Like it or lump it, the first transfer deadline day of 2013 is upon us and it's unlikely to go down without incident. Teams at either end of the Premier League and Football League are fighting for the best cut price deals before the deadline with the usual suspects likely to take center stage once again. IBTimes UK will have news of every fax being sent, every spotting in burger king, updates on Robbie Keane's boyhood club and all the devilishly farfetched transfer rumours throughout the day right up until the 11pm deadline.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 8:43:24 AM
Plenty to update you on already this morning. Middlesbrough have reportedly agreed a £5m fee with Swansea City to bring Danny Graham back to the Riverside, with Sunderland continuing to prowl.
At QPR, who are likely to be very busy on this deadline day, Chris Samba is understood to have passed a medical at Loftus Road ahead of completing a move from Russian big spenders Anzhi while Tottenham outcasts Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley are both expected to join the Premier League's bottom club at some point today.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed a deal for Tom Ince is unlikely, as has Reading boss Brian McDermott, Arsene Wenger is unlikely to bring in a replacement for the injured Kieran Gibbs and Tottenham Hotspur insist there is no truth in their interest in David Villa.
by Nick Howson edited by g.platt1/31/2013 8:50:30 AM
Tottenham are also being linked with a loan move for Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez, but with Lyon having already turned down a similar offer from Juventus, the north Londoners will struggle to broker a deal on deadline day.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 8:52:29 AM
A quick raid through this morning's papers while we wait for deadline day to come to the boil.
The Daily Mirror are reporting that Stoke City are plotting a triple deadline day swoop involving Birmingham City's Jack Butland, Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone and Bolton's Marco Alonso.
The Sun says Harry Redknapp wants to sign Andros Townsend on loan until the end of the season, while Everton have been linked with a move for Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo, who have been linked with moves to Arsenal and Tottenham earlier this month.
The Daily Express claim Peter Odemwingie and Niko Kranjcar are also targets for QPR on deadline day, but that Tom Huddlestone will reject a move to Stoke City in favour of remaining in the capital with Fulham after opening discussions over a move to Craven Cottage.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 8:58:31 AM
Not that we expected it, but Celtic contract rebel Victor Wanyama has ruled out a move away from Parkhead on deadline day. The 21-year old has rejected a new contract at Celtic, but will remain until at least the end of the season despite being linked with a move to Manchester United: "I can confirm to you that I will be at Celtic," Wanyama told the Daily Record.
That news will be welcomed by Celtic fans ahead of the SPL title and the Champions League last 16 tie with Juventus. Hoops fans will rest all the more easier should the future of Gary Hooper be sorted. Hooper is another who has been linked with a move away, with Norwich City having had three bids rejected for his services.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 9:04:57 AM
With a deal for Gary Hooper stalling as things stand, Norwich City are understood to be in talks with Luciano Becchio over a move for the Leeds United forward. The Argentine handed in a transfer request last week. The deal could see Steve Morison move in the other direction. Chris Hughton was optimistic after his side's draw with Tottenham Hotspur that business would be done.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 9:12:29 AM
Goal.com are reporting that Arsenal have launched a last gasp bid for David Villa. Arsene Wenger said the deal was dead in the water in his post-match press conference last night, but The Gunners have reportedly not given up on recruiting the Barcelona striker.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 9:15:16 AM
Fulham could be among the busiest clubs on deadline day, with as many as four players potentially joining the club. We've already heard about a possible move for Tom Huddlestone, but according to agent Mino Raiola, defender Stanislav Manolev will join the club, while it's being suggested that Jack Butland is also a potential target. Urby Emanuelson is also due in west London.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 9:18:53 AM
The first view of Harry Redknapp being interviewed out of a car window (cue much hilarity). He's confirmed the signing of Chris Samba, but is remarkably coy over moves for Jenas, Bentley, Odemwingie and Crouch.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 9:21:18 AM
Bolton leading the chase for Leicester's Lloyd Dyer. Leeds, Wolves and Palace also interested #transferdeadlineday
"The rest of the day involves training for me, and chief executive Philip Beard will getting on with the transfers.
"I do not know why I am associated with deadline day, I did not do that much business with Spurs. I wish I was sitting in a situation where we did not need any players.
"But, we are not in that situation, and we have lost centre-back Ryan Nelsen so I need a replacement for him and we have got Chris Samba. He is a massive signing for us."
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 9:26:59 AM
As you can imagine, Mario Balotelli's move to AC MIlan has stirred one or two emotions in Italy. Here's footage of the reception he received upon touching down to agree a deal with the Serie A giants.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 9:28:53 AM
Regardless of what you might think of Balotelli's behavior and off the field lifestyle, his departure to Milan is another story of the Premier League losing one of the world's best players. The self-professed best league in the world is having its reputation damaged once again.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 9:32:33 AM
£12.5m for Chris Samba plus a weekly wage of £100,000. Someone at QPR clearly doesn't know where to put a decimal point.
Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez says he expects a 'busy' deadline day. The Latics are currently in the bottom three in the Premier League after only drawing with Stoke City on Tuesday.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 9:39:42 AM
Danny Graham's representatives have ruled out a move to Middlesbrough for the Swansea City striker. Sunderland have long been linked with a move for the 27 year old, who has shifted down the pecking order at the Liberty Stadium Fancy that one to run and run.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 9:52:27 AM
For all their troubles this season, we've heard little from Aston Villa in the Janaury window but they could yet make a move on deadline day with Clermont Foot holding midfielder Yacouba Sylla expected to join for a reported £2m.
