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Transfer Deadline Day - Live
This live event has finished
- Gaston Ramirez SIGNS for fee in excess of £12m
- Winger's protracted transfer completed and club record fee smashed
- Young American goalkeeper Cody Cropper joins
- Billy Sharp joins Nottingham Forest on loan
- Dean Hammond joins Brighton on loan
- Saints held 'brief' talks with Del Piero yesterday
- Enquiry made by Saints to Chelsea for Benayoun
- Blackpool want Saints to confess to tapping up Phillips
- Reporting by Dan Kerins, Adam Leitch and Gordon Simpson
TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSED
DEAL DONE: Midfielder Dean Hammond returns to former club Brighton on loan for the rest of the season. A pivotal part of the lasat three years at Saints so somewhat of a sad day to see a good player and a good bloke leave.
Rite then I'm really sorry saints fans I'm off 2 forest 4 the season,uve been amazin to me love u all,massive thanks and gutted to be leavin— @billysharp10 31 August 2012
DEAL DONE: Young American goalkeeper Cody Cropper has joined Saints. Was released by Ipswich and available on a free. Will be third choice behind Kelvin Davis and Paulo Gazzaniga.
DEAL DONE: Billy Sharp's switch to Nottingham Forest has been confirmed. The striker moves on loan to the Championship club for the rest of the season.
Less than two hours left until the deadline now. We're still waiting to hear if Saints can complete any more deals, while Nottingham Forest are attempting to wrap up their loan move for Billy Sharp before time runs out.
Best signing so far has to be Gaston Ramirez. If only because Lawro said he'd never sign for Saints. Such a shame he's not on MOTD— @GaryLineker 31 August 2012
Adkins talks transfers and looks ahead to Sunday's game with Manchester United:
Saints fans seem to have mixed emotions tonight - absolute delight at the Ramirez signing but sad about the potential departure of Billy Sharp. Would be strange if it happened as Nigel Adkins said categorically and on the record on Tuesday night that no player would leave the club before the deadline, either permanently or on loan.
Billy Sharp off to Nottingham Forest on loan tonight I'm told. #saintsfc— @gordonsimpson 31 August 2012
7:10pm Fri 31 Aug 12
about time! 3 years ago we spent £1mill on rickie. who would have thought we would be spending £7mill on 1 player and then £12mill on another so quickly. what a ride thats been. onwards and upwards.
Pretty much seems to sum up most Saints fans' feelings tonight
BREAKING: Administrators of #pompey say neither party is in a position to buy the club and have given them a two week deadline to alter bid— @NabilHassan79 31 August 2012
Ramirez fee to Bologna beleived to be about £12m. More to Penarol. Four year contract. Wages thought to be about £60,000 a week plus a hefty signing on fee.
There are some excited Saints fans out there.
Saints are delighted to confirm the signing of Uruguayan international Gastón Ramírez. Full story to follow at http://t.co/uOy2bQWx soon.— @officialsaints 31 August 2012
AT LAST - RAMIREZ SIGNS
Bologna confirm they have reached an agreement with #saintsfc for the transfer of Gaston Ramirez: http://t.co/z5vktRzr— @gordonsimpson 31 August 2012
Bit of a recap for those coming in for the evening shift:
- Gaston Ramirez deal 'really close' says Adkins - waiting on Penarol.
- Young American goalkeeper Cody Cropper appears to have joined
- Adkins expects more to happen before 11pm
- Billy Sharp definitely not leaving
- Saints held 'brief' talks with Del Piero yesterday
- Enquiry made by Saints to Chelsea for Benayoun
- Blackpool want Saints to confess to tapping up Phillips
Meanwhile, Forest supporters seem convinced their club is after Billy Sharp to add to their already bulging collection of ex-Saints.
However, we learnt earlier today that Sharp would not be going anywhere. Of course, things can change, but you can probably ignore that rumour too.
Seems a few Saints fans have fallen for a spoof Sky Sports News account saying the Ramirez deal has fallen through.
The account claims it is 'a back-up' for the main SSN account. You've been warned!
Official:Ramirez signs for Southampton— @tancredipalmeri 31 August 2012
Nigel Adkins bingo:
When you get home tonight, pour yourself a drink if you hear an interview with Nigel Adkins using any of these phrases:
- Football Club
- Great set of players
- Worked very hard
Nigel Adkins has described Gaston Ramirez as "a talented, talented footballer. Young, talented, dynamic. Scores goals, creates goals, is at a good age and all being well, will bring some dynanism to our football team."
