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BLOG: Transfer deadline day
Updated 11:21pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
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- Follow our live updates as transfer deadline looms.
- At Blackburn Rovers, there's speculation over last-minute moves for striker Jordan Rhodes.
- Burnley manager Sean Dyche plans to add to his squad.
- Tweet your views to @lancstelegraph or add your comments at the bottom of this page.
KIGHTLY FLIES IN
Burnley have signed Michael Kightly on loan from Stoke City.
The winger put pen to paper on a season-long deal just before tonight's transfer deadline.
Latest from Blackburn Rovers at 10.15pm was that it was not looking like the club will be involved in anymore business before the window shuts at 11pm.
Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer and his coaching staff still down at the club's Brockhall training ground waiting by their phones - but no new ins and outs to report.
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan confirms what Blackburn Rovers have been saying to us all day - the Latics have not made a bid for Jordan Rhodes.
Michael Kightly should complete loan deal from Stoke City to Burnley tonight. Waiting for news on length of deal.
Around two-and-a-half hours to go of the transfer window - and there's no change at Blackburn Rovers. Jordan Rhodes remains very much on their books, Bradley Orr has left for Blackpool on loan and there have been no incomings.
Reports of Wigan Athletic bid for Jordan Rhodes this afternoon but Blackburn Rovers have once again moved to 'categorically deny' that the striker is for sale.
Burnley have had second and third bids for Brighton striker Ashley Barnes today rejected. The Clarets had targeted the former Plymouth front man last week.
Everton have have cooled their interest in Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy. Speculation that Wigan may have used the proceeds from the midfielder's sale to fund a bid for Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes.
Tweet on Blackburn Rovers Twitter (@OneRovers) addressing speculation that Wigan Athletic have made a £6m bid for Jordan Rhodes...
Amidst renewed speculation, Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has once again stressed that Jordan Rhodes is not for sale.
One player definitely on his way out of Blackburn Rovers is Bradley Orr. The defender has signed on loan to league rivals Blackpool until January 2.
Gary Bowyer spoke to Blackburn Rovers owners yesterday and the club's position hasn't changed - Jordan Rhodes is not for sale.
Former Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen, nicknamed the Beast, has signed a short-term deal with Bury
RAZAK MAKES ANZHI MOVE
Manchester City midfielder Abdul Razak has joined Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala on a season-long loan, the English club have confirmed.
The Ivory Coast international made his debut for the Blues under Roberto Mancini, coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 win over West Brom in February 2011, and has gone on to make seven first-team appearances in total.
Razak, who has played four times for his national side, has previously had loan spells with Portsmouth, Brighton and Charlton, while the 20-year-old is in line to face Tottenham in the Europa League.
RT @WiganLaticsFANS: According to reports, Wigan Athletic are likely to make an improved offer of 9.5m for Blackburn Rovers striker, Jordan…— @MikeJonesWafc 02 September 2013
2:20pm Mon 2 Sep 13
got my fingers crossed on the Rhodes issue, but i recon if he stays past the window and we're not there or there abouts at Christmas then he'll be off in January
Another Question for @LTGrassRoots - is the transfer window a good thing and if so should be closed before the season starts...— @Tinniswood29 02 September 2013
Aware of rumours linking Kieran Trippier with Cardiff. Will keep an eye on it but just been told nothing happening— @LT_Suzanne 02 September 2013
UNITED NOT IN FOR OZIL
Manchester United's deadline-day recruitment drive will not include a pursuit of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
The odds on Ozil joining United plummeted this morning amid speculation the Germany star would prefer to join the Red Devils rather than Arsenal, who it is reported have agreed a fee with Real Madrid.
But Press Association Sport understands Red Devils chief David Moyes has not identified Ozil as a target and has no intention of hijacking any deal Arsenal may be working on.
BRADLEY ORR TO LEAVE BLACKBURN ROVERS ON LOAN?
There's talk on Twitter that Bradley Orr is to leave Blackburn Rovers on loan today.
Is that a good thing for the club? Tweet @lancstelegraph or leave your comments below.
