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Transfer Deadline Day - as it happened
Updated 11:07pm Friday 31st January 2014 in Sport
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- Final day of the transfer window
- Dani Osvaldo completes move to Juventus
- Jason Puncheon signs for Crystal Palace for fee believed to be £1.75m
- Window shuts at 11pm
Thanks very much for joining us over the course of the day.
This blog started at just gone 8am this morning and has run right through.
Hopefully it has kept you up to date with things as they happened, which were exactly what was predicted in the Daily Echo this week.
Don't forget to log back on tomorrow lunchtime as we bring you updates from Saints' game against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
But for now goodnight, sleep tight and don't dream about last minute signings.
The major news for Saints, which is after all what we care about, is that Dani Osvaldo has joined Juventus on loan until the end of the season with the Italian club picking up his estimated £50,000 a week wages.
They have an option to buy him for €19 million, payable over three years, which they can exercise by May 31.
Jason Puncheon has also left the club on a permanent deal to Crystal Palace for a fee in the region of £1.75m.
There have been no signings during the January transfer window at St Mary's.
Expect some deals to still be announced.
Liverpool have been trying to tie up a major signing, Tom Ince still hasn't gone anywhere despite a tour of the country with his dad and Fulham and Crystal Palace were working on multiple deals.
All should become clear in the next few hours and in the morning as things get processed and formally announced.
TRANSFER WINDOW IS CLOSED
Final few minutes now.
West Brom have signed Thievy Bifouma...yep, that's the big one we've all been waiting on.
10:18pm Fri 31 Jan 14
F Fan says
What bliss to be sitting here at the end of the window and not in the least worried that someone is going to buy our best players. And Southampton sent an international striker out on loan to Juventus. Don't wake me up.
Half an hour left. Thank goodness for that
Johnny Heitinga has joined Fulham but far too late to figure against Saints tomorrow
Marvin Emnes has joined Swansea on loan from Middlesbrough...blimey it's a slow day
My brother's mate knows somebody who works at Southampton Airport and saw Carlos Tevez fly in earlier today. Well, he thought it was Carlos Tevez. Well, he hoped it was Carlos Tevez. Actually he wasn't working today. And he doesn't work at Southampton Airport. Or even knows where it is. In fact, he doesn't even exist. I don't even have a brother
Yes this man. Yes...
8:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14
Peter Odemwingie seen in the Subway at Portswood, seems to be waiting for someone to meet him?
Not nearly enough rubbish rumours today. How about we liven things up with a few
Just 90 minutes left...wake us up when it's done
Sounds like it is a done deal and Dimitar Berbatov has moved to Monaco...at least Saints won't be facing him tomorrow then
Scott Dann has joined Crystal Palace from Blackburn
RT @ManUtd: Federico Macheda has joined Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season. Tom Thorpe and Tyler Blackett did the same ear…— @premierleague 31 January 2014
No further transfers at the moment but rumours that Crystal Palace and Fulham could bring in several players each. Cardiff are also sniffing around a few signings
Arsenal have signed Arsenal Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow for the rest of the season
Sad to leave some good people behind ❤️time for a fresh start...what can I say had a up and down time… http://t.co/nKTDGPkwQh— @punch_jason 31 January 2014
For the sake of clarity, a few details regarding the Osvaldo move.
Saints are not getting a loan fee while Osvaldo is gone, but Juventus are funding his wages, believed to be about £50,000 a week.
It would appear that Italian media talk of a wage cut is probably wide of the mark.
That's it from Saints. Puncheon and Osvaldo out on deadline day and the club are now closed for business.
There will be no more #deadlineday news to come from #SaintsFC, so it’s time to back the boys against #FFC tomorrow! http://t.co/6beadpL2Fy— @SouthamptonFC 31 January 2014
Juventus have confirmed the terms of their option to buy Osvaldo. It sounds like a good deal for Saints who paid an inital €15m for him last summer.
The contract also provides the option for Juventus to exercise, by May 31, 2014, the right of option for the definitive acquisition of the football player at a price of € 19 million, payable in three years.Juventus.com
Osvaldo has given a brief interview to Juventus' official website.
He doesn't mention Saints but says it's "an honour and a dream," to join Juve.
"I’m very happy," he said.
