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Striker hunt: Wenger is facing calls to bring in another recruit
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Falcao about that?

Manchester City could pull off a stunning transfer deadline day deal for Monaco's £50million-rated striker Radamel Falcao.

Champions City's hopes of landing the Colombia striker rest on whether they can agree a deal with Valencia to striker Alvaro Negredo back to Spain after just one season at the Etihad Stadium.

Valencia want Negredo – who is currently injured - but it is understood the Spanish club want to take the striker on loan, with an option to buy the £18m-rated player at the end of that agreement.

City need to sell Negredo to fund any move for Falcao, as they remain under strict spending restrictions this summer having fallen foul of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

Read the full story here.

6:32 am

We've been here before, haven't we?

And let's start with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger who, after yesterday's draw with Leicester, is again under pressure to spend some money.

Olivier Giroud is out until the new year and Theo Walcott isn't quite ready, leaving Yaya Sanogo as the club's only recognised striker.

But calls to "sign a f***ing striker" from Gunners fans yesterday irritated Wenger.

He said: “The solution every time you don’t win is to buy somebody. We are out there, we try our best and you have to trust us to find the best possible solution.

“But every time you don’t win a game, you can’t think there is a miracle man out there who wins you the game. Why did Man City not win against Stoke [on Saturday]? They have plenty of strikers."

To help Arsene out, we've compiled seven he could look to bring in. We hope it helps.

Or maybe....

Action Images rsenal manager Arsene Wenger during training

 

6:23 am

Here we go....

Greatest of mornings to you and, in the words of Europe, it’s the final countdown!

What are the chances that the Swedish rockers were actually singing about Transfer Deadline Day? I’d say they're quite high, but I might just be biased.

So here we are, it all comes down to this. When the clock strikes 11.00pm and the dust has settled, only the brave will still be standing, that will be all she wrote and the fat lady will have belted out one hell of a closing number - until January 1, at least.

What did you ask for this Deadline Day? A new player or two for your club of choice? That would be just shiny. But if anything’s for sure, it’s that no-one really knows what to expect on this most hallowed of days.

So strap in for what promises to be quite a ride as we bring you the climax to the transfer window!

 
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2:03 pm

Javier Hernandez wanted to leave Manchester United because he wanted more first team football.

The striker is definitely a confidence player, and was low on form and low on confidence at United.

But now he goes on loan to Real Madrid, where he'll be competing with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema for a place on the team.

Is that the right move for Chicharito?

 

1:56 pm

Anyone think Radamel Falcao looks a bit familiar?

We've been trying to place him all day, and have to come to the conclusion that he looks a bit like the main man from Disney's 1999 animation of Tarzan.

Here's a side-by-side... (incidentally, there is still no official confirmation that United have got their man).

 

1:49 pm

One person who will quite clearly be missing Shinji Kagawa at Manchester United is David De Gea, who just tweeted an incredibly bromantic image of the two players in the dug out together.

Kagawa has gone back to his former club Borussia Dortmund, the Japanese midfielder never really held down a first team place at United, and Louis van Gaal gave the #freeshinji brigade what they had been campaigning for.

The tweet reads:

"Thanks for everything mate. We're going to miss you, lots of luck in your new adventure."

1:37 pm

With Ed Woodward and Louis van Gaal seemingly embarking on a full-blown Galacticos policy at Old Trafford, who else can we expect to see joining before the transfer window closes?

If you're following the countdown at the top of the page, you'll know that we're into the final 9 hours and 30 minutes of fun.

To find out what's going on with all the other clubs that also play football, check out our main Transfer Deadline Day live blog right here.

But keep this one open too, please. Or you'll miss all the good stuff... like this fetching picture of Marcos Rojo holding a Manchester United scarf.

 

1:27 pm

Real Madrid are now rolling out with the news they've bagged Javier Hernandez, who will be hoping he can have a more successful time in Spain than he has in England.

To be fair to Chicharito, he had an excellent start to his Old Trafford career, before increased competition for places in attack saw him slip down the pecking order.

Madrid certainly seem happy to have the man nicknamed Little Pea, who will be hoping that the move will also reignite his international career after muted performances at the World Cup.

Bad news for RVP

Louis van Gaal signed Radamel Falcao because he fears Robin van Persie is facing a lengthy injury lay-off.

