LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Mikel Arteta of Everton in action during the Carling Cup second round match between Everton and Sheffield United at Goodison Park on August 24, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Transfer Deadline 2011: News And Rumors From EPL, Serie A, La Liga And More

The summer transfer window has closed! SB Nation has all of the news and rumors for you in one place.

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Getafe Transfer News: Pedro Leon Loan Deal Confirmed

Getafe have secured the services of former prodigy Real Madrid winger Pedro Leon on a season-long loan, and the move has now been confirmed by Madrid, who've announced it on their official site. The loan includes an option to but at the end and sees Pedro Leon's salary split down the middle, which is a pretty good deal for Getafe, especially when you consider that Madrid's first proposal was to insert a loan-to-buy clause at the end of it.

Pedro Leon is no Cristiano Ronaldo, but then again very few are. Instead, he's a perfectly serviceable winger with an emotional connection to the club, having excelled with them in the 2009/10 season. Following that year, where he scored eight times, he was bought by Madrid for €10M and proceeded to spend most of his time rotting on the bench, where he made only six appearances. Madrid, one would think, are happy to have playing time, Getafe have an upgrade and Pedro Leon gets to actually play football. Nice.

For all things Real Madrid, why not check out Managing Madrid?

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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Announce Andre Santos

Arsenal have announced the signing of left back Andre Santos from Fenerbache on their official site with a lovely little picture gallery of the man himself looking rather cranky indeed. It's difficult to understand why he'd be upset at joining such a wonderfully storied franchise whose malaise appears to be more temporary than anything else, but it's his face, and he's making it crankly.

Anyway, Santos played 54 games for Fenerbache between 2009 and 2011, scoring ten goals in the process. He's a two-ways fullback, although just how good he is at attacking and defending largely depends on who you happen to be asking. Arsene Wenger praised (of course he did) his new man's quality, highlighting Santos' versatility, while the club revealed that the 28-year-old was be signed to a long-term contract and wear the number eleven jersey.

So, Arsenal get their left back. They've needed one with Gael Clichy sold to Manchester City and Kieran Gibbs having the fragility of a papier mache bath, but Santos may not prove to be a particularly good one, and one would guess that he cost a fair bit of money to bring in if he's just going to be a makeshift.

For everything on Arsenal transfer rumours and news, visit the Short Fuse.

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Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: Scott Parker Deal Done

As expected, Tottenham Hotspur have acquired now-former West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker for an undisclosed fee with eight hours left before the end of the summer transfer window. Spurs announced the move on their official site, praising Parker's abilities and highlighting his status as Football Writers' Footballer of the Year:

We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with West Ham United for the permanent transfer of Scott Parker.

The England international's impressive displays for West Ham last season saw him named the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year.

The fee is undisclosed but believed to be in the region of £6M, which represents good business for each of Tottenham West Ham and Parker, who are all benefiting from the move. Spurs receive a talented midfielder who vastly strengthens their flagging centre, West Ham shed payroll they couldn't afford after relegation, and Parker gets to play top level football again. Everyone's a winner!

For the latest in Tottenham Hotspur rumours and news, visit Cartilage Free Captain.

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Liverpool Transfer News: Joe Cole Heads To Lille For Season

After many hours of speculation, out-of-favour England international/talentless fraud [delete as appropriate] Joe Cole turns out to be heading for France, which is at least a novel approach to finding oneself without any playing time in the Premier League. The midfielder is actually heading to Ligue 1 champions Lille, who are taking him off Liverpool's hands on a season-long loan signing, with both clubs now confirming the deal.

This is being lauded as a brave move for Cole, because so few English footballers succeed overseas and the'll have to deal with a culture shift etc, but that's kind of silly when you look at all of the foreign players coming into the Premier League, who never get lauded for their bravery in having deal with England. If not brave, this is interesting, and I suspect most are curious to see just how Cole does in his new surroundings. It's probably a little bit late on to tap into that undeveloped talent of his, but you never know.

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Liverpool Transfer News: Sebastian Coates Confirmed As LFC Player

Uruguay centre back Sebastian Coates has finally been confirmed as a Liverpool player after being approved for a work permit by UK authorities, allowing the 20-year-old to complete a move from Nacional. Coates was outstanding at this summer's Copa America, forming a formidable defensive partnership with veteran Diego Lugano, and Liverpool fans are understandably extremely happy with the deal, which had been on hold for some time thanks to the work permit process.