I have to be honest, I'm not sure dynanism is quite what he means, but you get the jist.
They've taken their time, but the semi-annual "Michael Owen to Saints" rumours are now in full swing.
Believe them if you want, but personally I'm staying well away from them.
Nigel Adkins with Emmanuel Mayuka #Saintsfc http://t.co/WcJwYqkS— @talkSAINTS 31 August 2012
Emmanuel Mayuka meets his new manager at St Mary's #saintsfc @ St Mary's Stadium http://t.co/wQTsuHqc— @officialsaints 31 August 2012
Down the A31, Bournemouth have signed Lorenzo Davids, cousin of bespectacled Dutch star Edgar Davids.
It's three years old, but here's a video with Cody Cropper, when he was just 16 years old in his native Michigan.
Nigel Adkins' interview on Saints Player reminded me of a kid at Christmas waiting to see what Santa brings! #Saintsfc #NigelLADkins— @kyranwatts 31 August 2012
As pointed out in the comments below, Saints have posted what look like photos of Cody Cropper training with the team this morning.
3:51pm Fri 31 Aug 12
Cody Cropper must have signed! He's in the pictures @Officialsaints just posted!!
Pic of first deadline day Saints signing...ok, it's Terry Paine and a book, but the ball is now rolling http://t.co/l5vVH0J5— @gordonsimpson 31 August 2012
3:36pm Fri 31 Aug 12
buster gutt says
zzzzzzzzzzzz could someone wake me up I've been sat in front of this screen since midnight ,the wife's stopped speaking to me, the dogs just bit me and I still don't really know if Gaston whatever his names is has signed. I can't take it any more.
@dankerins - Really enjoying the live feed! Keep up the good work.... Oh wait is that @themichaelowen in a taxi to St Mary's?— @Will_DP_Green 31 August 2012
We'll have video of Nigel Adkins press conference as soon as we can, so you can judge for yourselves exactly what he's saying - and what he means.
Time for an update on Premier League movements:
- Berbatov agrees Fulham move
- Charlie Adam moves to Stoke on four year deal
- Scott Sinclair swaps Swansea for Man City
- Clint Dempsey turns down Villa
- Spurs land Moutinho for a club record £22m
- Rafael van der Vaart goes to Hamburg for £10m
Hello to the tweeter that says this is like watching your mum on Facebook!
More former Saint news:
RICHARD WRIGHT: Confirmation that the former Ipswich and England goalkeeper has joined the club: http://t.co/LmEOqSZR— @MCFC 31 August 2012
Ramirez is not yet a #SaintsFC player according to boss Nigel Adkins, wide man still a priority, cards close to chest in presser #pasoccer— @MarkyBryans 31 August 2012
Adkins carefully making sure not to talk of Ramirez as a #SaintsFC player, deal should be done but not in time to face #MUFC— @MarkyBryans 31 August 2012
First Team Manager Nigel Adkins talks to the press @ St Mary's Stadium http://t.co/4GQquXjc— @officialsaints 31 August 2012
Saints all but confirm Gaston Ramirez deal - not done in time for Man United match, however.
Adkins says: "We are very, very close. All being well, he will become our player."
What the transfer deadline gives you is a clear indication of which are the badly run football clubs!!!— @GNev2 31 August 2012
According to Sky Sports, the biggest news of transfer deadline day is Jim White arriving at work.
Eight hours to go.
Football transfers can seem mysterious cloak and dagger affairs. Perhaps this from the Premier League will help:
How do #BPL transfers get done? Read our Q&A on deal sheets & fax machines as we explain the process of players moving: http://t.co/2vvfd1Cs— @premierleague 31 August 2012
2:45pm Fri 31 Aug 12
Can we have a 5th option on the Rameriez poll please? Something like "Are you getting bored of hearing his name yet??"
The Benayoun link seemed to split Saints fans down the middle. Some thought it showed ambition and that he would be a great addition, whilst others just thought he wasn't needed or wouldn't fit in.
I'm led to believe Yossi Benayoun's wages were too high for #Saintsfc and Chelsea were unwilling to subsidise them in a loan deal.— @NabilHassan79 31 August 2012
According to reports, Saints have phoned Chelsea to say "thanks, but no thanks" over Yossi Benayoun . Sounds like that's the end of that. What was it that ended it? Price, wages or just not needed?