Van Persie could even need surgery on a troublesome injury to his left knee which would rule him out for months.

That is the real reason behind Manchester United's move for Colombian superstar Falcao who is set to move to Old Trafford in a £16m one-year loan deal.

The package for Falcao includes a £6m loan fee and his £200,000-a-week wages which will represent small change if they get back into the top four.

It did look as if United would be overloaded with attacking talent with Wayne Rooney, van Persie, Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria. But the fitness blow to van Persie reveals why United went all out to get Falcao.

They beat off competition from Manchester City and Arsenal to sign Falcao who is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.

1:23 pm

Hernandez to Real Madrid confirmed

If you're having any problems viewing that video in the last post, a quick refresh should hopefully fix that (and the awful typo in the first line - apologies).

In the meantime, let's take a look at this just in: Manchester United confirming that Javier Hernandez has joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan.

On top of that, Los Blancos have the first option to buy the Mexican striker next summer.

Hernandez struggled to get on the pitch for Manchester United. Will he fare any better at the Bernabeu?

1:12 pm

Here’s our friend Rob Dawson over at MEN Sport taking a look at how precisely Radamel Falcao fits into the equation at Old Trafford.

As he says, few people would have seen Manchester United going big on a striker today, given that they already seem to have too many.

Now, Louis van Gaal will have the headache of figuring out a potentially new formation that fits in all his attacking players: 3-5-2 just won’t cut it anymore.

Good time for an international break, huh?

 

More on Cleverley to Everton

Roberto Martinez loves a great loan deal on deadline day and could be about to pull off another for Everton, with Manchester United outcast Tom Cleverley in his sights.

Martinez rates the midfielder highly from his loan season working with him at Wigan in 2010-11 and remains a big fan, despite his failure to progress at Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal does not see a future for Cleverley at Old Trafford and Martinez has been monitoring him for the last 12 months.

Martinez blew his budget on landing Romelu Lukaku in a club record £28million deal from Chelsea and would like Cleverley on a season-long loan. However United would prefer to sell him to Aston Villa, who are willing to pay £7million for the England man.

Cleverley prefers Everton and United must decide do they try and force through a move to Villa and risk the player saying no, or let him go to Goodison Park?

1:01 pm

The horror...

Ever wanted to know what Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and popstar Katy Perry would look like combined?

No, neither have I, but you can see the hideous results for yourself just a little bit further down...

If you're wondering exactly why this is something worth subjecting yourself to, considering it can never be unseen, you'll need to read Andi Thomas and Alex Netherton's Premier League diary.

Don't worry, the text won't burn your retinas quite like the piccy...

United tried for Kenneth Vermeer

Manchester United offered Anders Lindegaard in a failed attempt to land Dutch goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.

Louis van Gaal wanted Vermeer as back-up to David De Gea and offered Lindegaard to try to push turpitudes the deal.

But Vermeer has already agreed to joined Feyenoord as their No.1, leaving United - and Lindegaard - in the lurch.

Van Gaal is looking for an understudy to De Gea, with Lindegaard having been told he can go, while Ben Amos has failed to impress the United boss.

12:48 pm

Let's have a lunchtime recap

Soooo, what's been going on with you this morning?

Me? Oh, not much. I've just been following all the latest goings on at Old Trafford on what is shaping up as one hell of a Transfer Deadline Day.

Here's a quick recap for you late joiners:

Overall, it's been a pretty quiet one to be honest. I'm sure LVG has his feet up somewhere as he enjoys the cinema of his native Netherlands.

Matthew Peters

 

12:39 pm

9 things you *need to know* about...

If you're not yet tierd of reading the words "Radamel", "Falcao" and "Manchester United" in the same sentence, here's another excellent piece that provides interesting food for thought this lunchtime.

Among the gems of wisdom are the fact that he is named after Internacional legend Paulo Roberto Falcao; he has a pretty cool nickname of 'El Tigre'm, which my rudimentary Spanish tells me means The Tiger; and he's already managed to upset Liverpool fans. Not bad!

By the end of the day, you're sure to know as much about Manchester United's new Colombian striker as his own mother!

