Sunday 24 September 2017

Clubs prepare to seal deadline day deals

Luka Modric. Photo: Getty Images
Luka Modric. Photo: Getty Images

Jim van Wijk

The opening hours of transfer deadline day produced no new confirmed big deals, but plenty of moves behind the scenes were continuing.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp expected his chairman Daniel Levy to be "busy on the phone all day" as the club looked to complete the signing of England midfielder Scott Parker from West Ham, and Spurs also have an interest in Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill.



However, Redknapp maintained there was no chance of Croatia playmaker Luka Modric - a target for Chelsea - leaving before the deadline passes at 11pm tonight.



However, Peter Crouch could be among the players out of White Hart Lane, with Redknapp confirming QPR as well as Sunderland are keen on the England frontman.



"There's three or four clubs wanting him and he wants to play football," Redknapp said on Sky Sports News.



"He's too good not to play. He's an outstanding player."



Liverpool winger Joe Cole was lined up for a loan move to French club Lille, should a late offer of Premier League football not come his way.



Big-spending Manchester City were aiming to offload some of their squad, with midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips set for QPR and full-back Nedum Onuoha interesting both Stoke and Bolton.



Meanwhile, the futures of striker Craig Bellamy, another linked with a Loftus Road switch, and veteran defender Wayne Bridge remained uncertain.



City were expected to push through the signing of Owen Hargreaves, but would not be constricted by the transfer deadline as the midfielder is a free agent following his release by rivals Manchester United.



Arsenal - mauled 8-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday - have already added Korean forward Park Chu-young, and are closing in on completing deals for defensive duo Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos.



Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was also reported to be keen on another centre-half, having seen bids for Cahill rejected, and could move for Blackburn's Christopher Samba, with Rovers linked with Scott Dann of Birmingham.



Wenger was also expected to strengthen his midfield, with Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Mikel Arteta reported targets, along with Edin Hazard of Lille.



Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner was expected to join Stoke, who were also tracking Blues forward Cameron Jerome, while Gunners forward Marouane Chamakh could head back to France on loan.



Elsewhere, Fulham were hopeful of tying up a £10million deal for Twente's Costa Rica forward Brian Ruiz and Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun was expected to leave Chelsea, who have in turn been linked with both Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Uruguayan Alvaro Pereira from Porto.

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