"It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind and I still can’t quite believe it but I’m happy."
Osvaldo initially joins Juventus on loan until 31st May, with an option for the Serie A side to purchase him in the summer. #saintsfc— @SouthamptonFC 31 January 2014
It's official. Osvaldo has joined Juventus
Dani Osvaldo (@danistone25) has made a #deadlineday loan move to @juventusfc, @SouthamptonFC can confirm. #saintsfc http://t.co/S5XPEgPb5k— @SouthamptonFC 31 January 2014
Sooo wanted osvaldo to do well at #saintsfc oh well onwards and upwards #byebyedani— @Petevine22 31 January 2014
Paperwork’s done. Helipad ready. Just need three squiggles. Can anyone help with phone numbers? #DeadlineDay http://t.co/Zps7B6wkiG— @crawleytown 31 January 2014
The Osvaldo move edges closer.
This the latest from Juventus...
Italian international striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has completed a medical ahead of a proposed switch from English Premier League club Southampton FC.Juventus.com
There's a rumour going around Twitter today linking Adam Lallana with a move to Borussia Dortmund (the football hipster's team of choice, before they got too mainstream and reached the Champions League final last year).
Just so you know, it would appear the rumour started on Twitter three days ago by a user with very few tweets to his name who since posting the rumour has done nothing but retweet people mentioning that "they are hearing" the rumour - including a national journalist.
Just so you know.
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has confirmed Lee Cattermole, below, could yet leave the club ahead of the transfer deadline.
Poyet revealed the Black Cats have received a second, improved bid for the midfielder, who has been linked with Stoke for several days.
''He has pace, power, technical ability and goes past people. He will give us that extra change of tempo in the final third, where we really need it. He will bring that little final bit to find pockets of space and produce a bit of magic."
Which club have signed Lionel Messi? No, actually it's Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer waxing lyrical about his new loan signing, Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha.
No pressure then, Wilfried.
Sky Sports interviewing Harry Redknapp through his car window.
You can go home now, that's the transfer deadline day done, isn't it, really?
Saints have now left Staplewood on their way to London for tomorrow's match against Fulham.
David Moyes has delivered his less than enthusastic verdict on the final day of the transfer window and its associated rumour mill.
"I am surprised so many people believe so much of it," he said.
"I am a football fan. But I hear people picking up stories that we are after certain players when it is a load of rubbish.
"It is comic-book stuff."
You've enjoyed it, then, Dave?
Fulham have confirmed the signing of Kostas Mitroglou - could that open the way for Dimitar Berbatov to leave before Saints visit tomorrow?
NO wonder Juventus are so keen to bring Dani Osvaldo back to Italy.
Last season he was the joint third highest scorer in Serie A with 16 goals for Roma in just 29 appearances.
The only two men to score more were Napoli’s Edinson Cavani (29) and Udinese’s Antonio Di Natale (23).
Dani Osvaldo will link up with Carlos Tevez as and when he joins Juventus. That will make for an interesting combination!
Tevez is Juve's top scorer in Serie A this season with 11 goals, though Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is the club's overall leading marksman with 15 in all competitions.
Tevez, above, has failed to score in his six Champions League matches this season.
Juve can also call on Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, who has 11 league and cup goals this season including five in his last five Serie A outings.
Fulham, tomorrow's opponents for Saints, have had a bid £12m accepted by Olympiakos for striker Konstantinos Mitroglou.
His representatives are currently talking to Fulham about a possible move, although West Ham are also interested in the forward.
Jimena Baron, Dani Osvaldo's girlfriend, has just started following Juventus on Twitter.
Make of that what you will.
Jason Puncheon leaving #SaintsFC has basically become a transfer window tradition. It'll be odd for it not to happen anymore now.— @gordonsimpson 31 January 2014
Tim Sherwood says there is a "zero per cent" chance of Tottenham signing any new players before the transfer window shuts.
Spurs have been linked with Dimitar Berbatov, below, Nani and Yevhen Konoplyanka this month.
Chairman Daniel Levy is renowned for his love of an 11th-hour deal, but Sherwood ruled out the possibility of any late incomings at White Hart Lane.
When asked what percentage he would put on Spurs signing anyone before tonight's deadline of 2300, the Tottenham manager said: "Zero."
