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On The Move
September 1, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 09/01/2011

This edition of the On the Move transfer blog marks the end of 2011's summer dealings as the curtain fell at 2300 BST on Wednesday, August 31. This morning we take one final delve into the world of newspaper hearsay before drawing a line under the dealings until January 1, 2012, when the window creaks open once more. It's been emotional.


Arsenal left it late, but finally landed a much-needed created influence in Mikel Arteta © Getty Images

08.45 OFFICIAL CLOSEDOWN There we have it. That's it. Hold back those tears. This blog shall return for the winter transfer window, while later on today on ESPNsoccernet expect a reflection piece of the key deals that took place. Until January 1, 2012, though, you'll have to make do with actual football, with no transfer supplement. Thank you all for the many, many comments you have written over the summer - they have added much to this blog.

08.35 The Mirror: Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy threatened to cast Peter Crouch into the wilderness, forcing the striekr to seek a mvoe away from the club ... Bolton boss Owen Coyle demanded Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe in exchange for defender Gary Cahill.

08.27 The Daily Mail: Tottenham, Aston Villa and QPR all considered late moves for Joe Cole before he signed a season-long loan deal at Lille from Liverpool ... Arteta took a £20,000 pay cut to £55,000-a-week at Arsenal ... QPR failed to land Sebastian Bassong after Tottenham's pursuit of Bolton's Gary Cahill broke down.

08.20 Sticking with the Sun, who claim Liverpool failed with a late attempt to land Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic after the SPL champions turned down a £9 million bid from an unnamed club on deadline day.

08.16 The Sun suggestions that Arteta helped push through his move to Arsenal by agreeing to take a £10,000-a-week pay cut. The Guardian adds: "Arteta signed a five-year contract at Goodison last summer, worth £75,000 a week, which made him the highest paid player in the club's history."

08.10 The deal that most caught the eye last night was that involving Mikel Arteta as Arsenal left it late before landing the midfielder from Everton. You can read the full story on the completed switch here. There's an interesting caveat to the agreement in this morning's Sun though...

08.00 Before we get cracking with a newspaper round-up, let us take the opportunity to point you in the direction of this section which includes all of the completed transfers.