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Transfer deadline day: news on Radamel Falcao and Danny Welbeck moves live!

Ever wondered why exactly we have transfer windows? Heres the full story. I particularly like the fact that its proposal in 1998 came at the same time as the idea of referees in each half.

An update on Danny Welbeck: we understand that Arsenal are interested, but no deal has been agreed and no medical is taking place. Sky Sports, who were reporting a medical earlier, are currently rowing back a touch from those statements.

Deal done: Sunderland have snapped up Ricky Alvarez. He looks fairly pleased.

Ricky Alvarez completes his move to become #SAFC's 9th summer signing: http://t.co/xxY8hjbFpy #transferdeadlineday pic.twitter.com/dTTgd8Euen

The main bits of business:

Hello everyone. Hope youve all been having a grand Deadline Day, opening all your Deadline Day presents, tucking in to your traditional Deadline Day meal and watching the Queens Deadline Day speech, all followed by a nice Deadline Day snooze in front of the telly. Well its time to WAKE UP! THERES JUST FIVE HOURS TO GO! And were in for a very interesting evening*.

*Please note: evening may not be very interesting.

Thats it from me now. Handing you over to the good man John Ashdown for the gold run, and Im not talking about a sprint up and down the office with Jim Whites tie. Thanks for your company enjoy, and give me a shout when you hear where Welbeck has ended up.

Not a lot of drama, but plenty of Diame

NEW SIGNING: We are delighted to announce the signing of Mohamed Diamé from @whufc_official #UTT pic.twitter.com/II6ZkDot6P

David Conn has written brilliantly here about the dramatic change of outlook at Manchester United. Must-read.

Jonathan Biabianys move from Parma to AC Milan has fallen through. Anyone like to tell him?

Awkward = doing this....shortly before move to #acmilan collapses pic.twitter.com/C9V6HH5IYr

...where the man on the scene is surrounded by what seems a rent-a-crowd of local kids, two of whom genuinely look identical to those spotted at Leicester. Theyre given a thank you from off camera as the broadcast ends, presumably for their not-very-lusty expression of delight. Still. Diame is at Hull and thats a bit of a comedown for a player who was not long ago linked with Arsenal and other Champions League clubs.

From Chris Martin (not that one, or the other one): Your inbox is going to be overflowing with this, but Ill point it out anyway just in case it isnt. Ufa is west of the Urals and thus is part of European Russia.

A rare instance of not actually being pulled up multiply for an error, this, but yes my mistake. Its still a long way from Moscow. And quite a move for Frimpong.

Sorry Tigers fans Falcao has just failed his medical here at Hyde Leisure Pool, he couldn't swim against the wave machine so the deal's off

And swimming against the tide is exactly what hell have to do with United, etc and so forth.

And Welbeck says whatever to a loan:

Welbeck's agent via @talkSPORT - "Danny doesn't want to go on loan. He wants a straight transfer and he has every right to say that."

Square this circle, sent by Brian Hudner: I suspect Wenger is buying Welbeck only because his surname is an Anglicisation of the French name, Houellebecq, (as in the controversial French novelist, Michel Houellebecq).

The odd thing is that Michel Houellebecqs own name is not in fact, Houellebecq (or even Welbeck), but Michel Thomas, which is a very Arsenal name in its own way, as Liverpool fans of a certain vintage need no reminding.

Traffic news: Radamel Falcaos car is part of a two-car convoy en route to the Aon Training Complex. And with that sentence, my soul has shrivelled away.

Dench Deal Done!

«» - «» / / .. http://t.co/R4thiNgu6t

This is more like it! James Beattie is now in Skys war room, and tells the world that his Accrington Stanley have signed Andrew Proctor from Bury. A slightly disingenuous-sounding congratulations is offered and then hes pushed into talking stiltedly about Falcao.

Doug Duffy has visited Urban Dictionary and found out what (...errrr, one of the definitions of) a Dutch breakfast is:

Something which falls just short of excellent, while remaining perfectly adequate. From the fact that the Dutch breakfast of ham, boiled eggs and bread is almost, but not quite, bacon, eggs and a fried slice.

From Andy Hunter: Business at Liverpool, unbelievable. Uruguay international defender Sebastian Coates has completed his move to Sunderland on a season-long loan.

Emile Heskey to Oxford United, says Paul Wilcox down below. Unverified but Us fans all over it.

No, no, thats fine Paul. Exactly the kind of response I was looking for.

There are only four young chaps, who all look eerily similar, behind Skys Rob Dorsett in Leicester. Some of the Leicester fans behind me, look appropriately agog at revelations of the Defoe bid we mentioned below, before relaxing their faces into give-a-damn carelessness moments later.

Leicester have also signed a very shy lad from Swansea called Kris Scott, who looks desperately towards his agent when Dorsett charges towards his car window. Its not been a great day for the car window.

Theres no point Sky trying to chat about Wilfred Bony. Nothing doing, its been clear all day.

A few murmurs out there that Leicester are in for Jermain Defoe. Lets not forget that Toronto FCs Defoe, as Jamie Redknapp helpfully divulged earlier, doesnt fancy returning to Toronto. Leicesters move for David McGoldrick appears to have died a death and their eyes are on the England frontman now although you rather think a deal with MLS may be complicated at this stage.

While we wait for Welbeck, because this is when all is said and done what were all reduced to now, feel free to tell us of any particulary eyecatching/amusing/weird/banal lower-league transfers youve happened across.

Blanked! By Harry!

Dan! Dan! Dan! https://t.co/facAIelFR2

Danny Welbeck is having a medical at Arsenal, Sky are now saying. Thats what happens when you barricade yourself in the London Colney physio room. It might just be a rub down after Englands sesh from earlier, of course.

And Skys Gary Cotterill looks like a man forced to cover up for a deep, deep personal affront. He genuinely didnt know what to do there. Its you Gary. You. Sandro seems to been joining QPR though, rendered unnecessary by Spurs Stambouli move.