BALE SEALS 'DREAM' REAL MOVE
Gareth Bale has been presented as a Real Madrid player after completing his record-breaking move from Tottenham.
Bale flew to the Spanish capital this morning after Real ended over two months of speculation, gossip and negotiation on Sunday night by announcing they had agreed a deal - thought to be worth 100million euros (£85.3million) - with Spurs for the 24-year-old.
The Wales international successfully passed his medical before signing a six-year contract with the Spanish giants, where he will link up with Cristiano Ronaldo, who in 2009 became the most expensive player in the world when Real signed him from Manchester United for £80m.
RECORD SPENDING BY TOP-FLIGHT CLUBS
The Premier League record for spending in the summer transfer window has been broken - well before tonight's 11pm deadline.
Monday morning saw the total spent by top-flight clubs hit the £515million mark, according to Deloitte.
The previous record for spending in the summer window was £500m in 2008, when Sheikh Mansour financed a spree at Manchester City following his takeover of the club on deadline day.
Summer splurges by Tottenham and City on players like Roberto Soldado and Fernandinho respectively mean football continues to be isolated from the economic downturn that has affected the rest of the United Kingdom.
And, with Manchester United and Arsenal both set to thrash out big-money deals before the close of the window, the total figure spent could well exceed £600m by 2300.
Deloitte also reports that net Premier League spending is around £330m, breaking the previous net spending record of £250m.
PALACE SIGN JACK HUNT
Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of defender Jack Hunt from Huddersfield on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old came through the Terriers youth system and gained regular experience in the Championship.
Hunt is set to add much-needed cover for Ian Holloway's side, who recorded their first Barclays Premier League win on Saturday by beating Sunderland 3-1 at Selhurst Park.
REDS MOVE EARLY ON DEADLINE DAY
Liverpool continued their deadline day recruitment drive with the signing of Chelsea forward Victor Moses on loan, while Manchester United dismissed rumours linking them with a potential swoop for Mesut Ozil.
The Reds snapped up defensive duo Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho from Sporting Lisbon and Paris St Germain respectively on permanent deals this morning before bolstering their forward line with the capture of Moses from Premier League rivals Chelsea until the end of the season.
Stoke have brought in Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic from German club Werder Bremen, while West Brom have confirmed a season-long loan deal for Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano.
Major developments are expected at Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium today, although one player United will not be making a late move for is Real Madrid playmaker Ozil.
11:48am Mon 2 Sep 13
Possible out and in for Rovers?
Bowyer wants to bring in a striker and Best could be on way out (anyone else seem him storm down the tunnel during the Bolton game when Bowyer used his last sub to bring Morris on). Wonder who Bowyer's got his eye on considering he's got a thing for ex-Rovers players. Perhaps Nick Blackman?
Maybe a return of the Yak haha now that would be special.
12:03pm Mon 2 Sep 13
Phoenix From The Ashes says
If Venky's sell Rhodes then that will be the nail in the coffin as far as supporter relationship/liaison goes. I don't think we will sell tbh, personally based on his last 5 seasons JR's value should be £15mil+ and I can't see many suitors for him at that price. Hopefully everyone is put off by his 'lack of pace' and don't consider him prem class. Thats ok JR, stick with Rovers and shove it to them when we go up...
11:43am Mon 2 Sep 13
Unless Rovers have a serious cash flow problem they would be stupid to sell Rhodes for anything other than a too good to turn down offer eg £15-20M like Phil Jones. Why pay £8 then sell for similar money a top scorer who is pinnacle to a promotion push. Ticket sales will plummet and protests would surely start again.
@lancstelegraph another note if Venkys dare go over Bowyer and our heads to sell him they will regret it. If it happens Bowyer should walk— @blazerafe 02 September 2013
11:28am Mon 2 Sep 13
Rhodes is going nowhere but the premier league with Rovers. We should sign Chimbonda on a one match deal! Bring on the Dingles!
11:17am Mon 2 Sep 13
Expected the Rhodes stuff to be on the wires but if Wigan are serious about McCarthy being touted at14 million to Everton, do they think 8 million is going to get Rhodes lol
There's loads of talk on Twitter about Blackburn Rovers rejecting an £8m offer from Wigan for striker Jordan Rhodes.
