Chris Smalling joins Roma on permanent deal
Loftus-Cheek to Fulham on loan | Walcott to Saints
Manchester United signed three on transfer deadline day, including Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani on a free transfer.
Also joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s beleaguered operation is Brazilian left-back Alex Telles from Porto. The club have also reached an agreement to sign Atalanta's teenage winger Amad Diallo.
Attacking full-back Telles and experienced former PSG forward Cavani now join Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, who moved to United from Ajax last month as Solskjaer attempts to steady the ship after United's 6-1 thrashing at home by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
"I look forward to continuing to write my little story inside the book of football and I know that’s why my focus has to remain the same as always - work, work, work. I have had a conversation with the manager and this has increased my desire to wear this beautiful shirt," Cavani said.
Ivorian Diallo, 18, whose signing could cost United up to 37 million pounds including add-ons, is not expected to join until January due to work-permit issues.
United also agreed to let Chris Smalling make his move to Roma permanent.
Arsenal met the £45million release clause for Atletico Madrid's Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, who underwent a medical in Spain, and the deal was eventually done at 11pm.
The North London club also sent out-of-favour midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to Hertha Berlin on loan, while Lucas Torreira also made a temporary move to Atletico Madrid, all of which strongly suggests that Mikel Arteta is confidnet of getting Partey.
Everton, who have had a 100% start to the season and lead the Premier League, added another defender to their squad with centre-back Ben Godfrey joining from Norwich City.
They allowed Theo Walcott to join his first club, Southampton, on loan until the end of the season. And the pressure on England's Jordan Pickford was cranked up with the loan deal for Roma's Robin Olsen, a highly rated keeper.
Another player who was the England future once, Jack Wilshere, saw West Ham pay up his contract and let him go.
Manchester City's Spanish defender Eric Garcia has been linked with a move back to Barcelona all through the window but the Catalan club would not match the £20million valuation from City.
Tottenham managed to offload two defenders: Juan Foyth joining Villarreal and Ryan Sessegnon to Hoffenheim.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, unable to get in the side at Chelsea, was sent to Fulham on loan but Frank Lampard suggested that the England player is part of his longer-term thinking.
Earlier in the day, Brazilian winger Raphinha completed a £17m move to Leeds.
Liverpool had a quiet day. Not so the wife of Sergio Romero, Eliana Guercio, who took up the cudgels on Instagram to demand of Man United why he wasn't allowed to move.
Thomas Partey has joined Arsenal
That's the biggest move of the day, late breaking news. He looks exactly the sort of player that they need in the midfield.
Transfer Window Closes!
That is it.
Sneaking in under the wire: Everton have completed the signing of goalkeeper Robin Olsen on a season-long loan from AS Roma.
And Thomas Partey has joined Arsenal!
Garcia not moving
Eric Garcia’s hopes of a deadline day move to Barcelona have been dashed.
The Manchester City defender had set his sights on a return to Spain, three years after leaving Barcelona for Manchester.
But Barcelona were unable to meet City’s minimum £18.2 million valuation and talks collapsed, even though the Manchester club now stand to lose the 19-year-old for nothing when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Barcelona could yet revive a move for Garcia in January, when he would likely cost less, but Pep Guardiola is not expecting any trouble from the young defender over the coming months.
More from Southampton
Wesley Hoedt has joined Lazio.
Joachim Andersen has joined Fulham on loan
A needed recruit.
Theo Walcott has (re)joined Southampton on loan
Theo Walcott has completed a season-long loan move back to first club Southampton from Everton, the Saints have announced.
The 31-year-old England international, who made his senior debut for the south-coast club as a 16-year-old, has returned almost 15 years after his departure.
A club statement said: "Southampton Football Club is proud to announce that Theo Walcott, one of the most celebrated academy graduates in its history, has returned to St Mary's."
"I've got an old head now I suppose, I can help some of the young players getting into the Premier League. I'm grateful to Southampton and Everton - I really want to play. I wish Everton all the best," says Theo on SSN.
Arsenal's Thomas Partey move
appears all good, they've triggered the fee, they have agreed personal terms, the player had a medical in Spain earlier. Awaiting confirmation of that.
Sergio Romero's wife was funny
Sergio Romero’s wife has hit out at United and called for them to show him some respect. Wants to join Everton before the deadline pic.twitter.com/YQTnl6FgbN
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) October 5, 2020
Harry Redknapp on Sky Sports News
"They were pushing him around four or five weeks ago, getting in touch with people, asking do you know anyone who might want Cavani, he wants 200 grand a week. I dunno, it smacks of a desperation signing for me. I hope I am wrong."
Edinson Cavani signs for United
Manchester United have announced the signing of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani on a one-year deal.
“Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, so it is a real honour to be here," Cavani said. "I’ve worked really hard during the time off and I feel eager to compete and represent this incredible club. I have played in front of some of the most passionate supporters in football during my career and I know that it will be the same in Manchester. I cannot wait to experience the Old Trafford atmosphere when it is safe for the fans to return. I look forward to continuing to write my little story inside the book of football and I know that’s why my focus has to remain the same as always - work, work, work. I have had a conversation with the manager and this has increased my desire to wear this beautiful shirt.”
The self-referential quality of TDD
was noted a few years ago back now, but Jim White and Harry Redknapp yukking it up in the yellow trim studio about past deadline deal bobbydazzlers certainly reinforces that feeling.
Harry Redknapp answer template:
"[First name of player], what a player, I took him [vague date that Harry took him], great attitude, I took him."
— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 5, 2020
ah well, if people like it, fair enough I suppose.
Celtic news... and a Scottish round up
AC Milan and Uruguay left-back Diego Laxalt is joining on a season loan.
The 27-year-old flew into Glasgow to complete a season-long deal less than three hours before Scotland's midnight transfer deadline.
The former Genoa player has won 24 caps for Uruguay and has been brought in to provide competition for Greg Taylor.
Celtic have sold 20-year-old forward Jack Aitchison to Barnsley. The club's youngest goalscorer, who netted against Motherwell at the age of 16, will be immediately loaned to an English League Two club but has signed a three-year deal with the Yorkshire side.
Aberdeen have re-signed left-back Greg Leigh on a short-term deal following his exit from NAC Breda. Leigh, who has signed until January, had an injury-hit loan spell at Pittodrie last season.
The Dons earlier loaned forward Bruce Anderson to Ayr for the season with an option to recall the 22-year-old in January.
Livingston were the first Scottish Premiership club off the mark on transfer deadline day as they took midfielder Josh Mullin back to the Tony Macaroni Arena.
Mullin helped Livi to successive promotions before achieving a personal hat-trick with Ross County and he returns to West Lothian after requesting a move from Dingwall last week.
There was also a departure from Gary Holt's squad as the Lions ripped up Aymen Souda's contract in order to allow the homesick French midfielder to return across the Channel.
County moved quickly to fill the gap by signing 21-year-old Birmingham midfielder Charlie Lakin on a season-long loan. Lakin has made 15 appearances for Blues and played 25 times in a loan spell at Stevenage last season.
Rangers are trying to sign a midfielder and reports claimed they were close to agreeing a fee with French side Amiens for South African Bongani Zungu.
Alfredo Morelos is expected to stay at Ibrox despite fresh speculation over his future with an unnamed Serie A club said to have failed in a loan bid for the Colombian.
Hibernian confirmed the signing of Kyle Magennis from St Mirren on a five-year deal after succeeding with the latest in a series of bids for the midfielder last week.
