Good night, all!
And so another transfer deadline day winds down.
We didn't have the big moves perhaps some were expecting today but there was a flurry of activity later in the day, curiously once the window had officially shut.
Everton completed three deals. Fulham went one better and sealed four. Both could still announce signings later in the evening with Kurt Zouma still potentially arriving at Goodison and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa's move to West London from Marseille not yet confirmed.
If you been with us throughout the day then thank you, you're a trooper. If you've dipped in and out...we'll thank you too!
Enjoy your evenings, which may like us be spent trying to figure out who is going to be in your fantasy side.
Signed and sealed
Everton fans are understandably happy with their side's business on transfer deadline day but there is a certain about if risk with the signings of Yerry Mina and André Gomes.
Yes, the former impressed at the World Cup for Colombia but he struggled to impose himself at Barcelona following a move from Brazilian club Palmeiras in January.
Gomes, meanwhile, was one of the most-sought after midfielders in Europe during his days at Valencia and Barcelona usurped Real Madrid in the race to sign him back in the summer of 2016.
However, his two seasons at the Camp Nou have been hugely disappointing and Gomes now looks a shell of the player he once was. However, he is still only 25 years old and if Marco Silva can rebuild his confidence then the Toffees will have an outstanding midfielder on their hands.
✍️ | Meanwhile in Barcelona… Signed and sealed. 🇨🇴🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/NIIbP2tJ1I— Everton (@Everton) August 9, 2018
And another one in at Fulham
They just keep on coming at Fulham!
Does anyone think the Cottagers are going to struggle this season. We personally think a top half finish is more likely!
Fulham with all the signings
Fulham's impressive summer transfer business continues with the loan signing of Luciano Vietto from Atlético Madrid.
Add that to fellow Deadline Day signings Joe Bryan and Sergio Rico and you have to be impressed with the work done by Cottagers' owner Shahid Khan.
Oh and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa's potential move to Craven Cottage may still be completed too!
Tottenham make transfer window history
Congratulations/commiserations Tottenham fans on your club achieving this record.
For the first time since the transfer window was introduced in 2003, a Premier League side has gone the entire summer without signing a single player. There was interest in Jack Grealish but no move materialised.
But is Mauricio Pochettino worried? Publicly no.
"People in football find it difficult to understand that Tottenham didn’t sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently. If we are happy with our squad and cannot improve our squad, sometimes it’s better to keep our squad together."
A Dom deal at Watford
The window may have officially closed at 5pm but several deals are still being announced.
Watford have had a fairly quiet deadline day by their standards but they have completed a deal as attacking midfielder Domingos Quina arrives from West Ham for around £1million.
The 18-year-old started his career with Benfica but left in 2013 to join Chelsea. He was highly-rated by the Blues but left after three years with the club as he felt he would have an easier path to the first-team with the Irons.
While Quina has played senior football for West Ham, he's yet to make his Premier League debut. Hornets fans will hope that changes very soon.
Best deal of Deadline Day?
Fantastic news for Leicester City! They've completed a lot of deals this summer but getting Jamie Vardy to sign a new contract with the club may be their best piece of business.
The England international scored 23 goals for the Foxes last season and was obviously a huge part of their miraculous title win in 2016.
"It's a great feeling to know that I can look forward to another four years as a Leicester City player," Vardy said.
Brighton complete Montoya deal
Late deal done at Brighton as Martin Montoya arrives at the Amex Stadium from La Liga Valencia.
He started his career at Barcelona and featured in sides which won La Liga three times and the Champions League.
He had loan spells at Inter Milan and Real Betis before leaving for Valencia in 2016.
Ayew deal done?
Jordan Ayew's loan switch from Swansea City to Crystal Palace appears to been confirmed, not by either club but be his brother Andre!
Ayew top scored for the Swans last season with 11 goals but was unable to keep the club in the Premier League.
Arter: Better? Faster? Stronger?
As we told you earlier: "Last season, Arter managed 47.95 accurate passes per 90 minutes, ranking him 21st in the Premier League within midfielders. He won 1.77 tackles per 90 and completed 87.3% of his passes.
Although he doesn't offer a goal threat, with an xG + xA per 90 of 0.07, he is an excellent distributor with 5.71 long balls per 90."
Foxes get their Turkish deal done
Finally Leicester City have confirmed the deal for Çağlar Söyüncü.
We profiled the young defender, have a read of the article below.
Ings to become a Saint?
Danny Ings on way to Southampton. Deal sheet submitted so clubs have until 7pm to do a deal— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) August 9, 2018
Although the window has officially closed, it doesn't mean deals can't go through and it seems Southampton did enough to provide the FA with a deal sheet and should sign for the Saints.