Should the club sell him? How much is he worth? Have your say in the comments section below or send a tweet to @lancstelegraph
Come on Burnley. Surprise us all and sign a top player today. It could be worth 90 million to us come May. #TransferDeadlineDay #burnleyfc— @SeanMoffitt3 02 September 2013
I'd rather Blackburn just close the door for tonight however I'd like a decent midfielder who can control the centre, use our width— @Jordan_Ainss9 02 September 2013
10:18am Mon 2 Sep 13
Makes no difference if the window closes, players will then be sold to Russia like with Samba
10:16am Mon 2 Sep 13
Trippier to leave Burnley, take it to the bank!! Nailed on
If Dyche brings a striker in today, perhaps very unlikely, he'd make us even happier. #twitterclarets #deadlineday— @Chapmanting 02 September 2013
Blackburn fan hoping Rovers have switched off all the phones, faxes, broadband and banned mobiles!!— @1945hovis 02 September 2013
ALBION MOVE FOR AMALFITANO
West Brom have secured the services of midfielder Morgan Amalfitano on a season-long loan from Marseille with an option to make the deal permanent.
OM confirmed the 28-year-old, who has been at the Ligue 1 club since 2011, made the switch to the Hawthorns in an early transfer deadline day move.
Amalfitano has one international cap for France and has also played for Lorient and Sedan.
Marseille confirmed in a statement on their official website: "Olympique de Marseille announce the loan with a purchase option for a permanent transfer for Morgan Amalfitano to English club West Bromwich Albion."
LIVERPOOL ANNOUNCE DOUBLE SWOOP
Liverpool have confirmed the signings of France defender Mamadou Sakho from Paris St Germain and Portuguese centre-back Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon.
The pair, who watched Sunday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League win over Manchester United from the directors' box at Anfield, penned their deals after passing medicals at the club's Melwood training complex.
They take the total number of players brought in by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers this summer to seven, following Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet and Aly Cissokho.
KAKA SET FOR MILAN RETURN
AC Milan have reached an agreement to re-sign Brazil forward Kaka from Real Madrid.
The 31-year-old last week revealed he wanted to leave the Bernabeu after four years - having joined from Milan for a reported 70million euros (£56million) in 2009 - and Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani moved quickly to persuade the 2007 Ballon d'Or winner to return to Serie A.
A statement published on Milan's official website on Monday morning confirmed a two-year contract was in place for Kaka, who was preparing to fly to Italy at midday after Madrid sanctioned his departure.
RT @nhsriley: Transfer Deadline Day: Can someone please lock Jordan Rhodes in a cupboard until tomorrow. We have to keep him at Rovers...— @themarksmallman 02 September 2013
DAVID DUNN: 'BLACKBURN ROVERS MUST KEEP JORDAN RHODES'
DAVID Dunn says it is vital that Jordan Rhodes remains a Blackburn Rovers player when the transfer window shuts tonight – with the striker backed to be the difference in the club’s hunt for promotion.
Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has again made it clear that Rhodes is not for sale ahead of the final day of the window, which closes at 11pm.
The forward made it four goals in two games with a brace in Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Bolton at Ewood Park, and Bowyer believes Rhodes must now be worth more than £10m.
Rovers are determined to hang on to star man Rhodes and Dunn, another goalscorer against Bolton at the weekend, knows how important that is.
“We’ve got to keep him,” Dunn said.
“There’s been a lot of talk about Jordan going elsewhere but I think he is enjoying his football here so I’m not sure he is too keen on going anywhere.
“I haven’t had that conversation with him, it’s none of my business really, but as long as he is enjoying football here and he is scoring I’m sure he’ll be fine.
“It’s the right place for him now. I’m sure it would take a massive offer for anyone to come in and get him away.”
Rhodes and Rovers team-mate Grant Hanley are due to link up with the Scotland squad ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Belgium.
And Rovers defender Tommy Spurr thinks Rhodes could be a decisive factor in the club’s promotion aims this season.