Any Cavani rumours to report? queries Cata Panzera.

No.

Someone sees method in the Falcao madness. That someone calls him/herself TheDutchBreakfast:

Is it just me or is the Falcao deal the shrewdest and best bit of soccer dealing since Harry Redknapp bought his dog?
Maybe transfer day HYPE has given me some kind of fever, but as I see it: United pay 6M upfront (peanuts), dont have to pay all of his berserk wages, have an option to release him after 12 months (or earlier one assumes) if he gets crocked again. Insane piece of top, top dealing from the lads there. What on earth are Monaco thinking?

There are one or two reports doing the rounds that Danny Welbeck, stationed as he has been at Arsenals training ground with England, is rather keen on staying there on a longer-term basis. Were keeping our ears to the ground. Its all about Welbeck, now.

Newcastles Ben Arfa stand-off intensifies! This just in from our own Louise Taylor:

Newcastle United are desperately attempting to offload Hatem Ben Arfa tonight; Alan Pardew seemingly instructed his board to do whatever it takes. But Ben Arfa wants to stay.

Arsenal stirring after all?

Arsenal made a late offer for William Carvalho. Too short.

David Henen a rompu son contrat à Anderlecht et va signer à l'Olympiacos

This tweet from a Belgian journalist, if it is borne out, suggests that teenage prospect Henen has jilted Everton at the altar and gone for a Greek wedding.

Sky are now linking John Guidetti with a loan move to Palermo, who need a striker after Abel Hernandez left for Hull. Always feel a faint, slightly intangible tinge of regret about Guidetti and it would be good to see such a gifted player get his career back on track.

This is for you, Manchester United fans:

#Falcao's top 20 goals ever: https://t.co/0ZYcziGytv Not bad.

Jason Puncheon will be staying at Crystal Palace, says Skys man on the scene, a big relief to the various Beckenham neerdowells gathered behind him who had been biting their nails about their man being linked with nobody whatsoever.

Slightly surprised #MCFC willing to go down to three strikers, especially with Aguero's occasional injury issues.

Danny refers to Manchester Citys imminent letting-go of Alvaro Negredo, whose star has fallen quite a distance since his outstanding form of last autumn. See, Arsenal arent the only ones...

Do you have any insights at all why Arsenal might have passed on Falcao? Was it a money thing or did AFC never have any intention of betting anyone? asks Sam Hankins.

Well, money will be a big factor. Whether on loan or permanent, Falcao isnt coming cheap and thats before his tax-free wage at Monaco. Its also for a player who has only just come back from a very nasty injury. In fact, we might wait and see how any medical at Manchester United goes before we make definitive judgments here. Its notable that Real Madrid, for example, went for the cheaper (and, admittedly, probably happier to benchwarm) Chicharito instead. I also think Arsenal were caught very cold by the Giroud injury.

Remember David Ngog?

David Ngog. Remember him? Off to Stade de Reims on a two-year contract... http://t.co/mkhQKUaS7R

SIGNED! We have completed the transfer of Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier. #WelcomeBenji pic.twitter.com/jrjwhU3J0T

And this Welbeck stuff just isnt going away either. Its probably dependent on Falcao getting sorted.

A fascinating day at Turf Moor, says Peter Stevenson at Burnley. Nathaniel Chalobah is a big draw these days. Nothing in a move for Boltons Mark Davies, were told.

That Tranmere signing revealed!

Tranmere Rovers have completed the signing of striker George Donnelly from Rochdale for an undisclosed fee pic.twitter.com/zCpfNMOwAI

There I was being all clever and finding Ostersunds clips for you, but Swansea have actually done something else: Jose Canas, little more than a squad player last season, has joined Espanyol.

Royston Drenthe drinking beer and going crazy driving his Ferrari

Admir Pajic is an Arsenal fan who doesnt take things too seriously. They exist. Wouldnt it be a great thing if Arsenal sign Carlos Bacca from Sevilla and than re-sign Chu Young Park so we can have Chu-Bacca in attack next to Yar-Yar Sanogo Binks? he chuckles. At least we can joke about our problems.

Im sitting there, thinking that Charlie Nicholas jacket is beyond comprehension.

Any chance of a hint of a whisper of a shadow of a clue of a wild guess about anything Newcastle related?, asks James Sprague. My Sky Sources have drawn a blank on that one. Anyone know any better?

Sky have segued into knocking down straw men with Geraint Hughes outside Arsenal, so lets watch some non-transfer-related football. Thats a thing, trust me. Here are our goals of the week including a humdinger from Jeff Stans.

If you were wondering what Premier League leaders Swansea are getting up to, the answer is not much, although Skys reporter appears to have been asking them to sell Wilfred Bony all day. They have, though, signed Gambian striker Modou Barrow from Swedish side second-tier side Ostersunds. I know nothing about him (although I did spend a decidedly bleak couple of days in Ostersund back in the spring of 2002), so lets learn together:

Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, have taken Royston Drenthe on loan from Reading. Dont see that ending remotely badly.

Sebastian Coates has gone back to Liverpool to get his stuff, now. Im checking my pulse.

Sky Sources have now told them, in strictest and most exclusive confidence, that news about Morgan Amalfitano.

News from Southampton, where Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld and Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Sadio Mane, who has a quite phenomenal career scoring record, are both having medicals so says Skys Roger Clarke.

What film is Jack Wilshere watching? The Arsenal Stadium Transfer Mystery?, asks Joseph Surtees, innocently.

Christian Purslow, ex-Liverpool MD, is talking on Sky about Falcao pointing out that matching his tax-free salary at Monaco, if were talking net earnings, would take the kind of wage as yet not seen in this country. He is now sticking up for Ed Woodward.

