2:43 AM EDT, Tue September 02, 2014
Cottagers Confidential 1 hour ago

Post Transfer Window Squad Breakdown

As we are well aware, there has been massive squad turnover at Fulham. The transfer window slammed shut late Thursday night and here is who the Whites will have at their disposal until January. -- Goalkeepers (3) -- Gabor Kiraly: Added just a few days ago to provide experience and help mentor our young crop of keepers, it is yet to be seen if Kiraly and his magical pajama pants will be a constant between the sticks or if the youngsters will maintain the job for now. Regardless, it is mildly comforting to know that a more experienced head is there if need be. Unfortunately, the Stockdale...
Coming Home Newcastle 3 hours ago
Newcastle United Summer Transfer Recap

Newcastle United Summer Transfer Recap

By the numbers, Newcastle United were among the most active in the summer transfer window. It just didn't feel like it. Transfer windows are funny old things.  If you are a modern club run in a way that doesn't skirt the legalities under Financial Fair Play, it's hard to win in the eyes of your support.  On top of a year of transfer disappointment, this year's version of the transfer team had the ball placed on a tee waiting for them to hit it a ton... which is just what they started to do. In the annals of history, the 2014 summer transfer window will be considered in two separate...
Bitter and Blue 4 hours ago
Transfer Day Done: Who's In, Who's Out and Poll!

Transfer Day Done: Who's In, Who's Out and Poll!

Does he look happy? I can't tell. Courtesy City Watch via Twitter. Some thoughts, in true Five Thoughts form: Part the First: About the Strikers When you have three strikers and your manager has previously said we need four, and when two of the three you have are candidates for medical benefits in any given week and when the rumor is Yaya Toure will be the fourth striker if they really, absolutely need someone to fill the bill? This is all what we call in the business "risky stuff." If Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic remain healthy, it's all to the good but that word 'if' is capital...
Liverpool's Summer 2014 Transfer Window in Review

Liverpool's Summer 2014 Transfer Window in Review

The window has closed, the dust has settled, and Liverpool have done significant and important business this summer. Let's recap who's in, who's out, and whether or not gaps in the squad were addressed. Liverpool wasted no time in quickly diving into the transfer window as soon as the season ended, despite the fact that the window didn't officially open until July 1 and there was the small matter of a World Cup taking place and occupying the attentions of top players and their agents. Past windows have seen a flurry of (often tragic) deadline day activity, and it was clear that Brendan...
The Busby Babe 6 hours ago
FINALLY CONFIRMED: Radamel Falcao is a Manchester United player

FINALLY CONFIRMED: Radamel Falcao is a Manchester United player

CO! LOM! BIA! CO! LOM! BIA! So when Louis van Gaal said it only took 24 hours to complete a transfer, this is what he was talking about. This time yesterday, Radamel Falcao was on his way to either Manchester City or Real Madrid; now he's a Manchester United player. BREAKING: #mufc is delighted to announce Radamel Falcao has joined on a 1-year loan from Monaco with an option to buy pic.twitter.com/gnhR4rdsmF — Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2014 While a 28-year-old striker wasn't particularly high up on anybody's wish list, the reports yesterday evening that Robin van...
The Short Fuse 6 hours ago
Arsenal sign Danny Welbeck

Arsenal sign Danny Welbeck

Arsenal have signed the England international on a long-term deal. Arsenal have officially announced the signing of England international forward Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on a long-term deal, after a protracted negotiation and an extension from the Premier League allowed the move to be completed after the official closing of the transfer window. Reports are that the contract will be for five years, and around £100k a week. According to the club, "The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory formalities." So I guess it's not officially done, but for god's sake, it's...
The Busby Babe 6 hours ago
DONE DEAL: Danny Welbeck joins Arsenal

