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Transfer deadline day as it happened

Ronny Deila has indicated that Virgil van Dijk is going nowhere. Picture: PA

Ronny Deila has indicated that Virgil van Dijk is going nowhere. Picture: PA

Welcome to a special transfer deadline day edition of The Rumour Mill. We’ll be bringing you details of all confirmed transfers as well as speculation and general deadline-day banter before the window slams shut at 11pm tonight.

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11.00pm: Hear that? That’s the sound of the transfer window SLAMMING SHUT. John Guidetti’s loan move failed at the last hurdle but the club could still get the Swedish striker in. Celtic are to appeal to UEFA citing mitigating circumstances but the forward could also engineer his release from Manchester City and sign as a free agent. And no, Leigh Griffiths didn’t sign for Hibs. Be honest, how many of you were foxed by those spoof Hibs Twitter accounts?

10.21pm: The Scottish champions have finally got their man. Stefan Scepovic has signed for Celtic for a fee in the region of £2.3m

9.57pm: Reports suggest Arsenal and Manchester United have agreed to a deal involving England forward Danny Welbeck moving to the London club for a fee of £16m.

9.40pm: Aaaaaaannnnnndddddd James McArthur finally signs for Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee. Details to follow.

9.25pm: Celtic have farmed out Teemu Pukki to Brondby along with another Celtic striker, young Icelandic forward Holmbert Fridjonsson. As they concentrate on signing John Guidetti. The Stefan Scepovic deal seems to have completely stalled and it doesn’t look likely the Serbian striker will sign before the window shuts.

8.45pm: Sky Sports are now reporting that Celtic could be close to signing both John Guidetti on loan AND Stefan Scepovic from Sporting Gijon. Peter Lawell and the Celtic backroom staff have been busy...

8.40pm: Mancherster United sign Blind defender? Oh, wait we read that wrong, they’ve signed defender Daley Blind from Ajax in a £14m move, he has signed a four-year deal.

The player (@BlindDaley) tweeted: “It’s an honour to sign for United. I can’t wait to work with Louis van Gaal at the biggest club in the world.” #DaleyJoins”

8.35pm: News coming through from Crystal Palace, no James McArthur hasn’t signed yet but defender Zeki Fryers has, on a three-year deal from Tottenham Hotspur.

8.18pm: Strong rumours now that Guidetti is on his way to Celtic Park.....

8.03pm: Could John Guidetti be the answer to Celtic’s striking problems? Rumours abound on twitter that Celtic are looking at possibly taking the Manchester City player on loan. The Swede had a very successful loan spell at Feyernoord where he scored 20 goals in 23 appearances, but failed to make an impression on loan at Stoke last season. The Hoops could face a battle to sign him though, as Palermo are reported to be in pole position to capture him.

7.50pm: It’s all gone a bit too quiet. Quick grab a cup of tea and get ready to settle in for the last few hours before the window shuts.

7.35pm: Done deal: Aberdeen defender Joe Shaughnessy joins Falkirk on loan until January

7.15pm: Done deal: Argentina international Ricardo Alvarez has completed a season-long loan move from Inter Milan to Sunderland.

7.06pm: Done deal: Hull have signed midfielder Mohamed Diame from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.

7.02pm: Sky Sports are reporting that Chelsea starlet and former Celtic player Islam Feruz has sealed his loan move to OFI Crete after ending loan at Krylia Sovetov early

7.00pm: The big news so far:

Falcao is in Manchester with a view to singing for Manchester United on loan.

Danny Welbeck is at Arsenal undergoing a medical.

Spurs have signed midfielder Ben Stambouli from Montpellier.

Hull have broken their transfer record to sign striker Abel Hernandez.

James McArthur could be set to sign for Crystal Palace.

Alvredo Negredo may leave Manchester City to sign for Valencia.

QPR in hunt for both Sandro and Fabio Borini.

Celtic could still sign Stefan Scepovic after talks with Getafe broke down.

6.53pm: The Scottish FA have confirmed that not a single penny has been spent by Scottish clubs this summer. Quite depressing really, when you compare it to the £750 million or so spent in England. Phil Neville believes we should look on the bright side though, he says it will mean that more Scottish youth players will get their chance to play for their respective clubs. Every cloud....

6.50pm: Cowdenbeath have signed Calum Gallacher on loan from Rangers until January.

6.47pm: Sky Sports are reporting that the Stefan Scepovic transfer deal to Celtic could be back on. Here we go again....

6.10pm: Breaking news! Harry Redknapp enters QPR’s training ground without rolling down a single car window. Not one. Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck is reported to be undergoing a medical at Arsenal.

6.00pm: According to the Telegraph Man Utd will meet Falcao’s £346,000 a week wages. £346,000! per week!

5.32pm: Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier.

5.26pm: Well, well, well.....perhaps Mr Wenger hasn’t been idle after all, according to Dutch magazine Voetbal International, Arsenal contacted Celtic within the last two days to enquire about the defender’s availability. However, according to the report, Celtic told them that the Dutch star was not for sale.