Ings was unlikely he was going to gain any significant minutes under Klopp at Anfield, so a deal which offers him first-team football was the best for all parties.
The switch should give the striker an opportunity to kickstart his career. He's endured a tough time with Liverpool due to injuries and has only featured 25 times for the club in three seasons.
DONE DEAL: Mbenza is a Terrier
✅ #htafc has completed the loan signing of Belgium Under-21 international Isaac Mbenza from French Ligue 1 club @MontpellierHSC.— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) August 9, 2018
🗣️ David Wagner: “When we first spoke, it’s clear that he is a real winner."
➡️ https://t.co/HbVtuxwtXH (AT) pic.twitter.com/s4bOEAlq54
Earlier we mentioned what the Montpellier forward would bring to the Yorkshire club.
Here are his key stats.
THE WINDOW IS CLOSED
The last minute deals will still go through, but the window has closed shut.
Fulham not finished
Zouma the latest Toffee linked
Info @lequipe : Everton vient de trouver un accord avec Chelsea pour obtenir le prêt de l’international français Kurt Zouma. Les Toffees doivent maintenant boucler les formalités autour de l’arrivée du joueur avant 18 heures https://t.co/LpxQ9O3pXb— Bilel Ghazi (@BilelGhazi) August 9, 2018
Reports in Spain suggest the deal for Yerry Mina is done, but now French journalist Bilel Ghazi is saying Everton have agreed to sign Kurt Zouma on loan from Chelsea.
Could they sign both?
The record no one wants
Tottenham would be the first PL club to make no signings in a summer window since it was introduced in 2003. The closest to no signings was that first summer - Leeds only signed Jody Morris for free. Stat courtesy of @garyjacob and @BillEdgarTimes https://t.co/yGH9hSG2CL— ALEX KAY-JELSKI (@AlexKJTimes) August 9, 2018
What Çağlar Söyüncü will give Leicester City
As James Nalton explains in today's article, signing Çağlar Söyüncü from Bundesliga side Freiburg and Leicester City will have a player good enough to replace Harry Maguire and would see the club make a nice profit in the process.
What are Cardiff getting in Arter
Last season, Arter managed 47.95 accurate passes per 90 minutes, ranking him 21st in the Premier League within midfielders. He won 1.77 tackles per 90 and completed 87.3% of his passes.
Although he doesn't offer a goal threat, with an xG + xA per 90 of 0.07, he is an excellent distributor with 5.71 long balls per 90.
Is this Everton's best ever transfer window
Andre Gomes is having a medical alongside Yerry Mina in Barcelona ahead of @Everton move. He has a slight injury at the moment but not one that will scupper his loan move. Looking more like both deals will be done before the deadline 🔵— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) August 9, 2018
Imagine if you had told Everton fans at the end of last season, they would sign three players from Barcelona before the start of new campaign.
It may not be Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Samuel Umtiti, but all three were once deemed good enough to play at the Nou Camp and now they will be lining up at Goodison Park.
Digne provides an upgrade at left-back and he has played with the best in the world. Yerry Mina is an exciting and strong young defender, plus Andre Gomes needs a new lease of life after a poor spell at the Catalan club.
Exciting times for Marco Silva and the Toffees.
Arsenal all done on deadline day
Reports of Arsenal bid for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele false. As previously reported incoming business completed a month ago. Were open to exceptional deal if chance arose (admire & have links to Dembele) but never realistic. #AFC optimistic on Ramsey contract but not close— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 9, 2018
Ousmane Dembele has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, even Manchester United, but the Gunners are all done this summer.
The French winger joined from Dortmund last summer and Barca paid €105million. Affected by injury, he made just 17 appearances last season, scoring three times and adding seven assists. At only 21 years old, it seems odd that Barcelona would look to sell him on.
Now, he has competition from Malcom, and with Philippe Coutinho wearing the No.7 shirt, the shine has somewhat come off the former Rennes winger.
With only hours left in the English window, it looks like Dembele is set for another season at the Nou Camp.
Godín used Manchester United
It should be no surprise in modern football, but it seems Diego Godín and his agent took Manchester United for a bit of a ride.
On Diego Godin, his agent engaged in interesting tactics. Agent approached @ManUtd and said player was keen to join. United made an approach to @atletienglish but within hours, Godin signed new, improved deal worth 7.5million euros a year! Nice!— Jim White (@JimWhite) August 9, 2018
Shock that the Atleti captain now has a new deal and an improved wage. Almost like he had no intention of joining in the first place.
How Bernard improves Everton
We have James Nalton bringing Everton fans up to speed on Brazilian forward Bernard.
"Put him alongside a goalscorer and in front of another player who can play quick, incisive passes in to his feet and he’ll thrive.
