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Transfer Deadline Day - Live
This live event has finished
- No new additions for Saints on transfer deadline day
- Vegard Forren the sole January signing
- Jonathan Forte, Ben Reeves, Lee Barnard and Steve De Ridder leave on loan deals
- Relegation rivals QPR, Reading, Wigan and Villa all bring players in
As that is the end of play for Saints for the day we are going to wrap up this live blog.
No doubt there are still going to be some late deals elsewhere.
QPR have so far only signed one player but could finish the day with another four on their books.
It's been a quiet day for Saints in the end but then they never really needed that much.
Many thanks for your company throughout the day.
Now you can all get some sleep.
So it's official. That's it from Saints for the January window
Can confirm that Steve De Ridder to Bolton on loan for a month is our last piece of business for this window. #deadineday #SaintsFC— @jordansibley 31 January 2013
No official word yet but it sounds very much like the shutters are being pulled down at St Mary's.
Four loan departures and no arrivals on this deadline day.
Stoke have completed the £2.5million signing of United States winger Brek Shea from FC Dallas.
Confirmation that Steve De Ridder has joined Championship side Bolton on a one month loan deal.
There are unconfirmed rumours that there may be one more bit of business at St Mary's before the window closes this evening.
That is expected to be a departure with Steve De Ridder reported to be the man on his way and Bolton Wanderers his likely destination.
Lee Barnard has joined League One side Oldham on loan until the end of the season.
The Odemwingie one is remarkable. The current story is this...
Confusion surrounded the future of West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie tonight as he arrived in London for talks with QPR, only for his club to deny giving him permission to do so.
Rangers boss Harry Redknapp earlier spoke of his interest in the wantaway Nigerian, and when the player was interviewed in London speaking of his excitement about a move, it looked as though a deal was on.
But West Brom reacted quickly by releasing a statement which read: "Albion have moved to clarify developments regarding Peter Odemwingie after the striker was filmed a short while ago arriving at Loftus Road.
"The club can confirm they have held further discussions with QPR today but those talks have so far proven fruitless and no agreement has been reached.
"Albion would also like to make clear that Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move."
Albion's words came just minutes after Sky Sports News interviewed the 31-year-old as he drove into London.
He has been critical of West Brom on Twitter over recent weeks but he tonight gave a nod to that being in the past, saying: "It's fine. West Brom was my home but this is a new chapter. I love West Brom and always will.
"I am optimistic. A few good players have arrived here (at QPR) and I am happy with the trust Harry Redknapp has in me.
"The last few results have given us a chance to stay up. I don't think the owners will bring in so many players if they don't think it will happen.
"I hope West Brom are happy with what they will get and they hope to get players themselves."
While Odemwingie was in front of the cameras, Redknapp was giving an interview to London Call-In, during which he confirmed his interest in Odemwingie, Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend.
"Peter Odemwingie has pace, great movement," Redknapp said. "I like him and is a player that has always given us problems when I was at Tottenham
"I think if we can get Odemwingie he would be a great signing for us, but whether we can pull it off I am not sure."
The acquisition of Jenas looks like being an easier one for Redknapp, with the Tottenham midfielder also turning up at Loftus Road ahead of what he expects to be an 18-month deal.
He told reporters: "That's initially. I am fit and ready to go, it's a top club and I am confident the manager can make sure the club stays up. I know Harry well, spent a lot of time with him at Tottenham and know him well enough.
"It's a top club, has some good players and not in that bad a position. They're four points off safety and can definitely claw that back."
Earlier in the day, Rangers broke their club transfer record when they signed Christopher Samba from Anzhi Makhachkala after triggering a release clause believed to be more than £10m.
It's all so quiet...
West Ham midfielder Alou Diarra has joined Ligue 1 side Rennes on loan for the rest of the season.
Tottenham have announced that goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has joined German side Hoffenheim on loan until the end of the season.
Confusion surrounded the future of West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie tonight as he arrived in London for talks with QPR, only for his club to deny giving him permission to do so.