Will be interesting to see if Ronny Deila can keep a hold of the player, especially after the announcement that Van Dijk has received a call up to the Netherlands national team to replace the injured Ron Vlaar.

5.20pm: Dundee confirm that Kyle Benedictus is heading to Alloa, tweeting: “Kyle Benedictus has joined Alloa on loan until the end of the season”

5.00pm: Hibernian have signed 19-year-old forward Jake Sinclair on a season-long loan from Southampton. Alan Stubbs told the BBC that he was excited by the signing, saying:

“Jake will give us a few options in attack; through the middle and out wide. He is a really exciting player with genuine pace, who can hurt the opposition,” says Hibs boss Alan Stubbs.

“He is an up-and-coming talent, who we’ve been aware of for some time and we’re very happy he has agreed to join us on loan.” Hibs have also confirmed the loan signing of Dylan McGeouch,

4.56pm: News coming out of Celtic Park of a player returning to the club.... oh wait never mind it’s just One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson confirming he’ll be playing for Rio Ferdinand’s All-stars team, against Paul McStay’s Maestros, in the Maestrio Charity Match at Parkhead on September 7. As you were.

4.37pm: ‘Arry is at it again! It’s being that reported that he’s nipped in to try to steal Fabio Borini from under Sunderland’s noses with a deal apparently being agreed between QPR and Liverpool for the striker.

4.35pm: Meanwhile, the signing saga that has more twists and turns than an Eastenders plotline continues to rumble on as Celtic’s move for target Stefan Scepovic could be back on after it was reported that Getafe, the club who had moved into pole position to sign the striker, are balking at his wage demands.

4.30pm: Reports from Dundee say that 23-year-old goalkeeper Grant Adam has left the club after his short term deal comes to an end.

4.24pm: James McArthur’s proposed move to Crystal Palace edges closer to completion as the Scot is reported to be currently undergoing a medical with the club.

4.10pm: Hearts have allowed Gary Oliver to join Stenhousemuir on loan, while goalkeeper Lee Hollis has apparently been released.

4.05pm: Hull have confirmed the signing of Abel Hernandez on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee, while Sunderland have completed their loan deal for Sebastian Coates.

3.50pm: Now then, this is interesting, apparently the agent of Aberdeen’s Niall McGinn has dismissed rumours that the player would be heading back to Parkhead. Reports had apparently been circulated that Celtic and Aberdeen had agreed a fee (first we’ve heard of it). McGinn’s agent Gerry Carlile said: “Niall won’t be going anywhere tonight. He is happy at Aberdeen.”

3.38pm: A few more bits and bobs from down south - Hull have apparently signed Palermo’s Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez; though the club have yet to confirm the deal, the striker has posted a picture of himself at the club on his Facebook. Sebastian Coates has arrived at Sunderland for a medical, ahead of a proposed loan switch from Liverpool. The Black Cats also hope to tie up a deal for Inter Milan’s Argentinian player Ricky Alvarez.

3.18pm: Reports filtering through that Sandro is at Loftus Road for a medical ahead of a deal rumoured to be in the region of £10 million. Looks like ‘Arry is keeping up his deadline day reputation by raiding his former club Tottenham Hotspur.

2.50pm: So this might be the most original attempt at marketing we’ve seen today:

@DrLeahTotton tweeted: “Do you have a football tattoo that has lost its meaning thanks to Transfer Deadline Day? Offering 50% off tattoo removal at Dr Leah Clinic.”

2.42pm: Dear oh dear, Arsenal fans on twitter really aren’t happy that Arsene Wenger seems to have decided to head to Rome to apparently referee a charity match on transfer deadline day......

2.31pm: Speculation continues to mount surrounding where Wilfred Bony will be going, will Swansea manager Garry Monk manage to hold on to him or will the striker be heading to another club? Arsenal are reported to be leading the chase for the Ivorian striker

2.12pm: Former Hearts and Celtic striker Craig Beattie has joined Ayr United.

1.59pm: BREAKING NEWS: James McArthur’s proposed transfer to Crystal Palace is more in the region of £5 million and not £7 million, and thus not a ‘club record’. As you were, folks...

1.49pm: And that’s Michael Gardyne back at Ross County on a loan deal until January.

1.30pm: Javier Hernandez has completed his loan move to Real Madrid. And Nathan Eccleston has completed his move to Partick. Elsewhere, Ronny Deila is continuing to farm out Celtic’s players. Teemu Pukki has been linked with a year long loan to Brondby where he’d team up with Fridjonsson. Balde has already left for Belgium and Dylan McGeouch has joined Hibs on loan.

12.55pm: That’s Dylan McGeouch completed his loan move to Hibs, while former Liverpool and Blackburn striker Nathan Eccleston could be on his way to Partick. BBC are reporting that Rangers are hoping not to lose any players but don’t expect to sign anyone either.

12.23pm: AFC Bournemouth are interested in Derby County forward Johnny Russell, while Manchester City full back Micah Richards is in Italy with hopes of sealing a move to Fiorentina.

12.19pm: Still no updates from Edinburgh Zoo on potential new signing Baby Panda. Looking forward to Yang Guang’s interview from the enclosure window, though.