If Villa sign Sergio Canales, perhaps hell do things like this:

David Wall emails in: How smug must Liverpool be feeling right now? Not only have they conducted some (on the face of it) pretty decent transfer business and mostly done so early in the summer to avoid the panic today, theyve obviously provided inspiration for the approach that traditional rivals United are going to adopt this season. Clearly someone at Old Trafford saw how well Liverpools forget about decent defence well just try to out-score the opponents tactics worked last season and the aim is to follow suit. Perhaps their focus shifted to the World Cup a little early though, they seem to have missed how that approach stood up at the real business end of the season down at Selhurst Park.

How smug must they be feeling, indeed? The floor is yours.

Real Madrid have unveiled Chicharito:

#BienvenidoChicharito #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MxAldVK3o2

To prepare you for Matt Smiths British record move to Fulham, this is an interesting interview Jacob Steinberg did with him last year.

An email from Conor OKane: Falcao is probably going to score hatloads, but he wasnt needed and Id have preferred something to have been done to address the number of run outs Tyler Blackett and your lad Keane are getting. They should be getting shipped off to Preston, not starting for United.

Then they, too, would be one step on the way to starring in Danny Welbeck Deadline Day.

Fulham have offered Bolton £13 million for Jermaine Beckford would like to sign Boltons Jermaine Beckford, and have offered Leeds £29 million for Matt Smith would like to sign Leeds Matt Smith. As well as Cardiffs Mark Hudson. Good luck with the negotiations, Fulham. Theres a phrase somewhere involving being hoisted by ones own petard.

More soul food from Guardian colleagues, this time in the form of Football Weekly. Deadline day, Premier League and La Liga wit and wisdom for your earholes on the journey home.

Atletico Madrids rebuild continues:

. @ale_cerci_7 has passed the medical examination and has signed his contract http://t.co/W8ZLeLOUkj #WelcomeCerci pic.twitter.com/4q0o3uMFDM

It is obviously for charity, Hayley McQueen benevolently offers of Arsène Wengers trip to Rome, offering transparently doubtful-sounding mitigation. Look, whether or not Arsenal have got the transfer window right or wrong, where Wenger is today makes no difference whatsoever. None!

Arsenal fans, how are you feeling? Just asking. What an odd window for Wenger and company this has been. It all looked pretty good a month ago youd have said they perhaps needed one more on board, maybe a deep midfielder, but the early dealings had been sharp enough. Girouds injury was unlucky but, really, they now look a bit underdone and it feels like a wasted opportunity for them.

The Fiver has landed. And if I were you Id read it, before things get even more earnest over here.

A deal resurrected from the dead! You thought youd heard the last of Oussama Assaidi to Stoke? You thought wrong. This from the indefatigable Andy Hunter has sailed into my inbox:

Oussama Assaidi on loan to Stoke City appears to be back on. His OTT wage demands had jeopardised a return to the Britannia Stadium from Liverpool but may be a compromise to get that deal through.

Jamie Redknapp on Sky with more: I dont think Jermains idea is to go back [to Toronto], before launching into one about how Defoe could be decent for Arry. Not so sure about the etiquette of that. Theres a lot of Im sure my dad will think..., Im sure he will be happy with.... This is not a patch on the car window, but it might as well be the car window.

Danny Welbeck is the name on everyones lips, says Skys Jamie Weir at Spurs. And its going to be true, isnt it? Weve had our Falcao fun. Were in for six and a half hours of Welbeck pingpong, now, before he ends up back at Sunderland.

Meanwhile: I know my dad would like to sign him, says Jamie Redknapp of Sandro, apparently sought by QPR. Like father, like son.

We understand that Morgan Amalfitano, the Marseille midfielder who spent last season at West Brom, is to be the latest member of Big Sams Footballing Revolution. Three-year deal for the Frenchman.

Regarding Tranmeres striker who is in the building (16:02)- I guess that rules out former Leicester striker Elvis Hammond at least, quips Rich Harland.

Very good. Hammond, because you definitely werent wondering, is now with Kingstonian. I know this because a friend of mine is nuts about the Ks and recently sent me this example of this recent work.

Jack Wilshere is in a cinema at the moment, says David Garrido.

Neil Warnocks arrival at Crystal Palace has been a bit of a gamechanger for today, hasnt it? James McArthur seems to have been rescued from the confines of that Range Rover, should you have been worried, and is expected to join in that club-record deal today, and Spurs Zeki Fryers should follow. A striker Gary Hooper? Chris Wood? should be next.

This is what youve got, Hull fans:

The Uruguay striker, previously of Palermo, arrived on a three-year deal, greeted by a going-through-the-motions cheer by the various layabouts stationed behind Skys correspondent.

But things have now got serious where our Radamel is concerned, and heres Danny Taylor to unpick it all for you. Read his excellent piece on what his arrival will mean for United and their formation.

Remember when we could look at Falcao from a nice, objective distance and delight in his gifts? And then use him as our muse for some quirky, occasionally slightly subversive pieces of artwork? Remember September 2012?

Its not only Sky who are coy...

The Club has agreed a transfer fee for a striker, he is in the building...

Im told by my Sky sources... is a popular buzzphrase today. Forfeit if Sky arent mentioned? Gripping viewing on my Guardian computer.

Chelsea loaning out a player? I know, I know, but heres Andy...

Burnley have signed Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah on loan until January.

Liverpool have agreed a fee of £10m plus add-ons with QPR for Fabio Borini. Now up to the player to decide, or accept, that his days as a Liverpool player are over.

West Ham targeting a second player, says Skys Paul Wright. They do keep on with this mystery-player lark, dont they?

Southampton update from Danny Taylor:

Possible hitch for Southampton with Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel. Parma trying to get involved.