Tottenham have given up their pursuit of Internacional striker Leandro Damiao - for now.
Harry Redknapp latest.
He's been speaking to a radio show and has spoken of his transfer deadline day hopes - which seem to be Peter Odemwingie, Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend. The deal for Peter Crouch is off with Stoke unwilling to let him leave.
"He's got pace, I really like him and I think he could help us," said Redknapp of Odemwingie.
"Whether we can get him, I'm not sure."
"Townsend has been unlucky because he's got both Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon in front of him. He's strong, quick, brave and he scores. I think both he and JJ would be good players for us."
Blimey. It is a quiet old day
Fulham have snuck one past the hacks that cover them with the loan signing of Stanislav Manolev.
Immediate action as Ben Reeves joins Southend United on a one month loan deal.
The 21-year-old has had a few first team opportunities under Nigel Adkins but struggled to really establish himself.
Southend are currently seventh in League Two, which is the final play-off place in that division.
They are, of course, managed by former Saints boss Paul Sturrock.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp talking about spending a shed load of cash, from his car window:
Right the King of Saints blogging is done for the day. It's time for Prince Charming to take over.
Right, with a little over four hours remaining, I'm going to hand over to Adam Leitch, who will have the pleasure (!) of documenting every single twist and turn and what is certain to be an action-packed evening of wheeling and dealing.
If not, I'm sure there will be a repeat of Friends somewhere on TV.
What transfer deadline day looks like at my end. Tears not shown. http://t.co/6vY2VyBU— @dankerins 31 January 2013
Some also suggesting Matt Holland and Rudi Skacel. It's almost as if some people aren't taking this seriously.
Some of the rumours being bounced around by Saints fans online as potential signings:
- Jesus Navas
- Jermain Lens
- Davide Astori
Do you see any of them coming true?
Could the £8m for Italian international Davide Astori be resurrected? There was a lot of chatter about him in early January and he said last week that he'd like to play in a foreign league.
As things stand, Saints have Yoshida, Hooiveld and Martin as fully fit centre halves, with Fonte and Forren getting back to fitness.
Pleeeeeeeeeeeasssseee sign someone saints! #deadlineday is pretty boring at the moment! #saintsfc— @MikeWhite90 31 January 2013
Admittedly, that won't be the sort of deal Saints fans are hankering after, but at least it's something!
We have some action!
Jonathan Forte has joined Sheffield United on loan.
The striker didn't have the most fruitful time at St. Mary's, and will be best remembered for scoring a brace against MK Dons at St. Mary's after Saints had gone 2-0 down in League One.
Roberto Martinez - who has been quite busy today - previews Saints visit to the DW Stadium to take on his Wigan side.
5:15pm Thu 31 Jan 13
Latest gossip is there's a rumour being whispered that it's being put about on the grape vine that idle chinwag is no more than tittle tattle.
Rumours kicking around that we are back in for Jermaine Lens with a bid accepted. #saintsfc #transfers #rumours #gossip #signings Retweet— @SouthamptonRoom 31 January 2013
Premier League spending in this window now at £108million. Take QPR out of the equation and it's still an impressive £108.— @MirrorFootball 31 January 2013
It's 5pm, so that means only six hours of the wonderful adventure that is transfer deadline day remaining.
Truly, we are blessed.
Jim White is on the roof of Sky HQ "on this special day", making it sound like Christmas Day in an orphanage, rather than a day when millionaire footballers and their agents get big fat cheques.
The only reason for broadcasting from the roof seems to be the fact that you can just about make out the Wembley arch, which is about five miles away in the distance.
How great would it be to see someone outside staplewood reporting on a BIG signing #saintsfc #wecandream— @northamsoul7 31 January 2013
Don't forget, Pochettino did allude to the possibility of potential signings today, with his comments following last night's match.
If no-one else comes in, are you happy with the squad at his disposal?
Thus far, this has arguably been the quietest Transfer Deadline Day for sometime.