The Buddies have strengthened their defensive options by bringing in Northern Ireland Under-19 right-back Daniel Finlayson from Rangers on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
Dundee United beat the transfer deadline to sign Scotland striker Marc McNulty on a season-long loan from Reading.
Boss Micky Mellon now hopes to partner the former Hibernian and Livingston poacher with another member of Steve Clarke's squad in Lawrence Shankland.
He told the club's official website: "I'm pleased that we're going to be able to add another international footballer with the qualities that Marc has to the group in order to help us move forward to the Dundee United we all want to see. He's definitely a step in the right direction for us to achieve that.
"Marc's an international player so he'll bring the qualities of a player who has played at the highest level. He's pacey, clever and fantastic in the 18-yard box. You only have to look at his goals-per-game - he scores everywhere he's been.
"We're looking forward to getting him in and working with him with the rest of the group and, hopefully, pushing him as well towards getting back into the Scotland squad on a regular basis."
On Shankland, he said: "There's nothing that I have been told to brace myself for and there really hasn't ever been anything. We are still really keen to continue moving Dundee United forward and Lawrence is a massive part of that. I don't expect anything to happen."
St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson has signed 27-year-old striker Guy Melamed from Israeli Premier League side Maccabi Netanya after earlier moving two forwards on.
John Robertson, 19, has joined Forfar on loan until January while Isaac Olaofe has cut short a temporary move from Millwall by mutual consent after making two substitute appearances in August.
Hearts youngster Anthony McDonald became the latest Gorgie academy recruit to head overseas after joining Spanish outfit Cordoba on a two-year deal. His move comes less than two weeks after Aaron Hickey joined Serie A side Bologna. (PA)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek summary then
Off to Fulham, and boy could they do with some quality, but sounds like he is still in Chelsea's thinking.
looks younger than when he was playing! All hail Brian The Postman.
Enjoyable Zoom call on Sky right now
Andrew Cole, Dwight Yorke and... a chap asking them questions... forget his name. Who would they like to sign for United if money was no object? VVD, says Cole.
Championship players can move later in the month
Here's Mike McGrath with five who might switch up to the 16th Oct...
Leeds United held talks with Norwich City over the midfielder, who would cost around £15million. He impressed last season in the Premier League despite failing to help save his club from relegation. He scored seven goals and was seen as a player who can make late runs into the penalty area and provide an attacking threat. At 22 he would still be seen as a sound investment in the future for top-flight clubs.
The Algeria forward has been on the shortlist for a number of Premier League clubs but no offers have been accepted by Brentford for him. Crystal Palace appeared frontrunners for the 25-year-old but they have retained Wilfried Zaha and have added Eberechi Eze to their squad which covers them in attacking areas. He would be attractive as a loan-with-an-option arrival but Brentford would only want a permanent deal and value him at more than £20million.
Watford captain has a proven track record in the Premier League after five seasons in the top flight. His club may listen to loan offers as they could see him return to Vicarage Road next season should they get promoted at the first attempt. He would be an excellent impact substitute for a top team and provides a presence in attack. West Brom looked at him earlier in the window before focusing on other targets.
Has been the No1 target for West Brom manager Slaven Bilic and negotiations will continue over an initial loan with an option or obligation to purchase at the end of the 2020/21 season. Grant did well in the Premier League for the final six months of Huddersfield’s stay in the Premier League and the 23-year-old scored 19 goals in the Championship last season, with clubs looking to take him back to the top flight.
Wealth of experience after seven seasons in the top flight with West Brom before spending last season at Watford. Burnley looked at him when it looked like they might lose James Tarkowski, although the centre-back stayed at Turf Moor. He could be perfect for West Ham as they look to add a centre-back to David Moyes’ squad. At 30, Dawson is seen to have plenty of years left in him and would be available for a reasonable price.
Interesting detail about Loftus-Cheek
from Matt Law:
The Blues had to agree to part-fund Loftus-Cheek’s £150,000-a-week wages to send him to Fulham in search of first-team football.Loftus-Cheek spent a year out injured before returning after the coronavirus restart last season, but has not played for Chelsea this term since their opening victory over Brighton.Chelsea still value Loftus-Cheek extremely highly, but the player and Lampard felt it best he go out on loan to help his match fitness.The Blues normally insist clubs cover all of the wages of their loanees, but made a special case of Loftus-Cheek to try to help the 24-year-old.
reports that Everton are looking for a keeper as a matter of urgency with concerns over the form of Jordan Pickford.
What hell happening at Man United?
Tottenham Rodon news
Matt Law has all the latest on a possible central defensive reinforcement for Tottenham Hotspur.
"Spurs are in talks to sign Swansea City central defender Joe Rodon after a move for Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger collapsed.
"Despite the fact head coach Jose Mourinho is satisfied with his defensive options, Spurs have been trying to add one more centre-back to his squad.
Rodon now hopes to make the move to North London, although it does not have to be completed until October 16 when the transfer window between Premier League and EFL clubs shuts."
Matt adds that the clubs are some way apart on the valuation.
And here is a bit more from Mr Law on the Spurs defending situation:
"Inter Milan refused to negotiate over Tottenham’s first-choice defensive target Milan Skriniar, claiming that it was too late to find a suitable replacement.
That resulted in Spurs making a move to try to sign German international Rudiger from fierce rivals Chelsea, but a deal could not be agreed.
Manchester City rebuffed an enquiry over a potential season-long loan for John Stones, before Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy made a move for Rodon.
The 22-year-old has been a star performer for Swansea in the Championship and is rated as one of the best young defensive prospects outside the Premier League.
He has made four senior Wales appearances, having also played seven times for the country’s Under-21s.
Tottenham have managed to offload two defenders: Juan Foyth joining Villarreal and Ryan Sessegnon to Hoffenheim.
Foyth’s move to Villarreal could be made permanent at the end of the season, while Sessegnon will spend a season in the Bundesliga with the aim of returning to compete for a place at Spurs."
Danny Rose looks set to stay.
Chris Smalling update
James Ducker notes: "Italian FA only signed off the paperwork a minute before the 7pm Italian deadline".
Here is what they are all trying to fill
DEAL SHEET: Premier League clubs can submit 9-11pm. Must be signed by player to prove agreement. Gives clubs until 1am to complete transfer. FIFA paperwork uploaded by midnight for international transfers/loans. #DeadlineDay #SSN pic.twitter.com/dGArfhs4Yk
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) October 5, 2020
That Romero thing I mentioned
Sergio Romero’s wife has hit out at United and called for them to show him some respect. Wants to join Everton before the deadline pic.twitter.com/YQTnl6FgbN
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) October 5, 2020
West Ham have paid up
Jack Wilshere's contract and he will leave.
Looks like Jack Wilshere is on his way out of Upton Park
Incredible how West Ham are on the verge of cancelling Jack Wilshere's contract but the club you can most imagine signing him on a free transfer is still West Ham.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) October 5, 2020
Harry Redknapp: "maybe he could go to somewhere like Bournemouth on a pay as you play deal. If he's fit he is still a really good footballer."
James Ducker reports: "Barcelona are still trying to secure a deal for Manchester City centre half Eric Garcia before the deadline but have been told they must stump up €20m (£18.2m) as the Premier League club refuse to back down."
Chris Smalling news
Sam Wallace reports: "Chris Smalling’s transfer to Roma from Manchester United has been completed in time for the 7pm deadline In Italy. The player’s representatives and Roma lodged all documents with the Italian football federation in time for the move - worth a total value of £18million with add-ons - to go through."
Amazing transfer, in its way, no? I always like to see an English guy go to Italy - he's done well there so far as I understand it - and I hope it works out.
