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Look back on our live updates from transfer deadline day 2018 as Premier League clubs scrambled for last-minute additions.

VIDEO – The 7 summer signings who will transform the Premier League

  • Chelsea break world record for keeper with £72m Kepa replacing Courtois
  • Thibaut Courtois signs Real Madrid contract
  • Everton complete triple swoop for Bernard, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes
  • Lucas Perez signs for West Ham
  • Mateo Kovacic joins Chelsea on season-long loan
  • Newcastle sign Federico Fernandez
  • Caglar Soyuncu joins Leicester
  • Wolves sign Leander Dendoncker
  • Fulham sign Sergio Rico, Joe Bryan and Luciano Vietto
  • Stoke sign Sam Clucas
  • Watford sign Quina
  • Man City kick off deadline day action with signing of Australian prospect

VIDEO – The story of deadline day: Desperate United miss out, Everton run wild


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7pm: Two hours past deadline

We’re now two hours past the deadline, and at the point where all the deals that were mooted prior to 5pm should have gone through if they’re going to go through at all.

6:55pm: Ayew to Palace?

The club hasn’t confirmed Jordan Ayew‘s move, but someone else seems to have done…

6:45pm: DONE DEAL – Quina to Watford

Domingos Quina has signed for Watford from West Ham, for a fee understood to be around £1m plus add-ons.

6.35pm: DONE DEAL – Fernandez to Newcastle

This one dragged on too – but Federico Fernandez has finally signed a four-year contract for Newcastle.

6:30pm: DONE DEAL – Arter to Cardiff

This one took a long time, didn’t it? Harry Arter’s loan move from Bournemouth to Cardiff has been confirmed.

6:15pm: Deal sheet in for Zouma

The ink is drying as Everton look to complete their final deal of the day.

6pm: Soyuncu signs for Leicester

As per our earlier update, Leicester have confirmed the signing of Caglar Soyuncu from SC Freiburg.

5:50pm: Zouma to Everton?

Yes, another possible Everton deal – Kurt Zouma on loan from Chelsea.

5:40pm: DONE DEAL – Fulham sign Bryan

Another arrival at Craven Cottage – Bristol City defender Joe Bryan.

5:36pm: Ulloa to Mexico?

Reports suggest that Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa has agreed a deal with a club in Mexico.

5:35pm: DONE DEAL – Clucas signs for Stoke

5:30pm: Livermore Watford move off

Watford have decided not to go forward with their proposed move for West Brom’s Jake Livermore.

5:25pm: Ings to Southampton?

That Danny Ings move could be back on. Southampton have renewed their interest and have until 7pm to sort it all out.

5:20pm: DONE DEAL – Fulham confirm Sergio Rico signing

Fulham have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla.

5:10pm: Everton agree loan deal for Gomes

Another loan deal – this time for Andre Gomes, who heads to Goodison from Barcelona.

5:08pm: Huddersfield sign Mbenza

Huddersfield have signed Montpellier‘s Isaac Mbenza on a season-long loan.

5:05pm: Gardner to Birmingham

Aston Villa‘s Gary Gardner has headed across the Midlands – he’s signed for Birmingham on a season-long loan.

5pm: The window is CLOSED

But news will continue to trickle out as all the necessary bureaucracy is completed.

4:58pm: Soyuncu to Leicester, Mina to Everton

Turkey’s Caglar Soyuncu will sign for Leicester before the 5pm deadline, although the work permit paperwork has not yet gone through.

And Everton’s deal for Yerry Mina has gone through.

4:47pm: Everton sign Bernard

Everton have confirmed the signing of Bernard (see 4:10pm).

4:40pm: Chelsea thinning out squad?

Chelsea are looking to ship some players out, with Jay Dasilva joining Bristol City on a season-long loan.

4.32pm: New Man City signing off to Celtic?

We said at 8:15am that new Manchester City signing Daniel Arzani could be straight out on loan – and it looks like his destination will be Celtic.

