins throughout the day, and BBC Radio 5 live will be updating listeners with all the breaking transfer deadline day activity.

    Full details of BBC Sport's coverage can be found here.

  257. 0805: 

    From what I have read in today's papers, we might as well call this page 'Harry Redknapp - live'. The QPR manager is meant to be signing anything between five and 15 players over the next few hours.

    This is not going to be just about QPR, though. Oh no. Whether it's a deal involving Aston Villa or David Villa, we will be right across it. And here is how...

  258. 0802: 

    Yep, Harry Redknapp's alarm clock has just gone off (probably) and Sandra is making him a bumper breakfast today - three Weetabix (other rectangular wholegrain biscuits are available). Harry is already contemplating a swap deal involving two bits of toast, a boiled egg and Jamie Mackie. It's going to be that kind of day for him.

  259. 0759: 

    Hello, it's Chris Bevan here, just climbing out of my deadline day helicopter (kindly provided by Ryan Babel). Don't worry, we haven't missed a thing. The below has set the scene nicely for the next 15 hours or so, but you know things don't REALLY get going until 8am on transfer deadline day, right?

  260. 0756: 

    French football expert Matt Spiro: "Big-spending PSG may not have finished their January shopping just yet.

    "Manager Carlo Ancelotti has stated several times that Brazil playmaker Lucas Moura will be his only winter recruit, but according to RMC radio, the Ligue 1 leaders have opened talks with AS Roma's experienced international midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

    "With teenager Adrien Rabiot set to join Toulouse on loan, and ex-Liverpool player Momo Sissoko Fiorentina-bound, there would certainly be room in the PSG squad for another midfielder."

  261. 0755: 

    Chesterfield striker Scott Boden has joined Alfreton Town on loan for the rest of the Blue Square Bet Premier campaign, report the Derby Telegraph.

    The 23-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, has scored once in 11 appearances for the League Two Spireites this season.


    The January transfer window closes tonight and we want to know if you think your club still need to sign anybody? Are you getting excited about last-minute business?

    Jeet Kotedia on Twitter: "Arsenal need a striker and a defender! Villa and Hummels ideal. Its been a very bad window for us."

    Alexander Kiteley on Twitter: "Cant believe Steve Clarke isn't after anyone on deadline day. With our recent form and an unhappy striker. Relegation battle?"

    Matthew Cook on Twitter: "Even though I'm travelling around Australia, I still have to put everything aside for today. Its never a day to be missed."

    Use the hashtag #bbctransfernews to get involved.

  263. 0750: 

    Italian football expert James Horncastle reports on Mario Balotelli's arrival in Italy on Wednesday: "Balotelli stepped off a plane and was interviewed on the tarmac by the Milan Channel with a red and black scarf around his neck.

    "He said "I'd wanted to play for Milan for such a long time. Obviously I played for other teams and couldn't come. But when there was the chance, I ran. I didn't have a good start to the season with City and I hope to do well here at Milan."

    "Waiting for Balotelli was Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani who described the deal as "a dream come true."

  264. 0743: 

    Aston Villa are in talks to sign Clermont Foot defensive midfielder Yacouba Sylla for around £2m.

    If the deal goes through, the 22-year-old will be Villa boss Paul Lambert's first signing of the transfer window.

    Defeat by Newcastle on Tuesday saw Villa drop into the Premier League's bottom three.

  265. 0737: 

    Fulham are poised to sign Urby Emanuelson on loan from AC Milan for the rest of the season.

    The Dutch international midfielder played for Fulham manager Martin Jol during his time in charge of Ajax.

    "He can play left midfield, wide, play number 10, [and] I feel we need fresh legs," says Jol.


    So what are your thoughts on transfer deadline day? Does your club need to do business? Share your views on Twitter using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

    Tomer on Twitter: "Outraged at news of AVB giving up on signing a striker. This could be the difference between whether we qualify for Europe!!"

    Rayyan Aziz on Twitter: "Disappointed LFC are not chasing anyone on the deadline day. Its always fun if your club is involved. Need a CB/LB."

    Simon on Twitter: "Can't believe Ince hasn't moved away from Blackpool yet, seemed like a sure move to Liverpool this window."

  267. 0729: 

    Here's some more thoughts on who is looking to do business. The managers were speaking after Wednesday night's matches.

    Reading manager Brian McDermott says: "We'll wait and see. We'll try and bring in one more but it won't be Tom Ince."

    Everton boss David Moyes says he will try and do something, Martin Jol says he does not think midfielder Tom Huddlestone will be joining Fulham and Steve Clarke says there is "nothing really to talk about" regarding ins and outs at West Brom.

    And Celtic manager Neil Lennon says: "I can't guarantee anything but I hope our top players will be here on Friday." Norwich had a third bid for striker Gary Hooper rejected on Tuesday.

  268. 0724: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty: "Everton will continue talks with Sevilla this morning about a deal for Spain striker Alvaro Negredo.

    "David Moyes switched his attention to Negredo after an £8.6m deal for FC Twente midfield man Leroy Fer collapsed. It is a bold move by Everton - Sevilla rate Negredo at around £13m but their current financial state may force them to accept less.

    "Despite a taciturn response to questions about possible transfer business after last night's win against West Brom, Moyes is also chasing another as yet unnamed Spanish target."


    So the excitement is building and we want to hear your views on this important day of transfer business.

    Can today change your club's season? Do you think your club definitely need to sign somebody and, if so, who? Or are you happy with your lot?

    Twitter is the place for you thoughts using the hashtag #bbctransfernews

  270. 0713: 

    There was plenty of talk after the Premier League matches about who would be doing business on the last day of the transfer window.

    Arsene Wenger says he'll "look to the last minute and will try to be active" at Arsenal but says nothing is happening with Barcelona striker David Villa.

    Brendan Rodgers says there will be no more arrivals at Liverpool, and Sir Alex Ferguson confirms he will not be doing any more business.

    Meanwhile Chris Hughton says he's working on bringing Luciano Becchio to Norwich, Andre Villas Boas says he does not need another striker at Tottenham and West Ham are "confident Mo Diame will stay".

  271. 0710: 

    It's transfer deadline day so here are a few of the main transfer stories in today's papers from the BBC football gossip column.

    Anzhi Makhachkala defender Christopher Samba, 28, is set for a staggering £100,000-a-week wage at QPR if a deal goes through. (The Independent)

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is prepared to send defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 28, to Inter Milan in a swap deal which would take his former Porto defender Alvaro Pereira, 27, to White Hart Lane. (Metro)

    Sunderland will complete the £5.5m transfer of striker Danny Graham, 27, from Swansea on Thursday. (Daily Mail)

  272. 0707: 

    Reading moved out of the relegation zone after a late double from substitute Adam Le Fondre saw them fight back from two behind against Chelsea.

    Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United beat Southampton 2-1 and Leighton Baines bagged a brace to help Everton to a 2-1 win over West Brom.

    Elsewhere, Fulham beat West Ham 3-1 and Norwich and Tottenham drew 1-1.

  273. 0704: 

    Plenty of that to come but first let's have a look at the main stories from overnight and this morning.

    Arsenal scored twice in three second-half minutes to come from behind and draw with Liverpool at the Emirates. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott earned them a point after Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson had given Liverpool a 2-0 lead.

  274. 0700: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport Centre. Transfer deadline day is here and we will be with you every step of the way to bring you all the breaking transfer news.

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