Transfer Deadline Day: Squeaky bum deals for Arteta and Meireles?

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SLAM!
The transfer window has now shut – but it won’t be until tomorrow that two of the biggest deals are confirmed or denied.
Mikel Arteta’s on-off-on again switch to Arsenal – surely the deal of the day if verified – looked set to have beat the clock.
Rumours abound as well that Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles has handed in a transfer request and made a move to Chelsea, almost completely under the radar.
Late nights waiting for news seems likely for fans of the London clubs.

Transfer Deadline Day: Newcastle provide chopper action

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IT’S NOT a deadline day without millions of pounds worth of footballer being bundled into a helicopter – and Newcastle have apparently come up with some much-needed chopper action.
Rumours abound that FC Twente’s Costa Rican striker Brian Ruiz, a £10m target for Fulham, has been hijacked by the Toon and is being raced by helicopter to Newcastle as we speak.
Good work, Newcastle.

Transfer Deadline Day: Stoke sign Crouch, Spurs lining up biggie?

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IT APPEARS to be a done deal that Peter ‘robot dancer’ Crouch is to join Stoke.
The signing would certainly add a new dimension to Stoke’s game – about four inches higher for those long balls, crosses and Rory Delap specials.
The intriguing thing about the signing is not Stoke City’s willingness to take on Crouch – he’s a proven goalscorer at all levels – but the evident clear-out going on at White Hart Lane.
Is Harry Redknapp, a master at last minute deadline day swoops, lining up a shock marquee signing…

Transfer Deadline Day: Arsenal actually sign a central defender

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“IN ENGLAND, miracles can happen on the last day of the transfer window,” said Roman Pavlyuchenko in this morning’s papers.
Things haven’t happened for the Spurs striker so far – despite interest from Portugal – but a genuine, bona fide miracle has happened across town.
That’s right, Arsenal have signed a sturdy, experienced central defender.
Per Mertesacker is on his way to the Gunners from Werder Bremen “subject to the completion of formal registration processes”.
He joins newly-recruited Brazilian left back Andre Santos and South Korean striker Park Cho-young to help patch up Arsene Wenger’s depleted squad.

Transfer Deadline Day: Chelsea linked with Ribery swoop

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THE biggest rumour of the day so far seems to be the Chelsea interest in French winger Franck Ribery.
The Bayern Munich man, previously targeted by Carlo Ancelotti, is apparently being sought by Andre Villas-Boas as he seeks to find a last-minute attacking edge for his teamsheets.
Figures for the player range from £30m-£36m. I’ve got my fingers crossed for this one.

Transfer Deadline Day: Stoke to sign one of the world’s greatest goalscorers

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STOKE have confirmed they are in talks with Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner’s agent/dad over a move for the Dane.
This is a player, who in 2009 said: “I want to be top scorer in the Premier League, top scorer at the World Cup and, within five years, I want to be among the best strikers in the world.”
A great sigining for Stoke then – but with the greatest of respect, perhaps not the move Nicklas was dreaming of a few years back…