4:30pm: Maguire staying at Leicester

Claude Puel was insistent all the way along that Harry Maguire was not for sale, to Manchester United or anybody else. The Leicester manager made a gag in his press conference earlier today, teasing reporters that Maguire was on his way to Manchester – ie for tomorrow’s fixture at Old Trafford.

4:20pm: Fosu-Mensah to Fulham?

Another possible Old Trafford departure, albeit another one on loan – Fulham are hoping to secure the signing of Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

4:15pm: Hefele leaves Huddersfield

Michael Hefele has left Huddersfield Town for a permanent move to Nottingham Forest.

4:10pm: Bernard to Everton

Everton are very busy today. Brazil’s Bernard has agreed personal terms with the club and received his work permit.

4:05pm: Marcos Rojo to Everton?

Manchester United might not be signing anyone, but maybe they’ll ship someone out – Marcos Rojo has been linked with a £22m move to Everton.

4pm: One hour to go!

60 whole minutes for all kinds of deals to be struck!

3:55pm: Ospina to leave Arsenal for Besiktas

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has agreed personal terms for a move to Besiktas. The Colombian fell down the pecking order at the Emirates after the signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.

3:40pm: Jakubiak signs for Bristol Rovers

Another season-long loan – this time for Watford striker Alex Jakubiak.

3:30pm: Still no activity at Old Trafford

Diego Godin is going to stay at Atletico Madrid and sign a new contract rather than move to Manchester United.

3:20pm: Ings leaving Liverpool?

Danny Ings hasn’t been training with the rest of the Liverpool squad today as he continues to search for first-team football. He’d been linked with Crystal Palace and Southampton but neither club has yet made an offer.

3:15pm: Dendoncker speaks to Wolves TV

Here are the first words from Wolves’s new Belgian signing, Leander Dendoncker.

” I’m very happy to be here, it’s a dream for every player to play in the Premier League. I hope I can help the team as fast as possible. This is the biggest league in the world so it’s very nice to play every week in here. They told me if I come here I will become a better player so we’ll see, I’m very excited to start. I followed Wolves a bit last year and I saw they did really good, winning a lot of games, playing good football. I think it’s an ambitious club so I am ready to give everything.”

3:10pm: Arter to Cardiff?

Bournemouth’s Harry Arter has been linked with Cardiff on and off for the past few days, but the whispers now suggest that a move to Wales is looking likely, albeit on loan.

3pm: Two hours to go

More from Kepa:

” Over the next seven years, I expect to achieve a great growth, personally and collectively, and I hope we will win many, many titles. I am a player who demands a lot from myself.”

2:55pm: Kepa speaks

First quotes out of Kepa’s unveiling press conference.

“I am incredibly happy to be here. It’s a great challenge to me and means a lot. It’s a great step forward in my career. In terms of my price, it’s something I don’t think about. I will just try to be myself and do the best I can.”

2:45pm: Dembele not Arsenal-bound

Reports now suggest that Arsenal won’t be bidding for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele despite admiring the player – and won’t be bringing any more new faces in during this window.

2:40pm: Kepa unveiling imminent

While we’re short of permanent moves, we can fill some time with the forthcoming official unveiling of new Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa.

2:30pm: Dendoncker joins Wolves

Wolves have signed Belgium midfielder Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht.

2:20pm: Ayew to Palace

Jordan Ayew scored 11 goals for relegated Swansea last season, and is now set to join Crystal Palace on a season-long loan.

2:10pm: Everton duo sign deals

Kieran Dowell and Callum Connolly have both signed new three-year contracts with Everton – and Connolly has also joined Wigan on a season-long loan.

2pm: Oxford set for Bundesliga move

West Ham defender Reece Oxford has been linked with a transfer to the Bundesliga – with Hannover, RB Leipzig and Frankfurt all interested in signing him for a fee understood to be around £10m.

1:55pm: Swansea John?

Rangers left-back Declan John – once at Cardiff – is having a medical at Swansea.

1:45pm: Clucas medical ongoing

See 11:35am – Sam Clucas’s medical prior to a move to Stoke is happening right now.

