LIVE: Transfer deadline day
10:06am Friday 31st August 2012 in Sport
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The transfer window has closed
STEVEN Nzonzi will complete a move to Stoke City this evening after a bid from the Potters was finally accepted by Blackburn Rovers.
The French midfielder had been frozen out at Ewood Park after handing in a transfer request, with Rovers understood to have accepted a bid in the region of £3million this evening.
Striker David Goodwillie has also left Ewood Park this evening, signing for Crystal Palace on loan until January.
Rovers have completed the expected signings of Grzegorz Sandomierski, Nuno Henrique and Diogo Rosado.
The signing of the trio take Steve Kean's transfer window dealing to 12 additions this summer, as Rovers bid for an instant Premier League return.
Polish goalkeeper Sandomierski has signed on a season-long loan deal from Genk, with midfielder Rosado, from Sporting Lisbon, and defender Henrique, from Academica, signing three-year deals.
Lloris to Tottenham
Lyon have confirmed that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has joined Tottenham on a four-year deal for 10million euros (£7.9million).
The fee which could rise to 15million euros, (£11.9million) - and the Ligue 1 side also say they are entitled to 20% of profit should he leave White Hart Lane.
Lloris, who is the France captain and has 38 caps to his name, joined Lyon in 2008 from Nice and made 144 league appearances.
QPR sign Mbia
QPR have confirmed the signing of versatile midfielder or defender Stephane Mbia on a two-year deal from Marseille for an undisclosed fee.
Maynard makes Cardiff switch
Cardiff have secured the signing of West Ham striker Nicky Maynard for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old has penned a three-year deal at the Cardiff City Stadium and will be able to make his debut in Sunday's home npower Championship clash with Wolves.
After a successful spell with Bristol City, Maynard joined the Hammers in the January transfer window and helped them clinch promotion to the Barclays Premier League after beating Blackpool in the play-off final.
Double swoop for Rovers
Blackburn have completed the double capture of Diogo Rosado and Nuno Henrique on three-year deals, subject to international clearance.
Attacking midfielder Rosado, 22, joins from Sporting Lisbon while central defender Henrique has left fellow Portuguese side Academica De Coimbra, with both men committing to Rovers until 2015.
They arrive at Ewood Park along Grzegorz Sandomierski, who earlier joined on a season-long loan from KRC Genk, and take Steve Kean's summer recruitment drive to 12 players.
Forest get sharp on loan
Southampton striker Billy Sharp has joined npower Championship side Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan.
Sharp, 26, only moved to St Mary's from Doncaster in January but has moved down a division to join Forest in an attempt to secure more first-team football.
The former Sheffield United striker scored in Southampton's Capital One Cup victory over Stevenage on Tuesday but has been allowed to leave the club.
One Stewart in, one Stewart out for Clarets
VERSATILE winger Cameron Stewart has joined Burnley on loan from Hull City until January.
Clarets manager Eddie Howe swooped before tonight's 11pm transfer deadline, meaning the 21-year-old is available for selection for the visit of Brighton tomorrow (Saturday).
The 21-year-old, who can play on either wing or as a central striker, has been brought in to fill the void left by injury to Danny Ings.
Stewart, who has made 50 appearances for Hull - including three this season, is a product of the Manchester United Academy.
He earned his first professional deal at Old Trafford, before signing for the Tigers in January 2011.
Meanwhile, Burnley goalkeeper Jon Stewart has re-joined Alfreton Town on loan until January.
Santa Cruz to Malaga
Primera Division side Malaga have confirmed the signing of striker Roque Santa Cruz on a season-long loan from Manchester City.
The Paraguayan spent last season at Real Betis, scoring seven league goals in 21 starts after he struggled to break into the first team at the Etihad Stadium.
Santa Cruz joined City from Blackburn in 2009 for £17million, but has scored just four goals for City.
Villa close in on duo
Aston Villa have agreed a fee of around £7million with Genk for Belgium international striker Christian Benteke, it is understood.
And it is believed Villa are also closing in on a £2million deal for Crewe captain and midfielder Ashley Westwood.
Sources close to the Barclays Premier League club insist "common ground" has been found between Villa and Genk for the 21-year-old.