Michael Regan

12:31 pm

If you're flagging on this most hectic of deadline days and are in need of a quick lunchtime pick, me up, here's a great little picture gallery of Falcao's career in pictures.

We've already seen how lethal the Colombian is in front of goal. He first made waves during his time in Argentina with River Plate.

However, the 28-year-old's goal-scoring record has only improved with time and subsequent spells at Porto and Atletico Madrid saw him become one of football's hottest commodities prior to his transfer to Monaco in 2013.

Colombia's footballer Falcao Garcia (front) scores his teams second goal against Peru during their friendly match in Lima, 08 September 2007, prior to their participation in the South American qualifier round for South Africa 2010 World Cup. VIEW GALLERY  

12:24 pm

We haven't even seen Falcao in a Manchester United kit but he's already being touted as besting the goal hauls of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie this season.

According to Boylesports, the Colombian is evens to be top goalscorer at Old Trafford this year, with Rooney priced at 11/8 and RVP at 15/8.

His capture by Louis van Gaal has also seen odds on United qualifying for next year's Champions League cut from 13/10 to 11/10.

The former Monaco and Atletico Madrid striker has found the back of the net 63 times in 88 league games since 2011/12.

Christof Koepsel

12:17 pm

Check out Falcao's wife singing to him

Here's a great video of Radamel Falcao's wife springing a surprise on the striker and singing to him on Spanish TV.

Lorelei  is a singer who reportedly met her future husband back in Argentina when he was plying his trade for River Plate.

The story goes that she made him work hard to win her affections - in any case, the pair are now happily married and welcomed their daughter Dominique Garcia Taron into their family last year.

 

12:10 pm

Radamel Falcao's vital statistics

So how, precisely, does Radamel Falcao compare to what Manchester United have already got up front?

Pretty well, if you consult the numbers. The Colombian has a better shot conversion rate than Rooney or Van Persie over the past three seasons.

In fact, the Monaco man has netted on average once every 116.9 minutes, compared to 120.3 minutes for RVP and 132.9 minutes for United's new captain.

He may have scored slightly fewer than the Dutchman in that period - 63 compared to 68 and 57 for Rooney, who more than makes up with his assists - but that's because he spent a large period of time injured.

Get the full lowdown from Ben Burrows here.

Mins per goal 2011/2014

Falcao

Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Final between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania.

116.9

Rooney

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

132.9

Van Persie

Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal

120.3

 

12:01 pm

Where will Manchester United finish?

As we reach mid-day, let's get moving with another poll.

Earlier I asked if Manchester United needed more than just Daley Blind and the results were overwhelming, with 94 per cent answering Yes.

That was my fault for asking a fairly obvious question. Is this one any better?

Will the summer signings so far (including Blind and Radamel Falcao) be enough to secure a top four spot for the Red Devils, or even win them the league?

Where do you think United will finish this season?

 

Chicharito update

Manchester United will pocket a £1.5million loan fee from Javier Hernandez's move to Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants will also pay Hernandez around £100,000 a week, which will ease their budget ahead of Radamel Falcao's imminent arrival at Old Trafford.

Danny Welbeck is hoping Manchester United's capture of Radamel Falcao enables him to join Tottenham on loan.

Spurs are Welbeck's first-choice option after United boss Louis van Gaal told the England striker his opportunities would be limited this season. Although Welbeck was keen to stay at United, he knows he must move for the sake of his career and is excited by the prospect of joining Spurs.

United were reluctant to let Welbeck join a rival top-six club, but the 20-times champions are understood to have since relaxed that stance.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to take Welbeck on loan for the remainder of the season and is hopeful a deal can be agreed with United.

The arrival of Falcao on loan from Monaco, on the back of Angel Di Maria's record £59.7m move, has pushed Welbeck closer to the Old Trafford exit door.

 

Manchester United's squad could look very different by the end of today, with a number of players still being linked with a move to Old Trafford.

There are also a number of players linked with moves away from the club, and it looks like LVG and Ed Woodward's summer transfer business could be finally coming together.

But how can new boss Louis van Gaal accommodate all of his new signings?

Here's an indicator of the depth Manchester United could have in their squad by the end of the day, although, notably, their weakest area is still central defence.

Man United - potential squad depth...

 

But how can all of Manchester United's star players and big money signings fit into one starting XI, here's a few ideas from MirrorFootball.