1:35pm: Fernandez heading to Newcastle

Defender Federico Fernandez is literally on his way from Swansea to Newcastle to talk about a possible move. The transfer fee under discussion is somewhere around £6m.

1:30pm: Boro bump up bid for Freeman

Middlesbrough are looking to sign QPR midfielder Luke Freeman; Blackburn were also interested but their bid of £4m was turned down.

1:20pm: Rico to Fulham

Goalkeeper Sergio Rico is all ready to complete his loan move from Sevilla to Fulham.

1:15pm: Nmecha to Preston

Forward Lukas Nmecha has joined Preston on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

1:05pm: Swansea set to move for Clare

This one might not be concluded today, but Swansea are hoping to sign midfielder Sean Clare, currently a free agent so able to do a deal outside the transfer window. Leeds and Aston Villa are also interested.

1:01pm: Cardiff sign Camarasa

Cardiff have signed midfielder Victor Camarasa on loan from Real Betis for a year.

1pm: Newcastle chasing Marlon

Newcastle gossip incoming – they’re looking to get hold of a work permit for Brazil’s Marlon, who they want on loan from Barcelona.

12:50pm: Besic to Boro?

Everton continue to pursue Yerry, and Muhamed Besic could be on his way out to Middlesbrough for a fee of £4m.

12:40pm: Sanchez to West Ham

Former Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez is set to sign for West Ham after a spell at Fiorentina. You may remember him more recently as the first player to be sent off at this year’s World Cup, when representing Colombia.

12:30pm: Zinchenko rejects Wolves

Rumours suggest that Oleksander Zinchenko has had a think and decided not to leave Manchester City for Molineux after all.

12:20pm: Courtois signs Real Madrid contract

All done and dusted.

12:15pm: Godin says no

Diego Godin doesn’t fancy leaving Atleti for Manchester United, and has turned down their offer.

12:10pm: Brighton sign Burn

Brighton have agreed a £4m fee with Wigan for central defender Dan Burn, with an additional potential £1m due in add-ons. He’ll also likely stay with the Latics on loan for the first half of the new season. All very amicable.

12 noon: Zinchenko undecided about Wolves move

Wolves are still hopeful of completing a deal for Manchester City wing back Oleksander Zinchenko, although the player himself is apparently not sure about the move.

11:55am: Courtois has Real medical

Real Madrid will confirm their signing of Thibaut Courtois soon.

11:45am: Anguissa to Fulham?

Midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa is set to move from Marseille to Fulham, for a transfer fee of around 30 million euros (£25m).

11:41am: Grealish not for sale?

Jack Grealish is going nowhere, reckon Aston Villa, and certainly not to Tottenham, who will stop bidding for him now they’ve been told he’s not for sale at any price.

11:40am: Livermore to Watford?

The word is that West Brom’s Jake Livermore could be heading to Watford on loan with an option to buy.

11:30am: Everton chasing Mina deal

Defender Yerry Mina could be on his way to Goodison Park – although he’s currently still in Spain, talking to Everton officials and possibly having his pre-transfer medical to save time.

11:25am: Clucas to Stoke?

Stoke City have agreed a £6m fee with Swansea to sign midfielder Sam Clucas, whose proposed move to Burnley fell through due to failing to agree personal terms.

11:15am: Man Utd chasing Godin

Maybe this will give Jose something to smile about – or at least something to distract him. Rumours abound that he wants to sign Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin.

11:10am: Non-Premier League signings

A couple of moves outside the top flight – Accrington Stanley forward Kayden Jackson signs for Ipswich Town, and Shrewsbury Town have signed Tranmere midfielder Ollie Norburn.

10:55am: DONE DEAL

Benkovic is confirmed.

10:50am: Another defender arriving at Leicester

The Foxes have reportedly completed a deal for Filip Benkovic – a young centre-back from Dinamo Zagreb. Are they stacking the decks to justify Harry Maguire’s departure later today? Stand by for confirmation of this move, and make sure to check our done deals update as they continue to go through today.