Benteke is currently undergoing a medical and, subject to it being successful, the deal is expected to be concluded before the transfer window closes.
Westwood, 22, is also having a medical this evening with Villa.
Florence sign Toni
Veteran striker Luca Toni has rejoined Fiorentina from United Arab Emirates club Al Nasr.
The 35-year-old returns to the Stadio Artemio Franchi after a five-year absence after La Viola were thwarted in their approach for sign Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United.
Toni enjoyed two prolific spells in Tuscany before signing for Bayern Munich in 2007.
Brief spells at Roma, Juventus and Genoa followed, with the Modenese forward linking up with former Italy manager Walter Zenga at Al Nasr earlier this year.
Winner of the World Cup in 2006, Toni has signed a one-year deal with Vincenzo Montella's new-look Fiorentina side.
Montella also managed to recruit Catania midfielder Cristian Llama on a one-year loan deal before the Italian transfer window closed this evening.
Gilardino to Bologna
Bologna have completed the signing of Alberto Gilardino from Genoa for an undisclosed fee.
The 30-year-old striker, who only signed a four-year contract at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in January, has now been allowed to link up with Stefano Pioli's Rossoblu.
Gilardino made his name for Bologna's local rivals Parma, even scoring a critical goal as his new employers were relegated in a two-legged play-off final in 2005.
The Piemontese forward soon earned a move to AC Milan, with whom he won the Champions League in 2007 before joining Fiorentina a year later.
He was also part of Marcello Lippi's World Cup winning squad of 2006 and has scored 17 goals in 47 appearances for the Azzurri.
Kakuta on loan
Chelsea have sent young winger Gael Kakuta on a season-long loan to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
The 21-year-old has been unable to establish himself at Stamford Bridge despite high expectations when he arrived as a teenager from Lens in 2007.
Kakuta, whose Chelsea deal runs until 2015, has subsequently been farmed out on loan to Fulham and Bolton before returning to France with Dijon during the latter part of last season.
Wright signs for Manchester City
Manchester City have announced the signing of former England, Arsenal and Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright.
The 34-year-old has joined the Barclays Premier League champions as back-up to first-choice Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon.
The move is one of the more surprising of the summer transfer window.
Wright, who has made 467 career appearances and won two England caps, joined League One Preston earlier in the summer but left a week later citing homesickness.
I am told Sandomierski signed on season long loan, Nuno Henrique signed three year deal and Diogo Rosado signed three year deal #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Juventus sign Bendtner
Juventus have confirmed they have completed the signing of Nicklas Bendtner on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal.
The Italian champions have the option to sign the Danish striker at the end of his spell and the 24-year-old is looking forward to spell in Serie A.
"I want to fulfil my potential here and show the fans my absolute best as that is yet to come. I am sure I will," he wrote on Twitter.
Swansea sign Hernandez
Swansea have announced they have completed the signing of Pablo Hernandez from Valencia for a club record £5.55million on a three-year deal.
Burnley sign Stewart from Hull #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Fulham confirm signing of Berbatov
Fulham have confirmed the signing of Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United on a two-year deal.
The 31-year-old striker has moved for an undisclosed fee and will be reunited with Martin Jol, who managed Tottenham during the Bulgarian's time at the north London club.
Berbatov, who scored 56 goals and made 149 appearances for Manchester United, told Fulham's official website: "I'm delighted to have signed for Fulham and I look forward to playing under Martin Jol once again.
"As soon as I was aware of Fulham's interest my decision to join was an easy one to make.
"I'm impressed with the set up here and the people have made me feel welcome. There is a close and personal feel around the club and I can't wait to get started."
Basically as I have said before, Rovers want cash for Nzonzi. £5million ish, nothing but cash will do #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Rovers have also turned down interest in Martin Olsson. The most recent being Southampton #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Cameron Stewart from Hull set for Burnley it appears #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Rovers have turned down bids from abroad for Formica #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Burnley are also after Scott Dobie #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Reports that Bristol City and Burnley are in for Goodwillie #LTDeadline.— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Lambert defends lower league signings
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists he has faith in hungry and young players from lower divisions to revive the club's fortunes ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash at Newcastle.
