IT’S HERE at last - Transfer Deadline Day™ has arrived, with the window due to slam shut in Scotland at midnight tonight.
That’s an hour later than England, who have to wrap up business by 11pm - but who’s going where?
Celtic look like being the most active Scottish side, with the Hoops hoping to bring in Scotland midfielder Barry Bannan from Crystal Palace on a loan deal, while PSV Eindhoven youngster Zakaria Bakkali is also on Ronny Deila’s radar.
A deal was agreed with Derry City for Michael Duffy at the weekend and we also expect the Hoops and Dundee United to be locked in negotiations over Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven while Virgil van Dijk looks unlikely to leave Glasgow in this window.
South of the Border, fans are expecting a rather genteel end to the window - Chelsea should wrap up the signing of Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado while Ronald Koeman has hinted at new faces coming in at Southampton, with Tonny Vilhena of Feyenoord and Benfica’s Filip Djuricic (once linked with Celtic) on the Dutchman’s radar.
The Manchester clubs are unlikely to make any final-day moves as City wrapped up the signing of Wilfried Bony earlier this month while Louis van Gaal promised a quiet January window for United - but Darren Fletcher could be on the move despite the collapse of his West Ham switch.
Elsewhere, Arsenal have already brought in Paulista from Villarreal and we fully expect Harry Redknapp to be wheeling and dealing as the clock ticks down with Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor reportedly high on Harry’s list.
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23:27pm: DONE DEALS - Getting confirmation now that Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu and Haris Vuckic join Remie Streete in moving from Newcastle to Rangers. All five players join the Ibrox club on loan.
23:08pm: DONE DEAL - Remie Streete has joined Rangers on loan from Newcastle United, with Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, and Kevin Mbabu likely to follow suit any minute.
22:52pm: A round up of a few deals south of the border here - Wilfried Zaha has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Crystal Palace meaning his forgettable spell at Manchester United is well and truly over. The rumoured deal between Everton and Spurs for former England winger Aaron Lennon has been finalised, he moves on loan until the end of the season. As mentioned previously, Darren Fletcher is heading for the West Midlands. Carlton Cole looks almost certain to join him at West Brom.
22:42pm: DONE DEAL - Fraser Fyvie signs for Hibs until the end of the season. Hibs boss, Alan Stubbs said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to add Fraser to the squad – he is a young player with tremendous quality and potential.”
22:27pm: Darren Fletcher is heading to the West Midlands. The Scotland international is at West Brom’s training ground to finalise a move from Manchester United to the Hawthorns.
22:23pm: Dundee United’s deal for Scott Allan appears to be dead after Hibernian reportedly rejected multiple offers for the midfielder.
22:12pm: Hibs look set to wrap up a deal to take former Aberdeen midfielder Fraser Fyvie until the end of the season. Fyvie left Wigan Athletic earlier by mutual consent. Celtic have signed Michael Duffy from Derry City
21.03pm: An unofficial St Johnstone Twitter account claims that Rafael Marquez, formerly of Monaco and Barcelona, could be on his way to the Saints. Far-fetched? Yes, but you never know...
20.56pm: Norwich are on the verge of completing a £1 million deal for Hamilton’s Tony Andreu. The Scottish Premiership’s joint-top scorer is set to reunite with Alex Neil at Carrow Road, if all goes well with an impending medical.
20.28pm: Dundee United duo Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong are reportedly being put through their paces at Parkhead as they undergo their medicals. Barring any nasty surprises, it looks likely that the pair will become Celtic players before midnight. A deal of around £2 million, plus add-ons, has been agreed, say the BBC.
20.20pm: Hamilton have made an attempt to prise Dean Shiels from Rangers, but their offer has been turned down. We also told you Michael Duffy’s imminent arrival at Celtic this morning - the transfer was confirmed earlier today. The 20-year-old winger joins from Derry on a permanent deal.
7.15pm: DONE DEAL - Tottenham winger Emmanuel Sonupe, 18, has joined St Mirren. He’ll be with Gary Teale’s side on loan for the rest of the season. He’s not a first team regular by any means, but has played a number of games with Tottenham’s U21 side. Not quite a straight swap for the just-departed McLean, but they needed to get someone in.