Lineup 1

 

Lineup 2

Lineup 3

Lineup 4

 

Lineup 5

 

Lineup 6

Find out if Manchester United get ALL their deadline day targets with our Manchester United transfer live blog.

Which lineup would YOU like to see in place at United?

 

Danny Welbeck is one of the hot properties still likely to make a move this deadline day.

The arrival on loan of Radamel Falcao has increased the chances of his departure, although he had already been told he could head for the exit.

Tottenham were Welbeck's first choice option - but Arsenal have now also been linked with the 23-year-old striker.

So where will he end up? Stay tuned with all the latest in our Welbeck live blog below - or keep up with the deadline day gossip from all the clubs here.

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Defoenitly 'not happening'

Guys. Guys. Guys. Guys. Guys.

Jermain Defoe to Chelsea isn't happening.

Cancel the parties, put the champagne away.

According to the Toronto Sun, the 32-year-old won't be leaving the MLS side after "rejecting multiple bids".

Still three hours to go but there you go.

In case you were wondering what Emmanuel Frimpong thought of Welbeck's potential move to Arsenal, here you go...

I think he should probably be spending his time learning Russian or something.

(I had to blur out a bit of a naughty word)

 

Cast your votes...

I feel like it's all me, me, me at the moment.

What about you guys? How's your evening going? Had a nice dinner? Pint down the pub?

Anyway, what do ya reckon would be the best destination for Danny Welbeck?

Have a say in our poll below and we'll see what the results are in a bit.

 

Stat attack!

Let's have a look at Danny Welbeck's stats as this transfer rumour continues - as The Cranberries once sang - linger.

Welbz doesn't have the sexiest of stats from last season.

Just the 15 starts, with 10 appearances off the bench, and nine goals.

I guess that isn't horrible given a lack of playing time. Given the right chances could he do the biz?

Danny Welbeck 2013-14 Premier League stats

 

Wenger Watch

Here's the man of the hour...Arsene Wenger, not Danny Welbeck.

He's checked into his hotel in Rome ahead of his massively important refereeing cameo in a charity match.

To be fair Roberto Baggio is one of the all star legends taking part and I'd take the day off work too to go and hang out with Bobby B.

*That* ponytail.

Splash Arsene Wenger seen checking into his Rome hotel before meeting the Pope on transfer deadline day, Rome, Italy

Arsene Wenger seen checking into his Rome hotel before meeting the Pope on transfer deadline day, Rome, Italy  

Still in the Hunt for a striker?

Here we go folks...

*dons tin hat*

Reports coming out of Germany suggest Arsenal have triggered Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's release clause at Schalke.

A bid of £12.5m is enough to start talks with the Dutch striker.

Erm...2008 called, they want Huntelaar back.

These reports have not been confirmed by anyone more credible than Twitter fools, so treat with caution, chums.

Clive Rose

Klaas is permanent  

All this heat around Welbeck being at Arsenal's training ground/not being at Arsenal's training ground/having a medical/not having a medical.

But at the mo Wenger is still in Rome, enjoying some stonebaked pizza and sipping some chianti in the shadows of the Collusseum.

*sits class down*

But, what have learned today, folks? What have we learned?

It's been a long day with little reward for those of you who have stuck it out for the duration.

But we have still learned a few things and here's the always legendary Ben Burrows to remind us of them.

Take it away, Ben...

I think that should say 'former' Arsenal midfielder, but Emmanuel Frimpong is heading for pastures new.

I literally know nothing about Ufa having never have heard of them before 20 seconds ago when I started writing this update.

Still, all the best to Frimpong over in Russia.

Latest on Welbeck from Crossy

Arsene Wenger is making a late move for Danny Welbeck - but no deal has been agreed.

Arsenal insist that Welbeck is not at London Colney, is not having a medical and the feeling is that Manchester United are reluctant to do business with a direct rival.

Welbeck is believed to prefer Arsenal to Tottenham with United ready to loan him out for around £2m.

But at the moment, Arsenal are not confident on Welbeck - but are in the market for him.

What would YOU do if you were Arsene Wenger today folks?

Would you sign Danny Welbeck? Would you have made a move for Edinson Cavani?

Would you still have gone to Rome to referee a charity match and hang out with the Pope?

