LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Clint Dempsey of Fulham with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Wigan Athletic at Craven Cottage on April 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Transfer Deadline Day: Your Premier League Club Did Things

Tottenham were the biggest movers of the day, signing Hugo Lloris and Clint Dempsey.

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Manchester City Sign Benfica's Javi Garcia

Manchester City have confirmed that they have signed Javi Garcia from Benfica on a four-year deal.


West Ham Sign Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun On Loan

Yossi Benayoun has returned to former club West Ham on a season-long loan from Chelsea.


Michael Essien Joins Real Madrid On Loan

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has left Stamford Bridge on loan, which didn't come as much of a surprise. His destination does, however -- he's reuniting with former manage Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, apparently to replace the departed Lassana Diarra, who's left for Anzhi Makhachkala.

The 29-year-old, who spent six seasons with the Blues, suffered a series of knee injuries that derailed his career and dramatically reduced his effectiveness, and it's far from clear whether he can still perform at the top level. But it's fascinating that Real Madrid, who have three world-class central midfielders, are willing to take a chance on the Ghanaian while Chelsea, who have zero, are not.

It's a bit of a strange one from both sides, but you have the sneaking suspicion that the Londoners could regret shipping him off just to save a few million pounds in wages. It's not the end most would have expected for the Bison at Chelsea -- before the injuries he was widely considered the Blues' top player and one of the most influential midfielders in the world. Now he's a backup backup man at the Santiago Bernabeu.


Aston Villa Sign Christian Benteke

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Genk's Christian Benteke on a 4-year deal.


Stephane Mbia Joins QPR

Queens Park Rangers continue to completely overhaul their squad this summer, and their most recent signing is 26-year-old Stephane M'Bia out of Marseille:

M'Bia, who normally plays in defensive midfield or at centre back, has apparently signed a two-year deal to keep him at Loftus Road through the close of the 2013/14 season. He joins the Marseille exodus, with the French club -- who are struggling for money at the moment -- also having lost Cesar Azpilicueta to Chelsea and seemingly on the verge of being divested of star striker Loic Remy on top of that.

Going the other way is... combative... midfielder Joe Barton, whose antics in the final game of last season have seen him rather unwelcome in English football. That's technically a loan deal, but you'd probably expect Barton to stay in Ligue 1 after the end of the year.


Clint Dempsey Signs Three-Year Deal For Tottenham

Clint Dempsey has signed a three-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £6m.


Matija Nastasic Joins Manchester City, Stefan Savic Goes To Fiorentina In Return

Another deal has been completed as Deadline Day gasps its final breaths. Matija Nastasić to Manchester City has been confirmed, surprising absolutely no one. The Serbian defender, just 19 years old, spent last season with Serie A side Fiorentina, where he notched 21 starts and 4 appearances from the bench. Surprisingly, the majority of these did not come under fellow Serb Siniša Mihajlović, the former coach at the Viola. In other words, Nastasic is actually good, and it's no surprise that Manchester City have spotted that.

Going the other way is Stefan Savic, a fellow defender who disappointed last season while in Manchester. It's no surprise that even what appears to be an out-of-shape Kolo Toure managed to beat Savić to the starting role. But the Viola got a pretty chunk of change out of this exchange, and considering Vincenzo Montella tends to operate on a "We'll just score one more than the other side" sort of philosophy, having a weaker centre-back probably won't do much harm to his side.


Tottenham Confirm Hugo Lloris Signing

Tottenham have signed Hugo Lloris from Lyon on a 4-year deal.


Clint Dempsey Deal Off - Liverpool TV Confirms No More Signings

Liverpool's official TV station claims there will be no more signings from the Anfield club, killing the Clint Dempsey transfer.


Everton Sign Bryan Oviedo From FC Copenhagen

Everton have confirmed the signing of Bryan Oviedo from FC Copenhagen.


Roberto Di Matteo Confirms Possible Loan Move For Michael Essien

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed that the club are in talks over a loan move for Michael Essien.


Southampton Confirm Signing Of Bologna's Gaston Ramirez

Southampton have announced that they have signed Gaston Ramirez from Bologna for a club record fee.


Nicklas Bendtner Joins Juventus

Nicklas Bendtner has joined defending Serie A champions Juventus on a loan with an aim to make it permanent as the Denmark international continues to search for a steady home. The former Arsenal striker spent last season on loan with Sunderland and Juventus will make it three clubs in three years for the supremely confident player.

Juventus has spent much of the summer searching for a striker. Initially, they set their sights on Robin van Persie, but he ended up at Manchester United. Once that dream died, they tried to make a move for the Red Devils' Dimitar Berbatov, but that didn't happen either so Bendtner will have to do.

Arsenal have long given up on Bendtner and didn't even seriously consider bringing him back after selling van Persie. The 24-year-old has spent much of the summer trying to find a new home and while it took until the final day of the transfer window, he's found one in Turin.