Arsenal trigger £45m Thomas Partey
release clause. Can they get the rest done in time?
Arsenal are trying to beat the deadline
to get Thomas Partey and it seems that they have met the valuation.
Jamie's aged, hasn't he?
Sergio Romero's wife
Eliana Guercio has taken to Instagram! She writes:
"Sergio Romero worked hard for his club. Last trophy they won, they won it with him. He helped the team reach four finals/semifinals and then he was left on the bench only to lose them all. It is time for them to return the opportunity and let him go. RESPECT FOR ONCE!!!!!!"
Staying with Scotland - Celtic news
Celtic are closing in on the loan signing of AC Milan and Uruguay left-back Diego Laxalt.
The 27-year-old is expected in Glasgow to complete a deal before Scotland's midnight transfer deadline.
The former Genoa player has won 24 caps for Uruguay and is set to provide competition for Greg Taylor.
Celtic have sold 20-year-old forward Jack Aitchison to Barnsley. The club's youngest goalscorer, who netted against Motherwell at the age of 16, will be immediately loaned to an English League Two club but has signed a three-year deal with the Yorkshire side. (PA)
Anyway! On with the transfers
From the Press Association: "St Mirren have signed Northern Ireland Under-19 international Daniel Finlayson from Rangers." The report adds: "The defender was previously on loan with Orange County in the second tier of the United States football set-up."
Which I had to read twice as I thought it was a Rangers related joke at first but they really do mean OC in California.
Hadn't realised he was
Bit of Italy news from the wires about a player who was United's second (or third?) choice after Jadon Sancho
MILAN, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Serie A champions Juventus signed Federico Chiesa, the outstanding player of smaller rivals Fiorentina, in a 50 million euro ($58.88 million) deal on Monday, hours before the end of the transfer window.
The 22-year-old was raised at Fiorentina and is the son of former player Enrico Chiesa who was in the team which won Fiorentina's last major trophy, the Coppa Italia in 2001.
Chiesa made his professional debut for Fiorentina in 2016 and went on to make 153 appearances, scoring 34 goals, although he has been the subject of transfer speculation for at least two years. He has 19 caps and one goal for Italy.
Juventus said that the deal consisted of a two-season loan, worth 10 million euros, followed by an obligation to buy for a further 40 million, plus up to 10 million more based on "further performance objectives."
Although he was a key player at Fiorentina, Chiesa will have to fight for his place at Juventus who already boast Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Alvaro Morata and Federico Bernardeschi, another former Fiorentina player.
Earlier on Monday, Juventus, chasing a tenth successive Serie A title, loaned Brazilian winger Douglas Costa to Bayern Munich and full back Mattia De Sciglio to Olympique Lyonnais.
Juve's major signing for this season was Brazilian midfielder Arthur from Barcelona. They have also signed Morata from Atletico Madrid and U.S. midfielder Weston McKennie from Schalke 04.
Poignant tributes still flooding in
O Gunnersaurus, I hardly knew ye, because I always arrive one minute after kick-off and spend half-time in the bar, but, wow, all those membership direct debits we’re still paying would probably have kept you.
— Matthew Horton (@matthewjh) October 5, 2020
Is there a route out of Chelsea for Rudiger ?
Sky bloke seems to think that he might dig in and try and get in the picture at Stamford Bridge. Makes the point that there's another Transfer Window in ten weeks. Oh for God's sake. He's right you know. They'll do it all again in January.
James on Smalling move
Smalling wanted out and United wanted to sell (bizarre then it’s gone this close to the wire) but there’s a strong argument to say he’d have been better than the majority of the current options at CB for Solskjaer. Good pro and person and Roma a good move for him #mufc
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) October 5, 2020
Another interesting signing this week
away from the men's game, was Spurs signing USA World Cup ledge and "that's the tea" England baiter Alex Morgan. Molly McElwee has more on her.
Just remembering when
Chris Smalling went to that party as a Jaegerbomber.
All about Man United right now!
Here's James Ducker and Mike McGrath, a classic strike pair, on Manchester United's hopes of securing loan for Ousmane Dembele or Ismaila Sarr fading
Smalling to Roma!
Sam Wallace has the story...
"Chris Smalling’s move from Manchester United to Roma, where he spent last season on loan, should go through before the close of the Serie A window at 7pm.
The former England international has been training alone at United’s Carrington training ground for the last seven weeks in anticipation of a move. The Italian club were dubious it could be achieved in time but United have finally agreed a price thought to be around £15million."
The Premier League is poorer without this barnet
It's a (West) London Thing
Matt Law again. "Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to move from Chelsea to Fulham on a season-long loan.
Chelsea are likely to part-fund the midfielder’s £150,000-a-week wages to make sure he gets some much-needed Premier League football.
Loftus-Cheek spent a year out injured before returning after the coronavirus restart last season, but has not played for Chelsea this term since their opening victory over Brighton.
Chelsea still value Loftus-Cheek extremely highly, but the player and head coach Frank Lampard felt it best he go out on loan to help his match fitness."
Interesting piece from Matt Law
about why the big teams are finding it hard to shift the dead wood at the moment.
Here's the boy Alex Telles
Bit of background on Spurs target Rodon
When I interviewed @AdamsDavidFooty earlier this year, he picked out Joe Rodon as both one of the most talented players he'd ever coached and a Wales star for the future. Have kept half an eye on him ever since and certainly like the look of him. An accomplished CB for his age.
— Ali Tweedale (@alitweedale) October 5, 2020
"Telles is said to have been on United's radar since 2014 when he was at Galatasaray and had been watched more extensively in the past two years, with the club's scouts coming to regard him as consistently the best left back in Portugal.
United had looked to bring in Sergio Reguilon initially but were reluctant to agree to Real Madrid's wish to include a buy-back option in any deal and the left back instead ended up joining Tottenham."
That from James Ducker, our man in Manchester who always has loads of great stories and info about both the big two there. Check out his United weekly newsletter.
A great result for Ed Woodward
Seen here struggling with some crisps....
Sensation claim from Alex Telles there
"The manager has a clear plan and direction for this team".
James Ducker on Alex Telles
Ole Gunnar believes Manchester United have signed a “fighter” and a “winner” in Alex Telles after the club announced the £15.4 million arrival of the Brazil left back on Monday.
United have agreed to pay Porto an initial £13.6 million with a further £1.8m in add ons for Telles, who has signed a four year contract to June 2024 with the option of a further 12 months.
Telles, 27, is expected to provide direct competition at left back for Luke Shaw, who endured a torrid time in the 6-1 trouncing by Tottenham on Sunday along with the rest of United’s side.
“First and foremost I welcome Alex to United,” Solskjaer said. “He is a player we have been tracking for some time and his performances over the past few years are exactly what we are looking for.
“He is a fighter and a winner and will add real determination and competition to the squad. Alex has the qualities, both as a player and as a person, that we want here at Manchester United.”
Telles has scored 26 goals and registered more than 50 assists over the past five seasons with Porto. A deal appeared on the brink of collapse on Sunday, with Telles poised to fly to Brazil to join up with his international team-mates, only for United and Porto to final reach a compromise over the fee after weeks of protracted negotiations.
“To join a club with the prestige of Manchester United is a huge honour,” Telles said. “You have to work hard to get to this moment in your career and now I am coming to this club, I can promise that I will give everything in my heart to be a success here.
"I won many trophies at FC Porto and I want to continue that at United. The manager has a clear plan and direction for this team and I can’t wait to pull on the famous shirt.”
Manchester United sign Alex Telles
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 5, 2020
The Brazil left-back is an attacking, galloping full back in the modern way of things.