Lambert today signed Chesterfield striker Jordan Bowery having already secured the services of right-back Matt Lowton (Sheffield United) and left-back Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough).
All three are included in the squad for the trip to the Sports Direct Arena.
AC Milan confirms de Jong signing
AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong on a three-year deal.
The 27-year-old, who joined the Barclays Premier League champions from Hamburg in 2009, underwent a medical this morning before completing the move to the San Siro.
A short statement on www.acmilan.com read: "AC Milan announces that it has bought outright Manchester City's Nigel de Jong, who has signed a contract until June 30, 2015."
De Jong, who has been given the number 34 shirt, goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's Serie A match at Bologna.
Villas-Boas wants window closing early
Andre Villas-Boas has added his name to the growing list of managers who think the transfer window should close before the start of the season.
Villas-Boas is expected to be one of the busiest managers in the Barclays Premier League today as he looks to snap up at least two new signings and off-load a number of players before tonight's 11pm deadline.
Although he signed Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson before the season started, Villas-Boas has only just been able to integrate Mousa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor in to his squad after their recent arrivals.
Villas-Boas also had to contend with having an unhappy player at the club's training ground after Luka Modric's move to Real Madrid dragged on to the point where the Croat was forced to train alone so his unhappiness did not affect the rest of the squad.
Villas-Boas, like fellow managers Martin Jol and Martin O'Neill, believes the transfer window should shut before the start of the season to allow everyone to have a settled squad by the time the campaign begins.
RT @CryerRovers: Villa end interest in Dempsey. Or was it the other way round #LTDeadline— @donniedarko1030 31 August 2012
@CryerRovers #LTDeadline whats the bet that Goodwillie goes out on loan and scores more than Rhodes?— @jamestormey 31 August 2012
Rovers have announced Ken Beamish has retired with immediate effect #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Sinclair completes Manchester City deal
Manchester City have completed the signing of winger Scott Sinclair from Swansea for an undisclosed fee.
Sinclair, 23, excelled in South Wales after struggling to make the breakthrough at Chelsea.
He was an integral part of the side which earned promotion to the top flight in 2011 and also impressed on their opening season in the Barclays Premier League.
"I'm just glad everything is settled and that I'm now a City player," said Sinclair.
Villa sign Chesterfield's Bowery
Aston Villa have confirmed they have completed the signing of Chesterfield striker Jordan Bowery for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.
Bowery becomes the sixth new signing at Villa this summer following defenders Ron Vlaar, Joe Bennett and Matt Lowton, and midfield duo Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi.
His father Bert Bowery was also a striker who played for Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough before moving to the North American Soccer League in 1976.
Villa boss Paul Lambert said: "Jordan is a good player. The hunger will be there for him and he could surprise a few people.
"He's a good lad, he's strong and powerful. He's played over 100 games in the Football League and cup football, so he's battle-hardened.
"He's one for the future but if he steps up to the plate like I think he can then I would have no hesitation in throwing him in, none whatsoever."
RT @CryerRovers: Not expecting anything to come of the Barkley rumours #LTDeadline— @jck6 31 August 2012
Swansea set to sign Hernandez
Swansea are set to complete the £5.5million signing of Pablo Hernandez from Valencia as a replacement for Sinclair, the Spain winger is undergoing a medical at the Liberty Stadium.
The south Wales club are also interested in a move for Feyenoord's Jerson Cabral, although a fee has yet to be agreed.
Andrea Orlandi's exit has been confirmed, though - the Spaniard has joined Championship side Brighton on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Fede Bessone is set to join Swindon.
Villa enter race for Dempsey
Fulham's United States international Clint Dempsey has been a target for Liverpool, but it's understood Aston Villa have entered the race to sign the 29-year-old.
Sources close to Villa have confirmed the midlands club had reached agreement with the Cottagers for Dempsey with a bid of around £7million being accepted.
However, Dempsey still wants to make the switch to Merseyside with the Reds his number one choice.
Villa boss Paul Lambert is also closing in on the signing of Chesterfield striker Jordan Bowery for a fee of £500,000 plus add-ons.
Adam on his way to Stoke
Stoke have agreed a fee with Liverpool for Reds midfielder Charlie Adam.