Bendtner spent last season on loan with Sunderland, where he scored eight goals. So to confirm, the defending Sere A champions and one of the biggest clubs in the world signed a Sunderland reject. Cool.


Arsenal And Chelsea In Discussion Over Essien Loan

Arsenal are in negotiations with Chelsea to arrange a loan move for Blues midfielder Michael Essien, according to reports.


Tottenham Agree Fee With Lyon For Hugo Lloris

Tottenham have agreed a fee of €10m Euros plus €5m additions for Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, according to reports.


Done: Maicon To Manchester City From Inter Milan

The transfer of Maicon from Inter Milan to Manchester City has been in the works for a few days now, but the Italian club have now confirmed that it is official. The Brazilian right-back, who's been at Inter since 2006, will back his bags and move north to Manchester.

This is a bit of an unusual move for Manchester City, but then again, most defensive signings aren't really very sexy. Maicon is a fairly well-known name, having been an integral part of the nerazzurri lineup for the past six seasons. Most importantly, he has Champions League experience.

On the other hand, Maicon, like many on Inter, is aging. Now 31, the Brazilian just hasn't looked quite right over the past year -- sad for a player who once was nominated for the Ballon d'Or. But it may just be all the recent changes at Inter, the managerial shifts, the decline in power to the point where they need to qualify not for Champions League play but for Europa.

It's almost certain that Maicon still has a bit of his old spark left in him. Now Roberto Mancini just needs to find how to coax that out.


Fulham Sign Kieran Richardson

Good news for Fulham -- the Cottagers have completed the signing of Kieran Richardson from Sunderland. The versatile 27-year-old, who spent six seasons at the Stadium of Light after graduating from Manchester United's youth system, had just entered the final year of his contract and was hoping for a move south to London. He got it without much of a fuss, with Fulham paying an undisclosed (but presumably quite small) fee for his services and then signing him to a three-year contract.

Richardson, nominally a left winger, was finding it increasingly hard to get into the Sunderland side in his favoured position, having most recently been featured as a semi-regular left back. The ability to play multiple positions will serve him very well indeed at Fulham, who need reinforcements following Moussa Dembele's transfer to Tottenham Hotspur and the expected departure of Clint Dempsey before the transfer deadline closes. Richardson isn't in either player's class, of course, but he's a serviceable, cheap and altogether wise option.


Clint Dempsey Rejects Villa Switch

Poor Aston Villa. They're the only team to have stumped up the money for American midfielder Clint Dempsey, and they've been unceremoniously rejected by him:

Dempsey is in the middle of throwing a major tantrum at Fulham, refusing to play until he gets a transfer to a bigger club. Apparently what he really meant was a transfer to Liverpool. The problem, of course, is that Liverpool don't necessarily have the money to persuade the Cottagers to sell. Villa do, but Dempsey doesn't want to go there. This is the worst love triangle ever.

Anyway, this is probably good news for Aston Villa's defenders. Sure, they wouldn't have to play against Dempsey in real matches, if they got him. But if 'Deuce' had joined up with Paul Lambert and company at Villa Park, they'd have had to train with him and his flying elbows. That's a recipe for mild concussion if I've ever seen one.


Liverpool, Stoke Agree Charlie Adam Fee

Charlie Adam has escaped his personal Anfield hell, departing Liverpool for the comfy confines of Stoke City and the Britannia Stadium. Adam, who spent the 2010/11 season captaining Blackpool before joining the Reds last summer for £6.8 million, never quite fit in at Liverpool, putting in a series of very poor performances before the ownership lost patience with him (and indeed their whole midfield), bringing in both Joe Allen and Real Madrid's Nuri Sahin.

That left no place for Adam, who was then placed on the market. We'd had rumours that he was taking a medical with the Potters, but Liverpool have now confirmed that they've agreed a transfer fee with Stoke, so we can pretty much mark this thing up as done. Adam's set piece delivery will be a real threat when combined with Tony Pulis' muscular style of football, and his tackling habits will surely make him earn Ryan Shawcross' undying friendship.


Clint Dempsey Still Wants Liverpool Move Despite Villa Bid

Clint Dempsey to Aston Villa? Don't be so sure. Although it's been widely reported Villa and Fulham have agreed a fee for the out-of-favour (and underpaid) USA international, Birmingham Mail reporter Matt Kendrick is reporting that Dempsey only has minimal interest in a move to Villa Park and has his heart set on a Liverpool move instead.

This might prove problematic for the 29-year-old, who's been agitating so hard for a move away from Craven Cottage following an excellent 2011/12 season that he appears to have burned most of his bridges there. If Liverpool don't go after him -- and indications are that they won't -- Dempsey suddenly becomes forced into a move that he might not want to make. It'd be very difficult for him to go back to Michael Jackson land after this.

But if he does end up in Birmingham, at least the American will be paid a lot more than he's getting at Fulham. And that's rather the point, right?