Nice one for QPR fans
Joe Rodon to Spurs?
Sky Sports are reporting that centre-back Rodon, valued by his club Swansea at £18m, is a Tottingham target.
To Goodison, driver
and do not spare the horses. It's our Merseyside man Chris Bascombe with an update on Carlo Ancelotti's high-flying Toffees.
Everton appear to be working their way through an extensive list of goalkeeper targets today. Robin Olsen of AS Roma now appears most likely to arrive, probably on a year-long loan. The move for the Swedish international further underlines the determination to keep Jordan Pickford on his toes.
If you want all the news form your club, I really recommend this weekly free newsletter from Matt Law, who is really well connected with that club and always has loads of good stories and insights. It's free, as well.
is undergoing his medical at Southampton. Ah, Ickle Theo. 86 years old now, still rated as a promising youngster.
And more Arsenal news!
from Sam: More news out of Arsenal... but it's not about Thomas Partey this time. They are set to sign young Swedish striker Nikolaj Moller from Malmo for less than £1m. The 18-year-old is one for the youth team, for now.
whose Arsenal career started with such promise, has been shipped out to Hertha Berlin on loan. Here is Sam Dean on that:
Arsenal have finally found a club willing to take the troublesome Matteo Guendouzi off their hands. The Frenchman has joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan after falling out of favour, in spectacular fashion, after the restart in June. It could be a tricky situation for Arsenal when Guendouzi returns next year. At that point, he will have only one year left on his contract. It might be hard to get a significant fee for him at that stage, although the club will hope he excels in Germany and triggers a bidding war in more favourable economic conditions.
Joleon Lesccott on Sky Sports
"Cavani has earned the right to have respect, to be feared by defenders in the Premier League. He brings experience."
"I don't know what Chris Smalling has done wrong. He might not be one to play it out from the back but"
something something good defensively. Not really sure why I started typing this out. Actually it was because the Sky Sports guy asked him a great question "what is Cavani like to play against?' but Lescott just ignored that and talked in generalities that you or I could have said. Anyway.
It's that man Sam Dean! Here he is with the lowdown on the Arsenal target Partey.
"Time is clearly of the essence for Arsenal now as they look to bring an end to this long-running pursuit of Thomas Partey. He has been a target for months, with Telegraph Sport reporting as early as March that Arsenal were keen on adding him to their squad.
Strengthening the midfield has been a priority for Mikel Arteta ever since he arrived as head coach in December. Partey provides physicality in central areas and far more of a presence than any of their existing options.
This is not to say Arsenal have not considered other targets. Chelsea's Jorginho was an option, and they also made a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar. Neither of those were doable, though, and Arsenal have always known what Partey would cost thanks to his £45m release clause.
Edu, Arsenal's technical director, had been trying to negotiate a lower price, or a more structured payment, with Atletico Madrid as part of their negotiations for Lucas Torreira. He was unable to do so, but the back-up option of paying the full release clause is one that Arsenal clearly feel they are capable of doing.
Now they need to get it done, with a medical and all the relevant paperwork. The clock is ticking...
All roads lead to Roma?
Here's Jason Burt: "Everton are in talks to loan winger Bernard to Roma for the season. The 28-year-old Brazilian can leave Goodison Park as manager Carlo Ancelotti re-shapes his squad with another winger, Theo Walcott, on his way to his former club Southampton also on a season-long loan. Bernard joined Everton as a free agent in August 2018 on a four-year deal after his contract at Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk ran out and is now wanted by Roma."
Talking of Werder...
... here's our Liverpool guru Chris Bascombe:
Earlier today, Werder Bremen looked like a possible destination for Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic. Now that interest seems to have ended because of the difference in valuations, with Liverpool asking for £20 million.The Bundesliga side sold former Everton player Davy Klaassen to Ajax earlier today, but still do not have the funds. Looks like Grujic is staying at Anfield until January, with Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri also still awaiting suitable offers.
— Anton Toloui (@SkyAnton) October 5, 2020
Davy Klaassen joins Ajax
he was at Werder Bremen. Everton fans may remember him joining them in 2017 but he was on his bike to Werder not long after that.
has gone back to Bayern Munich after his loan at Juventus.
Gary has been keeping his eye
(or not) on Jadon Sancho who does not seem to be going anywhere, but has issued an apology in his Insta about going to a party.
My transfer hero of the day so far is
— Lee at NFTV (@LeeAtNFTV) October 5, 2020
Arsenal fans are rallying around their fallen comrade
They've set up a Go Fund Me page for Gunnersaurus. And fellow cuddly buffoon Paul Merson has added his support.
Merse told Sky Sports: "All them kids, the junior Gunners, he is part of it now and there will be 30 and 40-year-old people who have grown up with that dinosaur. It is disappointing and I think it is poor by Arsenal, I really do.
"Honestly I think it is poor, it is terrible by Arsenal. I remember him when I was there and my kids were junior Gunners and they used to get the stuff off him. It is not classy."
Talking of Manchester United forwards
according to the BBC, Manchester United are in talks to sign teenage winger Facundo Pellistri from Uruguayan club Penarol.
Bit of Man United news
from the splendid new-ish Telegraph signing Mike McGrath.
Manchester United’s talks over a deal Ismaila Sarr have hit deadlock.
The Daily Telegraph revealed last week United made an enquiry for the Watford winger, who has been considered as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.
Sarr’s club are adamant he will only leave on a permanent deal, while United have asked about an initial loan, with a compromise needed from one of the parties for a deal to progress.
United do not have to complete the deal tonight as transfers from EFL clubs can be done until October 16.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to strengthen the right-wing position as a priority in the window but has not been able to land a deal with Borussia Dortmund, who want £108million for the England forward.
Sarr, 22, arrived at Vicarage Road at the start of last season from Rennes in a deal worth £25million and, despite relegation, has been monitored by Premier League clubs after his performances. His value is now more than £40million.
Arsenal's Partey plans
Thomas Partey is a box-to-box midfielder with a great engine and a good range of passing. He's with Simeone at Alteti and they are going to make Arsenal pay every cent of the 50 million by all accounts.
News north of the border
Big news as far as I am concerned and unfortunately for you lot I am the one currently at the controls of the blog, as the famous Edinburgh Hibees have completed the signing of Kyle Magennis from St Mirren. I think we will spend the next four or five hours looking at what that means in context, where he will fit in at Jack Ross's talented but still somewhat accident-prone outfit, and whether or not it means the end of Lionel Messi's Easter Road dream.
North London Northern Irish news
"Young Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard has joined Blackpool on loan. Ballard, a senior Northern Ireland international, has signed until January 2021" - reports our Arsenal guru Sam Dean. If you are of a Goon persuasion I can highly recommend Sam's Arsenal newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox and fairly bursting with news about Mike Arteta's improvers. It comes every Wednesday and it will cost you the highly competitive price of zero pounds and zero pence.
Felipe Anderson news!
Telegraph Sport's Mr Jason Burt has tidings from the East of London related to Felipe Anderson.
"West Ham United are in talks to send Felipe Anderson on a season-long loan to Porto. The 27-year-old Brazilian winger has only made two brief substitute appearances for West Ham in the Premier League this season and the club are keen to move him on having hope to receive an offer to sell him. Anderson was West Ham's record signing when he arrived from Lazio in the summer of 2018 for a fee that could rise to £41.5million in add ons. He has two years left on his contract at West Ham."
Good afternoon everyone
Thank you Pippa. Fingers crossed for some DONE DEALS and LAST MINUTE DRAMA.