Skys Keith Downie tells us that Sunderlands club photographer has been to take photographs of new boy Sebastian Coates in the last hour or so, and promptly gone again. Nicely efficient work from the snapper, and more forensic detail than ever from Sky. Downie also says Sunderland are not, despite reports, in for Stokes Geoff Cameron but hes dangled the possibiliy of a late move for a forward in front of us so on we hang, in helpless thrall.

Lower down the leagues, Jon Obika has joined Swindon on a two-year deal from Spurs. Thats no Falcao, but it must feel rather strange for Obika: nearly 24, he enjoyed no fewer than ELEVEN loan spells (four at Yeovil!) during his time at White Hart Lane.

Is something stirring at Liverpool? And, indeed, Loftus Road? An email has arrived from my colleague Andy Hunter:

The price of having a productive summer and getting deals done early is to feel like a spare part on deadline day but (and it is only a but at this stage) something may be stirring at Liverpool. Fabio Borini, who has resisted all efforts to move to Sunderland for £14m this summer, is in talks with QPR and could end up at Loftus Road providing Harry Redknapp doesnt opt for Jermain Defoe instead.

Interestingly, says Skys man at Palace, James McArthur has spent an hour and a half sitting in his agents Range Rover. Why isnt he having a medical, he wonders? Hopefully someone will come and rescue McArthur, as it doesnt sound very safe although its not a particularly hot day and hopefully he has a bottle of water handy.

Further transport news: Owen Garvan has left Palaces training ground in a taxi. Big fare up to Bolton from there, but they seem the frontrunners for the Irishmans signature.

And now theyre talking about tennis, which seems rather noble. The big news of this particular moment continues to be Canales to Villa.

Sky seem to have their own fallout room for dealing with tonights repercussions. David Garrido has just given us a tour of it, while blitzing us over-familiarly with names were to hold closely to our bosoms this evening. Its like the bad guys lair from a Bond film, although Im not sure there are any dead volcanoes in Osterley.

This totaliser aint listening

Lets start our hours together with news of a possible non-transfer. Suggestion has it that Leicester dont fancy taking their interest in Ipswich striker David McGoldrick much further, having seen the Suffolk side who are apparently looking for £7m or £8m play some serious hardball during negotiations.

If you want my opinion and I know youve not solicited it they should pay what Ipswich want. Its stupid money but Leicester have played their full part in this transfer windows egregiousness by spending £8m on Leonardo Ulloa (as well as he played yesterday). McGoldrick is better than him, and better than Ross McCormack too, so its best they play the market theyve helped create. There. Now we can carry on.

Barry has gone off to eat his deadline day cake, which youd assume is crammed with E-numbers. Anyway, hows it all going for you?

OK, thats all from me. Thanks for ytour company, your time and your emails. Im off to lie down in a darkened room possibly via an ale house, but will leave you in the capable hands of Mr Nick Ames, who is sitting beside me champing at the metaphorical transfer deadline day bit. Enjoy the rest of the day, although I appreciate that if youre an Arsenal fan that might be difficult.

Sensational news: Aston Villa have made a bid for Real Sociedad midsfielder Sergio Canales.

An observation: Outside Newcastles training ground, Sky reporter David Craig is surrounded by young lads who are spending the final days of their school holidays gurning and waving into his camera, occasionally making rude hand gestures and sporting controversial boy-band haircuts.

A few miles south, Keith Downie is standing outside Sunderlands training ground, where some older boys with neat side-partings, who are probably on their way to register for university courses, are standing a respectful distance behind him with their hands by their sides, listening intently.

Lassanna Diarra news: Lassanna Diarras mooted move from Lokomotiv Moscow to QPR has collapsed. I know not why, but it aint gonna happen.

More possibly inaccurate popular culture references: Having lived in Sunderland for a stint, your opening with More News from Sunderland for some reason reminded me of this, writes Duncan Smith. For the record, I have been successfully rehabilitated back into normal society.

@bglendenning As a Norwich fan we are only permitted crumbs from the transfer cake.

Oh for crying out loud! Tim the Reni hat pedant has been exposed as a charlatan and a know-nothing fraud.

@bglendenning Reni was the drummer not the bass player, that was Mani

Interesting transfer news: Stoke City want to rescue Scott Sinclair from Manchester City and Ron Vlaar is not leaving Aston Villa if his manager Paul Lambert has anything to do with it.

Rennie Hats v Reni Hats: Im enjoying your coverage, as ever, writes Tim. By the way, Reni hats were named after Alan Reni Wren bass player from the Stone Roses rather than the eponymous indigestion aid. You know this, Im sure! I was aware of that, Tim. Not even my finger is that far away from the pulse.

Weird Southampton news: Saphir Taïder, who arrived on loan at Saint Marys from Inter just last month has been sent back to his parent club. Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has agreed to terminate midfielder Saphir Taïders loan spell, reads a stetaement on the club website. The midfielder joined Saints for the 2014/15 campaign but, having failed to live up to the high levels of commitment expected of Southampton players, that arrangement has been cut short by the club. Taïder, whose only first-team appearance came in the friendly against Bayer 04 Leverkusen last month, now returns to parent club Inter Milan. Dani Osvaldos loan arrangement with the Italian side is unaffected.

Its believed that Taïderwas unhappy at not being guaranteed a first team spot. The bold type in the quote above was added by me, I hasten to add.

More news from Sunderland: Modibo Diakite has had his contract cancelled, writes Louise Taylor. A Roberto De Fanti/Paolo Di Canio production last summer, the former Lazio defender is now expected to join Fiorentina.

GO. TO. SCHOOL! #DeadlineDayCameraBomb pic.twitter.com/djJx7t23cD

The Guardians Stuart James tweets ...

Re Palace & Kevin Doyle, nothing agreed with Wolves as yet & no guarantee will happen. Could be a loan or permanent (1yr left on contract).

The sensational news all Arsenal fans have been waiting for: Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw has signed a four-year deal. With Wigan Athletic.