The link-up with Richarlison could make or break Everton’s season, and if the pair hit it off from the start, Goodison Park could be in for one of its most entertaining campaigns in several years."
Watford linked with Argentine forward
After scoring 12 goals in Ligue 1 last season, Argentine striker Emiliano Sala has obviously caught the eye of onlooking scouts.
The FC Nantes forward has been linked with a £16.5million move to Watford on deadline day.
Is this the man to help the Hornets step up this season.
DONE DEAL: Cardiff add to their squad
Victor Camarasa made 24 appearances for Real Betis in La Liga last season. Able to play anywhere in the centre of the midfield, he scored just once in the league but made 1.07 interceptions per 90 minutes and won 1.43 tackles.
He made on average 45.25 passes per 90, but was able to get forward too, with 2.01 scoring attempts per 90. He looks like a solid addition to the Bluebirds midfield as you can see from our persona model below.
Ice Berge dead ahead
We picked him out as an emerging talent back in December and as Sam McGuire wrote, there was a lot to be excited about.
"When a 6ft 5ins midfield behemoth can pick a pass out like Xavi it’s hard not to take notice. Add in the fact he’s just 19 years old and it’s easy to understand why so many top clubs are keeping a close eye on Genk midfielder Sander Berge."
Now, both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are set to be fighting it out for his signature on deadline day. Even if a deal isn't done today, one thing is clear, he's one to watch.
Remember the name.
Big Sam, never change
Everton'ın eski teknik direktörü Sam Allardyce yine formda.— Goal Türkiye (@GoalTurkiye) August 9, 2018
"Cenk Tosun'u Olympiakos'tan transfer edebildiğimiz için şanslıydık." (talkSPORT)
Cenk'i Beşiktaş'tan transfer eden isim Allardyce'dı 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/v9S2Yc0c81
They say the memory is the first to go.
Sam Allardyce saying on talkSport that they were lucky to sign Cenk Tosun from Olympiakos, the Greek club, when they signed the forward from Besiktas, from Turkey.
Godin going nowhere
It seemed a long-shot didn't it?
Perhaps it was a smokescreen for something else, but any chance of Diego Godín going to Manchester United seems to be dead in the water.
The Uruguayan centre-back is set to sign a new deal with Atleti.
Perhaps he managed to squeeze a bit more cash out of the Spanish club.
Clucas staying in the Championship
Moves to Burnley and Wolves looked on the cards, but neither came through, now the promising midfielder looks set to stay in the SkyBet Championship and join Stoke City.
It's an interesting move for the player. He showed last term he was good enough to impress in the Premier League and he looked set to make a move up the ladder, so it's a huge deal for the Potters if they can get it over the line.
Çaglar Söyüncü soon to be a Fox.
With a bid of around £19million, Leicester City should complete the surprise signing of Çaglar Söyüncü from Freiburg.
Back in April we picked him out as one of the most promising defenders in Europe.
Is this the signing of the summer, does it mean Harry Maguire will leave the King Power Stadium?
Spurs hitman could be a Hammer
Javier Hernandez is still there, Marko Arnautovic enjoyed a great season at the London Stadium and today they've announced the signing of Lucas Pérez.
But should West Ham find space for one more signing. Or do you risk having Andy Carroll is your big target-man?
"SIGN A CENTRE-BACK!"
It's what Manchester United fans are screaming at their TVs and radios today. But who is the best option?
Diego Godín is regarded as the best at his position, but he is 32 years old and has never played in England.
Read James Nalton's article, breaking down the other three options.
What does Bernard bring to the Toffees?
We profiled the Brazilian back in February, but back then, no one thought he'd be signing for Everton.
He scored three times in the Champions League for Shakhtar Donestsk last season, averaged 0.79 scoring attempts per 90 minutes and finished with an astounding 83.3% shot accuracy.
"Bernard’s numbers don’t leap off the page as he often plays the second last pass that leads to a goal rather than the final pass. But that should not diminish the value of the Brazilian playmaker to Shakhtar Donetsk. In fact, Bernard, alongside Fred, has now become the hottest Shakhtar prospect on the transfer market."
Read Manuel Veth's full article in the link above.
United approach Atleti for Godin
Although José Mourinho admitted he wasn't confident in a deal, it is being reported that Manchester United have made an approach to Atlético Madrid for Uruguayan captain and centre-back Diego Godin.
He played 30 times in La Liga last season, winning 2.04 of his aerial battles per 90 minutes and 2.07 interceptions. He adds experience and also distribution from the back, with 7.15 long balls per 90.
Still linked with Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld, is Godín the right, short-term option for United, it helps that he would only cost €20million.
