Transfer Deadline Day Review

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The close of the 2013 summer transfer window saw plenty of drama and plenty of cash being splashed by Premier League clubs, making it one of the most intriguing deadlines days for a number of years.

Arsenal's £42.4million signing of Real Madrid star Mesut Özil was the most high-profile deal on the final day, though Manchester United also spent a significant lump of cash on Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini - £27.5million to be precise.

David Moyes capture of his former charge at Goodison Park made sure the total sum spent by Premier League sides exceeded £600million and eclipsed the previous record of £500million, though it could have been more but for United's failures.

A deal for Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera fell through amid talk of imposters and a change of heart from the Old Trafford club, while Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao was reportedly set for a season-long loan, only for the move to be clouded into uncertainty over whether it had been completed on time.

Manchester United also reportedly had a €40million bid for Real Madrid's Sami Khedira rejected.

Moyes wasn't the only manager to miss out, however, as Arsene Wenger was disappointed in his attempts to secure a loan deal for Chelsea forward Demba Ba, but the clubs could not agree on a fee.

Arsenal did, however, confirm the season-long loan of Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, which cost them €1million and gave them an option of signing him for an extra €5million next summer.

Chelsea did send one striker out on loan in the form of Romelu Lukaku; Jose Mourinho had said he wanted the Belgium international to stay at Stamford Bridge, but it seems Ba's refusal to go a club outside of the Champions League may have forced the Blues into sending the 20-year-old to Everton for the remainder of the season.

What with Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o already vying for the lone striker position in Mourinho's starting XI, two more strikers was always going to be too many. Everton will be pleased with their business, as they managed to get another loan deal arranged with Manchester City and holding midfielder Gareth Barry.

The veteran England international is surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium and he will line up under Roberto Martinez for the remainder of this term, possibly alongside another Everton signing in James McCarthy - the highly-rated young midfielder was a very late £13million purchase from Wigan Athletic.

West Brom also had a successful day after signing talented forward Stephane Sessgnon from Sunderland for a club-record fee, as well landing Everton striker Victor Anichebe to add to what is now looks a formidable forward line with Nicolas Anelka and Shane Long - the latter was set to join Hull City but the Baggies pulled the plug at the last minute.

Earlier in the day Liverpool completed their business for the summer by confirming the signings of defender Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon and Mamadou Sakho from PSG for a combined total of £25million, as well as the loan signing of Chelsea winger Victor Moses.


Manchester United fans may be cursing Moyes and new chief executive Ed Woodward after missing a number of targets, but the purchase of Fellaini will make an already formidable squad better. Creativity was called for but a fit Shinji Kagawa is one of the most creative attacking midfielders in football and that's before you consider a return to form of Wayne Rooney.

However, Arsenal adding Özil was not only a terrific piece of business but was a massive statement to the rest of the football world that Wenger and the Gunners were now ready to compete with world's richest clubs for the top players.

It was a massive coup, enhanced further by the fact that it was facilitated because of their local rivals and biggest threat to finishing inside the top losing their most influential player.

Which teams do you think had the best deadline day? You can see the full list of transactions (courtesy of BBC Sport) here and leave a comment below to let us know...

Morgan Amalfitano [Marseille - West Brom] Loan
Victor Anichebe [Everton - West Brom] £6m
Marko Arnautovic [Werder Bremen - Stoke] Undisclosed
Benoit Assou-Ekotto [Tottenham - QPR] Loan
Barry Bannan [Aston Villa - Crystal Palace] Undisclosed
Gareth Barry [Man City - Everton] Loan
Hamza Bencherif [Notts County - Plymouth] Free
Fabio Borini [Liverpool - Sunderland] Loan
Harry Bunn [Manchester City - Sheffield United] Loan
Jacob Butterfield [Norwich - Middlesbrough] Undisclosed
Paul Caddis [Swindon - Birmingham] Undisclosed
Raphael Calvet [Auxerre - Brentford] Undisclosed
Lee Camp [Norwich - West Brom] Free
Tom Carroll [Tottenham - QPR] Loan
Graham Cummins [Preston - Rochdale] Loan
Florent Cuvelier [Stoke - Sheffield United] Undisclosed
Andrea Dossena [Napoli - Sunderland] Undisclosed
Marouane Fellaini [Everton - Man Utd] £27.5m
Liam Fontaine [Bristol City - Yeovil] Loan
Marko Futacs [Leicester - Diosgyori VT] Loan
Gedo [Al Ahly - Hull] Loan
Danny Green [Charlton - MK Dons] Loan
Tiago Ilori [Sporting Lisbon - Liverpool] £7m
Stephen Ireland [Aston Villa - Stoke] Loan
Brian Jensen [Burnley - Bury] Free
Kaka [Real Madrid - AC Milan] Free
Kei Kamara [Sporting Kansas City - Middlesbrough] Undisclosed
Michael Kightly [Stoke - Burnley] Loan
Libor Kozak [Lazio - Aston Villa] £7m
Niko Kranjcar [Dynamo Kiev - QPR] Loan
Genseric Kusunga [FC Basel - Oldham] Free
Romelu Lukaku [Chelsea - Everton] Loan
Georg Margreitter [Wolves - FC Copenhagen] Loan
Adrian Mariappa [Reading - Crystal Palace] Undisclosed
Emmanuel Mayuka [Southampton - Sochaux] Loan
James McCarthy [Wigan - Everton] £13m
Stephen McLaughlin [Nottingham Forest - Bristol City] Loan
Victor Moses [Chelsea - Liverpool] Loan
Dany N'Guessan [Millwall - Swindon] Free
David Noble [Rotherham - Cheltenham] Loan
James O'Connor [Derby - Bristol City] Loan
Peter Odemwingie [West Brom - Cardiff] £2.25m
Bradley Orr [Blackburn - Blackpool] Loan
Mesut Ozil [Real Madrid - Arsenal] £42.4m
Daniel Pacheco [Liverpool - AD Alcorcon] Undisclosed
Nick Powell [Manchester United - Wigan] Loan
Peter Ramage [Crystal Palace - Barnsley] Loan
Abdul Razak [Manchester City - Anzhi Makhachkala] Loan
Jamie Reckord [Wolves - Plymouth] Loan
Bradley Reid [Wrexham - Wolves] £200,000 (reported)
Mamadou Sakho [Paris St-Germain - Liverpool] £18m
Stephane Sessegnon [Sunderland - West Brom] Undisclosed
Ryan Shotton [Stoke - Wigan] Loan
Cameron Stewart [Hull - Charlton] Loan
Jayden Stockley [Bournemouth - Leyton Orient] Loan
Conor Townsend [Hull - Carlisle] Loan
Marcello Trotta [Fulham - Brentford] Loan
Nathan Tyson [Derby - Blackpool] Free
Alvaro Vazquez [Getafe - Swansea] Loan
Emiliano Viviano [Palmero - Arsenal] Loan
Cauley Woodrow [Fulham - Southend] Loan

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