Handing the baton over
As mentioned, that's my time up on the blog - proud to say the transfer of defender Ben Godfrey from Norwich City to Everton this morning is the biggest move of the day for me... But plenty bubbling away and Al will ably take over from here.
Less than eight hours to go
Today's not quite kicked into gear so far for this final day of the transfer window. My colleague Al will be taking over shortly and it's all set up for things to burst into life for him in the closing hours.
Arsenal lend Ballard to Blackpool
Arsenal have trimmed their squad by one. But it's not one of the higher earners or main names that could leave, rather young defender Daniel Ballard who has joined Blackpool on loan. Ballard, a senior Northern Ireland international, has signed until January 2021.
Former Stoke forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting clocks in at Bayern
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have signed forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on a year-long contract. The Cameroon international joins the German club as a free agent after he left Paris St Germain at the end of his contract last season.
Walcott loan deal to Southampton agreed
The nuts and bolts of a season-long loan deal for Theo Walcott to return to Southampton from Everton have been agreed, according to our football news correspondent Matt Law.
Switching away from the transfer window for a second and the news that Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho will be delayed in joining up with the England squad to "allow time to gather further information of a social gathering that all three players reportedly attended over the weekend", the Football Association has announced.
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) October 5, 2020
Meanwhile Raheem Sterling has withdrawn from the England squad for the matches with Wales, Belgium and Denmark through injury. Chelsea defender Reece James has been handed a first senior call-up, having been promoted from the Under-21s
Joachim Andersen to the rescue for Fulham?
Fulham need defensive reinforcements. John Percy has news of one....
Fulham are close to signing Lyon's Denmark international defender Joachim Andersen on loan.Andersen is expected to join the Premier League club for the season as Scott Parker desperately searches for reinforcements.The 24 year old is a centre-half and Fulham have moved for him after a £13.5million deal for Sassuolo's Marlon Santos collapsed last week.
Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi close to loan move, once Hertha Berlin sort out their internet....
There's teasing a transfer and leaving people hanging for a touch too long. It's now over 40 minutes and counting.
Everton goalkeeper update
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) October 5, 2020
Still awaiting Raphinha update from Leeds
I talked about it earlier this morning but Leeds' deal for Raphinha is not quite over the line yet. The club are desperate to get another winger in, and had been interested in trying once again for Dan James, now at Manchester Unitedm but had no luck. Brazilian winger Raphinha scored for Rennes yesterday and is at the Yorshire club currently undergoing his medical.
Dyche's Burnley battle
Tough times at Burnley in this transfer window it seems, here's James Ducker with the latest. Remember, it was just last month, James wrote about the crisis threatening to engulf the club.
Sean Dyche is desperate for more arrivals at Burnley but it's not looking optimistic on that front. A deal for Harry Wilson is dead with Burnley unwilling to meet Liverpool's demands and, as things stand, it looks like Dale Stephens might be the only senior summer arrival. Could be a very long season for Burnley.
Arsenal finally prepared to stump up cash for Thomas Partey
Arsenal reporter Sam Dean has the latest on the club being ready to meet the player's release clause.
Arsenal have finally made their move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey. They have known the player's release clause (£45m) all summer and it now looks like they are ready to pay it. Spanish sources are reporting that Partey has informed Atletico of his desire to join Arsenal.More to follow through the afternoon and into the evening, no doubt.
Nine hours to go, bring on the moves....
So far today, we've had one Premier League move confirmed (Godfrey to Everton), two in the Scottish Premiership (Charlie Lakin to Ross County on loan and Josh Mullin clocking in at Livingston), two in the EFL (Jan Zamburek on loan to Shrewsbury and Ashley Nathaniel-George heading for a spell at Southend) plus one international switch with Ryan Sessegnnon agreeing to a season with Hoffenheim.
It's all set for a mad-dash to the finish line later....
Dele Alli latest - no go for PSG
This from chief football correspondent Jason Burt
It looks like Paris Saint-Germain’s attempts to sign Dele Alli - at least in this transfer window - are finally over. Several bids were made to take him on loan and sources claim the sticking point was partly over agents fees but Tottenham Hotspur insist they simply did not want Dele to leave.
Watford exit for Gerard Deulofeu
Gerard Deulofeu to Udinese is a real possibility, with the Watford forward having recovered from serious knee injury.
The Spain international previously spent lockdown in his homeland living with his personal physio to get himself fit after anterior-cruciate ligament damage suffered in March against Liverpool. Premier League clubs had been monitoring his fitness, knowing that relegation last season means Watford will allow their key players to leave for the right deal but a loan move to Italy now looks to be his final destination.
Saints return on the cards for Walcott
Over 14 years since he left to join Arsenal, Theo Walcott is in line to make his return to Southampton. The 31-year-old is on the way south for a medical. Currently not part of Carlo Ancelotti's main plans at Everton, Walcott is into the last ear of his contract with Southampton keen to swoop for their former man on loan.
A new goalkeeper heading to Merseyside?
A new goalkeeper could be heading to Merseyside before the end of day, writes Chris Bascombe.
Everton are talking to Manchester United about a loan move for Romero and Tottenham Hotspur for a similar arrangement involving Paulo Gazzaniga. Carlo Ancelotti had previously denied suggestions Everton were seeking another keeper as the pressure grows on England number one, Jordan Pickford. Pickford has made several high profile errors, the most recent last weekend, which must have forced a rethink.
Fulham close to signing centre-back
It's PSV's Timo Baumgartl, a German centre-half bought by Mark van Bommel in the summer of 2019 for his versatility and ability to play in both centre-back positions, as a stopper and in the freer role.
He is 24 and has made 20 appearances for the Germany Under-21s, having been a first-team regular at Stuttgart for four years prior to his move. But he didn't make much of an impact in the Eredivisie.
Arsenal make Jerry Quy, the man who has been Gunnersaurus for 27 years, redundant
Sam Dean with the full story which isn't as clear cut as many have made out:
Jerry Quy, the man inside the Gunnersaurus suit on matchdays at Emirates Stadium, has been let go as a result of Arsenal’s cost-cutting measures this summer.Quy has been made redundant from his other roles at Arsenal, which include working within the field of supporter liaison, but could potentially still continue as Gunnersaurus on a part-time basis.
Man City latest
Over at Manchester City, Eric Garcia remains eager to move to Barcelona but the Catalan club are going to have to offer a lot more than they've done so far. Pep Guardiola wants a left back, with Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico a target, but City need to move on Oleksandr Zinchenko and there's not much optimism that the situation is going to change now.
According to our Northern football correspondent James Ducker, no left back arrival would be a big blow when you look at Benjamin Mendy and Zinchenko there.
Man United in for winger Amad Traore, via Mike McGrath
Manchester United have applied for a work permit for Atalanta winger Amad Traore to arrive at Old Trafford.
Traore, 18, was born in Ivory Coast and has not played international football, meaning United would need the required paperwork to register him. It is understood they applied for his permit on Friday to give them a chance of landing the teenager today.
Traore would be one of the future rather than a replacement for Jadon Sancho, who has been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No1 target for a right-winger but no deal has been struck with Borussia Dortmund.
Uruguay winger Facundo Pellistri, 18, is also a player they want to sign. He is also a right-winger for the future and talks have been held with Penerol in the youngster’s homeland.
Sancho was in England over the weekend after missing Dortmund’s match through illness, although it was so he can report for England duty.
Ben Godfrey: The confirmed story of the day so far
The defender has been doing his talking on
the pitch social media today
— Ben Godfrey (@BenG0dfrey) October 5, 2020
— Ben Godfrey (@BenG0dfrey) October 5, 2020
More on Newcastle...