DONE DEAL: Danny Welbeck joins Arsenal

Arsenal have completed the signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United. Well, that took long enough. Danny Welbeck has left Manchester United to join Arsenal. The 23-year-old England international has signed a 5-year deal and has been exchanged for a fee of £16m. Welbeck came through United's academy and has been attached to the club from the age of nine. He leaves having made 142 appearances over five and a bit seasons, scoring 29 goals in that time. Never prolific, then. But much of that time was spent either coming on as a substitute or shunted wide on the wing, duties he accepted...
The Busby Babe 7 hours ago

DONE DEAL: Tom Lawrence joins Leicester City

The Welsh youngster has moved to Nigel Pearson's newly promoted Foxes. Manchester United youngster Tom Lawrence has joined Leicester City on a permanent deal. The Welsh winger has signed a four year contract for a fee of £1m. Lawrence only made one appearance for the Manchester United first team, chosen by Ryan Giggs for the last home game of the 2013/14 seasons. While he may not have quite had the quality to make it in the long term at United, it's good to see that he's secured a move within the Premier League. Lawrence was also called up to the full Wales squad for the first time...
Cartilage Free Captain 7 hours ago
Despite lack of Deadline Day action, Spurs window is largely a success

Despite lack of Deadline Day action, Spurs window is largely a success

After the end of the transfer window, it's evolution not revolution for Spurs The transfer window hasn't so much slammed shut as been closed gently and politely by fan-favorite fringe players Sandro and Lewis Holtby as they tearfully snuck out just before curfew. Despite rumblings of a move for Danny Welbeck that most Spurs fans spent the last few days trying to convince themselves they were really excited about, no Daniel Levy Deadline Special actually manifested. Even so, Tottenham Hotspur ended the summer with a stronger squad than they started with, and Spurs fans should feel mostly...
The Busby Babe 7 hours ago
United deny rumours Falcao flunked medical

United deny rumours Falcao flunked medical

Despite what Alan Smith says, Radamel Falcao probably hasn't failed his medical. Manchester United's failure to officially confirm the signature of Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan prior to the close of the transfer window has led to all manner of speculation regarding the outcome of the Colombian's medical. Former Arsenal striker and current Sky Sports commentator Alan Smith tweeted the following: Hearing Falcao has failed a medical. Could it affect Welbeck deal to Arsenal? — Alan Smith (@9smudge) September 1, 2014 However, the good news is that Falcao probably hasn't failed his...
Borini Stays as Liverpool Close Out Quiet Deadline Day

Borini Stays as Liverpool Close Out Quiet Deadline Day

Nobody expected much to happen, and that's about how it went for Liverpool on deadline day, with Oussama Assaidi and Sebastian Coates heading out on loan the only confirmed deals. Nobody much expected an exciting deadline day for Liverpool, and in the end that's about how it went. With only two confirmed minor deals, it was quieter even than last summer's, when Victor Moses arrived while Fabio Borini and Dani Pacheco left. This time around, the sum total is Sebastian Coates heading to Sunderland for a season on loan and Oussama Assaidi going back to Stoke City on loan for a second straight...
Roker Report 8 hours ago

Sunderland Deadline Day Round-Up: Two In, Two Out

Who signed, who didn't, who left and who stuck around like a bad smell? Well, there goes another one! Another transfer deadline go goes by and Sunderland were once again active, though perhaps not quite as active as many would have liked. The deals that did happen were the ones that were pretty much expected. Ricky Alvarez arrived on loan from Inter Milan and Sebastian Coates sealed a loan switch from Liverpool. In terms of outgoings, Mobido Diakite had his contract terminated before shooting off to Fiorentina, whilst Valentin Roberge went on a season's loan to Stade de Reims in Ligue 1. It...
The Short Fuse 8 hours ago

So how exactly does a transfer window extension work?

