Transfer deadline day

Steed Malbranque has finally left Fulham, moving across London to join Tottenham for an undisclosed fee.

Wayne Routledge has gone the other way on loan. Is this the start of a busy deadline day after a quiet morning?

So far the only other major deal has seen striker Andrew Cole moving south from Manchester City to Portsmouth, reports BBC News Online.

But West Ham look to have pulled off an amazing coup, with speculation mounting that they have signed Argentina duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

WEST HAM: News of a signing at Upton Park – but it has nothing to do with Argentina internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Corinthians. West Ham have yet to confirm details of that move after details first surfaced on Tevez’s personal website, but they have bagged Czech Republic under-17 keeper Marek Stech (1324). Admittedly, it is not exactly in the same league.

TOTTENHAM: Spurs have won the race to sign Fulham’s contract rebel Steed Malbranque (1306). The deal is undisclosed, but with the best part of £18m remaining and burning a hole in his pocket, Martin Jol will be keen to bring in some more new faces. Real Madrid’s Brazilian Julio Baptista, Middlesbrough’s Stewart Downing and Pascal Chimbonda of Wigan have all been linked. Plus, could Jermain Defoe be leaving?

FULHAM: Going the other way in the Steed Malbranque Spurs deal is Wayne Routledge (1306) who has moved to Craven Cottage in a one-year loan deal. Massimo Maccarone has also been rumoured to be heading to the Cottage.

PORTSMOUTH: Former England international striker Andrew Cole (1053) has finalised details of his move from Manchester City. Hajduk Split star Niko Kranjcar is having a medical ahead of a £3.5m move, Auxerre defender Younes Kaboul is a rumoured target and Stephen Appiah of Fenerbahce is another possibility. Defender Andy O’Brien has been linked with a move from Fratton Park.

ARSENAL: Are those new phones at the Emirates Stadium ringing hot? The silence suggests not. Having seemingly missed out on Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, the focus could now be on Real Madrid’s Julio Baptista and a proposed swap deal with Jose Antonio Reyes. And will Ashley Cole be an Arsenal player at the end of the day?

ASTON VILLA: Villa, the quietest Premiership team in terms of summer signings, are in talks with Newcastle’s James Milner. Martin O’Neill could also be ringing up former club Celtic with a view to signing Didier Agathe having landed Stilian Petrov from the Bhoys. Javier Saviola has turned his nose up at a move to Villa Park and will stay with Barcelona.

BLACKBURN: Jonathon Douglas has moved to Leeds, defender Andy Todd is being tipped for a move from Ewood Park and Lucas Neill has been linked with Liverpool. But it is not all about selling at Rovers who have been tracking midfielder Kristoffer Haestad.

BOLTON: Sam Allardyce may feel pressured into action with the news that striker Kevin Davies is out injured for six weeks, even though Nicolas Anelka has already signed. Zenit St Petersburg’s Pavel Mares could join.

CHARLTON: New Addicks boss Iain Dowie has not wasted any time in dipping his toes into the transfer market, and even on Wednesday he spent £3.7m on Souleymane Diawara. Uruguayan midfielder Omar Pouso has been linked with a loan move, but Jason Euell is on his way out to Middlesbrough

CHELSEA: Will the summer’s longest-running transfer saga finally come to an end on Thursday? Ashley Cole either signs for Chelsea today or stays at Arsenal until January – at least. And, if he does go, will William Gallas be moving the other way across London? While talking about the deal that sees Robert Huth heading to Middlesbrough, Boro chief executive Keith Lamb revealed Peter Kenyon was locked in “other business”. Something’s afoot at the Blues then.

EVERTON: Following the captures of £8.6m Andy Johnson and £5m Joleon Lescott, David Moyes is not expected to splash his cash too liberally before the deadline. Going the other way, Kevin Kilbane is expected to sign for Wigan.

LIVERPOOL: After splashing out nearly £25m in total for Craig Bellamy, Gabriel Paletta, Jermaine Pennant and Dirk Kuyt, boss Rafa Benitez is unlikely to be too desperate for another big name. But Lucas Neill is set to join from Blackburn and £10m-rated Cadiz striker Lucas Lobos has been linked with a move.

MANCHESTER CITY: Boss Stuart Pearce may spend more time ensuring unsettled skipper Sylvain Distin does not make an 11th-hour exit from the club. Danny Mills, however, seems set to follow Andrew Cole out of the Eastlands exit door.

MANCHESTER UNITED: Will Sir Alex Ferguson add another big-money signing to his squad after the £18.6m capture of Michael Carrick? Not unless his luck turns. A move for Bayern Munich’s Owen Hargreaves seems to be off and France international striker David Trezeguet has suggested he is happy with Juventus, despite the club’s relegation.

MIDDLESBROUGH: Charlton’s Jason Euell is close to finalising a deal and Robert Huth’s move from Chelsea is “two or three hours” from being concluded according to Boro cheif executive Keith Lamb. Apparently his Chelsea counterpart Peter Kenyon has yet to pen to paper on the contract as he is dealing with “other business”.

NEWCASTLE: In the last week Glenn Roeder has bolstered his Newcastle attack with the signings of Obafemi Martins and Guiseppe Rossi, who joined on loan from Manchester United. James Milner is in talks over a move to Aston Villa, but will there be more arrivals on Tyneside?

READING: Steve Coppell has shown no great desire to break up last season’s Championship-winning squad and is not expected to make too many dramatic raids in the transfer market.

SHEFFIELD UNITED: The Blades are on the look out for a striker. They have been linked with a £4m deal for Preston’s highly-rated England Under-21 striker David Nugent and Colin Kazim-Richards should wrap up a move from Brighton.

WATFORD: The Hornets are unlikely to be making any significant deadline-day moves, having re-signed former player Tommy Smith from Derby on Wednesday.

WIGAN: Kevin Kilbane and Graham Kavanagh have left the Republic of Ireland squad’s preparations for their weekend international against Germany for medicals. While Kilbane looks to be heading to Wigan from Everton, Kavanagh is heading for the Latics door and a move to Sunderland. And will Pascal Chimbonda get his much-wanted move to Spurs today?

FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Leeds have completed the permanent signing of Blackburn midfielder Jonathan Douglas (1255) and Nacho Novo (1256) has left Rangers to bolster Coventry’s shot-shy attack. The first confirmed domestic signing of the day was the move of Ricardo Fuller (1028) from Southampton to Stoke.

Sunderland’s new boss Roy Keane has got in on the act as well and made former team-mate Dwight Yorke (1358) his first signing. Graham Kavanagh is having a medical on Wearside.

The pick of the lower league deals is in League Two, where table-topping Swindon have signed former England international Paul Ince (1328) as a player-coach.

Big-money signings are likely to be thin on the ground in the Football League, but expect a plethora of loan deals in the lower leagues.

SPL: Rangers, having off-loaded Nacho Novo to Coventry, have signed defender Sasa Papac (1307) from Austria Vienna. Elsewhere, Stevie Crawford (1405) has gone from Aberdenn to Dunfermline.

EUROPE: Argentina captain Juan Pablo Sorin (0944) has moved from Villarreal to Hamburg in a Euro 3m deal. Elsewhere, AC Milan have had a bid of Euro 25m for Robinho rejected by Real Madrid, according to Spanish media, who have also speculated on a swap deal between Ronaldo and Inter Milan’s Adriano. And could more players leave Juventus, who are facing up to life in Serie B because of their involvement in the Italian match-fixing scandal?

Comments are closed.