January transfer deadline day 2013 – How it happened

Welcome to A Different League’s coverage of the January 2013 transfer deadline day. Another transfer window comes to a conclusion. West Ham have kept the much sought after Mo Diame, Arsenal signed a Spanish international full-back, no-one panic bought Yossi Benayoun, Tottenham failed to sign a striker, John Stones got his big move to Everton, Mario Balotelli joined his boyhood club Milan, Beckham joined the Paris project, Villa added depth in midfield, and Celtic kept hold of Gary Hooper. And spare a thought for Peter Odemwingie after his performance today…

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Arsenal ready to pounce for Monreal

Reports in Spain from AS newspaper suggest Arsenal are about to sign Spanish left back Nacho Monreal. The 26-year-old has become a regular fixture in the Spanish national team, having won nine caps under the management of Vicente del Bosque. He currently plays for Malaga and has featured 14 times in La Liga this season. He scored his first goal of the campaign just last weekend against Real Mallorca. A fee of around £10m is reported to have been agreed, and Monreal is travelling to London now to finalise the…

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Spurs make late Damiao bid

Tottenham could be about to add Leandro Damiao to their striking choices, the Daily Mail understands. The 23-year-old was one of the leading stars in Brazil’s run to the Olympic final in London, and was a Spurs target in the summer too. It is understood that a bid of £18m has been made with Damiao’s current club Internacional, where he has a strike rate of one goal per every three games. Boss Andre Villas-Boas has limited striking options at present. Emmanuel Adebayor is still at the African Cup of Nations…

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Fulham wrap up Emanuelson swoop

It could be an active day in the transfer market at Craven Cottage and Goal.com has reported Fulham’s first completed capture. They have signed 26-year-old Dutchman Urby Emanuelson on loan from AC Milan until the end of the season. Emanuelson worked under current Cottagers boss Martin Jol at Ajax, and has been capped 16 times by Holland. He has been used in a rotational role at Milan this season, making 20 appearances but recently struggling to figure in the plans of Massimo Allegri. He will add to competition on the…

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Spurs ‘Keeper Gomes set for Bundesliga move

Out-of-favour Tottenham ‘keeper Heurelho Gomes is expected to join German club Hoffenheim prior to the transfer window shutting, The Daily Mail has reported. The Brazilian keeper tweeted today that he was “On [his] way to Germany for a medical”, bringing an end to a turbulent 5 year spell at White Hart Lane. He was a regular between the posts for Spurs in his first three seasons, and was credited by most as a superb shot stopper, leading to him earning his two caps for Brazil in 2010. However, a weakness…

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Hodgson names England squad for Brazil friendly

Ashley Cole is in line to win an historic 100th England cap next week, after being named in Roy Hodgson’s 24-man squad for the international friendly with Brazil. The official FA website has revealed the squad, which sees Hodgson name no major surprises and prefer experience to youth ahead of a stern test against the 2014 World Cup hosts. The game is the first of 2013 in a year of decorated friendly internationals to celebrate the 150th year of the FA. Cole missed the most recent international against Sweden in…

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Graham completes Sunderland move

Danny Graham has completed a move to Sunderland today, the club have announced. Graham, was expected to leave the Swans after handing in a transfer request earlier this month. A £5 million fee has been agreed for the transfer of the 27-year-old, who has made just 10 starts for Swansea this season, scoring three goals. Graham arrived at the club from Watford in 2011, and notched 14 goals in his first season with the Welsh club. However, new signing Michu’s impact at the Liberty Stadium has seen Graham’s chances limited…

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Arsenal up interest in Bong following Gibbs injury

Arsene Wenger is looking to sign Valenciennes left-back Gaetan Bong as cover for the recently injured Kieran Gibbs, reports the Daily Mail. Gibbs, 23, picked up a thigh injury in the midweek clash against Liverpool, an injury that is set to see Arsenal youth product out for around three weeks. The Gunners have limited cover in the left-back position, with Andre Santos next in line – however, following a disappointing start to his Arsenal career, the Brazilian has only made three league starts this season, and according to reports, another…