Do you best Wenger impression here.

Wel, wel, wel

Sky 'sources' are now reporting that Danny Welbeck is having a medical at Arsenal.

Expect the medical to go as follows:

"Are you Danny Welbeck?"

"Yes"

"You gonna shave off the high tyop fade?"

"Erm...no?"

"Ok, you're good to go. Welcome to Arsenal."

Welbz is desperate to leave Manchester United and suuuuuper desperate to join Arsenal. Gunners fans don't seem quite so won over by the prospect of the England man joining.

Evening Standard reporting that Welbeck is at Arsenal's training ground for talks.

Are we sure he just wasn't there to train with England?

Maybe both?

"Nice shot Danny...while you're here..."

Also, Arsene Wenger is literally in another country so there's that too...

Reus from the hood

Well, this is more like it! Sort of.

This guy, a chief correspondent from Spanish newspaper AS, claims Arsenal tried to tempt Dortmund with a £40m bid for Marco Reus.

The Germans have metaphorically slapped them down like Steve Austin with a big fat "no".

Will the Gunners up the ante in the final five hours of the window?

Some chopper on TalkSPORT was just on claiming to be Danny Welbeck's agent, saying the Manchester United striker won't be heading to Arsenal - choosing Tottenham instead.

No idea if he was actually Welbeck's agent/was an agent/it actually happened.

Meanwhile, here's Ray Parlour again, this time with his thoughts on Welbz...

“That is the position where they are really struggling,” he told TalkSPORT.

“I thought Remy was the choice with his experience, the obvious choice.

"Welbeck is a young player, he's still learning, without a doubt he's better than Sanogo, a player, but he blows hot and cold. You can see him have fantastic games, but he’s a little bit inconstant.”

We've officially reached Headsgone City, folks.

I think this is the part of the day where you can pretty much say anything you want and it will be reported as fact, and just accepted.

Meanwhile, over at Sky Sports News...

Ray Parlour wants Arsenal to do whatever they can to sign Edinson Cavani.

?“If I was the manager right now, I’d sign Cavani. I reckon if Arsene Wenger put the money down, he could get him," The Romford Pele said on Sportlobster.com.

“As for a holding midfielder, I’d get Carvalho and defensively there’s not a huge amount of players around. I would take a gamble and go for Winston Reid.”

“I look at Chelsea and Matic is one of their best signings. This is the kind of player we need to find. ??

“It's different now from when I played. Now, you need a player to sit in front of the defence and be disciplined.

?“Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira handled the role very well and they need to find someone like Carvalho from Lisbon.”

Still no confirmed transfer news at the Emirates as we head from mild interest zone into heads gone land.

There's just under six and a half hours left of the transfer window for Arsenal to stop themselves signing the lowest amount of players this summer.

Meanwhile, Arsenal fans everywhere...

4:21 pm

With every passing minute that Arsenal fail to sign a striker, the more likely that Yaya Sanogo will get the nod increases.

Team-mate Mathieu Flamini wouldn't be too upset.

“He’s a young player and will perform game after game. It’s important for him to play and he will become stronger and stronger,” Flamini told the Evening Standard after Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Leicester.

“Yaya is a young player with a lot of qualities and game after game he will get stronger and better. If he’s part of this team it’s because he’s full of quality.

“Is he affected mentally by having not scored yet? I don’t think so. He’s a young player, he needs to play. I don’t think it’s a problem.

“He fought very hard today, you can say he didn’t score yes and is it in his mind? Of course because he is a striker and he scored many goals as a young player.

“You have been 21 and you have certainly played football. If you play up front and you don’t score it’s very quickly a problem. I don’t think that problem will last very long and at the moment when you have a chance to play for Arsenal Football Club as a centre forward and you don’t score, it’s a problem for you.”

David Price

No Sanogo No Party  

More bad news...

It doesn't look like Sporting midfielder William Carvalho is going to be heading to Arsenal.

The young midfielder was in the Portugal squad for the World Cup this summer and has impressed loooooooads in the Portuguese league last season.

But he aint moving.

"I am under contract with Sporting and I'm a Sporting player," Carvalho told A Bola.

"There is no way I can say I am going to leave. I am fine at Sporting."

Reuters

 
 
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