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Transfer deadline day roundup

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  • The end of trading in Britain marked the closure of Europe's transfer window
  • Everton sign Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga from Atletico Madrid for $9.7M
  • Tottenham Hotspur capture Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar from Portsmouth
  • Were you happy with your club's transfer dealings?
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(CNN) -- The closure of the transfer window in the Britain marked the end of the close- season trading, with clubs all over the continent tying up last-minute deals to ensure their teams have fresh talent for the coming campaign.

Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov concluded a last-gasp move from Tottenham to Manchester United on last year's transfer deadline day.

Weeks of wrangling over contracts and transfer fees were brought to a close to fall within the allocated time for swaps to occur.

The close season had already seen the world record transfer fee for a footballer smashed after Real Madrid paid $130 million to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo.

So with big money changing hands, are there clubs who still have the cash to spend at this late stage? Were you happy with your club's transfer dealings?

Last season Manchester United signed Bulgaria's Dimitar Berbatov in the dying minutes -- could the remaining hours of the transfer window bring the same this time around? Read below to see how the day unfolded.

The top deadline-day transfers:

Tottenham Hotspur capture Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar from Portsmouth.
Everton sign Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga from Atletico Madrid for $9.7M.
Hull City sign Senegal defender Ibrahima Sonko on season's loan from Stoke.
West Ham forward Savio Nsereko joins Fiorentina, while Portuguese defender Manuel Da Costa moves from the Italian club to the Londoners.
Croatia striker Ivan Klasnic joins Bolton on a season-long loan from Nantes.
Aston Villa sign Wales defender James Collins from West Ham on four-year deal.
Glasgow Rangers seal one-year loan deal for Paris St. Germain winger Jerome Rothen.
Portsmouth agree season loan for Benfica midfielder Hassan Yebda.
Ajax confirm one-season loan deal of Inter Milan's Brazilian Kerlon.
Portsmouth sign Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim from Manchester City.
Groningen sign Morten Nordstrand from FC Copenhagen on one-year loan.
Nurnberg sign Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting from Hamburg on one-year loan.
Uruguay midfielder Diego Arismendi signs for Stoke City in $5M move.

Deadline day as it happened:

1700: Premier League confirms that it needs more time to ratify Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne's move from Manchester City to Aston Villa, but says the paperwork was handed in before the deadline.

1600: Everton's Web site confirms a $9.7 million deal for Atletico Madrid's Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga to shore up the club's defensive resources following the departure of Joleon Lescott to Manchester City.

Tottenham also confirm the signing of Portsmouth's Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar after the player successfully completed a medical examination, so says the club's official Web site.

1530: Senegal international defender Ibrahima Sonko joins Hull City on a season-long loan from English Premier League rivals Stoke City, according to the Yorkshire side's Web site.

1520: West Ham's Web site reveals that 20-year-old winger Savio Nsereko has been sold to Italian club Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee after only nine months in England. Portuguese center-back Manuel Da Costa moves in the opposite direction on a three-year contract.

1500: Bolton have boosted their attacking options with a season-long loan deal for Croatia striker Ivan Klasnic, according to the English club's Web site. The 29-year-old is seeking a higher level of football ahead of the 2010 World Cup finals after his club Nantes were relegated the the French top-flight.

1430: Stoke City swoop with only hours remaining for Uruguay midfielder Diego Arismendi, paying nearly $5 million to capture the 21-year-old from Club Nacional. The highly-rated Arismendi said: "It's a dream come true to come and play in the [English] Premier League" as he put pen to paper on a four-year-deal. The Daily Telegraph

1400: Nurnberg's official Web site confirms that striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting has joined the Bundesliga side on season-long loan from Hamburg. Could be a boost for the newly-promoted German side who will hope the 20-year-old can provide the goals needed for top-flight survival.

