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Transfer deadline day: As it happened

All the latest news and rumours ahead of the close of the summer transfer window at 11pm tonight

  • Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has completed his return to Hamburg. Something of a blow to Spurs that - top player. No info yet on fee, although Tottenham were thought to be holding out for £14m.
    8/31/2012 1:49:27 PM
  • Rafael's with Sylvie van der Vaart @sylvievdervaart tweeted this earlier...

    Thank you Spurs, and all the fans for an amazing time! You guys have the greatest team in England. Will (heart icon) you always #coys Time to go home now (heart icon)
    8/31/2012 1:51:00 PM
  • More on the rumour Fulham are to sign Michel Bastos. Reportedly the fee for the Brazilian winger will be £7m - but it's not a done deal. According to the 29-year-old's agent, there is another club interested in him - believed to be Liverpool. He said...


    He is discussing with two clubs in England and Fulham is one of them. But at the moment I would prefer not to say the other one. We will see what happens as the day goes on. I expect something to happen today.
    8/31/2012 1:58:51 PM
  • Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has accused Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy of moving the goalposts at the 11th hour over the transfer of Hugo Lloris. He rates the chances of the keeper joining Spurs at '50-50'. This is what he had to say...


    "The things as they were at 5am were not the same at 10am. I think we have to make sure we get a certain amount of value because it's important that Hugo can go to a quality club that allows him to do himself justice from a value point of view, so that he can feel right about it.
    "I would put it at 50-50 that Hugo goes to Tottenham. Although from the outset, we've submitted to agreements, I would now put it at 50-50 that he'll be going there.
    "Agreements have not at all been respected. We've done what we can. Hugo has been troubled by the difficulty in these negotiations.
    "Our transfer window is open until 4 September but for Tottenham the English transfer window closes on 31 August. Either it happens tonight or not at all for Hugo Lloris.
    "It's been very, very difficult. I've got 25 years of experience as a president of a club and it's our 16th participation in a European competition in a row. But this is very rare in the football world.
    "The negotiation with the Tottenham directors has been the hardest I have ever had to undergo in these 25 years.
    "We had email exchanges which have been contradicted, so that's made it very complicated. It's difficult.
    "The Tottenham board's theory is to explain that the economic market is very hard and so we have to get used to renegotiating.
    "He has agreed personal terms with Tottenham, he remains under that impression but, since, we have had Hugo Lloris on the telephone for a long time overnight and this morning and he's completely undecided about what happens next.
    "The first negotiation was at the start of the window, about a month and a half ago.
    "And then nothing for about a month and a half. The negotiation then picked up again about a week ago."
    8/31/2012 2:14:52 PM
  • There are reports that Tottenham will spend a club record fee of £22m on Joao Moutinho today - despite AVB having said any deal was 'impossible'.
    8/31/2012 2:20:14 PM
  • You don't know what your talking about Sir Alex (admittedly by his own admission live.independent.co.uk) - Dimitar Berbatov will not be joining Tottenham, that's because he's signed a two-year deal with Fulham. The fee is undisclosed, but understood to be in the region of £5m.
    8/31/2012 2:35:52 PM
  • Michael Owen - former European Player of the Year and regular at the race track - is a free agent. But is anyone going to snap him up? There's not been much talk today, although Stoke are considered his most likely destination. As he's a free agent, he can sign outside the transfer window. One to keep the rumour mill churning after tonight then...
    8/31/2012 3:32:42 PM
  • Manchester City have confirmed that Richard Wright has joined the club.
    8/31/2012 3:35:20 PM
  • Roberto Mancini said of Richard Wright...

    We need a goalkeeper with experience and Richard Wright is good for us.


    He wasn't much good for anyone else though, Wright was a free agent.
    8/31/2012 3:37:19 PM
  • A happy Sam Allardyce has been chatting to Sky Sports about West Ham's acquisition of Andy Carroll...

    The co-owners worked particularly hard with me over a very short period of time to get this deal through. I'm very appreciative of that and hopefully Andy can pay back the faith we've shown in him.
    8/31/2012 3:47:30 PM
  • Swansea have completed a deal for Pablo Hernandez - seen as a replacement for Scott Sinclair who joined Manchester City. Here's what the Spaniard had to say...

