Transfer deadline watch

I generally hate the transfer window because it’s an excuse for all bad papers to print simply made up rumours rather than attempt any actual journalism.  However the last day is always good fun.  I think that’s mainly because I am a Spurs fan and we have a penchant for concluding deals at 23.58 in the evening.  So, for the rest of the day, I’ll update this until midnight with the craziest rumours and any actual deals that occur.

- BBC gossip column
- Sky paper talk
- Times Window Watch
- Guardian rumour mill

NEWCASTLE appear to have kicked the day off by announceing they have agreed a deal to sign Xisco from Deportive La Coruna. I’m not sure why a striker is a priorit when they have Martins, Owen, Viduka and to a lesser extent Andy Carroll and even Shola Ameobi on the books.

HAMBURG have pleased me greatly by announcing the signing of Thiago Neves, which will likely br their last bit of business this window.  He’s an excellent vDv replacement nad young too.  Martin Jol is building a side that could challenge for the Bundeliga this season.

MAN CITY are hopefully preparing for the loss of Corluka to Spurs by signing two South American defenders.

(Sporting Life) “Good news for all of you out there who despise the word “undisclosed” (we certainly do). The Stock Exchange confirms that Spurs have paid £14million for Roman Pavlyuchenko.”

FULHAM are apparently desperate to trim their wage bill and are thus willing to let Collins John and Alexei Smertin leave for nothing.  The latter maybe going to Cardiff.  I think either would be good signings for any number of Premiership teams.

INTER MILAN have signed Ricardo Queresma for a fee belived to be in the region of £19.5million, yes, pounds.  That’s a lot of money for a team who already boast a bloody huge squad.

TOTTENHAM have finally completed the signing of Vedran Corluka.  I am delighted.

Not a transfer as such, but MAN CITY have been taken over by new owners from Abu Dhabi.  Pretty massive story in the works there.

The guy on a MAN CITY who last night predicted the takeover, is now saying that there will be a massive 11th hour signing from the club as well.  If my memory is corrent, his info is usually pretty reliable.  Link.

DERBY have reluctantly let Tyrone Mears join Marsielle on loan.  That man’s agent deserves a pay rise.

All the news is rightly relating to Man City’s takeover and there are only twelve and a half hours of the window left.  It seems as though Robinho will not be leaving Madrid as they have been unable to sign Santi Cazorla or David Villa to replace him.  Also, time is running out for Berbatov to sign for Manchester United but as always with Spurs their deals will be ongoing until the stroke of midnight.  It would really amuse me though if the four biggest transfer stories of the sumer (Barry, Ronaldo, Berbatov, Robinho) all ended up being damp squibs.

MAN CITY look set to offload Felipe Caicedo to Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.  On a normal deal, getting rid of a striker you paid over £5m for this year would be reasonable news but today I doubt it will even make the back page of the MEN.

Meanwhile, Bent ‘Arry got the itch and had to sign someone from France or he would never have forgiven himself.  Nadir Belhadj has signed on loan “with the view to a permanent move”.

WEST HAM may actually pull off some decent defensive signings if they can secure Paulo Ferreira and Johan Djourou for the rest of the season at least.  There really are no excuses for Curbs if those two arrive.

The MAN CITY takeover is now officially official.  Good luck to the fans.  Apart from the one of Sky Sports News that just said he’s renewing his season ticket now when he wasn’t going to ordinarily.  He can fuck off.

EVERTON have officially signed Louis Saha after the world’s longest medical.

Mark Hughes has told Sky Sports News that the reported british transfer record bid for Dimitar Berbatov has been accepted by Tottenham!  He will meet the player later today and hopes to convince him to make the move.  Incredible.
REMEMBER TO KEEP CHECKING BACK THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS THIS WILL BE UPDATED FREQUENTLY.

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