Friday, 31 August 2012

EPL Transfer Deadline Day LIVE:

Hello and welcome to my EPL Transfer Deadline Day LIVE Coverage, with more features to come as the day continues.

WARNING: This will be a LONG blog post, so you can refresh every few minute and come back for more for more because it is LIVE.

13:02: With less than 10 hours to go now....

Let me begin, with Manchester City and AC Milan both confirming that defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong has signed for AC Milan for around £9million pounds.

DONE DEALS SO FAR TODAY:

Tottenham full-back Danny Rose has signed for Sunderland on a season-long loan.

First-team experience: Young full-back Danny Rose has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan deal.

Chris David has joined Fulham from FC Twente for an undisclosed fee.

Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has joined Stoke for £4million pounds.

Still a Red: Stoke have confirmed the £4million signing of Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam.

Manchester City have signed Swansea winger Scott Sinclair for around £6.5million pounds.

Welcome to City: Scott Sinclair has been unveiled at Manchester City, and becomes their 2nd signing of the window.


BREAKING NEWS:
Tottenham Hotspur winger Rafael Van Der Vaaart has flown into Hamburg to resume personal talks with the club over a possible move back to Germany.

Fulham have confirmed the signing of Sunderland winger Kieran Richardson on a three-year contract deal. 

Gone to London: Fulham have snapped up Sunderland winger Kieran Richardson for an undisclosed fee.

Arsenal have been linked with a loan move for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien to replace Alex Song in the role of defensive midfield.

Shock laon move on the cards: Arsenal are ready to sign Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.


Tottenham are desperate to sign Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho, now that Luka Modric has left the club and are just waiting to make a £25million bid for him.

BREAKING NEWS:
Aston Villa have had a £7million offer for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey accepted, however Dempsey has said that he does NOTwant to go to Aston Villa, and wants to move to Liverpool instead.

Aston Villa have stopped their interest now.

Chelsea have been havily linke with Bayer Leverkusen winger Andre Schurrle and he is reportedly expected to join The Blues for around £20million.

Liverpool want to sign Daniel Sturridge and are keeping an eye on Fulham forward Clint Dempsey, who has just said that he wants to join them.

Marseille defender Stephane Mbia is expected at QPR in the next few hours, and midfielder Joey Barton has reportedly agreed personal terms with Marseille over a possible season-long loan move. 




UEFA Europa League Group Stage Draw:
(EPL Teams in LARGEST)

Group A:
Liverpool
Udinese
Young Boys
Anzhi 


Group B:
Atletico Madrid
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Plzen
Academica


Group C:
Marseille
Fenerbahce
Borrusia Monchengladbach
AEL Limassol


Group D:
Bordeaux
Club Brugge
Newcastle
Maritimo


Group E:
Stuttgart
FC Copenhagen
Steuau Bucuresti
Molde


Group F:
PSV Eindhoven
Napoli
Dnipro AIK
Solna


Group G:
Sporting FC
Basel
Genk
Vidoeton


Group H:
Inter Milan
Rubin Kazan
FK Partizan
Neftci


Group I:
Lyon
Athletic Club
Sparta Prague
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona


Group J:
Tottenham Hotspur
Panathinaikos
Lazio
Maribor


Group K:
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Metalist Kharkiv
Rosenborg
Rapid Vienna


Group L:
FC Twente
Hannover
Levante
Helsingborgs



Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle should both get out of their respective groups without much trouble, but Liverpool may struggle, as they have Udinese and Russian side Anzhi in their group.

Liverpool will hope that they can dominate, and manager Brendan Rodgers needs to get the balance right between fielding younger, more inexperienced players and experienced players throughout the 6 group games.


Anyways, back to TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

BREAKING NEWS:
Sunderland have reportedly failed to sign Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas.

Tottenham have agreed a £22million fee for Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho.

Meanwhile, Italian side Inter Milan have confirmed that defender Maicon has travelled to meet the EPL champions Manchester City to discuss personal terms.

Italian champions Juventus are closing in on a transfer for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner. 
He has been seen in Italy, going to have personal talks over terms.


Seen in Italy: Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been seen in Italy, after a move to Juventus has been reported.

Everton have agreed a fee with FC Copenhagen for Costa Rican player Bryan Oviedo.

BREAKING NEWS:
Tottenham midfielder Giovani Dos Santos has completed a move to Spainish club Real Mallorca on a four-year contract deal.