    I am very happy. It's my dream, to play in the Premier League.
    8/31/2012 4:10:43 PM
  • Sky Sports are reporting Tottenham's deal to sign Joao Moutinho has broken down. Better news for Spurs fans on the Hugo Lloris front though - the goalkeeper has been seen wandering around the Tottenham training ground.
    8/31/2012 4:44:47 PM
  • We've started a hash tag! Get involved on Twitter and send us your thoughts, news and tips by tweeting using the hash tag #IndyTransfers
    8/31/2012 4:51:49 PM
  • Rumours that Liverpool have had a bid turned down for Clint Dempsey are becoming stronger. Sky are now reporting it too.
    8/31/2012 6:39:25 PM
  • Lloris has completed his medical at Tottenham and looks set to sign. More to come.
    8/31/2012 6:39:54 PM
  • Sky Sports are reporting that Everton could make an eleventh hour bid for Birmingham youngster Jack Butland.
    8/31/2012 6:45:46 PM
  • Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed that Essien was left out of the Chelsea squad tonight in hope of a loan move.
    8/31/2012 6:48:21 PM
  • Stoke City on their official Twitter feed:
    Maurice Edu and Charlie Adam are both cleared to be able to play at Wigan Athletic tomorrow. Edu has squad number 13, Adam has 16.
    8/31/2012 6:49:05 PM
  • QPR have confirmed that Jay Bothroyd has completed a six-month loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.
    8/31/2012 7:01:23 PM
  • Less than three hours remain of the transfer window. Who are you all hoping signs? #IndyTransfers
    8/31/2012 7:07:06 PM
  • Everton's official Twitter account:
    OFFICIAL: Everton have signed FC Copenhagen's Bryan Oviedo on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
    8/31/2012 7:13:30 PM
  • They've also tweeted a picture of Oviedo in his Everton shirt.

    8/31/2012 7:14:48 PM
  • Dempsey will be regretting his strike foolishness now. His fate is in Fulham's hands. #IndyTransfers
  • Efe Ambrose has completed his move to Celtic on a three year contract.
    8/31/2012 7:22:04 PM
  • Grzegorz Sandomierski has joined Blackburn on a season-long loan from Genk.
    8/31/2012 7:23:00 PM
  • Everton Captain Phil Neville via Twitter:
    Welcome Bryan Oviedo. Watched him play last week looks top drawer to me and he has the second best stepover in the club!!!
    8/31/2012 7:26:11 PM
  • Brighton have signed Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie for an undisclosed fee
    8/31/2012 9:11:53 PM
  • Sky sources reckon Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun will be heading back to West Ham on a season long loan...
    8/31/2012 9:12:49 PM
  • The BBC's Phil McNulty on West Ham's loan bid for Benayoun:
    Yossi Benayoun to West Ham on a season-long loan. Negotiations very complicated but ultimately successful.
    8/31/2012 9:17:40 PM
  • Aston Villa have completed the signing of 21-year-old Belgium striker Christian Benteke from Genk.
    8/31/2012 9:19:45 PM
  • Yossi Benayoun is heading back to West Ham from #CFC on a season long loan #DeadlineDay
  • QPR bad boy Joey Barton looks set to join Marseille on a season-long loan...
    8/31/2012 9:20:45 PM
  • 40 minutes remain and a couple of surprises in the last 20. Who else will be confirmed?
    8/31/2012 9:21:35 PM
  • Benayoun to West Ham CONFIRMED.
    8/31/2012 9:22:23 PM
  • It's all quiet on the Owen front according to his Twitter feed:
    Nothing to confirm just yet, will be an interesting few days now that the transfer window is closed.
    8/31/2012 9:59:07 PM
  • Seconds left and no news on Moutinho. ..
    8/31/2012 9:59:58 PM
  • The transfer window is CLOSED. No Moutinho. No Javi Garcia.
    8/31/2012 10:00:23 PM
  • Tottenham fans can't complain. They've really swept up in this window.
    8/31/2012 10:03:19 PM
  • Last-gasp deals are always possible. Stay with us just in case!
    8/31/2012 10:03:40 PM
  • Chelsea have confirmed Michael Essien is going on a season-long loan to Real Madrid.
    8/31/2012 10:10:43 PM
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