10:40am: West Ham are bang on trend

Lucas Perez is the first announcement to come accompanied with a ‘hilarious’ social media video. Here it is in all its glory:

The bar has been set. Can anybody top that?

10:30am: DONE DEAL!

It’s confirmed: Lucas Perez is a West Ham player. The striker arrives from Arsenal on a three-year deal and is very happy.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here he is, repeatedly saying just how happy he is about the move… in a manner of a man who is desperately trying to hide how unhappy he is about the move:

” I’m very happy to be here at such an historic club. I’m very excited, as West Ham are giving me the chance to stay in the Premier League and I’m very happy to be part of this new project. West Ham have great fans and play in an amazing stadium, so to sign here brings me great joy. I’m very motivated.”

10:20am: West Ham close in on Arsenal striker

West Ham are hours away from confirming the arrival of Lucas Perez from Arsenal. The forward has passed a medical and agreed terms.

10:10am: DONE DEAL!

It’s a deal that everybody knew about, but official confirmation is in: Mateo Kovacic is a Chelsea player. The Real Madrid midfielder arrives at Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan with no official option to buy.

In a statement the new Chelsea signing said:

” I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”

10:00am: Seven-hour warning

The deadline is rapidly approaching, but what will unfold in the next seven hours? Will Spurs actually sign somebody? Will Manchester United finally give Mourinho a reason to smile? We will know all-too-soon, but the big question is how exactly the window will shut. Will it slam, or will it simply close? And does anyone care? The answer to that last question is, famously, yes…

9:50am: More from Mou

If you’re playing Mourinho bingo then today’s a good day.

“It is difficult for me to believe we finished second last season, when I read or hear these things,” Mourinho said in his media conference this morning. “The media are capable of making people who finished second look like they got relegated and people who finished below us look like serial winners. I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues, to finish second last year was one of my best achievements.”

So that’s a subtle dig at Liverpool, a jab at the media, and a hefty pat on the back for his previous career achievements. That’s not far off a full house!

9:40am: Jose’s in a much better mood

Only joking. Jose Mourinho has arrived at his press conference and is as grumpy as expected, saying:

” I am not confident (on new signings). I am not confident, & the market closes today, so it’s time, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.”

9:30am: Will anything happen for Spurs today?

Our resident cartoonist, Zezo, doesn’t think so:

9:10am: QPR not in a selling mood

Queens Park Rangers‘ midfielder Luke Freeman has been linked to a number of clubs this summer, but it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere. QPR owner Tony Fernandes has been quite strong in his rebuttal of the rumours:

9:00am: Loftus-Cheek’s future

Could Ruben Loftus-Cheek be set for another loan move? We know that the English youngster is one of the most handsome men at the club, but what we don’t know is whether we’ll get much of a chance to see those chiseled cheekbones out on the pitch for Sarri‘s side. Could he be set for another year out on loan? And if not at Palace then where?

8:50am: Palace move for Ayew

You might recognise David Ornstein from numerous hilarious photoshop efforts on Twitter, but the journalist isn’t just a cult hero amongst Arsenal fans, he’s also a credible transfer rumour source. And Ornstein says that Crystal Palace are on the cusp of announcing a deal for Swansea forward Jordan Ayew on a season long loan, with the player effectively replacing Ruben Loftus-Cheek in Roy Hodgson‘s tactical set-up. Cheers for that, Dave.

8:35am: Did you miss these?

Yes it’s only been a short transfer window, but the distraction of the World Cup meant a lot of decent deals may have slipped through your net. Have a gander at these 28 big transfers that you might have missed earlier in the summer:

VIDEO – The 28 BIG transfers you missed during the World Cup…


8:25am: What does the future hold for Arzani?

City’s new man has already been linked with a loan switch to Celtic, and signs aren’t good if anybody wants to see him in City’s sky blue.

“In a short period of time, Daniel has developed into one of Australia’s brightest young stars and has demonstrated the drive and raw talent required for success at the highest level,” Brian Marwood, the managing director of global football for City Group, said in a revealing statement.