Scharner earned a reputation as a utility player during his days at the DW Stadium but is most probably cover for the injured Ivan Ramis, who is out for the season after picking up a cruciate knee ligament injury during the draw with Fulham. Handy signing from Martinez, who rarely gets it wrong.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:02:02 AM
Very unlikely we'll see any moves from the Premier League's biggest sides, but on Twitter at least there is plenty of clamour from Arsenal fans for a new left back to be brought in on deadline day. Andre Santos endured another torrid evening against Liverpool on Wednesday and Kieran Gibbs is out for the next three weeks with a thigh strain. Arsene Wenger has however downplayed a move for a replacement.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:05:44 AM
We're into the final 13 hours of transfer window deadline day and yet only one deal has been confirmed with Paul Scharner rejoining Wigan. Of course we're expecting moves from QPR, Fulham and Stoke City throughout the day, and as we've come accustom to on deadline day, at least one club are likely to spring a surprise.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:12:24 AM
Update on Aston Villa's deadline day dealings and that regards Yacouba Sylla, who has reportedly arrived at the club's Bodymoor training ground ahead of a move to the relegation threatening midlands club.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:16:51 AM
BREAKING: AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Mario Balotelli from Manchester City on a four-and-a-half year deal.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:18:45 AM
A picutre taken yesterday of Mario Balotelli upon him touching down in Milan.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:20:24 AM
Mario Balotelli: “Being at Manchester City was an important part of my life and career. I needed to grow up like a player and as a person. I will remember my brilliant team-mates, the manager and all the supporters. They are the best."
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:22:08 AM
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini: “We are very sorry for him because he leaves the club but we hope Mario can continue to improve and continues to work hard because he is a top, top player.”
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:23:46 AM
Despite their very public falling out, such was Mancini's continued defence of Balotelli, it's no surprise to see the pair depart on good terms. Will City now move for a replacement for the Italian?
by Nick Howson edited by g.platt1/31/2013 10:25:42 AM
Some more news from one of the Premier League stragglers, Wigan Athletic, who have failed to bring Aiden McGeady to the club from Spartak Moscow.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:28:08 AM
Stoke City are on the brink of signing American defender Brek Shea, subject to a work permit. The FC Dallas player will be subject to an FA panel hearing in order to complete his move to The Potters.
by Nick Howson edited by g.platt1/31/2013 10:30:50 AM
The only other deal of the day so far comes from Oldham Athletic, who have signed Chris Iwelumo on loan from Watford. The Scottish international is without a league goal since April 2012 after a spell at Notts County earlier this season.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:35:03 AM
BREAKING: Despite looking close to securing a move for Luciano Becchio, Norwich have reportedly made a fourth bid for another striker in Celtic's Gary Hooper. The Bhoys' resolve being firmly tested.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:36:26 AM
BREAKING: Spurs winger Andros Townsend having a medical at QPR ahead of a potential loan move to Loftus Road.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:48:07 AM
Quick word from Newcastle United, who are not expected to make any signings on deadline day, but Danny Simpson could be on his way out with Reading, Stoke City and Wigan Athletic all known admirers.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:52:42 AM
Southampton's new manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side were defeated by league leaders Manchester United on Wednesday evening, said post-match he was open to make additions on deadline day so watch this space.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 10:57:57 AM
News from two opposite ends of the country; West Ham United are expected to complete a deal for Blackburn Rovers and former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson before the end of the day and in the north east BBC Sport are reporting that Kevin Mbabu will sign for Newcastle today.
by Nick Howson edited by g.platt1/31/2013 10:59:38 AM
Paris Saint Germain call a 4pm press conference when they're expected to unveil David Beckham.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 11:10:50 AM
It's been a long time coming has a decision over David Beckham's future, but it appears that the former England captain has made a decision to join the Ligue 1 leaders. Of course, Beckham played under Carlo Ancelotti during his first loan spell at AC Milan.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 11:19:51 AM
BREAKING: Internacional have admitted Leandro Damiao will be allowed to leave the club on deadline day should the right offer be forthcoming. President Giovanni Luigi said: "Leandro Damiao will only leave if there is a very quick negotiation. But no official offer has been made."
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 11:22:47 AM
Quick update on Andros Townsend, who appeared at QPR for a medical. He has now left without completing the medical. Perhaps a better offer has come from elsewhere or Spurs have pulled the deal.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 11:24:50 AM
MARCA are reporting Everton have made a €10m offer for Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 11:30:24 AM
Luciano Becchio has completed a medical a Norwich City ahead of a move to Leeds United and Sunderland are understood to have agreed a deal with Swansea City for the signing of Danny Graham. Feel that one has some time to run.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 11:33:29 AM
Really hope Beckham goes to PSG. Double header against them in French Cup and League back end of Feb at their place.
Some news concerning Gary Hooper moving to Norwich City and it regards his possible replacements. Kevin Doyle is being lined up to come in for the England forward should he move to Carrow Road. Celtic are currently mulling over a fourth bid for the forward.
by Nick Howson1/31/2013 11:38:53 AM
This may have been covered already but hearing Huddlestone to Fulham and Townsend to QPR both currently OFF
More on David Beckham's move to PSG from former teammate and best friend Gary Neville: "He’s played for some big football clubs in big cities; Milan, Madrid, Manchester, Los Angeles. Paris is a great city as well. I spoke to him 10 days ago, he loves playing football.
"I speak to him, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, they’re incredible characters really and the love affair they have with football has never left them. I don’t know where they get that enthusiasm from.
"He’s still incredibly fit, I don’t think there will be a problem with his medical and he’s always been an incredibly fit player and someone who has got incredible stamina. It’s another chance for him to continue to play at a really good level of football."