Spainish club Celta Vigo have signed Arsenal striker Park Chu Young on a seaon long loan contract deal.

Aston Villa have signed sstriker Jordan Bowery from Chesterfield on an undisclosed fee.



14:00:
9 HOURS TO GO!

14:02:
BREAKING NEWS:


Tottenham midfielder Rafael Van Der has agreed personal terms with German club Hamburg and is currently undergoing a medical at the club..

Chelsea youngster Thorgan Hazard who joined the club in July has joined Belgian club SV Zulte Wargem on a season-long loan deal to gain first-team experience.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has agreed personal terms with French club Marseille and he has passed a medical.
He should be confirmed to have signed in the next few hours, while Marseille midfielder Stephane M'Bia is currently travelling to QPR to start personal terms.

Manchester City are set to confirm the news that Inter Milan defender Miacon has joined them for around £4million pounds later, meanwhile striker Roque Santa Cruz is in Spain having a medical with Malaga.

14:43:
Swansea have confirmed that Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez is undergoing a medical at the club.

14:44:
BREAKING NEWS:
Fulham have agreed a fee with Lyon for midfielder Michel Bastos.

14:47:
Stoke have confirmed the signing of Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu.

14:49:
BREAKING NEWS:

A helicopter has just arrived at Fulham's football stadium, Craven Cottage.
I do not know who is in the helicopter, but it could be Dimitar Berbatov...

14:50:
BREAKING NEWS:
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart has completed his £10million move to German side Hamburg.

Welcome back: Tottenham midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart has joined Hamburg for around £10million.




That is some sad transfer news, because VDV is a great player and Tottenham could live to regret letting him leave unless they replace him well in the next few hours.

15:00:
TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: 8 HOURS TO GO!

15:04:
Manchester City and Benfica have come to an agreement for midfielder Javi Garcia for around £24million.

15:23: 
Fulham have confrimed the £5million signing of Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Done: Fulham have confirmed the £5million signing of Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov on a two-year deal.
15:30: 
Goalkeeper Richard Wright has officially signed for Manchester City, and will become their 3rd choice goalkeeper.

15:39:
BREAKING NEWS:
Marseille midfielder Stephane M'Bia has arrived in London and is now travelling to a secret location in Surrey to complete his medical.

15:46:
Marseille sporting dierector Jose Anigo has confirmed that midfielder Joey Barton will not join Marseille unles Stephhane M'Bia joins QPR.


Barton has passed a medical and took part in a light training session early this morning.

15:48:
BREAKING NEWS:
Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is at Spurs lodge.....


15:54:
Stoke have made a formal enquiry to Liverpool about the services of Liverpool's young midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool are interested in selling him, for around £8million, but do NOT want to loan him out and will only talk about a permament move.

Interesting news there, as Henderson has goo potential but is not being played so may want to leave.

16:00:


TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: 7 HOURS TO GO

DONE DEAL:

Manchester City have confirmed the news that Inter Milan defender Maicon has joined the club for around £4million on a two-year contract deal.

BEAST: Inter Milan defender Maicon has been unveiled by Manchester City after signing on a two-year deal.
16:35:

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has completed his medical at Malaga, and will be unveiled later.

Liverpool reportedly are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun on a season-long loan dael.

QPR manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that Esteban Granero has received international clearance in time to be available for tomorrow's match against Manchester City.

17:02:

Swansea have confirmed the signing of Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez for around £6million pounds.

Attacking intent: Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez has signed for Swansea for £6million to replace Scott Sinclair.

Tottenham's move for Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho is reportedly 


17:06:
DONE DEAL:
Juventus have confirmed the signing of Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner on a season-long loan deal after he completed a medical in Italy.
More to follow on this story as the day continues...

17:20:
Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen is reportedly close to signing for Stoke on a free transfer.

More on this story as I get it...


17:26:
BREAKING NEWS:
Marseille midfielder Stephane M'Bia is undergoing a medical with QPR in a secret location in Surrey, while the news has been confirmed that Joey Barton and M'Bia are NOT linked and they do not rely on each other's transfers to move.

Joey Barton is set to join Marseille, even if the deal does not go through tonight, becuase the French market closes next Tuesday.

17:35:
BREAKING NEWS: 
Genk striker Christian Benteke is on a plane to Birmingham to try and complete a transfer to Aston Villa.

17:37:
MAJOR STORY:

Liverpool and Tottenham have both reportedly made bids for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey.