“This pathway was first forged by Aaron Mooy just two years ago, and we are all delighted to see another Australian-grown talent make this move.”

That’s the same Aaron Mooy who made a total of zero appearances for the Manchester club before completing a permanent move to Huddersfield.

8:15am: DONE DEAL!

We’ve got our first confirmed deal of the day and it’s a humdinger (if you like the idea of talented prospects moving to a club where they have little to no chance of regular first-team football). Manchester City are the club in question, confirming a deal for young Australian Daniel Arzani from Melbourne City – a club who are part of the City group’s attempt to subtly achieve worldwide football dominance. Early indications suggest that Arzani could head straight back out of City on loan.

8:10am: Early risers at Leicester

The Foxes aren’t hanging about today. The sun has barely risen and reports suggest that the club have agreed terms with Freiburg for their £19m-rated young centre-back Caglar Soyuncu. On its own that rumour shouldn’t clear those bleary eyes… but could it signal that another defender might be leaving? A certain Harry Maguire perhaps?

8am: Good Morning and welcome to Deadline Day 2018

Good morning and welcome to summer transfer deadline day 2018! There’s an absolute shed-load of deals reportedly in the pipeline today, so make sure you stay tuned for what promises to be one of the busiest deadline days in Premier League history.

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24 Hours Across Africa

Libya crisis hikes as Khalifa orders military forces into attacking Tripoli.



Source: Reuters

Eastern Libya commander Khalifa Haftar has thrown much of his military forces into attacking Tripoli, but the outcome of the offensive could be determined by a separate battle — to keep open the parallel finance system that funds his soldiers.

Mobilizing Libya’s biggest military campaign since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Haftar has advanced on the U.N.-backed administration in the capital from a bastion in the east, where he has a parallel government and central bank branch.

The general has funded his eastern state with a mix of unofficial bonds, Russia-printed cash and deposits from eastern banks, accumulating debt worth around 35 billion Libyan dinars ($25.18 billion) outside the official banking system.

But diplomats and banking sources say that those sources of support might be closing, as the Tripoli-based central bank, which controls the country’s energy revenues, has taken steps to curtail the operations of banks in the east.

Those banks have in recent months struggled to meet minimum deposit requirements, which could give the Tripoli central bank allied to Tripoli Premier Fayez al-Serraj the excuse to shut off access to hard currency, they said.

“There is a looming banking crisis that could undermine eastern authorities’ ability to fund themselves in the near future,” said Claudia Gazzini, senior Libya analyst at International Crisis Group.

“The crisis was already in the making before the war broke out.”

Haftar has built up his Libyan National Army (LNA) with the help of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt supplying heavy gear such helicopters, according to U.N. reports.

But Gulf countries such as the UAE have preferred not to give cash directly to Haftar, fearing it will end up being used for the wrong purposes, several diplomatic sources told Reuters.

That has forced the septuagenarian leader to use merchants to import vehicles and other gear, using hard currency obtained from the Tripoli central bank and paid out by eastern commercial banks issuing letters of credit, military sources said.

There is no public data on the costs of Haftar’s war, but he has sent more than 1,000 troops west plus support staff like drivers or medics, military sources and residents said.

Fuel is not a problem, costing just 0.15 dinars a liter, with state oil firm NOC serving the whole country.

But in its attempt to capture Tripoli the LNA has used hundreds of vehicles, with convoys going west non-stop from Benghazi, carrying anything from soldiers to ammunition to food.

In addition, every day two flights with Russian-made transport planes go from Benghazi to Jufrah in central Libya, his main base. Seriously wounded soldiers are flown to Tunisia.

The offensive has stalled, and so the LNA has vowed to move in yet more troops.

Haftar’s finances face another potential vulnerability.

In November, the House of Representatives allied to Haftar approved a law to set up a military investment authority which gives the LNA control — like in Egypt — of parts of the economy including civilian activities such as scrap metal.