David Connolly isn't the only former Saints player on the move today - defender Joseph Mills has left Burnley to go on to to League 1 club Shrewsbury. The 24-year-old was signed by the Clarets last summer, but has yet to play for the club. Mills played 11 games on loan to Oldham earlier this season.
Mills is pictured below tackling an Ajax striker at St Mary's in 2009. Whatever happened to Luis Suarez??
Jason Puncheon has completed his move to Palace.
Former Saint David Connolly has left Portsmouth, joining Oxford United on loan until the end of the season.
He leaves Pompey six points and five places above the Football League trap door.
@SouthamptonFC you aren't like @inter of Milan...thank you for Pablo Daniel Osvaldo!! In Juve he will win!! 🔝👏👍— @iretwit88 31 January 2014
1:42pm Fri 31 Jan 14
For me the most telling comment has been that Osvaldo has taken a massive pay cut to go to Juve.
It makes me think he only came here for the money.
A disappointing saga throughout and it gives ammunition to those who said he only came because we were the only ones who would take a chance on him. This might be borne out by the fact that Juve have got him on loan at first and on the cheap. They only pay for him if he is a success, a double edged blade. If he is a success will £15m be a realistic price and will Juve sell him on at a profit later? Do we bother with a sell-on clause?
How many new players will Fulham have tomorrow?
Arsene was right, the transfer window is so unfair.
Fulham were **** for the first part of the season and tomorrow they could be a completely different team, alternatively they could have so many new players they don't have a clue who each other are.
How did Lewis Holtby go from outstanding German international to loanee to bottom three club?
Jim White time is approaching! What's his first cliche going to be?? http://t.co/f6d1O8R3O9 #TransferDeadlineDay http://t.co/brW19T2Gtm— @paddypower 31 January 2014
Sky Sports getting incredibly excited that Jim White has made it to their offices.
That news again, the top story on Sky Sports is that a middle aged man has arrived for work.
Just in case you've missed all the excitement of today's transfer deadline day so far, here's a recap of the main Saints stories:
Dani Osvaldo is in Turin, where he is currently undergoing a medical at Juventus, where his pay will go from £50,000 a week to £17,500.
Saints and Crystal Palace are finalising a deal to make Jason Puncheon's loan move at Selhurst Park permanent.
Mauricio Pochettino thinks it unlikely that a replacement for Osvaldo will be found today.
Deals going on elsewhere in the Premier League:
- Fulham bid for Swansea's Neil Taylor
- Stoke bid for Lee Cattermole from Sunderland
- David Moyes confirms Man Utd will not be signing any more players
- Kurt Zouma signs for Chelsea
- Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong joins Barnsley
David Moyes has said Manchester United won't be signing any more players before the window shuts - that planned raid on St Mary's for Luke Shaw, forever mentioned in the national tabloid press, never materialised then.
Old Trafford youngsters Larnell Cole and Ryan Tunnicliffe are in talks with Fulham, and could arrive on loan ahead of the Londoners' game with Saints tomorrow.
We need to sign someone for depth, and maybe someone to freshen up the attack. We just want 1 player #saintsfc 😳 #DeadlineDay— @JkStanerz 31 January 2014
As we hit lunchtime it's worth a recap on what has been a fairly quiet morning for Saints, and a look at what is expected in the next 11 hours before the window shuts.
We expect Dani Osvaldo to seal a move to Juventus on loan until the end of the season. The Italians will have an option to buy in the summer for a set fee believed to be €18m. Osvaldo is in Turin undergoing a medical.
Jason Puncheon's permanent move to Crystal Palace is also set to go through, for a fee of about £1.75m.
Despite all the speculation, there have not been bids for Luke Shaw, Jack Cork or any other player so far today.
As it stands we do not expect any signings.
There's a deal.
Lewis Holtby has joined Saints' opponents tomorrow Fulham from Spurs.
The Cottagers are finalising the paperwork and hope to have him available for the game at Craven Cottage tomorrow.
Cha cha cha cha changes 👋— @baronjimena 30 January 2014
There are reports that Dimitar Berbatov may move from Fulham to Monaco today.
With Saints playing Fulham tomorrow that will be interesting news for Mauricio Pochettino and his team.
In fairness, with Fulham set to complete a raft of signings today, Saints probably don't know exactly what to expect for tomorrow.