The 'highlights' include:
- Samba to QPR for £12m
- Becchio to Norwich
- Butland to Stoke for £4m
- Delap to Barnsley
- Beckham to PSG
- Danny Graham to Sunderland for £5m
4:13pm Thu 31 Jan 13
Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says
Not even any rumours? Let's start one shall we? Marta Vieira da Silva seen eating meatballs at Ikea with Pochettino. New centre forward or were they just on a date?
Need something to help liven up Transfer Deadline Day? Try this:
Jack Butland has completed the move to Stoke - but he will most likely be loaned back to Birmingham for the rest of the season.
The deal is worth £4m - at least £2m less than Saints bid for the player in the summer.
You can only imagine Birmingham wish they had taken that offer when they had the chance.
Another deal for a club down the bottom - Aston Villa have completed the signing of 22-year-old Yacouba Sylla from Clermont Foot on a three-and-a-half year deal.
The players most likely to be pushed towards the exit at St. Mary's are Lee Barnard, Tadanari Lee and Jonathan Forte.
That's not to say they will or that others won't, but do you think jettisoning any of the above would be a mistake or the right thing to do?
3:46pm Thu 31 Jan 13
Gazzy Silverback says
Come on #SaintsFC I am bored #TransferDeadlineDay ... Cant we sign anyone? Even a new tea lady for the boys? Hmmm how about #JenniferEllison
Would like to see another midfielder introduced into the #saintsfc squad on #DeadlineDay today! Think that's all we need!— @JoshSheath 31 January 2013
Jamie Redknapp on Sky talking the one and only time he moved - Liverpool to Tottenham.
Has obviously forgotten about joining Saints in the January window in 2005!
3:21pm Thu 31 Jan 13
I think if you cant improve on what you have then leave the January Window well alone. Over priced, average players seem to move in this window. Balotelli anyone? :)
As expected, Celtic have knocked back Norwich's fourth bid for Gary Hooper, who Saints bid for in the summer.
Remains to be seen if they return with a fifth offer.
It looks like football has broken the Internet - Twitter has collapsed, presumably under the weight of tweets expressing disgust about Rickie Lambert not being called up.
The Jack Butland deal offered by Stoke to Birmingham involves them loaning the young keeper back to the St. Andrew's for the rest of the season.
On Sky Sports News, David Garrido stays on, but Hayley McQueen has been replaced by Kirsty Gallagher.
The hype about a middle aged man preparing to do his job is already at fever pitch, such is the desire at Sky to get Jim White on screen.
Eight hours left!
2:53pm Thu 31 Jan 13
The Saint !! says
Very quiet!!! Surely someone knows something? Can't the echo tap some phone?? It's all too much. Coyr
Nathaniel Clyne and Luke Shaw have been called up to the U21 England squad.
Someone has leaked this team photo as Pomey's deadline day dealings draw to a close:
@dankerins I'd like to see puncheon sign a new contract today, feel that will be the only "in" news today, scraping the barrel and all that— @csummers1610 31 January 2013
There's been a distinct lack of sightings of various players at Southampton Airport this year. Normally you can't move for sightings of Ballon d'Or nominees being reported.
Hope semedo isn't being sold to Southampton, but for 2 million it would be a nice profit for the club #deadlineday— @micky_bubbles 31 January 2013
Following from the disapointment for Danny Fox, neither is there any room in the England squad for Rickie Lambert.
The joint-top scoring English striker has been left out in favour of Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge.
Sunderland have now officially confirmed the signing of Danny Graham for £5m, from Swansea.
Away from the transfer madness, Gordon Strachan (aka Wee Gordon Strachan or simply WGS to Saints fans) has announced his first Scotland squad.
Alas, there's no place for Southampton left back Danny Fox.
Nine hours remain!
1:44pm Thu 31 Jan 13
Chicago Saint says
If MP/NC do not make a move to sign new players this transfer window and move "to the team to the next level", as NC stated, then WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF SACKING NA??? Makes no logical sense to me really. Still believe sacking NA was more an ego issue with NC rather than "perfect timing" to help the team.