12.17pm: Yanic on the streets of Middlesbrough - Boro have signed winger Yanic Wildschut from Heerenveen for an undisclosed fee (subject to international and league clearance).

12.11pm: As per L’Equipe, Celtic have been linked with a move for Cameroon centre half Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, but they face competition from West Ham and Real Betis.

12.17pm: We’ve been inundated with Falcao / Rock Me Amadeus jokes already, and a yellow card for the person who suggested that Amido Balde had ‘Leffe’ Celtic for Belgium. Shameful stuff.

11.57am: Bye Bye Balde, Balde, Bye Bye ... Celtic striker Amido Balde is off to Belgian Pro League side Waasland-Beveren. Or to give the club its full name: Koninklijke Voetbalclub Red Star Waasland-Sportkring-Beveren.

11.51am: With all the players QPR have been linked with (Sandro, Aaron Lennon, Lassana Diarra, Jermaine Defoe, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson) surely it’s just a matter of time before ‘Arry appears at his car window? We hear he conducts all his deadline-day business from the driver’s seat.

11.46am: With Luis Suarez already signed for Barcelona, could former Blaugranas ‘keeper Victor Valdes be arriving at Anfield today?

11.36am: Dutch master (sorry) Patrick Kluivert has ruled himself out of the race to be the next Ross County manager. Meanwhile, we’re expecting a busy day at Easter Road / East Mains as Alan Stubbs looks to bring in cover for Farid El Alagui, out until at least January with a ruptured Achilles tendon, as well as bolstering his squad.

11.05am: Not strictly transfer-related, but Legia Warsaw have been charged by UEFA over their ‘pig’ banner, with the slogan ‘Because football doesn’t matter, money does.’ Back to deadline-day deals, James McArthur looks set to join Crystal Palace for a club record £7 million fee.

10.45am: Celtic’s Holmbert Fridjonsson has joined Danish side Brondby on loan.

10.38am: All quiet on the transfer front so far - but the most interesting part of this transfer window could be to do with ex-Hibs and St Johnstone forward Rowan Vine. Fans of the bearded striker are attempting to find the free agent a new club using the hashtag #signthevine. Unorthodox, but will it work?

10.21am: Oooft, Radamel Falcao to Manchester United on loan? Looks like it’s a possibility. Falcao, van Persie, Rooney, Mata and Di Maria is some forward line.

8.31am: Celtic midfielder Dylan McGeouch is set to join Hibs, as the Easter Road side’s bid for Leigh Griffiths looks to be dead in the water. Meanwhile, striker Farid El Alagui has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a ruptured Achilles tendon but Southampton striker Jake Sinclair is expected to join the club.

8.24am: Could Amido Balde be leaving Celtic? The Portuguese forward is said to have a number of loan options available.

8.16am: Could Scotland international George Boyd be on his way to Burnley? Hull City manager Steve Bruce has allowed the 28-year-old to hold talks with the Clarets and he could join Sean Dyche’s men for around £3 million.

7.17am: Could Radamel Falcao replace Alvaro Negredo at Manchester City? The Manchester Evening News reckon the Blues have a slim chance of tempting the £50m-rated striker to the Etihad as it emerged last night that Negredo’s people had reached an agreement with Valencia. And there could be more ins and outs at Old Trafford, with Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez linked with a one-year loan move to Real Madrid. Tom Cleverley is also attracting interest from Aston Villa while Spurs duo Sandro and Aaron Lennon could team up with former boss Harry Redknapp at QPR.

7.15am: IT’S HERE. Transfer Deadline Day has come around again. Everyone got their bingo cards ready? Keep your eyes peeled for Harry Redknapp giving interviews from his car window; dodgy sightings of top players in different locations at the same time and the inevitable Twitter pics of in-demand players being kept under lock and key by their team-mates. Get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #tsdeadlineday

First, a quick look at what the papers are reporting...

• STEFAN Scepovic’s proposed move to Celtic appears to be off. The 24-year-old Serbian striker looked certain to put pen to paper on a four-year deal, for around £2.2 million, but his representatives indicated to the Hoops that the 24-year-old would be moving elsewhere, with Getafe in pole position. (The Scotsman)

• VIRGIL van Dijk will still be a Celtic player by the end of this window. Hoops boss Ronny Deila gave the Dutchman the weekend off to clear his head and be with his pregnant girlfriend. Deila added: “He is too important to us, so there is no chance we will let him go during this window. We couldn’t replace him.” (The Sun)

HIBERNIAN’S audacious bid for Leigh Griffiths appears to be off the cards. The 24-year-old scored the equaliser as Celtic stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Dundee at Dens Park, but Deila said: “Leigh Griffiths is going to stay. No players are going out.” (The Scotsman)

BARRY Robson has been linked with the vacant managerial position at Ross County after a flurry of bets were placed. However, both Aberdeen and Robson insisted no contact had been made. (The Scotsman)

ROSS County are also set to bring in Michael Gardyne on loan from Dundee United while ex-Hearts and Kilmarnock stopper Darren Barr is set to sign a deal as well. (Daily Express)

 

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