1330: Groningen have moved to replace former star striker Marcus Berg with FC Copenhagen front man Morten Nordstrand. The 26-year-old has joined on loan although with the Dutch club having first option to buy the Denmark international according to Groningen's official Web site.

1300: Ajax are proving to be one of Europe's major movers today sealing a transfer for Serbia's striker Marko Pantelic after confirming a loan deal for Kerlon. The 30-year-old moves from Hertha BSC to join up with Ajax coach Martin Jol, disappointing Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers in the process.The Daily Mail.

1230: Arsene Wenger has always been known as someone who holds his cards close to his chest and it could be that the French coach is up to his old tricks again, lining up late bids for Bordeux's Marouane Chamakh and Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic for Arsenal. The rumors of Wenger's late pounce for players could be as a result of money earned from Emmanual Adebayor's move to Manchester City. The Evening Standard.

1200: Dutch international Johnny Heitinga is spotted heading into Everton's training ground for an expected medical - looks like this could be good news for manager David Moyes after work permit problems have delayed the transfer of Ever Banega from Valencia. Elsewhere, Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim has joined Portsmouth on a four-year-deal from Manchester City, subject to a work permit.

1130: Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has revealed he is unlikely to sign Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel in time for Saturday's game against Stoke. The $5 million-rated Spaniard is subject to negotiations as we speak. Only hours left to seal that deal! The Birmingham Post

1100: Eredivisie side Ajax have confirmed the one-year loan signing of Brazilian midfielder Kerlon from Inter Milan. The player, formerly of Cruzeiro in Brazil is known as "the seal" because of his ability to pass defenders while bouncing the ball on his head, according to press in the United States! USA Today

1030: Egyptian side ENPPI have confirmed they have rejected a bid from from Sunderland for their 21-year-old striker Ahmed Al-Muhammadi. Manager Steve Bruce was only prepared to offer him an initial one-year loan deal and it seems this was not enough for the Petroleum club who issued a statement on their Web Site. "ENPPI can confirm that the offer from Sunderland was not at a satisfactory level - to take the player on loan for the rest of the season is completely unacceptable, considering the name and quality of the player," that statement read.

1000: Reports are in British newspaper The Daily Mail that West Ham are keen to snap up Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh. This after Arsenal's pursuit of the Moroccan international has seemingly finished. Previous valuations from the French for the forward have been set at $24 million. Reports are that Niko Kranjcar has now completed his medical with Tottenham, the deal to be confirmed imminently.

0930: French newspaperL'Equipe, have some interesting quotes from Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery, who to date has been one of the most wanted footballers in Europe. "It's the first time that I haven't really felt close to a coach. There's not much feeling between us at all," he said about new boss Louis van Gaal. Could this tempt a big club to spend some big money on the Frenchman?

0900: Tottenham Hotspur are on the brink of signing Niko Kranjcar from Portsmouth as the Spurs manager looks to plunder his former club. Redknapp is also interested in England goalkeeper David James who will cost $16 million to prize from the side known as Pompey. The Daily Telegraph.

0830: After selling Joleon Lescott to Manchester City recently for a reported $39 million, Everton have some money to play with. Atletico Madrid's Johnny Heitinga only needs to agree personal terms to complete a $8 million move. The Mirror. Elsewhere it looks like Tottenham's David Bentley could be reunited with former manager Mark Hughes in a switch to Manchester City. The Mirror. It's thought the England midfielder will cost $16 million.


The sky blues of Manchester have been the English Premier League's biggest spenders in the close season and could be keen to recoup some of that money. Rumors are that Portsmouth are keen to resign Zimbabwe striker Benjani from City, with Blackburn Rovers and Hull City also interested. The Sun.

0800: Defender Matthew Upson could be on his way from West Ham United - with the east London club keen to do business with offers in the region of $25 million. The Daily Mail. Meanwhile, Egypt and former Wigan Athletic striker Amr Zaki could be finding a new home in the Premier League in a reported $5 million move. The Independent.

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