Losing Courtinho to Liverpool was painful as he looked to be a good possession player. So if we offered 10.2M and missed out on him, then why not make a similar offer to another big name that could control the game?
I have read articles that Celtic's price demands for Hooper have reduced and they may lose him on a free this summer anyhow. Why not make another move for him now since we were already willing to pay 8M for him just a few months ago. Unfortunately I think JR was a waste of money this past summer. He just does not look up to par for the Premiership.
Another ex-Saint is potentially on the move. Championship strugglers Barnsley are after Rory Delap, who is still at the Britannia with the
Saints Old Boys XI Stoke City.
According to Sky Sports, the total amount of cash spent by Premier League clubs in fees so far during this transfer window is £101m.
Or in terms you might be able to relate to, 101 clones of this man:
Even though #saintsfc don't really need a new signing, I wouldn't mind a big surprise by tonight #deadlineday— @JustinBryant_ 31 January 2013
1:05pm Thu 31 Jan 13
Just heard from my contact at St Marys that talks are being held with the agent of Young Spanish striker Rodrigo Moreno Machado.
Plays for spain internationally at youth level and had loans spells in prem with Bolton.
Pochettino calling in contacts?
Watch this space...
Improbable Rumours on Twitter:
- Jesus Navas to Saints
- Nani to Saints
Could they come true? You decide.
BREAKING: Harry Redknapp spotted travelling to Paris, as he looks to hijack the transfer of David Beckham to PSG. http://t.co/Kmj8Y9VS— @BBCSporf 31 January 2013
Zarate's move to Kiev may be close to collapse - he was another of the 36 players linked to Saints this window.
Just in case the name doesn't ring a bell, he used to play for Birmingham, currently represents Lazio and spent last season on loan at Inter.
Just over 51 per cent of Saints fans are optimists, saying they believe the club will sign someone today.
Meanwhile, 65 per cent of supporters are confident some players will be leaving St. Mary's at some point today.
You can still vote on the polls - scroll down through the posts to find them.
12:50pm Thu 31 Jan 13
Well it's deadline day.
The latest news is that Pompey have just signed a new tax return.
No, I don't believe it either!
12:43pm Thu 31 Jan 13
SO50 Saint says
It's days like today that remind me of my hatred for Redknapp and how great it would be if QPR go down. They are Pompey in waiting
Sentiments being echoed by many Saints fans - a £12m deal with Samba on (rumoured) wages of £100k a week do seem reminiscent of the days of excess at Fratton Park.
Will it all end in tears for QPR or is it a gamble that will pay off?
Wigan's bid for Barnsley's John Stones has been accepted. As mentioned earlier (11.58am), Saints were linked with him a couple of weeks ago.
Regardless, it seems like a good excuse to me to dig out a YouTube compilation video:
If we sign Jesus Navas I will dance in my street naked. #Pace #pace #pace #SaintsFC— @BaldBarbarian 31 January 2013
#Pompey sign promising Chinese talents Wi Won Once & Howl Lung Since #deadlineday #twitter92— @MaxyBoyPFC 31 January 2013
11:07am Thu 31 Jan 13
This Dan Kerins' Deadline Day Blog with 30 second updates is fantastic..
There's no need to scan Newsnow endlessly or watch SkySports News - it's all here on the South's finest digital offering.
Firmino looks good - let's hope that we sign him.
I might stick that on my CV.
More Premier League updates:
- Norwich sign Becchio from Leeds United
- Celtic knock back a fourth bid from the Canaries for Gary Hooper
- Paul Robinson expected to join West Ham
- Sunderland agree fee with Swansea for Danny Graham
£12.5m for Chris Samba plus a weekly wage of £100k. Absolute madness. Just sums up everything wrong with modern football. #qpr #deadlineday— @AdamRoylance 31 January 2013
Southampton Rejects United Stoke City's interest in Jack Butland is now taken the form of a £4m bid - presumably in case Manchester United's interest in Asimir Begovic leads to a deal.