From signings we're waiting for to one we know is done and dusted.
Here's a compilation video of Maya Yoshida :
I can't believe it!! #Saintsfc mentioned on SSN!! #miracle http://t.co/h3P2iuDc— @mrspongey 31 August 2012
You should just be thankful it's not another PPI advert.
Another ex-Saint could be on the move - Kenwyne Jones has been linked to Marseille.
2:13pm Fri 31 Aug 12
is it just me refreshing the page constantly, never been so hooked to one page!!!
You could just click the "Enable automatic updates every 30 seconds" button to save your F5 key...
RT @bigdazzer: @codycropper Welcome to the south coast! Enjoy your time with the mighty Saints. Look forward to seeing you play— @codycropper 31 August 2012
Things are getting very interesting..— @YossiBenayoun15 31 August 2012
Morning,I can confirm that I'm in talks with two premier league clubs about a loan move,hope to sort it by tomorrow evening..— @YossiBenayoun15 30 August 2012
Japanese press throwing superlatives around in discussion about new defender Yoshida, more defensive recruits could be coming too. #SaintsFC— @MarkyBryans 31 August 2012
There has been a really disappointing lack of sightings of players in taxis/Southampton Airport today.
Normally it's the highlight but today not so good.
Ramirez signing imminent then...perhaps?
In fairness, it would not exactly be a surprise.
After the initial wranglings it has seemed more of a matter of when rather than if
1:42pm Fri 31 Aug 12
I honestly dnt think wel get ramirez. Maybe another cb but thatl be it
1:38pm Fri 31 Aug 12
A tweet by bologna fc regards Ramirez- "ha firmato col Southampton."
Looks like the fingers being pulled out of the dam.
Maicon joining Man City
Tottenham are limbering up. A record £22m fee agreed apparently for Joao Moutinho
1:27pm Fri 31 Aug 12
There still more than nine hours to go!
1:26pm Fri 31 Aug 12
BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS! I ve just been to pompeys training ground with my boots to see if i could get a game they said to come back saturday!!
Ahh, nothing like a bit of banter to make the day pass quicker!
Imagine all that free time!
Imagine being a Rangers fan today. When the transfer window closes it doesn't reopen again until January 2014.
Danny Rose has completed a season-long loan move to Sunderland. The Tottenham left back was linked with Saints by somebody or other not long ago.
There is a press conference at St. Mary's at 2pm - it's the usual pre-match thing which is usually done on a Thursday for a Saturday game.
What chance Saints will unveil someone then?
10 hours left!
12:56pm Fri 31 Aug 12
The quiet unflustered elegance of Southamptons signings is a lesson for all clubs.
Yes, some of them take a while and hit the occasional obstacle, but generally we choose quality, build effectively and get value for money.
12:40pm Fri 31 Aug 12
If we don't sign Ramirez after watching that video I'm going to be really upset because of you, Daily Echo!
We're not the ones doing the deal!
An odd move that was revealed yesterday involving an ex-Saint you may have forgotten - Richard Wright to Man City.
The 34-year-old keeper was on loan when Nigel Pearson was manager at St. Mary's. He's just left Preston has it was too far from his home in Ipswich.
Manchester is 22 miles nearer.
He had a medical yesterday, although we're still waiting on confirmation of the deal.
12:36pm Fri 31 Aug 12
SO50 Saint says
Been impressed with signings so far Clyne looks class and i'm sure given time J-Rod and Davis will too. I'm sure the new keeper will be decent aswell. Hoping for Ramirez and another CB today
12:28pm Fri 31 Aug 12
Im yet to be convinced by J-Rod, As a Saints fan Im always going to support our players 100% as long as they are trying their best.
£7m + seems a lot to pay for a player we don't seem to be sure if we even need! Fingers crossed he's one for the future!
Clyne = Quality (hope there isn't a release fee in his contract)
Shaw / JPW - Seem to be fitting in nicely, more proof of the strength of our acadamy and youth scouting
Gazza - Give him time, he'll be a good number 2
Yoshida - first scorer and 2-0 Saints at the weekend should make him my new favourite ;)
12:27pm Fri 31 Aug 12
I don't know who will agree with me, but so far I have been delighted by the players Saints have signed.
I am pleased we have avoided the Premier League experienced journeymen who stroll in for another pay day.