7.12pm: Things are accelerating at Celtic Park. A fee has reportedly been agreed between Dundee United and Celtic, who had submitted a bid of around £250,000 earlier. Confirmation of that deal has yet to arrive, however. Kilmarnock striker Robbie Muirhead is also attracting interest from Celtic, according to reports.
6.50pm: DONE DEAL - Paul Heffernan has left Hibernian to join Dundee. The journeyman striker, 33, spent around 18 months at the Edinburgh side. Dundee will be his third Scottish club - Hibs signed him from Kilmarnock in August 2013.
6.42pm: The handle is turning on the rumour grinder now. Celtic have reportedly stumped up £250,000 to secure Gary Mackay-Steven’s signature - a fee that matches Dundeen United’s asking price. Mackay-Steven has already agreed to join the club in the summer, but Celtic are clearly keen to secure his services for the title run-in. In other news, Tottenham Hotspur winger Emmanuel Sonupe may be on his way to St Mirren, if reports are to be believed.
6.15pm: DONE DEAL - And, just as we’re saying that, confirmation of a transfer. Aberdeen have clinched the signing of St Mirren playmaker Kenny McLean for a fee of around £300,000, according to various reports. He’s signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Dons.
6.00pm: Things are continuing to wind down as the deadline approaches - the opposite of what we’d have hoped to happen - but we have one piece of news for you that took place earlier this afternoon. The SPFL, who, from the statement, sound mighty miffed, have lodged a complaint over Hampden’s “highly unsatisfactory” playing surface.
4.00pm: Not much going on in the transfer window, but the Monday Football Round-up has just gone live. Click here to join the Google Hangout: http://bit.ly/1zN0aj0
3.26pm: A tumbleweed has just crossed over the desk.
3.20pm: Henrik Ojamaa, who last week announced his departure from Motherwell via Twitter, has joined Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08 on loan until the end of the season.
2.20pm: Cardiff have reportedly agreed a fee with Chesterfield (believed to be around £750,000) to sign striker Eoin Doyle.
2.15pm: Former Dundee United defender Paul Dixon could be on his way back to Tannadice after a spell at Huddersfield.
2.05pm: Hampden Park Ltd have released a statement saying that the state of the pitch at the weekend was ‘regrettable’. That’s one way of putting it...
1.44pm: It’s all gone quiet over there, hasn’t it? Very little movement (as we warned this morning) but there are rumbles here and there. While we sniff around for further rumours, what’s the worst transfer your team’s made - one deadline day or otherwise?
1.16pm: Hibernian striker Paul Heffernan is reportedly on his way to Dundee for talks. The Dens Park club signed Heff’s former Easter Road team-mates James McPake and Kevin Thomson during the summer while winger Alex Harris arrived on loan earlier this month.
1.05pm: Former Hibs striker Eoin Doyle, who has been linked with the likes of Celtic and New York City FC, is reportedly a target for Sheffield United but Cardiff City appear to be in pole position to sign the Chesterfield hitman.
1.03pm: From Fir Park... @MotherwellFC: The club is working hard on a few things on the last day of the Transfer Window. If there is anything to be confirmed, we will announce here.
1.02pm: BREAKING NEWS from Stirling Albion gaffer Stuart McLaren, who has taken to Twitter: “I can neither confirm/deny that we may/may not be in discussions with a number of players.” Watch this space (or don’t).
12.57pm: Former Aberdeen midfielder Fraser Fyvie has left Wigan by mutual consent. Fyvie made just one appearance for the Latics, in a Capital One Cup defeat to Burton Albion. He also had loan spells at Yeovil and Shrewsbury.
12.56pm: Celtic midfielder Filip Twardzik could link up with former Hoops boss Neil Lennon at Bolton.
12.25pm: Keigan Parker has left Airdrieonians - the 32-year-old’s 16th club - by mutual consent.
12.16pm: Livingston have hoping to sign Bo’ness United striker Scott Pittman.
11.57am: Aberdeen are also keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund Under-19 Croatian defender Lukas Culjak.
11.48am: Okay, no Scottish connections, but Sheffield Wednesday have signed Bulgarian striker Sergiu Bus from CSKA Sofia. Ideal for a coaching role?