Saints had a £6m bid for Butland rejected in the summer but the Blues are now in financial difficulty.
However, if Artur Boruc can continue the form he showed last night, do Saints really need to bring another 'keeper alongside the Pole, Kelvin Davis, and Paulo Gazzaniga?
Just 11 hours left!
That's eleven. As in almost half an entire day. Still to go.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is a busy man ahead of Saints' visit on Saturday. Earlier he re-signed Paul Scharner, now he's put a £3m offer in for Barnsley right back John Stones.
Saints were also linked to Stones during this window, but with Nathaniel Clyne and Frazier Richardson - as well as Danny Butterfield and if needed, Jack Cork, already in the squad, right back is not a priority for Pochettini and company.
Lost count of everyone I'm trying to sign for QPR. Please RT if I tried to sign you so we can speed up personal terms. #TransferDeadlineDay— @hazza_redknapp 31 January 2013
11:44am Thu 31 Jan 13
maybe we can get Ronnie 'the rocket' Ekeland on loan??
Did someone mention Ronnie Ekelund?
Dowie adds that perhaps this has 'not been a good window' for Saints.
Iain Dowie saying that he thinks Saints need to bring in one or two players to pull away from the relegation zone, especially with the likes of Reading adding to their squads.
22 - Southampton have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League. Frittered.— @OptaJoe 31 January 2013
See, it's not all about transfer deals. We can bring you stats, too.
Right, time for a round-up over the news from around the grounds today:
- Balotelli leaves City for Ac Milan
- Felliani looks to be staying at Everton
- QPR signing Samba and possibly Bentley
- Butland targetted by Stoke, with interest in Begovic.
- Crouch could swap Stoke for QPR
- Beckham having a medical at PSG.
- Reading sign a striker from Sheffield United
- Wigan resign Paul Scharner
- Villa hosting Sylla for a medical.
Unless Fonte is nearly fit we need cover at centre half. No central defender on bench last night and with Forren we only have 3 #saintsfc— @golfingampm 31 January 2013
Sky Sports News replaying the car window interview with Harry Redknapp. Ex-Saints coach Kevin Bond looks like the world's most bored cabbie.
TRANSFER NEWS: We are delighted to confirm the signing of Sheffield United forward Nick Blackman. More here http://t.co/bQ5JpOlW #readingfc— @ReadingFC 30 January 2013
Kieron Dyer is close to signing for Boro'. If you cast your mind back to a world before transfer deadline days, Saints were vilified when Tahar El Kahlej inured Dyer prior to the 2002 World Cup.
Of course, Kieron Dyer was the greatest footballer in a generation and his inury was the reason England didn't become world champions that year. Or something.
Worryingly, Tahar is now 44 years old according Wikipedia.
10:54am Thu 31 Jan 13
Happy Transfer deadline day everyone, or what Portsmouth fans prefer .... Thursday !!!
Holed up in transfer day bunker with @MrSimonWilliams @JFBLucas @RichardEnsten @InnesMarlow but @TomCoull has gone missing .....— @Wattsypics 31 January 2013
Whilst any possible new players coming in is a bit up in the air for Saints, it seems fairly certain that at least a couple of squad players will be leaving.
How do you think they will be? Lee Barnard, for example? Leave your throughts below.
Elsewhere, Mario Balotelli - you may have heard of him - has completed the move to AC Milan from Manchester City. Saints are playing the Champions in 10 days time at St. Mary's.
Roberto Firmino is one of the players Saints have been linked to this transfer window, following the collapse of the Coutinho deal.
So why not have a look at what he has to offer -
Of course, don't assume he's coming - it's just nice to see a clip of the sort of players Saints are being linked with!
Sky Sports News showing a picture of a helicopter at Newcastle. However, Mike Ashley stepping out of it makes it seem slightly less glamorous.