The lower Premier League clubs all seem to recycle the same average premiership players, purely based on experience, even if that experience not remarkable!
We have signed some great talent with super potential, I believe Saints will develop into an exciting team that we can all be proud of.
Elsewhere, Scott Sinclair has left Swansea to take the number 11 shirt at Man City. The fee is £6.2m.
I'd like to try and take some credit for that move, having first signed him on Football Manager 2008. Perhaps I should be scout.
12:24pm Fri 31 Aug 12
I think Mayuka is a high quality signing. If we want to make it in this league, we must not only succeed on the field but also off the field. In that regard, Mayuka massively increases our marketability in Africa. Just look at all the Zambian supporters jumping on board on FB!
Yoshida is a very shrewd signing, but as an Aussie and Socceroos supporter having seen Japan play several times, I worry how Yoshida will cope with the large Carrol-esque physiques of EPL forwards.
Could this be the calm before the storm? Whatever it is, why not fill the time watching this video of the signing everyone wants, Gaston Ramirez :
What do you think of the signings Nigel Adkins has made so far this window?
Leave your thoughts below and the best comments will be posted up here.
12:10pm Fri 31 Aug 12
Thanks to the Echo for the live stream . . . working in an office where the only internet access we are allowed is The Echo, I thought today would be a Nightmare!
Happy to help!
The - incredibly unlikely - move of Walcott to Saints that was rumoured a few weeks ago will not be happening, nor the far more likely move of Walcott to Man City or Liverpool.
The winger had a chat with Wenger this morning and will not be going anywhere today.
For those of you feeling you're missing out on Sky Sports News today, you're mainly missing adverts for PPI claims.
That's the deadline for players to be available for Sunday's game against Manchester United. Have Saints got anyone in today in time? We'll have to wait and see.
In the mean time, 11 hours left for deals to be done.
11:54am Fri 31 Aug 12
Hopefully registered by 12, but how likely that any of the new boys other than Mayuka will actually start given they will have barely trained (if at all) with the rest of the squad???
Premier League Update:
- Sunderland doing a loan deal for Danny Rose from Spurs.
- Aston Villa end interest in Clint Dempsey as he only wants to go to Liverpool
- Nigel De Jong leaves Man City for AC Milan
Time for another ballot, to keep things ticking along as we close in on the first deadline of the day:
11:26am Fri 31 Aug 12
The excitement of new signings is a double edged sword!
The likely increase in cost of tickets will put many of us out of the game so to speak!
Fantastic times - who remembers people castigating Walker at Blackburn for buying The Premiership. Is the same when it's your team?
And all those Saints fans hoping the wild rumours that Alessandro Del Piero was going to join the club may be disappointed. He looks like moving Down Under to Sydney FC.
He's 37 anyway...
For what it's worth, Charlton boss Chris Powell was amongst the spectators at the Lamex Stadium on Tuesday night where Hammond captained Saints to a 4-1 Capital One Cup win.
The BBC are reporting that Charlton are lining up a move for Saints midfielder Dean Hammond , who was a vital part of the team that won back-to-back promotions but now finds himself down the pecking order.
ON THIS DAY, 2003: James Beattie scored an 88th minute winner as Southampton beat Manchester United 1-0 #saintsfc #MUFC— @SaintsStats 31 August 2012
Southampton make enquiry for Tony Hibbert. This shouldn't amuse me as much as it does!— @19MLW85 31 August 2012
The Daily Echo understands that talk of Billy Sharp leaving the club on deadline day is wide of the mark.
Final 12 hours. I'm sure it'll fly by.
Yossi Benayoun? Yes please #saintsfc— @SteveGrant1983 31 August 2012
10:46am Fri 31 Aug 12
Yossi Benayoun - no thanks, thats like a poor mans answer to Ramirez...
So bit of a recap for those coming in late:
- Gaston Ramirez deal is rumoured to be imminent
- Saints have made an enquiry about Benayoun
- The official club photographer is getting ready for a photoshoot
- US youngster Cody Cooper has signed for a Premier League team, with many fans thinking it's Saints
Southampton have this morning contacted Chelsea over availability of Benayoun. QPR & Stoke also showing interest #bbcfootball #saintsfc #cfc— @bbcsport_david 31 August 2012
Saints need to get a move on if they want any new signing to make their debut against Manchester United on Sunday.