More from Jamie Jackson: Wigan should complete the signing of Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw, he says, tapping his nose and winking conspiratorially.

Rennie hat-wearing Guardian Manchester football correspondent Jamie Jackson writes: Am told that Richard Dunne is going to Burnley, Mo Diame is having a medical at Hull City and Russell Martin wants to stay at Norwich despite Burnley interest, he says.

Zenit made the best and most surprising signing of the day! #DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com/X1GMIVgMPu

Zenit St Petersburg sign Bart Simpson: FC Zenit and the 20th Century Fox have reached an agreement about Bart Simpsons transfer to the Blue-White-Sky Blues! shrieks the clubs website. The latest addition to the team has already arrived in St. Petersburg, passed his physical, signed his contract and had his first training session this morning with the rest of the team.

Louise Taylor writes from up north: Sunderlands un-loved Valentin Roberge is on the brink of a season long loan move to Reims while Newcastle Uniteds similarly overlooked defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa looks set for a similar loan to Roma, she reveals. Meanwhile Newcastles Hatem Ben Arfa has - surprise, surprise - turned down a mooted loan move to Birmingham which was surely a not so subtle move to smoke out any interest in Alan Pardews favourite player.

Despite some talk of Jermain Defoe moving to Tyneside there appear no definite in-comings to St James Park just yet. Down the road at Sunderland the imminent arrivals of Ricardo Alvarez and Sebastian Coates (detailed in earlier posts) could prove the last additions to Gus Poyets squads - although Sunderland are very keen to move the unwanted striker Danny Graham out.

@bglendenning You left your phone at home on transfer deadline day! Jim White would ask for the cake back if he knew!

A fair point well made, here, but its not like Jorge Mendes would be ringing me every two minutes to give me the exclusive skinny on all his biggest clients.

Sky Sports News take their eye off the ball briefly: They show interviews with England cricket coach Peter Moores and top tennis player Andy Murray, who are not footballers and unlikely to sign anything more interesting than an autograph for anyone today. Neither are asked for thoughts on which central midfielder or striker Arsene Wenger, who is in Rome today, should sign for Arsenal, so they just blather on about cricket and tennis respectively.

For those Gunners fans among you who are concerned that Arsenals manager is spending deadline day gadding about Rome, Skys man outside their training ground, Geraint Hughes, has gone to great lengths to point out that the Arsenal manager has a phone and is easily contactable. But what if he forgot his phone? Too implausible a scenario, I reckon. Only a complete moron would leave his phone at home on deadline day.

Pssst! Pssst! A colleague who shall remain nameless has just g-chatted me the following tidbit:Hi mate, been told Southampton have rejected Tottenhams latest bid for Jay Rodriguez. Would have meant Andros Townsend going tother way.

And to think some of you doubted me.

An email from Enna Cooper about Sky Sports reporter Roger Clarkes brush with death: Can we be sure that it was actually a Parcel Force driver in that Parcel Force van? he asks. Were the windows of the van open? Perhaps it was Harry Redknapp attempting a drive-by deadline-day interview. This would probably also be a convenient moment to me a joke about Redknapp and packages wrapped in brown paper bags, but I wont lower to myself to that level.

Peter Cech news: Bad news for the Chelsea goalkeeper, who it seems will not be the subject of a bid from PSG today.

@bglendenning SHOW US THE CAKE!!!

Ive been getting a lot of these. Sadly, I left my phone at home and the photo my colleague James Dart took of my Sky Sports cake cant be uploaded for some reason. Ill get him to take another one when he gets back from his coffee run.

Leicester City news: the Foxes kiwi striker Chris Wood has been the subject of a bid from Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile at Newcastles training ground, David Craig is already surrounded by young teenage boys, none of whom appear to be smoking roll-ups or drinking cans of lager, which is slightly disappointing for those of us who enjoy lazy regional stereotypes. David reveals that Hatem Ben Arfa has just left training. You heard this sensational second hand news here first: a man has gone home from work.

Sky Sports News reporter Roger Clarke may never know how close he just came to being knocked down by a Parcel Force van that looked certain to reverse into him as he stood outside Southamptons training ground telling us that Morgan Schneiderlin definitely wont be signing for Tottenham Hotspur. Luckily, the driver seems to have caught sight of the intrepid reporter before barreling into him.

Chicharito Hernández, nuevo jugador del Real Madrid http://t.co/UDH8nN7DvN #BienvenidoChicharito #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/NqQyFEkaOF

Confirmed: Real Madrid have confirmed that Javier Hernandez has joined them on a season long loan from Manchester United. Real Madrid C. F. and Manchester United have reached an agreement for the loan of Javier Chicharito Hernández, who will be at the club throughout this season, declared a statement just posted on the Real Madrid website. Real Madrid have the option to purchase the player. Javier Chicharito Hernández will appear before the media in the Santiago Bernabéu press room today at 16:30.

Exciting news at the Crystal Palace training ground in Beckenham. Wigan Athletic midfielder James McArthur has arrived for his medical and will become Palaces club record signing for £8m later today.

Are Arsenal still after strikers? According to Geraint Hughes, who is loitering outside the Arsenal training ground with a group of Arsenal-supporting Junior Gooners jumping up and down across the street behind him, they may not be after a striker any more now that Radamel Falcao is on his way to Manchester United. Dainton dismisses rumours linking Jermaine Defoe with a move to the Emirates as rubbish, but says the club are interested in signing Ron Vlaar from Aston Villa and/or Matija Nastasic from Manchester City.

Good afternoon everybody. Barry Glendenning here for that all important Lunchtime Idling In The Workplace shift until 3pm. Ive just returned from recording todays episode of our Football Weekly podcast to discover a gift has arrived in the office for me. Its a black box with a yellow ribbon that has Happy Transfer Deadline Day on it in the Sky Sports News yellow ticker style. It also has a Jim White gift tag and the box contains a slice of cake boasting a shirt-and-yellow-tie combo. And to think some people think Sky are a wee bit over-zealous in their coverage of transfer deadline day, eh? Anyway, cake is cake, so Im not going to grumble. Thanks, Sky.

