After a less-than-thrilling transfer window deadline day has finally arrived and, after the chaos of last year, when Fernando Torres quit Liverpool for Chelsea and Andy Carroll headed to Anfield, there could be plenty of last-minute action.
So far this January there has been little of note, with few big name moves. The BBC reports that, according to Deloitte’s Sport Business Group, by 9.45am spending by Premier League clubs amounted to ust £35m this month. It was £90m by this time last year.
However, that could all change today. Here are some of the main movements and big rumours of the day so far:
• Despite claiming that there would be no more transfer activity during the window, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is reportedly in discussions over signing Chilean midfielder David Pizarro (above) from Roma on loan. “The 32-year old’s agent, Giuseppe Bozzo, has flown to London for talks with Manchester City officials, after Roma decided he could go out on loan for the rest of the season, with a view to a permanent near-£1million move,” says The Daily Mail.
• Three years after he arrived at the Emirates on deadline day, Arsenal misfit Andrey Arshavin could be heading back to Russia after reports that big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala have begin negotiations to sign him. The 30-year-old has fallen out of favour this season, and was widely blamed for Manchester United’s winner against the Gunners earlier this month. Anzhi already have big stars like Samuel Eto’o, Roberto Carlos and former Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov on their books. It is not known what sort of offer they have made for the winger.
• Although he has barely payed for the Manchester United first team, the gifted Ravel Morrison has already earned himself a reputation as a real prospect. However, Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to offload him to West Ham, apparently because he is fed up with his off-field disciplinary problems. The Daily Telegraph reports that he will be joining West Ham. The two clubs are said to have agreed a fee of £1m for the midfielder who was also wanted by Bolton and Roma.
• QPR look as though they could be one of the big movers today. It appears Mark Hughes is determined to revamp his forward line. Djibril Cisse is reported to be joining for £4m and the Telegraph claims that the Londoners have made a bid for Fulham’s Bobby Zamora.
• Chelsea have signed Genk midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. The 20-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal believed to be worth around £9m, reports The Daily Mail, but will stay with the Belgian champions on loan until the end of the season. He is the third Belgian player to join the club since Andre Villas-Boas took over. He follows in the footsteps of Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois who arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer.
• Blackburn have signed winger Marcus Olsson, twin brother of defender Martin who also plays for the club, on a free transfer from Swedish side Halmstads BK.
• Everton have agreed a fee with Rangers for Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic. The BBC reports that West Ham had a bid of £7m turned down by the Scottish club.
• As reported in TheWeek.co.uk earlier, Arsenal are expected to unveil German teenage midfielder Thomas Eisfeld today. He will join for £450,000 from Dortmund.