All players must be registered by 12pm (midday) to be eligible for this weekend's matches. Anyone signed after that will have to wait until after the international break (the Arsenal match) to make their bow.
So if Adkins wants Gaston Ramirez to tear up United's defence, he needs to act quick!
10:27am Fri 31 Aug 12
Kings Lynn Saint says
St.Yorkie wrote:Where can you see this photo?
Just seen a photo from official photographer in room at SMS - shirt does not show No.10 from what I can see...must be someone else not Ramirez. Could it be No.3 - a left back?
Looks like someone hasn't been reading the live blog he's commenting on!
Jordan Henderson on loan, Billy Sharp for around £1m and Michael Owen on a free. I'd be happy with that. #dcfc #lfc #saintsfc #deadlineday— @DerbyMeltdown 31 August 2012
Premier League Round Up:
- Brian Oviedo heading to Everton from Copenhagen
- Liverpool's Charlie Adam at Stoke for medical
- Aston Villa makemove from Clint Dempsey
Cody Cropper is another name being bounced around with Saints. He's a young American goalkeeper, who was released by Ipswich at the end of last season.
For what it's worth, the player (or someone claiming to be him!) has just posted this on Twitter:
Officially put pen to paper at a premiership club!! #privileged #buzzing— @codycropper 31 August 2012
How long have I got to stay in this room ? Can I go home yet http://t.co/dStIv1AA— @Wattsypics 31 August 2012
Right. Just 13 hours left to go. Easy.
Don't forget, the transfer window doesn't close - it SLAMS SHUT.
Let's have a bit of a vote, as deadline day begins to warm up:
Sir Alex Ferguson on Southampton: "Nigel Adkins has done a great job there. They have every chance of staying in the league." #saintsfc— @NabilHassan79 31 August 2012
9:40am Fri 31 Aug 12
Del Piero that would look so good on the back of a Saints shirt!
Although can't see him even making the 25 these days . . .
We obviously have built a pretty good scouting network, we seem to be having good reports from Holland, Buttner and Yoshida, Switzerland - The Zambian Guy, Looks like we have someone scouting Barcelona? we have been linked with Tello and this CB as well.
Scouting is one of the key parts of any sucessful club, unearthing gems!
A player that Saints have been previously linked to is Jay Spearing . It never looked like the most likely of rumours, but he is edging towards dropping to the Championship and joining Bolton Wanderers.
Premier League round-up:
Rafael van der Vaart looks set for Hamburg, Nikolas Bendtner is off to Juventus and as you've probably heard, Andy Carroll is on loan at West Ham.
9:30am Fri 31 Aug 12
According to SSN deals have to be done by 12 to allow players to be included in this weekends squads.
That's right. Players must always be registered no later than midday on the day before a game. Matches held over a weekend are all considered Saturday matches for that purpose.
News from the North West suggests Saints could still land Matt Phillips today - if they admit tapping him up.
The Blackpool winger has put in a transfer request at Bloomfield Road, with Saints supposedly offering in the region of £6m for his services.
However the Seasiders will apparently only sell if Saints admit approaching the player before offering the club a deal, according to the Blackpool Gazette .
9:18am Fri 31 Aug 12
Hope today is going to be an exciting time and not a damp squib like other transfer deadline days in the past (full of expectation and hope only to turn into a non event with no deals being done).
If the Ramirez deal does come off then we could do with some back up for him, therefore I hope the Phillips deal come off as well!
Talking of Twitter, the Saints fans on there are alive with rumours of the imminent signing of one Alessandro Del Piero .
Madness? Who knows. It's still a good excuse to bring this out:
Throughout the day, we want everyone to have their say. You can either add a comment below or if you're on Twitter, use the #saintsfc hashtag and mention @the_saints in your tweet.
Barcelona CB incoming #SaintsFC— @PeteDevereux 30 August 2012
Ok a bit caught up! LOADS of #saintsfc rumours flying around today! Be great if some of them come off! COME ON TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY!!— @DavidPalman 31 August 2012
Plenty of rumours flying around about 22-year-old Andreu Fontas , who is on the books at the Camp Nou.
The Barcelona defender has been linked to Saints in recent days and it seems Malaga have also been tracking him.
Good morning and welcome to the Daily Echo's rolling coverage of transfer deadline day.
Hopefully it's going to be a busy one for Saints. Rumours out of Italy overnight suggest the deal for Gaston Ramirez has finally been completed bar the shouting.