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Transfer Deadline Day: Live Commentary

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Deadline day in the European transfer window is upon us, making today one of the busiest and wildest days of the year.

There have already been a number of moves completed or announced, and there should still be plenty more surprises and signings before the day ends.

American fans will want to know about American payers and today we should find out where Clint Dempsey will land after a dramatic summer with Fulham that should see him leave the club. Today should also see U.S. men's national team captain Carlos Bocanegra make a move away from Rangers.

SBI will look to keep you updated on today's transfer proceedings throughout the day so stay tuned here for steady updates.

Let's get started (and please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and updates in the comments section below):

 

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1:27pm- Okay guys, we'll be switching over to a CoverItLive chat for the rest of the transfer window beginning at 1:30pm. We'll continue to track all of the latest happenings during this already-chaotic deadline day and as always, you're free to send us your questions and comments.

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1:24pm- Reports surfacing out of Italy saying that Luca Toni has re-joined Fiorentina. No word on how many years the deal is for.

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1:14pm- Malaga have reportedly signed Argentina striker Javier Saviola, formerly of Real Madrid and Barcelona, today. They are also being linked with a move to sign Roque Santa Cruz. Looks like they are trying to stockpile some talent for their Champions League campaign.

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1:00pm- Reports out of Portugal are saying Onyewu is undergoing medical with Spain's Malaga. No word on if the deal is a loan or a transfer, but Malaga are in the Champions League this season.

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12:41pm- SkySports is reporting that Tottenham and Liverpool have both made bids to acquire Dempsey. Which team would you rather see him land on? One would have to think Liverpool would give him better chance of more playing time, but Tottenham was qualified for Champions League last season until Chelsea won and demoted the Spurs to Europa League.

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12:24pm- Nicklas Bendtner has joined Juventus on a season-long loan from Arsenal. The deal comes with an option to buy at the end of the current campaign.

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12:11pm- Swansea City have confirmed that they have signed Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez on a three-year deal. Transfer fee was an estimated $8.8 million.

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11:55am- Another cause for concern for U.S. men's national team fans: No word, not even a report or a rumor, about Oguchi Onyewu today. He has not dressed at all for Sporting CP this season.

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11:30am– Things are starting to slow down a bit. Well, at least from that frantic pace that we had earlier, but there should still be more moves in the works.

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11:16am– Another move from earlier this morning: AC Milan signed Nigel de Jong from Manchester City. Three-year deal. Attackers everywhere in the EPL breathed a sigh of relief.

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11:02am- The rich get richer. Manchester City signed winger Scott Sinclair from Swansea City earlier today. The transfer fee agreed upon was an estimated $9.5 million. Are Manchester City trying to create a FIFA13 Ultimate Team?

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10:56am- Reports out there swirling that Spanish second division side Racing Santander are eyeing Carlos Bocanegra, but there has been nothing out there saying he has made a move from Rangers. Not yet, anyway.

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10:51am- A Clint Dempsey update: Aston Villa have reportedly jumped in the race to sign the U.S. men's national team striker. The Villans do have Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan, but they are far from a Champions League team.

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10:45am- After spending two decades with Juventus, Alessandro Del Piero is set to sign with Sydney FC in Australia. The 37-year-old is reportedly set to sign a six-month deal worth $2 million. Are you wishing MLS would have signed him?

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10:38am- Earlier today, Hamburg SV reacquired midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. Tottenham Hotspur received an estimated $16.3 million for him from Hamburg.

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10:30am- The Cottagers have formally announced another acquisition, signing Kieran Richardson from Sunderland on a three-year deal. The transfer fee was undisclosed.

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10:25am- Fulham have made a huge signing, acquiring Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United. Berbatov has signed a two-year deal with the club after being deemed surplus to requirements for the Reds. Are the Cottagers thinking he will be Clint Dempsey's replacement?

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10:19am- Mexican international and one of U.S. men's national team fans' most disliked players, Giovani Dos Santos, has moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Mallorca in Spain with the hopes that he will finally put an end to his club woes. Dos Santos agreed to a four-year deal and he should see the field more regularly than during his time with Spurs.

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10:15amManchester City have signed Brazilian fullback Maicon from Inter Milan for $5 million. Another physical defender with tools to add to an already-dynamic attack.