The Potters had already confirmed that Adam was at their training ground this morning to undergo a medical with a view to a permanent move, and have now announced that agreement has been reached on a fee for the player.
Medical for van der Vaart
Tottenham forward Rafael van der Vaart is travelling to Hamburg to have a medical at the German club, the player's agent has confirmed.
Van der Vaart has enjoyed two successful seasons at White Hart Lane, but he wants to return to the club where he spent three years prior to leaving for Real Madrid.
"I can confirm that Rafael is on his way to Hamburg now for a medical," the forward's agent Robert Geerlings told Press Association Sport.
Manchester City's Nigel de Jong is on his way to AC Milan.
@CryerRovers Goodwillie for sale or are we looking to keep hold of him? #LTDeadline— @Danny__Glover 31 August 2012
@CryerRovers don't #rovers want close to 8million for Nzonzi? #LTDeadline— @zahidiqbal786 31 August 2012
Elsewhere in the championship Spearing joins Bolton loan #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Stoke City have agreed a fee for Charlie Adam.
Everton, Olympiacos and Stoke want Nzonzi on loan. Rovers now looking to sell it appears #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
RT @CryerRovers: Everton, Olympiacos and Stoke want Nzonzi on loan. Rovers now looking to sell it appears #LTDeadline— @B_Mac1878 31 August 2012
@markmanson1982 I believe Henrique and Greg will be announced. And then only add if players leave. How many players do you need? #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
@mani13963 No official bid for Nzonzi just yet. Surely a matter of time #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
10:43am Fri 31 Aug 12
Rhodes is a good signing but why doesn't Steve Kean utilize the quality he has Rochina, Vuckevic, Nzonzi etc
There are reports that Liverpool's Jay Spearing has joined Bolton Wanderers on loan.
Greg Sandomierski has signed and Nuno Henrique will and that should be that - unless Olsson leaves of course #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
. @CryerRovers Fulham using Villa to flush out LFC bid? He will be disappointed if his desire to leave took him to Villa Park #LTDeadline— @tymarshall 31 August 2012
RT @AndrewGreaves84: #LTdeadline striker is all we need I think.— @SteveCozzo 31 August 2012
Sunderland in talks with Spurs about Jenas. Good signing. Villa for Dempsey? What is he doing? #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Meanwhile, here's the picture from Clarets:
EDDIE Howe is only expecting to add to his squad as he remains in the market for a forward.
But with the possibility of key players attracting interest as the clock ticks down to tonight’s 11 o’clock transfer deadline, the Burnley boss insists they would only sell on their terms.
Midfielder Chris McCann attracted interest from Norwich City earlier in the summer and Swansea before Brendan Rodgers left for Liverpool, while Everton are also understood to be keen on the Dubliner.
Striker Charlie Austin could also be a target for Huddersfield Town after they lost Jordan Rhodes in an £8million move to Blackburn Rovers , although I understand their list of targets at the moment includes DJ Campbell, Fraizer Campbell and Leicester City duo Jermaine Beckford and Paul Gallagher.
But after completing the record £7m sale of Jay Rodriguez to Southampton earlier in the summer, Howe was not expecting to lose any more of his key players, and his stance has not changed.
“I always think it's a nice thing when you're players get linked because it means they're performing. But I'm pretty confident that we can keep hold of them,” said the Burnley boss.
Here's what happened at the Rovers press conference this morning:
BLACKBURN Rovers manager Steve Kean has admitted that there could be more transfer activity at Ewood Park before tonight's 11pm deadline.
Rovers yesterday completed their £8m record signing of striker Jordan Rhodes from Huddersfield Town.
But there could still be further additions today, while Kean has hinted at this morning's pre-match press conference that one or two players may also leave.
Steven Nzonzi, Martin Olsson and David Goodwillie are among the names that may depart the club.
Greg Sandomierski has signed and Nuno Henrique will and that should be that - unless Olsson leaves of course #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
Been at Rovers presser this morning. Kean says cd be a busy day with ins and outs. Im told, the club are unlikely to sign more #LTDeadline— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
So transfer deadline is here. To join in the chat on all matters transfers please use #LTDeadline in your tweets.— @CryerRovers 31 August 2012
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