Let the bidding way begin!

17:45:
Michael Essien - Arsenal story seems like speculation now, with less than 6 hours to go now and no news confirmed...

Tottenham goalkeeping coach Tony Parks has said that a deal for Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remains 'far from done', despite him arriving at Spurs Lodge to talk personal terms. 

17:49:
DONE DEAL:
Everton have confirmed the signing of FC Copenhagen defender Bryan Oviedo.
The Costa Rican player becomes Everton's fourth signing of the transfer window, with less than 6 hours to go.

Southampton are still awaiting confirmation of the shock signing of Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez. 

18:00: 
TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY- 5 HOURS TO GO!

18:07:
DONE DEAL:

Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta has signed for Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan deal.

18:33:
Midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart has spoken of his delight at coming back home after rejoining Hamburg, four years after he left the club for Spainish giants Real Madrid.

He said: 'It feels a bit like I am coming back home. Everybody knows that I still have a strong bond with Hamburg and it is a compliment when a club wants you every year. This season was the right time to come back'.

Well... you have to be happy for him and I wish him good luck at Hamburg.
Great player, and it is a shame that Tottenham sold him.
Reminds me of Cesc Fabregas to Barca in 2011....
18:48:
BREAKING NEWS:
Liverpool's pursuit of Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is surely over now, because Sturridge has been named on the bench in Monaco for the UEFA Super Cup.

18:52:
BREAKING NEWS:
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has been left out of Chelsea's squad to face Atletico Madrid tonight, so a loan move to Arsenal or another team is still on the table.

18:55:
DONE DEAL:
Bologna have announced on their website that midfielder Gaston Ramirez has moved to Southampton for a club record fee of around £12million pounds.

This will be HUGE publicity for Southampton, as Liverpool and dTottenham were both heavily linked with a move for the player. They should secure their place next season in the EPL now...


19:00: 

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY - 4 HOURS TO GO!

19:01:
Here is what Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has had to say on the official website about th signing of Ramirez.

'A lot of hard work has gone in from the football club with a lot of negotiations behind the scenes to get this deal done.
Great credit to everyone because we have a young, exciting talent joining us who is one of the best around. 
We have got is one of the most exciting prospects in world football coming to St Mary's.
There is a lot of ambition at the football club and we are all delighted that Gaston is going to come and join us'.

19:03:
MAJOR STORY:
Fulham have rejected a £5.5million bid from Liverpool for their forward Clint Dempsey.

19:08:
Stoke are ready to sign Blackburn midfielder Steven N'Zonzi after reportes that he will try and force a move out of the club before the deadline tonight.


19:15:

UEFA Super Cup: Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid - LIVE from Monaco

UEFA Super Cup - LIVE Commentary
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid from Monaco

Team Line-ups:

Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe, Suarez, Gabi, Adrian, Koke, Turan, Falcao.
Subs: Rodriguez, Silvio, Diego Costa, Emre, Cata Diaz, Garcia, Asenjo.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Hazard, Mata, Tores. 
Subs: Turnbull, Meireles, Sturridge, Moses, Bertrand, Oscar, Romeu. 


The formations for the match tonight between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid: 4-2-3-1 for both teams.

19:30:
DONE DEALS:

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has completed a move to Spainish side Malaga on a season-long loan deal.

Defender Dedryck Boyata has joined Dutch side FC Twente on a six-month loan deal. 

19:37:
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has said that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien will NOT join Arsenal on loan.

19:41:
BREAKING NEWS:
France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has completed his medical at Tottenham. More to follow as I get it. 

19:48:
Lyon have confirmed that midfielder Michel Bastos will NOT be joining Fulham despite reports earlier saying that Fulham and Lyon had agreed a fee.

19:51:
St Louis II, Monaco 
UEFA Super Cup - LIVE
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea:
Striker Falcao has broken the deadlock against Chelsea in the 6th minute after a chip over Petr Cech's head hit the back of the net. 

1-0 to Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are trailing already in Monaco!

20:00:
 TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY - 3 HOURS TO GO!

20:04:
Stade Louis II, Monaco
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea:
Chelsea are now 2-0 down... after striker Falcao scored his second goal of the match for Madrid.
19 minutes gone and Chelsea are going down.

Not stopping that: Falcao's curled effort beats Petr Cech to make it 2-0 against Chelsea after 18 minutes.