Wow it's quiet.
The Osvaldo move is about the only big thing happening anywhere in the Premier League at the moment it would seem.
Juventus have offically confirmed that Dani Osvaldo is undergoing a medical with them.
Writing on their official site they say
Italian international striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is currently undergoing examinations at Turin’s Istituto di Medicina dello Sport, after which he will complete his medical at the Isokinetic and Clinica Fornaca di Sessant centres.Juventus.com
Wilfried Zaha has completed a loan move to Cardiff
Elsewhere, Sunderland have signed Liam Bridcutt from Brighton for around £2.5m.
The player - who appeared for the Seagulls under current Black Cats boss Gus Poyet - will be available to face Saints in the FA Cup fifth round two weeks tomorrow.
It's got to be said that if those figures prove to be correct, it's potentially a good deal for Saints.
You would struggle to say that Osvaldo has enhanced his reputation since moving to England with his off field problems hardly offset by three goals in 13 appearances.
Yet, if he impresses at Juve and they sign him permanently in the summer, Saints will make a profit on him.
Of course, the danger is that doesn't happen and his value drops, but with the club really needing to shift him on, it seems a risk worth taking.
It is interesting to read what Italian football bible Gazzetta dello Sport have reported about the potential Osvaldo deal.
They claim that Juventus have negotiated hard and will pay an initial €400,000 with an option to purchase in the summer for €18m.
Osvaldo will apparently also take a massive pay cut to move to Juventus - how did it come to pass that footballers take a pay cut to move from Saints to Juventus!?
Gazzetta say Osvaldo was getting paid more than €3m a year at Saints, which translates to not far short of £50,000 a week. At Juventus he will be paid around £17,500 a week.
Anyway, here's another picture of him in an amusing hat...
Ecco Osvaldo. Visite mediche per il nuovo attaccante della Juve. La prima foto. @danistone25 @SouthamptonFC http://t.co/8bGr5puCrE— @AghemoPaolo 31 January 2014
The Italian media are reporting that Dani Osvaldo has landed in Turin for a medical ahead of completing his move to Juventus...and he is wearing a truly outstanding hat.
Here is what we are told is a picture of him at the airport from an Italian journalist...
Here he is. Osvaldo is back. Medical for the new Juventus Fc striker. The first photo. @danistone25 SouthamptonFC http://t.co/HXG1viZDTr— @AghemoPaolo 31 January 2014
It's all quiet at the moment.
Just one deal completed thus far, and that involves Crewe
Sounds like Palace will be busy today. They have had an offer accepted by Celtic for Joe Ledley
The big news elsewhere in the top flight today could revolve around Manchester City who are said to be ready to splash out £35m on Porto pair Mangala and Fernando
No doubt though the city's taxi drivers and airport dwellers will have their usual field day, reporting who has been in the back of their cab or flying into Southampton.
Let us know what you've heard. We won't believe you but it is at least briefly entertaining.
There is a lot of speculation over who may or may not come in at St Mary's.
Any signing is likely to be a straight swap for Osvaldo.
However, Pochettino stated yesterday that it is a struggle to get hold of a player of the calibre they wish to and that he is happy to go with what he's got after the performance of Sam Gallagher against Arsenal
But Jack Cork is set to stay a Saint with Mauricio Pochettino determined to fend off interest from Swansea
In terms of other potential Saints deals, we are expecting Jason Puncheon to complete a permanent move to Crystal Palace, where he is currently on loan
A quick reminder of where we are Saints wise, and the biggest news surrounds Osvaldo.
Saints want to move him on before the window closes but sealing a major deal this late can prove tough, so don't be surprised if it is a loan deal.
Juventus look his most likely destination, but there is still plenty of wrangling to be done over a potential fee in the summer.
Here is the latest as of this morning...
Hello and welcome to the Daily Echo’s live blog on transfer deadline day.
The window slams shut at 11pm tonight and it could be a busy day in the Premier League.
Saints fans will be eagerly waiting to see if the club can offload suspended striker Dani Osvaldo, with Juventus his most likely destination.
The club are determined to hold onto all other first team players, and there is the possibility of one arrival at St Mary’s, though Mauricio Pochettino is happy to continue with the squad he has if not.
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