Although the Reds haven't disclosed the terms of the contract (apart from saying that the deal is a long-term one) or the transfer fee, Coates is widely believed to have cost around 6M, a bargain for a prospect of his calibre. It's unclear where or not Liverpool's newest player will start in the Premier League straight away, but he promises to be a feature of that back line for many years to come. Why Arsene Wenger and Arsenal didn't join the hunt for Coates is anyone's guess.

For the latest on Liverpool transfer news and rumours, check out Anfield Asylum.

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Fulham Transfer Rumors: Bryan Ruiz Coming To Craven Cottage

Rumours of Costa Rican forward Bryan Ruiz joining Fulham to link up with Martin Jol are getting stronger and stronger, with Sky Sports now reporting that a fee has been agreed with FC Twente for the prolific goalscorer.

Sky Sources: Fulham agree £10.6million fee with FC Twente for Bryan Ruiz.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


Ruiz, 26, has been excellent in his spell with Twente, scoring 39 times in 61 matches, and he also has almost 50 international caps for Costa Rica. His track record of scoring goals means that 11M was about the cheapest that he was going to go for, but Ruiz is also a very well-rounded player who can play almost anywhere on the forward line, coming in off the wings or holding off play as well as being a lethal finisher. Fulham fans are going to be very pleased with their new forward, one suspects.

For the latest in Fulahm transfer rumours and news, visit Cottager Confidential.

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Arsenal Transfer News: Agreement Reached For Per Mertesacker

It looks like good news for Arsenal's defence. The Gunner were in some need of a hulking centre half, and, well, now they've all but got one, with Werder Bremen confirming that an agreement has been reached with the Premier League club for their captain:

Werder Bremen's general manager Klaus Allofs confirmed that the club has reached an agreement about the Mertesacker transfer with Arsenal.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


At six foot six inches, Martesacker stands at three Andrei Arshavins tall and will add a much-needed physical presence to what has recently been a worryingly frail Arsenal back line team. It's unclear just how much he's been bought for or what sort of wages Arsenal will be paying the German international, but considering the club is swimming in money and desperately needed defensive help, this is probably a pretty good buy.

For the latest in Arsenal transfer rumours and news, check out The Short Fuse.

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Newcastle United Transfer News: Davide Santon Signing Confirmed

Newcastle United have officially confirmed the signing of Italian fullback Davide Santon from Inter Milan, signing the 20-year-old to a five year deal. Santon is highly regarded as a right back prospect, but he's also known for his versatility, and manager Alan Pardew has implied that he'll be fielded mostly as a left back in a Newcastle side hit by the departure of Jose Enrique to Liverpool:

We are delighted to bring to Davide to Newcastle. He is a quality left-back and an established international who also gives us flexibility in defence. Davide is a young lad and a great signing for us and I am sure he will adapt to the Premier League very quickly.

Santon has every chance of succeeding in England, and if he fulfills his potential he may not be at Newcastle for very long. For the sorts of figures that were being bandied around for the fullback, however - 5M according to most reports - the Magpies won't mind if he moves on one bit. There's a tidy profit in it for them along with the services of a very good player.

For the latest in Newcastle transfer news and rumours, visit Coming Home Newcastle.

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Arsenal Negotiating With Werder Bremen Over Per Mertesacker Transfer

For Arsenal fans hoping that their team will sign an experienced, international-quality central defender, today is your lucky day. Regardless of what you think of German international Per Mertesacker, he certainly fits the basic criteria for what Arsenal need to add to their squad and the Gunners are in negotiations with Werder Bremen for a transfer, according to the BBC and numerous other sources.

The 26-year-old Mertesacker is the captain of Werder Bremen and has previously expressed his desire to stay. The 6'6" giant of a defender has been capped 75 times for Germany and has been called into Joachim Löw's squad for Germany's upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Mertesacker is sure to be one of a dozen or so players linked to Arsenal in the coming days, as they look to replenish their depleted squad.

For more on the Santos signing as well as everything Arsenal as the transfer deadline nears, check out SB Nation's Arsenal blog, The Short Fuse.

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