Here is the round up of the next set of deadline day activities:
Full cafetiere warming as we speak, and the Bale conference is over. Eagerness setting back in as to what the afternoon will bring.
To my surprise (not really), Peter Odemwingie is in the deadline day news again, this time with a proposed move to Cardiff. Should be a popular move for all concerned there, assuming he has not initiated the move himself again. Fellaini to Manchester United has popped up again, at this time, all rumour. And at last, a piece of Italy news. Stephan El Shaarawi is staying with Milan. Great. Other lunchtime missed news sees Andrea Dossena, formerly of Liverpool, interesting Sunderland and Lazio having a bid of €15m rejected for Burak Yilmaz of Galatasaray.
After this reflection, and more coffee, a breaking piece of news explains that the long transfer, and quite ugly story, of Florian Thauvin from Lille to Marseille over in France. Ugly, because of the accusation from current club Lille that Marseille have acted rather underhandedly in their pursuit. Finally, however, £12.7m looks likely to be the fee to move the 20 year old to Marseille. One to look out for, definitely.
With 2.00pm just gone, the newsroom really is quiet and images of Kaka arriving in Milan and Bale with headphones on are circulating. Some Juve news sees a co-ownership deal agreed with Sassuolo which will mean Luca Marrone sold in the co-ownership terms for a fee of €4.5 million, and Juventus take striker Domenico Berardi on the same terms back the way. Co-ownership ladies and gentlemen, utterly pointless in today’s game.
In normal, sensible and straight forward Italian transfer news, Everton now are interested in Cagliari’s centre back Davide Astori, with the club assessing the bid. A good, solid defender is Astori, and perhaps signalling some available Fellaini cash at Goodison? Still no news on Man Utd’s bid for the Belgian, although widely expected to complete. To finish the Italian round-up, now in full swing, Verona continue to add to their squad in the hope that they stay up by adding Juan Iturbe on loan from Porto.
Nearly 3.00pm coffee time and nothing as good as this morning confirmed yet. Although, Swindon Town confirm the signing of former Leicester City and Millwall striker Dany N’Guessan, so deals are still being done it seems. Speaking of Swindon Town, former manager Paolo Di Canio seems to see Stephane Sessegnon as surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light as the striker has been seen at West Brom’s training ground and a move likely to complete there. Sessegnon has great ability and is a great physical presence, but it looks as if he will be moving clubs this afternoon. In the end, a good signing for West Brom it must be said.
And as that refill of coffee is pondered, Stephen Ireland has been confirmed as a new Stoke City player as he arrives on loan from Villa. Another player looking to rediscover past abilities, Ireland teams up with Mark Hughes once more and who knows, maybe we will see the best of him once again.
So, the coffee has been refilled and at last, this afternoon provides news of some interest. 3.46pm and L’Equipe have announced that Chelsea’s Juan Mata is a target for Paris Saint-Germain. If true, Chelsea could lose a genuine talent and it would be interesting to hear Chelsea fans take on this as the Spaniard, still only 20, is a firm favourite at Stamford Bridge. PSG haven’t enjoyed a greatly impressive start to the Ligue 1 season, and a move for Mata could be a shrewd piece of business for the Parisians; assuming, of course it is a viable option and not just deadline day hysterics.
With dinner approaching, the afternoon period would be classed as very quiet after a hectic morning. The main theme has been the lead up to Arsenal’s announcement at around 5.00pm, where they intend to confirm all Ozil transfer details. Still the biggest transfer of the day, although more appear to be on their way. A tad monotonous, the afternoon failed to live up to the expectations of deadline day, however, the evening period to the deadline is always the most frantic, where clubs rush to push through deals, and this evening is lining up to be no exception.
Fellaini et Bakkali ne s’entraînent pas aujourd’hui. Bakkali passera un scanner, Fellaini rejoindra le groupe plus tard. #scobel
— Belgianfootball (@Belgianfootball) September 2, 2013
— jamie jackson (@GuardianJamieJ) September 2, 2013
— Dominic Fifield (@domfifield) September 2, 2013
Özil's wage demands the main reason why other clubs didn't bite, I believe. Will be close to 200k once add-ons etc are factored in
— raphael honigstein (@honigstein) September 2, 2013