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Johnson's City switch is biggest deal of day

WHILE Robbie Keane's move to Celtic grabbed all the headlines, the biggest transfer completed in England on deadline day yesterday was Manchester City's signing of Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson for a reported £7million fee.

Johnson, 22, has agreed a contract with City until June 2014, and will go straight into the Blues squad for Saturday's Premier League clash with Hull City.

"The key word for me is ambition," said Johnson. "This is an ambitious club going places and there is a good chance of winning things here and making myself a better player.

"When a big club comes in for you life's too short to turn down an opportunity like this."

City's deal for Parma's Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga collapsed when he was refused a work permit.

Portsmouth's 22-year-old goalkeeper Asmir Begovic snubbed Spurs in favour of a four-and-a-half-year contract with Stoke, whom he joined for £3.25million.

West Ham signed three strikers in one day after completing a two-and-a-half-year deal for Blackburn's Benni McCarthy and, once the deadline had passed, confirming short-term loans for Middlesbrough striker Mido, who has been on loan at Egyptian side Zamalek, and 29-year-old Brazilian Ilan -- a free agent having left St Etienne.

Wigan completed a £2.5million deal for Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses, 19, and also brought in Bolivia striker Marcelo Moreno on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk.


Fulham finalised loans for Stefano Okaka and Nicky Shorey from Roma and Aston Villa respectively and signed German youngster Christopher Buchtmann from Liverpool.

Diomansy Kamara (Celtic), Tony Kallio (Sheffield United) and Wayne Brown (Bristol Rovers) all left on loan.

Black Cats players Daryl Murphy and David Healy signed loan deals with former manager Roy Keane at Ipswich, while Nyron Nosworthy temporarily moved to Sheffield United.

Burnley's most significant piece of business was to extend the loan deal of Portsmouth striker David Nugent until the end of the season.