Handing over to Barry Glendenning now. Enjoy!

You wanted crying footballers? Here are some crying footballers. (Hat tip: Chris Zammarelli)

This one is hard to beat, to be fair (as suggested by Joe Mackertich)

Some guy has just tweeted Sky saying hes actually taken the day off work to watch Sky Sports News. Really?! REALLY? Needless to say the Sky presenters are positively beaming at that.

I thought everyone just goes to work and has a sneaky tab open on their browsers/pretends they are sending important work emails from their phone.

Oh here we go then

I've just seen the boss....looks bang in negotiation mode ��

Dont forget the lower leagues! reminds James Liu. Marine FC set to sign Southport youth player Shafi Anwar on a permanent deal

YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!

Do get in contact with your favourite footballing cry-ers. Valbuena was in a bit of a state when he left Marseille this summer, for example. Doesnt have to be strictly press-conference crying, of course.

Cant imagine hes going to turn on the waterworks for leaving Monaco, but Falcao traditionally loves a good cry, look at him when he left Atletico!

As mentioned in Classic YouTube, earlier this year when the striker was on the sidelines he went to a meet-and-greet with some young Colombian fans. Boy gets overwhelmed. Boy cries hysterically. Boy tries to heal Falcaos knee (we think). Falcao cries. Actually quite a tender moment.

Heres confirmation of Marco van Ginkels loan move from Chelsea to Milan.

Includes the line: A lot of Dutch players have played in this great club, big names. Im just happy to be finally here. I spoke to [Milans Dutch international] Nigel de Jong and he told me very good things about this club.

Another loan!

Expecting announcement from Southampton later about loan deal for Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel. Told it's 'almost done'

Stat attack:

There have already been more than half a million Tweets and counting related to Falcao since #DeadlineDay began at midnight.

North-east football correspondent Louise Taylor has been in contact with some Sunderland news:

Sunderlands South American contingent is set to increase with the imminent arrivals of Ricardo Alavrez and Sebastian Coates.

Alvarez, a 26-year-old Argentina left winger or playmaker, is moving from Internazionale on a season long loan with a view to a permanent £9m transfer next summer and is earmarked for the left sided attacking role in Gus Poyets 4-1-4-1 formation.

Thats the spirit Tom!

@michaelbutler18 FALCAO FALCAO FALCAO FALCAO. Still terrified about the defence but too excited to care anymore. #DeadlineDay

Amidst the entirely necessary commotion to sign a striker, Id like to morosely remind Arsenal fans that we are no closer to signing a central defender, another of our top priorities emails Bharath Ganesh.

Remember Arsenal have made an enquiry for Matija Nastasic, and are rumoured to be interested in Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar, although the players agent has said hes be staying in the Midlands.

Danny Welbeck is well up for Tottenham. Heres Jamie Jacksons story on that.

Fear not Arsenal fans, Wenger is on the move! Maybe he wants Gervinho back?!

Just spotted Wenger at terminal 5 in Heathrow, said he was going to Rome. pic.twitter.com/yYs8BS4qj2

Wenger to Rome for : pic.twitter.com/c82ebkP2zw

Falcao agents insist he's been bought 65m for 4 years. Loan deal first for FFP reasons?

Manchester United do have the option to purchase Falcao at the end of the season but would be very surprised if United have already signed off on a permanent deal, particularly with the Colombians injury record.

BREAKING: Luis Suarez is at Liverpools training ground! The Uruguayan is set to sign his autograph, pick up some luggage that he left behind and rub in the fact that he no longer plays for them.

Sorry for getting your hopes up there.

Not exactly Falcao-esque but #BoydSigns. Its a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

CONFIRMED: Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of George Boyd from @HullCity. #BoydSigns pic.twitter.com/aL1dSt1oAB

The Sky man loitering outside Tottenhams training ground thinks Lewis Holtby is in Hamburg for a medical to cross Ts and dot Is on a loan deal. Seems to be true

Lewis Holtby is in Hamburg for a medical and, to be fair, he looks pretty chuffed about it... http://t.co/xc0zsqMiYp pic.twitter.com/hSvdyH07VL

Anerudh Athrey on the email.

Im not sure if I have missed something, but given that AS Monaco are in the Champions league this season and have already lost James Rodriguez to Real Madrid, why havent they shown more interest in keeping hold of Falcao ? Is it because of FFP?

Read here for the full story on Falcaos loan move to Manchester United.

More domino-based chat.

If Van Ginkel moves to Milan then I suppose De Jong will come to Man United?, emails/begs Fraser Duguid. Finally, somebody who can pass the ball to Falcao when he comes. No offence Cleverley.

All hail the Transfer Deadline Day Domino Effect. Falcaos arrival has already shunted Javier Hernandez off to Real Madrid for a medical, and another of Uniteds peripheral players, Danny Welbeck, surely wont be long in getting the hell outta Dodge.

Jamie Jackson has been in contact to say that Spurs are leading the race to sign the England striker, on loan apparently.

Hello all. Phew! Its been a breathless start to THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF THE YEAR. First up, The Guardians Andy Hunter has been in touch with some hot Liverpool chat.

Galatasaray and Napoli want Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva but both have only offered a loan deal so far. Liverpool would prefer a permanent transfer but unlikely to stand in Lucass way if he accepts a loan to Naples or Istanbul.

Michael Butler will be taking over the live blog now. Be nice.

Mohamed Diame's move from West Ham United to Hull City looks likely to go through today.