Vilca likely to be the only new arrival before the window shuts, but there are expected to be a number of departures with right back DeAndre Yedlin attracting interest from Southampton and winger Christian Atsu wanted on loan by a number of Championship clubs including Watford.
Bruce has also urged Achraf Lazaar, Rolando Aarons and Henri Saivet to look for a new club but none have been able to find one at this point. The trio are earning around £90,000-a-week between them, severely restricting the recruitment Bruce can do because of the financial strain they are putting on his budget.
Although fans will be disappointed the Magpies have not signed another striker on loan, Bruce is happy with the business done this summer, adding Jeff Hendrick, Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis to his first team squad, as well as back up goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.
Newcastle had tried to sign Ross Barkley on loan from Chelsea but lost out to Aston Villa, mainly because they had not been able to get players out in time to free up room in the wage budget to sign the England international. The same problem means it will also be hard for them to bring in Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan too, with Bruce likely to reassess things in terms of loan moves in January.
Peruvian youngster Rodrigo Vilca on verge of Newcastle move
The club is set to complete the signing of the highly-rated Vilca with the midfielder initially joining their development squad as manager Steve Bruce wants to give him time to adapt to English football.
Vilca left the pitch in tears having played his last game for Deportivo Municipal last week and there is a lot of excitement behind the scenes at St James’ Park in landing a player who has earned plenty of plaudits in South America, despite playing just over 20 games for the club. The 21-year-old is widely regarded to be one of the best talents to have emerged from Peru in years.
Somewhat unusually for Newcastle United, the spotlight is falling elsewhere around the country on transfer deadline day but a little bit of transfer news incoming, via Luke Edwards...
Right then, where are we at so far today?
Everton were fastest out of the traps, announcing Ben Godfrey from Norwich on a five-year deal
Loan-wise, Ryan Sessegnon is off to Hoffenheim for the season from Spurs and Arsenal could ship out a couple too, with William Saliba linked with Fulham and Matteo Guendouzi having a medical at Hertha Berlin
Not a great deal other confirmed yet but plenty of irons in the fire, so to speak, including Southampton wanting to bring Theo Walcott home on loan, while Leeds have agreed a fee with Rennes for Brazilian winger Raphinha
Expected to be news shortly from Old Trafford with Manchester United closing in on completing deals for Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles but don't expect to see Ousmane Dembele arriving, with the Frenchman set to stay at Barcelona
'Manchester United are a total mess'
No direction, no cohesion and no joined-up thinking... Northern football correspondent James Ducker has not held back in his assessment of Manchester United as a sense of deja-vu washes over fans again this transfer deadline day. For a bit of lunchtime reading, the full article is here
Eight months after Manchester United agreed a loan deal for a journeyman striker who had spent the previous three years plying his trade in China, the club that had been insisting they had finally got recruitment sorted are back hitting the panic button on deadline day.
West Ham eye Craig Dawson
It is understood Watford centre-half Craig Dawson is a target for the Hammers. Normally West Ham do their best at having one of the most porous defences in the Premier League but in this topsy-turvy season, they have actually conceded the second lowest total (4 behind Aston Villa's 2!).
According to assistant manager Alan Irvine, West Ham are still short of numbers at the back though and could turn to the Championship
"As you've seen the players we have available right now are more than capable of doing the job, I just think the big issue is more the fact that we were light in terms of numbers and competition.
"It is not a fact that we don't have good defenders, it is more a case of if we lost a defender over the course of the season through injury or suspension then we are light."
Demarai Gray staying put
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers expects Demarai Gray to remain at the club.
The 24-year-old's future has been a subject of debate in recent weeks. Gray is in the final year of his contract at the King Power Stadium and has yet to be included in a matchday squad for a Premier League game.
Leeds were linked with a move for the winger, but any potential deal there looks to be off with the Yorkshire club reportedly set to sign Raphinha from Rennes.
Ismaila Sarr still on United's radar?
United have enquired about loaning the player in recent weeks. If they wanted to sign him and the player to be eligible to play in the Champions League, it needs to get sorted out by tomorrow when the squad registration deadline is. But the window for Premier League clubs to buy from the EFL remains open until Oct. 16.
Watford have been insisting on a sale and want £40m plus for Sarr but United were previously only interested in a loan. With United continuing to look at winger options, it remains to be seen whether they change their mind.
Inter Milan currently don't expect to be able to do deals for either Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso. Club/player demands would need to decrease significantly.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) October 5, 2020
James Ducker on Cavani, Telles, Coman and co
A busy, frantic day where Manchester United are once again scrambling around late in a window.
Edinson Cavani's medical is understood to have gone well and he's due to sign a two-year contract with a break clause next summer. Understandable given his age and injury record. An announcement is expected later on today.
Similarly, Alex Telles's move from Porto is all but done. He's signed a four year contract with the option of another 12 months. United are paying Porto an initial £13.6m with a further £1.8m in add ons.
We all know about United's torturous pursuit of Jadon Sancho this summer but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still eager to get in a right winger of some description, although that is not going to be Ousmane Dembele. The France winger is set to stay at Barcelona now although signing him and Cavani would have been a gamble by United given the pair's injury records.
Kingsley Coman, of Bayern Munich, has been floated as a loan option but the clock is ticking. There's loan interest in Brandon Williams, including from Southampton, but it looks like the full-back, who has been called up by England Under-21s, will be staying put despite failing to make any of the matchday squads for United's three league games this season.
Leeds are among the clubs interested in loaning Daniel James but he could also stay put. It remains to be seen if goalkeeper Sergio Romero or defender Marcos Rojo leave before the deadline and Chris Smalling is desperate to secure a move to Roma as negotiations continue.
Liverpool latest via Chris Bascombe
After last week’s Carabao Cup exit, Liverpool will have many squad players pining for football if they do not get sold today.
Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson, who played in the defeat to Arsenal, are among the most sought after, but for most of summer the interest has been limited to loan moves.
Liverpool have shown no inclination to allow them to move on a temporary basis this time and want permanent deals. Grujic, who has impressed in the Bundesliga, seems more likely to complete a transfer before the end of the day. Werder Bremen have shown interest, but the Serb - valued at £20 million - looks more than capable of shining at Premier League level.
As things stand, it looks like Wilson will have to stay and reconsider his options in January. Ahead of the European championships, that would not be good news for the player or Ryan Giggs.
Liverpool and Man United updates
Transfer updates incoming on the two shell-shocked clubs still dusting themselves down after yesterday's maulings.
Let's start with the Premier League champions....
Hopes fading of Dembele move for United
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer frustrated in his attempts to land Jadon Sancho with Borussia Dortmund refusing to budge from their €120 million (£109m) valuation, they had hoped a late loan deal could be struck with someone else.
It looks like Ousmane Dembele will not be the person filling that role though, with the France international set to stay at Barcelona with United not favouring a permanent move. Back to the drawing board for Ole.
Saliba to Fulham?
That's what our football reporter Sam Dean is hearing, with the youngster possibly going out on loan to the fellow Premier League side.
The 19-year-old has also attracted interest from France but Fulham is looking the more likely option at this point. Saliba is extremely highly-rated by Arsenal but he remains young, and Arsenal are over-staffed with defenders at the moment.
Has Covid impacted this transfer window?
With Premier League clubs spending over £1 billion in this transfer window, chief football correspondent Jason Burt has been taking a look at to what extent the Premier League is insulated against the huge financial hit taken by football. You can read more on that here.