“Of course he can,” Spurr said. “In games that are probably tighter than the one on Saturday he could be the difference because when he does get a chance he’ll score.
“People like him cost a lot of money, the amount of goals he’s scored over the last four or five years.
“He would be probably impossible to replace so we need to do our best to keep him.”
Wigan are reported to have been considering the possibility of a £7.5m offer for the 23-year-old, although they were yesterday attempting to secure a deal for another striker.
Either move may yet depend on the possible exit of Latics midfielder James McCarthy to Everton, which in turn could depend on Manchester United’s interest in Marouane Fellaini.
Bowyer admitted he had a certain amount of trepidation about the final day of the window, as he attempts to keep intact the team that have scored nine goals in their last two games to move up to 11th in the Championship table.
But he stressed: “I’ve said all along, the owners assured me that we wouldn’t be selling Jordan Rhodes.
Asked about previous speculation that clubs may come in with a £10m bid, Bowyer said: “He’s better than £10m. I don’t know what we paid but it was near that figure and he’s gone and done it in the Championship last season. He’s a goalscorer.
“We just want the window closed and I’ll switch my phone off for a day and concentrate on what we’ve got and keep building on Saturday’s performance.”
There may be the chance of fringe players exiting, but Bowyer is continuing to look at the possibility of strengthening his squad before tonight’s deadline.
DYCHE PLANS TO ADD TO HIS SQUAD
BURNLEY manager Sean Dyche will spend today trying to add to his squad, but insists that any additions will be made to strengthen his options, not replace a winning line-up.
The Clarets extended an unbeaten run against Derby County to nine games with Saturday's 3-0 win at Pride Park, where Danny Ings and Sam Vokes scored in the first half and Jason Shackell grabbed his first of the season against his old club after Tom Heaton saved a penalty.
“We just want to support the group,” said Dyche of any possible additions to his squad.
“It’s not about necessarily replacing the group, it’s about supporting the group so we need players who we think can do that and add to the group and the capability of the group to improve performances which in turn improve results,” said Dyche, who was pleased with the contributions of a number of his players against Derby.
“Danny Ings scored a fanastic goal, Sam Vokes was in the right place at the right time and Jason Shackell came to his old stomping ground and delivered a very good performance.
“There were so many good performances. Scott Arfield I thought was tremendous. Our midfield men ran miles like they do, Ben Mee’s settled in again and Michael Duff has got his second game in a week.
“They are all the habits that we want out of individuals, glue them all together – good fitness levels, good energy, good belief and you’ve got a team to reckon with.
“They’re delivering performances in the right fashion which is right for me, right for themselves, right for the team and right for the club and the fans.
“We want to be at least a team that is competitive every time we walk onto the pitch.”
The result lifted Burnley to third in the Championship table, with 10 points from a possible 15 going into the two-week international break, after which play will resume with the East Lancashire derby at Turf Moor.
Dyche has been looking to boost his attacking options ever since Charlie Austin was sold on the eve of the season, and hopes to have been able to make signings before the showdown with Blackburn Rovers, with the emphasis on today’s transfer deadline.
He has until 11pm tonight to secure permanent additions before the window re-opens in January, while the option to make loan signings will be available again in a week’s time.
It is undersood the possibility of incomings today is rated ‘50/50’ with the Clarets having missed out on at least four targets so far.
But whatever the outcome of this transfer deadline day – Dyche’s second since taking charge last October – the Burnley boss insists he has faith in his current crop.
Of Saturday’s performance, he added: “There were good signs of that right mixture that you need to win a football match, never more so than when you’re at a big club against a good side and a good manager like Nigel (Clough) and his team.”
However, Dyche would prefer to be able to boost squad numbers today.
“We build with the team, I think we’ve got some really good players here but we’re going to need support at some point,” he said.
“I believe in the group but we want to support the group.
“We’ve had four or five where we thought they were on the cusp and for whatever reason – there are many different reasons but finance is the usual one – they’ve just gone away from us and that’s the reality of how the club is at the moment.
“The good thing is I think we’re building something here, I think people know how me and the staff have worked at our previous club and here and we have attracted some good players over that time so we're hoping to do that again.”
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