Stoke City had not anticipated doing anything on deadline day but Peter Odemwingies serious knee injury has thrown a spanner in the works, Stuart James says. Theyre now desperately trying to bring in a winger. Aaron Lennon, the Spurs wide man, is one option. Oussama Assaidi, who was on loan from Liverpool last season, is another. Stoke had a permanent deal for Assaidi agreed with Liverpool but Im told the players wage demands were ridiculous and prevented it from going through. Unless Assaidi drops what he is asking for, Stoke think another loan is the only option. In other Stoke news, Jack Butland, the England Under-21 goalkeeper, will go out on loan again. They are happy for him to join a Championship club but only if he is guaranteed first-team action.

Micah Richards has touched down in Florence...

Karim El-Ahmadi has re-joined Feyernoord from Aston Villa.

Stoke keen on winger in wake of Odemwingie injury. Assaidi on radar - deal previously agreed with Liverpool but wage demands stopped it.

The loan fee for Falcao will be £6m. He is yet to agree wages with United.

With United getting Falcao from Monaco I trust Rooney is going the other way, says Mark Judd.

Heres a picture of Javier Hernandez at Real Madrid.

It's medical time for Javier Hernandez at Real Madrid pic.twitter.com/SoMiPaqpxk

Six clubs have inquired about James Milner in the last two weeks but the England international will definitely not be leaving Manchester City in this transfer window, writes Stuart James. City and Milners representatives have recently held further talks with City about a new contract, although no financial terms have been discussed and there is little sign of any progress. At this stage, Milners main concerns are the lack of first-team action he was a peripheral figure last season and has played only 12 minutes of Premier League football so far this term. With less than 12 months remaining on his contract, Milner is in a strong position. City, however, have no desire to cash-in on him before the window closes tonight. Equally, Milner does not believe it would be in his interests to move now.

I can only presume that, given his solidity in the air, Falcao is being brought in to give some added strength to our three man defence, says Wilf Waterhouse.

As if United need any more defenders.

In the big news of the day, Crystal Palace are going to sign James McCarthy McArthur from Wigan for a club-record £7m.

Manchester United have agreed a loan deal for Radamel Falcao, subject to a medical.

Bloody hell. Didn't wake up today expecting that. #falcao

It seems that Milan have signed Marco van Ginkel from Chelsea.

Obviously tempting fate here but deadline day may not be quite so manic on Merseyside this time, says our Merseyside correspondent Andy Hunter. Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy is joining Blackburn Rovers from Everton for £1.5m and Roberto Martinez could make a final signing in the window, despite investing heavily in Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Etoos wages, though its not Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross.

Liverpool are not expected to bring anyone else in today. To be fair, they have signed nine this summer. Sebastian Coates is close to joining Sunderland on a season-long loan and, despite all being told they can go, Fabio Borini, Lucas Leiva, Ossuama Assaidi and Suso have gone nowhere yet.

Zeki Fryers already at Beckenham, says Dan Johnson. Are we live blogging his train journey from Tottenham? Only a couple more stops to go

I was getting all excited about the slim chance of arsenal signing a world class forward but youve ruined that with all your facts, says Ben Lake. I hope youre happy with yourself. This really raises the question of why we didnt sign Remy on the cheap? Surely he would have preffered to lead the line for Arsenal than sit on the bench for Chelsea.

Im not sure if Wenger is a huge fan of Remy.

Looks as if James McArthur will cost Crystal Palace a club record £7m, the same figure Wigan agreed with Leicester City before they opted instead to secure Esteban Cambiasso, says Dominic Fifield. There had been suggestions over the weekend that Palace might send Adlene Guedioura the other way, with the finer details of the deal still to be finalised. Talks continue with Tottenham Hotspur over Zeki Fryers, whom Palace had initially hoped to secure on loan but may now have to sign permanently. But the young left-back is apparently already at Beckenham in anticipation of the completion of that move to south London.

Wouldnt it be wonderful if Neil Warnock and Adel Taarabt were reunited at Crystal Palace?

Juan Mata has done a tweet.

One Hour Behind: Welcome Di María & Blind http://t.co/YtptH7s3SM / Bienvenidos Di María y Blind http://t.co/TpVWOjRmkA

There has been interest in Arsenal from Ron Vlaar but word is he is happy at Aston Villa for the time being. Southampton are digging their heels in over Jay Rodriguez but wouldnt mind signing Andros Townsend. And Glenn Murray will leave Crystal Palace if they nab Gary Hooper from Norwich.

I have just had a word with the other 1,056 and surely Nastasic would be a good signing for either Tottingham or Arsenal rather than for both? parps Duncan Smith. Unless he stays in London and just plays for whoever is at home that week.

Heres some more on Micah Richards, who is heading to Fiorentina on loan, from Danny Taylor.

West Ham were in for him but there was a loan fee and quite high wages. There was been interest from Sunderland and earlier in the summer Newcastle. He is the longest serving player at City but has had injuries and turned down new contract at the end of last season because he wanted to restart his career.

One for Watford fans reeling from the departure of Beppe Sanino by the way: they have been talking to the former Brighton manager Oscar Garcia about the vacancy.

Are there any news on a Van Ginkel move to Milan? says Konstantin Sauer. Id rather keep him with Chelsea if compatible with allowed number of foreign players. There arent too many central midfielders left in the squad.

Hes close to joining Milan but it hasnt been confirmed yet. And Chelsea have Fabregas, Matic, Ramires and Mikel.

Some things to think about when it comes to paying such a high fee for Radamel Falcao: hes almost 29 and hes had three knee operations in his career. The problem could be his wages. He could end up being the highest paid player in the league if he moves to England and that would be a big risk for a player who, while clearly extremely talented, has had fitness problems.

His is a game based on pace and aggression but would he be able to play with that sort of intensity in the most physically demanding league in the world after coming back from a cruciate ligament injury?

Heres todays Rumour Mill.

