Transfer deadline day LIVE: Everton confirm final signing almost 24 hours after window closes
Premier League clubs were scrambling to bring in their final signings of the summer across transfer deadline day. Here’s all the action as it happened right up until Everton confirmed their last signing on Friday afternoon. Scroll down for our live blog.
Everton enjoyed a busy end to the transfer window with four players signing for the Toffees including a season-long loan move for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma which was only confirmed after 4pm on Friday.
The 23-year-old Frenchman had been linked with Manchester United on Wednesday evening but now Everton have agreed a loan deal. He will wear the number five shirt at Goodison.
Their first signing was Brazil international Bernard, who has joined Everton on a four-year deal worth a reported £150,000 a week from Shakhtar Donetsk after personal terms were agreed and a work permit was received. The 25-year-old was in the Brazil panel for the 2014 World Cup but has not played for his country since.
For the duration of transfer deadline day, Barcelona’s Yerry Mina and André Gomes were reported to be closing in on moves to Merseyside, undergoing medicals amid discussions with the club. A fee of €30.5m with €1.5m in add-ons has been agreed for Mina, while Barcelona have included a buy-back clause. Barcelona has also confirmed that Gomes will go to Goodison on loan with the Toffees paying a €2.25m loan fee.
The Toffees had even been linked with Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo but that rumour came to nothing.
Danny Ings has signed for Southampton on a season-long loan ahead of a permanent move next summer. Ings had an injury hit time at Anfield and wanted to leave in search of first team football.
Turkish international Çağlar Söyüncü becomes the third defender to join the Foxes this season, subject to a work permit. The 22-year-old, who was said to be interesting Arsenal and Manchester United earlier this year, will arrive on a five-year deal. He adds to the signings of fellow centre-backs Jonny Evans and Filip Benkovic this summer but still, Harry Maguire remains at the club, who rejected Manchester United’s approaches.
The south coast side pulled off three late signings including former Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya. Fulham were rumoured to be targeting the Valencia player but Brighton swooped. Their other signings are Dan Burn from Wigan and 17-year-old midfielder Peter Gwargis from Swedish side Jönköpings Södra IF.
Meanwhile, Man United’s pursuit of a defender was frustrated despite FIVE players being linked during the day.
Manchester United were said to be making late pushes to sign either Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld or Leicester’s Harry Maguire but the chances of those deals going through vanished.
The duo were the club’s top defensive targets all summer and 29-year-old was said to be keen to leave White Hart Lane. Bleacher Report (via the Express) do claim that the player has agreed terms with United but the problem is Spurs value the centre-half at £60m, even if a clause in his contract means he could leave for £25m next summer. Leicester have repeatedly made it clear that Maguire is not for sale, even if they have signed Turkish defender Çağlar Söyüncü and Croatian Filip Benkovic today. United saw two bids rejected recently, the higher worth a reported £60m.