Rafael Van Der Vaart's Agent Confirms Hamburg Move

Looks like the reports from Bild have some substance after all. Rafael van der Vaart's agent has confirmed that the enigmatic Dutch midfielder is indeed heading to HSV:

The earlier rumour was that Hamburg and Tottenham Hotspur had agreed a €13 million deal for the 29-year-old, who played at the Imtech Arena between 2005 and 2008 before heading to Real Madrid on a big money deal that never quite worked out. If he passes the medical, there's still the matter of agreeing a contract, but with Spurs' wage structure being fairly reasonable as Premier League sides go, there shouldn't be that much of a problem in getting van der Vaart signed to a new deal.

It's a good bit of business for Tottenham, too -- they'll have earned £40 million between van der Vaart's departure and the sale of Luka Modric to Madrid.


Everton Agree Bryan Oviedo Transfer

Everton continue to quietly restock their squad with shrewd buys. This time, they've raided FC Copenhagen, snatching Costa Rican Bryan Oviedo from the Danish side, who are probably hurting for cash after failing to make it to the Champions League group stages.

Oviedo, 22, has made 44 appearances in the Danish Superlig, and serves as a versatile left-sided player, capable of operating at both left midfield and left back. He's not going to set the world on fire (and he still needs to work out contract details and earn a work permit). Actually, according to his Wikipedia page, he might:

He is easily the best player the world has ever seen and has wowed many with his natural ability.

Japes aside, Oviedo's done well on a pretty good Saprissa side and broke into the Costa Rican national team while still very young. It's difficult to see this as anything but a very nice deal by David Moyes.


Sir Alex Ferguson Links Dimitar Berbatov And Tottenham Hotspur

Dimitar Berbatov is heading to Fulham. OR IS HE! Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to throw an amusing little tidbit out to the press today, claiming that the Manchester United isn't guaranteed a move to Craven Cottage after all. No matter what Martin Jol might be saying.

A move back to Tottenham Hotspur for the 31-year-old would be little short of incredible. Berbatov spent two seasons at White Hart Lane before securing a 30 million move to United in 2008, and he was incredible during his brief spell in London. His record for Spurs reads 46 goals in 108 games -- small wonder the fans would love him back.

They're not in desperate need of a striker now that Emmanuel Adebayor has rejoined the fold, but Berbatov would make a much more palatable backup option than Jermain Defoe, as well as an interesting change of pace should they need it up front. He'd also come pretty cheap. Expect this to get ugly...


Rafael Van Der Vaart Joins HSV -- Bild

Well, the writing was on the wall. Erratic but clearly gifted Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has apparently left Tottenham Hotspur for the Bundesliga and Hamburg:

Van der Vaart, 29, joined Tottenham from Real Madrid in 2010, featuring 78 times in all competitions and notching an impressive return of 28 goals, but despite his brilliant attacking play his defensive contribution was lackadaisical at best and his lack of fitness left former manager Harry Redknapp scratching his head a few times.

With Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson in from Hoffenheim and the signing of Moussa Dembele from Tottenham Hotspur, Spurs have the depth at midfield to let van der Vaart leave. Hamburg, where he made his name, is a great destination. They need quality and he's a known quantity in the Bundesliga. Whether or not he's a particularly efficient use of €13 million is another story entirely.


Gaston Ramirez On His Way From Bologna To Southampton

It seems Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez has finally gotten his wish: to be free of Bologna and on to a club in England. The winger has been demanding a move away from the rossoblu for months, and Southampton has been in the mix for the past few weeks. Now, reports out of Italy suggest that the deal is all but complete, with only the signatures being needed on the contracts.

Former decent players from Italian clubs have had a tough time adjusting to the Premier League, however -- see Alberto Aquilani for a recent example. And with nearly everyone on the Saints' current roster being from England, let's hope Ramirez's English is up to snuff. Otherwise, he might be soon regretting this move of which he's been dreaming about for so long.

As for Bologna, they're already moving on. They've just signed Michele Pazienza, who's spent the last two seasons with Napoli, Juventus and Udinese.


Tottenham Hotspur Confirm Moussa Dembele Acquisition

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the capture of 25-year-old Belgian midfielder Moussa Dembele, announcing via Twitter that they've agreed a deal with Fulham and that Dembele is on his way to White Hart Lane:

There appears to be some confusion over how many 's'es Moussa's name contains, but at any rate, this brings to a close what was, happily, a phenomenally short transfer saga. With Spurs suddenly finding themselves moneyed in the wake of selling Luka Modric to Real Madrid, they were happy to meet Fulham's price for Dembele, who would have been out of contract at the end of the season in order to reinforce their midfield.

As for Fulham, they're now flush with cash and may need to scramble fast for a replacement. Following a great start to the season that's seen them demolish Norwich City before a narrow, impressive loss at Old Trafford, the Cottagers will be looking for a midfield partner for Mahamadou Diarra, and it's not entirely clear that such a name is already on the squad.

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