20:06:
The Sturridge to Liverpool move is DEAD.
According to reports, Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge rejected Liverpool's offer, because he wanted a permanent transfer deal but Liverpool wanted a season long loan deal. 

20:12: 

NEWS UPDATE:
Genk striker Christian Benteke is currently having a medical at Aston Villa.

20:30:
St Louis II, Monaco
UEFA Super Cup - LIVE
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

Just before half-time, Atletico go on the counter attack before a through ball finds Radamel Falcao on the flank who shoots past goalkeeper Petr Cech to make it 3-0 to Atletico.

Hat-trick: Falcao finishes off a dangerous counter attack for Atletico Madrid just before half-time to make it 3-0.
Three for me: Falcao celebrates his 3rd goal against Chelsea, who were interested in signing him when he was at Porto.
Game over, surely? Falcao jumps for joy with team-mate Gabi after scoring his 3rd before half-time.


20:40: 
BREAKING NEWS:
Liverpool will stop their interest in Fulham forward Clint Dempsey after a £5.5million bid for his services was rejected by Fulham earlier. 

20:45:
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea has started the second half at Monaco.

20:55:
MAJOR NEWS STORY:
Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia has offically arrived at Manchester City for his medical with the club.
City agreed a £16million pound deal plus add-ons (up to £24million) with Benfica for the Spanish midfielder earlier on today.
  
21:00:

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY - 2 HOURS TO GO!


21:01:
Atletico Madrid are now leading by 4 goals to nil thanks to Adrian chipping Cech before the ball took a deflection past defender Gary Cahill into the net.

21:12:
BREAKING NEWS:
Reports suggest that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien may be on his way to Spainish side Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.


This transfer deal would make sense, since Essien has worked with Jose Mourinho before. 

21:16:
Chelsea have scored a consolation goal, with defender Gary Cahill hitting the ball low, powerfully out of future team-mate and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' reach into the net.

21:17:
DONE DEAL:

French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has signed for Tottenham for £9million pounds, with add-ons (up to £13million).

Now, all attention has moved to Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho who could complete a club record fee or stay at Porto.
50/50 so far. 

21:23:
Marseille midfielder Stephane M'Bia is 10 minutes away from arriving at Loftus Road to sign the contract with QPR - Sky Sources 

21:30:
Sources from Spain are suggesting that Michael Essien and Real Madrid are in an advanced talks. 

21:32:
BREAKING NEWS:
Fulham forward Clint Dempsey has been seen arriving at Spurs Lodge JUST NOW....

21:36:
St Louis II, Monaco

Atletico Madrid 4 Chelsea 1 FT

ATLETICO MADRID HAVE WON THE UEFA SUPER CUP

Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick as Atletico Madrid thrashed Chelsea 4-1 in the UEFA Super Cup match.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill scored a consolation in the 75th minute, but it was too litle too late for The Blues to get back into the match.

Chelsea were poor in the first half, got dominated and Atletico punished them for it.

Chelsea are the worst Champions League winners... surely.
Got lucky when they won anyway..
Got dominated, look lazy in defence and £100million spent in the transfer down the drain.. Going to be an interesting season to say the least.

21:39:
Manchester City have confirmed the £10million signing of Fiorentina defender Matija Nastastic.

'The next Vidic': Manchester City have confirmed the £10million signing of defender Matija Nastastic.
Manchester City's young defender Stefan Savic will go to Fiorentina as a trade deal.

21:40:
West Brom and Aston Villa will reportedly announce signings in the next few minutes.

21:42:
West Brom have confirmed the signing of Goran Popov on a season-long loan deal from Dyanmo Kiev.

21:55:
West Ham are ready to sign Chelsea defensive midfielder Yossi Beanyoun on a season-long loan deal.

22:00: 

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY - 1 HOUR TO GO!!

BREAKING NEWS:
Fulham forward Clint Dempsey has completed a move to Tottenham for around £6million on a three-year contract deal.

22:11:
Joey Barton (season long loan deal) to Marseille is COMPLETE.

22:15:

45 MINUTES TO GO!
22:19:

DONE DEAL: 
Genk striker Christian Benteke's £7million deal to Aston Villa has been confirmed.

22.21:

DONE DEAL: Yossi Benayoun has rejoined West Ham on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.

I will be back tomorrow for an EPL Super Saturday LIVE Coverage, with a summary of all of the big deals, and transfers that just went through possibly including Essien to Real Madrid and Javi Garcia to Manchester City....