179 comments
  • abc

    “Sky sources understand Liverpool do not expect to make any signings this evening. Liverpool’s bid for Fulham’s Clint Dempsey was £4million and the club have refused to offer higher.”

    Yeah there is no bias against Americans… that’s why #4 Premier League goal scorer (as a freaking midfielder) Dempsey is worth £1 million LESS than that failure Charlie Adam… I am incensed right now.

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  • Citronomics

    Rob Stone, announcing during UEFA Supercup, reports that Deuce is at Spurs training ground. Not sure what sources…

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  • Jason

    Word is that Clint is at Tottenham having a physical. Liverpool has lost the plot and messed around too much. They could have gotten a great player, and had the Liverpool brand expand even further in the US and they blew it.

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  • biff

    BBC Sports is reporting:

    I told you earlier that Tottenham were sniffing around Clint Dempsey, and here is confirmation from BBC Sport “Clint Dempsey is at Spurs Lodge, the training ground. There is a very strong change he will be a Tottenham player come 11 o’clock. The fee has been agreed between the clubs and he is set to undergo a very quick medical.”

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  • Waterlewd

    How are Liverpool going to score goals this season? I don’t get it. Borini has been slow and useless so far, maybe he’s still getting into form, but he has been poor. And after the starting 11, the LFC bench is pitiful. Jonjo Shelvey or Jordan Henderson is the first player off the bench? Really? And they can’t spend GBP 7M on a player like Dempsey? Ha!

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  • biff

    I am so happy!!!!!!!! And Clint is reunited with Moussa Dembele. A great day for American soccer.

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  • biff

    BBC Sports reporting:

    “The reaction of Liverpool fans on Twitter to Dempsey perhaps going to Tottenham has been very angry. They now see the prospect of not bringing in anybody today. Why have they not got anybody? They’ve let Andy Carroll go, Charlie Adam’s gone, they’ve got money in the bank. Yet no-one seems to be coming.”

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  • Dimidri

    I think it’s become clear that Liverpool were lowballing Fulham, and, guess what, ‘Darth vadar’s refusal to accept the first bid offered from Liverpool both a) helped himself by giving Fulham more $ presumably and b) helps Clint by having him go to a team that finished 4th last year IN LONDON and not one that finished 8th. Glad to see both sides benefited, can’t wait to watch both teams this year.

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  • Conrad

    Well, the British always overvalue their own. Andy Carroll? Yeesh. I mean, my God, if Lampard didn’t take penalties, he wouldn’t have but two goals a year.

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  • biff

    Hey, Dimidri, I am too happy to give much thought to reply right now. But I will say Jol did make Clint suffer and he turned the fans against him, thus denying him the dignified exit he deserved.

    But yeah, I like the look of Tottenham and now Dembele is one of my faves. gonna be fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • NK

    NOOOO! I wanted an American at Liverpool so badly…Well I guess I gotta hope that Pelosi does well now.

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  • Andrew H.

    For all those saying Dempsey played this badly, it ended up perfectly for him. I don’t think he would have ended up at Tottenham had he not let it know he wanted out. What is Liverpool thinking not matching a GBP 6 mil offer? Jersey sales and increased US viewership alone should cover that. Liverpool could be in for a relegation fight.

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  • Joamiq

    Dempsey is in at Spurs. Not a bad place for him and not a bad signing for Spurs. He’ll be a fringe first XI player as a wing midfielder/wing forward, will play plenty with injuries.

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  • beachbum

    this makes me happy🙂

    Go get’em Clint!!! An American in the middle of all this Euro transfer drama…I love it!

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  • ETGoodyman

    Went over to Spurs Mad forums and those fans are NOT happy with this signing. I hope they don’t represent the majority of Spurs fans or Clint will have a rough reception. I’m pleased with this move. Much better than Liverpool IMO.

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  • Dimidri

    Indeed it will. Oh and stop with the ‘suffered’ thing, as you’ve pointed out numerous times, most of the fans know what’s up, he will get a standing O when Tottenham visit, and you seem to forget that if Jol didn’t act like a d#ck, Dempsey goes to Liverpool. Glad Jol did what he did.

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