There had been a theory when the window opened that there would be far more swap deals and loans but, again, they have not happened, although Tottenham Hotspur’s purchase of Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid for £27 million with a buy-out is a sign of the times as was Manchester United’s attempt a loan move for Ismaila Sarr from Watford.
Edinson Cavani update
Reports that free agent Cavani has passed his medical at Manchester United, with an announcement due later this afternoon. Will keep you posted with more details.
At 33 he is hardly a player for the future, but United have enjoyed success taking players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the latter end of their careers. United fans, how do you feel about it?
Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Fulham?
He's on the list of midfielders Frank Lampard will allow to leave on loan to get regular football but could Ruben Loftus-Cheek stay in the capital with a move to Fulham?
West Ham, Newcastle, Southampton and previously Aston Villa have all been linked to the Englishman and it seems Fulham have joined the race, according to some reports today. His high wage demands have put off some, but Fulham desperately need reinforcements. You'd have to say though, he'd be throwing himself straight into a relegation battle with Scott Parker's team.
Villa mean business this season
After that emphatic 7-2 dismantling of champions Liverpool, Midlands football reporter John Percy has taken a look at how calculated and ambitious transfer window recruitment by Aston Villa has set them up perfectly this season. You can read more on that here
Villa are firmly back in the national consciousness after their remarkable disembowelment of champions Liverpool and Smith’s squad will head into the international break on a tidal wave of optimism.
Smith’s fingernails have only just returned to normal length after last season’s mad scramble to safety on the final day, yet now there is hope that brighter times could be ahead.
Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is attracting interest from Werder Bremen.
The Serbian, whose two Carabao Cup appearances this season were his first for the club since December 2017, has spent the last two campaigns on loan at Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
Liverpool, however, will not allow the 24-year-old to leave on loan again and are looking for a permanent move.
Other players who could leave on deadline day include Xherdan Shaqiri, who has been subject to enquiries from two Italian clubs, and Harry Wilson, whom Burnley were interested in.
Will West Ham keep hold of Declan Rice today?
How good has Declan Rice looked for West Ham in the last couple of games, dominating the midfield area and offering protection to his defence.
It is for those reasons that Chelsea and Frank Lampard are keen to resign their youth product but the Hammers insist he is going nowhere, with this from assistant manager Alan Irvine:"We have been looking for players but we’ve not been looking for a replacement for Declan because we don’t have any intention of selling him."
Yet with funds tight at the club, will a mega-bid be tempting later today? It could be a long day for West Ham fans.
Shrewsbury borrow Jan Žambůrek
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) October 5, 2020
A slow burner so far
Ben Godrey's move from Norwich City to Everton the main confirmed move so far with Tottenham's Ryan Sessegnon also heading on loan to the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim.
Plenty more in the pipeline though with Manchester United set to feature highly with Telles and Cavani deals expected and the club retaining an interest in Ousmane Dembele. As for a certain Jadon Sancho, a potential late move looks highly unlikely with 'something extraordinary' needing to happen.
— Everton (@Everton) October 5, 2020
More on Guendouzi's imminent Arsenal exit
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is having a medical at Hertha Berlin ahead of a loan move.
The France Under-21 international has not featured for Mikel Arteta this season and has been made available for a move, with Hertha willing to offer him regular football in the Bundesliga.
He arrived from Lorient for £8million but fell down the pecking order last season and was accused of taunting Brighton players over their wages.
Alex Telles arrives at United ahead of move
The Porto defender has been spotted arriving at Manchester United's training ground ahead of a potential £15.4 million deal for left-back, with a further £1.8m in add-ons.
After the defensive catastrophe against Spurs yesterday, Telles will be expected to provide competition for Luke Shaw at the back.
CONFIRMED: Ryan Sessegnon joins Hoffenheim on loan
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 5, 2020
Rio Ferdinand offers best wishes to Everton's new signing....
Sounds a bit random but there is method behind his tweet to Ben Godfrey, who has joined Everton from Norwich City this morning.
The former England and Manchester United defender works as a mentor for Ben Godfrey's agents, New Era Global Sports and has been offering him guidance.
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 5, 2020
Arsenal news, via Sam Dean
It is looking likely to be a day for outgoings rather than incomings at Arsenal, with Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi both close to completing loan moves to Atletico Madrid and Hertha Berlin respectively.
Arsenal have been looking for a central midfielder all summer but have been unable to strike a deal with Lyon for Houssem Aouar. Atletico’s Thomas Partey is a long-term target but it will cost £45 million to trigger his release clause, making it an unlikely move.
They have been in talks to sell Sead Kolasinac to Bayer Leverkusen, while Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis have both attracted interest from abroad. Arsenal want to raise money through sales and relieve the pressure on the wage bill, but the clock is ticking for them to finalise these deals.
Man City update
Plenty of attention on Manchester United today but rivals City could yet be doing some final tinkering to their squad, with Eric Garcia linked with a move to Barcelona. The 19-year-old's contract runs out at the end of this season and he's not intent on signing another. He could leave on a free next summer but equally a move to Spain might surface now.
Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico continues to be linked to the club but it could depend on whether Ukraine international Oleksandr Zinchenko departs.
Other Southampton business, via Jeremy Wilson
Southampton completed the signing of France Under-21 international Ibrahima Diallo on a four-year contract from Stade Brestois yesterday and they are still hoping for at least one other addition, as well as the departures of Wesley Hoedt and Guido Carrillo.
They also made an enquiry to sign Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams on loan to provide back-up to both Ryan Bertrand and Kyle Walker-Peters. That deal is unlikely, however, as Southampton are in less competitions this season than Manchester United and so may offer even fewer playing opportunities.
Diallo has come in to provide further strength in central midfield, where the club have so far been heavily reliant this season on Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse. Although manager Ralph Hasenhuttl also has high hopes for Will Smallbone, there was a feeling that the club risks being exposed in that position following the sale to Tottenham of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Saints return for Walcott?
Here's Jeremy Wilson with more on those Walcott links
Southampton are increasingly hopeful of completing a loan deal today to bring Theo Walcott back to the club from Everton.
Walcott graduated through the various age-groups of the Southampton academy in the same year as Gareth Bale, with whom he shared a room at the club’s academy lodge, and left for Arsenal in 2006 to become the most expensive 16-year-old in football history.
He then spent 12 years playing under Arsene Wenger, peaking with an FA Cup final goal against Aston Villa in 2015, before joining Everton three years ago.
Southampton also tried to sign him then and, although he has played 84 times for Everton, has been struggling to command a regular starting place. His only Premier League appearance so far this season for Carlo Ancelotti’s team was as a substitute in Saturday’s win against Brighton.
Saints believe that Walcott can bring a different dimension to their attack, especially as he can play across a variety of positions.
News from Scotland
Celtic and Rangers are both reported to be closing in on transfers ahead of Monday night's deadline.
The Hoops have been linked with AC Milan left-back Diego Laxalt, while Rangers appear to have resurrected a move for Amiens midfielder Bongani Zungu.
Reports in Italy claim Uruguay international Laxalt is on the verge of a loan move from Milan, who are one of Celtic's Europa League group stage opponents. Celtic boss Neil Lennon said on Sunday they were "working on one or two things".
Rangers have been linked with Zungu all summer and reports in his native South Africa claim they are close to agreeing a fee with his French club.
Arsenal 'exit' for long-standing star
It's not a player, granted, but news of movement at the Emirates Stadium in the form of much-loved dinosaur mascot Gunnersaurus.
Jerry Quy, the man inside the mascot suit who has been doing the job for the last 27 years, has been let go as part of the club's cost-cutting measures due to the impact of coronavirus. Meanwhile, the club continues to push on with bringing in transfer reinforcements today.
