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Transfers hit new heights to fans delight

There were some shredded nerves around last night as several headline grabbing deals only went through in the last hour. With deals having to be faxed - not emailed to Premier and Football League headquarters there were some squeaky bums at some clubs. Deals involving Royston Drenthe, Mikel Arteta and Anton Ferdinand all seemed to go to the wire.

The most disappointed fans were those at Everton who saw influential Arteta snapped up by Arsenal in a deal reported to be worth £10 million. Blackburn Rovers made a flurry of late signings as Steve Keane looked to bolster his faltering team. Spurs fans were also left wondering what if - after Gary Cahill's move from Bolton collapsed over the asking price. Spurs saw more players go out with only Scott Parker coming in.

Major Deals Done on last day
Joe Cole to Lille (loan)
Scott Parker to Spurs (undisclosed)
Andre Santos to Arsenal (£6m)
Christian Poulsen to Evian (undisclosed)
David Bentley to West Ham (loan)
Zdenek Grygera to Fulham
Alberto Aquilani to Milan (Loan)
Shaun Maloney to Wigan (£1m)
Owen Hargreaves to Man City (Free)
David N'Gog to Bolton (£4m)
Jermaine Beckford to Leicester (£4m)
Alan Hutton to Aston Villa (£4m)
Wilson Palacios to Stoke (£8m)
Per Mertesacker to Arsenal (undisclosed)
Shaun Wright-Phillips to QPR (undisclosed)
Yossi Benayoun to Arsenal (Loan)
Craig Bellamy to Liverpool (Free)
Bryan Ruiz to Fulham (£10.6m)
Scott Dann to Blackburn (£6m)
Jermaine Jenas to Aston Villa (Loan)
Nicklas Bendtner to Sunderland (Loan)
Raul Meireles to Chelsea (Undisclosed)
Mikel Arteta to Arsenal (£10m)
Cameron Jerome to Stoke (£4m)
Peter Crouch to Stoke (£10m)
Royston Drenthe to Everton (Loan)
Anton Ferdinand to QPR (Undisclosed)

Whilst an exact total of the money spent is hard to nail down with so many undisclosed fees it seems almost certain that yesterday's transfer deadline day saw record sums involved. The iminent UEAF Fair play rules making it harder for clubs to spend beyond their means seems to have galvanised the market into action. It will be interesting to see what happens in January on the back of this.

KT

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