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February 4, 2009
Posted by Jon Carter on 02/04/2009

With a huge sigh of relief, 33 days worth of transfer gossip comes to an end with the news that Andrei Arshavin has finally signed for Arsenal after a protracted snow-delayed move.

The deal for Arshavin has caused some problems though, with many of the papers claiming that the Russian did not get his paperwork through on time.

The Guardian say it is understood that Zenit did not submit their forms in time, while there are also concerns from Arsenal's side. But it's the Premier League that count, and they say it's fine.

February 3, 2009
Posted by Dom Raynor on 02/03/2009

Tuesday morning's newspapers seem torn between leading with Robbie Keane's safe return to Tottenham Hotspur from Liverpool and speculating about whether Andrei Arshavin's on-off transfer from Zenit St Petersburg to Arsenal will go through.

The Guardian seem the most confident that Ashavin's "extra-time" deal will get clearence. The Premier League has apparently confirmed that the transfer will be amongst a number of others that will be signed off on Tuesday.

But it wasn't easy; the Russian's agent claimed that it was an incredibly difficult deal to finalize. "It was completed in extra-time but we must wait for confirmation," said Dennis Lachter. "In 16 years this has been the most difficult transfer ever."

February 2, 2009
Posted by John Brewin on 02/02/2009

OK, many thanks to Dom Raynor for a sterling day's service on the blogs. While he heads off to a darkened room with his head spinning with talk of medicals, personal terms and other transfer-related buzzwords, I'll do my best to round up the aftermath of what has been a busy day.

I've braved a journey across snowbound England while pandemonium has been taking place. Let's see what else happens; that mini-extension may see some rules being bent and some surprise deals may still happen.

Though I imagine you're all waiting on news of Arshavin and maybe Quaresma.

Posted by Dom Raynor on 02/02/2009

The transfer window is now closed and only deals that can show the dire weather here in the UK prevented them from being completed before 17.00 GMT will now go through. Even then the FA must have received email confirmation from the two clubs involved before the deadline.

Click here for all the transfer deadline day deals.

17.30: The final word on Andrei Arshavin's on-off-on-off-on-off-on transfer from Zenit St Petersburg to Arsenal is that it is off. The Associated Press report the deal broke down over the size of the transfer fee and the amount of compensation Zenit would be paid for allowing the Russian to break his four-year contract. "The deal didn't happen. Arshavin is coming back to Zenit," a spokesman said.

17.20: Robbie Keane has completed his return to Tottenham Hotspur from Liverpool, bringing an end to his short but troubled time at Anfield. The Republic of Ireland striker, who left White Hart Lane in a £20m deal in the summer, said: "It proved not to be the right move for me .... I shall be giving my all for this club."

17.15: The first of the late deals is in. West Bromwich Albion have announced the signing of 24-year-old Argentine winger Juan Carlos Menseguez from San Lorenzo on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move.

17.00 The window is now shut and only deals that can show the dire weather here in the UK prevented them from being completed will go through... along with a few stragglers that have been finalised but not announced to the press.

16.52: Well with eight minutes to go the Roque Santa Cruz deal is dead. It has been very quiet on that particular transfer today and with no time left to find a replacement Blackburn Rovers are unwilling to sell the striker to Manchester City.

"The Portuguese press is now reporting that Quaresma is heading to Chelsea on loan," says Soccernet reader JBCP3431.

16.43: And it seems like it is true. There are multiple reports claiming that Chelsea are attempting to hijack Tottenham's bid to sign Ricardo Quaresma from Inter Milan. That would obviously mean the end of any swap deal involving David Bentley or Jermaine Jenas.

16.37: Manchester City have rejected an £8m bid from Newcastle United for midfielder Michael Johnson. The England U21 international was a revelation at Eastland's under Sven Goran Eriksson last season but has failed to find the same form under new manager Mark Hughes and was tipped to head to the North East.

16.32: West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of Paris Saint Germain defensive midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu on loan until the end of the season. The 22-year-old, capped at U21 level with France, is a Democratic Republic of Congo international.

16.28: More on Andrei Arshavin's protracted transfer from Zenit St Petersburg to Arsenal... the Russian playmaker has passed a medical and agreed terms, the two clubs have even agreed a fee and the only sticking point remains how much Arshavin will pay Zenit as a percentage of his signing fee for leaving the club. Apparently he will wear the No.13 at Arsenal.

GuySmylie says: "As a Chelsea fan it's a real shame to see these moves as our team sits by injuried and does nothing. Losing Cole and Essien would kill any team and having Drogba out of favor by the coach doesn't help. There's not a single striker we could get on the cheap or on a loan?"

16.18: Hertha Berlin striker Marko Pantelic has denied he is set to join Fulham. The 30-year-old Serbian international, who is out of contract with the Bundesliga side in the summer, said: "That [report] is complete rubbish."

16.05: Fulham have signed Olivier Dacourt on loan from Inter Milan for the rest of the season. The Frenchman is a replacement for Jimmy Bullard, who joined Hull City earlier in the transfer window.

15.54: Liverpool have confirmed that they have agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur to take Robbie Keane back to White Hart Lane. The fee is believed to be around £15m and Keane will become the third player to rejoin Spurs in the transfer window, after Pascal Chimbonda and Jermain Defoe. A Liverpool spokesman said: "Liverpool Football Club have reached agreement with Tottenham Hotspur for the sale of Robbie Keane."

Soccernet reader Augustine says: "Wow. Yet another ex-Tottenham player returning and Spurs have got five strikers now? Shouldn't they be boosting their defence instead?"

February 1, 2009
Posted by Jon Carter on 02/01/2009

With less than 24 hours to go before the end of the transfer window, which clubs will scrabbling around for players in the dying minutes? Well, it's safe to assume Tottenham and Man City will be involved.

Man City have sealed a deal for Shay Given, despite reports from the Express, that the club wanted Michael Johnson as part of the deal.

Posted by Jon Carter on 02/01/2009

The talk of the day is all about Robbie Keane as his future at Liverpool looks dead. Could another former Spurs player be heading back to White Hart Lane before Monday?

The Mail on Sunday, and almost everyone else, have picked up on the fact that Keane did not make the 18-man squad against Chelsea, and therefore he's angling for a move. The Reds paid £20.3m for him last summer, and may now buy him back for just £15m.

One thing's for sure: Rafa Benitez doesn't know what's going on. Or does he?