Micah Richards is on his way to Florence to talk to Fiorentina about a loan with a view to a permanent transfer next summer, reports our chief football writer, Daniel Taylor.

If it was me making the decisions at Southampton, Im not sure Id accept Tottenhams offer of cash plus Andros Townsend for Jay Rodriguez. Remember when everyone was so hyped about Townsend? We were so young, so naive.

Heres Jamies story on Arsenal and Tottenhams interest in Manchester Citys Matija Nastasic. Hed be a good signing for both, wouldnt he?

At long last, Newcastle have unearthed a little gem in Rolando Aarons, says Rob Morgan. Quick , direct , fearless , scores goals and only 18. The best to come through for years. So at some point today, Ashley will sell him.

Could Micah Richards really be on his way to Fiorentina?

Apparently its eerily quiet at Upton Park today, even though I can hear passing cars in the background.

Get your Premier League talking points here! All your talking point needs here!

Jamie Jackson has been in touch with some news that will be of interest to Arsenal and Tottenham fans. He says that both clubs have made enquiries about the Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic.

It sounds like West Hams Mo Diame could be off today, with Hull a possible destination for the Senegalese midfielder. This puts a dent in my dream of Sam Allardyce one day fielding an entire team of defensive midfielders.

Arsenal still havent signed a striker. This is getting ridiculous.

Arsenal havent signed a striker yet.

Ive just heard mention of Harry Redknapp. Which is just as well, because we arrived at work together this morning.

Neil Warnock has told TalkSport that he wants to bring four players to Crystal Palace today. I assume one of them is Paddy Kenny, his inspiration, his muse, the reason he gets up in the morning.

I love this day, dont you absolutely love this day? says Sky Sports Man.

I absolutely love it! says Sky Sports Woman.

Oh Loic! How could you!

Alan Curbishley, still with us ...

I was worried that the Sky presenter was going to continue by saying still ... with ... us ... its been how long, Alan? Alan? How long have you been with us? It feels like its been for ever.

My colleague, Dominic Fifield, recently a cover star in the Crystal Palace programme has been in touch. He says that Palace are looking at Zeki Fryers. Tyrone Mings, James McArthur and a striker, Chelsea are unlikely to do any business and it should be busy at QPR, with Aaron Lennon, Sandro and Jermain Defoe all potentially on their way to Loftus Road. Whos QPRs manager again?

Major honour to be sitting next to this guy today pic.twitter.com/BIVvuaXog2

Heres what Paul Lambert had to say about Tom Cleverleys possible move to Aston Villa: Theres no update on that. Hes still a Manchester United player. Nothings gone forward on that.

And heres what Steve Bruce had to say about the chances of Cleverley going to Hull: Everyone keeps writing about Cleverley but I cant see it. I dont think it will happen.

Barry Glendenning has just arrived in the office - our very own Jim White - and has asked why there are already so many people here. Is it deadline day? he queries.

Excellent pronunciation on Sporting Gijon by Skys man in Glasgow. He really nailed the Hee-Hon.

I see that Atletico Madrid have signed Alessio Cerci from Torino. Thats one striker who wont be going to Arsenal.

Alan Curbishley is in the Sky Sports News studio. He thinks that Radamel Falcao fits the bill for Arsenal.

It is far too early to be watching Sky Sports News. Theyre all so happy and smiley and giddy. Whats wrong with these people?

Morning! Its the most wonderful time of the year! Will Radamel Falcao move from one rich club to another rich club? Will Arsenal sign a striker? Will Arsenal sign a defensive midfielder? Will Arsenal sign some defensive cover? Will Arsenal sign a dainty creative midfielder? Will Manchester United sign a new defence and a new midfield? Will Tottenham sign Morgan Schneiderlin? Will Harry Redknapp sign Jermain Defoe for the 17th time in his career? Can a man go insane from watching too much Sky Sports News? Find out all that and much more in transfer window deadline day liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Just like the last time they faced him, the Pirates appeared to have Johnny Cueto on the ropes early in a game at PNC Park, but – again like last time – Cueto was able to grind out a win after the Bucs failed to add on.

Things were looking swell when Josh Harrison homered to lead off the game (of course) and Jordy Mercer added a solo bomb in the second. Francisco Liriano looked extremely sharp, much like he has for most of the second half, and the way the series had gone to that point, a 2-0 lead could have easily been enough.

Liriano had one ugly sequence that cost him, though – a leadoff walk in the fifth and an awful changeup over the plate to Chris Heisey, who blasted it out to tie the game. Meanwhile, the offense had gone in to shutdown mode, which is understandable against Cueto, even though he didn’t seem to be at his best. Even with the game tied, though, it seemed like it was just a matter time until the Bucs would break through at home. They almost did in the eighth but couldn’t cash in on sharp base hits by Harrison and Cutch. Liriano was able to finish strong and Jared Hughes had an easy eighth inning.

With Tony Watson and Mark Melancon presumably unavailable, Hughes was sent back out for the ninth…and served up Heisey’s second homer to put the Reds ahead. “Served up” is probably unfair to Hughes…it was a low inside pitch that Heisey somehow kept fair, but it’s easy to wonder if some of the Hughes magic is starting to wear off. I can’t fault Hurdle for sending him out for a second inning given the circumstances, but John Axford might need to see action in some crucial pre-Watson/Melancon situations soon.

Once the Bucs were down a run in the ninth against Chapman, forget it. When the guy is on I’m pretty sure he’s legitimately impossible to hit. Shame to see Cueto walk away with another win – and Liriano walk away with another no decision, keeping his record at 3-10 despite some really good work recently…but sometimes a random backup outfielder comes out of nowhere to hit two homers and you lose. Baseball is weird like that.

2 out of 3 is great but once again the Pirates missed a very good opportunity for a sweep, and while they made progress in the standings this weekend they’ll lose ground today. Now they head on the road in need of a strong trip.


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