Annoyingly, we need to know. Despite my headache and the fact it's after 11pm in London, the transfer window stretches on for Arsenal. The deal for Danny Welbeck wasn't completed by the time the window closed, but that doesn't mean the deal won't happen. Arsenal and Manchester United have submitted a "deal sheet" to the Premier League, meaning they get an extension to complete the details of the deal. What's that, you ask? So, in other words, we have two more hours (well, closer to one and a half, now) before the deal has to be totally and officially completed. If both clubs and the player...
The Tilehurst End 8 hours ago
Murray Joins Reading

Murray Joins Reading

Reading make a deadline day signing as Glenn Murray signs from Crystal Palace. It has been confirmed tonight that Glenn Murray will join Reading on a loan deal from Crystal Palace that will last until January. The striker arrives at the club at the end of an arguably underwhelming transfer deadline day which reportedly saw moves for other targets fall through, and winger Royston Drenthe join Sheffield Wednesday on a loan deal until the new year. The deal had originally been thought to be a permanent deal for a fee in the region of £1.5m, but Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has...

Huws makes Wigan move permanent

One that came somewhat out of the blue: EMYR HUWS: Welsh youngster @EmyrHuws1 has made his Wigan loan move permanent: Story: http://t.co/IJ0nlIqtkw #mcfc pic.twitter.com/Os0MQeAqQl — Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 1, 2014 There was really nothing to link Huws with a permanent move away from the club whatsoever until early evening when the story broke. Huws had moved on a short term basis to Wigan this summer after an impressive summer to the US and the expectation had been that this would be a good test for him ahead of a return back to City and to re-assess him. The club...
The Short Fuse 8 hours ago
Sky: Arsenal get deadline extension

Sky: Arsenal get deadline extension

We're going a little longer, it appears. According to Sky Sports, Arsenal have applied for and received an extension to the summer transfer window, presumably to allow for the completion of the Danny Welbeck transfer. It looks like the reason behind it is Manchester United not allowing the deal to be completed until their own Falcao deal with AS Monaco is complete, and frankly I have no idea why that one hasn't been completed yet. This is all reminding me of the Andrey Arshavin transfer, where a blizzard led to Arsenal receiving an extension to the January transfer window. I'll admit that,...
The Busby Babe 8 hours ago

Arsenal granted extension to complete Welbeck deal

Because two months just isn't enough for some clubs. Arsenal have been granted an extension to the transfer window, in order to allow them to complete the signing of Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck. Sky Sports News have announced that the London club have been given "a couple" of extra hours to get the business done. This isn't the first time that Arsenal have needed extra time to get all their homework done. In January 2009, a combination of inclement weather and a recalcitrant Zenit St. Petersburg meant that Andrei Arshavin's transfer wasn't completed until nearly 24 hours after...
7500 To Holte 8 hours ago

Aston Villa stay silent on transfer deadline day

There were plenty of rumours, but Aston Villa didn't end up making any moves on transfer deadline day. Like any good deadline day, this one was chock full of rumours for Aston Villa. But we're all going to have to hope that the team, as it is currently constructed, can be good enough to get us to at least January. The Tom Cleverley and Sergio Canales rumours that bloomed late never amounted to anything at all. And perhaps that's just as well, especially in the case of Cleverley, who was widely reported to have been asking for £80,000 per week in wages. I like Cleverley more than most, but...

Confirmed Transfer: Emyr Huws becomes a Permanent Wiganer

What a day Wigan Athletic have had and Uwe Rosler has surely finished now with his fourth signing of the day! Well this one has been simmering since about three today. With James McArthur on the way out the club have looked to bolster their midfield options. Well William Kvist was signed earlier tonight and now we have managed to secure a very talented youth player from Manchester City. The 20 year old midfielder who is on international duty with Wales has been in impressive form at Wigan Athletic this season which has made the club sit up and work to try and get him on permanent basis and...
The Busby Babe 8 hours ago
Falcao deal looks to be confirmed

Falcao deal looks to be confirmed

United's imminent striker signing has given an exclusive interview to the Independent. We're still waiting for official, shirt-holding, scarf-waving confirmation from United, but in the meantime we've got the next best thing. Quotes! Straight from El Tigre's mouth! Via the Independent: It's a dream come true to join a club like Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I've always dreamt about playing for one of the truly great teams and winning lots of trophies. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you can't turn that down. I'm a huge fan of English football and...

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