Big day then – the transfer window shuts and Rickie Lambert will get selected for England… hopefully. #saintsfc— @SaintsPodcast 31 January 2013
10:42am Thu 31 Jan 13
Should be allowed more than one vote on the where do we need to strengthen ballot i think we need 4 players but thats clearly not going to happen now have to beat wigan saturday!
Don't forget you can still relive Saints' superb - yet ultimately fruitless - performance at Old Trafford last night.
Click here to see the gallery of photos from Manchester United v Saints
I really don't think we're gonna be bringing anyone in #TransferDeadineDay #SaintsFC (hopefully bit of reverse physc there)— @thursdaysgirl20 31 January 2013
10:33am Thu 31 Jan 13
Id like to see lescott signed 8million is the rumered about city would take for him bargin!!!!
Gary Hooper - who was chased by Nigel Adkins in the summer - is the subject of a fourth bid from Norwich City.
However, with Adkins having left Saints, is there any likelihood the Celtic striker will still be on Saints' radar? Would seem unlikely that anyone at SFC would be looking to resurrect a deal for the former Scunthorpe man.
10:25am Thu 31 Jan 13
St Retford says
Any chance we can sign that linesman that United had playing for them last night?
Some Saints related gossip - former Pompey striker Yakubu is supposedly attracting attention from Southampton, Reading and West Ham for £1m. According to the Daily Mail.
Would you want him at St. Mary's?
Aston Villa have welcomed Sylla in for a medical.
He's a 22-year-old French midfielder - descrbed as an 'enforcer' as Paul Lambert tries desperately to add some steel to his squad who are currently below Saints in the table.
Pochettino on transfer deadline day: "We will have to make some decisions. If someone does come it will be to improve the squad." #saintsfc— @SouthamptonFC 31 January 2013
Chris Samba is on his way to QPR. The London club triggered a £10m release fee for the former Blackburn defender.
Staying with Wigan - they've bolster their defence ahead of Saints' visit to the DW this weekend.
Paul Scharner has returned to the club on loan from Hamburger SV.
Meanwhile, Saints opponents on Saturday - Wigan Athletic - are supposedly lining up a deal for Irish winger Aiden McGeady who plys his trade at Spartak Moscow.
However, the Russians splashed out to land the former Celtic man, who is on circa £70k a week and a very low tax rate.
Will Dave Whelan stretch to that?
#DeadlineDay is better than Christmas Day. Straight out of bed and on the sofa, come on #saintsfc let's have a couple of new signings. COYR— @sfcsteveo66 31 January 2013
One time Saints target Jack Butland, the young Birmingham City goalkeeper, is being lined up by
Ex-Saints United Stoke City, while Peter Crouch is expected to be on his way out of the Brittania to hook up with - who else - Harry Redknapp at QPR.
One Day More from Les Miserables - Transfer Deadline Day remix
9:32am Thu 31 Jan 13
I think the Echo reporters should hang around Southampton Airport and the local service stations as that's where all the rumours come from on transfer deadline day, my mates wifes sister who works at the airport just saw Cortese and Pochettino talking to Manuel Kickaball holding a contract!
Last night. Saints boss Pochettino kept the door open for any possible deals to be done, saying that no final decisions would be made until today.
Tomorrow we will make our final decisions. We are still deciding and making our final decisions. At this moment I can’t say what’s going to happen.Pochettino
You can read the full story here.
Of course, we don't live in isolation, so we will also keep you up-to-date on the latest deals at the teams around Saints.
Of course former Saints boss Harry Redknapp will be doing some business to boost his 'bare-bones' QPR squad which is only worth £90m or so.
In fact, we've just seen our first glimpse of him hanging out of a car window on Sky Sports.
Won't be the last, I imagine.
As I'm sure you're well aware, the Daily Echo's transfer rumour round-up has been running all month with a total of 36 players linked with a move to St. Mary's (and two managers) and 10 of the current squad supposedly lined up to leave.
Obviously, they can't all be true, but cast your eye over the list to see if you think any of them will become reality before 11pm tonight.
Good morning and welcome to the transfer deadline day live updates.
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