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Fulham join race for Butland

The race to sign England youngster Jack Butland is hotting up. The Daily Telegraph reports Fulham are set to make a bid for the teenage goalkeeper from Birmingham City, though Stoke City have made a formal bid this morning. Sky Sports sources understand the Potters have tabled a £4m bid for Butland, with the Blues keen to sell due to their precarious financial position. Fulham have registered an interest in the 19-year-old as they look to make a move for the future, with veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer out of contract…

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Fulham Focus – Much-needed West Ham victory comes with new arrivals imminent

When Kevin Nolan equalised for West Ham at Craven Cottage three minutes after half time, the distress levels around the old ground were clear for everyone to see and feel. The Fulham supporters had been here too many times before in recent weeks: a high-tempo, excellent start to matches, often capped with an early goal – in this case, Dimitar Berbatov’s simple header on his 32nd birthday – that gives way to sloppiness and once an equaliser is conceded, invariably defeat. Thus, Hugo Rodallega’s excellent header, only his third of…

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Graham is not returning to Middlesbrough

Danny Graham is set to leave Swansea City on Thursday, but he will not be returning to Middlesbrough according to Sky Sports . Boro boss Tony Mowbray is keen to add to his firepower in their bid to get promoted from the Championship and made a move for the 27-year-old this morning. However Graham, who started his career at Middlesbrough, making 15 first team appearances told the Teesiders that he wasn’t interested in moving down the league ladder. Graham’s preferred destination is Sunderland, and that move is likely to happen…

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Norwich set to complete Becchio deal

Norwich City look set to add to their squad on deadline day, as Eurosport understands striker Luciano Becchio has passed his medical at Carrow Road. The 29-year-old is set to sign on in East Anglia and could be joined by two other additions. Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Kamara is likely to join on loan, whilst a fourth offer has been reported to be made for Celtic’s Gary Hooper. Manager Chris Hughton is keen to address a real problem for the Canaries, who have scored just two goals in the…

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Wigan bring back Scharner

BBC Sport reports Paul Scharner has returned to Wigan Athletic. The Austrian, who was rumoured to be heading to Sunderland earlier in the week, has chosen to make a popular return to the DW Stadium on loan from German club Hamburg SV. Scharner became a cult hero for Wigan when he was signed by Paul Jewell in January 2006 from SK Brann. He went on to play 145 times for the Latics over four seasons, including representing them at the 2006 League Cup final, and he scored the first goal…

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Beckham close to PSG deal

David Beckham is expected to sign for Paris St-Germain prior to the transfer window closing, Sky Sports has reported. Beckham, who is a free agent after ending his contract with the LA Galaxy in November, has be linked with several clubs, including Arsenal and QPR, but it is believed the former England captain is currently in Paris to complete a medical, with a press conference later in the day scheduled to announce the deal. The 37 year-old ended his six year stint with the LA Galaxy with a successful capture…

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Everton Focus – West Brom win offers Moyes late transfer thoughts

Everton’s last Premier League fixture before the closure of the transfer window saw David Moyes’ side defeat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 thanks to a Leighton Baines brace, but the match gave the manager plenty to think about as he ponders any late moves on Thursday. Moyes’ pursuit of Leroy Fer and its collapse has been well-documented and showed Moyes’ hand as to where he wants to strengthen while he still can. The centre of midfield has become something of a problem position for Everton, at least as long as Darron…

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Arsenal Focus – Wenger unlikely to strengthen his squad

With the dust from Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Wednesday evening barely settled, attention now turns to the conclusion of the January transfer window on Thursday night. But whether the Gunners add to their squad or not is a very different matter. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has endured a month where he has been linked with a whole host of names from all over Europe and across every position on the pitch. Will he be tempted to strengthen his defence with cover for Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker and Laurent…

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Tottenham Focus – Deadline day may be just dead quiet

The last day of the transfer window has dawned and Sky Sports News’ Jim White will be gearing up for his bi-annual deadline day marathon. Tottenham may be the focus with Daniel Levy’s supposed penchant for last minute deals. Whether anything will actually happen remains to be seen. There has been a consistent message from Coach Andr