The investment vehicle’s companies are exempted from taxes and import duties, as part of a welfare state envisaged by Haftar, but they need banks to deal with partners abroad and expand their businesses, analysts say.

“If the banks fail, Haftar’s welfare state will come under pressure,” said a Western diplomat.

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24 Hours Across Africa

Sri Lanka Update: Hundreds of Muslim flee Negombo fearing for their safety after threats of revenge from locals.



Source: Reuters

As mourners buried the remains of Christian worshippers killed by the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, hundreds of Muslim refugees fled Negombo on the country’s west coast where communal tensions have flared in recent days.

At least 359 people perished in the coordinated series of blasts targeting churches and hotels. Church leaders believe the final toll from the attack on St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo could be close to 200, almost certainly making Negombo the deadliest of the six near-simultaneous attacks.

On Wednesday, hundreds of Pakistani Muslims fled the multi-ethnic port an hour north of the capital, Colombo. Crammed into buses organized by community leaders and police, they left fearing for their safety after threats of revenge from locals.

“Because of the bomb blasts and explosions that have taken place here, the local Sri Lankan people have attacked our houses,” Adnan Ali, a Pakistani Muslim, told Reuters as he prepared to board a bus. “Right now we don’t know where we will go.”

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, yet despite Islamic State being a Sunni jihadist group, many of the Muslims fleeing Negombo belong to the Ahmadi community, who had been hounded out of Pakistan years ago after their sect was declared non-Muslim.

The fallout from Sunday’s attacks appears set to render them homeless once more.

Farah Jameel, a Pakistani Ahmadi, said she had been thrown out of her house by her landlord.

“She said ‘get out of here and go wherever you want to go, but don’t live here’,” she told Reuters, gathered with many others at the Ahmadiyya Mosque, waiting for buses to take them to a safe location. “I HAVE NOTHING NOW”

Sri Lanka’s government is in disarray over the failure to prevent the attacks, despite repeated warnings from intelligence sources.

Police have detained an unspecified number of people were detained in western Sri Lanka, the scene of anti-Muslim riots in 2014, in the wake of the attacks, and raids were carried out in neighborhoods around St Sebastian’s Church.

Police played down the threats to the refugees, but said they have been inundated with calls from locals casting suspicion on Pakistanis in Negombo.

“We have to search houses if people suspect,” said Herath BSS Sisila Kumara, the officer in charge at Katara police station, where 35 of the Pakistanis that gathered at the mosque were taken into police custody for their own protection, before being sent to an undisclosed location.

“All the Pakistanis have been sent to safe houses,” he said. “Only they will decide when they come back.”

Two kilometers away, makeshift wooden crosses marked the new graves at the sandy cemetery of St Sebastian’s Church, as the latest funerals on Wednesday took the number buried there to 40.

Channa Repunjaya, 49, was at home when he heard about the blast at St Sebastian’s. His wife, Chandralata Dassanaike and nine-year-old daughter Meeranhi both died.

“I felt like committing suicide when I heard that they had died,” he told Reuters by the open graves. “I have nothing now.”

Meeranhi’s grandmother, with her head still bandaged after being wounded in the attack, was held by a relative as the first handfuls of earth were scattered upon her child-sized coffin.

Most of Sri Lanka’s 22 million people are Buddhist, but the Indian Ocean island’s population includes Muslim, Hindu and Christian minorities. Until now, Christians had largely managed to avoid the worst of the island’s conflict and communal tensions.

There were signs of some religious communities pulling together following Sunday’s outrage.

Saffron- and scarlet-robed Buddhist monks from a nearby monastery handed out bottled water to mourners who gathered under a baking afternoon sun.

But the town, which has a long history of sheltering refugees – including those made homeless by a devastating tsunami in 2004 – may struggle to recover from Sunday’s violence, said Father Jude Thomas, one of dozens of Catholic priests who attended Wednesday’s burials.

“Muslims and Catholics lived side by side,” he said. “It was always a peaceful area, but now things have come to the surface we cannot control.”

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