Matteo Guendouzi update
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) October 5, 2020
More on that Godfrey news
Transfer Deadline Day up and running now with the first move of the morning and it's Everton who have swooped, signing the 22-year-old central defender from Norwich on a five-year deal. Also able to play in central midfield and at full-back, Godfrey captained England Under-21s on his full debut in September 2019.
The aim for me at Everton is to win trophies and win games. I like to win. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I care and I am a passionate lad.
He is the Premier League leader's fifth signing of this transfer window following the arrivals of Niels Nkounkou, Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure. Busy.
In other Everton news, Southampton are interested in signing Theo Walcott, who obviously started his career down at St Mary's Stadium.
CONFIRMED! Ben Godfrey joins Everton
— Everton (@Everton) October 5, 2020
Sessegnon to Hoffenheim - Matt Law's Spurs latest
Tottenham Hotspur are not desperately trying to sign a defender today as Jose Mourinho is satisfied with his options at the back.
Inter Milan would prefer not to sell Milan Skriniar so late in the window and Chelsea would rather send Antonio Rudiger elsewhere. The situation could change, but Tottenham are focusing their attention on securing moves away for the fringe players.
Ryan Sessegnon is joining German club Hoffenheim on a season-long loan, but Danny Rose is yet to find himself a new club.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would prefer to keep Dele Alli, even though head coach Jose Mourinho would allow him to leave.
Paris Saint-Germain could make another bid to try to land Dele on loan before the window shuts, but it may have to be an offer than Levy finds impossible to turn down.
Latest from Old Trafford
Four months after being released by Paris Saint-Germain, and seven months since he last played a competitive game, Edinson Cavani is due to sign a one-year contract worth around £250,000 a week, with the option of a second year. Likewise, a move for left-back Alex Telles should be completed today, with the Brazilian agreeing a four-year contract to June 2024 with the option of a further 12 months.
There's still a chance of a loan move for Barcelona and France winger Ousmane Dembele or Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman.
In the other direction, there is no doubt United need to shift some players out the exit door. Defender Chris Smalling still hopes to seal a move to Roma while Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero could also be offloaded. Dan James is another noteworthy name, with Leeds, the team who previously came close to signing him before he arrived at Old Trafford, among those linked.
Chelsea latest, via Matt Law
Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still looking for a club to join on loan before the transfer window shuts. Fulham are the latest club to show an interest, but Loftus-Cheek’s injury record and wages have put off a number of other potential suitors.
Chelsea and Loftus-Cheek are keen for him to go on loan to a club where he will play regularly, given he only recently came back from a year out with injury.
Loftus-Cheek’s team-mate Fikayo Tomori may have to stay at Stamford Bridge if Antonio Rudiger heads through the exit door. Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur have been joined by AC Milan in showing an interest in Rudiger.
And that could end Tomori’s hopes of leaving on loan to play more regularly, as head coach Frank Lampard wants to keep four centre backs at Stamford Bridge to choose from.
Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is expected to complete a loan move to Napoli and it remains to be seen whether or not Bayern Munich try again on Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Arsenal watch: 'I wanted to continue the adventure with the club who raised me'
Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has firmly slammed shut the exit door from Lyon, in favour of staying. Arsenal had multiple offers rejected for the 22-year-old, but speaking to Telefoot after Lyon's 1-1 draw with Marseille on Sunday evening, Aouar said:
I felt that I can still bring something to this team. I wanted to continue the adventure with the club who raised me. We must raise our heads because we have to do better.
Mikel Arteta suggested previously it could be a busy Monday as he seeks another midfielder. Chelsea appear unwilling to let Jorginho head to a rival while a move for Thomas Partey looks to have hit the buffers.
More on that Raphinha to Leeds deal
News emerging the club have agreed a deal for the Rennes winger with a medical expected a little later. He was on target for his club in their 2-2 draw with Reims yesterday and then hopped on a plane to Yorkshire in the evening. Elland Road already a hive of activity this morning.
Morning after the day before...
Imagine those scorelines don't look any better for Liverpool and Manchester United fans after a night's sleep...
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Wheels moving on Leeds deal for Raphinha
Leeds have hit the ground running in the Premier League but there could still be movement on transfer deadline day, most notably in the form of Rennes winger Raphinha. According to reports, the 23-year-old landed in England last night ahead of getting a deal completed today.
Last season, the Brazilian scored five goals and contributed three assists in 22 appearances and has already notched a further two assists this campaign.
Premier League clubs have spent over £1billion in this transfer window - has Covid changed anything?
Given more than £1 billion has been spent by Premier League clubs during this transfer window, it may sound strange that Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has talked about it being “a very subdued market”.
But he is right even if, again, it sounds incongruous in a window in which Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Thiago Alcantara, Thiago Silva, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and, as we await confirmation, Edinson Cavani have joined the league and England was – and may still be next year – Lionel Messi’s most likely destination.
Read Mike McGrath's latest transfer notebook, there are plenty of deals still being lined up
Southampton are eyeing a loan move for Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams while Fulham have opened talks over a loan deal for Denmark centre-back Joachim Andersen and are also negotiating for Barcelona’s Jean-Clair Todibo.
Good morning, a big day for Manchester United awaits...
Manchester United are set to be the main focus of attention as the summer transfer window closes tonight.
The future of Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli is also likely to be a source of interest ahead of the 11pm (BST) deadline.
United are understood to be closing in on the signing of Brazilian left-back Alex Telles after agreeing a fee of £13.5million, plus £1.8million in potential add-ons, with Porto.
The 27-year-old is due in England today to finalise terms and undergo a medical while a potential deal for Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani is also reportedly at an advanced stage.
United have endured a frustrating summer window to date with Dutch midfielder Donny Van De Beek their only addition, from Ajax. Reports have continually linked the club with Borussia Dortmund's England forward Jadon Sancho but the German club's £108million asking price has not been met.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told reporters on Saturday that "the door is closed" on any possible deal. It remains to be seen if that truly ends the issue or if United, perhaps jolted into action by Sunday's 6-1 humbling by Tottenham, retort with a deadline-day offer.
"We are still in a position that we can add to this squad," said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. "We need to get more out of this squad but maybe by (Monday) night we will have an addition."
Alli appeared as a second-half substitute as Spurs ran out convincing winners at Old Trafford on Sunday but interest from Paris St Germain in the 24-year-old reportedly remains.
The French champions have already had one loan offer for Alli rebuffed and were expected to return with another, although they have since signed Everton forward Moise Kean on a season-long deal.
Alli appears to have fallen down the pecking order at Spurs under Jose Mourinho and has been left out of Gareth Southgate's England squad for the fixtures against Wales, Belgium and Denmark.
Arsenal reportedly could attempt to raid Chelsea for the second time this summer. Having signed Willian on a free transfer, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is out to boost his midfield options and Jorginho is a potential target.
The Italian, however, is hardly out of favour having twice captained the Blues this season and scored two penalties in Saturday's victory over Crystal Palace. Despite bringing in significant strength in the window, Chelsea may be reluctant to let him go.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has not named names but admits there is interest in making a signing.
He said: "What I can guarantee is that we are doing our maximum for that to happen, whether we are going to achieve it or not, I don't know."
Manchester City's stuttering start to the campaign might see them make a late foray into the transfer market for a new left-back, with Bayern Munich's David Alaba and Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico among those being apparently courted.
Kean's departure from Everton could pave the way for Arkadiusz Milik to join the Toffees from Napoli while Leeds have been linked with Rennes winger Raphinha and Norwich's Todd Cantwell.