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Norwich Focus – Time running out to do business

The clock is ticking on this transfer window, and while a lot of attention will be focused on panic buying from Arsenal, and the reports from Harry Redknapp’s car window at QPR, Norwich City need to strengthen or they could be sucked into a relegation battle. Improving results from the teams at the foot of the table mean Norwich could be drawn into a scramble that they surely weren’t expecting six weeks ago. Manager Chris Hughton knows results are paramount. Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at QPR is looking more pivotal with…

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Liverpool Focus – Arsenal draw sparks mixed feelings

As Brendan Rodgers’ young Liverpool outfit were being humiliated by League One side Oldham Athletic in a fascinating FA Cup tie last weekend, a number of football supporters were already looking ahead to Wednesday night and the Reds’ meeting with fellow top-four hopefuls Arsenal. If the Merseysiders could not beat minnows Oldham, what chance would they have of rolling up to Emirates Stadium and collecting three valuable Premier League points? Worse still, given that the Gunners had managed to score 12 goals in their previous three home games in the…

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Aston Villa Focus – Poor defending continues to cost

Throughout last season, fans and even players of Aston Villa were criticising former manager Alex McLeish for his constant focus on defending, for installing the belief in the players’ minds that if you do not concede goals, you will not lose football matches. Against Newcastle on Tuesday night at Villa Park, and on several other occasions during this season, those beliefs appear to have long been forgotten. Villa’s first home game of the season was against Everton, a match where they conceded three goals in the first 45 minutes and…

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Rodgers does not expect Liverpool to sign Blackpool winger Ince

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed the chances of the Reds signing Blackpool winger Thomas Ince on transfer deadline day, branding the deal “too complicated”, according to ESPN. Rodgers has chased the 21-year-old for much of January but faces competition from Premier League rivals Reading for Ince’s signature, while the manager was also concerned with the price tag on Ince’s head. However, the most decisive factor in apparently ending Rodgers’ interest in Ince is time, with the deal most likely beaten by the impending closure of the transfer window at…

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Man Utd were lucky in Southampton win, admits Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United rode their luck to beat Southampton when the sides met at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Wednesday evening, ESPN has reported. Jay Rodriguez capitalised on a mix-up between midfielder Michael Carrick and goalkeeper David De Gea to give the visitors an early lead but a pair of Wayne Rooney goals eventually turned the tide in favour of the league leaders. Rooney struck both goals inside half an hour to extend United’s lead at the top of the table to seven points. Ferguson…

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Everton turn to Negredo after Fer deal breaks down

Everton will move for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo after seeing the proposed signing of FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer collapse, while summer target Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe could again be the subject of interest from manager David Moyes, the Daily Mirror has reported. Fer had looked set to move to Goodison Park until his pre-transfer medical raised concerns over a past knee injury, with Everton then asking Twente to renegotiate the terms of the deal. When the request was refused the move broke down and Fer returned to the Netherlands. Not to…

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Balotelli overjoyed at completing move from Man City to Milan

Mario Balotelli has spoken of his delight at finally completing his move to Milan from Premier League champions Manchester City, the Daily Mirror has reported. Balotelli is to be unveiled as a Milan player on Thursday after the formalities of his £19.5m transfer to the San Siro have been wrapped up. Balotelli began his career with Milan’s rivals Inter, moving to City in 2010, joining up again with former Inter manager Roberto Mancini after he also made the switch to the Etihad Stadium. After a colourful and often controversial time…

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Stoke Focus – More points dropped as Pulis enters transfer market

After 48 minutes of Stoke’s clash with Wigan Athletic on Tuesday evening, everything seemed to be going to plan for the Potters. Tony Pulis’ men were comfortable at 2-0 up and with all the speculation over Kenwyne Jones’ Britannia future, it was a relief for all to see Peter Crouch get on the scoresheet for the first time since late September. Indeed, things were even looking bright on the transfer front, with American winger Break Shea finally on his way to the club after a month of constant speculation. Fast…

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