Foxes add a centre-back
The former Premier League champions have made a clear that buying a centre-back doesn't mean they will sell Harry Maguire. Believe that and you'll believe anything. With Çağlar Söyüncü set to join too, they would have six players to play in two positions.
Should City loan out Arzani?
Manchester City have completed the deal for Australia international Daniel Arzani, but the 19-year-old is expected to move on loan, potentially to Celtic.
We recently profiled the winger and how he could be an exciting addition to the Scottish champions.
"It’s not just Arzani’s raw pace that is a cause for concern for opposing defenders, but his ability to change direction and accelerate away too," wrote Mark Thompson. "And not only that, but he does it with his head up, looking for passes, and has the technical ability to be able to deliver them while running at pace."
Check out the full article above.
Quiet day at Anfield
Linked with Nabil Fekir, or possiby a blockbuster move for Christian Pulisic, it is expected to be a quiet day at Liverpool.
Quiet day expected at Liverpool. No more arrivals, #LFC haven’t made an enquiry since signing Alisson. Exits possible (lots of interest in Ings) but nothing in place + whole squad reporting to training at 1200 for 1330 start so time short. Will utilise Euro window for sales/loans— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 9, 2018
“We will see. We will see what happens. I don’t know," said Klopp after their last pre-season friendly.
He hasn't closed the door on any movement, but it's more likely players will be on the way out, rather than coming in.
Danny Ings should leave in some capacity, and with three first-team keepers to choose from, someone has to go.
Perez close to Premier League return
If you follow Jack Wilshere on Instagram you will already have seen the Spanish forward wearing his new colours. He picked up eight goals and six assists playing in La Liga for Deportivo La Coruna.
Is he the right man to bolster the West Ham attack?
Fulham target Ligue 1 enforcer
Fulham are moving closer to signing Andre Zambo Anguissa from Marseille on deadline day. The big Cameroonian midfielder is a defence-based player, someone not to be messed with, but he has the skill to play the ball out from the back and the skill on the ball to beat a man.
Zambo Anguissa parti pour #Fulham. Le joueur a trouvé un accord avec le club anglais pour un contrat de 5 ans. Fulham quasiment d’accord avec l’OM pour un montant avoisinant 30M€ ! Le joueur est toujours sur Marseille. VM cet après midi à Marseille.— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) August 9, 2018
Jean Michel Seri and Anguissa in the midfield, with Tom Cairney thrown in sounds like great fun.
José not a happy bunny
Will they sign a centre-back, can they bring in someone to replace the Barcelona target Paul Pogba, José Mourinho isn't confident and he isn't a happy bunny.
Spurs and United interested in PSG international
Both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have enquired about PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa. The French champions have already sold Yuri Berchiche this summer so it would leave them light in the position, but both English clubs have been looking for a new full-back.
It's unlikely that Adrien Rabiot will leave on deadline day, similar to the situation with Paul Pogba at United, but as we all know, anything can happen.
Big deals still to be done
There are several big moves that may go through today, many of which involve the top Premier League sides.
- Manchested United are still searching for a centre-back and are reportedly still looking to bring in one of Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire or Kurt Zouma.
- Alderweireld may not be the only defensive departure at Spurs as Danny Rose could leave the club and join Bundesliga side Schalke on loan.
- West Ham United, meanwhile, are considering a last-minute deadline-day move for Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente.
- Arsenal want to bolster their defensive ranks before the window closes and are considering a move for Croatia and Besiktas centre-back Domagoj Vida.
- Danny Drinkwater looks set to move for the second summer deadline day in succession. The midfielder has struggled at Chelsea over the past 12 months and could return to Leicester City. West Ham and Crystal Palace are also interested, however.
- Another departure from Chelsea is likely to be Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian striker is likely to complete a loan move to Valencia.
- Everton are expected to complete the signing of Yerry Mina from Barcelona today. The Colombian defender was also considered by Manchester United
- Wolverhampton Wanderers have spent big this summer and may continue to splash the cash on deadline day. They're reportedly hoping to complete deals for Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko. and Paris St-Germain’s 25-year-old France left-back Layvin Kurzawa.
Happy Deadline Day everyone. Yes, it's back and it's earlier than ever!
But why? Well Premier League clubs, in an act of incredible short-sightedness in a World Cup year, decided it would be best this summer if the transfer window in England closed before the Premier League season got underway.
That happens tomorrow when Manchester United take on Leicester City so today is the last opportunity for English clubs in sign players players permanently. The window, however, remains open across Europe until August 31 so stars could still depart for pastures new with the selling side not having the opportunity to replace them.
Confused? Well don't be. English clubs have until 5pm to complete permanent signings. And the scramble is well underway and there is sure to be plenty of drama in the coming hours.