11.40am: St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean, 23, is on his way to sign for Aberdeen, on a reported three-and-a-half year deal.
11.30am: Newcastle United could loan up to four players to Rangers tonight, before the window shuts. Haris Vukic and Gael Bigirimana are among the Magpies players linked with loan moves.
11.28am: Inverness Caledonian Thistle had an offer for out-of-favour striker Lee Barnard turned down by Southend United last night. Barnard, 30, hasn’t played for the Shrimpers since October.
11.25am: Could Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher be on his way to the Baggies? West Brom have been credited with an interest in Fletcher, who saw a move to West Ham fall through at the weekend.
11.01am: Quick reminder of when the windows close - midnight for Scotland; 11pm for England, France, the Netherlands and Austria; 10pm for Italy; and 5pm for Germany.
10.52am: Hamilton have brought in 21-year-old Czech midfielder Nico Sumsky from Slovakian outfit Dukla Banska Bystrica.
10.31am: Kilmarnock are running the rule over Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias. The 24-year-old cut his teeth at Celta Vigo before spells with French fourth-tier outfit Quimper, Wrexham, Crewe Alexandra and Serie B side Pescara. 6ft 4.5in, he is a powerful striker.
His twin, Florentin, is a defender for Saint-Etienne in France while younger brother Paul operates in the engine room at Juventus.
10.19am: Charis Mavrias has left Sunderland on loan for Panathinaikos. The Greek winger has returned to his homeland despite interest from Celtic. Mavrias made 54 appearances for To Trifylli, before joining the Black Cats.
9.54am: Hearts have completed the signing of Kenny Anderson from RKC Waalwijk, pending international clearance. Find out more here >>>
9.45am: Celtic have all but completed the signing of Michael Duffy from Derry City. A fee has been agreed with the Candystripes and all that remains is for personal terms to be thrashed out.
9.25am: Scotland international Barry Bannan has been linked with a loan move to Celtic. The 25-year-old could be on his way back to the club that he started off with, as the Crystal Palace midfielder has been told he can leave to get game-time.
8.05am: Relax, Celtic fans - Virgil van Dijk has said he expects to remain at Celtic.
What the papers say
BARRY BANNAN is set to sign for Celtic on loan today.
Selhurst Park boss Alan Pardew is happy to let the Scotland midfielder leave on a temporary basis in order to get game-time, and the arrival of Jordon Mutch earlier this month has pushed Bannan down the pecking order in London.
Bannan was in the crowd to watch Celtic ease past Rangers into the Scottish League Cup final yesterday. (Daily Record)
DUNDEE UNITED have revealed they knocked back two fresh bids from Celtic for Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong on Sunday night.
Mackay-Steven has already agreed a pre-contract with the Hoops, who are keen to bring him in now while Ronny Deila is a big fan of Armstrong.
However, the two bids reportedly fell well short of the Tannadice club’s valuation of the two midfielders, although Celtic are expected to test United’s resolve with further bids today. (Various)
HEARTS are set to bring in Dutchman Kenny Anderson from RKC Waalwijk, as the Jambos look to replace Jason Holt.
Anderson, 22, has a Scottish dad and a Dutch-Indonesian mother, and has been omitted from the Waalwijk squad to face FC Twente II tonight in order to hold talks with Tynecastle chiefs. (STV)
IAN BLACK has hit out at Craig Thomson, accusing the whistler of bottling out of sending off Scott Brown in the dying minutes of yesterday’s Old Firm clash.
Black was on the end of a crunching challenge from the Celtic skipper, describing it as ‘naughty’ but claiming Thomson should have shown the red card to the former Hibs midfielder.
“If [the referee] was a bit of a man and it was earlier on in the game then Brown would have walked up the tunnel. But it was the end of the game and I felt he bottled it,” explained Black. (Daily Record)
RONNY DEILA bemoaned the state of the Hampden pitch after Celtic’s 2-0 win over Rangers, claiming it was ‘very hard for the players’.
The Norwegian gaffer added: “Skill needs good pitches - it’s more fun to watch. This wasn’t good enough.” (Daily Express)